Pakistan had to play Wahab Riaz: Shahid Afridi over ‘Disappointing’ defeat to England


Former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi believes pacer Wahab Riaz should have played the second T20I against England after a ‘disappointing’ five-wicket defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday. Afridi wrote on Twitter: “Disappointing result, we put in a good score but the bowling failed to support the batsmen. I really think Pakistan should play Wahab Riaz, if he is there he should be used given his experience in the T20 format. Pakistan should have taken control of the game, disappointing defeat. “

With the win, England have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-game series. In the chase of 196, the hosts got off to a solid start when openers Jonny Bairstow and Tom Banton scored 65 runs in the power play overs.

However, Pakistan made a comeback in the seventh of the innings when Shadab Khan sent out Bairstow (44) and Banton (20), bringing England back to 66/2.

Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan then came together at the crease and amassed 112 runs for the third wicket to choose their side at the finish line. With only 18 runs required, Morgan (66) was sent back to the pavilion by Haris Rauf.

Shortly after, Shadab took over the wicket from Moeen Ali (1), reducing England to 182/4. Ultimately, Malan (54 *) led England to a five-wicket victory with five balls left.

Previously, punches of 69 and 56 by Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam respectively enabled Pakistan to post 195/4 in the allotted 20 overs. Deployed first to hit, Pakistani openers Azam and Fakhar Zaman got off to a solid start when the duo scored 51 runs in the first six overs.

With this, the visiting party registered their first 50-run opening partnership in T20Is since 2018.

Zaman and Azam made 72 runs for the first wicket, and finally their partnership ended in the 9th time when Adil Rashid sent Zaman (36) back to the pavilion.

Azam kept marching, and he spent half a century on the way. However, Azam was returned to the pavilion by Rashid in the 13th over, Pakistan reduced to 112/2.

In the last overs, Mohammad Hafeez changed the pace of Pakistan’s innings as he hammered England’s bowlers to the limits. The righthanded batter played smooth innings when Pakistan posted a total of 195/4 in the allotted twenty overs.

Pakistan and England will now play the last T20I of the series of three games on Tuesday, September 1. The first game of the series was canceled due to rain.

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