Pakistan v England: third men’s T20 cricket international – live | Pakistan v England 2022

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Daniel Gallan

That was emphatic by England. After losing by 10 wickets last night, the tourist roared back with a crushing 63 run win built by three batters who bolster England’s depth. The first was debutant Will Jacks who opened the batting and unfurled 44 off 22 balls. Then Ben Ducket swept his way to an unbeaten 70 in an unbroken stand of 139 for the fourth wicket alongside Harry Brook, the star of the show with a blistering 81 off 35 balls. He is surely nailed on for that number five slot at the World Cup.

Pakistan needed their star openers to replicate last night’s heroics but it wasn’t to be. Mark Wood’s extra pace saw to Babar Azam – caught at deep third – and Reece Topley bowled Mohammad Rizwan.

Wood would collect another two scalps with Adil Rashid underlining his worth with two of his own. Shan Masood’s counterattacking 66 not-out off 40 balls was commendable, but immaterial. England were simply too strong.

Silver linings

The only positive tonight for Pakistan – Shan Masood’s batting and proof that he can support Babar and Rizwan in the current T20I batting line-up #PAKvENG #Cricket

— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) September 23, 2022

England win by 63 runs as Pakistan falter to 158-8

That is emphatic from England as they go 2-1 in the series. Topley’s final over goes for nine with the last ball carved to the cover boundary by Hasnain.

Shan Masood ends unbeaten on 66 off 40 balls. That would ordinarily deserve more attention but it wasn’t enough as England’s bowlers backed up their batters and bagged early wickets.

20th over: Pakistan 158-8 (Shan 66, Hasnain 6)

19th over: Pakistan 149-8 (Shan 63, Hasnain 0) Wood closes out with figures of 3-25 from his four overs. Four of those runs came courtesy of an outside edge from Rauf but the next ball was skied and ended in his demise. Oh, also a run-out in that over. A good one for England.

WICKET! Rauf c Curran b Wood 4 (Pakistan 149-8)

Wood deserves all the wickets. Maybe not all, but a few at least. There’s one more. It’s a wild slog that catches the edge of Rauf’s swinging blade and Curran takes the easy catch in the ring on the off side.

Wood. Good.
Wood. Good. Photograph: Anjum Naveed/AP

“Former 80s/90s NZ batsman and arguably the original early doors blaster during the 1992 ODI wotld cup. A lame nickname from his own name, simply “Batch”. But the Aussies did better, always referring to him as “Scones””

That’s from Bernards Ben. Nice addition, mate.

WICKET! Qadir run-out (Ali) 0 (Pakistan 143-7)

That’s lazy running to be frank. It’s tip and run for Qadir from his first ball and the England skipper collects and underarms it straight at the stumps at the bowler’s end. Clinical.

WICKET! Nawaz c Brook b Rashid 19 (Pakistan 142-6)

Fair enough. Nawaz looks to plonk Rashid’s final ball of the game for six down the ground but the bat turns in his hand so he doesn’t catch it in the meat. It loops tamely to Brook down at long off and he pouches it without fuss.

Earlier in the over Shan creamed a six over cow corner.

That’s figures of 2-32 for Rashid. Handy.

18th over: Pakistan 142-6 (Shan 61, Qadir 0)

Adil Rashid does the business again for England.
Adil Rashid does the business again for England. Photograph: Anjum Naveed/AP

There’s a review for lbw. Shan is reverse sweeping and I thought it hit the bat but Rashid is convinced it hasn’t. Definitely bat. We move.

17th over: Pakistan 133-5 (Shan 54, Nawaz 18) Topley back at it and he keeps it tidy. No boundaries, four singles and a two. We’re sleepwalking to the close here.

Matt Guthrie from Phoenix Arizona os doing his bit:

“Alan “Windsor” Knott
Geoff “Benedict” Arnold (infamous Revolutionary War traitor)
Michael Vaughn “Williams”
“You know nothing” John Snow”

16th over: Pakistan 127-5 (Shan 50, Nawaz 16) Shan Masood brings up his first T20 international 50 by welting Curran for six with a flat bat over long on. It’s a cracking knock regardless of the context. Unfortunately context matters and it’s almost completely irrelevant. That was an untidy set from Curran that included two wides and cost 12. But with the required rate now above 25, it’s no biggie.

Anyone want to help with my award winning piece?

John Starbuck is happy to do so:

“With that assembly of nicknames it might be worth doing a piece on nicknames in general, but sports in particular. You could distinguish between those provided by team-mates and those dubbed by the crowd/audience. This idea needs work, but why not?”

Keep ‘em coming folks.

15th over: Pakistan 115-5 (Shan 41, Nawaz 15) Not the best return for Wood who has maybe lost a little bit of that zip from earlier. Not sure. I don’t trust the speed gun. Either way Nawaz helps himself to two fours, one with a dab off his hips and the other with a belligerent ping through extra cover on the charge. That second one was really sumptuous.

Re nicknames. I’m getting a few that are quite rude. They’re brilliant. I’m just not sure if I can share them. But please do keep them coming. I’m loving them!

14th over: Pakistan 105-5 (Shan 41, Nawaz 5) Shan Masood has quietly gone to the 40s from just 24 balls. Sadly it’s not enough. And with the returning Curran conceding just five runs from this over – all in singles – few will remember this knock, even if he gets to his fifty.

13th over: Pakistan 99-5 (Shan 38, Nawaz 2) Tidy from Moeen who is now just accelerating things to their inevitable conclusion. A four to start from a galloping Shan who carves it past long off but then it’s neat with five more from the set.

On nicknames, here’s a cracker from my Guardian colleague, John Windmill.

“Not cricket related but still one of the best nicknames, Billy Twelvetrees or 36 to his pals.”

Get it? 12-threes.

12th over: Pakistan 91-5 (Shan 33, Nawaz 0) A first wicket of the night for Rashid who is one of the most difficult bowlers to face in these circumstances. Three singles and a leg-bye before that wicket forced Khushdil’s hand and he lost his head trying to launch the ball into orbit. Tough ask for the new man Mohammad Nawaz.

WICKET! Khusdhil c Brook b Rashid 29 (Pakistan 90-5)

That was always on the cards. Pakistan basically need at least one six an over. And with four balls having already passed without a boundary, Khushdil tries to force one off Rashid. He gets his body in a tangle and skies it for Brook who takes an easy catch. Looked the googly which wasn’t picked. Five to go for England.

Adil Rashid takes the wicket of Khushdil for 29.
Adil Rashid takes the wicket of Khushdil for 29. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

11th over: Pakistan 86-4 (Shan 31, Khushdil 27) So close to a wicket. Inches in it. Ali’s final ball is heaved towards the leg side and Duckett positions himself under it But it just evades his grasp as it goes over his head for six. Otherwise a good over from Ali that goes for four singles and a leg-bye.

10th over: Pakistan 75-4 (Shan 24, Khushdil 24) Curran is back and he’s bustling towards the wicket like an angry man late for the bus. He’s sticking with the short stuff which is fine as long as he doesn’t stray with his line. But he does and Khushdil swivels and pulls it for six fine of deep square. He closes out the over with a clever scoop that goes for four. 15 from that one three singles and a well-run two. 147 needed off 60. They couldn’t, could they?

What’s in a nickname?

I heard Liam Dawson being called Dawsy on TMS: why are England so dreadful at coming up wirh interesting names… Belly, Colly, Stokesy; Rooty…”

That’s from Tom v d Gucht.

“They could be so much more imaginative. Dawson could be called Creek after the 90’s teem show! Or they called be more creative and call him Dorsey rather than Dawsy then that could be turned to Gerry Dorsey the real name of Englbert Humperdink. Imagine if they called him Englebert! Or even Humper or Dinky!! Now that’s creative

“Wood shouldn’t be Woody: he should be Buzz, or Mr Potatohead, Bullseye or another Toy Story character. Colly should be Wobbles and Belly should be Pork.”

Look, as someone who was nicknamed ‘Stan’, because it rhymed with Dan, in university, I’m the last person to pass judgment over monikers.

9th over: Pakistan 60-4 (Shan 17, Khushdil 16) Quality batting from Shan, who is an opener by trade. He’s not afraid to use his feet to Rashid and gets it over cover for four. Rashid then serves a juicy full toss and Shan gives it the business and cracks it for six over long leg. Two singles close out the over. That’s more like it from Pakistan.

8th over: Pakistan 46-4 (Shan 4, Khushdil 15) Spin from both ends with the skipper Moeen Ali joining the party. Pakistan need to get a move on and Khushdil understands the brief, skipping down the track and lofted a swishing cover drive for six. Three singles before that a couple after means it’s a productive over. But 11 ain’t good enough. They need a lot more than that.

7th over: Pakistan 35-4 (Shan 2, Khushdil 6) Adil Rashid into the attack and what an opportunity for him to exert control on things. Not that Khushdil will let him have it all his own way. A well timed reverse takes four behind square to close out the over.

6th over: Pakistan 29-4 (Shan 1, Khushdil 1) That’s the end of the powerplay and needless to say, England won that one. The required rate is north of 13 and four of the top five are out. A good start for Sam Curran who backs up his pace buddies with a wicket and just five runs.

Gremlins in the speed gun maybe douses that talk of Wood’s record breaking speeds.

Sam Curran clocked at 86 is making me suspicious

— Ali Martin (@Cricket_Ali) September 23, 2022

WICKET! Iftikhar c Topley b Curran 6 (Pakistan 28-4)

Pakistan are crumbling. A bowling change has Sam Curran join the action and though he’s dispatched for four through midwicket, he follows it up with another shortish ball. He’s met with a strange stroke by Iftikhar who flat bats it straight to the man at mid-off. Not a good shot and not a good scene for Pakistan. They’re in deep trouble here. Perhaps they’ve already lost it?

Sam Curran takes the wicket of Iftikhar Ahmed. Pakistan are in deep trouble here.
Sam Curran takes the wicket of Iftikhar Ahmed. Pakistan are in deep trouble here. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

5th over: Pakistan 24-3 (Shan 1, Iftikhar 2) According to Ben Gardner, digital editor of Wisden, that could be the fastest over ever bowled by an English bowler. I believe it. That was searingly quick from Wood who is so strong through the crease, hammering the deck, rushing the batters. He takes a wicket and concedes just three runs. Superb.

Also, I do apologise for the inconsistency with the Pakistan names I’m using. I’ll stick with the TV feed.

WICKET! Ali c Rashid b Wood 3 (Pakistan 21-3)

Two wickets in two balls! England all over their hosts here. Extra pace from Wood does the trick again. He rushes Ali who can only spoon an ungainly pull shot towards the leg side. Rashid at midwicket isn’t the most mobile in the field but he does well to reach this with a tumble.

Too easy for England as another wickets goes.
Too easy for England as another wickets goes. Photograph: Anjum Naveed/AP

WICKET! Rizwan b Topley 8 (Pakistan 21-2)

They scored an unbeaten 203 last night but now both of Pakistan’s openers are back in the shed with a pair of 8s. Topley hits the top of leg as his skidder beats Rizwan for pace.

Just three runs off the over means Pakistan’s chase is faltering.

4th over: Pakistan 21-2 (Ali 3, Masood 0)

Reece Topley celebrates after dismissing Mohammad Rizwan.
Reece Topley celebrates after dismissing Mohammad Rizwan. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

3rd over: Pakistan 18-1 (Rizwan 7, Ali 1) What a return for Wood. Honestly, having met him a few times (purely in a professional capacity) I can tell you that he’s a splendid guy and has battled through a spate of injuries to get back on the field. Well he’s successful with his fourth ball as he gets the big fish. Babar collected four two balls earlier by hitting through the line but the extra pace proved his undoing.

WICKET! Babar c Topley b Wood 8 (17-1)

Mark Wood has a wicket on his return to international cricket, his first game for his country since March. It’s short but it’s fast and rushes Babar Azam and his cut shot takes the top edge and flies down to Topley at deep third. Massive wicket.

Pakistan danger man Babar is gone for 8
Pakistan danger man Babar is gone for 8 Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

2nd over: Pakistan 12-0 (Rizwan 8, Babar 4) Almost an early wicket for Reece Topley who gets it full from his meaty left arm. It’s off the second last ball and Babar tries to play across the line and gets a leading edge. It squirts towards extra cover and Malan can’t quite get his hand around it as hi launches himself skyward. Could be a huge moment but a good start for Topley who concedes just five.

PS – I’ll be using Babar instead of Azam from no one as that’s what the Sky feed uses. I’m assuming they know more than me on this one.

1st over: Pakistan 7-0 (Rizwan 6, Azam 1) England start with spin and it’s Liam Dawson with the new nut. He’s skiddy and whippy but Rizwan gets a boundary with a cross-bat swipe towards midwicket. Three singles elsewhere means it’s a win for the tourists. Remember, we’re starting with a required rate of 11.

More love for that Harry Brook knock

Struggling to think of many more eye-catching maiden England fifties than this in any format

— Nick Friend (@NickFriend1) September 23, 2022

Here we go. Pakistan need 222 to win. Much will depend on their openers. Can England nab one (or both) of them before they do any damage?

Here’s a bit of correspondence on the IPL and it’s impact on the world game:

Hi Daniel. The impact of IPL on Indian Cricket is quite obvious. It has attracted loads of talent but produced a band of mercenaries loyal to no one and cricketers who are busy striking ‘deals’ during drinks breaks.

In between India’s ouster from the Asia Cup and before the series against Australia Virat Kohli has leased another prime property in Mumbai for yet another restaurant.

We have sown the wind. We shall reap the whirlwind.”

That’s from JP Murty. Look, it’s a chat that won’t go away.

England post 221-3 after 139-run partnership

Just the 10 off the final over which included a cheeky ramp from Brook who was just sublime for his 81 from just 35 balls. Read that again. 81 from 35. Outrageous.

Duckett was no slouch as he posted 69 off 42. Their partnership of 139 off 72 balls means Pakistan will have to chase down their biggest ever target in T20 cricket.

A whopping 69 runs were scored off the last 30 deliveries as Pakistan’s seamers were whacked around the ground. Debutant Will Jacks reached 40 as Usman Qadir claimed two expensive wicekts.

It’s a lively deck and Pakistan will back themselves.

I’m off to grab a cuppa. Catch you soon.

Don’t get up in my grill(e).

As John Starbuck rightly points out from the Pedantry Corner, “a grill is what you cook steaks on, while a grille is part of a helmet (not just cricket gear, but an arms & armour term too).”

Thanks John. Right you are.

Not part of a cricket helmet.
Not part of a cricket helmet. Photograph: Rizvi Usop/Getty Images

19th over: England 211-3 (Duckett 64, Brook 76) Sensational. Stupendous. To steal a cliche I really am running out of superlatives. Brook starts this penultimate over by driving a full toss through the covers for four. He then clatters a six down the ground with the shot of the innings. A cute dab through to deep third gives him another four. What a knock this is. Just wonderful.

18th over: England 192-3 (Duckett 64, Brook 59) I’m pretty sure that’s Duckett’s first boundary not scored from a sweep. Either way, it’s a crunching pull shot from a Hasnain half tracker and he cracks it for six in front of square. A couple to deep square and then a single towards that same area gets Brook on strike and a leg-bye gets Duckett on again. He rounds out the over with another pull (show off) and takes four. This partnership is now worth 110. To think these two might not even be in England’s best XI.

Ridiculous hitting from Duckett.
Ridiculous hitting from Duckett. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

17th over: England 178-3 (Duckett 50, Brook 59) Duckett has his fifty with a nurdle towards the leg side as Rauf continues. After copping on in his grill, Brook launches the ball over cover for four. There are two wides which could have been four but for Rizwan’s smart work behind the stumps.

There’s a break in play because Harry Brook has caught a ball in his grill. I don’t mean he’s been hit by a bouncer. I mean the ball has ricocheted off his bat onto his pad and gone up towards his face where it’s remained lodged in his grill. He’s OK. All the players share a laugh. Here’s where I say something about the game being played in the right spirit.

Harry Brook gets the ball all up in his grille.
Harry Brook gets the ball all up in his grille. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

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