Veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez praised teenage debutant Haider Ali’s composure after the pair mixed to arrange Pakistan’s five-run victory over England in their tour-ending third Twenty20 international at Previous Trafford on Tuesday. It was Pakistan’s first victory in 66 days of being in a bio-secure bubble in England amid the coronavirus and meant they squared this three-match collection at 1-1 after a 1-0 loss in last month’s three-Test series. Hafeez made 86 not out and Haider 54 in Pakistan’s 190-4. There was a 20-year age hole between the 39-year-old Hafeez and the 19-year-old Haider however you wouldn’t have recognized it whereas they shared a stand of precisely 100 after coming collectively at 32-2.

Hafeez’s knock adopted his 69 in England’s five-wicket win at Old Trafford on Sunday and was his fourth fifty in his final 5 T20 worldwide innings.

Haider got here in at 2-1 after opener Fakhar Zaman was out for one however demonstrated a maturity properly past his years throughout a 28-ball fifty that includes 5 fours and two sixes.

“He was good underneath strain and simply expressed himself,” mentioned participant of the collection Hafeez of Haider in a post-match interview with Sky Sports activities.

“I used to be simply attempting to again him each time, inform him ‘you might be taking part in properly, proceed like that,'” he added. “It’s nice to see kids coming from our system and performing properly.”

Moeen knock in useless

England have been 69-Four of their chase earlier than Moeen Ali, who ought to have been stumped by former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed on seven, revived their hopes with 61.

However when veteran paceman Wahab Riaz, in for the injured Mohammad Amir, ran out Chris Jordan after which caught and bowled Moeen, England have been 174-Eight with seven balls left.

They wanted 12 off two balls when Tom Curran hit a six.

However Curran couldn’t repeat the shot when paceman Haris Rauf bowled a last-ball yorker.

“We had a plan and achieved a complete after which bowled very properly,” mentioned Pakistan captain Babar Azam, the world’s top-ranked Twenty20 batsman, who was out for 21 on Tuesday.

“Moeen performed an outstanding knock however our bowlers did properly to win the match,” added Babar, who will stay in England to play for Somerset within the Twenty20 Blast.

Turning to the ultimate over, Babar mentioned: “I instructed the bowler (Rauf) to bowl yorkers.

“One ball he bowled a very unhealthy ball (the one hit for six by Curran) however that’s a part of the sport!”

In the meantime England captain Eoin Morgan was happy by Moeen’s return to kind after the left-handed batsman had managed simply 10 runs in his earlier 4 white-ball worldwide innings.

“Moeen is a pleasure to look at, very elegant,” mentioned Morgan. “For him to return out and virtually be the cornerstone on the back-end of a victory was nice.”

England suffered a setback simply 4 balls into their chase when Jonny Bairstow was bowled for a duck by an outstanding yorker from left-arm fast Shaheen Afridi.

Morgan, recent from his 66 on Sunday, was run out for simply 10 after a mix-up with Tom Banton.

And when Banton was lbw for 46 to Rauf, England have been 69-Four earlier than Moeen threatened to disclaim Pakistan.

Haider, in after Moeen bowled Zaman, slog-swept his second ball in worldwide cricket for six.


Haider struck Lewis Gregory’s first ball for a chic, hovering, legside six earlier than pulling him for 4 to grow to be the primary Pakistan batsman to attain a fifty on his T20 worldwide debut.

Hafeez’s swept 4 off leg-spinner Adil Rashid noticed him to a 31-ball fifty, together with 4 sixes, earlier than Haider was bowled by Jordan.

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