Karachi: Babar Azam (110 not out) and Mohammad Rizwan (88 not out) led Pakistan to a resounding 10-wicket victory in the second T20I against England to level the series 1-1. , here on Thursday.
Alex Hales and Phil Salt scored 42 runs in the first 5 overs for England who won the toss and batted first. Salt woke England up with a six off Mohammad Nawaz, followed by a boundary and a six from Hales in the next over.
Shahnawaz Dahani turned it around for Pakistan in the final over of the Powerplay and completed a hat-trick with the wickets of Hales and David Malan.
However, England did not counter-attack with Ben Duckett batting. The visitors hit seven fours in the next eight overs, all of which came off a 22-ball 43 from Duckett.
Just when England looked dangerous again, the hosts took two wickets in two overs to send both set batters back to the pavilion. Again, the visitors fought with fire and took the attack to Pakistan.
Harry Brook and Moeen Ali added 59 runs off 27 balls with 3 fours and 5 sixes. The skipper finished off with a bang by taking a dropped catch to Pakistan in the 18th over. With two sixes off the last two balls, Ali reached his half-century and took England to 199-5 in 20 overs.
With 10 runs to spare, Mohammad Rizwan made his intentions clear with two fours in the first over. Babar Azam also came into his own with two fours in the third over against Sam Curran.
The carnage continued in the remaining overs of the Powerplay as the duo took Pakistan to 59/0 after six overs. The boundaries continued to flow even after the end of the fielding restrictions as both Rizwan and Babar reached fifties off 30 and 39 balls respectively.
Moeen’s decision backfired as the two openers hit three sixes to pile up 21 runs from the over. Adil Rashid was treated with similar indifference as he was blasted for two sixes in the 15th over.
The Pakistan captain became more dangerous once he reached his half-century. After reaching his fifty in 39 balls, he needed 23 more balls to reach his triple digit milestone. He became the first Pakistani player to score two T20I centuries with a 62-ball century.
The two star batsmen remained unbeaten as they chased down the total with three balls to spare to level the series at 1-1.
Brief scores: England 199/5 in 20 overs (Moeen Ali 55 not out, Ben Duckett 43; Harris Raub 2-30) lost to Pakistan 203/0 in 19.3 overs (Babar Azam 110, Mohammad Rizwan 88 not out) by 10 runs. Wickets.