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3rd T20I: Pakistan Beat England In Breathtaking Game


MANCHESTER– Pakistan Thrashed England in third T20 International by five runs in a thrilling and exciting game.

Both the teams won one match as first match was drawn because of rain.

Young Haider Ali became the first Pakistan batsman to score a half-century on debut in Twenty20 International cricket as Pakistan piled up a big total of 190 runs for the loss of four wickets here at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Veteran allrounder Mohammad Hafeez smashed an unbeaten 86 from 52 balls with four boundaries and six sixes.

Haider, the 19-year-old middle-order batsman who made his debut today, scored 54 off 33 balls with five fours and two sixes.

Earlier, England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to field.

England, the 50-over world champions, were unchanged from the side that won by five wickets in Manchester on Sunday to go 1-0 up in a three-match series following Friday’s no result washout.

Pakistan made three changes, with Haider Ali given his international debut, in place of Iftikhar Ahmed while former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed replaced wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz replaced Mohammad Amir after his fellow left-arm paceman suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday’s match.

Speaking of Vaughn’s performance, Australian great Michael Vaughn said it looks like Pakistan has “a serious player” on their side.