Buttler scored the best score for England in the 2nd round of the T20I vs Pakistan.© AFP
Jos Buttler’s 59-run blows and Saqib Mahmood’s three wickets gave Haul a 45-win win over England in Pakistan’s second T20I match played in Headingley on Sunday in Pakistan. With this win, England drew 1-1 in three games and the series decision will be played on Tuesday. With 201 behind, Pakistan Flying started with openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan making 50 runs in a row. However, England returned in sixth place as Saqib Mahmood knocked out Babar (22). Sohaib Maqsood scored 15 goals in just 10 balls, but Adil Rashid was sent off and Pakistan was reduced to 71/2 on the 9th.
Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali eliminated Rizwan (37) and Mohammad Hafeez (10) in a row and Pakistan was reduced to 93/4, still needing 106 balls to win just 47 balls.
Shadab Khan (36 *) and Imad Wasim (20) showed some resistance with the bats, but Pakistan continued to lose regular periods and failed to get the batsman to wrinkle for a long time. As a result, England went on to win 45 games.
Earlier, Jos Buttler’s 59-stroke blows were accompanied by useful blows from Liam Livingstone and Moeen Ali, who helped England in the 200 overs they gave up.
Sent along, England got off to a bad start as opener Jason Roy (10) sent Imad Wasim to the Pavilion for the first inning. Dawid Malan (1) was disappointed with the bat and as a result England were reduced to 18/2 in the third.
Moeen Ali then entered the pattern with Jos Buttler in the middle and the pair counterattacked, with England’s result being 66/2 after finishing sixth. Ali (36) was killed on the ball by Mohammad Hasnain, but Liam Livingstone and Buttler made sure the host did not go down.
The 52-run run for the fourth wicket finally ended on the 14th when Buttler (59) returned to the pavilion, reducing England to 137/4. Jonny Bairstow (5) and Livingstone (38) died shortly afterwards and England were reduced to 164/6 on the 16th.
In the final rounds, Pakistan managed to take on regular periods and as a result, England won 200.
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