Sharjeel 50
Sharjeel Khan brought up his 2nd T20I fifty © Getty Images

Pakistan, chasing 136 runs to win the one-off Twenty20 International (T20I), came out with a bang against England to end their British tour on a happy note. Openers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif did not waste any time in letting the England team know of their intentions. Both Sharjeel and Khalid got off the mark with back to back boundaries in the first and second over of the Pakistan innings respectively. Sharjeel in particular was unstoppable as he cantered the likes of Chris Jordan, David Willey and Ben Stokes. England bowlers did not stick to a plan against Sharjeel, they kept on giving him freebies to pull and cut. This was also the third time both Sharjeel and Khalid brought up an opening run stand of 100 runs or more, and first against England in T20I for Pakistan. Both openers struck half-centuries that helped Pakistan rout England by 9 wickets. Full Cricket Scorecard, Pakistan vs England, One-off T20I at Old Trafford

Sharjeel who showed glimpses of his brilliance with the bat in the One-Day International (ODI) series finally came into his own and proved why it was an awesome decision by  Leicestershire for the NatWest T20 Blast next year. Sharjeel looked in super form bring up his second T20I fifty with a massive six. Sharjeel took no time to his Adil Rashid off the ground for two huge sixes, including the one to bring on his half-century. Rashid did have the final laugh picking up Sharjeel’s wicket who picked the wrong delivery to go over the top. Sharjeel innings came to an end after hitting a 36-ball 59 which included 7 fours and 3 sixes as Moeen Ali caught a high ball in the cover region. Babar Azam who was carried in the lap by Shoaib Malik during their fielding came out to bat and support Khalid.

Khalid carried on the work left by Sharjeel and went on to achieve his own personal milestone. Khalid notched up his first ever T20I half-century. Much like partner in crime, Sharjeel, Khalid himself his a massive six to bring his maiden 50 in just 36 balls. Khalid did not stop at that he looked in a hurry to finish the match get on the plane back home. On the other end, Babar was lucky to survive a stumping on the very first ball he faced as the ball bursted through Jos Buttler’s gloves. Babar played a quick-fire knock off 15 runs which included 2 boundaries. Babar did manage to hit the winning boundary for Pakistan rounding off a good tour for the visitors. England bowling looked haphazard completely, with as many as 4 bowlers giving away runs at an economy of over 10. The only bowler to have found some respectability was Adil Rashid who went for 1 for 29 in his 4 overs. Jordan was by far the worst giving away 16 runs in his solitary over.

England ended their final batting display at home this summer making just 135 for 7 in their quota of 20 overs. Pakistan bowlers in particular Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz and debutant Hasan Ali took charge as England famed batting line-up looked miser.  Imad started the batting collapse for England picking up Jason Roy and Alex Hales and finishing with 2 for 18. Hasan was next to wreck havoc on English batsmen, picking up the crucial Joe Root and Ben Stokes early on in their innings. Stokes who was playing his first T20 match post WT20 final looked out of sort.  Riaz showed why he is a lethal force in the T20 format, Riaz with his pace and bounce snatched up 3-wickets in Buttler, Eoin Morgan and Willey. Riaz’s figured read 3 for 18, which is worthy of a man of the match award.

England after winning the toss, elected to bat first on a flat looking pitch. Morgan chose to go with the same side that fielded in the World T20 final against West Indies in India. Sam Billings, Mark Wood and Sam Billings were left out the side. Meanwhile Pakistan handed Babar Azam and Hasan Ali their maiden T20I cap. This is also the first time a wicketkeeper has captained Pakistan in T20Is. This was also Buttler’s 50th T20I match for England. Pakistan with this win rounded off a decent tour of England. Pakistan first drew the four-Test series 2-2 led by Misbah-ul-Haq and lost an one-sided ODI series 4-1 to hosts. Pakistan team was led by Azhar Ali. Pakistan also toured Ireland before the ODI series, which they won by 1-0 margin. Sharjeel hit a belligerent century in the first ODI vs Ireland.

England will now embark the tour of Bangladesh after this match, where they play a couple of Tests and three ODIs. The conditions will be nothing like what it has been at home, but they seem to be up for the task. Pakistan on the other hand will play a three-match T20I and three-ODI series against West Indies in the UAE after the England tour.

Brief scores:

England 135 for 7 in 20 overs  (Alex Hales 37, Jason Roy 21 ; Wahab Riaz 3 for 18 ) lost to Pakistan 139 for 1 in 14.5 overs (Sharjeel Khan 59 , Khalid Latif  59* ; Adil Rashid 1 for 29) by 9 wickets.

Full Cricket Scorecard, Pakistan vs England, One-off T20I at Old Trafford