Who needs the Hundred? A full and bubbly Old Trafford could not be treated to more thrills and spills than this, as cricket’s great old short format delivered England a dramatic victory in their Twenty20 decider against Pakistan.
Eoin Morgan, who let himself out of the second game at Headingley on Sunday to give chances to his arsenal of batting talents, came to his rescue with a cool 21 from 12 balls, including two big sixes from Hasan Ali, just like Pakistan looked poised to take the lead. to steal loot.
But he was indebted to England’s new star Liam Livingstone, who crushed the most important six of his career to date with his first ball before being caught on his second attempt to end the match in a big way.
Jason Roy hit a rapid-fire 64 as England won the decisive T20 against Pakistan in Manchester
England captain Eoin Morgan came to his rescue with a cool 21 from 12 balls
David Willey and Chris Jordan somehow threw four runs in the final as England won England
Morgan fell with the finish in sight, but David Willey and Chris Jordan somehow threw four runs into the final as England won, not quite by the narrowest margins but with some nervousness, with two balls left.
Morgan caused a selection surprise when he denied Matt Parkinson his ‘dream’ of playing for England on his home ground, with the wide boundaries and slow pitch that go so well with his leg spin in domestic whiteball cricket.
The truth is that Parkinson has probably already done enough to ensure he will play in that preliminary squad for a World Cup, where spin on the tired surfaces of the United Arab Emirates will be key.
Roy Left After Making His Half-Century After He Was Caught Usman Qadir
Jos Buttler made 21 before falling in the deep end of Babar Azam at Shadab Khan
But England were still spinning heavily as they replicated the slow bowling policy that served them so well when they equalized this series at Headingley on Sunday.
At the center of it all was Rashid, at the height of his prowess as England’s premier T20 bowler and now surprisingly his first four-wicket throw.
Morgan had trusted his senior leg spinner with the sixth over of the innings and he repaid his captain by hitting his second ball when the best googly in white ball cricket did it for Pakistani captain Babar Azam.
Rashid then struck twice in his second over to send Sohaib Maqsood and Mohammad Hafeez back, completing his best figures for England in a spell that included 10 dot balls when Shadab Khan went out to Livingstone.
Jonny Bairstow then left cheaply after Sohaib Maqsood clung to a catch
Veteran Mohammed Hafeez then threw Moeen Ali for one as England stumbled in pursuit
Livingstone himself was back at the center of the action even for his brief but memorable innings with another demonstration of his versatility threatening right-handers with leg spin and left-handers with off-spin.
He may not have taken a wicket, but the Cumbrian, another Lancashire player who is doing well at home, has timed his run perfectly so as not to drop out of that World Cup squad and, almost certainly, first choice.
But the most pleasing bowling show for England came in the form of Moeen Ali, who has clearly halted the decline that threatened to see him drift away from the side.
Offspinner Hafeez then struck by bowling Dawid Malan, while England needed 12 more runs
Hasan Ali failed to catch Morgan just before having the English skipper fired
Moeen was the player of the match at Leeds and, infused with the confidence that both bat and ball contribution can bring in a winning case, he was superb in allowing just 19 runs from his four overs and the wicket of Fakhar Zaman.
Only opener Mohammad Rizwan held Pakistan together, but he could only face 57 of the 120 balls delivered as he was about to carry his bat for 76.
A target of 155 is usually well within England’s reach, but the fact that Morgan wanted to hit unusually first emphasized that it wouldn’t be a routine chase on this field.
Jos Buttler struggled to become fluent, surprising as he returned with half a century on the sidelines on Sunday and the only time he looked like his old self was when he switched to a left-handed stance and Usman Qadir, son of the legendary Abdul, crushed. for four.
Jason Roy, on the other hand, had superb contact for such a tired ground, rushing to 50 from just 30 balls, also switching to hit Qadir to the boundary in his first over.
In Pakistan’s innings, Adil Rashid took four wickets to help limit Pakistan to 154 runs
Visiting wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan scored the highest score for his side with an unbeaten 76
But when Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen all fell trying to get over the top, England were 112 for four after 15 overs and the game was very good.
Then it was up to Malan to try and win England over and prove once again that he deserves his place in this jet-powered T20 batting lineup.
Next to him was the captain who seemed to take so long to warm up to a batsman who is still the best in the world at T20 cricket, even though he seems to be under eternal pressure.
How Malan could have done it by taking England home, but just when it looked like the job was done and it took 12 from nine balls, he was bowled by Mohammad Hafeez for 31 from 33 balls, albeit at a slow background that doesn’t suit him.
Regardless of. This was a memorable way for England to win another white-ball series, the last before naming the World Cup squad in September. The Hundred still has some work to do.
Pakistani captain Azam made an uncharacteristic 11 before being bounced off spinner Rashid
Moeen Ali was the only other English bowler to take a wicket in the decisive T20 match