Yash Mittal ∙ Sep 28 2022, 7:00 PM

Debutant Aamer Jamal's final over heroics helps Pakistan beat England by 6 runs

Pakistan clinched another crucial victory in the fifth T20I (PC: Twitter)

Pakistan survived another humdinger in the ongoing 7-match T20I series against England as their bowling-unit kept their nerves and successfully defended 145 in the 5th game at Lahore on Wednesday night.

With 15 needed in the final over, debutant seamer Aamer Jamal showed incredible composure despite being hit for a six by a rampaging Moeen Ali (51* off 37) to close the game off for Pakistan.

Moeen proved to be the lone hero for England, but eventually, the underwhelming returns from his partners caught up with the stand-in skipper.

Chasing 146, England got off to a disastrous start as they lost opener Alex Hales to Mohammad Nawaz (1-9 in 2) in the very first over.

The visitors could never really recover from that as star pacer Haris Rauf removed Phil Salt before Wasim Jnr knocked over Ben Duckett to leave England reeling at 54/4 after 9.

Dawid Malan (36 off 35) woes again spin continued and his demise was eventually written by Iftikhar Ahmed, who trapped the southpaw plumb in front.

At 62-5, it looked done and dusted for England but Moeen's calculative assault kept them in the game, and when he smashed Jamal for a 6 to reduce the equation to 8 off 3, a sensational heist looked in the offing for the all-rounder.

However, it was not to be as young Jamal held his nerves to help Pakistan get a jailbreak and a 3-2 lead. 

Fast and Furious Mark Wood rattles Pakistan batters

image-l8lyyiwkEngland cricket team [Image Credit- Twitter]

Earlier, Pakistan batsmen were once again ruffled up by the raw pace of Mark Wood (3/20 in 4).

As was the case in Karachi, Wood was fast and furious, and the Pakistanis, including their skipper Babar Azam (9 off 12) didn't have any answer whatsoever.

Babar was Wood's first victim- bounced out as he pulled wildly, only to be caught by Ben Duckett at square-leg.

Shan Masood (7 off 8) was the next to fall as his attempt to scoop David Willey went horribly wrong as the left-arm seamer beat him with lack of pace, ensuring that the ball lopped out straight in the air.

Haider Ali (4 off 6) met the same fate as his skipper as he was about 100 hours late to a searing bumper during a fatal attempt to pull it. Again, the ball lopped up in the air, and this time, straight to the bowler, Wood.

Amid all this, Mohammad Rizwan continued to play the role of a sheet anchor, a ploy that would have been perfectly in sync with the situation had his partners taken the aggressor role.

Iftikhar Ahmed tried to do that but failed horribly as he huffed and puffed his way to a 14-ball 14 before getting dismissed by Willey.

Asif Ali didn't have any answer to a 151 kph straight bullet from Wood. He made it even worse by backing away.

Rizwan (63 off 46) completed his half-century in 37 deliveries, but he couldn't give the final flourish that Pakistan would have liked and following his dismissal by Sam Curran, the hosts were finally bowled out for 145 in 19 overs.

Brief Scores:

Pakistan 145/10 (19)

Mohammad Rizwan 63 (46), Iftikhar Ahmed 15 (14)
Mark Wood 3/20 (4), Sam Curran 2/23 (4), David Willey 2/23 (3)

England 139/7 (20)

Moeen Ali 51* (37), Dawid Malan 36(35)
Haris Rauf 2/41 (4), Aamer Jamal 1/13 (2), Mohammed Nawaz 1/9 (2)

Result: Pakistan won by 6 runs and lead 7-match series 3-2

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