Spinners shine as England defeat Pakistan to level T20I series

Spinners shine as England defeat Pakistan to level T20I series

LEEDS: England stand-in skipper If Buttler scored the top 59 points before their puckers tore through the Pakistan percussion unit to achieve a 45-set win in the second Twenty20 International and leveling the series on Sunday 1-1. Chasing the 201 run to win at Headingley, the Pakistani openers started brilliantly with a bat but lost their way when England’s fast driver Saqib Mahmood dismissed captain Babar Azam (22) in sixth. England tightened their grip in the middle as football Adil Rashid eliminated Mohammad Rizwan and Sohaib Maqsood in his second spell. Spinner-off-Moeen Ali eliminated Mohammad Hafeez and Fakhar Zaman cheaply when Pakistan left the drop to 95-5. Azam Khan collided with Matt Parkinson’s leg fracture before Mahmood returned to tear through the lower grade and limit tourists to 155-9 in 20 passes.

Earlier, Buttler marked his return to the national team in the 14th T20I fifty when England was bowled for 200 with a spare ball. Buttler was found fit after a calf injury and took over as captain when Eoin Morgan decided to rest himself to offer to tour his team before this year’s T20 World Cup. When the hosts lost Jason Roy and Dawid Malan in the opening three, Buttler and Ali restored order with a brisk 67 running partnership. Ali was eventually dropped to 36, scooping fast bowler Mohammad Hasnai in the middle, but Buttler accelerated England’s running speed alongside Liam Livingstone, the hero of the final match.

Buttler chose the midfielder of Hasnain in the middle, but Livingstone, who was fresh from the fastest points of all time in England, continued the second entertaining inning for home supporters. Livingstone succeeded as the biggest of the day, toning Haris Rauf’s delivery directly over the newly built football rack. The right-handed batsman ran out of 38 shots per 23 balls before the lower order added another 35 of the last four matches and took England’s score to 200 for the second consecutive match – this time to win. Both teams will now go to Manchester for the series finisher on Tuesday.

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