Pakistan recovers from ODI humiliation to win first T20.
An opening ray of 150 in 15 overs between Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan established Pakistan’s 31-run victory over England in the first Twenty20 on Friday at Trent Bridge.
Captain Azam connected 85 of 49 balls and Rizwan 63 of 41 in a Pakistan record total of 232-6.
England lost four wickets in the first seven overs, and their hopes were dashed thanks only to Liam Livingstone with a career-best 103. But he was the seventh man out in the 17th and England was soon out for 201 with four balls remaining.
England’s biggest stars returned from self-isolation, but could not copy the dominance their second series against Pakistan achieved in the one-day international series.
While England’s greats did not participate in the ODIs due to a coronavirus outbreak, an impromptu side of county players and fringe internationals overwhelmed Pakistan 3-0. With the isolation completed, only four from side B remained and none managed to contribute much.
The middle-order bat Livingstone, from the main team, shone with his century in a losing effort.
Pakistan recovered from the humiliation of ODI and after being forced to hit first. Babar and Rizwan received good support from Sohaib Maqsood, 19 of 7, Fakhar Zaman, 26 of eight, and Mohamad Hafeez 24 of 10, as they easily dwarfed their previous highest T20 score of 205 in 2018 and last April.
England’s chase was undermined early when starter Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali went 1, 48-3.
Livingstone’s 42-ball century, the fastest by an Englishman at T20, came with his ninth six, more than the rest of the team combined, but was the next ball off a limit catch by Shaheen Shah Afridi at 183-7 in the 17th and so went England.
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Livingstone was one of five sacks on the edge, two of them taken by Afridi, who also contributed 3-30, including a catch and pitch.
Shadab Khan also starred on the field at 3-52, a catch and straight shot run from Tom Curran.
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