Pakistan won the third and final T20 International match of the series by 5 runs to level the series with England on Wednesday. Defending 191 runs Pakistan’s Wahab bowled superbly in the penultimate over of the match and removed Moeen Ali, who was striking at 200. In the final over England required 17 runs and Haris Rauf defended it. But tables turned when 12 runs were required off the last two balls. Tom Curran smashed a six in the final over’s fifth ball and England were one hit away, but Rauf’s yorker ball gave Pakistan their win.
Pakistan made three changes in its playing 11 by bringing in Wahab Riaz, Haider Ali and Sarfaraz Ahmed. As for England retained its winning combination from the previous game.
England winning the toss asked Pakistan to bat first. In return, Mohammad Hafeez hit a blistering knock of unbeaten 86 runs that saw Pakistan posted a 191 runs target for England. But prior to that Pakistan had a poor start as Moeen Ali dismissed Fakhar Zaman in the second over of the match. Then debutant Haider Ali joined hands with skipper Babar Azam at the crease. Later Babar was dismissed for 21 by Tom Curran.
After that dismissal, Mohammad Hafeez and Haider Ali put on a strong 100-run partnership for the third wicket. During their stand, Haider Ali became the first Pakistani batsman to score a half-century on debut in T20 Internationals.