Babar Azam on a world record hunt with his partner Mohd Rizwan
England suffered a painful defeat in the second T20I of this seven-game run, when an incredible batting display from Pakistani openers, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam, saw them knock off 200 runs without losing a wicket. Fortunately for England, it’s a quick turnaround with the third T20 arriving just a day after they collapsed to beat.
Yesterday, Moeen Ali won the toss and chose to bat first. England started slow, although there were solid contributions from Phil Salt (30), Ben Duckett (43) and Harry Brook (31) before Moeen himself (55*) finished the innings in style and propelled England halfway to 199-5.
It was a total that seemed unattainable for Pakistan, who had scored just 158 two days earlier. With no choice but to attack to keep up with the 10 points per overrun, Rizwan and Babar set to work. They were nearly clear with one chance – a missed catch by Alex Hales – the only blemish in their partnership. Rizwan finished with 88* and Babar (110*) scored his second T20I hundred to get Pakistan across the line at a gallop. The series is now at 1-1 and is well set for more drama and suspense tonight.
Follow all the action from Karachi as Pakistan hosts England in the third T20 of the series:
Pakistan 6-0 (1), Rizwan 5, Babar 1, Dawson 0-7 (1), Pakistan needs 222 runs to win
A pair of hits takes both batters off the goal before a slightly shorter pitch is thrown for four by Rizwan!
He closes the over with another single, resulting in seven runs.
Michael JonesSeptember 23, 2022 5:28 PM
Pakistan 0-0 (0), Rizwan 0, Babar 0, Dawson 0-0 (0), Pakistan needs 222 runs to win
Liam Dawson will open up for England with yesterday’s heroes Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam stepping out for the hosts.
How will this innings go? Pakistan will either get close or England will have to play them off cheaply. That’s the way high chase things usually go.
Michael JonesSeptember 23, 2022 5:27 PM
Will Jacks making his England debut
Speaking to Sky Sports between the innings, Will Jacks from England said: “It’s a moment I’ve worked really hard for and dreamed of all my life. What a place to make my debut, the crowd was amazing and I was buzzing all night.
“The field is similar to the last two games, low and slipping, but once you’re in it’s fun to hit. Pretty happy with my innings and what a collaboration from the guys at the end – it was pretty special.
“As Babar and Rizwan played last night, no score is unattainable. We have 20 more than last night, but we need to get one out. It should be a good chase.”
Michael JonesSeptember 23, 2022 5:22 PM
England 221-3, Pakistan need 222 runs to win
Michael JonesSeptember 23, 2022 5:20 PM
England 221-3, Pakistan need 222 runs to win
Ben Duckett finished 70* from 42 balls with Harry Brook 81* from 35. The England duo made 139 runs for the fourth wicket to take the tourists from 82 to 221.
Michael JonesSeptember 23, 2022 5:18 PM
End of innings: England 221-3 (20), Duckett 70, Brook 81, Rauf 0-39 (4)
Duckett clamps one to his pads and Brook calls him through for a single. Rauf starts well, but Brook jumps over his stumps and lets him walk over his short fine leg four more!
Ben Duckett goes on strike for the last ball of the innings and runs off for two.
England finish with a monumental 221-3, but will it be enough this time?
Michael JonesSeptember 23, 2022 5:14 PM
England 211-3 (19), Duckett 65, Brook 76, Dahani 0-62 (4)
Dahani returns for his last remaining and Brook threads him through the covers for four runs! England’s tally of 199 yesterday looked impressive, but they’re going to improve on that tonight.
A slower ball is scored in the leg by the Yorkshireman for another two before hitting the . brings up 200 with a crazy ride over the bowler in front six on the ground!
This is now a huge end for England like a thick brim brings Brook four more. Dahani did some typing tonight. He ends with 0-62
Michael JonesSeptember 23, 2022 5:08 PM
England 192-3 (18), Duckett 64, Brook 59, Hasnain 1-37 (4)
100 partnership! Mohammad Hasnain pops one in short and Ben Duckett gives him a beating for deep midriff six to bring out the 100-run partnership between these two.
There are a two and a few singles before Duckett closes the over with a hook shot for four!
Michael JonesSeptember 23, 2022 17:03
England 178-3 (17), Duckett 51, Brook 59, Rauf 0-29 (3)
Ben Duckett follows Harry Brook to 50 with a single off Haris Rauf. His half century comes from 31 balls and the partnership between these two is now 87 from 48 balls.
Wow! Brook wants to smoke Rauf over the ropes one more time, but he misses the ball and it gets stuck in the grille of his helmet! Brook is fine, but needs a medical check-up because of protocol.
Four runs! Brook responds by teasing the ball about offside for another boundary. 10 runs from the over.
Michael JonesSeptember 23, 2022 16:57
England 168-3 (16), Duckett 49, Brook 53, Dahani 0-43 (3)
Harry Brook stalls!
He takes Shahnawaz Dahani for two maximum before the ball is cut through the point for four more!
Brook gets his 50 out of 24 balls! 16 runs from the across.
Michael JonesSeptember 23, 2022 16:50