Prolific opener Mohammad Rizwan hit a combating half-century earlier than debutant all-rounder Aamer Jamal starred with the ball as Pakistan beat England by six runs in one other last-over end within the fifth T20 worldwide in Lahore on Wednesday. Rizwan’s 46-ball 63 was the cornerstone of Pakistan’s 145 all out in 19 overs after categorical pacer Mark Wooden grabbed 3-20 to derail the house group who had been requested to bat first at Gaddafi Stadium. England’s stand-in skipper Moeen Ali smashed an excellent undefeated 37-ball 51, with 4 sixes and two fours, however failed to attain the 15 wanted off the ultimate over as England managed 139-7.
Jamal stored his cool regardless of being hit for a six off the third ball, conceding simply eight to provide Pakistan a 3-2 lead within the seven-match collection.
England received the primary and third matches whereas Pakistan took the second and fourth, all performed in Karachi.
Pakistan wanted wickets to defend a below-par complete and all six bowlers responded with no less than a wicket every, with Haris Rauf grabbing 2-41.
Openers Alex Hales (one) and Phil Salt (three) had been passed by the fourth over earlier than the dismissals of Ben Duckett (10) and Harry Brook (4) left England struggling at 54-4.
Dawid Malan stopped the slide with a affected person 35-ball 36, studded with six boundaries, earlier than Ali raised his group’s hopes of victory.
However the asking charge climbed with 40 wanted off the final three overs and 28 off the final two.
Moeen reached his seventh T20I fifty off 35 balls.
“I’ll give credit score to the bowlers who defended a not-so-big complete,” mentioned Pakistan skipper Babar Azam.
“I believe Jamal confirmed nice character by bowling the final over and his confidence obtained him over the road.”
Ali, in the meantime, mentioned England ought to have chased down the goal.
“Disillusioned we did not chase these runs, we’re a greater group than that however we obtained strangled by the spinners within the center overs,” mentioned Ali, whose group had fallen three runs brief in pursuit of 166 on Sunday.
Earlier, Pakistan struggled in opposition to the tempo of Wooden.
Wooden — enjoying solely his second worldwide since an elbow damage in March adopted by surgical procedure — was ably assisted by Sam Curran (2-23) and David Willey (2-23) as Pakistan had been dismissed in 19 overs.
Amid a middle-order collapse from 42-1, which noticed Pakistan lose six wickets off 48 balls for simply 58 runs, Rizwan held on with a defiant knock, his fourth fifty in 5 matches on this collection.
Wooden dismissed Azam within the third over for 9 earlier than David Willey eliminated Shan Masood and Iftikhar Ahmed to derail Pakistan.
Mohammad Nawaz (nought) and Shadab Khan (seven) fell to injudicious run outs to depart Pakistan tottering at 100-7.
Rizwan accomplished his twentieth T20I half-century earlier than hitting Curran straight into the fingers of Adil Rashid at deep square-leg within the 18th over. Rizwan struck three sixes and two fours.
The remaining matches are on Friday and Sunday, additionally in Lahore.
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