Pakistan started the T20 series with a win after losing badly in ODIs. Pakistan defeated England by 31 runs in the first match of the three-match T20 series. Earlier, Pakistan were bowled out for 232 for six in 20 overs thanks to the innings of skipper Babar Azam (85) and wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan (63). In response, despite a century by Liam Livingstone, the entire England team was all out for 201.
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Chasing a 233-run target, the English team did not have a good start and Shahin Afridi fell to opener Malan with just 1 run. Even Johnny Bairstow (11), who came to the crease after this, could not do anything special. At the same time, after putting up some strong shots, Jason Roy, 32, was also walking. Liam Livingstone completed his century in 42 balls, constantly hitting one end, but he never got the support of the other batsman. Livingstone fell to Shadab Khan after scoring an unbeaten 103 off 43 balls. Pakistan’s Shaheen Afrida bowled well and took three wickets for 30 runs.
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After losing the toss, batting captain Babar Azam and Rizwan made a terrific start to the Pakistan team and together they scored 150 runs for the first wicket. Rizwan returned to the pavilion after playing a superb innings of 63 off 41 balls. Fakhar Zaman, who usually plays the opener, came in to bat in the fourth spot and scored 26 off 8 balls. However, Fakhar could not convert his bubbling start into big innings. England’s Tom Curran 2 and David Villi and Mahmood each took one wicket.