Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood guide England to impressive win against Pakistan in second T20

Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Saqib Mahmood bowled decisively to secure a comfortable win against Pakistan in the second T20 International match at the Headingley cricket ground.

Batting first, England were bowled out for 200 with Jos Buttler playing a magnificent knock of 59 in just 39 balls. Moeen Ali contributed with a quickfire 16-ball 36 runs, while Liam Livingstone once again shone with the bat to play a knock of 38 runs that he took just 23 balls to score.

Livingstone had broken two English records in the first T20 match against Pakistan as he scored the fastest fifty and century for England in 17 and 42 balls respectively.

In reply, Pakistan continued to lose wickets with both Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali dismissing two batsmen each. This also included a stunning catch by Rashid off his own bowling to dismiss the dangerman Mohammad Rizwan.

Saqib Mahmood was responsible for scalping the wicket of Babar Azam, who had shared a century stand with Rizwan for the opening wicket in the first T20 International that Pakistan won. Mahmood went on to finish a spell of 3-33 in his quota of four overs.

England won the match by 45 runs.

According to BBC statistician Andy Zaltzman, England bowled 11 overs of spin today, the most they have bowled in a T20 innings. Additionally, three different spinners also took wickets today – the first time that has happened for England in England since 1976.

With today’s victory, the three-match series between England and Pakistan is now tied 1-1.

 

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