July 15, 2024

The England tour of Pakistan has started in well fashion with the series connecting in equal fashion. England won the first game at national stadium but Pakistan replied quite amazingly well in the last game when they chased an extravagant 200 target. Let us analyze the game.


England opened in force seeing Phil Salt and Alex Hales trying to make a good start to their opening order making a combined runs of 56 however their Strike Rates were not that impressive. That is where Duckett chipped in and scored 43 off 22 balls scoring 7 fours with a strike rate of 195.45. Harry Brook paced up the lance with his 3 sixes and 1 four. The Pakistan bowling could not cope up with the National stadium’s fast yet non swinging field so Hasnain and Naseem Shah conceded a total of 91 runs themselves. Spin bowling did not help too as Usman Qadir also conceded over 40 runs. Haris Rauf impressed with his 2 wickets but no one could drop Moeen Ali’s wicket who scored loads in the end with his 55 runs of 23 balls and an immense strike rate of 239.13.


Given Pakistan’s batting problems one would say that yes they would struggle to chase a 200 target but what happened managed to shock all of us. England tried 6 different bowlers but no one worked. Luke Woods who bowled brilliantly last game conceded 49 runs off his 4 overs. Moeen Ali, the captain of England could not help himself so he bowled an over and concede 21 runs off it. Rizwan and Babar absolutely nailed a partnership of 198 runs not out which made Pakistan win with 10 wickets. Babar Azam scored his 2nd t20 century of the career with 110 not out with 5 sixes and 11 fours. Rizwan on the other hand scored 88 with a strike rate of 172.55 and that is how Pakistan proved the better team.

For the next match Babar and Rizwan might be rested so Pakistan might suffer their absence. Keep an eye on the English batsmen again this time, mostly Alex Hales and Phil Salt.


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