- England beat Pakistan by 6 wickets
- England achieved the target of 259 4 balls ago
- Luke Wood was adjudged Player of the Match for taking 3 wickets
PAK vs ENG: The England team reached Pakistan after a long gap of 17 years, faced Pakistan in the first match of the series at the National Stadium in Karachi and defeated them by 6 wickets. England won the toss of this match and invited the hosts to bat first. In the first one hour of the game, this decision was proved to be completely wrong, but in the subsequent two and a half hours of play, only what England wanted happened on the field. He easily won this match with 4 balls to spare.
Pakistan slipped after a great start
Batting first, Pakistan got off to a great start. There was an opening partnership of 85 runs in 9.3 overs between Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam. This partnership broke after Babar was dismissed on a personal score of 31. After this partnership, Pakistan’s wickets continued to fall at regular intervals till the 20th over. Rizwan top scored with 68 runs and he was dismissed as the third batsman. The plight of the hosts can be gauged from the fact that their five batsmen could not even touch the double figures. Luke Wood took the most wickets for England. He took the highest three wickets for 24 runs in 4 overs, for which he was awarded the title of Player of the Match.
England register victory after a weak start
England had a target of 159 runs to win. However, his start did not go well and he got the first blow in the third over at 19 runs. But opener Alex Hales, who was returning to the team after three years, stuck to the crease like a spindle, around which all the batsmen revolved. Hales scored a match-winning 59 off 40 balls while Harry Brooks, batting at number five, scored an unbeaten 42 off 25 balls.
English batsmen hit Pakistan’s frontline bowler Naseem Shah the most. Naseem conceded 41 runs in 4 overs and did not get any wicket.