ENG vs PAK 2nd T20I: Babar Azam’s (110* off 66 balls) & Mohammad Rizwan’s (88* of 51) record-breaking double-century stand powered Pakistan to a scintillating win in a record chase of 200 runs in the second T20I at the National Stadium in Karachi on Thursday. With this win, Pakistan now level the series with England by a 1-1 score.
Earlier England displayed a spirited show with the bat posting an imposing 199 for 5. But the Babar-Rizwan onslaught with the bat meant Pakistan chase the target with all 10 wickets intact. Notably, Babar-Rizwan’s powering stand is the first double-century stand in the history of Pakistan Cricket. In the process of a path-breaking win, Pakistan also became the first country to chase a record 200 runs target with all wickets intact.
Babar-Rizwan’s heroics pulled off a record chase
Chasing 200 runs, the duo of Babar Azam & Mohammad Rizwan was firing right from the word go. Rizwan smashed two boundaries right in the opening over to set the tone of their record chase. While Babar who initially got off to a slow start pressed the accelerator & smashed five fours within the powerplay overs. Their aggressive approach in front of England’s fiery bowling spell helped Pakistan to reach 59-0 in the powerplay overs.
Rizwan played a spectacular unbeaten knock of 88 off 51 balls in an innings embellished with five fours & four sixes. Babar on the other hand found his lost form back and registered his second T20I ton. He played a gleaming knock of 110* off 66 balls braced with 11 fours & 5 sixes. The duo made the bully of England’s bowlers & easily walked away with the target of 200 runs with three balls to spare & 10 wikcets intact.
Duckett & Moeen’s flamboyant knocks guided England to a big Total
Earlier England got off to a good start as their openers Hales & Salt went for boundaries in the initial overs. The duo made perfect use of hand-eye coordination to face Pakistan’s attack with resistance. Salt & hales added 42 runs in the first five overs before, Pakistan made a comeback into the game. S Dahani struck in the sixth over to remove Hales for 26 runs off 21 balls followed by Dawid Malan (0) in back-to-back deliveries to reduce England to 48-2 in the first six overs.
Ben Duckett then joined hands with Salt & the duo helped England to recover from an early blow by stitching 53 runs stand for the third wicket. However, in the 12th over, Salt was removed off Haris Rauf’s delivery for 30 runs off 27 balls. Duckett was going string at the other end, he used sweep, and reverse sweep to accelerate runs before getting dismissed off Nawaz’s delivery. He went back to the hut after playing a vital knock of 43 runs off 22 balls including seven fours.
Harry Brook & Moeen Ali then kept the scoreboard ticking for England with their perfectly timed shots. The duo was going strong smashing Pakistan bowlers for sixes & fours. However, in the 16th over, Brook was sent back to the hut after scoring 33 runs off 19 balls. But Moeen Ali on the crease was in no mood to give up. He continued hitting timely shots & helped England to end their innings at 199 runs in 20 overs. Moeen Ali stayed unbeaten at 55 off 23 balls while Sam Curran provided on the other end provided valuable support by playing a brief cameo of 10 runs off 8 balls.
For Pakistan Haris Rauf starred with the ball by returning with two wickets for 30 runs. The rest of the Pakistani bowlers conceded huge runs & failed to restrict the visitors from posting a big total on board.
ENG vs PAK 2nd T20I: Brief scores:
England 199/5 in 20 overs (Moeen Ali 55*, Ben Duckett 43 Harry Brook 31 off 19; Haris Rauf 2-30) lost to Pakistan 203/0 in 19.3 overs (Babar Azam 110*, Mohammad Rizwan 88*) by 10 wickets.