England beat Pakistan by 67 runs in the deciding seventh T20 international after some clinical batting and bowling.
England were plundered 209-3 after coming in with David Malan (78 not out off 47 balls) and Yorkshire teammate Harry Brooke (46 not out off 29 balls) making 108 off the final 61 deliveries of the innings in Lahore.
Both players benefited with Malan and Brooke shelling 29 and 24 times respectively.
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Pakistan limped to 142-8 in reply, captain Babar was dismissed by Chris Woakes (26-3) for four in the first over of the chase and Mohammad Rizwan was bowled by Rhys Topley for one in the second after his errors in the field. . While the home team lost with the result of 5-2.
A timid Pakistan could not get going amid a thoroughly professional bowling display from England – Shaun Masood (56 off 43) playing the only score – with Woakes and David Willey (2-22) at the wickets and Adil Rashid With neat faces. From 1-25 after the last few expensive outings.
England’s 4-3 win ended a four-match white ball series winless streak and delivered a confidence-building result ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia later this month. 22, live on Sky Sports.
England will hope to welcome back captain Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone and Ben Stokes to their starting XI by then, with three missing for the Pakistan series – Buttler (calf) and Livingstone (ankle) coming off injuries. while Stokes is rested after the Test. Summer
In their absence, it was Malan and Brooke who fired in Sunday’s decider, although Ben Duckett (30-19), Friday’s winner Phil Salt (20-12) and Alex Hales (18-13) were each England also participated. Khemer filled the border in Gaddafi Stadium.
England punish sloppy Pakistan in series decider
Hills was pinned by Mohammad Hasnain at light weight after he and Salt had put on 39 runs in the first four overs, then Salt finished off two deliveries after a terrible mix-up with Malan.
Malan was guilty of watching the ball as Salt went out at the non-striker’s end and the latter bounced back after delivering a crisp free kick to leave England 39-2.
Duckett – who is not part of England’s T20 World Cup squad – began the rebuild with Malan, the pair plundering 62 off 30 deliveries before Duckett was brilliantly dismissed by wicketkeeper Rizwan.
Rizwan showed lightning-quick reactions when he dropped Iftikhar Ahmed’s duck under the rim, stuck out his right hand, collected the ball and whipped the bails with one swift move.
Unfortunately for Pakistan, that brilliance in the field was no match for Babar and Wasim, Babar drove Malan at outside cover and then fired an absolute when Brook wore a slower ball from the impressive Haris Rauf (0-24). . down to earth
Rauf was twice dismissed off his bowling – Wasim in the penultimate over when Malan skied to his leg – meant he was out of sorts on a night when he was confounding England’s batting with slower balls.
Wasim smashed two sixes and fours in the final over as Pakistan mounted a daunting chase – and one ended up going nowhere.
Their hopes suffered a major blow early on when Babar beat Woakes’ slower ball to cover and took Topli to Rizwan Castle – the Pakistan batsman came in with just eight balls to spare.
Masood top-scored for the home side, sharing the stand with Khushdil Shah on 53 off 43 balls (27/25), but there was indeed a lack of purpose from Pakistan as the series drew to a one-sided final. Finished.
What they said – “England showed their depth”
Moin Ali, the captain of the English national team…
We are in a very good position. We had two crucial games and the way we came back to win so easily was amazing. We have players who can make a difference but that shows our depth. In our team too
“The batsmen scored very well. You can easily lose confidence with the bat after two games when we didn’t chase the totals, but credit to the boys for the way they played. Our bowling again “It was great. Throughout the set. I think we played really well.”
Player of the series, Harry Brook (238 runs at 79.33)…
“I just tried to hit the ball straight and play the ball on its merits. I’m looking to hit straight first, but if there’s a gap I’ll try to manipulate the ground. When we get to the ball we’ll “See if I’ll play. T20 World Cup but all the lads are looking forward to being there and going.”
Man of the Match, David Malan (78 not out off 47 balls)…
“We saw it as a final, so to be able to do it under pressure and get a big score was fantastic for us as a batting unit. Our bowlers learned lessons – bowling at the wicket, “Change of pace – and they did. It’s good to defend your total.”
England prepare for the T20 World Cup with three T20s against hosts Australia (October 9, 12 and 14) and a warm-up against Pakistan (October 17) before Jos Buttler’s side begin their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan in 2017. Kend travels Down Under. Perth on October 22.
You can watch the T20 World Cup in full on Sky Sports and the tournament starts on October 16.