England hit back to level series

19 July 2021 04:05:50 GMTPlus10

Jos Buttler says he was pleased with England's display as they defeated Pakistan by 45 runs at Headingley on Sunday to level the T20 series with one match to play.

England bounced back from the first T20 defeat to level the series and they are available at 1.50 to win the decider at Old Trafford on Tuesday, while Pakistan are 2.62 to claim the spoils.

Put into bat by the tourists, England lost Jason Roy (10) and Dawid Malan (1) inside the opening three overs, both falling to Imad Wasim, but captain Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali steadied the ship as they put on a 50 partnership from just 24 balls.

Moeen then fell to Mohammad Hasnain for 36 before Buttler recorded his 14th half-century from 81 IT20 matches, only for the skipper to then depart for 59 after being dismissed by Hasnain.

Liam Livingstone, the centurion from the first T20, scored 38 before he was run out, while Jonny Bairstow (13) and Chris Jordan (14) were the only other two batsman to make double figures as England were bowled out for 200 from 19.5 overs.

Pakistan's opening pair Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam put on 50 in reply before the latter departed for 22 off the bowing of Lancashire seamer Saqib Mahmood.

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Adil Rashid then had Sohaib Maqsood stumped for 15 before the spinner pulled off a superb caught and bowled to dismiss Rizwan for 37, leaving Pakistan struggling on 82-3 with 9.3 overs remaining.

Moeen then got in on the act, getting rid of Mohammad Hafeez and Fakhar Zaman for 10 and eight respectively, before Matthew Parkinson had Azam Khan stumped for just one.

Imad Wasim fell victim to Tom Curran before Mahmood claimed the scalps of Shaheen Afridi (2) and Haris Rauf (0) to finish with impressive figures of 3-33 from his four overs.

Pakistan ended their 20 overs on 155-9, losing by 45 runs, and Buttler has praised the display from his side.

"It is great to be back and nice to contribute but I thought it was a great team performance," he told Sky Sports. "We asked the guys to improve on a few things and we got a really good performance.

"We have had two great games in the series and I'm sure the decider will be brilliant as well."

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