The Pakistan tour of England which consisted of three-match Test and T20 series has come to an end with Pakistan beating England by 5 runs in the third and final T20I at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester to level the series end their tour on a high. Veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez and debutant Haider Ali both shine the brightest as they led the team to victory.
The first T20 International was washed away due to persistent rain in Manchester, while the second match was won by the host due to the awestruck knock of 66 runs by the skipper Eoin Morgan. The tour started with the hosts clinching the Test series by 1-0, while the visitors managed to draw the T20 series by 1-1 owing to the impressive display of cricket both by the bowlers and the batsmen in the finals.
In his 94th match in the format, the 39-year-old Hafeez tied his best T20 score to help Pakistan to 190-4 after being put into bat. Hafeez was named player of the series, having also struck 69 in the second match, while his 86 contained six sixes was the highest individual score by a Pakistan player against England, equalling his score against South Africa at Centurion in 2013.
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His partnership with 19-year-old Haider Ali, who hit 54 off 33 balls on his debut, looked promising as they shared a stand of exactly 100 after coming together at 32-2. His fifty came off just 28 balls and he is the first Pakistan players to hit a half-century on his T20 debut. “He was good under pressure and just expressed himself,” said player of the series Hafeez of Haider in a post-match interview.
It was Pakistan’s first victory in 66 days of being in a bio-secure bubble in England due to the coronavirus measures. Meanwhile, England’s white-ball squad next plays three-match ODI and T20 series against Australia to wrap up its international summer of cricket played in stadiums without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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