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Cricket: England beat Pakistan by five wickets in 2nd T20

MANCHESTER: England beat Pakistan by five wickets to win the second Twenty20 international at Old Trafford here today (30th of August, 2020). 
Eoin Morgan, the England captain, came in on a hat-trick but hit a dashing 66 and shared a third-wicket stand of 112 with Dawid Malan (54 not out) as the hosts chased down a stiff target of 196 with five balls to spare.
Earlier, Pakistan’s 195-4 featured fine fifties from Mohammad Hafeez (69) and skipper Babar Azam (56). Victory put England 1-0 in a three-match contest following Friday’s no-result washout in Manchester. The series concludes at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Though Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam both hit fifties, their efforts ultimately did not succeed to stop the English batsmen. Hafeez top-scored with 69 after Pakistan captain and opener Babar, the world’s number one-ranked T20 batsman, launched the innings with 56. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid briefly checked Pakistan’s progress with 2-32 from his maximum four overs.
But the rest of 50-over world champions England’s attack lacked penetration, with seamer Tom Curran conceding 46 runs — including 23 off one over. In a fixture where both sides were unchanged after Friday’s opener in a three-match series ended as a no result washout, the tourists were sent into bat by Eoin Morgan, the England captain.
But Babar, who pulled the first ball of the match from fast bowler Saqib Mahmood for four, was unconcerned as he struck boundaries off spinners and seamers alike. Fellow opener Fakhar Zaman saw his brisk 36 end when he skyed Rashid to long-on to leave his side 72.
Babar completed a fine fifty with a superb extra-cover drive off Rashid – his seventh four in 37 balls faced. But Rashid had his revenge when Babar miscued a pull to deep midwicket. Hafeez, whose pulled six off Mahmood kept the runs coming when he pulled a careless Curran no-ball, an above waist-high full toss, for six.
Hafeez’s scooped four off Mahmood to long leg which saw him to a 26-ball fifty including four fours and three sixes before he was dismissed off the penultimate ball of the innings when he drove Curran to Morgan at extra-cover. Earlier, England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to field in the second Twenty20 international against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Both teams were unchanged from the sides that played out a no result in Friday’s first of a three-match series in Manchester, where rain ended the match with England 131-6 off 16.1 overs and Pakistan yet to bat. England’s total featured opener Tom Banton’s dashing 71, with the 21-year-old Somerset batsman given another chance to impress on Saturday following his maiden Twenty20 international fifty.
England: Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Tom Banton, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (capt), Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Saqib Mahmood
Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan (wkt), Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
Umpires: Martin Saggers (ENG), David Millns (ENG)
TV Umpire: Mike Burns (ENG)
Match Referee: Wayne Noon (ENG).

Syed Aun

Syed Aun studied Media before starting to contribute to writing mostly on sports and local (Pakistani) politics.