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PIX: Morgan lifts England to victory in record chase vs Pakistan

August 30, 2020 22:50 IST
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Eoin Morgan

IMAGE: England captain Eoin Morgan hits out during the second T20 International against Pakistan, in Manchester, on Sunday. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB

Captain Eoin Morgan belted a blistering half-century as England chased down a record target at Old Trafford to beat Pakistan by five wickets in the second Twenty20 international, in Manchester, on Sunday.

Pakistan posted 195 for four in their 20 overs on a flat wicket, but the home side completed their victory with five balls to spare and a take 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

 

Morgan blasted 66 from 33 balls to secure the win in what is the highest chase in any form of 20-over cricket at Old Trafford.

Dawid Malan

IMAGE: Dawid Malan smashed 54 not out from 36 balls to lead England's superb counter-attack along with captain Eoin Morgan. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB

Jonny Bairstow (44 from 24 balls) and Tom Banton (20 from 16 balls) got their side off to a fast start with an opening stand of 66 in 38 deliveries, but when they fell in consecutive balls to spinner Shadab Khan (3-34), the home side appeared to wobble.

Jonny Bairstow

IMAGE: Jonny Bairstow gave England a flying start as he smashed 44 from 24 balls. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB

But Morgan and Dawid Malan (54 not out in 36 balls) led the counter-attack and accelerated as their third-wicket partnership grew, finishing with 112 in 62 balls before the skipper was caught in the deep with the side still needing 18 runs to win.

Pakistan also got their runs at the top of the order as opener Babar Azam smashed 56 from 44 balls in an opening stand of 72 with Fakhar Zaman (36 from 22 balls).

Mohammad Hafeez

IMAGE: Mohammad Hafeez struck four sixes in his 69 from 36 balls to guide Pakistan to 195 for four in their 20 overs. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB

Number three Mohammad Hafeez carried on that momentum with a blistering assault on the home bowlers, who struggled to find the right length and too often dropped too short, exposing the square boundaries.

Hafeez struck four sixes in his 69 from 36 balls before offering a simple catch to Morgan at cover.

IMAGE: England's players celebrate after Chris Jordan, centre, took the wicket of Pakistan's Shoaib Malik. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB

The pick of the England bowlers was leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who recorded figures of 2-32 as he picked up the wickets of both openers.

The third and final match in the series will be at the same venue on Tuesday. The first match was abandoned due to rain.

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