Author ∙ Sep 22 2022, 6:10 PM

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan guide Pakistan to a massive win over England


image-l8dd25awBabar-Rizwan shared a record-breaking partnership to help Pakistan win | PC: Twitter

Pakistan rode on the record breaking partnership of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan to register a thumping 10 wickets victory 0ver England in the second T20I of the seven-match series on Thursday (September 22) at National Stadium in Karachi.

Chasing a daunting total of 200 runs, skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan made a mockery of the English bowling attack to gun down their target against England and race to a 10-wicket win to bring the series to 1-1. 

The duo hit a flurry of boundaries and added 203 runs for the opening wicket as they sent the English bowlers on a leather hunt and overwhelmed the target with three balls to spare. 

While Babar Azam, whose strike rate was under scrutiny off late, whacked an unbeaten 110 off 66 balls, Rizwan never put his foot on ground after pressing the accelerator button from the beginning of the chase and went on to add unbeaten 88 off 51 balls. 

It was a disastrous exhibition of bowling by visitors as almost all of their bowlers were taken to the cleaners by the Pakistan batting duo except Liam Dawson and Sam Curran, who finished with an economy less than eight.

Moeen Ali's Batting Masterclass Steers England to 199/6 

Earlier, England skipper Moeen Ali won the toss and elected to bat first. The visitors got off to a flying start thanks to their openers Phil Salt and Alex Hales' 42-run opening stand. 

Hales' stint was cut short as he fell prey to Shahnawaz Dahani's off-cutter delivery after scoring 26 runs in 21 balls. The incoming batter Dawid Malan couldn't open his account as Dahani claimed his second wicket of the day.

However, two back-to-back blows did not do anything to slow down Phil Salt, who was rotating strikes timely and anchoring England's innings well. 

The wicket-keeper batter then joined hands with Ben Duckett (43 off 22) in thrashing the bowlers and cobbled up a 53-run partnership for the third wicket before the former of the two perished in the 12th over off Haris Rauf's bowling for 30 runs. 

Duckett soon joined him in the hut as Mohammad Nawaz uprooted his stumps in the very next over to leave England lurking at 101/4 in 12.3 overs. Harry Brook, next joined in the action and played a breezy cameo of 19-ball 31 before skipper Moeen Ali put the finishing touches on England's destructive innings.

The 35-year-old played a whirlwind knock of unbeaten 55 off just 23 deliveries including two final ball sixes to finish things off in style for the visitors. For Pakistan, Shahnawaz Dahani and Haris Rauf picked up two wickets each while Mohammad Nawaz added a brace to his tally. 

Brief Score:

England: 199/6 (20 Overs)

Moeen Ali 55 (23)*, Ben Duckett 43 (22); Shahnawaz Dahani 2-37 (4), Haris Rauf 2-30 (4) 

Pakistan: 203/0 (19.3 Overs) 

Babar Azam 110* (66), Mohammad Rizwan 88* (51)

Pakistan won by 10 wickets.

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