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.
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 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.
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.
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.
“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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