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Result and latest updates from Karachi

Result and latest updates from Karachi

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aWelcome to our live coverage of the twenty second of seven and second of four in Karachi during the White Ball segment from England’s first tour to Pakistan for 17 years. Although it took 116 balls to chase Pakistan’s mediocre result on Tuesday, victory, at least after Adil Rashid’s sacking of Babar Azam, was not in much doubt… and authentic Harry Brook drove them home.

All the criticism leveled at the Pakistan captain before the match seemed misplaced: their problem isn’t his shot rate at the top of the standings, it’s the mediocre team’s inability to rotate or even Rashid’s reading. While they were giving the impression of walking through a glue trap after Powerplay, England’s fastest player, Luke Wood, knocked them out.


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Richard Gleeson struggled with a back problem in the first match and is likely to make way for today which will give England the opportunity to assess how to rehabilitate Ole Stone or give Tom Helm a debut. Both could repeat Gleeson’s pace which would be necessary, given the futility of the pitch, should they decide not to try Liam Dawson as the third spinner given Pakistan’s troubles against Muin and Rashid. Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Reece Topley may not even participate in Lahore’s three matches… after all.

There is some talk of alternating batting as well, with Will Jack or Jordan Cox likely to come in for Ben Duckett who did well in his call-up with 17 balls 21 but may only be destined to play two or three times on the tour because England want to give equal chances For each of the three middle-ranking prospects not in the T20 World Team.

For Pakistan, I’d like to see Aamir Jamal make his debut – he’s a hitman who can consistently score a hit rate above 150 while Mohammed Hassanein, the third 90mph man, should come instead of Naseem Shah who seems to have a muddled approach. very much into the first T20, ignoring his rotten natural origins for some Dernbachian obsession with stealth slow balls.