Pakistan aim to carry on the momentum as second England T20I today

Pakistan aim to carry on the momentum as second England T20I today
Pakistan’s Haris Rauf leaps to dismiss England’s Moeen Ali early in his innings during their first T20I at Trent Bridge on Friday night. The second T20I will be played on Sunday (today).

NOTTINGHAM: Babar Azam led from the front as Pakistan beat England by 31 runs in the first Twenty20 international at Trent Bridge on Friday despite a blistering hundred from Liam Livingstone. Pakistan captain Azam made 85 and shared an opening stand of 150 with Mohammad Rizwan in a national record T20 total of 232-6. But Livingstone gave the hosts hope with a 42-ball century, England’s quickest in a T20 international and the fifth fastest of all-time, hitting six fours and nine sixes on his way to three figures. Yet it wasn’t enough to prevent Pakistan going 1-0 up in this three-match series, with England bowled out for 201 after player of the match Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shadab Khan took three wickets apiece. “Everyone took part in today’s win,” said Azam following Pakistan’s first victory of the tour after a 3-0 reverse in a one-day international series. “After mine and Rizwan’s partnership all the batsmen came and performed their roles and we got a brilliant total. We want to carry on the momentum on to the next game and take the positives from today,” he added. Meanwhile, England skipper Eoin Morgan praised Livingstone’s innings Livingstone and Morgan both missed the ODI series after all the originally selected squad had to self-isolate following a Covid outbreak in the England camp.

Azam, fresh from a superb hundred in the third ODI at Edgbaston on Tuesday, faced just 49 balls as he and Rizwan took a toll of an experimental England attack. The skipper was in typically elegant form while hitting eight fours and three sixes before he was caught behind off David Willey. Fast bowler Afridi took a brilliant caught and bowled to dismiss opener Dawid Malan on his way to 3-30. Roy’s rapid 32 kept England in the hunt before Livingstone, looking to establish himself in the England set-up, found his range with consecutive sixes off leg-spinner Shadab Khan. The series continues at Headingley on Sunday.

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