Liam Livingstone hits fastest England ton but Pakistan win thrilling run-fest to start T20 series

Pakistan beat England by 31 races in the exciting first T20I; Liam Livingstone scores the fastest ton in England history, with 42 balls, including nine sixes, but the tourists take the lead of the series 1-0; Watch the second T20I starting at 2pm, Sunday on Sky Sports Cricket

Liam Livingstone broke the fastest T20 century in England’s history, but to no avail as Pakistan won a thrilling 31-run series opener at Trent Bridge.

After Pakistan posted their highest international T20 score of 232-6, England were down three in five overs just for Livingstone (103 of 43 balls) to keep them in the game with an impressive 42-ball century that included six fours and nine. amazing. six.

However, he pocketed the next ball and Eoin Morgan’s side was ultimately eliminated by 201.

In a favorable hitting field and short square limits, Babar Azam hit 85 of 49 balls and Mohammad Rizwan made 63 of 41 in a starting position of 150 to put the tourists on his way to victory and Shaheen Afridi took 3-30 to put Pakistan 1-0 in the three-game series.

Although there was an early swing for David Willey, Pakistan soon took full advantage of the near-perfect batting conditions in Nottingham with Babar removing three limits from the second more from the left arm and the limits flowed from there.

After their brilliant 158 ​​in the third ODI on Tuesday, the pattern of tourists continued along the same lines and more than made up for Rizwan’s slow start to lead Pakistan to 49-0 at the end of the power play.

The runs kept coming and Babar quickly moved into his nineteenth T20I fifty from 35 balls and, having suddenly rediscovered his timing, Rizwan was not far behind, sweeping Matt Parkinson by six to lift the association from 100 and reach his own half century, from 34 balls, in the next over.

Babar and Rizwan had really sped up after the middle of the stage and neither bowler was spared, so when Lewis Gregory finally dismissed Rizwan with a slower ball on the field, they could at least enjoy a moment of respite.

Although that was all they had. Sohaib Maqsood (19 of 7) was brought down by Jonny Bairstow on the first ball and soon made England call, crushing Tom Curran for six straight before sinking later on the same change.

Willey put an end to Babar’s good shot in the 17th, a necessary overhaul to eliminate the world’s No. 2 T20I hitter trapped behind, but some brutal shots from Fakhar Zaman (26 of 8) and Mohammad Hafeez (24 of 10) saw Pakistan navigate past 200 despite late window clatter.

England lost Dawid Malan (1) thanks to a superb reception from Shaheen Afridi in the second round of the chase, but Jason Roy defeated Imad Wasim with three huge sixes in the third to give the chase a starting boost.

Babar Azam was back in top form for Pakistan with 85

Bairstow (11 of 7) joined in by hitting Shaheen over long for another high to start the fourth, but dropped two balls later after finishing off a shot and when Moeen Ali (1) went to a brilliant catch from Haris Rauf. when he collided with a teammate deep within Mohammad Hashain, the hosts were down three within five overs.

Chasing such a large total, there was no time to lose for England and 22 minutes into the fold, Livingstone had reached his half century, needing just 17 balls, another England record and hitting five sixes in the process.

Shadab Khan was on the receiving end of two of those highs, but managed to account for Roy (32 of 13) on his first over.

The closest the game came to a hiatus came after Livingstone reached his fifties with Morgan unable to get going on the other end before facing Imad in the 12th and while Livingstone was able to get going again after a couple of overs. , the support I needed never came.

His record moment in an inning that epitomized clean hits came the ball after Gregory (10) was gone, Livingstone long nailed Shadab for another high.

However, the Lancashire man had no choice but to try to go again and, for once in this entry, he didn’t make the connection he was looking for, choosing Shaheen for a long time to give Shadab (3-52) his third wicket. .

Willey (16 of 11) did his best to try to keep England in the chase but, in reality, his hopes went with Livingstone and Shaheen was left to hit two balls in the final when he launched Parkinson with a superb yorker.

Watch the second T20 international match between England and Pakistan, live on Sky Sports Cricket starting at 2pm on Sunday.

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