Liam Livingstone hits fastest England ton but Pakistan win thrilling run-fest to start T20 series


Pakistan beat England by 31 runs in thrilling first T20I; Liam Livingstone scores England’s fastest-ever ton, from 42 balls, together with 9 sixes however vacationers take 1-0 collection lead; watch second T20I from 2pm, Sunday on Sky Sports activities Cricket

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Liam Livingstone scored England’s quickest-ever century, from 42 balls, within the first IT20 towards Pakistan (Getty)

Liam Livingstone smashed England’s fastest-ever T20 century however it got here in useless as Pakistan gained an exciting collection opener by 31 runs at Trent Bridge.

After Pakistan posted their highest T20 worldwide rating of 232-6, England had been three down inside 5 overs just for Livingstone – 103 from 43 balls – to maintain them within the sport with a shocking 42-ball century that included six fours and a staggering 9 sixes.

He holed out subsequent ball although and Eoin Morgan’s aspect had been finally bowled out for 201.

On a beneficial batting pitch and quick sq. boundaries, Babar Azam thumped 85 from 49 balls and Mohammad Rizwan made 63 from 41 in a gap stand of 150 to set the vacationers on their technique to victory and Shaheen Afridi took 3-30 to place Pakistan 1-0 up within the three-match collection.

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Though there was early swing for David Willey, Pakistan had been quickly profiting from near-perfect batting situations in Nottingham with Babar taking three boundaries off the left-armer’s second over and the boundaries flowed from there.

After his sensible 158 within the third ODI on Tuesday, the vacationers’ skipper continued in the identical vein and greater than made up for Rizwan’s gradual begin to take Pakistan to 49-0 on the finish of the powerplay.

The runs saved coming and Babar breezed to his nineteenth T20I fifty from 35 balls and, having out of the blue rediscovered his timing, Rizwan was not far behind, sweeping Matt Parkinson for six to convey up the 100 partnership and reaching his personal half-century, from 34 balls, within the subsequent over.

Babar Azam was in top form again for Pakistan as he made 85

Babar Azam was in prime type once more for Pakistan as he made 85

Babar and Rizwan had actually accelerated after the midway stage and no bowler was spared so when Lewis Gregory lastly dismissed Rizwan with a slower ball into the pitch, they might at the very least take pleasure in a second’s respite.

That was all that they had although. Sohaib Maqsood (19 from 7) was dropped by Jonny Bairstow first ball and shortly made England pay, smashing Tom Curran for successive sixes earlier than holing out later in the identical over.

Willey ended Babar’s tremendous knock within the seventeenth over, a assessment wanted to take away the world’s No 2 T20I batsman caught behind, however some brutal hitting from Fakhar Zaman (26 from 8) and Mohammad Hafeez (24 from 10) noticed Pakistan sail effectively previous 200 regardless of a late clatter of wickets.

England misplaced Dawid Malan (1) to an outstanding return catch from Shaheen Afridi within the second over of the chase however Jason Roy took down Imad Wasim with three big sixes within the third to provide the chase some early momentum.

Shaheen Afridi struck early for Pakistan to remove Dawid Malan

Shaheen Afridi struck early for Pakistan to take away Dawid Malan

Bairstow (11 from 7) added to it by thumping Shaheen over broad lengthy on for an additional most to start out the fourth however fell two balls later after top-edging a pull shot and when Moeen Ali (1) departed to a superb catch from Haris Rauf as he collided with a team-mate within the deep off Mohammad Hashain, the hosts had been three down inside 5 overs.

Chasing such a giant whole, there was no time to waste for England and 22 minutes after arriving on the crease, Livingstone had reached his half-century, needing simply 17 balls, one other England report, and thumping 5 sixes within the course of.

Shadab Khan was on the receiving finish of two of these maximums however did handle to account for Roy (32 from 13) in his first over.

The closest the sport bought to a lull got here after Livingstone reached his fifty with Morgan unable to get going on the different finish earlier than choosing out deep sq. off Imad within the twelfth over and whereas Livingstone was capable of get himself going once more after a few overs, the help he wanted by no means got here.

Livingstone raced to 50 in 17 balls and got through to three figures in an England record 42

Livingstone raced to 50 in 17 balls and bought by way of to 3 figures in an England report 42

His record-breaking second in an innings that epitomised clear hitting got here the ball after Gregory (10) had departed, Livingstone nailing Shadab over lengthy on for yet one more most.

The Lancashire man had no possibility however to attempt to go once more although and for as soon as on this innings, he didn’t make the connection he was after, choosing out Shaheen at lengthy on to provide Shadab (3-52) his third wicket.

Willey (16 from 11) did his utmost to attempt to hold England within the hunt however, in actuality, their hopes went with Livingstone and it was left to Shaheen to complete it off two balls into the ultimate over when he bowled Parkinson with an outstanding yorker.

Watch the second T20 worldwide between England and Pakistan, stay on Sky Sports activities Cricket from 2pm on Sunday.


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