England beat Pakistan by 45 runs in the second T20 at Emerald Headingley to level the three-game series; Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Matt Parkinson star in the ball after substitute captain Jos Buttler’s half century of 33 balls; Watch decide the third T20 starting at 6pm, Tuesday on Sky Sports Cricket
Matt Parkinson and Moeen Ali impressed when England tied the T20 series with victory over Pakistan in Leeds.
England tied the T20 series against Pakistan with a 45-run victory when their spinners came to the fore at Emerald Headingley.
After putting out 201 tourists to win, Adil Rashid (2-30), Moeen Ali (2-32) and Matt Parkinson (1-25) shared five wickets with each other through the middle to leave the Pakistan chase in shambles. and despite some brief lower-order resistance, they finished at 155-9.
Jos Buttler (59 of 39 balls) returned to the side as captain, with Eoin Morgan rested, and led England’s batting effort with his fourteenth T20I fifty, sharing a 67-run position with Moeen (36 of 16) and a partnership. 52 with Liam Livingstone (38 of 23), who continued his impressive century at Trent Bridge cleaning The Emerald Stand with a whopping six.
England’s victory ties the series at 1-1 and establishes a decisive tempter at Emirates Old Trafford.
After being placed, England looked poised to make a good start when Jason Roy threw the second ball of the inning down the side of the leg and into the Western Terrace, but Imad Wasim (2-37) had his rematch a couple of balls. later, having the opener trapped in a backward point before firing Dawid Malan (1) in his next over.
Launched together at 18-2, Buttler and Moeen soon got the hosts moving in the right direction, Buttler accelerating Mohammad Hasnain by six before Moeen got stuck in Haris Rauf (2-48) as 38 runs came from the latter. two overs of the powerplay. .
The 50th spot came from 24 balls, but Hasnain finished off Moeen’s eye-catching punch in the eighth when the southpaw tried to hit over the top and was caught midway.
Livingstone, coming off a record hit in the series opener, came in and soon found his range, nailing Rauf for a six in a long time, and that was just the beginning when he stepped forward and pitched Imad for a long time. a mighty six.
Buttler regained his half century with 33 balls, but left in the 14th after slapping Hasnain (3-51) in the middle.
Jonny Bairstow (13), fell back to number 6 when England gave others a chance to raise the order, came and went quickly, but Livingstone was shooting and surprised the crowd in Leeds with a potential of the six bigger than this famous ancient field has seen; He sailed back over Rauf’s head and kept going, over the three-tiered grandstand and onto the rugby field behind.
He looked ready for more, but a mix-up with Tom Curran saw him rush off at 16 to thwart England’s hopes of scoring well above 200.
However, they managed to climb to that mark before the ever-impressive Shaheen Shah Afridi (1-28) pitched Parkinson to wrap up the innings with one ball remaining in the 20th.
The visitors started off brilliantly again through Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan and the hosts may have feared the worst when the pair brought in the pair of fifty on the sixth change, but Saqib Mahmood got them on the board when he had Babar ( 22) stuck in the cover. later on the same end.
Then he went to the spinners. Rashid had Buttler stump Sohaib Maqsood (15) and then produced a brilliant one-handed catch at his own bowling alley on his next over to eliminate Rizwan (37 of 29).
Parkinson was causing trouble on the other end as it was Moeen, who replaced Rashid, who perhaps brought the match to the close, as he had Mohammad Hafeez (10) trapped in the depths before throwing Fakhar Zaman (8) with a ripper. as the southpaw advanced.
It took until the last ball of his four overs, but Parkinson finally got his much-deserved wicket when Azam Khan (1) passed a well-flown leggie to give Buttler the simplest of stumps.
Shadab Khan (36th of 22) and Imad (20 of 13) were at least able to reduce the margin of defeat, but the latter holed Curran (1-22).
Mahmood (3-33) helped himself to a couple of wickets later, but the focus is now on Manchester and a winner-take-all clash on Tuesday.
Watch the third international T20 game between England and Pakistan, live on Sky Sports Cricket starting at 6pm on Tuesday.