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Late drama as Pakistan stage T20 sequence towards England

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KARACHI:

Pacer Haris Rauf and Mohammed Nawaz took three wickets every as Pakistan edged England by three runs in a rollercoaster end to the fourth Twenty20 International in Karachi on Sunday to sq. the seven-match sequence at 2-2.

In-form opener Mohammad Rizwan struck a fluent 88 to assist Pakistan to 166-Four earlier than a packed National stadium. Later, Rauf eliminated Dawson (34) and Olly Stone off successive balls within the penultimate over earlier than Pakistan ran out Reece Topley to assert an unlikely win.

Rizwan lived as much as his billing because the world’s top-ranked T20 batsman. His 67-ball knock had 9 boundaries and a six after Pakistan had been despatched in to bat by England. He placed on 97 for the opening wicket with Babar Azam (36), who hit three boundaries in his 28-ball innings.

However, England pulled again the scoring fee as soon as Azam was holed out to spinner Dawson within the 12th over. The Pakistani middle-order, faltered once more with Shan Masood (21) and Khushdil Shah (2) falling cheaply.

Rizwan was lastly caught off within the 19th over off Topley, who completed with 2-37. Asif Ali smashed two sixes within the last over of the innings to present the entire some respectability for Pakistan, who with this match grew to become the primary workforce to play 200 T20Is.

England bought off to a horror begin once they misplaced their first three wickets within the first two overs – two of them going to Hasnain (2-40) – earlier than the in-form pair of Ben Duckett and Harry Brook got down to revive the chase.

Duckett perished for a well-struck 33, however Brook (34) and skipper Moeen Ali (29) stored England within the hunt earlier than Nawaz (3-35) and Mohammad Wasim (1-30) delivered a double blow to place Pakistan in command.

And in a topsy-turvy contest, Dawson threatened to grab victory from Pakistan when he took 24 runs over off Muhammad Hasnain within the 18th over, however the hosts held their nerve with a gritty bowling show on the dying.

Rauf (3-32) eliminated Dawson and Stone off successive deliveries within the penultimate over earlier than Pakistan ran out Topley to assert an unlikely win, triggering euphoric scenes on the National Stadium.

“We had decided that we would not give up to England. We followed the game plan and achieved success. In the 19th over, I bowled as planned and got the wickets,” Rauf later informed reporters at a post-match press convention.

Rauf attributed the victory to teamwork, saying that everybody performed an vital position. “Muhammad Hussain’s wicket-taking in the powerplay was the turning point” the pacer stated. “The cricket fans of Karachi were very supportive. Glad we met their expectations,” he added.

The sequence towards England, who’re on their first tour of Pakistan for 17 years, was now levelled at 2-2. Both the groups would now head to Lahore for the remaining three matches. The fifth sport will likely be performed on Wednesday.

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