Moeen Ali admits his ‘bet’ failed as Pakistan masterclass reaches T20 series

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England captain Moeen Ali insisted a unique ‘bet’ on his own counter-turn was the defining moment after a winning masterclass from Pakistani duo Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.

The home side chased a 200 goal in sensational fashion at the National Stadium in Karachi as Babar’s unbeaten 110 and 88 not out of Rizwan took them over the line without dropping a single wicket.

The pair were exemplary as they made a daunting chase simple, but despite just six bowling deliveries in the innings, Moeen tried to take the blame on behalf of his team.

Pakistani captain Babar Azam plays a shot during the second T20 (Anjum Naveed/AP)

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He won in the 13th and dropped 21 points, including three sixes, as Pakistan moved into a dominant position.

“The momentum changed when I knocked down my over. It really gave them the belief and after that they were almost unstoppable,” he said after the home side made it 1-1 after two games.

“I felt like it was under control for the most part. I really feel like I lost the game for us. It was a bet on my part.

“I went and tried to get a wicket, almost buy a wicket. Obviously it didn’t work out and that’s when Pakistan really won the game.

By the time Moeen arrived, Alex Hales had already dropped Rizwan on Liam Dawson’s 23, another moment that proved crucial to the result.

“We obviously dropped a big catch. You can’t afford to let them down and you can’t afford to throw an off-spinner at them at such a big time,” he added.

Moeen paid tribute to the Pakistani batting heroes, who both started the series in the top three in the world rankings, and hit back at some of the criticism they also faced from their own fans.

They were lambasted by home pundits for not scoring fast enough in the recent Asian Cup but could hardly have imagined a more perfect response.

“They played really, really well tonight. I know they get a lot of stick for their strike rates, but I think their strike rates are pretty good anyway and they’re brilliant players.

“Sometimes the media puts pressure on players even when they are doing well. They were brilliant and today was their day.

England don’t have long to lick their wounds, with back-to-back fixtures meaning the third of seven games will take place on Friday night, with changes likely among the bowling attack.

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Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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