A support staff member of the Pakistani team tested positive for COVID-19 hours before the start of the second ODI against England, according to sources. The visitors won by six wickets and are currently leading the series after chasing 159 runs easily.
According to The News, the Pakistan Cricket Board has allowed the second T20I to go ahead as planned. The report further states that PCB has verified information that a Pakistani member of the support staff has tested positive for the virus.
Debutant Luke Wood and a returning Alex Hales starred in England’s comfortable six-wicket win against Pakistan in the first T20I of seven games in Karachi on Wednesday.
This win puts England 1-0 up in the series. In the first innings, Pakistan posted 158/7 in their 20 overs, with notable contributions from openers Mohammad Rizwan (68) and skipper Babar Azam (31). Luke Wood (3/24) impressed on his debut, not allowing the hosts to form major partnerships after the power play.
Chasing 159, England lost opener Phil Salt (10) early after pacer Shahnawaz Dahani fired him after Haider Ali caught him on a deep square leg. After this, Dawid Malan gave Hales some support and both started getting the chase on track. At the end of the power play in six overs, England were 47/1 with Hales (14*) and Malan (17*). The 34-run tie between the duo was broken when spinner Qadir Malan caught and threw for 20 from 21 balls, leaving England at 53/2. Ben Duckett was the next batter in.
He helped Malan keep the scoreboard going and they, too, made up a 34-point tie. Qadir got his second wicket, beating Duckett for 21 off 17 balls. Hereafter, young Yorkshire-batter Brook joined Hales. Brook played with complete freedom, finding gaps and boundaries at will.
Hales also completed his half-century on his return to international cricket after 2019. The 55-run tie between the duo ended after Hales was sacked for 53 from 40 balls with seven fours. Haris Rauf gave Pakistan the wicket with his pace, but it was too late as Brook (42*) and captain Moeen Ali (7*) propelled England to a six-wicket victory to finish the inning at 160/4 in 19.2 overs.