Pakistan pulled off a brilliant final ball thriller to win the third and final T20I against England by 5 runs at Old Trafford, thus leveling the three-match T20I series 1-1 and ending it in a draw on Tuesday.
Put into bat first once again after losing the toss, Pakistan did not have the greatest of the starts, as Fakhar Zaman(1) was dismissed in the second over itself by Moeen Ali with just 2 runs on the board for Pakistan. Debutant Haider Ali who walked out to bat with Pakistan at 2/1 added 30 runs with skipper Babar Azam(21) before the skipper was bowled by Curran in the fifth over of the match, thus leaving Pakistan in a spot of bother with 32/2 under five overs.
This brought in the in-form Mohammad Hafeez who stitched a beautiful 100-run partnership with the young Haider Ali. Hafeez made an unbeaten 86 along with Ali scoring an impressive 54 to power Pakistan to a competitive 190/4, which eventually turned out to be a match-winning score.
Hafeez’s knock followed his assaulting 69 in England’s five-wicket win at Old Trafford on Sunday, while Haider Ali became the first debutant to score a half-century for Pakistan.
Coming out to chase another big total, England, as well did get off to the best of starts. Opener Bairstow was dismissed without troubling the scorers, soon followed by England’s last match victory heroes Malan(7) and Morgan(10) dismissed cheaply.
A valiant fightback was spearheaded by Moeen Ali’s 33-ball 61 supported by Bantons’s 31-ball 46, but England fell just five runs short of the Pakistani total.
The match went down to the wire with England needing 12 of two balls and Tom Curran hit a gorgeous six over extra cover off the penultimate delivery. But unfortunately for England, Curran could not repeat the shot as Haris Rauf sent down an unplayable yorker at 90mph to secure a win for his team, the first for Pakistan in this whole tour.
Mohammad Hafeez was declared the Player of the Series for his brilliant performance with the bat. He scored a brilliant 69 followed by an unbeaten 86 in the tournament with an average of 155 and a strike rate of 176.13.
Pakistan – 190/4
England – 185/8
Pakistan won by 5 runs
Player of the Match
Player of the Series