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  • 10:17 PM IST

    18.6 Haris Rauf to Sam Billings

  • 10:17 PM IST

    18.5 Haris Rauf to Sam Billings, FOUR, Four! This is lofted in the air and over the fielder at mid on. Bounces into the fence.

  • 10:16 PM IST

    18.4 Haris Rauf to Sam Billings, FOUR, Four! Well done. The batsman gets down and paddles the ball to the fine leg fence.

  • 10:15 PM IST

    18.3 Haris Rauf to Dawid Malan, 1 run, FIFTY FOR MALAN! Yorker around middle, worked towards deep point for a single. Malan has supported his skipper really well here, can he pull the match through for the hosts now?

  • 10:14 PM IST

    18.2 Haris Rauf to Sam Billings, 1 run, Full delivery around middle and leg, Billings works this towards mid-wicket for a single. 10 off 10 now! 

  • 10:13 PM IST

    18.1 Haris Rauf to Dawid Malan, 1 run, On a full length outside off, Dawid cuts it towards point and the batters will get a single. A run a ball required still for the Three Lions! 

  • 10:12 PM IST

    17.6 Shadab Khan to Dawid Malan, 1 run, Flat and outside off, Dawid punches this to cover and takes a run.

  • 10:12 PM IST

    17.5 Shadab Khan to Sam Billings, 1 run, Billings is off the mark. Pushes this fuller one to long off and crosses over for a single.

  • 10:11 PM IST

    Sam Billings walks out now to replace Moeen Ali. 

  • 10:10 PM IST

    17.4 Shadab Khan to Moeen Ali, out, OUT! CAUGHT! Shadab has his third. A rather lazy shot from Moeen Ali, especially in these circumstances. Are Pakistan still in the hunt? Looks so. Coming to the delivery, it was flatter on the stumps, Moeen does not middle that well as he looked to pull that rather lazily. It went straight to the skipper, Babar Azam, at mid-wicket. He takes a simple catch and another wicket falls quickly after Morgan departed earlier.

  • 10:10 PM IST

    17.3 Shadab Khan to Dawid Malan, 1 run, Slower in the air on middle, Dawid gently reverse sweeps this to the off side. Just a single though.

  • 10:09 PM IST

    17.2 Shadab Khan to Dawid Malan, 2 runs, On middle, Dawid punches on his backfoot to mid-wicket and gets a couple.

  • 10:09 PM IST

    17.1 Shadab Khan to Moeen Ali, 1 run, In the air but drops short! Shadab flights this outside off, Moeen goes uppishly wide of long on. The fielder there comes towards the ball but it still falls short. Just a single.

  • 10:07 PM IST

    16.6 Haris Rauf to Dawid Malan, no run, BEATEN! On a good length outside off, Malan looks to play at that but misses it and Rizwan pouches that one. Good over for Pakistan, 5 runs and a wicket off it! 

  • 10:07 PM IST

    Moeen Ali walks out now, replacing the skipper, Eoin Morgan.

  • 10:05 PM IST

    16.5 Haris Rauf to Eoin Morgan, out, OUT! CAUGHT! Morgan has to depart here but he leaves not after damaging Pakistan’s chances of winning this tie. What an innings by the skipper, scoring 66 off just 33 balls! This is on a good length around middle and off, Morgan looks to slog-sweep this one out the park as well but his timing is not quite right here as the shot played goes straight into the hands of the fielder there at deep fine leg. Morgan will be disappointed that could not finish off the game but he has done enough for the rest of the batsmen to take the game home! 

  • 10:05 PM IST

    16.4 Haris Rauf to Dawid Malan, 1 run, Good length ball on middle, Malan pushes this towards long on for a single.

  • 10:04 PM IST

    16.3 Haris Rauf to Dawid Malan, no run, Slower one bowled short around off, Malan is in two minds but doesn’t take a poke at this one. 

  • 10:04 PM IST

    16.2 Haris Rauf to Dawid Malan, no run, Good length ball around the pads, Malan looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. The ball rolls over behind to Rizwan.

  • 10:03 PM IST

    16.1 Haris Rauf to Dawid Malan, FOUR, FOUR! Malan enters the party along with Morgan now! On a good length around middle and leg, Dawid pulls this hard towards the deep-mid wicket area and it will cross the fence with ease. England should see out this match now! 

  • 10:03 PM IST

    Haris Rauf will replace Shaheen Afridi here.

  • 10:01 PM IST

    15.6 Imad Wasim to Dawid Malan, 1 run, A wrisy flick from Malan for a single. Another excellent over for England, 11 off it.

  • 10:00 PM IST

    15.5 Imad Wasim to Dawid Malan, FOUR, FOUR! Second one in a row. Malan is looking brilliant here. Exceptional! Flights this full outside off, Wasim. Malan goes inside out over extra cover and picks up a boundary. The sweeper cover fielder comes running in but cannot contain that.

  • 10:00 PM IST

    15.4 Imad Wasim to Dawid Malan, FOUR, FOUR! Brilliant shot, just gives himself some room and picked the gap nicely. Flat and outside off, Malan gives room as usual and cuts it through point for a boundary.

  • 10:00 PM IST

    15.3 Imad Wasim to Eoin Morgan, 1 run, Another easy single. Full and around off, the skipper taps this to backward point and takes a quick single.

  • 9:59 PM IST

    15.2 Imad Wasim to Dawid Malan, 1 run, This one is worked for a single. Malan pushes it past cover and runs to the other side.

  • 9:59 PM IST

    15.1 Imad Wasim to Dawid Malan, no run, Flatter ball around off, Malan gives room but is only able to hit it back to Imad.

  • 9:57 PM IST

    14.6 Shaheen Afridi to Eoin Morgan, FOUR, FOUR! THIRD ONE IN A ROW! Not intended but the skipper will accept that gracefully! This is a full toss outside off, Morgan looks to cut that but it comes off his outside edge and races past Rizwan, straight into the fence near long stop. What an over for the hosts! 20 runs off it, England looking set to take the game here.

  • 9:56 PM IST

    14.5 Shaheen Afridi to Eoin Morgan, FOUR, FOUR! Second one in a row for the skipper! On a full length outside off, Morgan just lifts this over the cover region and the ball races away to the fence. Game changing innings from the skipper! 

  • 9:56 PM IST

    14.4 Shaheen Afridi to Eoin Morgan, FOUR, FOUR! On a good length around middle and off, Morgan pulls this hard towards the deep square leg area and the pace of the ball plus the shot means that the fielder there cannot stop this one. Morgan doing for England what Hafeez did for Pakistan earlier, with the bat! 

England vs Pakistan 2020, 2nd T20, Manchester, Highlights: Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan Help ENG Go 1-0 Up

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the second T20 International between England and Pakistan, in Manchester.

PREVIEW 

Graham Thorpe wants fledgling England batsman Tom Banton to develop in his own away after former captain Michael Vaughan compared the rising Somerset star to Kevin Pietersen.

Banton demonstrated plenty of power-hitting as well as some audacious scoops during a thrilling 71 off 42 balls in the rain-marred first Twenty20 international against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Friday.

Vaughan has long been a fan of the 21-year-old Banton, saying he is “a bit like Kevin Pietersen in the way he hits the ball and sets up”.

But assistant England coach Thorpe urged caution following Banton’s maiden international T20 fifty.

“It’s very early,” said former England batsman Thorpe, whose 100-Test career ended when he made way for Pietersen shortly before Vaughan’s men defeated Australia to win the 2005 Ashes.

“Let him (Banton) be comfortable in the environment he’s in and let him develop at his own pace as well.

“He is certainly talented, and you can tell he’s very hungry…It’s always pleasing when you see someone perform on the big stage as a young lad.”

Banton, reprieved on five when Iftikhar Ahmed dropped a routine slip catch, struggled before finding his form in a rain-marred match that finished as a no result.

“It wasn’t a flyer by any means, but the way he was very clinical with his strokeplay after that was impressive,” said Thorpe.

Banton got a chance to open after Jason Roy was ruled out with a side injury.

And with England fielding separate red and white-ball squads because of the coronavirus, a number of players, including Twenty20 opener Jos Buttler, were not considered for the three-match series.

Competition

England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan believes the 50-over world champions must field their strongest side as often as possible if they are to win next year’s T20 World Cup in India.

“Obviously they’re unusual circumstances this summer,” said Thorpe. “It is important for the T20 side as well as the one-day side to try to get the strongest team out, so players do get used to the positions we want them to bat in.

“You also want, if people get injured, people who can come in to those positions. If you can step up and put in performances like that, you’ll certainly create competition for the squad.”

It was a view echoed by Banton himself, who said he would try to make it difficult for the selectors to drop him.

The way Banton hoisted leg-spinner Shadab Khan for several huge sixes, in addition to ramping paceman Haris Rauf over the boundary, also bodes well for a T20 World Cup set to be played on spin-friendly Indian pitches.

“You saw some of the skill shots — the ramp shots he played off Rauf – but the way he was incredibly clear on his plan against spin as well,” said Thorpe.

(AFP)