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Babar, Shaheen stars as Pakistan down England in first T20I

Men-in-Green registered a 31-run victory at Trent Bridge

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 16, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
Posted: Jul 16, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago

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Skipper Babar Azam and wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan starred as Pakistan registered a triumphing 31-run victory against England in the first T20I.

Chasing a mammoth 233-run target, Eoin Morgan’s men were bowled out for 201 in 19.2 overs.

Despite losing early wickets, Liam Livingston kept England alive in the game. He was the pick among the batsmen as he went on to score fastest T20I ton for England. The right-hander smashed 103 of 43 balls.

Opener Jason Roy played a crucial hand of 32 of 13 delivers for the losing side.

For the visitors, Shaheen Shah Afridi was the star of the show with the ball as he claimed figures of three for 30 in his four-over spell.

Earlier, after being asked to bat, Pakistan posted their highest T20I total of 323-6 on the board courtesy of a 150-run opening stand between Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.

Rizwan scored 63 of 41 balls, while the skipper played master-class innings of 84 of 49 deliveries.

Fakhar Zaman (26) and Mohammad Hafeez (24) provided the finishing touch to the Pakistan innings.

For England, Tom Curran was the most successful bowler as he claimed figures of two for 47 in his four-over spell.

The second match of the series will be played on July 18 in Headingley.

Hope you have enjoyed our coverage. We will join you again in the second T20I. Till then, it’s goodbye.

England 201 (19.2 overs)

OUT! Shaheen Shah Afridi wrapped up the game with his third wicket of the night. He removed Matt Parkinson, who departed without troubling the scorers.

OUT! Haris Rauf picked up his first wicket of the night as he removed David Willey, who departed after scoring just 16.

England 201/9 (18.4 overs)

RUNOUT! Shadab’s brilliant fielding effort sent Tom Curran packing. He departed after scoring just one

England 191/8 (17.3 overs)

Is this the game?

OUT! Shadab Khan strikes for Pakistan as he removes Lewis Gregory, who departed after scoring just 10.

Another big wicket for Pakistan

At half-way mark

England 120/4 (10 Overs)

Pure entertainment

Another big wicket for Pakistan

At the end of powerplay

England 69/3 (6 Overs)

Superb catch by Haris Rauf

Huge wicket for Pakistan

Great start for Pakistan

We are back with the second innings.

We will join you again for the second-half of the match. Join us then.

So that’s an excellent performance batting performance from Pakistan courtesy of brilliant innings from Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.

Pakistan 232/6 (20 Overs)

OUT! Saqib Mahood has the better of Fakhar Zaman, who departed after scoring blistering 26 of eight balls

Pakistan 221/5 (19.1 Overs)

OUT! Tom Curran removes dangerous Mohammad Hafeez, who departed after scoring quick 24 of 10 balls

Pakistan 221/4 (19 Overs)

Massive wicket for England

Big wicket for England

Brilliant partnership between Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan came on an end.

Rizwan continues his good from in T20Is this year as he completed a magnificent half-century

Superb innings from Babar Azam

At half-way stage

Pakistan 80-0 (10 Overs)

Great start by the Men-in-Green

At the end of powerplay

Pakistan 49-0 (6 Overs)

Babar Azam is looking in great form.

Here is Pakistan’s lineup

Let’s take a look at England’s starting lineup:

Toss: The news from the centre is that Eoin Morgan has won the toss and England will be bowling first.

Hello and welcome to the live blog for the first T20I of the three-match series between Pakistan and England.

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