Pakistan vs England LIVE: Latest T20 Cricket Score and Updates

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Buttler says England will be ‘uplifting’ on tour of flood-stricken Pakistan

England triumphed in the first T20 of this seven-game run on Tuesday after beating Pakistan by six wickets with four balls left. Moeen Ali – captain of the tourists instead of the injured Jos Buttler – won the toss and chose to bowl first. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam put up 85 for the first wicket, but tight bowling from Adil Rashid (2-27) and Luke Wood (3-24) limited the hosts to 158-7.

In response, England never looked out of hand, despite losing wickets just as they got the upper hand. Alex Hales – recalled to the side for the first time in three years – scored with 53 from 40 balls but it was Harry Brook (42*) who initiated the back half of the chase that brought England across the line.

Tuesday’s field was a slow course that offered little to the navigators, especially those without a certain pace. England’s fastest bowler, Wood, got his rewards, but David Willey and Sam Curran – who rely more on swing – struggled. If so, it wouldn’t be surprising if England changed the team and brought in Reece Topley for extra bounce, Olly Stone for extra pace, or even Liam Dawson as a third spin option. But then again, why change a winning side?

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Follow all the action of the second T20 between Pakistan and England from Karachi:

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Atherton talks about high performance review

Former England captain and current Sky Sports Pundit Michael Atherton gave his thoughts on today’s high performance review and what it could mean for English cricket when he stopped by the Sky Sports studio earlier today.

Here he airs his first thoughts:

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England arrive at the National Stadium

This is England’s first tour of Pakistan in 17 years and therefore strict safety protocols are in place. The England squad is constantly shadowed by security and cannot move freely around the city of Karachi for their own safety.

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Many members of the squad have experienced and are taking advantage of such measures as part of the PSL, but it does mean that the players spend most of their time in the hotel or stadium.

The players have just arrived at the National Stadium for tonight’s game and will soon begin their warm-up.

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Hussey and Saker join England coaching staff

England white ball head coach Matthew Mott has brought back former England bowling coach David Saker and former Australian international Michael Hussey to join his coaching staff for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October and November.

Saker, England The men’s bowling coach from 2010 to 2015 is also part of the team that traveled to Pakistan for the seven-match tour.

Hussey, now a batting coach at IPL side Chennai Super Kings, will join England’s lineup for the World Cup.

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Alex Hales admits England exile ‘felt like forever’ after making a winning return

Alex Hales admitted his return to England felt more like a debut than a comeback, as his half-century helped secure victory on a historic occasion in Karachi.

Hales may have waited a long time to wear the Three Lions again, but his three and a half year absence is just the surface of the 17 years since England last took the field on Pakistani soil.

But the 33-year-old’s removal could very well have been permanent had it not been for a sequence of unrelated events. The first and most decisive was the retirement of former captain Eoin Morgan, who effectively blacked out Hales’ name due to a loss of confidence following a failed recreational drug test.

With the barrier removed, he needed a place to open up, with Jason Roy’s dramatic loss of form and Jonny Bairstow’s freak injury on the golf course.

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Pakistan vs England

Today’s game will start again at 3:30 PM in Karachi. Will there be changes in the teams?

Pakistani Shan Masood may be at risk of dropping out for a mid-range specialist batter, but the 32-year-old is in good shape after impressing during the English summer.

For England, one of David Willey or Sam Curran can be substituted in favor of a bowler more suited to the circumstances, but both players are strong hitters and amplify the batting lineup with their inclusions. It is likely that England will go for the match unchanged.

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Buy Ashes tickets for the England vs. Australia next summer

The programs for the men’s and women’s 2023 Ashes were announced yesterday with details on how to get tickets.

England will play host next summer as they try to regain the historic urn, which Australia won decisively in both the men’s and women’s series last year.

The women’s Ashes will feature a five-day test match for the first time in place of the regular four-day version at Trent Bridge, while Lord’s, the Kia Oval, Edgbaston, The Ageas Bowl, the Seat Unique Stadium and Cooper Associates County Ground are the other venues where matches are played in the multi-format series.

There is a voting for both the men’s and women’s series now open and supporters should head to ecb.co.uk/tickets to enter.

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How Harry Brook uses PSL experience to help England in Pakistan

Harry Brook may be a rookie in England’s colors, but he has revealed how a stint in Pakistan’s Super League has helped him prepare for a starring role in this month’s Twenty20 tour.

Brook played a stellar finisher in the first of seven T20s against Pakistan on Tuesday, hitting a cool 42 out of 25 balls to lead his side to a six-wicket win.

It was the first time that an English team has played in the country since 2005, but Brook, who just made his fifth appearance, is one of many team members who made their own foray as part of the PSL.

The 23-year-old represented Lahore Qalandars earlier this year, who settled under the conditions over the course of 10 games and bagged a memorable 48-ball century against Islamabad United.

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Will Pakistan target the English spinners?

Tuesday’s game was an indicator of both Pakistan’s and England’s weaknesses – as well as their strengths – and this series was billed as a warm-up for the T20 World Cup starting in October.

For Pakistan, they stumbled during the middle overs of their at bats after Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam set up an 85 platform for the first wicket. When England introduced spin on offense, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali – Rashid in particular – were able to slow the run rate and take consistent wickets to halt the momentum the hosts had built up.

Two things emerged from this. This first is that Rashid and Moeen’s experience is still a huge tribute to England’s cap and although Moeen was expensive in his two overs, he managed to take Rizwan’s wicket at a crucial moment. The second is Pakistan’s inability to fully exploit the middle overs of an innings. Their opening partnership of Rizwan and Babar is very strong, but once they lose wickets they struggle to regain momentum in the innings. Instead they try to milk one and two of the spinners and stick to loose deliveries which is a tame approach so such a short format.

Expect Pakistan to be more aggressive against the English spin duo tonight, depending on the situation of the match.

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Moeen Ali replaces again

Moeen Ali led England to victory in the first T20 of this seven-game run and will continue to lead the tourists as captain Jos Buttler recovers from a calf injury.

Buttler is expected to return to the team in the latter part of the tour, along with Chris Woakes and Mark Wood, who are also recovering from injury.

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Hales describes ‘special feeling’ after returning to England team

Alex Hales had to wait three years for a return to the international game after failing two recreational drug tests in 2019, breaking his relationship with then one-day England captain Eoin Morgan.

Morgan said at the time that he had lost faith in Hales’ ability to make a positive contribution to the team both off and on the field. Following Morgan’s retirement and an overhaul of the England leadership group – Jos Buttler is the new captain and Matthew Mott is the one-day head coach – Hales has been brought back into the squad.

He paid back their confidence on Tuesday with a match-winning knockout of 53 to take England’s victory in the opening game of this seven-game T20 series and described what it felt like to be back in the fold after the win.

“It was a very special feeling to be back in the park for England,” Hales told Sky Sports after the game. “Three years felt like an eternity. Going out and scoring 50 on my return to a winning team is the stuff dreams are made of.

“It’s a nice feeling. Guys said it was never about cricket in the past, missing the three years, that was never in doubt. But there was always the nerves and pressure that came back after three years. It felt like a debut, so it was a very special night.

“It just feels like a dream come true to contribute half a century to a winning team in a country where I have a lot of good, special memories.”

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