Pakistan have made a brilliant comeback into the series against England and have leveled the series. Last night, they defeated the visitors by ten wickets at the Karachi Stadium. To beat England, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan made a world record partnership of 203 runs on the opening wicket.
England started the innings in style
After winning the toss, England started their batting innings in style. Alex Hales and Phil Salt intended to score a big run in the powerplay. They added 42 runs together in the first five overs. But their partnership broke in the 6th over as Shahnawaz Dhadani picked up Alex Hales. Dhadani dismissed David Malan in the same over as another England wicket fell.
A good response from England’s middle order
After losing two wickets in the same over, England were on the back foot against the home team. But their middle order responded very well. Ben Duckett and Harry Brook kept the run’s flow consistent. Ben Duckett was a bit more aggressive than Harry Brook. From 22 balls, Ben Duckett scored 43 runs with seven boundaries. On the other side, Harry Brook scored 31 off 19 balls before losing the wicket in the 17th over.
The captain’s knock put the team on top
Moeen Ali, the new T20 captain of England, played crucial innings in the 2nd game of the series. He was ruthless on the pitch. After losing some wickets, it seemed England could end their innings before 150. But Moeen Ali gave a fantastic boost on the scoreboard. He scored a devastating half-century in 23 balls, which helped England to score 199 runs in 20 overs.
Babar and Rizwan made history in chasing the target
Mohammad Rizwan, the No.1 batsman in the T20 format, built a magnificent partnership with the skipper, Babar Azam. Both batsmen were not out in this match. As per Required Run Rate, they needed to score ten runs per over. So, both batters didn’t waste time and started hitting from the very first over.
Both Rizwan and Babar scored half-centuries. Furthermore, Babar Azam became more threatening after picking up the half-century. He played 39 balls to score the first 50 runs. But the second half-century came in just 23 balls. Therefore, Babar Azam got the century in this T20 match as the first Pakistani player.
However, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam remained not out in this match. Rizwan scored 88 off 51 balls, while Babar Azam scored an unbeaten 110 runs from 66 balls only. Relying on their bat, Pakistan chased the massive target without losing any wickets. As a result, Pakistan won the 2nd T20 by ten wickets at the Karachi Stadium.