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England vs Pakistan 3rd T20I Highlights: Hafeez, Riaz shine as Pakistan win by 5 runs

England vs Pakistan (ENG vs PAK) 3rd T20I Highlights: Mohammad Hafeez's unbeaten 86 and Wahab Riaz's heroics with the ball helped the visitors level the series 1-1 in the final encounter.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: September 2, 2020 9:18:33 am
England vs Pakistan 3rd T20I Highlights: Wahab Riaz was crucial in his team's win. (Source: AP)

England vs Pakistan (ENG vs PAK) 3rd T20I Highlights: Pakistan levelled the series 1-1 after clinching a thrilling 5-run win against England in the third T20I at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.

Pakistan were sent out to bat after England won the toss and they were guided to a brilliant 190/4 by Mohammad Hafeez’s unbeaten 86 and debutant Haider Ali’s 54. Although Pakistan got off to a great start with the ball, dismantling the top-order quickly, their chances of a win diminished after Moeen Ali took on the bowlers and scored a brave 61. But Wahab Riaz (2/26) provided a twist in the tale in the penultimate over, where he was responsible for two wickets and conceded just three runs, when England needed 20 runs from 12 balls. England were finally restricted to 185/8 at the end of the 20 overs.

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Pakistan in England, 3 T20I Series, 2020Old Trafford, Manchester 26 September 2020

England 185/8 (20.0)


Pakistan 190/4 (20.0)

Match Ended ( Day - 3rd T20I ) Pakistan beat England by 5 runs

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England vs Pakistan 3rd T20I Highlights:

02:12 (IST)02 Sep 2020

After Haris Rauf restricted the tailenders to just singles and twos, Curran hit him for a six in the penultimate ball. But after a dot ball to finish the innings, England end theirs on 185/8... which is quite surprising as just two overs back, the hosts were in prime position to seal the series with their second win. From needing just 20 runs from 12 balls, England have now lost the match by 5 runs. What bowling by Riaz, what batting by Hafeez and Haider, and even Moeen Ali! What an excellent game of cricket!

02:01 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Riaz, the knight in the shining armour for visitors?

Jordan tries to go for a quick one, but a direct hit by Riaz sends him all the way back. England are seven down here with Moeen Ali (61) still holding the cards here. Him and Curran deal in singles for a couple of balls, before the veteran spinner is dismissed by Riaz! Caught and bowled! What a twist in the tale as Riaz completely changes the dynamics of the match. All eyes are on Tom Curran and Adil Rashid. Can England do it? Or will Pakistan draw the series? 17 needed from 6 balls. ENG are 174/8 after 19 overs.

01:54 (IST)02 Sep 2020
ENG edging closer, PAK inching for a fightback

After reaching his third T20I fifty, Moeen (60*) handed the key to the party to Gregory who smacked two important fours towards the end of the 17th over. Soon after, Ali took over the reins again and continued with his onslaught facing Shaheen as he hit a four on the very first ball of the over... and of course another one! But Pakistan strike back as they claim the wicket of Gregory (12) -- clean bowled by Shaheen. Tight finish is indeed on the cards here. 20 runs need from 12 balls. ENG are 171/6 after 18 overs.

01:42 (IST)02 Sep 2020

OH MY WORD! Moeen Ali brings out his big guns again, as he hammers Shadab Khan towards long on, way over the ropes. He makes it two in two and then another and it's utter jubilation in the English camp. With a single, he moves to 49 from 25 balls. The spinner single-handedly brings down the required run-rate. 44 need from 24 balls. ENG are 149/5 after 16 overs.

01:38 (IST)02 Sep 2020

RIAZ GETS IT! The veteran pacer breaks the partnership as he removes Billings (26) from the crease. Billings loses his shape while slogging, and the ball is caught by Imad Wasim. That might prove to be a vital wicket. ENG are 129/5 after 15 overs.

01:32 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Moeen finds form

OH WOW! England are going big now, way way big. Moeen Ali (27*) is in song as he smacks Shahen for a four and then a huge maximum which clears the long straight boundary. Sam Billings is on 26*. ENG are 125/4 after 14 overs.

01:25 (IST)02 Sep 2020
England cross 100-run mark

England are trying to find their way back in and Billings finally gets the first big hit of his game. With the help of some clever running between the wickets and a Moeen Ali boundary to Shadab, England reach 100. ENG are 104/4 after 12 overs.

01:16 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Billings shows the way

Although England have failed to play on the frontfoot off late, Billings (12*) has done his best to free up some of the pressure. After hitting Shadab for a four in the last over, he hits Riaz for another one to keep the runrate in check. ENG are 86/4 after 10 overs.

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01:10 (IST)02 Sep 2020

The tide is turning for Pakistan! After Bairstow, Malan, Morgan, time's over for Banton (46) too. Haris Rauf trapped the batsman completely between the wickets, and what little doubt existed completely dissipated with the help of the review. Plumb as you like it. Pakistan on top. The responsibility of the chase shifts to the shoulders of Billings and Ali. ENG are 69/4 after 8 overs.

01:01 (IST)02 Sep 2020

RUN OUT! Just when Morgan (10) was starting to settle after hitting a huge maximum to Shadab, he is sent back to the pavilion. The captain tried to look for a single but Babar created a mix-up with the help of Sarfaraz. ENG are 65/3 after 7 overs.

00:52 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Banton on fire

Banton is racing away to a fifty here as he's punishing Pakistan bowlers left, right and centre. He takes on Haris Rauf and he hammers him for three fours, one on a no-ball too. 16 runs off the over. ENG are 43/2 after 5 overs.

00:44 (IST)02 Sep 2020

BREAKTHROUGH! After conceding two boundaries to Banton (20*) and Malan (7), Wasim gets the wicket of the latter as Malan's shot safely lands in the hands of Fakhar. On comes the explosive captain, Eoin Morgan. ENG are 27/2 after 4 overs.

00:43 (IST)02 Sep 2020

Banton continues with his fine form in this series as he smacks Wasim for three four in the second over -- extra cover, third man and backward point. England will hope to build some momentum with Banton and Malan. ENG are 15/1 after 2 overs.

00:30 (IST)02 Sep 2020

Shaheen Afridi provides a brilliant start to the vistors as he bowls over the destructive Bairstow on the fourth ball of the innings. The batsman departs for a duck. On comes Dawid Malan to partner Tom Banton. ENG are 1/1 after 0.4 overs.

00:16 (IST)02 Sep 2020
ENG need 191 to win

A brilliant over by Saqib Mahmood brings the proceedings to a close as he lets Pakistan get just nine runs from it, stopping the destructive Mohammad Hafeez in his tracks. He ends the innings on an unbeaten 86 and helped Pakistan reach 190/4 at the end of 20 overs. Kudos to the brilliant Haider Ali, who scored a commendable 54 on his debut. England now need 191 runs to win.

00:10 (IST)02 Sep 2020
An eventful over, right?

After a comparatively timid over, scoring just 11 runs facing Saqib, Pakistan up the ante once again. Hafeez (80*) brings out the big guns again as he sends one over the ropes facing Jordan, but tides change quickly as Shadad (15) is sent back to the pavilion by Jordan. A brilliant catch by Curran. On comes Imad Wasim, and he finishes the over on 4*. PAK are 181/4 after 19 overs.

00:00 (IST)02 Sep 2020

YET ANOTHER ONE! Hafeez hits his fifth six of the innings and Curran has his head in his hands. PAK are 159/3 after 17 overs.

23:54 (IST)01 Sep 2020
PAK keep it going

Hafeez and Shadab have not taken much time at all to get back to hitting ways! Facing Gregory on his final over, both of them hit him for two fours and gets 14 runs from the over. Pakistan nearing another big total here. PAK are 148/3 after 16 overs.

23:43 (IST)01 Sep 2020

BREAKTHROUGH! Jordan comes back into the attack and makes Eoin Morgan a very happy man! Haider Ali couldn't handle his full-length delivery and he is clean bowled. The teenager departs for 54. PAK are 132/3 after 14.3 overs.

England Squad: Tom Banton, Jonny Bairstow (w), Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood, Joe Denly, David Willey

Pakistan Squad: Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (w), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Khushdil Shah, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Haider Ali