Pakistan win last-over thriller to level T20I series
Pakistan have beaten England by 5 runs in a thriller to level the three-match T20I series 1-1 on Tuesday (September 1) at Old Trafford, Manchester. The first match was abandoned due to rain.
The hosts gave a good reply to the target of 191 runs thrown by Pakistan. At one stage, England required 12 runs in last two balls. All-rounder Tom Curran hit six off the fifth ball. But in the last ball, England did not get a chance to take a big shot in Haris Rauf’s perfect yorker.
But at one stage, England were trembling with 69 runs for 4 wickets. But all-rounder Moeen Ali’s 61 off 33 balls was the main reason for their hopes. When he got out, England needed 17 runs off 8 balls. At that time the score was 174 for 8 wickets. It seemed almost impossible for Tom Curran and Adil Rashid to score this in the end. Even after that Curran tried and made the match interesting.
Earlier, after losing the toss, Pakistan scored 190 runs for 4 wickets. After losing two wickets for 32 runs, experienced all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez continued to fight for Pakistan. He remained unbeaten on 86 off 52 balls. In that innings there were 4 fours and 6 sixes.
Debutant Haider Ali was another man to play a superb innings. He played a stormy innings of 54 off 33 balls in his debut with 2 sixes and 5 fours. This is the highest individual score by a Pakistan in debut in international T20I cricket.
Hafeez has won both man of the match and man of the series awards.