England beat Pakistan to level series 1-1

 England beat Pakistan to level series 1-1
LEEDS  - England’s spinners squeezed Pakistan to claim an emphatic 45-run victory in the second Twenty20 International and level the series at 1-1. 

Though Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone - who twice hit sixes out of Headingley - all sparkled with the bat, England failed to post a total that would have put Pakistan out of the game. From 137-3 in the 14th over and 164-5 in the 16th, England lost their last five wickets for 36 runs to be bowled out for 200. However, England’s trio of spinners, led by Adil Rashid, superbly exploited a pitch that rapidly deteriorated. 

Rashid claimed 2-30, fellow leg-spinner Matt Parkinson 1-25 and off-break bowler Moeen 2-32 as Pakistan lurched to 155-9. The series decider is on Tuesday at Old Trafford. After the thrilling entertainment of Pakistan’s 31-run win in the series opener, this was another thoroughly enjoyable contest, played in front of a full house on a baking hot day. 

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Fresh from his dazzling 42-ball century on Friday, Lancashire’s Livingstone was again striking the ball with awesome power. Buttler, captaining in his first match for a month because of a calf injury, added the early impetus with his 59 from 39 balls, putting on 67 with Moeen, who crashed 36 from 16. But it was Livingstone, himself sharing 52 with Buttler, who provided the stand-out moments. 

A first six out of the ground, off spinner Imad Wasim, was handsome, but a second, off the pace of Haris Rauf that went over the new stand and onto the rugby ground, was a massive hit. Livingstone was run out for 38 from 23 balls when he failed to respond to Tom Curran’s call, a signal for England to lose momentum against a Pakistan side that held their length with the ball and caught well in the field. Still, England have never lost a T20 when they have posted 200 batting first, a record that never looked in danger. 

In hindsight, the way the pitch behaved suggests Pakistan made a mistake in batting first after winning the toss, but that should take nothing away from the way England bowled. Though captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan reprised their stellar opening partnership by adding 50 in the powerplay, after Saqib Mahmood had Babar miscue to extra cover, the spinners took over. 

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Rashid bowls with a fizzing pace and uses his googly. Parkinson is much slower, using his flight and guile. At one stage they bowled five overs in tandem that cost only 28 runs and brought two wickets - both to Rashid, one a superb caught and bowled to remove Rizwan. The life had been sucked from the chase.  

Moeen followed up with two wickets in an over, while Parkinson finally got his reward from the last ball of his spell when Azam Khan was stumped. In all, England sent down 11 overs of spin, the most they have ever bowled in a T20, before paceman Mahmood nipped in at the death for 3-33.

Scorecard

ENGLAND:

Jason Roy c Hafeez b Imad Wasim 10

Jos Buttler c Babar b M Hasnain 59

Dawid Malan c Azam b Imad Wasim 1

Moeen Ali c Babar b M Hasnain 36

Liam Livingstone run out 38

Jonny Bairstow c Fakhar b Shadab 13

Tom Curran c Sohaib b M Hasnain 9

Chris Jordan c Shadab b Haris Rauf 14

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Adil Rashid b Haris Rauf 2

Saqib Mahmood not out 3

Matt Parkinson b Shaheen Afridi 5

EXTRAS: (lb3, nb1, w6) 10

TOTAL: (all out, 19.5 overs) 200

FOW: 1-11, 2-18, 3-85, 4-137, 5-153, 6-164, 7-182, 8-191, 9-191, 10-200. 

BOWLING: Imad Wasim 4-0-37-2, Shaheen Shah Afridi 3.5-0-28-1, Mohammad Hasnain 4-0-51-3, Haris Rauf 4-0-48-2, Shadab Khan 4-0-33-1. 

PAKISTAN:

Muhammad Rizwan c & b Rashid 37

Babar Azam c Malan b Mahmood 22

Sohaib Maqsood st Buttler b Rashid 15

Mohammad Hafeez c Bairstow b Ali 10

Fakhar Zaman b Ali 8

Azam Khan st Buttler b Parkinson 1

Imad Wasim c Roy b Curran 20

Shadab Khan not out 36

Shaheen Afridi c Jordan b Mahmood 2

Haris Rauf b Mahmood 0

Mohammad Hasnain not out 0

EXTRAS: (lb1, w3) 4

TOTAL: (9 wkts, 20 overs) 155

FOW: 1-50, 2-71, 3-82, 4-93, 5-95, 6-105, 7-142, 8-147, 9-154. 

BOWLING: Adil Rashid 4-0-30-2, Chris Jordan 1-0-12-0, Tom Curran 4-0-22-1, Saqib Mahmood 4-0-33-3, Moeen Ali 3-0-32-2, Matt Parkinson 4-0-25-1. 

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TOSS: Pakistan

UMPIRES: Alex Wharf, Martin Saggers

TV UMPIRE: David Millns

MATCH REFEREE: Wayne Noon

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