Root and Morgan power England to comfortable win
A clinical batting performance from Eoin Morgan and Joe Root laid England to an easy win against Pakistan in the only T20I.
On a batting friendly wicket, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed elected to bat first but the visitors lost two early wickets in the form of Fakhar Zaman and Imam ul Haq.
After the early departure of both the openers, Babar Azam and Haris Sohail made sure to entertain the crowd thereafter. However, Jofra Archer got rid of both batsmen in the same over and help to drift the game once again. Pakistan were restricted to 173/6 in the end. At one point they were looking good to touch the 190-run mark but that wasn’t to be.
In reply, England’s openers gave the hosts a quick start before Shaheen Afridi got a wicket in his first over. James Vince and Joe Root had a steady partnership for the second wicket but Imad Wasim removed Vince and made the breakthrough.
However, it was the skipper along with the Test captain Joe Root, who stand out on top and built a solid partnership to take England over the line.
Root missed his well-deserved half-century for three runs, but Morgan made sure to to remain till the end and finished the match after playing an unbeaten knock of 57*.
Pakistan 173/6 (Babar 65, Sohail 50; Archer 2/29) lost to England 175/3 in 19.2 overs (Morgan 57*, Root 47; Imad 1/24) by 7 wickets.