Pakistan beat England to win second men’s T20 cricket international – as it happened | Pakistan v England 2022

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Andy Bull’s report from Karachi

Pakistan bounce back to make it 1-1

Andy Bull’s report has dropped, so I’m going to wave goodbye. We’ll be back for the third T20I… tomorrow!

“I thought we batted well and first 10 overs we actually bowled OK, they were going at eight and a bit an over,” says Moeen Ali at the post-match presentation. “The momentum changed when I bowled my over and I went for 20 [21] and that really gave them the belief and after that they were almost unstoppable.”

A really tough outing for England’s bowlers. Liam Dawson – who was unlucky to have Rizwan dropped off his bowling – and Sam Curran were economical, but there was plenty of punishment elsewhere. Still, they’ve got five – five – more games in this series to sort things out. And there’s still Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Reece Topley to come back in, particularly to help out in the Powerplay where they haven’t taken a wicket yet in this series.

That was Babar Azam’s 26th international hundred. He’s got seven in Tests, 17 in ODIs, and two in T20Is. He’s 27 years old.

Pakistan win by 10 wickets!

That’s a wrap. We’ve seen something truly special in Karachi tonight, with Pakistan chasing down 200 without losing a single wicket. Rizwan looks to the heavens before giving his good mate Babar a big ol’ hug. What an atmosphere it looks out there as the fans soak this in alongside their heroes out in the middle.

Pakistan win by 10 wickets in stunning style.
Pakistan win by 10 wickets in stunning style. Photograph: Anjum Naveed/AP

19th over: Pakistan 197-0 (Babar 105, Rizwan 87) Just one conceded first up from Wood, and he’s only marginally off from nailing the yorker next ball as Babar whips away for four. Wood responds by getting the yorker right, but Rizwan fetches a ball wide of off stump and sends it down the ground for four. Moeen drops a very tough chance at short extra cover as Wood starts to lose his lines, bowling three wides in the over. Pakistan need just three from the final over.

Century for Babar!

18th over: Pakistan 180-0 (Rizwan 78, Babar 100) Curran’s cutters have been good today and he leaks just a couple of singles from his first four before Babar taps away for one to move to a sensational hundred. He really is something else, probably the best all-format batter going right now. But, whisper it, that is a really, really good over from Sam Curran. Pakistan need 20 from 12.

Astonishing from Babar.
Astonishing from Babar. Photograph: Anjum Naveed/AP

17th over: Pakistan 176-0 (Babar 98, Rizwan 76) England just can’t stop the boundaries. Willey’s penultimate ball is a full toss and Babar hits it towards deep midwicket, where Sam Curran gives it his all to try and pull off something sensational – but it’s six.

Babar Azam
Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

These two are something else:

Most century stands in men’s T20I cricket:

Rizwan/Babar – 7
Rahul/Rohit – 5
Dhawan/Rohit – 4
Finch/Warner – 4
Guptill/Williamson – 4

Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam out ahead of the pack.#PAKvENG

— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) September 22, 2022

16th over: Pakistan 164-0 (Rizwan 72, Babar 90) Wood goes wide and Babar cuts behind point to keep the boundary count running. The final ball of the over sees Babar enter the nineties; he swats Wood’s cutter for four more. Pakistan need 36 off 24 balls. They’re in control.

It really is:

15th over: Pakistan 151-0 (Babar 79, Rizwan 71) Rizwan’s lightning-quick hands are at it again as he smashes Rashid’s first ball across the line for six. And then it’s Babar’s turn. It’s a googly from Rashid, and Babar gets down on the sweep to pick up six for himself. The momentum is with the hosts.

14th over: Pakistan 135-0 (Rizwan 64, Babar 70) What was looking to be a decent over for England ends with Babar flicking Curran for four more. Pakistan need 65 from 36 balls.

13th over: England 125-0 (Babar 64, Rizwan 60) Moeen finally gives himself a bowl and it’s not a great start as he drops short and watches Babar smash it over deep midwicket for six. Later in the over, Moeen tosses one up wide outside off and Babar fetches it for six more over long-on. But the best shot of the over is the last one: Rizwan gets down quickly to sweep for six more. A fantastic over for Pakistan. England, after 33 overs today, finally look as if they’re in a bit of trouble.

12th over: Pakistan 104-0 (Babar 50, Rizwan 53) Dawson in for his final over of the innings. He adapts well to some pre-delivery movement from Rizwan, firing in a yorker to concede just a single. All in all, it’s another very good set from Dawson, who finishes with 0-26 from his four tonight. Meanwhile Babar celebrates his half-century.

11th over: Pakistan 99-0 (Babar 47, Rizwan 51) Rizwan brings up another T20I half-century, his 18th to be precise. And then Babar goes straight against Wood, sending a slower ball for six over the bowler’s head. A lovely-looking pull shot for one ends the over.

10th over: Pakistan 87-0 (Rizwan 48, Babar 38) Dawson back in for the middle-overs squeeze and this is good stuff from the Hampshire man, offering little room for a get-out shot. Just four singles from it. We’re halfway and Pakistan are well placed at 87-0 – but one of these two really does have to go and get a big one today.

9th over: Pakistan 83-0 (Babar 36, Rizwan 46) Babar goes after Rashid’s first ball, finding four through the off side. Otherwise, it’s just singles.

8th over: Pakistan 74-0 (Babar 29, Rizwan 44) Curran lets us get our breath back. Just six off it.

7th over: Pakistan 68-0 (Rizwan 41, Babar 26) Oooh, Rizwan advances and misses the fuller delivery from Adil Rashid but Salt fails to gather the ball for a stumping chance. Short and down the leg-side from Rashid a few balls later, which Rizwan helps along for four, and it’s soon back-to-back boundaries after a tidy sweep behind square from the Pakistan gloveman.

6th over: Pakistan 59-0 (Rizwan 32, Babar 26) Dropped! Dawson tosses it up, Rizwan comes down and doesn’t get the right connection, sending the ball up high into the night sky. Hales, dropping back from mid-off, juggles but can’t hold on. And then the kicker: Rizwan comes down the track again but nails it this time, smashing it for six over long-on. Dawson then drops short to Babar, who rocks back and pulls for four. Just the Powerplay Pakistan needed.

5th over: Pakistan 46-0 (Rizwan 23, Babar 22) Terrific from Rizwan, fast hands flicking Willey for six behind square. Babar then makes room for an off-side thump for four. These two pretty much repeating what they did the other night.

Photograph: Anjum Naveed/AP

4th over: Pakistan 32-0 (Babar 16, Rizwan 15) So just the one for Dawson as Moeen introduces Luke Wood from the other end. And that’s lovely from Babar – it’s short and wide and the Pakistan captain responds with a comprehensive cut for four. But Wood keeps things quiet from the rest of the over.

3rd over: Pakistan 25-0 (Rizwan 14, Babar 11) The left-arm revolution continues. Sam Curran replaces David Willey and after a couple of dots Babar finally breaks through, slapping the ball past mid-on, who got fingertips but couldn’t stop the boundary. The over ends with a slower ball that Babar swats for four down the ground.

2nd over: Pakistan 16-0 (Rizwan 13, Babar 3) England copy Pakistan and decide to give the left-arm spinner the new ball. Hiya, Liam Dawson. He’s on the money, too, bowling tight lines to concede just four singles.

1st over: Pakistan 12-0 (Babar 1, Rizwan 11) David Willey opens up and Rizwan follows up a cut for four with a flick between midwicket and mid-on for another boundary a few moments later. Pakistan are above the rate!

Pakistan need 200 to win from 20 overs

Don’t need to get the calculator out for this one – Pakistan need 10 an over. Some cracking knocks from England there, particularly from Duckett and Moeen. The former was all about delicate sweeps, manipulating spin in the middle overs. The latter showed off his immaculate bat swing, peppering deep midwicket against both spin and pace. Harry Brook excelled once again, too. Pakistan are going to have to pull off something special here.

20th over: England 199-5 (Moeen 55, Curran 10) England running hard out there, picking up two twos to start off the final over of the innings. Hasnain gives a free hit away after overstepping but Moeen can only squirt away a single. Curran gets himself off strike after a dot before Moeen plays a stunning stroke. Keeps still, and just launches a fuller ball for six over deep midwicket. And then another SIX to finish! Mo, that is unreal. This one’s short, but also stays a bit low and the pull flies away. What a knock from the England captain, who went to fifty with that final shot off just his 23rd delivery. England have been truly magnificent with the bat here.

19th over: England 180-5 (Moeen 38, Curran 9) Sam Curran, now two-time County Championship winner Sam Curran, kicks off Rauf’s final over with a ramp for four. But Rauf manages to limit the damage elsewhere, with just four more runs following in the set.

18th over: England 172-5 (Curran 2, Moeen 37) Moeen moves to the leg side and Dahani follows him, but the left-hander whips away to find four at deep midwicket. A shorter ball follows and Moeen hits it straight toward Khushdil Shah at deep midwicket who… drops it! Ooof, that really should’ve been taken. Moeen picks up for four through the fine-leg region to finish the over.

WICKET! Brook b Rauf 31 (England 160-5)

Rauf goes short and Brook hooks over fine leg for another six. But Rauf ends the fun, bowling Brook, who was trying to pull off a very ambitious scoop.

17th over: England 160-5 (Moeen 27, Curran 0)

Harry Brook is bowled out by Haris Rauf for 31.
Harry Brook is bowled out by Haris Rauf for 31. Photograph: Anjum Naveed/AP

16th over: England 151-4 (Moeen 25, Brook 24) Mo is flying! He gets on top of a short ball from Hasnain to send the ball racing to the square leg boundary. He digs out a yorker for a single next ball but Brook finishes the over with an unreal six! It’s a slower ball from Hasnain which Brook makes room for to drive over long-off, over the rope. These two are having loads of fun.

15th over: England 133-4 (Brook 13, Moeen 18) Back-to-back sixes from Moeen to close the over! Both times he keeps it simple: down on the knee to smash it over deep midwicket. Moeen against spin in this format is always a hell of a watch.

14th over: England 114-4 (Moeen 1, Brook 12) An optimistic review from Pakistan goes nowhere before Brook follows up a couple with a hook off Dahani for six! 76 metres long from the Yorkshireman.

13th over: England 103-4 (Brook 3, Moeen 1) Pakistan back in the game here with the dismissals of Salt and Duckett. Time for Mo to have a go.

WICKET! Duckett b Nawaz 43 (England 101-3)

Big, big breakthrough. After another boundary Duckett shuffles across his crease again to open up the region behind square on the leg side. But Nawaz finally has his revenge, getting the ball to straighten and knock over the stumps.

The big one. Ben Duckett goes for 43.
The big one. Ben Duckett goes for 43. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

12th over: England 96-3 (Brook 1, Duckett 39) Harry Brook is in and he’s early to show off a solid forward defence to Rauf before guiding one to third man for a single. Top over from the tearaway.

WICKET! Salt b Rauf 30 (England 95-3)

Babar decides to return to pace, calling for Haris Rauf who goes straight and fast to beat Salt’s heave. Much needed wicket for Pakistan.

Phil Salt is bowled for 30.
Phil Salt is bowled for 30. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

11th over: England 93-2 (Salt 28, Duckett 39) Another top sweep! Duckett goes hard at Qadir’s googly to pick four more, and then… another one! This time it’s the leg-spinner and Duckett smashes it to the rope at deep midwicket. Fifty stand comes up for this pair.

10th over: England 80-2 (Salt 26, Duckett 28) Duckett really does look good on the sweep – and he can play all kinds of them. He goes orthodox to take a boundary off Nawaz’s first ball, then plays a delicate ramp for a couple. The left-hander rocks back and nails a pull a few balls later for two, and finishes with a reverse slap for four.

9th over: England 66-2 (Duckett 15, Salt 25) Qadir starting to get some proper grip from the surface. Duckett shows off his sweeps (orthodox and reverse) before Salt fails to lay a bat on a sharp leggie.

8th over: England 62-2 (Salt 24, Duckett 12) Very cheeky from Salt as a reverse sweep/dab gets him a couple from the off side. But Duckett outdoes him with the last ball of Nawaz’s over, nailing the ramp for four over the keeper’s head. That was gorgeous.

7th over: England 53-2 (Duckett 7, Salt 20) The twirl of Usman Qadir enters the game. He’s lovely to watch when he gets that googly ragging. Nothing too lethal in that over but he goes for just five.

6th over: England 48-2 (Duckett 6, Salt 16) Ben Duckett survives the hat-trick ball and picks up a couple on the leg-side to get himself going. Dahani finishes up with a cutter that Duckett isn’t fooled by – he plays a controlled pull to pick up his first boundary. Nonetheless, a cracking over for Pakistan.

WICKET! Malan b Dahani 0 (England 42-2)

Bowled him around the legs! Malan shows his leg stump and misses out on the flick as Dahani, from over the wicket, puts himself on a hat-trick. Fast and straight – the game is a pretty simple one at times.

Out! Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

WICKET! Hales b Dahani 26 (England 42-1)

Hales’ luck finally runs out as Dahani returns to rattle the stumps!

Alex Hales is bowled by Shahnawaz Dahani.
Alex Hales is bowled by Shahnawaz Dahani. Photograph: Anjum Naveed/AP

5th over: England 42-0 (Salt 16, Hales 26) Haris Rauf somehow hasn’t bowled Hales there – the right-hander is nowhere near it on the pull shot to one that stays low. Hales then opens up the off side to slap the ball over backward point, the ball trickling away for four more.

4th over: England 32-0 (Salt 11, Hales 21) Dahani into the attack with that very straight run-up of his. Hales after missing a pull third ball goes for a massive heave and continues to enjoy some luck – another thick edge flies to the right of the keeper for four. He’s in smash-mode tonight. Salt punches to mid-off for a single to finish the over.

3rd over: England 24-0 (Salt 9, Hales 15) After a couple of dots, Hales manages to flick leg-side and pick up four behind square. He uses his crease again next ball, getting away with a thick edge that flies for six over the third-man rope!

2nd over: England 13-0 (Salt 9, Hales 4) Cracking shot from Salt! He greets the left-arm spin of Mohammad Nawaz with a six over long-off. Hales tries to go big down the ground too but is still searching for the middle tonight.

1st over: England 3-0 (Salt 2, Hales 1) Hasnain on the pads first up, and Salt’s flick to fine leg gives him one. Some lovely shape away from the right-hander to Hales next ball, who gets off the mark with his second. Solid start from the 22-year-old, Pakistan’s only change from the other night.

Right then, we’re about to get started. David Gower’s on comms, Mohammad Hasnain’s got the ball and Phil Salt’s on strike. Let’s play.

A lovely welcome from John Starbuck: “Just a line to say welcome to the wonderful world of the OBO, where all opinions may be entertained from across the world.” Thanks for having me!

Elsewhere, Surrey have won the County Championship! Rory Burns smashed 30* off 16 balls (!) to get his side over the line in a chase of 55 against Yorkshire at The Oval. Tanya Aldred’s there taking it all in.


Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haider Ali, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Shahnawaz Dahani

England: Phil Salt (wk), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali (c), Sam Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Liam Dawson, Luke Wood

England have won the toss and will bat first

Moeen wins the toss again – but England are having a bat first tonight. One change: out goes the pace of Richard Gleeson, in comes the left-arm tweak of Liam Dawson.

Just the one change for Pakistan as well: Naseem Shah is replaced by the also very fast Mohammad Hasnain.


Hello, hello, hello. We’re back in Karachi for the second of seven – seven – T20Is between England and Pakistan.

A new-look England put up a thoroughly professional performance on Tuesday: debutant Luke Wood looked the part, bowling briskly to take 3-24, while Alex Hales marked his return from three years in exile with a half-century. Harry Brook played the best knock of his international career so far, smashing 42* off 25 in a comfortable six-wicket win. Pakistan, on the other hand, had little to smile about beyond a sparky 85-run stand between their two men up top, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.

But it was also one of those nights where the game was secondary. England were back playing in Pakistan for the first time since 2005. The gradual return of international cricket to these shores means a great deal to the people of this cricket-loving nation, and so there was much to celebrate during the series opener even if the hosts were below par. “Karachi put on a show tonight,” said Hales afterwards.

And now the fun continues at the NSK; expect another electric atmosphere. I’ll be back in a bit with the toss and the teams. It’s also my OBO debut so go easy on me, folks (someone sort out my cap presentation please). Slide into my DMs at @tahahash or drop me a line at

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