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PAK vs ENG second T20I: England beat Pakistan by 23 runs

Pakistan team was bowled out for 160 runs in the last over of the innings

England took a 0-1 lead in the series by defeating Pakistan by 23 runs in the second T20 match on Saturday, played at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham.

Pakistan’s innings kicked off with much disappointment as Mohammad Rizwan returned to the pavilion before the team could open its account.

With only 13 runs on the scoreboard, Pakistan lost its second wicket as Saim, who has been in poor form for a long time, once again failed to score big and ended up with just 2 off 7 balls.

Shadab Fakhar Zaman came to support Babar Azam and both played a responsible game and scored 53 runs for the third wicket partnership at this stage captain Babar Azam gave away the wicket to Moeen Ali after scoring 32 runs.

Shadab Khan, who gave 55 runs while bowling, also failed with the bat and became the wicket of Adil Rashid after scoring just three runs.

Azam Khan had already shown dangerous intentions by hitting fours when Jofra Archer, with the help of Moin Ali, got him going.

Fakhar Zaman played a brilliant game and scored 45 runs with the help of three sixes to complete Pakistan’s century but Liam Livingston ended his innings on the same score.

After that, Iftikhar Ahmed and Imad Wasim showed some resistance with the bat by playing innings of 23 and 22 runs respectively, but they too could not prevent the host team from victory.

Pakistan team was bowled out for 160 runs in the last over of the innings and England won the match by 23 runs.

England’s Reece Topley took three wickets while Archer and Moeen took two wickets each.

Jos Buttler was given Man of the Match for his brilliant innings of 84 runs.

England set a target of 184 runs for Pakistan, thanks to the brilliant innings of 84 runs by captain Jos Buttler.

As England opened the innings, Buttler along with Phil Salt gave their team a 25-run start.

However, in the third over of the innings, Imad Wasim came to the bowling and finished Salt’s work on the first ball.

Buttler was then joined by youngster Will Jacks and the duo put on a fine display of 71 runs for the second wicket.

Jacks scored 37 runs off 23 balls with the help of 2 sixes and 4 fours, but he failed to understand a slower ball from Haris Rauf and was caught by Shadab at point.

Buttler at the other end scored a half-century and added another 48 runs along with Jonny Bairstow to take the score to 144.

Bairstow’s innings of 25 runs, studded with 2 sixes and two fours, came to an end at the hands of Shaheen Shah Afridi, while in the next over, Imad also completed the work of the dangerous Harry Brook, giving the team another important wicket.

The English captain played an innings of 84 runs off 51 balls, studded with 8 fours and three sixes, but once again Harris got Buttler going with the help of Shadab.

Shaheen also sent Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan back to the pavilion in his last over to give the team two more wins.

The England team scored 183 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the allotted overs.

On behalf of the visitors, Shaheen Afridi bagged three wickets while Imad Wasim and Haris Rauf took two wickets each.

Playing XIs

England: Jos Buttler (c/wk), Phil Salt, Will Jacks, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley

Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Azam Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Amir

Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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