England were defeated by Pakistan in the first T20I at Nottingham, despite finishing more than 200 runs. The Three Lions, on the other hand, returned to win the 2nd game of the three-match series at Headingley in Leeds by 45 runs. For one match left, they also found a way to put the series into a tie. Moeen Ali Sets To Level The Series.
ENG vs PAK 2021 Series: Moeen Ali Sets To Level The Series
The Brits struggled after being put in to bat first, with Imad Wasim taking the wickets of Jason Roy as well as Dawid Malan. The hosts were able to knock their way back into the game owing to a 67-run third-wicket stand between Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler. Moeen dropped after a brilliant 16-ball 36 that included 6 fours and a six. Buttler persisted, hitting 7 fours and 2 sixes in a 39-ball 59.
Moeen and Buttler were both attacked by Mohammad Hasnain. Liam Livingstone picked up where he left off in Nottingham, bowling a 23-ball 38 to lead the home side to a massive total of 200 in 20 overs.
Pakistan got over to a good start in the attack with a 50-run partnership off 34 balls from Mohammad Rizwan with Babar Azam. The visitors’ innings collapsed after Saqib Mahmood did get rid of Babar. Sohaib Maqsood and Mohammad Hafeez both came across a crucial path, but they were unable to maximize their beginnings.
Stepping out towards the spinners, Fakhar Zaman and Azam Khan appeared to mislead. Tom Curran was the target of Imad Wasim’s passionate strikes. On 36, Shadab Khan remained undefeated, but his strike was of no use. Saqib received 3 wickets for the visitors, with Moeen and Adil Rashid both taking a couple.
‘It’s great to be back in the team’: Buttler
Buttler, England’s captain, praised the players for their collective effort following the victory. On the other side, Pakistan captain Babar was dissatisfied with his bowling attack. Imad and Shadab, on the other hand, impressed him with their bowling spells.
“We put together a great score after losing the toss. Adil has been fantastic for a very long time, and Parky bowled well in tandem with him. It’s great to be back in the team and nice to contribute today. We got a very good performance today. We had two good games, and I’m sure the decider will be brilliant as well,” Buttler was quoted as saying.
‘We’ll try not to repeat the mistakes in the next game’: Babar
“We gave away 30 extra runs and we weren’t able to maintain the momentum that we got with the opening partnership. We had confidence in chasing, and my wicket was crucial because we lost momentum with that wicket”.
“Shadab and Imad bowled well, but it didn’t spin as much in the first innings as it did in the second innings. We’ll try not to repeat the mistakes in the next game and win,” Babar stated.
Here are Few Twitter reactions to England’s win:
Such a poor decision by captain & the management by bowling 1st on a great batting pitch it’s beyond me just speechless 🤬🤬🤬 pic.twitter.com/Iiv3xEBkTr
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) July 18, 2021
Great bowling and execution from Hasnain keeping mid off up with a slower ball with the dismissal of Ali. #PAKvENG
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) July 18, 2021
In the last game we got 200 + runs and we decide to bowl first here? I would have gone with batting first – Esp with England playing 2 spinners. We were coming in from a win full of confidence & should have played on that Strength. #PAKvENG #Headingly
— Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) July 18, 2021
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 18, 2021
Two leg spinners are bowling left handed batsman would have been ideal instead of Hafiz. What do you guys think ?
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) July 18, 2021
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