England won after 17 years playing in Pakistan
Karachi, 21 September 2022 (BASS): After 17 years, England cricket team won an international match on Pakistani soil. After a long day, the Englishmen started playing T20 matches on the soil of Pakistan. England won the first match of the seven T20 series against Pakistan by 6 wickets. Through this, the English led by Moeen Ali took root in Pakistan and took a 1-0 lead in the series.
England won the toss and elected to bowl first in Pakistan’s Karachi last night. Pakistan’s two openers Mohammad Rizwan and captain Babar Azam made great use of the opportunity to bat first. They scored 51 runs in the power play. Inform Rizwan hit his 17th half-century in T20 by hitting a six on the 32nd ball he faced.
England’s spinner Adil Rashid broke Pakistan’s opening pair in the 10th over. Rashid hunted Babar who scored 31 runs off 24 balls with 3 fours. Rizwan and Babar made a great pair of 85 runs off 57 balls.
Rizwan scored 24 runs off 24 balls with Haider Ali for the second wicket after Babar’s dismissal. Haider returned in the 14th over and Rizwan in the 15th over. Haider scored 11 runs. Rizwan, the highest run scorer of the Asia Cup, scored 68 runs off 46 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes.
Pakistan was under pressure after the dismissal of Rizwan as the third batsman for the team’s 117 runs. Pakistan’s middle-order batsmen could not score quick runs in England’s controlled bowling. Pak got 41 runs in the last 32 balls. As a result, they missed the chance of a big score. Still, Pakistan scored 158 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs thanks to Iftikhar’s 17-ball 28 with 3 sixes. England’s Luke Wood took 3 wickets for 24 runs in his debut match.
England did not start well with a target of 159 runs. Opener Phil Salt returned to the pavilion as the first batter in the third over. He scored 10 runs off 10 balls.
Despite losing to Salt in the beginning, another opener Alex Hales turned the wheel of runs with his teammates. With David Malan for the second wicket and Ben Duckett for the third wicket, Hales put on 34 runs both times. Malan scored 20 and Duckett scored 21.
Malan-Duckett departed in the team’s 87 runs. But on the other hand, England’s run has been turned by Hales, who returned to the team after more than three and a half years. Harry Brook gave Hales great support for the fourth wicket. Both were eager to increase the pace of the run. With that, the match came to England’s hand.
Hales reached his ninth T20I half-century with a boundary off the 39th ball. Hales departed the ball after the half-century. Hales was out by Pakistani pacer Haris Rauf after scoring 53 runs off 40 balls with 7 fours. Bad boy fame Hales cleared the way for England’s victory by adding 55 runs from 35 balls with Brook.
England needed 17 runs from 20 balls when Hales returned. Brooke and captain Moeen Ali took care of the rest of the team’s needs in the fifth wicket. Brook remained unbeaten with 42 runs in 25 balls off 7 fours. Moeen was unbeaten on 7 runs. Pakistan’s Rauf took 2 wickets. Wood was man of the match.
Pakistan and England will meet again tomorrow in the second T20I of the series at the same venue.