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Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif added 107 runs for the first wicket for Pakistan © Getty images

In what was expected to be a fair and evenly contested match, Pakistan came on top over ICC World Twenty20 (WT20) runners-up in the one-off T20I at Old Trafford in Manchester. England were high on confidence after a dominating show in the One-Day International series (ODI), given they had won it by a margin of 4 games to 1. Pakistan on the other hand, just started to look as one unit winning the fifth and final ODI by resounding manner, thus denying England their first ever series clean sweep at home on ODIs. Sarfraz Ahmed had taken over the reins from Azhar Ali as Pakistan’s skipper, while Eoin Morgan led England saw an influx of as many as five players back for the shortest format. With everything set and ready to rumble, England after winning the toss elected to bat first on a perceived flat track. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs England, One-off T20I

Apart from the initial success in scoring rate nothing went right for the hosts as Pakistani’s bowlers hounded over their British counterparts restricting them to a paltry total of 135 runs in their quota of 20 overs. Pakistan in reply looked like a team on mission, smashing England bowlers left, right, centre and high up in the skies. They managed to announce to the world why Pakistan is a volatile team in the shortest format and should never ever be taken lightly. The visitors rocketed their way to an astounding victory by 9 wickets in just 14.5 overs chasing 136 runs to win. Vishal Mehra, gives you a summarized report card on which players fared how for their respective teams. ALSO READ:  Pakistan vs England: Tour full of peaks and valleys, ends with vital questions

Sharjeel Khan: Sharjeel Khan who displayed glimpses of this batting prowess in the ODI series against Ireland with a blistering hundred, finally showcased his talent against the WT20 runners-up. Sharjeel smacked the likes of Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid to all parts of the ground and bring up his 2nd T20I half-century. Sharjeel’s knock ensured that Pakistan were never down and out chasing 136 runs. Rating: 9/10

Imad Wasim: Pakistan’s newest find in the limited-over format of the game, Imad Wasim rose to the occasion in front of a jam packed Old Trafford ground. Imad showcased his batting talent in the ODI games, but this time it was his bowling skills that spun England into trouble. Even after being hit on the head while fielding, Imad showed no signs of trouble what-so ever and rattled the English top-order, binding the hosts to a lowly total. Rating: 9/10 

Wahab Riaz: Pakistan’s most feared bowler in the recent past, Wahab Riaz finally came into his own on this tour. Riaz who played the Test and ODI series, would have been tired and eager to go back home, showed no signs of fatigue. Riaz exploited the England conditions to perfection, picking up 3-crucial England wickets, which saw the downfall of the hosts. Riaz’s bounce, pace and variation caused panic in the England ranks, who seemed completely rattled by him. Rating: 8.5/10

Hasan Ali: Playing his first ever T20I match for Pakistan, Hasan Ali showed absolutely no signs of nervousness on the ground. Hasan was impressive in the ODI series with his hit the deck type bowling. Ali has the ability to skid the ball on to the batsmen, which was causing problem to the England batsmen,who like the ball coming on to the bat with good pace and even bounce. Hasan picked up the wickets of Joe Root and Ben Stokes, which is no small feat for a player making his debut. Rating 8.5/10

Khalid Latif: Khalid Latif who had the confidence of his captain and team management before the start of the game, did not disappoint one bit. Latif started with caution with Sharjeel going all guns blazing, decided to watch the carnage from one end of the pitch. After Sharjeel’s departure Latif took on the responsibility and guided his team to victory, showcasing a matured head on the shoulder. Latif in the process also notched up his 1st ever T20I fifty. Rating: 8/10

Sarfraz Ahmed: Captaining Pakistan for the very first time in a T20I, Sarfraz Ahmed looked calm and composed on the field. Sarfraz who was always in line for a captaincy spot, made his mark right from the start with his smart, brave bowling changes and tactics. From bowling Imad out early, to keeping Riaz for the final overs and smart fielding placement, Sarfraz looked at complete ease in the middle. With this win it only proves the point that, Sarfraz is not only good with the bat but also master of the mind. Rating: 8/10

Alex Hales: England were only helped by Alex Hales, who continued his run making form from the ODI series. Start off slow Hales gathered momentum and thrashed the bowlers towards another 30+ score. Hales looked the most settled of the England batsmen in the whole night. Hales looked in complete control against both slow and fast bowling. A few more overs in the middle for Hales, would have meant England could have posted a much higher total than 135 runs. Rating 7/10

Jason Roy: England’s Jason Roy who was the main reason for the teams resurgence in the WT20I, looked to repeat his form but managed to just show glimpses of it. Roy who was lucky to survive, added just 21 runs to the team’s total before playing a rash shot to hand Pakistan first blood. Roy was poor in red-ball cricket and would have waited for this opportunity to perform with all his might. Rating: 6/10 

Babar Azam: Babar Azam had a funny incident on the field with teammate Shoaib Malik. Malik lifted Azam off the field, who seemed to have picked up an injury. Not one of back down Azam came to bat for Pakistan at No.3 and made sure that his team crossed the victory line with ease. Azam scored 11-ball 15 which included the wining boundary for his team, looked in prime form with the bat. Rating: 6/10

 Adil Rashid: With every other teammate getting scored off easily it was Adil Rashid, who showed some respectability to the bowling analysis. Rashid in his 4-overs gave away just 29 runs which was against a rampaging Sharjeel and Khalid. Rashid did get thrashed up by Sharjeel but had the final laugh picking up the only Pakistani wicket in the match to his name. Rating: 6/10

 David Willey: The only fast bowler from the England team to have gone under the 8.00 economy run mark, David Willey provided a bit of cautious start to the Pakistan team. Even in his batting Willey added 12 crucial runs to the teams total, which was the need of the hour for England. Willey showed why he could be the next best all-rounder in England cricket. Rating: 6/10

 Moeen Ali: England’s most underrated player Moeen Ali, gave away hints of why he is so crucial to the teams success. Ali while batting provided 13 runs to set Pakistan a target of 136 runs. With most batsmen getting out cheaply, Moeen showcased his composure with the bat. With his bowling Moeen was economical in respect to other English bowlers. Moeen gave away just 24 runs from 3 overs. Rating:5/10 

Chris Jordan: Chris Jordan who was expected to be England’s trump card in the bowling, became their most weakest link. Jordan was the most expensive bowler going for 16 runs in his one over. Jordan who is seen as an death over specialist could not get his line or length right what-so ever. Khalid cantered Jordan for four boundaries to keep him out of his misery. Rating: 4/10

Ben Stokes: Nightmares of the WT20 would be still haunting Ben Stokes, and it was no different for him, who was back in the England T20I outfit after a long-layout. Stokes batting first could not make any difference and help his team get out of a hole. Stokes looked uncomfortable and fidgety in the middle. Coming to his bowling Stokes, looked out of sorts and baffled on which lines to bowl. Stokes went for 20 runs in his 2 overs which does not do justice to his talent. Rating 4/10

Joe Root: England most dependable batsmen in the past year or so, looked anything but himself. Root tried every shot in the book to get going but looked absolutely clueless, which for a player of his caliber was worrisome. Root has been asked by Morgan to come and bowl quite often in the recent past and this match was no different. Root in the one over he bowled went for 10 runs, with 9 runs coming off the bat of Khalid. Rating: 3/10

Liam Plunkett: Liam Plunkett, who was the fastest bowler in the England team, leaked runs all around the park. Plunkett who had a great series against Sri Lanka before this looked anything but a world class player. Plunkett gave away 24 runs in the 1.5 overs, being the second most expensive bowler for England. Plunkett was liked by right-handed batsmen in particular, with Khalid and Babar milking him for 14 runs off 8 balls. Rating: 3/10

Mohammad Aamer and Sohail Tanvir: Both players were expected to provide Pakistan with early breakthrough against a mighty England batting line-up. Aamer and Tanvir were the least impressive of the Pakistan bowlers, taking a beating from Hales and Roy in the early overs. Aamer and Tanvir with their pace provided English batsmen much needed assistance to get the flow of runs going.  Aamer hasn’t set the world on fire post his return and Tanvir has looked nothing like his former wicket-taking self. Rating: 3/10

(Vishal Mehra is a reporter at CricketCountry, who enjoys his weekly dose of anime, and plays cricket once a white moon. His twitter handle is @capturethecatch )