Yesterday there was hope at this point that England could get a strong early foothold
in this seven-game run after winning a low-scoring opening game by six wickets.
However, Pakistan soon poured water on that idea and restored parity to the series with a decisive ten wicket win. England were good with the bat, with an excellent 55* from captain Moeen Ali propelling them to a score of 199 from their 20 overs.
A tough chase for the hosts? Not a little. Openers Mohammed Rizwan (88*) and Babar Azam (110*) started playing with the English bowlers, timing their chase perfectly to reach the goal with three balls left.
The innings were a perfect symbiosis of destructive batting and controlled partnership building, with both Rizwan and Azam demonstrating a nerve-wracking ability to keep up with a high required speed of over ten per over without taking any real risks. England had a chance to tie Rizwan over in the sixth, but Alex Hales couldn’t hold on to a difficult catch halfway through.
For the tourists, the result would have been a real blow to the confidence of a young squad who were riding high after the first game of the series.