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Pakistan Wins 4th T20I to Level Series with England

Liam Dawson's heroics go in vain as Haris Rauf takes two late wickets to turn the match

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Russell Chattaraj
Russell Chattaraj
Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

PAKISTAN. Karachi: In the 4th Twenty20 International on Sunday in Karachi, England was unable to surpass Pakistan’s total of 167 runs and fell short by three runs.

Liam Dawson (34 from 17) put England on the brink of victory before Pakistan took three wickets in six balls to snatch the victory.

Liam Dawson playing a shot. Photo Credit: Twitter
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Dawson seemed pretty disappointed at the dugout, according to England’s acting captain, Moeen Ali.

With the loss, the sides’ seven-match series now stands at 2-2.

Pakistan’s innings

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Pakistan was given the opportunity to bat and they amassed a respectable score of 166/4.

The opening partnership of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan was broken in the fourth over when Liam Dawson dismissed Babar for 36 runs.

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As the hosts’ innings were anchored by Rizwan (88 off 67), Reece Topley and David Willey restrained Pakistan’s middle order. Rizwan was unable to find help at the other end.

England’s innings

In response, England got off to a terrible start, losing both of its openers, Phil Salt and Alex Hales, very quickly. Harry Brook (34) and Ben Duckett (33) made sure England remained in the game by keeping the scoreboard moving.

At the post-game awards ceremony, Moeen Ali observed, “It was a fantastic game; it could have gone both ways.”

When England needed 5 runs from 10 balls, Haris Rauf took the key wicket of Liam Dawson (34). In 19.2 overs, England was eventually dismissed for 163.

Harris Rauf celebrating a wicket. Photo Credit: Twitter

“Disappointed that we couldn’t, we should have pursued it. Too many wickets were lost early on; a good job for persevering. Brooksy and Duckett both performed well. Having played well, Liam (Dawson) will undoubtedly be unhappy not to seal the deal,” said Moeen.

On September 28, England and Pakistan will play their fifth Twenty20 International in Lahore.

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  • Russell Chattaraj

    Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

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