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Babar rues batsmen's poor performance after T20 series loss to England

AFP/Manchester
Filed on July 21, 2021
Pakistan's Babar Azam (left) and Hasan Ali during the third T20I against England at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester. (AFP)

England won the series 2-1 in their last white-ball fixture of the 2021 home season


Pakistan captain Babar Azam lamented his team's poor batting against spin after Adil Rashid took a career-best to set the tone for England's series-clinching three-wicket win over Pakistan in a Twenty20 decider at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Victory gave England the three-match contest 2-1 in their last white-ball fixture of the 2021 home season.

Leg-spinner Rashid took 4-35 as Pakistan were restricted to 154-6 after winning the toss, with Mohammad Rizwan batting through the innings for 76 not out.

England opener Jason Roy, the player of the match, got the chase off to a brisk start with a dashing 64.

But the hosts kept losing wickets before returning captain Eoin Morgan made a useful 21.

Liam Livingstone, the player of the series after scoring England's fastest T20 hundred in the opener at Trent Bridge, struck one six and then holed out before Chris Jordan hit the winning runs with two balls to spare.

'Worst pitch for England'

"This win means a huge amount," Morgan told Sky Sports.

"This was the worst possible pitch for the way we play, and we have won on a wicket which is slow and spins so I am very proud."

Pitches in the United Arab Emirates, the venue for October's T20 World Cup, are renowned for taking turn but Morgan said: "I genuinely don't think the ball will spin like that in UAE having played a full season in the IPL (Indian Premier League) there last year, but we are ready for any surfaces that do spin."

Pakistan captain Babar, whose side also lost the preceding one-day international series against England, was left lamenting a lack of runs.

"We were 10 to 15 runs short today," he said. "The partnership between myself and Mohammed Rizwan, if it had developed a bit better, maybe we would have the extra 10 or 15 runs.

"We need to do better against spinners, we haven't struggled as much but haven't batted as well as we could. Some days we have good days and some days we have bad days."





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