Pakistan vs England LIVE: T20 cricket score and updates as Will Jacks makes Karachi debut

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Babar Azam chasing the world record with his partner Mohd Rizwan

England suffered a bruising defeat in the second T20I of this seven-game series as an incredible batting display from Pakistan flyhalf Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam saw them hit 200 runs without dropping a wicket. Luckily for England, it’s a quick turnaround with the third T20 coming just a day after their fall.

Moeen Ali won the toss yesterday and chose to beat first. England started slow although there were solid contributions from Phil Salt (30), Ben Duckett (43) and Harry Brook (31) before Moeen himself (55*) finished the innings in style , taking England to 199-5 at the halfway mark.

It was a tally that seemed out of reach for Pakistan who, two days earlier, had only managed to score 158 points. With no choice but to attack to follow the 10 points by overtaking, Rizwan and Babar got to work. They were nearly clear with one chance – a missed hold by Alex Hales – the only flaw in their partnership. Rizwan finished with 88* and Babar (110*) scored his second T20I cent to gallop Pakistan across the line. The series is now level 1-1 and is well positioned for more drama and excitement tonight.

Follow all the action from Karachi as Pakistan host England in the third T20 of the series:


A crucial draw to win?

Moeen Ali has won the coin toss twice in both games in this series. He decided to play first in the opening game and England managed to knock out 158 ​​with relative ease. In the second game, he decided to strike first and despite putting 199 on the board, Pakistan chased him with three balls remaining.

Bowling initially appears to be the key factor in these games in Karachi, meaning today’s draw could be vital to winning. The old adage is usually “win the toss, beat first”, but in Asia that’s not the way to go in the T20s.

Nine times out of 10, the team that beats second wins the game. It will come as no surprise if it happens again tonight.


Moeen takes responsibility for loss

England captain Moeen Ali admitted he took a gamble in yesterday’s game when he decided to go in the 13th despite pre-match planning saying right-handed hitters liked to attack out-of-rotation bowlers .

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

Moeen’s pass went for 21 runs, including three sixes, which put Pakistan ahead of the required run rate. Despite Moeen’s feelings about it, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam were an unstoppable force yesterday with only Liam Dawson 0-26 (4) and Sam Curran 0-29 (4) coming out of the match with respectable bowling numbers for the England.


Andrew Strauss plans cricket reform branded ‘unachievable’ by county leaders

County leaders have criticized Sir Andrew Strauss’s proposed reforms for national cricket, although he admits change is needed.

The former Test captain has spent the past six months overseeing a high performance review for the England and Wales Cricket Board, launched following last winter’s ashes beating, and came up with 17 recommendations.

Fifteen of these fall within the remit of the ECB and already have the support required, but two key proposals involving a complete reorganization of the county calendar require the support of at least 12 of the 18 first-class counties to move forward. before.

But Sussex chairman Jon Filby told the BBC: ‘Strauss’ high performance scrutiny is also impractical when it comes to county cricket.


Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan masterclass stun England in 10-wicket win over Pakistan

England had no answer for a majestic 200-run partnership between centurion Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan as Pakistan leveled their Twenty20 series 1-1 with a 10-wicket win in Karachi.

The tourists were more than happy after posting 199 for five, with captain Moeen Ali leading with 55 not outs in 23 deliveries, but were vastly outplayed by the home side’s openers.

Babar scoffed at questions about his Asian Cup goal-scoring rate, hammering 110 from 66 balls, and Rizwan broke an unbeaten 88 as they tied nine sixes and 16 fours.

England will be concerned about the lack of incision in their bowling attack but the two chances they generated against Rizwan were wasted as Alex Hales dropped him on the 23rd and Phil Salt fended off a pinfall at 32.


Pakistan v England

Play will resume at 3.30pm BST with this third of four games to be played in Karachi.

Before the start of the series, Moeen Ali was supposed to replace Jos Buttler in the first three games as the England captain recovers from a calf injury, but it’s possible Buttler could return sooner than originally planned and he could get away with it. line up for England today.

Changes are expected in the squad as England’s bowling attack needs a refresh.

David Willey has struggled in both matches so far and could be replaced by Richard Gleeson or another fast bowler, but Liam Dawson played well in an otherwise unsuccessful attack yesterday and should keep his place.


Pakistan v England

Hello and welcome to The Independents coverage of the third T20 between England and Pakistan in Karachi. The seven-game series is square at 1-1 after the hosts netted a huge tally in the second game yesterday.

Moeen Ali – once again replacing as England captain – won the coin toss and opted to strike first, with England going a whopping 199-5 with Moeen’s 55*, the outstanding sleeve performance. Pakistan responded and then some as the opening hitters Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam battled their way to 203-0 from 19.3 overs to bring the series level.

It was a surprising performance and provided some interesting information.

In Asia, T20 games are won nine out of 10 times by second at bat, which will make today’s draw a crucial moment. Indeed, both matches so far have been won by the chasers – England in the first game and Pakistan in the second.

The pitch also looked slow and low when England struck, but seemed to flatten out as the night wore on and made it easier to hit in the second inning. Both sides will keep that in mind when deciding how to approach today’s game.

But who will win the third T20 in the series?

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