England returned to parity in the series by defeating Pakistan with the help of Philip Salt’s rampage. Babar Azam’s stormy innings of 87 runs was wasted by the brilliance of the English wicketkeeper. Salt’s devastating innings of 88 runs returned the English to a 3-3 tie in the seven-match T20I series.
England defeated Pakistan by 8 wickets in the sixth T20I in Lahore on Friday night. Chasing a target of 170 runs, the English crossed it with 33 balls in hand. As a result, the last match of the exciting series has now turned into an undeclared final.
After winning the toss, England captain Moeen Ali sent Pakistan to bat. Pakistan entered the field without pacer Haris Rauf and wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan, who suffered back problems in the previous match. After the anointed Mohammad Haris opened the account of runs with a six, Adil Rashid caught him and returned to the dressing room for just 7 runs. Shan Masood returned with zero runs after coming down to bat at number three.
Babar and Haider Ali played well for the team that lost 2 wickets for 15 runs. For the third wicket, the two made a partnership of 47 runs off 32 balls. Haider scored 18 runs off 14 balls with a four and a six each. Then Iftikhar Ahmed accelerated the pace of runs. He scored 31 runs off 21 balls with 2 fours and a six.
Babar went ahead with a 41-ball fifty. He is now sitting next to Virat Kohli in the record for fastest 3000 runs in T20I after smashing Richard Gleeson for a six. Pakistan got 20 runs in Reece Topley’s last over. Babar hit a four and a six in the first two balls. Mohammad Nawaz got out in the last ball after hitting a six off the fifth ball. In the end, Babar remained not out with 87 runs off 59 balls hitting 7 fours and 3 sixes.
As a result, Pakistan scored 169 runs for 6 wickets. Sam Curran and David Willey scalped two wickets each for England. Besides, Reece Topley and Richard Gleeson took 1 wicket each.
Chasing a challenging target of 170 runs, England got off to a flying start with the bats of Alex Hales and Salt. Salt came to the opening and was raging on the Pakistani bowlers in the power play. He picked up a 19-ball half-century, and England scored 82 runs in the power play.
Salt started with a four off the first ball of Nawaz’s innings, same happened one ball later. In the next over, Shahnawaz Dahani was taken on. Both the openers hit a four and a six each. 22 runs come in this over. Hales hit Mohammad Wasim for three fours in a row on the next over.
England’s total reached fifty in three overs. Hales departed in the next over scoring 27 off 12 balls. Salt smashed Nawaz for three fours and a six in the fifth over. England scored 82 for 1 after playing 6 overs of the power play.
He made a partnership of 73 runs in just 34 balls with Dawid Malan for the second wicket. Malan scored 26 off 18 balls with 5 fours and got out with an lbw by Shadab Khan.
After that, Salt brought the team to the port of victory with an unbroken partnership of 42 runs with Ben Duckett. Duckett remained unbeaten on 26 off 16 balls with four boundaries. Salt remained unbeaten on 88 runs off 41 balls. This right-handed batsman hit 3 sixes with 13 boundaries in his innings.
For Pakistan, Shadab Khan took two wickets with 34 runs in 4 overs. England’s Philip Salt was named the player of the match after playing a devastating innings. These two teams will face each other in the unannounced final on Sunday (02 October).
PAK vs ENG Scoreboard
Pakistan – 169/6 (20.0)
England – 170/2 (14.3)
Result – England won by 8 wickets
Player of the match – Philip Salt
PAK vs ENG Playing XIs
|PAK||Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Haris (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Shan Masood, Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Aamer Jamal, and Shahnawaz Dahani.|
|ENG||Moeen Ali (c), Philip Salt (wk), Dawid Malan, Alex Hales, Ben Duckett, David Willey, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Richard Gleeson, and Reece Topley.|