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Manchester (England): Captain Eoin Morgan A blistering half-century was played against England as they chased down a record target at Old Trafford to beat Pakistan by five wickets in the second Twenty20 match against England on Sunday.
Pakistan scored 195 for four in their 20 overs on a flat wicket, but the home team completed their victory with five balls remaining to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Morgan scored 66 from 33 balls to win the most chases in any form in 20 overs of cricket at Old Trafford.
Johnny Bairstow (44 off 24 balls) and Tom Banton (20 off 16 balls) made a quick start, scoring 66 off 38 balls, but fell to spinner Shadab Khan (3-34) in consecutive balls. , The domestic side began to waver.
But morgan and David Malan (54 not out from 36 balls) retaliated and intensified as their third wicket partnership grew, scoring 112 off 62 balls and the team needed 18 runs to win the first captain’s catch.
Pakistan also scored as opener Babar Azam Fakhar Zaman (36 off 22 balls) scored 56 from 44 balls in the opening stand of 72.
number three Mohammad hafeez With a blistering attack on the home bowlers, the momentum carried forward, who struggled to find the right length and dropped too often, exposing the square boundaries.
Hafeez hit four sixes in his 69-ball 36 before putting an easy catch on the cover to Morgan.
The England bowlers’ pick was leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who recorded figures of 2–32, taking wickets from both openers.
The third and final match of the series will take place on Tuesday at the same venue. The first match was abandoned due to rain.
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