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Pakistan enter a new territory
By B Dixit - Aug 28, 2017 4:56 pm
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Exactly 11 years ago, Pakistan tasted cricket’s youngest product, T20I. They played this match after the Test series, which they lost to England 0-3. Inzamam-ul-Haq was leading the side in this format as well. England captain, Andrew Strauss, won the toss and chose to bat.

With the birth of T20 in their own backyard, England were considered as the favourites. They scored a decent 144-7 in their allotted 20 overs. Marcus Trescothick was the pick of their batsman as he scored 53 (36) with the help of nine fours. With bowling figures of 4-0-30-3, Abdur Razzaq was the highest wicket-taker for the visitors.

In reply, Pakistan had lost Shoaib Malik (16) and Younis Khan (0) on consecutive deliveries off Stuart Broad in the fourth over. It was at this point that Shahid Afridi came in and changed the course of the match. He might not have scored substantial score but his strike rate was enough to make the difference in the chase. He scored 28 (10) with the help of five fours and a six.

Mohammad Hafeez was the highest run-scorer for the visitors as he scored 46 (40) with the help of five fours. Inzaman (11*) and Razzaq (17*) completed the chase for their team as Pakistan scored 148-5 in 17.5 overs. Afridi was given the Man of the Match award for his fierce knock.

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