Skipper Babar Azam leads Pakistan to win over England in first T20
In a high-scoring affair, Pakistan hit a new team record high score against England, who fell short in the chase despite Liam Livingstone’s 42-ball ton, the fastest by an England player.
England lost four wickets in the first seven overs and their hopes flickered thanks only to Liam Livingstone, who made a career-best 103.
Pakistan captain Azam made 85 and shared an opening stand of 150 with Mohammad Rizwan in a national record T20 total of 232-6. But Livingstone gave the hosts hope with a 42-ball century, England’s quickest in a T20 international and the fifth fastest of all-time, hitting six fours and nine sixes on his way to three figures. Yet it wasn’t enough to prevent Pakistan going 1-0 up in this three-match series, with England bowled out for 201 after player of the match Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan took three wickets apiece.
“Everyone took part in today’s win,” said Azam following Pakistan’s first victory of the tour after a 3-0 reverse in a one-day international series.
“After mine and Rizwan’s partnership all the batsmen came and performed their roles and we got a brilliant total.
“We want to carry on the momentum on to the next game and take the positives from today,” he added.