Pakistan fight back to hold England to 131-6 in washed out T20

By: AFP      Published: 01:12 AM, 29 Aug, 2020
Pakistan fight back to hold England to 131-6 in washed out T20
England's Eoin Morgan is trapped LBW by Pakistan's Iftikhar Ahmad for 14 during first T20. AFP

Pakistan fought back to restrict England to 131-6 before rain stopped play in the first Twenty20 international at Old Trafford on Friday.

England had threatened a huge total while Tom Banton was making 71, the 21-year-old batsman's maiden fifty at this level.

But his exit left England 109-3 and sparked a collapse that saw four wickets lost for 14 runs in 19 balls before rain ended the innings after 16.1 overs, with Pakistan's revised target in the first of this three-match series still to be determined. 

"It was good fun," Banton told Sky Sports. "I struggled to begin with, they bowled quite nicely and then I just backed myself when the spinners came on," he added.

Pakistan struck five balls after captain Babar Azam won the toss when left-arm spinner Imad Wasim caught and bowled Jonny Bairstow.

But Banton, opening in place of the injured Jason Roy, took charge with two slog-swept sixes off consecutive balls from leg-spinner Shadab Khan. Dawid Malan helped Banton add 71 for the second wicket, only to run himself out for 23.

Banton, however, completed a 33-ball fifty featuring three fours and three sixes before scooping paceman Haris Rauf for an audacious six over fine leg only to then slice Imad to extra-cover.

England captain Eoin Morgan was then lbw to Iftikhar Ahmed before Moeen Ali was well caught by Mohammad Rizwan off Shadab. Wicketkeeper Rizwan, who impressed during Pakistan's recent 1-0 Test series defeat by England, then stumped Lewis Gregory off Imad, who took 2-31 from his maximum four overs.

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