Pakistan lost on Babar’s record night

A win would have sealed the series for Pakistan. Babar Azam’s 59-ball unbeaten 87 in an extraordinary innings gave England a challenging target. Babar’s team won by less runs than this in the previous two matches.

However, Pakistan’s score of 169 runs for 6 wickets in a devastating innings by Phil Salt in Lahore was ‘too short’! Salt gave England an 8-wicket victory by playing an unbeaten innings of 88 runs off 41 balls with 13 fours and 3 sixes.

Salt started England’s innings with four hits in the run chase. The English made 11 runs in the first over. In the second over, the two English openers took the form of Rudramurthy. Shahnewaz Dahani scored 22 runs in this over.

The Salt-Hells duo reached the score of 50 at the end of 3 overs by continuing to score runs at both ends. 17 runs came in the third over. In the next over, Shadab Khan also broke the opening pair which became terrible with the rein in the run rate.

Hales scored 27 runs off 12 balls with 4 fours and 1 six before returning. At the other end, however, Salt did not stop the batting storm. Nawaz added 19 runs in the fifth over of the innings and took England to 74 runs. Salt reached his fifty in 19 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 263.2. Which is England’s third fastest fifty in T20Is.

England finally reached three figures in 7 overs. Malan returned with 26 runs, but Salt led the team to victory. In the end, he left the field after winning the team. Salt’s unbeaten innings has a strike rate of 214.63. The strike rate could have been higher had the storm not slowed down in the end.