Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam chased down a 200-run target with three balls to spare against England in the second T20 at Karachi, the national stadium of Pakistan.
This was Pakistan’s first T20 victory in this series, and it came with a style after they had been comprehensively beaten in the first T20.
Rizwan played a brilliant knock of 88, while Azam made an unbeaten 110. The pair put on a crucial partnership of 203 runs without the loss of a single wicket to take Pakistan close to victory.
Pakistan still needs to win three more matches to win the series of seven matches against the three lions.
England got off to a good start in the second T20 against Pakistan, but Shahnawaz Dahani derailed their progress with two quick wickets. Hales and Malan both fell for 26, and 0 respectively.
England desperately needed to regroup and rebuild at that moment of the match if they wanted to score enough runs to win this match.
Hats off to Ben Duckett for his impressive 43 in 22 balls. England showed great resilience in the end, with Harry Brook and Moeen Ali putting in some big hits.
Both the batsmen were furious and went even harder than the expectations. Harry scored 31 off 19 balls and Moeen Ali played an unbeaten knock of 55 runs off just 23 balls with four sixes and four fours. Ultimately, England was able to close to the 200 runs.
According to the Sport News BD experts, the wicket seemed very slow, especially in the first innings. So, 199 runs at the end of England innings looked well.
While chasing down the mammoth total, Pakistan knew they would heavily rely on their opening partnership. Babar and Rizwan kept pace with the required run rate as they managed to take 59 runs in the mandatory powerplay.
In conclusion, even though Pakistan needed a lot of runs in the second half of the chase, they never looked back as both batters sprinted to centuries. Rizwan and Babar sealed an emphatic victory with three balls to spare, reaching their respective fifties and century in the process.