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EOIN MORGAN HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. That is it from this one-off T20I then. The 5-match ODI series between these two teams kicks off on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 1 pm local (1200 GMT). See yaa then. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Hard luck for Pakistan. They tried hard but could not quite keep the pressure sustained. England ran a lot of twos and the fielders were found wanting. That affected the bowling as well with only three bowlers picking up wickets. Surprisingly, Sarfaraz did not employ Haris Sohail, whose left-arm spin is pretty effective.
Captain Morgan's form will be the key for England come the World Cup. He had been going through some patchy form but this knock will increase his confidence. His knock of 57 from 29 balls included 5 fours and 3 sixes and he got his form back.
Comfortable chase for England in the end. They lost Duckett early but Vince and Root got the hosts back on track. Then, Root and Morgan stitched a 65-run stand, which almost laid the platform for the win. And in the end, Denly's cameo 20 from 12 balls crushed any little hopes Pakistan had after Root's wicket.
19.2FAshraf to EMorgan
SIX! Game, set and match! Boy, Morgan is pumped up. He understands that this is the first game of a massive summer and this knock is so, so important. A length ball outside off, the skipper jumps down the track and flat-bats it down the ground, over long off! The fielder leaps but in vain! ENGLAND WIN BY 7 WICKETS AND 4 BALLS TO SPARE.
19.1FAshraf to EMorgan
Full and outside off, Morgan drives it through the covers for a couple. Excellent half century from Morgan, keeping his side ahead.
Faheem Ashraf to bowl the final over. 3-0-35-0 so far. Pakistan need something special from him.
18.6SAfridi to JoeDenly
RUN OUT CHANCE, MISSED! Full and outside off, Denly drives it towards cover and sets off for a single. But Morgan does not respond. Denly has to return and is gone for all money but the fielder misses his shy at the striker's end.
18.5SAfridi to EMorgan
Around middle, pushed down to long on for one more.
18.4SAfridi to JoeDenly
Full on middle, hammered down to long on for one. He has played well, Denly. 20 from just 11 balls.
18.3SAfridi to EMorgan
Outside off, pushed through the covers for a run.
18.2SAfridi to JoeDenly
Excellent yorker, but that is dug out for a single.
18.1SAfridi to JoeDenly
SIX! Has that sealed the deal for England? 11 needed from 11 now. A length ball outside off, Denly just gets across and swings it cleanly over mid-wicket!
17.6HAli to JoeDenly
Has another heave and drags it down to long on for another single. 12 from the over.
17.5HAli to JoeDenly
INSIDE EDGE, FOUR! That is unlucky for the bowler. A length ball outside off, Denly jumps down the track, has a big heave but only manages a thick inside edge past the leg stump to the fine leg fence! 18 needed from 13 now.
17.4HAli to EMorgan
Outside off, pushed towards mid off for one more.
17.3HAli to JoeDenly
Outside off, punched through the covers for a run.
17.2HAli to EoinMorgan
Outside off, played through point for a single. 150 up for England. 24 needed from 16 balls.
Nasser Hussain on air informs that if this match ends in a tie, there will be NO SUPER OVER. That is sad...
17.1HAli to EMorgan
FOUR! Just over! Morgan has begun this over well. A length ball outside off, Eoin chips it over mid off, mistimes it, getting it off the bottom of the bat and just about clears mid off!
16.7SAfridi to JoeDenly
FOUR! Great calmness from Denly. England needed that boundary. Denly needed that. Low full toss outside off, Joe comes forward and drives it wide of cover and mid off for a boundary! 29 needed from 18 balls now.
16.6SAfridi to JoeDenly
Terrific yorker, outside off, dug out back to the bowler.
16.5SAfridi to JoeDenly
Misfield but no run conceded. Full on middle, Denly chips it uppishly but it lands just short of short mid-wicket. Haris Sohail misfields and then returns a wild throw at the bowler's end but cover backs it up.
16.4SAfridi to EMorgan
Outside off, punched through point for one.
16.3SAfridi to EMorgan
WIDE. An attempted bouncer, around middle and leg, Morgan lets it pass. Way above his head.
16.2SAfridi to JoeDenly
Outside off, pushed through the covers for a run.
16.1SAfridi to EMorgan
Outside off, tapped towards point for a single.
Shaheen Afridi is back on. 2-0-17-1 so far.
15.7HAli to EMorgan
Heaves it to square leg for one. 15 from the over including the wicket of Root.
15.6HAli to EMorgan
MISFIELD, FOUR! Poor Haris Sohail. A short ball, Morgan pulls it through square leg. Sohail rushes across to his left from mid-wicket, gets to the ball with a dive but at the last moment, loses his trousers and slips and hence, misses the ball too. Embarrassing moment for the fielder and double tea-pot from the skipper.
15.5HAli to JoeDenly
Full on middle, chipped down to long on for a single.
Joe Denly walks in at number 5, replacing Root.
15.4HAli to JoeRoot
OUT! Caught behind! Root's innings is over and there comes the Hasan fist pump celebration. Joe makes an early movement before the ball is bowled. He gets across to paddle but the ball is wide of off. Now, Root tries the reverse paddle but only toe-ends it to the keeper behind. Pakistan appeal but Root walks off. End of a fine knock and the threatening partnership has been broken. 43 needed from 27 balls now.
15.3HAli to EMorgan
Just a single on the Free Hit. Morgan powers this down to long on off a very full ball from outside off.
FREE HIT TIME!
15.2HAli to EMorgan
NO BALL, SIX! Bonus for England. Hasan oversteps and bowls a length ball down the leg side, Morgan just dispatches this via a pull over backward square leg!
15.1HAli to JoeRoot
Yorker outside off, Root just about digs it out towards short fine leg for a single.
14.6FAshraf to JoeRoot
Yorker around off, worked through mid-wicket for one more. Excellent comeback from Faheem after going for a boundary on the first ball.
14.5FAshraf to EMorgan
Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
14.4FAshraf to JoeRoot
Cunning bowling. Root advances down the track and Ashraf bowls a high full toss. Joe is taken by surprise and just about heaves it towards long on. He asks for a no ball call from the umpire but the latter deems it fine as he was down the track. A single taken.
14.3FAshraf to EMorgan
Around middle, Morgan pushes it towards point for a run.
14.2FAshraf to JoeRoot
Full and around off, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
14.1FAshraf to JoeRoot
FOUR! Welcome back into the attack! Bowler under pressure. First delivery going for a boundary. A low full toss, outside off, Root gets across and paddles it over short fine leg for a boundary! 57 needed from 35 deliveries now.
Faheem Ashraf returns. 2-0-26-0 so far.
13.6HAli to JoeRoot
A short ball, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.