Pakistan Beat England In ICC T20I To Become Only Team To Chase 200 With 10 Wickets
England Dahani keeps the Englishmen in check. Shahnawaz Dahani was the standout baller on either side due to his low economy and a couple of scalps. After sending a rusty-looking Alex Hales back to the pavilion, he disturbed David Malan’s timbers as well on the very next delivery.
He almost got his third wicket as well when he lured Moeen Ali in to go big on midwicket, but Khushdil Shah couldn’t grab the catch.
For his 2/37, the Larkana-born star was named the Best Bowler Of The Match.
Haris Rauf was equally good. He dismissed Phil Salt and Harry Brookes and conceded only 30 runs on a pitch where every other bowler was praying to get by without being spanked for boundaries. In his four overs, he delivered 10 dot balls, thanks to his slower balls and pitch-perfect bouncers.
England's Duckett Brings Out The Broom
Ben Duckett was on the crease for only 22 balls but he had every Pakistan fan at the National Stadium silent for a long time.
The left-hander smacked the ball around the park for fun in his short cameo, scoring a quickfire 43 before falling to Mohammad Nawaz.
For a man playing only his third ICC T20I ever, Duckett showed a lot of confidence as he confided in his skills to sweep the ball on both sides of the ground.
He played Pakistan’s spinners without a hassle, scooping them on fine leg and bringing out the slog sweep over midwicket whenever he wanted.
Duckett’s fiery knock allowed the Englishmen to take charge in the first inning and maintain their dominance over Pakistan bowlers. His seven 4s granted him a hefty strike rate of 195.
England's Moeen Ali Goes Berserk
Ali, who is captaining England in Jos Buttler’s absence, proved tonight why he is a man of big occasions. The all-rounder thumped the Pakistan bowling attack, especially Usman Qadir and Mohammad Hasnain, in the late overs without worrying too much about running between the wickets.
He scored a 23-ball 55 to remain unbeaten till the end and anchor his side to a mammoth score of 199/5.
His ability to score at a strike rate of 200 or above has put England ahead of the opposition on one too many occasions, proving why Ali is an ICC T20 royalty for the national side as well as franchises.
Hasnain Loses At The Death
Mohammad Hasnain has been able to penetrate the Pakistan squad since the Asia Cup with Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Waseem Jr. out of the picture for now.
While he has been impressive in his opening spells, his record at the death has been costly.
Tonight, the right-arm quick conceded a whopping 51 runs in his 4 overs, without picking any wickets. He was hit for four sixes altogether, two of which came on the last two deliveries of the 20th over off Moeen Ali’s bat.
He seemingly has the same issue that Haris Rauf had in his opening international games. Hasnain likes to pitch the ball up and surprise the batters with his nippy deliveries, but at times he puts it in the batsman’s arc while trying to outplay them with his pace.
The same happened tonight when he bowled consecutive short-pitch balls and Ali was more than happy to spank them for sixes on the onside.
His raw pace and exceptional performances in the Big Bash League have earned him a call at this year’s ICC T20 World Cup in Australia, but he will have to learn to bowl according to the situation and wicket, keeping his nerves cool in pressure situations to be part of Babar Azam’s long-term plans for the pace cartel.
Rizwan Makes His Intentions Clear
Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam have been under severe scrutiny from critics back home for their strike rates, but they put on a show tonight to chase the mammoth total.
When Babar was struggling to hit boundaries in the early powerplay overs, Rizwan took charge and dispatched David Willey for fours at will.
He did not let the England pacers settle at any point, scoring doubles and fours for fun all around the park.
Alex Hales dropped his catch earlier in the game where he paddled backward while trying to hold on to a sky-high catch off Liam Dawson. He then made the Englishmen pay.
Rizwan’s 88* off 51 was the game-changer inning, especially before Babar got going. His ability to score fours in gaps was surreal once again, showing why he has been the top-ranked ICC T20I batsman since 2021.
Shaheen Shah Afridi was one of the Pakistan fans who thoroughly enjoyed the opening duo playing their A-game in Karachi.
Even Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif applauded the side, taking a cheeky dig at their 2021 T20 World Cup win over India.
Babar Tumbles Records In Karachi
The Pakistan skipper has become the only player in the country’s history to have two international tons in ICC T20I.
Babar’s unbeaten knock of 110 off 66 slammed shut everyone who was criticizing the way he bats in the shortest format of the game. He smacked five sixes and 11 fours in his inning to accumulate a healthy strike rate of 167.
Rizwan and Babar were showered praise by the opposition as well.
“It was different to the first game, looked worse but played better, and the two openers were brilliant,” England captain Ali said in the post-game interview. “I know they get a lot of stick for their strike rates but they are brilliant and you can't afford to bowl off-spin to them.”
Azam scored his maiden T20I century against South Africa in 2021 where he put on a 197-run partnership with Rizwan to help the team chase 204 in Centurion. He was the Man Of The Match for his 122.
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