Cricket 3rd T20I: Pakistan levels series beating England

MANCHESTER: Pakistan manged to level series by mustering 190-runs up for four beating England by 5 runs.

Today’s heroes were Mohammad Hafeez whose bat yielded  52-ball 86 and Moeen Ali who scored 61 runs off  33-balls.

Earlier, veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez made eighty-six not out and teenage debutant Haider Ali fifty-four in Pakistan’s 190-4 in the third Twenty20 international against England at Old Trafford here on 1st day of September, 2020.

There was a 20-year age gap between the 39-year-old Hafeez and the 19-year-old Haider but it was hard to notice the difference as they shared a stand of exactly one hundred after coming together at 32-2.
Hafeez’s knock followed his sixty- in England’s five-wicket win in the second T20 at Old Trafford on Sunday and was his fourth half-century in his last five T20 international innings.

Pakistan, beaten 1-0 in a three-Test series by England last month, were looking to end their tour with a win.
England, however, had chased down a stiff target of 196 to go 1-0 up in the three-match series on Sunday, with captain Eoin Morgan and Dawid Malan both making fifties, after Friday’s washout.

Off-spinner Moeen Ali struck with his first ball of the match when he bowled Fakhar Zaman.
But Haider slog-swept his second ball in international cricket, from Da Moeen, for six.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam, the world’s top-ranked Twenty20 batsman, followed his 56 on Sunday with three fours off consecutive deliveries from fast bowler Saqib Mahmood before he was bowled for Twenty-one by Tom Curran.
Haider struck all-rounder Lewis Gregory’s first ball for an elegant legside pick-up six that soared over the longest boundary.
Hafeez followed up with two sixes off successive deliveries from leg-spinner Adil Rashid before Haider went to a Twenty-Eight ball fifty with a pulled four off Gregory.
Rashid switched ends so he had a longer legside boundary to work with.
But Hafeez hit him for a superb straight six and swept him for four to complete a thirty-ball fifty before Haider was bowled by Jordan.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.