The England vs Pakistan series is going on at full pace and the second T-20 was played yesterday. Pakistan won the 2nd T-20 match with ease, all thanks to the openers of the Pakistan team, who led the team to victory. England put up a big target of 200 runs, but Pakistan didn’t need much effort to take the victory from England’s jaws.
On one hand, there were amazing knocks from Ben Duckett and England captain Moeen Ali, and on the other hand, there was also an amazing record-breaking partnership between the Pakistani openers.
The match was super fun, where the target of 200 runs was looking very scary, but the opening batsman of Pakistan made it look like a “Piece of Cake”. The target was chased by Pakistan with 4 balls in hand without losing any wicket, resulting in a huge victory for Pakistan by 10 wickets.
Let’s dive into the match details and have a broad view of what happened during the match.
England’s Batting Line Showed Its Depth
England won the toss and chose to bat during the toss The Pakistani captain said a target of 160 would be achievable and, counter to that, the England team set a target of 200 runs. England showed how good they are at teamwork. The openers gave them a good start, the middle order handled the inning, and in the end, hitters like Moeen Ali finished the inning with a big hit.
The opening partnership was for 42 runs, and then Dawid Malan went for a golden duck. After that, the inning got a partnership of 53 runs, which ended with Haris Rauf, who bowled out Phil Salt and turned the score to 95 runs for the loss of three wickets.
After two overs, Shahnawaz Dahani bowled Ben Duckett. He scored 43 runs in 22 balls with 7 fours. Now there were 2 new batsmen, Harry Brook and Moeen Ali, on the ground and both players smashed runs all over the ground and formed a partnership of 59 runs in 25 balls.
The Pakistani captain needed a wicket at this moment, so he called on Harin Rauf, his best bowler, and he showed why he is the best Pakistani bowler. He bowled out Harry Brook and broke the partnership at the team score of 160 and changed the scoreboard to 160 for 5 wickets. Harry Brook scored 43 runs off 22 balls, including 1 four and 3 sixes, with an amusing strike rate of 163.16.
After this inning, the captain, Moeen Ali, took the innings in his hands and smashed runs. Moeen Ali ended the England innings at 199 runs and at a personal score of 55 runs off 23 balls, including 4 fours and 4 sixes, with an amazing strike rate of 238.13.
Pakistani bowlers got a big blow. Haris Rauf and Shahnawaz Dahani were the bowlers who scored perfectly, picking up 2 wickets each with an economy of 7.50 and 9.25 respectively.
England’s Bowling Attachment Was Wasted: A Devastating Duo
There was not much in the Pakistani batting. It took Pakistan players to chase down the target of 200 runs. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam took only 19.3 overs to chase down the target. Both players shattered England’s bowling lineup; the captain bowled a single over and gave up 21 runs, with no other bowler taking a wicket.
The middle order was the main problem for the Pakistani team in the last match, and in this match the openers didn’t let the middle order take the field. Mohammad Rizwan scored 88 runs off 51 balls, including 5 fours and 4 sixes, with a strike rate of 172.55 and Babar Azam smashed a century of 110 runs off 66 balls with a stick rate of 166.67, which ended the match with Pakistan’s win and created a record-breaking opening partnership in T-20 cricket.
From England’s side, sensible bowling was only done Liam Dawson and Sam Curran bowled at an economy rate of 6.50 and 7.25, respectively, which was the best from England’s bowling side.
The match showed how the Pakistani openers can break a world-class bowling attack and bring victory and are ready for the upcoming World Cup.