In this article, Fancy11 covers 5 major events that transpired in the third and final England vs Pakistan T20I game. As a result, Pakistan was able to level the series and we got to see some of the weaknesses of Morgan’s men that they brought to the fore.
- Babar Azam Misses Out
For the people using Fantasy cricket apps, apps similar to dream 11, there was a lot to look forward to in this match. After winning the toss, Morgan decided to field. Banking on his team’s batting strength and the high morale boosting victory in the last game, the Englishmen made a good start.
Moeen Ali knocked over Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman first ball in only the second over of the match. A debutant of only 19 years – Haider Ali – struck the second ball he faces in international cricket for a handsome six in what was a proper cricketing shot. That’s youth for you – very confident and on your face.
Three consecutive boundaries were followed from Babar Azam’s blade in the second over of pacer Saqib Mahmood, after having the Pakistan captain had a sighter in his first.
Tom Curran found the gap between the bat and pad of captain Babar Azam that reduced the visitors to 2 for 32 at the beginning of the fifth over.
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- Haider Ali and Hafeez Make Merry
A stylish and elegant pick-up shot through the leg side by Haider Ali was one of the many impressive shots that the young Pakistan batsman played. Even luck favoured him as one of his inside edges narrowly missed hitting the stumps. He didn’t rely completely on bashing the ball as he was playing smart cricket in looking for quick singles soon after finding the boundary.
According to CricViz, England have the second worst economy rate among full-member ICC nations while bowling in the powerplay overs in T20Is since January 2018.
The home side bowlers have also struggled to take much wickets in this phase of the game. But they have certainly done well in the final T20I match where not only they had conceded less than 8 an over during the first six overs, but also jolted the visitors by removing both their openers.
It wasn’t about the number of runs that Haider Ali was scoring as much as it was about the way he was playing. Appearing for Peshawar Zalmi in the PSL earlier this year, he struck 14 sixes and the highest number of hits over the boundary were 15 by a Pakistan batsman in that tournament.
3. The Partnership of Hafeez and Ali
It didn’t seem like he was playing at the international level for the first time. Firstly, he was very confident in his body language. Secondly, he was striking the ball cleanly, showing no signs of nerves. And lastly, he was quick in running between the wickets and was able to manipulate the bowlers as well as the fielding in picking up the gaps. He backed his skills in not being afraid to take the aerial route even while hitting the ball to the longer part of the ground. Something that he did with ease.
The partnership between Haider Ali and Mohammed Hafeez, was evolving nicely as the duo started to find boundaries at regular intervals that made Pakistan’s total reach a 100 run mark in the 11th over.
Haider Ali brought up his maiden T20I fifty in his debut appearance. He becomes the first man from his country to achieve the feat. Bringing up the milestone in just 28 deliveries, the U-19 player has certainly proved his potential at the highest level.
There’s an age gap of twenty years between Haider Ali and Mohammed Hafeez, but both of them racked up half centuries much to Englishmen’s dismay.
If people say the T20 format is for the younger generations, Haider Ali did justice to that statement but then we also have some senior statesmen in the game like Ali’s partner in Hafeez who’s 39 and still performing at his peak as he scored a second consecutive T20I fifty against the inexperienced England bowling attack.
Just a ball after the duo that blended youth with experience reached their century stand, a top notch yorker from England’s T20 specialist bowler Chris Jordan brought an end to the youngster Haider Ali’s debut innings that was nothing short of a sensational one.
4. Last Five Overs of the Pakistan’s Innings.
The game has so often been won and lost at this stage of the innings. England bowlers squeezed in the last five overs against the visitors in the second game that kept the total under 200, eventually turning out to be enough for their batting to chase down and take a lead.
Mohammad Hafeez has been averaging 90 in his last ten innings in this form of the game, justifying his inclusion to the side even at this age. When he played a low full toss with impeccable timing, which deposited the ball behind Chris Jordan’s head for a six. Hafeez moved to 79 which happens to be the highest score by a Pakistan batsman against England in T20Is.
Hafeez’s best T20I score is 86 against South Africa, he ended up unbeaten at that exact score as Pakistan went from 134/3 to 190/4
in the overs between 15 and 20. England had chased down 196 comfortably the other day with Morgan leading the way but the third match was poised beautifully for an interesting and entertaining conclusion of the series.
5. England Comes Close
Experienced England opener Jonny Bairstow was sent back as early as in the first over of the chase when he was undone by a perfectly executed yorker by Shaheen Afridi that had just enough shape to curve in and dislodge the bails, giving Pakistan the early advantage.
Malan is averaging 54.20 in 12 T20I games at an aggressive strike rate of 150. He scored a half century in the previous game as well and walked out to bat after his side experienced an early blow in their pursuit of chasing 191.
Tom Banton got things going in his very own way – by striking three boundaries in the opening over of left arm spinner Imad Wasim. When the spinner returned for his second over in the powerplay, he got a boundary each by both – Tom Banton and Dawid Malan – before anyone could have the last laugh, Fakhar Zaman pulled off an amazingly judged catch at the boundary line, sending back the left-handed Dawid Malan.
Captain Morgan then joined forces with the young opener Tom Banton in what was a precarious situation, having lost two early wickets while chasing a big total to bag the series 2-0.
Haris Rauf had an absolutely horrible start when he came in to deliver the penultimate over of the powerplay and conceded as many as 16 runs off his first six balls. As a result, giving away the advantage to the hosts after a very impressive start with the ball for Pakistan in the first four overs, in which English batters could only muster 27 runs.
Wahab Riaz, with 296 T20 wickets to his name, was making his first appearance in this tour of England. The overstepping in his first over didn’t help the team’s cause as England finished the powerplay on a high.
6. Scoreboard and Turn of Events
With the scoreboard at 69/3, Tom Banton had made exactly two-thirds of his team’s total. Rauf pleaded in his appeal but the umpire gave the decision in favour of the batsman. Babar Azam was convinced to send matters upstairs and with all three reds, the decision was reversed as Pakistan were enjoying an excellent passage of play.
With two new batsmen at the crease in Moeen Ali and Sam Billings, and the required rate only going upwards – the pressure was clearly on the home side, having to rebuild desperately.
Sarfaraz missed a stumping opportunity in what was a very messy piece of fielding conduct. Moeen Ali was the lucky man and the English all-rounder added insult to injury in not only landing some lusty blows later on, but also doing it a bit too consistently for the visitors’ liking.
Moeen Ali brought his fifty up in 25 balls. It was an immense test of character for the untested English middle order and they responded well by not allowing Pakistan easy breaths just yet.
English pace all-rounder Lewis Gregory scored consecutive boundaries at the end of a Haris Rauf, ruining the good work done by the pacer till that point of time in the over.
Moeen Ali was playing an absolute blinder to not only keep England’s hopes alive but also started to edge ahead of the game as the pressure was exerted right back to the Asians.
The young and wily Shaheen Afridi got the breakthrough. He disturbed the timber of Gregory and the young pacer completed his night with good bowling figures of 2 for 28, with 12 dot balls.
Wahab Riaz returned to bowl the penultimate over of the match. The old horse in Wahab Riaz delivered the goods for Pakistan as he caught and bowled Moeen Ali for an enterprising knock of 61 but leaving the job undone.
7. What Can Australia Learn
For Aaron Finch’s men who start their T20I series against the English side as soon as this Friday, they would have watched this match closely and tried to decode in what works against Morgan and his men.
The return of some top bowlers in Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes should add more strength to the England bowling department but the Australian batting line-up has absolutely no dearth in either talent or experience to ensure we have an absolute cracker of a series to follow.
With the IPL to follow, and this being Australia’s first international assignment since the pandemic break, there’s a lot to wait and watch.
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