Hafeez steers Pakistan to thrilling win over England


Manchester, September 2

Mohammad Hafeez scored a scintillating unbeaten 86 as Pakistan held their nerve to defeat England by 5 runs within the third and remaining T20 International at Old Trafford on Tuesday to tie the collection 1-1.

Sent into bat, Pakistan posted 190 for 4 of their 20 overs as Hafeez and debutant Haider Ali (54) placed on 100-run partnership for the third wicket, earlier than proscribing England to 185 for eight regardless of an outstanding 61 from Moeen Ali.

England will now put together for a three-match T20 collection in opposition to Australia that begins in Southampton on Friday.

Hafeez smashed six sixes in his 52-ball 86, his joint highest in T20 Internationals and essentially the most by a Pakistan batsman in opposition to England within the shortest format.

The residence bowlers once more battled with their lengths and a variety of full tosses had been crashed to the boundary.

Haider grew to become the primary Pakistan participant to attain a T20 half-century on debut when he introduced up his milestone from 28 deliveries and his century stand with Hafeez got here off 10 overs.

England had been in early hassle of their reply when opener Jonny Bairstow was bowled by a Shaheen Afridi (2-28) yorker for a duck.

In-form captain Eoin Morgan was run out for 10 as associate Tom Banton refused a run, and when the latter was leg earlier than wicket to Haris Rauf for 46 from 31 deliveries, England had been teetering at 69 for 4.

Moeen and Sam Billings (26) placed on 57 for the fifth wicket, and the previous saved his facet within the sport with some energy hitting, leaving them needing 20 from the final two overs.

But a superb penultimate over from seamer Wahab Riaz (2-26) went for simply three runs, together with the wicket of Moeen, who scored 61 off 33 balls.

The first match within the collection was deserted because of rain, whereas England gained the second by 5 wickets. Reuters



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