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2nd T20I: Babar, Rizwan lead Pakistan to 10-wicket win over England | T20 Cricket latest news 2022

Babar Azam returned to batting form with a century and Mohammad Rizwan hit 88 in a Pakistani record-breaking double century opening tie to beat England by 10 wickets in the second Twenty20 on Thursday.

Babar made an unbeaten 110 in his second T20 century of 66 balls as Pakistan reached 203-0 with three balls left to tie the run of seven games.

Moeen Ali accelerated at the back of the English innings with an unbeaten 55 off 23 balls and led the team to 199-5 after winning the toss and opting to bat.

“We planned to play depending on the situation and planned when to charge and when to hold back,” said Babar. “The execution of that plan has been brilliant. When you have a target in front of you, you play to it and switch accordingly.”

Babar and Rizwan attacked England with aggressive strikes as the visitors failed to hold on to their chances of breaking the tie.

Babar entered Thursday’s game after just 98 runs in his previous seven T20s, including 68 runs in the six Asia Cup matches in the United Arab Emirates and a knockout of 30 in Tuesday’s opening game of the series.

Rizwan took advantage of two let-offs before completing his half-century, but Babar hit 11 limits and five sixes against both pace and spin.

Babar and Rizwan held the previous record of Pakistan’s 197-run, opening-wicket score, which they made against South Africa in Centurion in 2021.

Rizwan also scored half a century in the first game, which England won by six wickets on Tuesday. He was more aggressive in the batting power play when Alex Hales dropped him while running backwards half way through.

“We hit well, but we dropped a big catch,” said Ali. “Duckett’s collaboration with Salty (Phil Salt) was fantastic and me and Brooksy (Harry Brook) played well.”

Salt was unable to punch Rizwan off Adil Rashid’s first pass, shortly after Hales dropped a sitter. From then on, England struggled to hold back the flood of runs.

Left arm spinner Liam Dawson, the only change England made from game one, stood out 0-26 from his four overs, but the rest of the bowlers were penalized by Pakistan’s accomplished T20 opening pair.

The momentum turned in Pakistan’s favor in the 13th over, as Ali’s only went over 21 when Babar hit two sixes against his counterpart. Left arm fast bowler Luke Wood, who took three wickets in his T20 debut on Tuesday, was crushed for 0-49.

“The momentum changed when I threw myself,” Ali said. “I know they (Babar and Rizwan) get a lot of support for their strike rates, but they’re brilliant and you can’t afford to throw spin at them.”

David Willey also had a bad day 0-44 before Babar hit the left arm over a border in the last one.

Previously, Ben Duckett improvised against Pakistani spinners Mohammad Nawaz (1-40) and Usman Qadir (0-40), despite Shahnawaz Dahani (2-37) clean bowling Hales (30) and Dawid Malan (0) of consecutive deliveries in the last over of batting power play.

Duckett played some impressive ramp shots over the head of the wicketkeeper before being bowled clean by Nawaz in the 13th over while trying to repeat the shot.

Brook made a quickfire 31 and accelerated well with Ali in the late overs before being bowled over by Haris Rauf (2-30) in the 17th. But Mohammad Hasnain, who replaced Naseem Shah in the line-up, conceded 37 runs from his last two overs to finish 0-51 as England made 66 from the last 30 balls.

Ali increased his half-century by beating two straight sixes against Hasnain from the last two deliveries.

This story was published from a news agency feed with no text changes. Only the headline has been changed.

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