England (135/7) V Pakistan (139/1)

Pakistan cruised to a comprehensive 9-wicket victory in the only T20 game between the two as the international summer in England came to an end. England batted first and made use of the powerplay, finishing on 53/0 after 6 overs. Jason Roy was dismissed soon after the powerplay by Wasim when attempting a reverse sweep, with Hales (bowled trying a slog sweep) and Root (caught at third man attempting an uppercut) following soon after, Wasim and Ali picking up the wickets respectively. Pakistan bowled well, with Wasim bowling a very full length to remove cross-batted shots, whilst the quicker bowlers varied length and pace well; the wicket of Root seemed to show that slow, short balls were effective and England never timed any shots against these well. Boundaries dried up, whilst runs became harder to come by as wickets fell at regular intervals, preventing England building any momentum.

England’s attack looked to replicate the Pakistan tactic of short, slow balls, but with the new ball, it sat up for Pakistan’s openers and they cashed in; the first 17 balls saw 9 dots and 8 4s. Pakistan punished any bad ball throughout the innings and reached their target with 5.1 overs left for the loss of Sharjeel, who skied a Rashid googly and was caught by Ali who just held onto the ball in his fingertips. A below-par performance from England and an excellent one from Pakistan resulted in a one-sided game.


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