<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/">England</a> captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/eoin-morgan/">Eoin Morgan</a> said he was playing "better than ever" as he led from the front in a five-wicket win over <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/pakistan/">Pakistan</a> in the second Twenty20 international at Old Trafford on Sunday. <p></p> <p></p>Morgan came in on a hat-trick after leg-spinner Shadab Khan had reduced England, who were chasing a stiff victory target of 196, to 66/2. <p></p> <p></p>But the Irishman made a blistering 66 off just 33 balls and with fellow left-hander Dawid Malan (54 not out) took the game away from Pakistan during a third-wicket stand of 112. <p></p> <p></p>Victory, achieved with five balls to spare on a sunny afternoon, saw the 50-over world champions go 1-0 up in a three-match series following Friday's rain-marred no result in Manchester. <p></p> <p></p>The 33-year-old Morgan considered his international future after leading England to World Cup glory with a dramatic Super Over win in last year's final at Lord's. <p></p> <p></p>But it now looks as if he will lead England at the 2021 T20 World Cup in India. <p></p> <p></p>Asked if he was playing better than ever, Morgan told <em>Sky Sports</em>: "I think I am and that is backed up by stats over the last couple of years, they've been the most productive of my whole career which is great. <p></p> <p></p>"If I can combine a little of that form with experience, then hopefully it will contribute to more wins," the player of the match added. <p></p> <p></p>This was the highest successful chase against Pakistan in a Twenty20 international, surpassing Australia's 199/7 in a thrilling 2010 World Twenty20 semi-final in St Lucia. <p></p> <p></p>Veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez made 69 in Pakistan's 195/4 that also featured 56 from captain Babar Azam, the world's number one-ranked Twenty20 batsman. <p></p> <p></p>"Our total was good but we didn't bowl well, we struggled with our bowling," said Babar. "Credit goes to Malan and Morgan for how well they played. We'll learn a lot from this series. Under pressure, I need to handle the bowlers and tell them a few things," added the 25-year-old novice skipper. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Amir injury</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Pakistan's cause was not helped when they had to reshuffle their attack after left-arm quick Mohammad Amir limped off having bowled just two overs. <p></p> <p></p>"He's feeling pain in his right hamstring, it's been iced and they (Pakistan's medical staff) will see him tomorrow (Monday)," a team spokesman told <em>AFP</em> when asked if Amir would be fit for Tuesday's series finale, also at Old Trafford. <p></p> <p></p>Jonny Bairstow and Tom Banton got England's chase off to a sound start. <p></p> <p></p>But a partnership of 66 ended when Bairstow, on 44, miscued Shadab to short fine leg. <p></p> <p></p>Next ball, with the batsmen having crossed, Banton -- fresh from 71 on Friday, his maiden T20 international fifty, was lbw for 20. <p></p> <p></p>Morgan survived the hat-trick delivery but could have been lbw for a second-ball duck to Shadab, only for a tight umpire's call verdict to fall in the batsman's favour. <p></p> <p></p>Shadab finished with fine figures of 3-34. <p></p> <p></p>Morgan's fourth six, off left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, saw him to a 27-ball fifty before he holed out in sight of victory. <p></p> <p></p>Malan might have missed this match had not England been fielding separate red and white-ball squads in a coronavirus-affected season, with batsmen such as Test captain Joe Root and Jos Buttler omitted from this series. <p></p> <p></p>But his 35-ball half-century was his seventh score of fifty or more in just 12 Twenty20 internationals and Malan finished the match when he cut Afridi for four. <p></p> <p></p>Earlier, Babar and Hafeez were severe on an England attack where leg-spinner Adil Rashid was the stand-out performer with 2/32.