Pakistan in England, Only T20 International, 2019 |One-off T20I |5/5/2019 Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
EOIN MORGAN HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. That is it from this one-off T20I then. The 5-match ODI series between these two teams kicks off on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 1 pm local (1200 GMT). See yaa then. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Hard luck for Pakistan. They tried hard but could not quite keep the pressure sustained. England ran a lot of twos and the fielders were found wanting. That affected the bowling as well with only three bowlers picking up wickets. Surprisingly, Sarfaraz did not employ Haris Sohail, whose left-arm spin is pretty effective.
Captain Morgan's form will be the key for England come the World Cup. He had been going through some patchy form but this knock will increase his confidence. His knock of 57 from 29 balls included 5 fours and 3 sixes and he got his form back.
Comfortable chase for England in the end. They lost Duckett early but Vince and Root got the hosts back on track. Then, Root and Morgan stitched a 65-run stand, which almost laid the platform for the win. And in the end, Denly's cameo 20 from 12 balls crushed any little hopes Pakistan had after Root's wicket.
F Ashraf to E Morgan, SIX! Game, set and match! Boy, Morgan is pumped up. He understands that this is the first game of a massive summer and this knock is so, so important. A length ball outside off, the skipper jumps down the track and flat-bats it down the ground, over long off! The fielder leaps but in vain! ENGLAND WIN BY 7 WICKETS AND 4 BALLS TO SPARE.
F Ashraf to E Morgan, Full and outside off, Morgan drives it through the covers for a couple. Excellent half century from Morgan, keeping his side ahead.
END OF OVER 19 | 10 Runs & 0 Wkt | ENG 167/3
Faheem Ashraf to bowl the final over. 3-0-35-0 so far. Pakistan need something special from him.
S Afridi to Joe Denly, RUN OUT CHANCE, MISSED! Full and outside off, Denly drives it towards cover and sets off for a single. But Morgan does not respond. Denly has to return and is gone for all money but the fielder misses his shy at the striker's end.
S Afridi to E Morgan, Around middle, pushed down to long on for one more.
S Afridi to Joe Denly, Full on middle, hammered down to long on for one. He has played well, Denly. 20 from just 11 balls.
S Afridi to E Morgan, Outside off, pushed through the covers for a run.
S Afridi to Joe Denly, Excellent yorker, but that is dug out for a single.
S Afridi to Joe Denly, SIX! Has that sealed the deal for England? 11 needed from 11 now. A length ball outside off, Denly just gets across and swings it cleanly over mid-wicket!
END OF OVER 18 | 12 Runs & 0 Wkt | ENG 157/3
H Ali to Joe Denly, Has another heave and drags it down to long on for another single. 12 from the over.
H Ali to Joe Denly, INSIDE EDGE, FOUR! That is unlucky for the bowler. A length ball outside off, Denly jumps down the track, has a big heave but only manages a thick inside edge past the leg stump to the fine leg fence! 18 needed from 13 now.
H Ali to E Morgan, Outside off, pushed towards mid off for one more.
H Ali to Joe Denly, Outside off, punched through the covers for a run.
H Ali to E Morgan, Outside off, played through point for a single. 150 up for England. 24 needed from 16 balls.
Nasser Hussain on air informs that if this match ends in a tie, there will be NO SUPER OVER. That is sad...
H Ali to E Morgan, FOUR! Just over! Morgan has begun this over well. A length ball outside off, Eoin chips it over mid off, mistimes it, getting it off the bottom of the bat and just about clears mid off!
END OF OVER 17 | 8 Runs & 0 Wkt | ENG 145/3
S Afridi to Joe Denly, FOUR! Great calmness from Denly. England needed that boundary. Denly needed that. Low full toss outside off, Joe comes forward and drives it wide of cover and mid off for a boundary! 29 needed from 18 balls now.
S Afridi to Joe Denly, Terrific yorker, outside off, dug out back to the bowler.