England had a great time in Pakistan in the last 17 years of being there a memorable one by securing the seven-T20I series, 4-3 on Sunday night in front an enthusiastic crowd at Gaddafi Stadium.
Pakistan was just 67 runs behind England’s 209. The hosts were not able to get going in the chase for runs, with Babar Azam, who was the second highest run-scorer in this series, scoring 285 runs at 57, losing to Chris Woakes in the first over, and Reece Topley accounting for top-ranked Mohammad Rizwan (the highest run-getter in the series, scoring 316 runs at 63.20) and an in-swinging yorker next.
Iftikhar Ahmed was the third wicket for Pakistan to be lost in the powerplay when the wicket fell by David Willey in the sixth. A partnership of 53 runs with Shan Masood (53 off 43) and Khushdil Shah (27 off 25) stopped the flow of wickets up to the 13th over. However, their slow rate of the runs accumulation left Pakistan in a position behind England.
When Khushdul was taken off behind by Adil Rashid, who was working the ball down the leg it led to the collapse. Pakistan were battered short of the mark with Shadab Khan suffering the hamstring injury.
Woakes who was back in his side, was most popular of the bowlers , taking three wickets at 26. Willey picked up two wickets for 22.
The explosive knocks of Dawid Malan and Harry Brook led England to a colossal 209 for three after the decision of Pakistan to bowl. Malan hit Pakistan bowlers with nine fours as well as three massive sixes in his astonishing 47-ball 78 not out . Brook’s remarkable 29-ball 46-ball not out laced with four sixes as well as four.
The two teams were reunited in 9.5 overs after the dismissal by Ben Duckett, who made 30 runs in 19 overs (hitting the three-four and six) and then started a counterattack when the duo scored 108 runs on 61 balls.
England began their journey to an impressive start with Phil Salt (20 off 12) taking out Mohammad Nawaz for two fours in the opening over, and Alex Hales (18 off 13) crushing Mohammad Wasim Jnr for three consecutive boundaries in the second portion of the third over.
Haris Rauf bowled brilliantly in deceiving the England batters with his impressive cutters. In spite of England having scored in the range of 10.45 per hour, Haris Rauf’s four-overs cost just 24 runs. This was not the only final T20I that he displayed his skills and his right-arm speed bowler has been awe-inspiring throughout the series. This is evident in his stats 8 wickets which is the highest of any bowler during the series. He also had the rate of 23.62 and an astonishing efficiency of 7.87 for bowlers who bowl in the death and powerplay.
As an Salt and Hales attack, Haris was magnificent in the fourth over, allowing just four. The ball added stress on two openers and also brought the wicket of Hales in the first ball of the fifth. He was caught LBW by Mohammad Hasnain. a strange mismatch with Malan and Salt led to the latter’s run-out two balls after.
Malan However, he did not hesitate to put the burden back to Pakistan by striking Hasnain for consecutive fours on the fifth and fourth balls. This was the beginning of a raging standing of 62 runs in just 32 ball in between Malan and Duckett which required superb handling from Mohammad Rizwan to end.
The most memorable moment of their partnership was ninth over – which increased England’s run total by 20 as the pair crushed Shadab Khan to score a six each.
In short, Scores:
England 209-3 with 20 runs (Dawid Malan 78 not out; Harry Brook 46 not out, Mohammad Hasnain 1-30)
Pakistan 142-8, 20 overs (Shan Masood 56, Khushdil Shah 27; Chris Woakes 3-26, David Willey 2-22)
Player of the Match – Dawid Malan (England)