PAK vs ENG : Despite Moeen Ali’s tremendous captaincy innings, England had to face defeat in the fifth T20 match of the series against Pakistan. In a thrilling match at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, England started getting setbacks from the start while chasing a target of 146 runs. Although English captain Moeen Ali, batting at number six, set up a base at the crease, England failed to cross the threshold of victory.
Batting first, Pakistan scored 145 runs
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Batting first, the Pakistan team could not play for the allotted 20 overs. The hosts were all out after scoring 145 runs in 19 overs. Captain Babar Azam failed once again. He scored just 9 runs and returned to the pavilion off Mark Wood. Except Mohammad Rizwan, no other batsman could spend time at the crease in Pakistan’s entire innings. The team’s 8 batsmen could not even touch the double figure. Rizwan scored 63 runs off 46 balls.
Mark Wood took the highest 3 wickets for England while David Willey and Sam Curran took 2-2 wickets.
England’s innings halted at 139
In reply to Pakistan’s 145 runs, England’s start was also not good. He started getting jerks from the very first over. Opener Alex Hales became the victim of Mohammad Nawaz on a personal score of just 1 run. At the same time, his partner Phil Salt also returned to the pavilion after scoring 3 runs in the fourth over off Haris Rauf. Although David Malan, who came to bat at number three, spent some time at the crease, but he missed out on increasing the pace of runs and playing long innings. He scored 36 runs in 35 balls.
Moeen Ali’s half-century innings went in vain
England captain Moeen Ali scored 51 runs in 37 balls in this match and was not out till the end but he failed to give victory to the team. Due to the falling wickets from the other end, the visiting team missed writing the victory note on the Lahore pitch.
Pakistan beat England by 6 runs. This is Pakistan’s second consecutive win over England in the series. On the basis of this victory, he has taken a crucial 3-2 lead over the English team in this seven-match series.