A 203-run partnership between Babar Azam (110) and Mohammad Rizwan (88) helped Pakistan beat England by 10 wickets in the second T20I on Thursday.
KARACHI: Pakistan beat England by 10 wickets in the second T20I on Thursday thanks to a 203-run partnership between Babar Azam (110) and Mohammad Rizwan (88). Batting first, England set Pakistan a target of 200 runs in 20 overs, which Babar’s team achieved with three balls remaining.
This is Babar and Rizwan’s seventh century and first double century. It is also the largest partnership in T20 Internationals while chasing the target. Earlier, Babar Rizwan made this record by scoring 197 runs for the first wicket against South Africa. Babar silenced the critics with an unbeaten 110 off 66 balls with 11 fours and five sixes, while Rizwan scored an unbeaten 81 off 51 balls with five fours and four sixes.
Chasing 200 runs, Babar and Rizwan gave Pakistan an explosive start. Babar took time to open his hand but Rizwan was on the attack from the first ball and Pakistan added 59 runs in the power play. Rizwan also got a lifeline in the seventh over when Philip Salt was stumped by Adil Rashid. When Pakistan needed 96 runs in the last eight overs, the two added 21 runs in Moeen Ali’s 13th over to increase the level of aggression.
Sam Curran tried to put pressure on Pakistan by scoring just four runs in the 18th over, but Pakistan added 17 runs in Luke Wood’s 19th over to unceremoniously end the match. Rizwan hit a boundary on the third ball of the 20th over to level the seven-match series at 1-1. The third match of the series will be played at National Stadium Karachi on Friday.
Earlier, England won the toss and batted aggressively and added 48 runs despite losing the wickets of Phillip Salt (26) and David Mullan (nil) in the powerplay. Shahnawaz Durmira tried to rein in England’s innings by dismissing Hales and Milan on two consecutive balls, but Duckett, who came in to bat at number four, did not allow this to happen. Duckett scored 43 runs off 22 balls with the help of seven fours. Supporting him, opener Philip Salt also added 30 (27) runs.
After both of them were dismissed, Harry Brook and Moeen Ali put on a partnership of 59 runs off 27 balls for the fifth wicket. Brooke returned to the pavilion after scoring 31 runs off 19 balls, but Moeen scored 55 runs off 23 balls with the help of four fours and four sixes while completing his half-century. England added 66 runs in the last five overs to score 199 runs in 20 overs. On behalf of Pakistan, Durhami and Haris Rauf took two wickets each while Muhammad Nawaz took one wicket.