England vs Pakistan: Pakistan kicked off the T20I series in grand manner and registered a win by 31 runs to get the lead 1-0. Batting first, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan paved their way through a scintillating 150 run partnership for the first wicket. Both sets of players scored a half century each, and got their side to a daunting total of 232/6 in 20 overs. However, the hosts England didn’t shy away from a challenge and did put the pressure back on Pakistan to an extent. Liam Livingstone smashed his way to a hundred of just 42 deliveries and kept his team in the game. Nevertheless, Pakistan kept chipping away with the wickets and got the all important win by restricting England to 201. With all that being said, we can expect another cracking affair in the 2nd T20I, and here are some key players who could make the difference.
The Pakistani captain led by example yet again and scored a quick-fire knock of 85 from 49 deliveries in the first T20I versus England. Babar Azam is currently the ‘MVP’ of the Pakistani batting line-up, and having him in the Fantasy Team can earn the user significant points.
Babar Azam in T20Is
Liam Livingstone’s sublime knock of 102 from 43 deliveries was the highlight of the game, and exhibited power-hitting at its absolute best. Livingstone struck six fours and nine sixes, while batting at a staggering strike rate of 240. The specialist batsman will be soaring high in confidence, and could once again pack a punch.
Liam Livingstone in T20Is
The Pakistani wicket keeper batsman has impressed one and all in recent games, and has been one of the most reliable batsman for them across all three formats. Talking about T20I cricket in particular, Rizwan has scored 906 runs from 37 matches, with seven fifties and a hundred to his name. He was one of the standouts in the previous game as well, as he scored 63 from 41 deliveries.
Mohammad Rizwan in T20Is
Jason Roy did play an entertaining knock of 32 from 13 deliveries in the first game, and had he stayed any longer at the pitch, it would have problems for Pakistan. Nonetheless, he is proven white ball cricketer for England, and has struck 1119 runs from 46 T20Is for his country.
If there was any bowler that stood tall in the first T20I between the two sides, then it was Shaheen Shah Afridi. The left-arm-fast bowler picked up three wickets for 30 runs in his four overs, and also took three smart catches at crucial intervals of the game. Afridi’s knack of picking up regular wickets makes him an asset for Pakistan.
Shaheen Afridi in T20Is
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The England vs Pakistan Live Match and Score will be broadcasted on the Sony Sports Network (Sony Six), and the Sony Liv app.