England cricket were touring Pakistan for the 1st time in 17 years for a 7 match T20I tour and 3 match test series. The test series will be played in December, but the 7 match T20 series was an electric affair. England and Pakistan came into the final game at Lahore with the series tied at 3-3. England won the final game by 67 runs to win the series 4-3 and serve a big warning to other teams ahead of the 2022 T20 World Cup.
Lahore crowd insults Khushdil Shah as the batter breaks down in dressing room –
Pakistan cricket team have for a long time struggled with their middle order. On Sunday, Khushdil Shah scored 27 off 25 balls with a four and six, but it wasn’t enough to please the Pakistani fans. The fans started chanting “Parchi” which means a player who wasn’t picked on merit of his ability. According to reports the cricketer was distraught and broke down in tears.
Imam Ul Haq comes to his teammates defense –
Pakistani ODI and Test opener, Imam Ul Haq has been at the receiving end of the same chants. The left hander is the nephew of former Pakistan captain Inzamam Ul Haq. Taking to twitter Imam Ul Haq wrote “I would like to request our fans to avoid such rants at any player as it can badly impact the player’s health and try to support them like you always do, regardless of the results. We play for YOU, we play for PAKISTAN,”
I would like to request our fans to avoid such rants at any player as it can badly impact the player’s health and try to support them like you always do, regardless of the results. We play for YOU, we play for PAKISTAN 🇵🇰 Stay blessed ✨— Imam Ul Haq (@ImamUlHaq12) October 2, 2022
Pakistan strikes early –
Babar Azam won the toss and put the Moeen Ali led English side into bat. Azam was hoping to make best use of the chasing conditions with dew expected to play a part. Alex Hales and Phil Salt began well with both the batters going at rate of knots. Hales was the 1st to go when he was trapped LBW by Hasnain for 18. Salt was run out 2 balls later after having scored 20 off 12 balls, with both the batters having 3 fours each.
Malan and Brooks help England reach 209 –
Post the wicket of Salt, Dawid Malan was joined by Ben Duckett and the pair added 62 for the 3rd wicket. The 62 run stand came from 32 balls with Duckett scoring 30 off 19 before being run out by Rizwan. Malan was joined by Brooks and the pair then went on the attack adding 108 runs for the 4th wicket from 61 balls. Malan was 78* from 47 balls with 8 fours and 3 sixes. Brooks was 46* from 29 balls with one four and 4 sixes.
England bowlers land two early heavy blows –
Chasing 210, the home team would have hoped their in-form openers, Rizwan and Babar Azam come good. The hopes were dashed when Azam fell for 4 caught by Brooks off Woakes in the final ball of the 1st over. The 2nd ball of the next over saw Topley disturb the furniture to dismiss Rizwan for 1. This left Pakistan at 5 for 2 and the crowd in shock.
Shan Masood’s 50 goes in vain –Playing his first ever T20I series for Pakistan, Shan Masood scored yet another half century. The left hander scored 56 off 43 balls with 4 fours and a six, as he was supported a bit by Iftikhar Ahmed with 19 and Shah with 27. The English seamers then rain riot as Pakistan finished on 142 for 8 from 20 overs to give the visitors a 67 run win. Woakes picked 3 wickets, while Willey picked 2. Topley, Curran and Rashid picked a wicket each.