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Pakistan vs England: Babar Azam century in stunning opening position with Mohammad Rizwan ensures remarkable victory | Cricket News

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Highlights of the second T20 international between Pakistan and England in Karachi.

Highlights of the second T20 international between Pakistan and England in Karachi.

A stunning undefeated opening partnership between Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan saw Pakistan engage in a remarkable chase to beat England by 10 wickets and bring their T20I series to 1-1.

Pakistani captain Babar hit 110 from 66 balls, with opening partner Rizwan finishing in 88 from 51 deliveries as the hosts chased a 200 goal with three balls left in Karachi.

England appeared to be in a hugely strong position after captain Moeen Ali’s unbeaten 55 helped his side post 199-5 after he won the toss and chose to bat, on a surface that both skippers had said would keep the bowlers in the game. would be an advantage.

The partnership between Babar and Rizwan was the highest in all pursuits in the men’s T20 internationals, extending their previous record of 197 against South Africa in 2021. A seventh-century tie between the pair also allowed them to expand their record for most between two batters in T20Is.

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The tie also saw Pakistan set a new record for highest pursuit in all men’s T20s without losing a wicket, while Babar’s century, which included 11 fours and five maxima, made him the first Pakistani batter to score two T20I centuries.

Pakistan’s remarkable batting display saw the home side level the run of seven games, with the teams meeting again just 24 hours later for their third meeting on the same ground on Friday.

Moeen shines as England put down a big total

Moeen won the toss for a second consecutive game, but changed course from Tuesday’s win when he decided to bat first, with England making one substitution when spinner Liam Dawson came in for sailor Richard Gleeson.

The decision at the toss initially looked like a good one as Alex Hales, who earned half a century on Tuesday on his return to international cricket after a three-year exile, once again helped England get off to a fast start.

Watch the best bits of Moeen Ali's half-century against Pakistan in the second T20I.

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Watch the best bits of Moeen Ali’s half-century against Pakistan in the second T20I.

Watch the best bits of Moeen Ali’s half-century against Pakistan in the second T20I.

Hales (26) and Phil Salt (30), despite both struggling to time the ball as the pitch initially appeared to live up to expectations of a difficult surface, took England to 42 after five overs.

However, Shahnawaz Dahani swung the game in Pakistan’s favor after bowling Hales and Dawid Malan with consecutive deliveries.

Ben Duckett denied Dahani a hat-trick and then started a hugely impressive innings in which he successfully sweeps and sweeps Pakistan’s spinners backwards as he made 43 from just 22 balls.

Watch Shahnawaz Dahani's wild parties after they fired Alex Hales and Dawid Malan.

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Watch Shahnawaz Dahani’s wild parties after they fired Alex Hales and Dawid Malan.

Watch Shahnawaz Dahani’s wild parties after they fired Alex Hales and Dawid Malan.

Salt was largely a spectator in a half-century grandstand with Duckett, which ended when the first was bowled by Haris Rauf.

Once again, one brought two for Pakistan, as Duckett was bowled by Mohammad Nawaz in the next over, leaving England with two new batters on the crease in Harry Brook and Moeen with the score at 101-4 in the 13th.

Brook, who had impressed with a cameo to help England cross the line in the first game, picked up where he left off. The Yorkshire batter hit three sixes, including a delightful drive over extra cover, en route to making 31 from 19 balls.

Khushdil Shah will now want to look away after this disastrous missed catch during England's innings against Pakistan.

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Khushdil Shah will now want to look away after this disastrous missed catch during England’s innings against Pakistan.

Khushdil Shah will now want to look away after this disastrous missed catch during England’s innings against Pakistan.

Moeen had already made his intentions clear by hitting consecutive sixes from Usman Qadir in the leg side, but once Brook went, the skipper stepped up a gear.

Dahani was denied the scalp of Ali’s wicket when Khushdil Shah made an unforgivable drop into the deep center of the wicket when Ali misplaced the ball on 32.

He made Pakistan pay the price by beating the last two deliveries of the innings for sixes, reaching 55 from just 23 balls – the seventh fastest T20I half-century by an English batter – and helped England set a total most believed to be the hosts would have little chance of hunting.

Babar silences critics in brilliant chase

However, that idea was quickly rejected when Rizwan slammed David Willey across two borders in the opening to give Pakistan a strong start.

Dawson went for just four runs when he opened from the other side as the spinner’s final numbers of 0-26 left him, along with Sam Curran (0-29), as the English bowlers would not face extreme penalties from Pakistan.

Perhaps the most pivotal moment of the match came when Dawson returned to throw in sixth, when Rizwan, 23 at the time, missed an attempted big shot high into the air, only for Hales to drop it halfway through. .

Alex Hales drops Mohammad Rizwan and is immediately punished when the opener hits a monster six!

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Alex Hales drops Mohammad Rizwan and is immediately punished when the opener hits a monster six!

Alex Hales drops Mohammad Rizwan and is immediately punished when the opener hits a monster six!

The Pakistani batter would make the injury worse by hitting Dawson’s next ball for six over long-on, and neither he nor Babar gave England a chance after that point.

However, the grand nature of England’s tally meant that even as Pakistan reached 87 halfway through the stage without a loss, there was much doubt that they would convert the promising position into a win.

The hosts were 87-1 on the same stage in Tuesday’s opener, before making just 158 ​​from their 20 overs. That effort had sparked discussion ahead of Thursday’s clash over the state of Pakistan’s middle order, with Azam even adding that improvement was needed.

In the end they weren’t needed. The 13th over, Moeen’s first, proved crucial as Babar hit two sixes, before Rizwan added another, giving Pakistan 21 runs.

Pakistani captain Babar has had a brilliant century helping his side achieve a remarkable victory over England

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Pakistani captain Babar has had a brilliant century helping his side achieve a remarkable victory over England

Pakistani captain Babar has had a brilliant century helping his side achieve a remarkable victory over England

The pair never gave in from there, and England star bowler Adil Rashid got a similar treatment a few overs later when the duo hit him six each, leaving Pakistan needing just 49 runs from the last 30 balls.

England’s sailors were unable to slow them down, with Luke Wood (0-49) struggling after impressing on his debut on Tuesday.

The party was well underway as Babar put forward his century of 62 balls in the 18th over, before Willey (0-44) finally conceded the winning runs, which ended up in the form of a final Babar boundary.

Moeen: My expensive transfer gave Pakistan momentum

England captain Moeen believes his 21-run over gave Pakistan the confidence to go on and win the match.

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England captain Moeen believes his 21-run over gave Pakistan the confidence to go on and win the match.

England captain Moeen believes his 21-run over gave Pakistan the confidence to go on and win the match.

England captain Moeen Ali: “I actually thought it was a very good score. It was a very good wicket in the end.

“I thought it would do a little more second innings. I thought we bowled well for the first 10 overs, but we dropped a big catch.

“But the momentum changed when I fell over. I went for 20 and that gave them the confidence. After that they were unstoppable.”

Adil Rashid praised Babar and Rizwan's opening partnership.

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Adil Rashid praised Babar and Rizwan’s opening partnership.

Adil Rashid praised Babar and Rizwan’s opening partnership.

England bowler Adil Rashid: “I thought we were doing really well to get 199. As the match went on the wicket got better, but I thought they played top draw to get to that total.

“We were very happy halfway through.

“All credit goes to the opening players. I thought they played really well. They played good cricket shots and they got a huge partnership, but that can happen.”

“They played very, very well.”

What’s next?

There is very little time for Pakistan to celebrate, with less than 24 hours until the sides meet again on Friday, again at the Karachi National Stadium. Live coverage is on Sky Sports Cricket Friday from 3 p.m. and at 3:30 p.m. the action starts.

The players will then be given a much-needed day off before returning for another game in Karachi, which starts at the same time on Sunday.

The seven-game series then moves to Lahore for the last three games, the first being on Wednesday.

You can watch every ball live as England builds up to the T20 World Cup, which starts next month in Australia.