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Super Azam slays Rizwan EnglandOUS News

An amazing 200-year partnership between Captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan has helped Pakistan straighten their T20 series and England take their top 10 wickets defeats in the format.

Tourists were delighted after sending 5 to 199 in Karachi. Captain Moeen Ali is not 55 in 23 delivery, but his side has been comprehensively behind by Pakistan’s openings.

Babar threw 110 rather than 66 balls in the Asian Cup, taunting questions about score ratio, and Rizwan shared nine sixes and 16 fours while breaking undefeated 88.

England will be concerned about the lack of sharpness from the bowling attacks, but the two chances they created against Rizwan were wasted as Alex Hales knocked him down at 23 and Phil Salt rejected the arrogance at 32.

Paid by the two top-ranked batsmen in international T20 cricket as Pakistan won with three spare balls.

England got off to a good start after winning the toss, with Salt and Hales setting the mood for a high-scoring evening at the National Stadium, trailing 42 in the first five innings, six each.

Shahnawaz Dahani put a serious dent in their progress in the sixth round with two goals in multiple balls. Fresh off Tuesday’s 50th turn, Hales had their bail cut by a cutter at 26 before Dawid Malan rolled around his legs for a golden duck.

The hat-trick ball was well managed by Dahani, but well defended by Ben Duckett in an assertive 43 on 22 ball in a rare homage.

He showed his range with a few deft scoops over the goalkeeper, nailing his backstabs and capping four in eight balls in one stage.

Salt had slowed down enough to make the dismissal of Haris Rauf only a minor setback, but it felt more important as Duckett tried to hit Mohammad Nawaz on the slender leg in the next lap.

But England got harder, with Harry Brook making a handy 31 before paying the price for an abusive ramp, and Moeen hitting some big hits.

Captain Usman threw Qadir for sixs in a row, raising the hit count to a substantial number while finishing off with two hits.

Pakistan knew they would heavily rely on the elite opening duo, but they underestimated the load. Babar and Rizwan made their job easy by keeping up with a tough demand rate as they pit four different bowlers in a chaotic power game.

Marines David Willey, Sam Curran, and Luke Wood all took a bit of a hit, but it was unfortunate when Liam Dawson pulled a skier out of Rizwan, only to have Hales juggling in the middle before putting him down.

Rizwan threw the next ball for a six, as if to underline the seriousness of the miss. Adil Rashid came close to rescuing Hales when his first delivery tore off the outer edge leaving Rizwan’s fold, but Salt’s glove disappointed him.

With 87 points in the first half of the chase, Pakistan still needed another 113 in the second half, but never looked back as both strokes ran into the half century.

Moeen finished 13th and whipped to 21, Babar scored two big sixes and Rizwan added another. Two more came after Rashid, the UK’s banker, could not stop the flow.

Babar’s shot became more and more consistent, surpassing his partner to make a second T20 hundred out of just 62 deliveries. Wood sent the penultimate 17, allowing Babar to finish things off with three balls left.

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