Mohammad Hafeez and Haider Ali shine as Pakistan level series

Pakistan levelled the best of three T20I series against England after completing a narrow five run victory at Old Trafford.

It ensured the tourists earned their first win of the tour on the day before they were due to return home.

A century run partnership between Mohammad Hafeez and Haider Ali guided Pakistan to 190-4 in their 20 overs.

Gripping final match comes down to the last ball

It was a series that came down to the final ball with Tom Curran needing to hit a six for victory. However, Pakistan’s Haris Rauf had other ideas and sent down an unplayable yorker to seal the win.

England- named an unchanged side– and after winning the toss decided to put Pakistan in to bat.

The hosts drew first blood when Moeen Ali bowled Fakhar Zaman(1) off his first delivery. On his debut 19-year-old Haider impressed. With just his third delivery received he smashed Ali over the deep midwicket boundary for a maximum.

Pakistan recover after early setback

Tom Curran came into the attack and with his second delivery he bowled the dangerous Babar Azam(21). Pakistan recovered from this setback and with the experienced Hafeez and the inexperienced Ali at the middle they prospered.

The pair added exactly a hundred before Hafeez went for 54 off Chris Jordan. The Sussex paceman also picked up the wicket of Shadab Khan(15). Hafeez remained unbeaten with 86 off 52 balls as the visitors posted an imposing 190-4 in their allocated twenty overs.

England suffer early setback

Pakistan were very much on the front foot when Shaheen Afridi yorked Jonny Bairstow(1) off the fourth ball of the reply. Dawid Malan(7) soon followed after a fine catch on the edge of the rope to leave England 26-2 in the fourth over.

Following a horrendous mix up in the middle, Captain Eoin Morgan(10) had to go. Opener Tom Banton was looking very composed in the middle and made a fluent 46 before being trapped lbw by Rauf.

At the half way point England required ten and a half runs per over. A stand of 57 kept England in the hunt before Sam Billings(26) holed out after the return back into the attack of Wahab Riaz.

It was down to Ali, who came into this game on a poor run of form. The Worcestershire all rounder hit three six’s in four balls off Shadad to give England hope.

With the target down to 30 off 18 balls, Lewis Gregory(12) was bowled by Shaheen. The game turned Pakistan’s way when Riaz ran out Jordan(1) and then nabbed the crucial wicket of Ali(61).

England just fall short in final over

Seventeen were required by England of the final over. Rauf’s first four balls went for only five runs before Curran’s maximum over cover. But Rauf held his nerve with the final ball of the game to seal victory and a share of the series.

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