In a turnaround match, Liam Dawson almost snatched the match from Pakistan in the 18th over with 24 runs off Muhammad Hasnain’s over. But the hosts kept their nerves in control with their bowling performance in the death overs.
Rauf (3-32) dismissed Dawson (34) and Ollie Stone in successive deliveries in the penalty over, triggering euphoric scenes at the National Stadium before Pakistan dismissed Reece Topley to claim an unexpected victory. was.
Earlier, Rizwan fulfilled his billing as the world’s top-order T20 batsman, hitting nine fours and a six in his 67-ball knock as he shared a 97-run partnership for the opening wicket with skipper Babar Azam. Leading the team to a big score.
Pakistan’s middle-order, however, faltered again with Shan Masood (21) and Khushdil Shah (2) falling cheaply as England restricted the hosts to 166-4 despite a late flurry from Asif Ali (13 not out). Gave.
England started when they lost their first three wickets in the first two overs – two of which went to Hasnain (2-40) – before the in-form duo of Ben Duckett and Harry Brooke started the chase.
Duckett was dismissed for 33, but Brooke (34) and captain Moeen Ali (29) kept England on the hunt before Nawaz (3-35) and Mohammad Wasim (1-30) handed over the command to Pakistan. Got a double blow. The teams will now leave for Lahore for the fifth match on Wednesday.