Manchester: England defeated Pakistan by five wickets in the second T20 International match. The hosts took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series with this win, while first match was wash out due to rain. In this match played at Old Trafford on Sunday night, England captain Eoin Morgan (66) and David Malan (54 not out) scored a brilliant half-century and played a key role in the victory for hosts.
England captain Eoin Morgan scored the highest 66 for the team while David Malan returned unbeaten after scoring 54 runs. Captain Morgan hit 6 fours and 4 sixes in his innings of 33 balls. Captain Morgan and Malan put on a 112-run partnership for the third wicket. Wicketkeeper-batsman Johnny Bairstow contributed 44 runs.
Malan and Morgan moved the team closer to victory after Tom Banton (20) and wicketkeeper batsman Bairstow’s wickets fell. Malan returned unbeaten after scoring 54 runs. Shadab Khan took 3 wickets for Pakistan. He conceded 34 runs in 4 overs to dismiss Tom Banton (20), Johnny Bairstow (44) and Moeen Ali (1). Apart from them Haris took 2 wickets.
Earlier Pakistan star batsman Mohammad Hafeez played a stormy innings of 69 runs. He hit 5 fours and 4 sixes in 36 balls. He was dismissed by Tom Curran on the 5th ball of the last over of the innings. His catch was taken by Captain Morgan. Captain Azam scored the 14th half-century of his T20 International career. He scored 56 runs off 44 balls with 7 fours. Babar was caught by Adil Rashid in the hands of Sam Billings.
England bowler Adil Rashid took 2 wickets. He gave 32 runs in 4 overs and both openers Azam (56) and Fakhar Zaman (36) showed the way to the pavilion. Babar and Fakhar shared a 72-run opening partnership. Apart from Adil Rashid, Tom Curran and Chris Jordan took 1–1 wickets for England. Tom dismissed Jahan Hafeez. Jordan showed Shoaib Malik (14) the path of the pavilion.