Wahab Riaz’s 19th-over heroics saved T20I series for Pakistan


Manchester: Wahab Riaz conceded just three runs in second last over and picked the crucial wicket of Moeen Ali as Pakistan clinched the third T20I by five runs at Old Trafford. 

England needed 20 runs in two overs with Moeen Ali roaring at 60 not-out. But, Wahab took hold of him and sent him back home with a top-edge on second last ball of the second last over.

Sent into bat first, Pakistan got the help of Haider Ali (54) and Mohammad Hafeez (86) who partnered strongly and drove their team to 190-4 in 20 overs.

The right-handed duo joined the crease when Pakistan were 32-2 and hold their nerves to score 100 runs together. Haider struck five boundaries and two sixes to score fifty on T20I debut and became the only Pakistani batter to do so to date. On the other hand, Hafeez smashed four boundaries and six maximums.

Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman in just second over of the inning. Zaman scored a run before getting out to Moeen.

Shadab Khan scored 15 runs off 11 balls with the help of two boundaries.

For England, Chris Jordan bagged two wickets while Moeen Ali and Tom Curran took a wicket each.

In reply, England lost Jonathan Bairstow earlier for just a run. Thereafter, Tom Banton and Dawid Malan joined hands to score 25 runs together. Banton scored 46 while Malan was caught brilliantly at the boundary line by Fakhar Zaman. The left-handed batsman scored 7 runs.

Moeen Ali supported England and at one stage he took England on top with his 61-runs knock including four boundaries and as many sixes. But, Wahab got rid of him to save the series for Pakistan.

Hafeez got man-of-the-series award for scoring 155 runs in two innings at a strike rate of 176.13.


Pakistan: Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf

England: Jonathan Bairstow, Tom Banton, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood

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