Veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez praised teenage debutant Haider Ali’s composure after the pair mixed to arrange Pakistan’s five-run victory over England of their tour-ending third Twenty20 worldwide at Outdated Trafford on Tuesday. It was Pakistan’s first victory in 66 days of being in a bio-secure bubble in England amid the coronavirus and meant they squared this three-match collection at 1-1 after a 1-Zero loss in final month’s three-Check collection. Hafeez made 86 not out and Haider 54 in Pakistan’s 190-4. There was a 20-year age hole between the 39-year-old Hafeez and the 19-year-old Haider however you wouldn’t have identified it whereas they shared a stand of precisely 100 after coming collectively at 32-2.
Hafeez’s knock adopted his 69 in England’s five-wicket win at Outdated Trafford on Sunday and was his fourth fifty in his final 5 T20 worldwide innings.
Haider got here in at 2-1 after opener Fakhar Zaman was out for one however demonstrated a maturity nicely past his years throughout a 28-ball fifty that includes 5 fours and two sixes.
“He was good below strain and simply expressed himself,” stated participant of the collection Hafeez of Haider in a post-match interview with Sky Sports activities.
“I used to be simply attempting to again him each time, inform him ‘you might be enjoying nicely, proceed like that,'” he added. “It’s nice to see children coming from our system and performing nicely.”
Moeen knock in useless
England had been 69-Four of their chase earlier than Moeen Ali, who ought to have been stumped by former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed on seven, revived their hopes with 61.
However when veteran paceman Wahab Riaz, in for the injured Mohammad Amir, ran out Chris Jordan after which caught and bowled Moeen, England had been 174-Eight with seven balls left.
They wanted 12 off two balls when Tom Curran hit a six.
However Curran couldn’t repeat the shot when paceman Haris Rauf bowled a last-ball yorker.
“We had a plan and achieved a complete after which bowled very nicely,” stated Pakistan captain Babar Azam, the world’s top-ranked Twenty20 batsman, who was out for 21 on Tuesday.
“Moeen performed an outstanding knock however our bowlers did nicely to win the match,” added Babar, who will stay in England to play for Somerset within the Twenty20 Blast.
Turning to the ultimate over, Babar stated: “I informed the bowler (Rauf) to bowl yorkers.
“One ball he bowled a very unhealthy ball (the one hit for six by Curran) however that’s a part of the sport!”
In the meantime England captain Eoin Morgan was happy by Moeen’s return to type after the left-handed batsman had managed simply 10 runs in his earlier 4 white-ball worldwide innings.
“Moeen is a pleasure to observe, very elegant,” stated Morgan. “For him to come back out and nearly be the cornerstone on the back-end of a victory was nice.”
England suffered a setback simply 4 balls into their chase when Jonny Bairstow was bowled for a duck by an outstanding yorker from left-arm fast Shaheen Afridi.
Morgan, contemporary from his 66 on Sunday, was run out for simply 10 after a mix-up with Tom Banton.
And when Banton was lbw for 46 to Rauf, England had been 69-Four earlier than Moeen threatened to disclaim Pakistan.
Haider, in after Moeen bowled Zaman, slog-swept his second ball in worldwide cricket for six.
Haider struck Lewis Gregory’s first ball for a chic, hovering, legside six earlier than pulling him for 4 to turn out to be the primary Pakistan batsman to attain a fifty on his T20 worldwide debut.
Hafeez’s swept 4 off leg-spinner Adil Rashid noticed him to a 31-ball fifty, together with 4 sixes, earlier than Haider was bowled by Jordan.
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