Dawid Malan and Chris Woakes lead England to win in the series finale against Pakistan
On Sunday, England defeated Pakistan 4-3 in the seventh Twenty20 International at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Dawid Malan hit an unbeaten 78 off 47 balls to help England post 209/3 in 20 overs when batting first, while the English bowlers bowled superb spells to limit the hosts to 142/8 for a 67-run triumph.
Pakistan’s captain, Babar Aazam, won the toss and, as predicted, chose to bowl first. Pakistan’s in-form talents Mohammad Rizwan and Haris Rauf returned to the starting eleven, while England added Chris Woakes in place of Richard Gleeson. Due to his recent return from a long-term ailment, Mark Wood was not risked for this last match.
England got off to a fast start, with openers Phil Salt and Alex Hales putting up a brisk 39-run partnership for the first wicket in four overs. Mohammad Hasnain took Hales’ wicket on the opening ball of the innings’ fourth over, giving Pakistan their first triumph. England lost Salt in the same over due to an unlucky run out, and the hosts were back in the game.
But experienced batsman Malan and in-form teenager Harry Brook put up an unbroken 108-run fourth-wicket stand to help England to a huge 209/3 in 20 overs. Malan scored 78 runs off 47 balls to stay undefeated, while Brook scored 46 runs off 29 balls. Hasnain was Pakistan’s lone wicket-taker, conceding 32 runs in his four-over stint.
Pakistan lost their openers and greatest hope, Babar and Rizwan, inside the first eight balls of the innings while chasing. Chris Woakes, England’s standout bowler, removed Babar in the first over, and Reece Topley knocked out Rizwan in the following over to clinch England’s early victory.
Shan Masood hammered 56 off 43 balls in his attempt to achieve the goal, but the other batsmen failed to assist him. Pakistan managed just 142/8 in 20 overs as the visitors cruised to a 67-run victory. Woakes was England’s top bowler, claiming three wickets for 26 and David Willey two for 22. Malan was named player of the match after his 76-run knock, while Brook was named player of the series.