Ton-up Babar, Rizwan help Pakistan thrash England by 10 wickets
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Openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan put on an unbeaten 203-run partnership as Pakistan claimed a remarkable 10-wicket victory over England in the second T20 international in Karachi on Thursday.
Azam hammered 110 not out for his second T20I hundred while Rizwan scored an undefeated 88 as the pair completed a chase of 200 in 19.3 overs at a packed National Stadium.
With 1,929 runs together, the Azam-Rizwan partnership has become the most prolific in T20Is, beating Indian stars Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma's record of 1,743 in 51 matches.
Azam and Rizwan have achieved the record in just 36 games.
The win levelled the seven-match series at 1-1 after England won the first game by six wickets, also in Karachi on Tuesday.
Azam, who endured a miserable Asia Cup earlier this month with just 68 runs in six matches, smashed five sixes and 11 fours off 66 balls, while Rizwan struck four sixes and five boundaries in his 51-ball innings.
Azam's hundred came off 62 balls, adding to his 122 against South Africa at Centurion last year.
The pair reached 100 in just 11.2 overs -- their seventh century stand together in T20I cricket.
Rizwan, dropped on 23 by Alex Hales off Liam Dawson, completed his fifty off 30 balls while Azam took 39 deliveries for his half-century.
It was Pakistan's second 10-wicket win in the format following their first against India in last year's T20 World Cup.
The pair also improved on their 197-run opening stand they set against South Africa last year.
Earlier, a quick-fire half-century from captain Moeen Ali aided by fireworks from Ben Duckett and Harry Brook helped England pile up 199-5 on the board against Pakistan.
Moeen took only 23 balls in his unbeaten innings to score 55 runs. He hit two consecutive sixes on the last two deliveries to reach his half-century mark. He hit four sixes and four boundaries in his innings as England made 66 runs in the last five overs.
Brook scored 31 runs off 19 balls with the help of three sixes and four before he was clean bowled by Rauf.
Duckett scored 43 runs off 22 balls before being bowled out by Nawaz. He hit seven boundaries. England opener Phil Salt made 31 off 27 balls.
Sam Curran remained unbeaten at 10 off 8 balls hitting one boundary.
For Pakistan, Haris Rauf took two wickets for 30 runs, Shahnawaz Dahani conceded 37 runs for his two wickets whil Muhammad Nawaz grabbed one wicket for 40 runs. Muhammad Hasnain was the most expansive bowler for his wicketless four overs for 51 runs followed by Usman Qadir who also remained wicketless conceding 41 runs.
England reached 80-2 in halfway stage despite a double blow form Shahnawaz Dahani.
Earlier, Shahnawaz Dahani took two wickets in two balls as Pakistan seized the momentum from England.
England were 48-2 after the end of the first power play.
Dahani bowled opener Alex Hales and Dawid Malan on the two successive first balls of the sixth over to put the brakes on the England side that looked to set for a huge total.
England openers Hales and Phil Salt, after negotiating a good first over from Muhammad Hasnain that cost just three runs, flexed their muscles soon. Salt welcomed spinner Muhammad Nawaz with a six on the very first ball of the second over. Nawaz conceded 10 runs in the second over.
In the next over, Hales hit a six and a boundary on two consecutive balls to Hasnain. Dahani also conceded eight runs in his first over while in the fifth over Haris Rauf conceded 10 runs as Babar used four bowlers in the six-over power play.
However, Dahani seized the momentum for Pakistan in the sixth over with a double wicket as England finished the power play at 48-2.
Hales made 26 runs off 21 balls hitting three fours and a six while Malqn went for a golden duck/
Earlier, won the toss and elected to bat first in the second Twent20 of seven-match series at National Stadium Karachi.
England captain Moeen Ali changed the tactics for the second game as it would be played on a fresh pitch.
"Wicket doesn't look as fresh, there's a lot more cracks and we've got three spinners as well," Moeen said.
Dawson does indeed come into the XI for Gleeson.
Babar Azam said that 150-160 will be chasable.
"We started well in the first ten overs," he said of the first T20I, "need the middle order to step up."
Pakistan also made one change as Mohammad Hasnain replaced Naseem Shah.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan, Haider Ali, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Shahnawaz Dahani, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Usman Qadir
England: Phil Salt (wk), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali (capt), Sam Curran, David Willey, Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid, Luke Wood.