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2nd T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham, 25 May, 2024

England

ENG

183/7

(20.0) overs

Pakistan

PAK

160/10

(19.2) overs

England beat Pakistan by 23 runs

Player Of The Match

Jos Buttler,
England
England
Summary
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Pakistan
England

Pakistan • 160/10 (19.2 overs)

F Zaman 45 (21)

B Azam 32 (26)

R Topley 3/41 (3.2)

M Ali 2/26 (4)

England • 183/7 (20.0 overs)

J Buttler 84 (51)

W Jacks 37 (23)

S Afridi 3/36 (4)

I Wasim 2/19 (4)

Commentary

Right then, that wraps up this second T20I where England emerged as the dominant force over the visiting Pakistan! Next up is the third T20I, scheduled for the 28th of May, Tuesday at 11pm IST (5.30pm GMT). Be sure to join us early for all the pre-match build-up! Until then, cheers and goodbye!

Jos Buttler is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his outstanding knock of 84 off 51 balls. He says the team was focused on winning the game and there were great performances from everybody. Appreciates Jofra Archer and says that it was a really positive performance from him and is glad that he is back. Further adds that they have to give him games but also be mindful about resting him. Concludes by appreciating Chris Jordan for the way he bowled the last two overs and says it was exceptional stuff.

Babar Azam, the skipper of Pakistan, says that they bowled well but lacked in batting. Adds that they failed in stitching partnerships and lauds Fakhar Zaman's efforts. Shares that their top four are flexible and the order changes depending on the form.  Further says that the way Fakhar batted was impressive. Feels that if his partnership with Fakhar had lasted a few overs more, things would have been different. Lauds the bowling effort of Imad Wasim and adds that he is a very clever bowler and has improved a lot in batting too. Tells that they are not much concerned with the form of Shadab Khan. Ends by saying that their team is more or less settled ahead of the World Cup.

Time for the Presentation Ceremony..

Earlier in the game, Pakistan began strongly with Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim exerting control over the initial overs, resulting in the early dismissal of Phil Salt. However, the rest of the bowlers struggled to find their marks, allowing Jos Buttler to dominate with a masterclass in batting. Shadab Khan, in particular, couldn't find his rhythm and conceded lots of runs. At the halfway mark in the innings, the dismissal of Will Jacks brought Jonny Bairstow to the crease, who launched a blistering attack with a quickfire cameo. Despite the onslaught, Pakistan staged a remarkable comeback in the death overs, chipping 5 English wickets for just 25 runs and bringing the game back into balance. Jos Buttler's 84 off 51 balls was a display of pure class, anchoring England's innings. For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi was the standout bowler with 3 wickets, while Imad Wasim was exceptional too, taking 2 wickets for just 19 runs in his 4 overs.

Pakistan got off to a disastrous start, with Mohammad Rizwan falling in the very first over, quickly followed by Saim Ayub, leaving them at a precarious 14/2. However, Fakhar Zaman arrived with a counter-attacking mindset, smashing four boundaries in his first four balls to settle the nerves and stabilise the innings which proved to be a change of fortune for the visitors. Babar Azam soon found his rhythm as well, and the boundaries began to flow at ease. Together, Fakhar and Babar led Pakistan to a strong recovery, reaching 55/2 by the end of the Powerplay. Unfortunately, Babar couldn't capitalize on his promising start and was dismissed a couple of overs later. This triggered a collapse, with three more wickets falling in quick succession, causing Pakistan to slip further in their chase. Despite Iftikhar Ahmed and Imad Wasim's efforts to take the game deep, the asking rate proved too high to get a grasp off, and the visitors were bundled out for 160 runs, ultimately losing the game by 23 runs.

It's been an extraordinary display of bowling prowess from England to clinch this game by a margin of 23 runs. The bold move to open the bowling with Moeen Ali paid rich dividends for Jos Buttler and his squad, as they swiftly dismissed the dangerous Mohammad Rizwan for a duck. Reece Topley then entered the fray, snaring the wicket of Saim Ayub, amplifying the hosts' early advantage. However, just as England seemed to be firmly in control, a spirited third-wicket partnership between Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam shifted the momentum briefly. Moeen Ali's crucial breakthrough, dismissing Babar, opened the floodgates for the rest of the bowling unit to make inroads. This England team displayed immense character in the field, complemented by exceptional bowling, despite some resilience from the opposition, ultimately securing them the victory to lead the 4-match series 1-0.

19.2W

OUT! IN THE AIR AND TAKEN! All over for Pakistan! England win by 23 runs and go 1-0 up in the series! Topley slants this one back into the left-hander, on a length, on middle and leg, Shaheen Afridi backs away and goes for a heave across the line. Hits it towards the longer square boundary and fails to get the distance. Skies it towards deep mid-wicket where Phil Salt sprints across to his right and slides to grab it near his chest. Topley ends with 3 wickets to his name.

19.12

Topley bowls it from over the wicket and goes full, at the batter, Shaheen Afridi swipes it off the inner half of the bat in front of deep mid-wicket and collects a couple of runs.

Reece Topley (3-0-39-2) will bowl the final over for England! Pakistan need 26 off 6 balls.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 158/9

S Afridi7 (9)

H Rauf3 (2)

C Jordan4-0-31-1

18.61

Delivers a low full toss, on off, Shaheen Afridi digs it out down the ground to long off for only a single. Just 18 runs have come off the last three overs. This has been excellent death bowling from England.

18.51

This is on a short of a length and with no real pace on it, Haris Rauf is through his shot early and toe-ends the shot to backward point for one.

18.42

Superb effort in the deep by Archer. Another searing yorker, on middle, Haris Rauf clears his front leg and takes it on the full. Tonks it to the left of long on where Jofra Archer covers good ground and tumbles to save a couple of runs for his side.

Haris Rauf is the last man to walk out to bat for Pakistan.

18.3W

OUT! CLEANED HIM UP! This has been a death bowling masterclass and it has been the slower ball that has done the trick for Chris Jordan. Jordan pulls his length back slightly and attacks the stumps this time. Mohammad Amir fails to pick the change of pace and gets inside the line to scoop it fine on the leg side. He gets undone by the lack of pace and gets his woodwork shattered.

18.21

Jordan continues to nail his yorkers! Sees Shaheen Afridi move to the off side does Jordan but holds his line and length, on a yorker length, wide on off, Shaheen Afridi shapes up for the scoop and does get some bat on it. The ball dribbles towards short fine leg and they scamper across for one.

18.10

Given LBW but Shaheen Afridi successfully overturns it! A loud shout and up goes the finger! Shaheen Afridi missed a straight delivery and had no hesitation in raising the finger. The impact might save Shaheen there. And yes, as expected, the Ball Tracking shows the impact to be outside leg. It was a full toss, angling in at the pads, Shaheen Afridi backed away to go across the line but missed to get hit low on the front pad.

Who will bowl the penultimate over? It will be Chris Jordan to continue and finish off his spell. Pakistan needs 31 off the last 2 overs.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 153/8

S Afridi5 (6)

M Amir5 (2)

J Archer4-0-28-2

17.61

Honing in at the stumps and the length stays full, Shaheen Afridi hits it along the ground to long on for just one. Pakistan need 31 runs off the last 2 overs.

17.51

On a hard length angling into the left-hander, Mohammad Amir makes room and cuts it to deep cover for a single.

17.44

FOUR! Intentional or not, it does not matter. This is on a back of a length, on off, Mohammad Amir hangs back and looks to play at it. Gets an outside edge that races past short third for a boundary.

Mohammad Amir walks out to bat next for Pakistan.

17.3W

OUT! STRAIGHT TO THE MAN IN THE DEEP! Imad Wasim departs and with him, down go the hopes of Pakistan. This has been some comeback from Archer after going for 15 runs in his first over. Nails the yorker, on off and middle, Imad Wasim takes it on the full and hits it well. However, he picks out the man in the deep as he sends it straight to deep cover where Will Jacks takes it near his chest.

17.21

Another off-pace delivery, full as well, Shaheen Afridi firms the drive to long on for a single.

17.10

Steams in from around the wicket and takes pace off straight away, on a good length, on middle, Shaheen Afridi does not get the full delivery he was looking for and inside edges the slog onto the pads.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 146/7

S Afridi3 (3)

I Wasim22 (12)

C Jordan3-0-26-0

16.61

Make that six singles off the over. Brilliant exhibition of death bowling by Jordan. Lands it on a yorker length, angling away, on off, Shaheen Afridi jams it out in front of cover for one. Pakistan need 38 runs off the last 3 overs.

16.51

Well bowled! Sees the batter make an early shuffle towards the off side does Jordan and slips in another well-executed yorker, near the tramline on off, Imad Wasim can only squeeze it out to cover for the fifth single of the over.

16.41

Nearly sneaked through! This is dished out at 145 kph, full and straight, at the stumps, Shaheen Afridi clears his front leg to hoist it across the line. Gets an inside edge onto the pads and it rolls away to the off side for one.

16.31

Keeps it full and does not allow Imad to get underneath it. Driven down to long off for another single. 3 runs off the first three balls.

16.21

At 143 kph, full and aimed at the pads, Shaheen Afridi turns this one through square leg for a single.

Commentary

We are back for Pakistan's reply. The two umpires and players have made their way out to the middle. It will be the left-hand right-hand combination of Saim Ayub and Mohammad Rizwan to open the innings for Pakistan. England are starting with spin in the form of Moeen Ali. Let's play...

... THE RUN CHASE ...

Right then, the game is nicely poised at the halfway mark and Pakistan will feel that they have momentum with them courtesy of their fightback with the ball. However, 184 will be far from easy on what is a two-paced surface. On the other hand, England will feel that they left 10-15 runs out there with the bat. The English pacers will look to replicate what their counterparts did on this surface and wickets in the Powerplay will be crucial. Back in a bit for the chase.

As for Pakistan, it has been a tale of two halves for them and Babar Azam will be mighty pleased with his bowlers responded in the second half of the bowling effort. They started with pace from both ends but it did not go according to the plan for them. The introduction of spin in the form of Imad Wasim resulted in a wicket but the visitors just could not build on that scalp. Imad kept things quiet from his end but the boundaries leaked from the other end. Pakistan were staring at a target in excess of 200 but reassessed their plans and realised that pace off and into the wicket was the way to go. Imad continued to hold end up but the likes of Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi roared back and had a big part to play in Pakistan's fightback. Except for a couple of lapses, Pakistan were pretty tidy in the field. Imad Wasim was the most economical of the lot with figures of 2 for 19 from his four overs.

A couple of lusty blows from Jofra Archer has taken England past 180 but they have fallen short, given the kind of platform that was set at the halfway mark. The first 10 overs saw England score 96 at the loss of just one wicket but the next 10 overs yielded just 87 runs, losing 6 wickets. After being inserted into bat, Jos Buttler and Phil Salt got a couple of boundaries away to get England off to a brisk start. However, Salt could not kick on but Will Jacks got going straight away. Both Jacks and Buttler capitalised on loose deliveries and kept finding the fence with regularity. However, Jacks could not convert his start into something substantial neither could Jonny Bairstow. Despite wickets falling around him, Buttler carried on his merry way and took Pakistan bowlers to all corners of the park. After Buttler fell on 84, the wickets continued to tumble during England's quest to finish on a high. Thanks to a good little cameo from the comeback man, Jofra Archer, England were able to get to 183.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 183/7

L Livingstone2 (3)

J Archer12 (4)

M Amir4-0-34-0

19.60

An absolute beauty from Mohammad Amir to end the innings! Nails the yorker into the stumps, Liam Livingstone is baffled but manages to get his bat down and digs it out back onto the deck. England end at 183/7!

19.51lb

LEG BYES! Mohammad Amir goes full and outside off, Jofra Archer gets across the line and looks to scoop but wears it onto his right pad. The ball dribbles down to short fine leg region and the batters cross.

19.46

SIX! Wow! Jofra Archer is adding gold to the score! Mohammad Amir bowls it right in the slot on off, Jofra Archer stays put and clobbers it over long on for a maximum.

19.32

An excellent comeback delivery from Amir! Nails the yorker into middle and leg, Jofra Archer does well to get his bat down in time and jam it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

19.24

FOUR! What a shot from Jofra Archer! Mohammad Amir digs it short outside off, Jofra Archer waits deep in the crease and gets on top of his toes before slapping it over backward point for a boundary.

19.11

Comes from over the wicket and bowls it on a good length outside off, Liam Livingstone slaps it to long off and takes a single.

Jofra Archer walks out to bat. It will be Mohammad Amir (3-0-21-0) to bowl the final over. Can he keep England under 180?

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 169/7

C Jordan3 (3)

L Livingstone1 (1)

S Afridi4-0-36-3

18.6W

OUT! CAUGHT! Wickets for England are falling like a pile of cards! Pakistan have clawed their way back into this game nicely after a tough start! Shaheen Afridi hits the deck on a shorter length over off, Chris Jordan stays in the crease and looks to pull but gets a top edge into the sky. Haris Rauf at short fine leg settles under it and takes a simple catch.

18.52

Short of a length over off, Chris Jordan sits deep in the crease and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

18.41

Back to over the wicket! Digs it short and on off, Liam Livingstone pulls it to deep square leg for just a single.

18.31

Comes from around the wicket and hits the hard length into the pads, Chris Jordan tucks it square of the wicket on leg side for a single.

18.2W

OUT! CAUGHT! Not the best of deliveries from Shaheen Afridi, but Moeen Ali gives it away! Afridi bowls a full toss on the stumps, Moeen Ali opens up and looks to heave it down over long on but only manages to get it as far as Mohammad Rizwan at long on who grabs it near his waist. Chris Jordan is the new batter in.

18.21wd

WIDE! Attempts the yorker but sprays a low full toss down leg, Moeen Ali looks to flick but misses.

18.10

Comes from over the wicket and bowls the yorker into middle, Moeen Ali does well to dig it out!

Liam Livingstone walks out to the middle.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 164/5

J Buttler84 (51)

M Ali4 (5)

H Rauf4-0-34-2

17.6W

OUT! CAUGHT! Haris Rauf gets the big wicket of Jos Buttler and couldn't have taken it at a better time for Pakistan! Rauf hits the good length on middle, Jos Buttler waits on and picks the length right but is deceived by the lack of pace on it. He toe-ends it straight to Shadab Khan at long on who takes it low in front.

17.54

FOUR! Well, Jos Buttler gets one through! Fuller in length around middle and leg, Jos Buttler makes some room and lofts it over cover for a boundary.

17.41

Nails the yorker just outside off, Moeen Ali drives it to deep cover for one more run. The frequency of boundaries has reduced for England.

17.31

Hits the good length outside off, Jos Buttler looks for the switch hit but mistimes it to point for just a single.

17.21

Short of a length outside off, Moeen Ali drags it onto the on side towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

17.10

On a length outside off, Moeen Ali pushes it with his extended arm straight to backward point.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 157/4

J Buttler79 (48)

M Ali2 (2)

M Amir3-0-21-0

16.60

Takes pace off and drops it short over middle, Jos Buttler takes a couple of steps out and looks for the pull but is deceived by the pace off.

16.54

FOUR! Does even better this time around and gets a boundary! Short of a length over middle, Jos Buttler stays rooted to the crease this time and times his pull precisely hitting the ball to the left of deep square leg.

16.42

Digs it short and over middle and leg, Jos Buttler skips down the track and adjusts well to pull it along the ground to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

16.30

Bowls it wider on off, and on a  good length, Jos Buttler looks to swat it away but mistimes it to mid off.

Pakistan
England
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
M Rizwan

c L Livingstone b M Ali

0 3 0 0 0
S Ayub

c P Salt b R Topley

2 7 0 0 28.57
B Azam

lbw b M Ali

32 26 4 0 123.07
F Zaman

c H Brook b L Livingstone

45 21 5 3 214.28
S Khan

c C Jordan b A Rashid

3 4 0 0 75
A Khan

c M Ali b J Archer

11 10 2 0 110
I Ahmed

c C Jordan b R Topley

23 17 1 2 135.29
I Wasim

c L Livingstone b J Archer

22 13 2 1 169.23
S Afridi

c P Salt b R Topley

9 11 0 0 81.81
M Amir

b C Jordan

5 3 1 0 166.66
H Rauf

not out

3 2 0 0 150
Extras

(b 0,lb 0,w 4,nb 1,Penalty 0)

5
Total 19.2 (RR: 8.28)
160/10

Did not bat:

Fall of wickets:

(M Rizwan, 0.3 ov) (S Ayub, 3.3 ov) (B Azam, 8.1 ov) (S Khan, 9.3 ov) (A Khan, 11.1 ov) (F Zaman, 12.3 ov) (I Ahmed, 16 ov) (I Wasim, 17.3 ov) (M Amir, 18.3 ov) (S Afridi, 19.2 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
M Ali
4 0 26 2 6.50
R Topley
3.2 0 41 3 12.30
J Archer
4 0 28 2 7.00
C Jordan
4 0 31 1 7.75
A Rashid
3 0 25 1 8.33
L Livingstone
1 0 9 1 9.00
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
P Salt

c S Afridi b I Wasim

13 9 2 0 144.44
J Buttler

c S Khan b H Rauf

84 51 8 3 164.70
W Jacks

c S Khan b H Rauf

37 23 4 2 160.86
J Bairstow

c I Ahmed b S Afridi

21 18 1 2 116.66
H Brook

b I Wasim

1 2 0 0 50
M Ali

c M Rizwan b S Afridi

4 7 0 0 57.14
L Livingstone

not out

2 3 0 0 66.66
C Jordan

c H Rauf b S Afridi

3 3 0 0 100
J Archer

not out

12 4 1 1 300
Extras

(b 0,lb 5,w 1,nb 0,Penalty 0)

6
Total 20.0 (RR: 9.15)
183/7

Did not bat: A Rashid, R Topley

Fall of wickets:

(P Salt, 3.1 ov) (W Jacks, 10.1 ov) (J Bairstow, 15 ov) (H Brook, 15.4 ov) (J Buttler, 18 ov) (M Ali, 18.2 ov) (C Jordan, 19 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
S Afridi
4 0 36 3 9.00
M Amir
4 0 34 0 8.50
I Wasim
4 0 19 2 4.75
H Rauf
4 0 34 2 8.50
S Khan
4 0 55 0 13.75
Pakistan
England

Commentary

Right then, that wraps up this second T20I where England emerged as the dominant force over the visiting Pakistan! Next up is the third T20I, scheduled for the 28th of May, Tuesday at 11pm IST (5.30pm GMT). Be sure to join us early for all the pre-match build-up! Until then, cheers and goodbye!

Jos Buttler is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his outstanding knock of 84 off 51 balls. He says the team was focused on winning the game and there were great performances from everybody. Appreciates Jofra Archer and says that it was a really positive performance from him and is glad that he is back. Further adds that they have to give him games but also be mindful about resting him. Concludes by appreciating Chris Jordan for the way he bowled the last two overs and says it was exceptional stuff.

Babar Azam, the skipper of Pakistan, says that they bowled well but lacked in batting. Adds that they failed in stitching partnerships and lauds Fakhar Zaman's efforts. Shares that their top four are flexible and the order changes depending on the form.  Further says that the way Fakhar batted was impressive. Feels that if his partnership with Fakhar had lasted a few overs more, things would have been different. Lauds the bowling effort of Imad Wasim and adds that he is a very clever bowler and has improved a lot in batting too. Tells that they are not much concerned with the form of Shadab Khan. Ends by saying that their team is more or less settled ahead of the World Cup.

Time for the Presentation Ceremony..

Earlier in the game, Pakistan began strongly with Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim exerting control over the initial overs, resulting in the early dismissal of Phil Salt. However, the rest of the bowlers struggled to find their marks, allowing Jos Buttler to dominate with a masterclass in batting. Shadab Khan, in particular, couldn't find his rhythm and conceded lots of runs. At the halfway mark in the innings, the dismissal of Will Jacks brought Jonny Bairstow to the crease, who launched a blistering attack with a quickfire cameo. Despite the onslaught, Pakistan staged a remarkable comeback in the death overs, chipping 5 English wickets for just 25 runs and bringing the game back into balance. Jos Buttler's 84 off 51 balls was a display of pure class, anchoring England's innings. For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi was the standout bowler with 3 wickets, while Imad Wasim was exceptional too, taking 2 wickets for just 19 runs in his 4 overs.

Pakistan got off to a disastrous start, with Mohammad Rizwan falling in the very first over, quickly followed by Saim Ayub, leaving them at a precarious 14/2. However, Fakhar Zaman arrived with a counter-attacking mindset, smashing four boundaries in his first four balls to settle the nerves and stabilise the innings which proved to be a change of fortune for the visitors. Babar Azam soon found his rhythm as well, and the boundaries began to flow at ease. Together, Fakhar and Babar led Pakistan to a strong recovery, reaching 55/2 by the end of the Powerplay. Unfortunately, Babar couldn't capitalize on his promising start and was dismissed a couple of overs later. This triggered a collapse, with three more wickets falling in quick succession, causing Pakistan to slip further in their chase. Despite Iftikhar Ahmed and Imad Wasim's efforts to take the game deep, the asking rate proved too high to get a grasp off, and the visitors were bundled out for 160 runs, ultimately losing the game by 23 runs.

It's been an extraordinary display of bowling prowess from England to clinch this game by a margin of 23 runs. The bold move to open the bowling with Moeen Ali paid rich dividends for Jos Buttler and his squad, as they swiftly dismissed the dangerous Mohammad Rizwan for a duck. Reece Topley then entered the fray, snaring the wicket of Saim Ayub, amplifying the hosts' early advantage. However, just as England seemed to be firmly in control, a spirited third-wicket partnership between Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam shifted the momentum briefly. Moeen Ali's crucial breakthrough, dismissing Babar, opened the floodgates for the rest of the bowling unit to make inroads. This England team displayed immense character in the field, complemented by exceptional bowling, despite some resilience from the opposition, ultimately securing them the victory to lead the 4-match series 1-0.

19.2W

OUT! IN THE AIR AND TAKEN! All over for Pakistan! England win by 23 runs and go 1-0 up in the series! Topley slants this one back into the left-hander, on a length, on middle and leg, Shaheen Afridi backs away and goes for a heave across the line. Hits it towards the longer square boundary and fails to get the distance. Skies it towards deep mid-wicket where Phil Salt sprints across to his right and slides to grab it near his chest. Topley ends with 3 wickets to his name.

19.12

Topley bowls it from over the wicket and goes full, at the batter, Shaheen Afridi swipes it off the inner half of the bat in front of deep mid-wicket and collects a couple of runs.

Reece Topley (3-0-39-2) will bowl the final over for England! Pakistan need 26 off 6 balls.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 158/9

S Afridi7 (9)

H Rauf3 (2)

C Jordan4-0-31-1

18.61

Delivers a low full toss, on off, Shaheen Afridi digs it out down the ground to long off for only a single. Just 18 runs have come off the last three overs. This has been excellent death bowling from England.

18.51

This is on a short of a length and with no real pace on it, Haris Rauf is through his shot early and toe-ends the shot to backward point for one.

18.42

Superb effort in the deep by Archer. Another searing yorker, on middle, Haris Rauf clears his front leg and takes it on the full. Tonks it to the left of long on where Jofra Archer covers good ground and tumbles to save a couple of runs for his side.

Haris Rauf is the last man to walk out to bat for Pakistan.

18.3W

OUT! CLEANED HIM UP! This has been a death bowling masterclass and it has been the slower ball that has done the trick for Chris Jordan. Jordan pulls his length back slightly and attacks the stumps this time. Mohammad Amir fails to pick the change of pace and gets inside the line to scoop it fine on the leg side. He gets undone by the lack of pace and gets his woodwork shattered.

18.21

Jordan continues to nail his yorkers! Sees Shaheen Afridi move to the off side does Jordan but holds his line and length, on a yorker length, wide on off, Shaheen Afridi shapes up for the scoop and does get some bat on it. The ball dribbles towards short fine leg and they scamper across for one.

18.10

Given LBW but Shaheen Afridi successfully overturns it! A loud shout and up goes the finger! Shaheen Afridi missed a straight delivery and had no hesitation in raising the finger. The impact might save Shaheen there. And yes, as expected, the Ball Tracking shows the impact to be outside leg. It was a full toss, angling in at the pads, Shaheen Afridi backed away to go across the line but missed to get hit low on the front pad.

Who will bowl the penultimate over? It will be Chris Jordan to continue and finish off his spell. Pakistan needs 31 off the last 2 overs.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 153/8

S Afridi5 (6)

M Amir5 (2)

J Archer4-0-28-2

17.61

Honing in at the stumps and the length stays full, Shaheen Afridi hits it along the ground to long on for just one. Pakistan need 31 runs off the last 2 overs.

17.51

On a hard length angling into the left-hander, Mohammad Amir makes room and cuts it to deep cover for a single.

17.44

FOUR! Intentional or not, it does not matter. This is on a back of a length, on off, Mohammad Amir hangs back and looks to play at it. Gets an outside edge that races past short third for a boundary.

Mohammad Amir walks out to bat next for Pakistan.

17.3W

OUT! STRAIGHT TO THE MAN IN THE DEEP! Imad Wasim departs and with him, down go the hopes of Pakistan. This has been some comeback from Archer after going for 15 runs in his first over. Nails the yorker, on off and middle, Imad Wasim takes it on the full and hits it well. However, he picks out the man in the deep as he sends it straight to deep cover where Will Jacks takes it near his chest.

17.21

Another off-pace delivery, full as well, Shaheen Afridi firms the drive to long on for a single.

17.10

Steams in from around the wicket and takes pace off straight away, on a good length, on middle, Shaheen Afridi does not get the full delivery he was looking for and inside edges the slog onto the pads.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 146/7

S Afridi3 (3)

I Wasim22 (12)

C Jordan3-0-26-0

16.61

Make that six singles off the over. Brilliant exhibition of death bowling by Jordan. Lands it on a yorker length, angling away, on off, Shaheen Afridi jams it out in front of cover for one. Pakistan need 38 runs off the last 3 overs.

16.51

Well bowled! Sees the batter make an early shuffle towards the off side does Jordan and slips in another well-executed yorker, near the tramline on off, Imad Wasim can only squeeze it out to cover for the fifth single of the over.

16.41

Nearly sneaked through! This is dished out at 145 kph, full and straight, at the stumps, Shaheen Afridi clears his front leg to hoist it across the line. Gets an inside edge onto the pads and it rolls away to the off side for one.

16.31

Keeps it full and does not allow Imad to get underneath it. Driven down to long off for another single. 3 runs off the first three balls.

16.21

At 143 kph, full and aimed at the pads, Shaheen Afridi turns this one through square leg for a single.

16.11

Goes full and this is outside off, Imad Wasim drills it down to long off and gets to the other end.

Shaheen Afridi walks out to bat next for Pakistan who need 44 more runs off 24 balls.

Runs Scored 16 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 140/7

I Ahmed23 (17)

I Wasim19 (9)

R Topley3-0-39-2

15.6W

OUT! IN THE AIR AND TAKEN! Chris Jordan makes it look so, so easy and this is a body blow to Pakistan. Reece Topley fights back in grand style after not-so-great first five balls of the over. Topley stays over the wicket and goes fuller this time, on off, Iftikhar Ahmed goes deep in his crease and targets the straight boundary. Gets more height than distance and it goes way high in the air towards long on. Chris Jordan runs in off the ropes and steadies himself under the skier. Almost overruns it but recovers well to settle under it and completes the catch.

15.56

SIX BANG! This has gone many a mile! Just the over Pakistan were after, 16 runs off it so far. Length delivery, angling away, on off, Iftikhar Ahmed walks across and gets into a good position. Smacks across the line and clears deep square leg for a biggie.

15.44

FOUR! Oh, no! Jonny Bairstow has made an absolute meal of it. Low full toss, angling across, outside off, Iftikhar Ahmed reaches out and steers it towards deep backward point where Jonny Bairstow gets low to make the stop but lets the ball through his hands. 10 runs off the over so far.

15.31

Tucks the batter up for room as he bowls it on a back of a length, Imad Wasim dabs it towards backward point where Will Jacks dives to his left and keeps it down to just one.

15.24

FOUR! Streaky but Imad Wasim and Pakistan will take it! Pace off and into the wicket, on off, Imad Wasim backs away and goes after it. Gets a thickish outside edge that flies between backward point and short third for a boundary.

15.11

Nails a wide yorker, outside off, Iftikhar Ahmed squeezes it out to deep backward point for a single.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 124/6

I Ahmed12 (13)

I Wasim14 (7)

J Archer3-0-21-1

14.61

Hits the deck hard and on a length over middle, Iftikhar Ahmed swivels and pulls it along the ground to deep square leg for a single to end the over. Pakistan need 60 off the last 5 overs now.

14.50

Drags the length short and angles it in on middle, Iftikhar Ahmed cuts it late and straight to short third man.

14.41

Attacks the stumps on a fuller length, Imad Wasim stays leg side of the ball and digs it to long on for one.

14.31

Bowls it off the back of a hand and on a good length just outside off, with pace off, Iftikhar Ahmed just plays it across the line to deep mid-wicket for a single.

A halt in play as a fan has run onto the ground and he is now being escorted out by the security officials. All set to resume now.

14.21

Fuller and on leg, Imad Wasim makes room and whips it to long on for a single.

14.11

Bangs the length on off, Iftikhar Ahmed just opens his bat face and cuts it to short third for a single.

Runs Scored 18 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 119/6

I Ahmed9 (9)

I Wasim12 (5)

A Rashid3-0-25-1

13.61

A tad shorter and quicker on off, Iftikhar Ahmed cuts it to backward point and steals a quick run.

13.56

SIX! Iftikhar Ahmed gets into the act now! Tossed up on off, Iftikhar Ahmed gets down on one knee and slogs it over long on for another maximum.

13.41

Fuller and into the pads, Imad Wasim pushes it to square leg for a single.

13.36

SIX! This game is far from over! Flighted around middle and leg again, Imad Wasim skips down the track and waits for the ball before swatting it away over mid-wicket for a maximum.

13.20

Goes fuller and into the stumps, Imad Wasim tucks it back to the bowler.

13.14

FOUR! Flighted delivery on middle, Imad Wasim waits for it and drives it straight down the ground intersecting the converging long on and long off fielders for a boundary.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 101/6

I Ahmed2 (7)

I Wasim1 (1)

L Livingstone1-0-9-1

12.60

Drops the length short and outside off, Iftikhar Ahmed misses out as he cuts it straight to Moeen Ali at cover.

12.50

Shorter and on off, spinning away, Iftikhar Ahmed slaps it to point where Reece Topley makes a diving stop.

12.41

Fuller and on middle, Imad Wasim nudges it to the leg side and take single.

Imad Wasim makes his way out to the centre.

12.3W

OUT! CAUGHT! Every bowling change has proved to be a masterstroke for Jos Buttler and England! Pakistan lose Fakhar Zaman after a good inning! Liam Livingstone goes fuller and on off, Fakhar Zaman is tempted on the slog and goes after it but only gets a toe end. The ball goes high up in the air in front of long on. Harry Brook settles under it and takes a simple catch.

12.31wd

WIDE! On a fuller length outside off for a wide.

12.26

SIX! That's some shot down the ground! Liam Livingstone switches to around the wicket and tosses it full on off, Fakhar Zaman waits back and smacks it over the bowler's head for a maximum.

12.11

Starts from over the wicket and bowls it full into middle and leg, Iftikhar Ahmed just tucks it to long on for a single.

Liam Livingstone comes into the attack.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 92/5

F Zaman39 (19)

I Ahmed1 (4)

J Archer2-0-16-1

11.60

A dot to end the over! Just a run and a wicket off it! Hits the deck hard outside off and on a shorter length, Fakhar Zaman looks to pull but is beaten by the sheer pace on the delivery.

11.51

Shorter in length and on off, Iftikhar Ahmed gets high on his toes and cuts it to deep cover for a single.

11.40

Three dots again on a trot! This is shorter and outside off, Iftikhar Ahmed cuts it straight to point.

11.30

Hits the hard length over middle and leg, Iftikhar Ahmed looks to tuck it across the line but gets hit onto his thighs.

11.20

Lucky to have survived that ball! Jofra Archer nails the toe crushing yorker into the stumps, Iftikhar Ahmed manages to get his bat down in time as he jams it back onto his boots.

Iftikhar Ahmed comes out to bat.

11.1W

OUT! CAUGHT! Jofra Archer gets his first wicket and this is a soft dismissal which Azam Khan will be mighty disappointed about! Jofra Archer goes full and angles it across on off, Azam Khan just looks to drive it on the full and ends up lofting it straight to Moeen Ali at cover who take a reverse cup catch around his face.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 91/4

A Khan11 (9)

F Zaman39 (18)

C Jordan2-0-20-0

10.61

Just a single off the Free Hit! Chris Jordan goes full and attacks the stumps, Azam Khan heaves it to deep mid-wicket and gets a single to end the over.

10.65nb

NO BALL AND FOUR! Chris Jordan oversteps and bowls it on a length and just outside off, Azam Khan makes room and crips his cut past point for four more. A Free Hit will now follow.

10.54

FOUR! That will ease some pressure off! On a length and on off, Azam Khan makes use of the pace and opens up the bat face steering it past deep point for a boundary.

10.40

Three dots in a row and the pressure is mounting on Azam Khan! Chris Jordan bangs the deck outside off and on a shorter length, Azam Khan dances down the track and throws absolutely everything at it but misses out on making any connection.

10.30

Bangs the deck on a shorter length over the stumps, Azam Khan backs away and looks to cut but chops it past the leg stump and towards Jos Buttler behind the stumps.

10.20

Angles it into the right-hander and attacks the pads, on a good length, Azam Khan looks to tuck it away but misses. The ball wears him high on the front pad.

10.11

Comes from over the wicket and pitches it on a back of a length and over middle and off, Fakhar Zaman pulls it along the ground to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 80/4

A Khan2 (3)

F Zaman38 (17)

A Rashid2-0-7-1

9.62

Width on offer on off, on a length, Azam Khan gets on the front foot and drives it wide of deep cover for a couple of runs to get off the mark.

9.50

Shortens his length and gets the ball to skid through, on off, Azam Khan punches it back to the bowler.

9.40

Bowls the leg-break, spinning away from the right-hander, full in length, Azam Khan reaches out for the drive but it turns away to beat the bat. Jos Buttler is quick to take the bails off but Azam has his back leg grounded inside the crease.

Drinks break! After a counter-attacking third-wicket partnership, the spin duo of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid struck back, claiming two crucial wickets, including that of Babar Azam, putting the hosts firmly ahead in the game. Pakistan still has some batting depth left, but they will need to steady their nerves and rebuild to stay competitive in this match. With that, Azam Khan is the new batter striding out to bat at number 6 for Pakistan.

9.3W

OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! Adil Rashid gets into the act and that has been expertly held by Chris Jordan. Adil gives the ball plenty of air and lands it around off, Shadab Khan gets down on one knee and opts to hit against the turn as he goes for the slog sweep. The ball dips on him and spins away. Catches the top edge of the bat and it goes towards wide long on. Chris Jordan covers a lot of ground to his right and dives in front to take a safe catch.

9.21

Slows it up and pulls the length back, on off, clipped through square leg for one.

9.11

The call is for two but Shadab Khan will have to settle with one. Offers flight and bowls it full, on off, Shadab Khan crouches and drills it back past the bowler. Chris Jordan runs around to his left and cuts it off.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 76/3

S Khan2 (2)

F Zaman37 (16)

M Ali4-0-26-2

8.61

Digs it short and on off, Shadab Khan slaps it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

8.51

This is flat and short, just outside off, Fakhar Zaman uses the depth of his crease and cuts it wide of backward point for one.

8.40

On a nagging length, at the stumps, Fakhar Zaman pats it back to the bowler.

8.36

SIX! MONSTROUS HIT! Tosses it up, full and on middle, Fakhar Zaman puts the dancing shoes and leaves nothing in the tank. Smokes it back over the bowler's head and deposits it into the second tier for half a dozen.

8.21

Floats it up, full and on off, Shadab Khan presses forward and dabs it wide of point for a single.

Shadab Khan walks out to bat at number 5 for Pakistan.

8.1W

OUT! TRAPPED PLUMB IN FRONT! Moeen Ali breaks through for England! The move to bring Moeen back into the attack and has worked straight away for Jos Buttler and England. Moeen starts from over the wicket and bowls it fuller in length, on off, Babar Azam takes the risk of swiping across the line. He gets beaten on the inside edge as the ball turns in a touch to ping him on the front pad. Up goes the finger but Babar Azam takes the review. There is nothing on UltraEdge and it is three reds on Ball Tracking.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 67/2

F Zaman30 (13)

B Azam32 (25)

A Rashid1-0-3-0

7.60

Sliding across, on off, short in length, Fakhar Zaman goes for the cut but fails to connect.

7.61wd

WIDE! Was that a missed stumping chance? Yes, it was. Fires it in down leg does Rashid, on a fuller length, Fakhar Zaman tries to help it away fine but misses. He loses his balance and drags his back leg outside the crease. Jos Buttler fails to gather it cleanly and Zaman survives.

7.51

Offers flight but the length stays short, Babar Azam is happy to calmly nudge it in front of square on the leg side for one.

7.40

Slips in the googly, shorter and quicker, on off, Babar Azam gets on the back foot and chops it towards backward point where Jofra Archer makes a diving stop.

7.30

A bit quicker and sliding onto the pads, Babar Azam misses the tickle and gets rapped low on the front pad.

7.20

Loops it up nicely and tries to entice the batter into the big shot, Babar Azam presses forward and blocks it out.

7.11

Tosses it up, full and on the pads, not much turn, Fakhar Zaman clips it through mid-wicket for a single.

Adil Rashid is introduced into the attack.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 64/2

B Azam31 (21)

F Zaman29 (11)

C Jordan1-0-9-0

6.64

EDGED AND FOUR! Fortuitous boundary for the Pakistan skipper and it spoils what was turning out to be a tidy over. Delivers it on a back of a length, outside off, Babar Azam has to generate power into the shot and throws his hands at it. Gets an outside edge that beats the dive of Jos Buttler and it races away.

6.51

Makes the batter reach out for it does Jordan as this is full and wide on off, Fakhar Zaman extends his hands and knocks it to deep cover for a single.

6.41

Fuller in length, at 140 kph, on off, Babar Azam hits it straight back at the bowler. The ball lands in front of Jordan and deflects off his left boot towards long on for one.

6.41wd

WIDE! Slips it down leg, on a length, Babar Azam swings to help it away but misses. Wide given.

6.30

Rolls his fingers over the ball and goes full as well, at the stumps, Babar Azam reads it well and defends it with a straight bat.

6.21

Drags his length back and offers no real pace, on middle, Fakhar Zaman mistimes the pull wide of mid-wicket for a single.

6.11

Starts off on a length, on off, Babar Azam hits it aerially and it goes past the outstretched left hand of Chris Jordan for a single.

Runs Scored 15 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 55/2

F Zaman27 (9)

B Azam25 (17)

J Archer1-0-15-0

5.60

Archer is lucky to get away with it! Hurls it short and wide on off, Fakhar Zaman frees his arms and drills it hard but picks out the man at cover. This is some counterpunch from Pakistan, after losing two early wickets and they are 55/2 at the end of the Powerplay.

5.56

SIX! BOOM! Fakhar Zaman is putting on an exhibition here! Lands it on a hard length, angling across, on off, Fakhar Zaman walks right across his stumps and his head stays still all the way through. Uses the pace of Archer as he scoops it over the keeper and it hits the sight screen for a maximum. Not the comeback over Archer would have hoped.

5.44

FOUR! Smeared away! On a length, on middle and leg, Fakhar Zaman clears his front leg nice and early and whips it up and over mid-wicket for a boundary.

5.31

This is on a short of a good length, in the channel on off, Babar Azam steers it down to deep third for a single.

5.24

FOUR! Belted down the ground! Touch fuller than the previous delivery, on off, Babar Azam picks up the length early and lofts it back over the bowler's head for a boundary.

5.10

On the money straight away! Hits the deck hard and bowls it on off, Babar Azam covers the line of the ball and stabs it down with a straight bat.

Returning from a long injury layoff, Jofra Archer has been handed the ball now and that brings about a loud cheer from the Edgbaston crowd.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 40/2

F Zaman17 (6)

B Azam20 (14)

M Ali3-0-17-1

4.60

Goes full and into the stumps, Fakhar Zaman dances down the track but is cramped fo room as he stabs it back onto the deck.

4.51

A tad shorter outside off, Babar Azam skips down the track and cuts it to backward point region for a single.

4.44

FOUR! Classy shot from the skipper! Moeen Ali drags the length a bit on off, Babar Azam rocks back and punches it through cover for a boundary.

4.31

Fuller and on off, Fakhar Zaman taps it to the off side and steals a quick single.

4.24

FOUR! Striking at 400 now is Fakhar Zaman! Boundaries flowing off his bat! This is tossed up on middle, Fakhar Zaman sweeps it to perfection behind square on the on side for another boundary.

4.13

Goes a tad fuller and on middle, Babar Azam plants his front leg ahead and sweeps it past backward square leg for three runs.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 27/2

F Zaman12 (3)

B Azam12 (11)

R Topley2-0-23-1

3.64

FOUR! Wow, that's crunched and how! On a length and angling into the left-hander, Fakhar Zaman steps down the track and hoicks it over mid-wicket for the third boundary of the over.

3.61wd

WIDE! On a nagging length but well outside the tramline on off for a wide.

3.54

FOUR! More in control this time and Fakhar Zaman is off the blocks with back-to-back boundaries! This is on a length and into middle and leg, Fakhar Zaman picks the length perfectly and scoops it wide of fine leg for a boundary.

3.44

FOUR! That can't really be called a dropped catch but it was a great effort from Moeen Ali! Reece Topley angles it in on a good length and into middle and leg, Fakhar Zaman looks for the flick but gets a thick outside edge flying past a leaping Moeen Ali at first slip for a boundary.

Fakhar Zaman makes his way out to the centre.

3.3W

OUT! CAUGHT! Reece Topley gets a wicket and England are all over Pakistan! Hits the shorter length over middle, Saim Ayub swivels across and pulls it straight into the hands of Phil Salt at deep square leg.

3.21

In the air, but it evades Chris Jordan! Reece Topley digs the shorter delivery over off, Babar Azam is late on the pull and gets it off the upper half off the bat. The ball balloons over mid on where Chris Jordan turns back and runs but fails to get to it. The batters get a single.

3.10

Hits the length right just outside off, Babar Azam looks to swat it across the line but finds mid on.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 13/1

S Ayub2 (6)

B Azam11 (9)

M Ali2-0-4-1

2.60

Gets away with it does Moeen Ali! Way too short, slanting into the left-hander, Saim Ayub backs away to force it through the off side. Hits it sweetly but picks out the man at cover. Back-to-back tidy overs in the Powerplay by Moeen.

2.51

Full and attacking the stumps, Babar Azam tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.

2.41

A loud appeal for LBW by Moeen Ali and the umpire turns it down. Jos Buttler has a chat with the bowler and sends it upstairs for a check! A fuller delivery drifting into middle and leg, Saim Ayub gets down on a knee and looks to scoop but misses. The UltraEdge confirms that there is glove involved and Saim Ayub gets the run. England lose an early review.

Is that out? Moeen Ali seems confident as does Jos Buttler and England take the review for LBW. The UltraEdge shows a spike and confirms that the ball has touched the glove.

2.31

Fuller and on middle, Babar Azam presses ahead and tucks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

2.20

Slightly nshorter this time on off, Babar Azam slaps it straight to mid off.

2.10

Flights it fuller outside off, Babar Azam dances down the track to go big but mistimes it to mid on.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 10/1

S Ayub1 (4)

B Azam9 (5)

R Topley1-0-9-0

1.60

Pitches it up and gets a hint of away movement, around off, Saim Ayub drives well but can't get it through the in-field on the off side.

1.53

Nice looking shot this time to the right of extra cover! On a length and on off, Babar Azam punches it past Jofra Archer and gets three good runs.

1.44

FOUR! That's just class from Babar Azam! Reece Topley bangs it on a length and on off, Babar Azam leans on it and drives it to the left of extra cover for a boundary.

1.30

On a good length and on off, Babar Azam looks to cut but chops it back onto the deck.

1.21

Hits the shorter length outside off, Saim Ayub waits back and cuts it to point for a single.

1.11

Steams from over the wicket and lands it on a fuller length on off, Babar Azam cuts it to point region and gets a single.

Who will bowl from the other end? It will be Reece Topley.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 1/1

S Ayub0 (2)

B Azam1 (1)

M Ali1-0-1-1

0.60

What an eventful start to the innings! Just one run and a wicket off it! Moeen Ali bowls this full outside off, Saim Ayub blocks it to the off side.

0.50

Goes fuller and on off, Saim Ayub drives it back to the bowler.

0.41

Drags the length shorter and on off, Babar Azam tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.

The Pakistan skipper, Babar Azam walks in at number 3.

0.3W

OUT! CAUGHT! Moeen Ali draws first blood and Mohammad Rizwan has to head back for a duck! Ali bowls this fuller and on middle and off, Mohammad Rizwan loses his patience after two dot balls and shimmies down the track to go big. He doesn't get enough room and ends up swiping it off the inner half of the bat. It goes straight to Liam Livingstone at mid-wicket.

0.20

Bowls it nice and full into middle and leg, Mohammad Rizwan prods ahead and flicks it to short mid-wicket.

0.10

Starts from over the wicket and tosses it full into the stumps, Mohammad Rizwan tucks it to short mid-wicket.

Commentary

We are back for Pakistan's reply. The two umpires and players have made their way out to the middle. It will be the left-hand right-hand combination of Saim Ayub and Mohammad Rizwan to open the innings for Pakistan. England are starting with spin in the form of Moeen Ali. Let's play...

... THE RUN CHASE ...

Right then, the game is nicely poised at the halfway mark and Pakistan will feel that they have momentum with them courtesy of their fightback with the ball. However, 184 will be far from easy on what is a two-paced surface. On the other hand, England will feel that they left 10-15 runs out there with the bat. The English pacers will look to replicate what their counterparts did on this surface and wickets in the Powerplay will be crucial. Back in a bit for the chase.

As for Pakistan, it has been a tale of two halves for them and Babar Azam will be mighty pleased with his bowlers responded in the second half of the bowling effort. They started with pace from both ends but it did not go according to the plan for them. The introduction of spin in the form of Imad Wasim resulted in a wicket but the visitors just could not build on that scalp. Imad kept things quiet from his end but the boundaries leaked from the other end. Pakistan were staring at a target in excess of 200 but reassessed their plans and realised that pace off and into the wicket was the way to go. Imad continued to hold end up but the likes of Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi roared back and had a big part to play in Pakistan's fightback. Except for a couple of lapses, Pakistan were pretty tidy in the field. Imad Wasim was the most economical of the lot with figures of 2 for 19 from his four overs.

A couple of lusty blows from Jofra Archer has taken England past 180 but they have fallen short, given the kind of platform that was set at the halfway mark. The first 10 overs saw England score 96 at the loss of just one wicket but the next 10 overs yielded just 87 runs, losing 6 wickets. After being inserted into bat, Jos Buttler and Phil Salt got a couple of boundaries away to get England off to a brisk start. However, Salt could not kick on but Will Jacks got going straight away. Both Jacks and Buttler capitalised on loose deliveries and kept finding the fence with regularity. However, Jacks could not convert his start into something substantial neither could Jonny Bairstow. Despite wickets falling around him, Buttler carried on his merry way and took Pakistan bowlers to all corners of the park. After Buttler fell on 84, the wickets continued to tumble during England's quest to finish on a high. Thanks to a good little cameo from the comeback man, Jofra Archer, England were able to get to 183.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 183/7

L Livingstone2 (3)

J Archer12 (4)

M Amir4-0-34-0

19.60

An absolute beauty from Mohammad Amir to end the innings! Nails the yorker into the stumps, Liam Livingstone is baffled but manages to get his bat down and digs it out back onto the deck. England end at 183/7!

19.51lb

LEG BYES! Mohammad Amir goes full and outside off, Jofra Archer gets across the line and looks to scoop but wears it onto his right pad. The ball dribbles down to short fine leg region and the batters cross.

19.46

SIX! Wow! Jofra Archer is adding gold to the score! Mohammad Amir bowls it right in the slot on off, Jofra Archer stays put and clobbers it over long on for a maximum.

19.32

An excellent comeback delivery from Amir! Nails the yorker into middle and leg, Jofra Archer does well to get his bat down in time and jam it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

19.24

FOUR! What a shot from Jofra Archer! Mohammad Amir digs it short outside off, Jofra Archer waits deep in the crease and gets on top of his toes before slapping it over backward point for a boundary.

19.11

Comes from over the wicket and bowls it on a good length outside off, Liam Livingstone slaps it to long off and takes a single.

Jofra Archer walks out to bat. It will be Mohammad Amir (3-0-21-0) to bowl the final over. Can he keep England under 180?

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 169/7

C Jordan3 (3)

L Livingstone1 (1)

S Afridi4-0-36-3

18.6W

OUT! CAUGHT! Wickets for England are falling like a pile of cards! Pakistan have clawed their way back into this game nicely after a tough start! Shaheen Afridi hits the deck on a shorter length over off, Chris Jordan stays in the crease and looks to pull but gets a top edge into the sky. Haris Rauf at short fine leg settles under it and takes a simple catch.

18.52

Short of a length over off, Chris Jordan sits deep in the crease and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

18.41

Back to over the wicket! Digs it short and on off, Liam Livingstone pulls it to deep square leg for just a single.

18.31

Comes from around the wicket and hits the hard length into the pads, Chris Jordan tucks it square of the wicket on leg side for a single.

18.2W

OUT! CAUGHT! Not the best of deliveries from Shaheen Afridi, but Moeen Ali gives it away! Afridi bowls a full toss on the stumps, Moeen Ali opens up and looks to heave it down over long on but only manages to get it as far as Mohammad Rizwan at long on who grabs it near his waist. Chris Jordan is the new batter in.

18.21wd

WIDE! Attempts the yorker but sprays a low full toss down leg, Moeen Ali looks to flick but misses.

18.10

Comes from over the wicket and bowls the yorker into middle, Moeen Ali does well to dig it out!

Liam Livingstone walks out to the middle.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 164/5

J Buttler84 (51)

M Ali4 (5)

H Rauf4-0-34-2

17.6W

OUT! CAUGHT! Haris Rauf gets the big wicket of Jos Buttler and couldn't have taken it at a better time for Pakistan! Rauf hits the good length on middle, Jos Buttler waits on and picks the length right but is deceived by the lack of pace on it. He toe-ends it straight to Shadab Khan at long on who takes it low in front.

17.54

FOUR! Well, Jos Buttler gets one through! Fuller in length around middle and leg, Jos Buttler makes some room and lofts it over cover for a boundary.

17.41

Nails the yorker just outside off, Moeen Ali drives it to deep cover for one more run. The frequency of boundaries has reduced for England.

17.31

Hits the good length outside off, Jos Buttler looks for the switch hit but mistimes it to point for just a single.

17.21

Short of a length outside off, Moeen Ali drags it onto the on side towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

17.10

On a length outside off, Moeen Ali pushes it with his extended arm straight to backward point.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 157/4

J Buttler79 (48)

M Ali2 (2)

M Amir3-0-21-0

16.60

Takes pace off and drops it short over middle, Jos Buttler takes a couple of steps out and looks for the pull but is deceived by the pace off.

16.54

FOUR! Does even better this time around and gets a boundary! Short of a length over middle, Jos Buttler stays rooted to the crease this time and times his pull precisely hitting the ball to the left of deep square leg.

16.42

Digs it short and over middle and leg, Jos Buttler skips down the track and adjusts well to pull it along the ground to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

16.30

Bowls it wider on off, and on a  good length, Jos Buttler looks to swat it away but mistimes it to mid off.

16.21

Bangs the hard length yet again around off, Moeen Ali just opens his bat face with soft hands and cuts it to deep backward point for a single.

16.11

Angles it across on a hard length outside off, Jos Buttler reaches out and cuts it to deep cover for a single.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 149/4

J Buttler72 (43)

M Ali1 (1)

I Wasim4-0-19-2

15.61

End of an exceptional spell from Imad Wasim! Finishes at 2 for 19 in his 4 overs! Goes fuller on this last ball and attacks the stumps, Jos Buttler eases it to long on for a single.

15.51

Switches to over the wicket and bowls this full and on off, Moeen Ali cuts it to point and squeezes a quick single to get off the mark!

Moeen Ali is the new man in.

15.4W

OUT! TIMBER! Imad Wasim deserved a wicket and gets one at the right time! Hits the length hard and bowls it straight into the stumps, Harry Brook makes room and looks to open the off side and cut but misses the line completely. The ball just skids off the deck and rattles the stumps. Pakistan pulling their way back into the game now.

15.31

Shorter in length outside off, Jos Buttler cuts it to point and gets a single.

15.21

Goes fuller and attacks the stumps, Harry Brook digs it out well to deep mid-wicket for a single to get off the mark straight away.

15.11

From around the wicket bowls it full and on off, Jos Buttler drives it to cover and gets a quick single.

Harry Brook walks out to bat next for England.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 144/3

J Bairstow21 (18)

J Buttler69 (40)

S Afridi3-0-31-1

14.6W

OUT! CAUGHT! Shaheen Afridi finally has something to celebrate! Back-of-the-hand slower delivery, dug into the deck, Jonny Bairstow waits for the ball to arrive and tries to clear deep backward square leg. Fails to get the elevation and hits it only as far as deep backward square leg where Iftikhar Ahmed takes it inside the ropes. A much-needed breakthrough for Pakistan as Jonny Bairstow was starting to get going.

14.50

Angling away, on a shortish length, Jonny Bairstow stays leg side of the ball and tries to go up and over backward point with a slap but fails to connect.

14.44lb

FOUR LEG BYES! Azam Khan should have done better there! Into the wicket and it is slower as well, on leg, Jonny Bairstow gets inside the line to get the pull shot away. The ball brushes his pads and goes on the bounce to the keeper, Azam Khan. He fails to cut it off despite the dive and it races away for a boundary.

14.36

SIX! As easy as you like! Shaheen serves a full toss, at the pads, Jonny Bairstow uses his wrists and nonchalantly helps it over fine leg for a maximum.

14.24

FOUR! Nicely done! Shaheen takes pace off this time but allows Bairstow to get underneath the ball, Jonny Bairstow shuffles across and lofts it over wide mid off for a boundary.

14.10

Executes a wide yorker, on off, Jonny Bairstow is late to get his bat down as the ball scoots under the bat.

Shaheen Afridi (2-0-21-0) comes back into the attack.

Runs Scored 20 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 130/2

J Buttler69 (40)

J Bairstow11 (12)

S Khan4-0-55-0

13.64

FOUR! Gap picked to perfection! Shadab gets the length wrong as this is way too short, over middle, Jos Buttler is quick to rock back and pulls it right between deep mid-wicket and deep square leg for a boundary.

13.51

Fuller and on middle, Jonny Bairstow swats it off the inner half of the bat to deep mid-wicket for one.

13.46

SIX! Jonny Bairstow joins in and goes all the way into the breeze for a maximum! Tossed up into middle and leg, Jonny Bairstow picks the length right before opening up his stance and clubbing it over mid-wicket for six runs.

13.31

Quicker and on a nagging length, Jos Buttler tries to replicate the last shot but hits it along the ground to the left of backward point for one.

13.26

SIX! INCREDIBLE! Stand and admire that shot from the English skipper! Tosses it up does Shadab, on a length, on off, Jos Buttler pulls out the reverse sweep and picks the bones out of that. Hits it way over deep point for a biggie.

13.12

Mohammad Amir does just enough to get the job done. Short and on middle, Jos Buttler goes on the back foot and pulls it to the left of deep square leg where Amir slides to his left. The ball rolls off Amir's knees and gets parried towards Saim Ayub at deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 110/2

J Bairstow4 (10)

J Buttler56 (36)

H Rauf3-0-27-1

12.60

Missed out! Rauf errs in length as he serves a low full toss, on off, Jonny Bairstow makes room to drill it past cover. Gets it off the higher part of the bat and it rolls to cover.

12.51

Delivers it on a good length, on off, Jos Buttler cuts it square to deep point and rotates the strike.

12.41

Rauf rolls his fingers over the ball and bowls it on a good length, Jonny Bairstow shapes up to help it behind square on the leg side. The ball grips in the surface a bit and Bairstow gets a top edge that lands safely in front of square leg. They cross.

12.31

Slanting in, on a length, on middle and leg, Jos Buttler clears his front leg and swipes it in front of square on the leg side for one.

12.26

SIX! SHOT! A Jos Buttler special! The English skipper gets to his FIFTY in trademark fashion and he has started the last series before the T20 World Cup just as he would have hoped. Haris goes full and straight, around off, Jos Buttler walks across his stumps and gets low to get underneath the ball. Scoops it over the keeper and clears the fence for a flat six.

12.10

Gets the yorker in, on off, Jos Buttler is equal to the task as he gets his bat down and jams it out to cover.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 101/2

J Buttler48 (32)

J Bairstow3 (8)

S Khan3-0-35-0

11.61

Continues to bowl into the surface and it is quicker as well, on off, Jos Buttler makes room and cuts it square towards the man in the deep for a run. A tidy over from Shadab, just 4 runs off it.

11.51

This is flat and short, on middle, Jonny Bairstow gets on the back foot and pulls it on the bounce to deep mid-wicket for one. 100 comes up for England.

11.40

Keeps it short and around leg, Jonny Bairstow moves towards the leg side to muscle the pull. The ball stays low and catches the inside edge as it dribbles to short fine leg.

11.31

Pushes it through, short and on middle and leg, Jos Buttler rocks back and pulls it to deep backward square leg for one.

11.21

Turning away, short in length and outside off, Jonny Bairstow backs away and slaps it on the bounce to deep point for a single.

11.10

Tosses it up, a bit short, on off, Jonny Bairstow dabs it square to backward point.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 97/2

J Buttler46 (30)

J Bairstow1 (4)

H Rauf2-0-18-1

10.60

Hurls it on a good length, around off, Jos Buttler pushes it from the crease towards cover. A wicket and just a single off it.

10.51

At the batter, a sharp and quick bumper, Jonny Bairstow hurriedly pulls it away behind square on the leg side for a single.

10.40

Digs it in short, on off, Jonny Bairstow rides the bounce and stabs it down on the off side.

10.30

An optimistic shout for LBW but turned down. Haris Rauf seems very convinced and Babar Azam sends it upstairs. This looks like a waste of a review as the angle seemed to take the ball down leg. And yes, the Ball Tracking shows the impact to be outside leg, enough to tell you how bad the review was. Goes fuller and around the pads, Jonny Bairstow gets beaten for pace as the ball sneaks past the inside edge and pings him on the front pad.

10.20

In the channel on off, on a good length, Jonny Bairstow does not move his feet much and has a feel for the delivery. Gets beaten on the outside edge.

Jonny Bairstow walks out to bat at number 4 for England.

10.1W

OUT! TAKEN! Haris Rauf lets out a big roar! He strikes on his return to the attack and how often have we seen, that a break in play brings about a wicket? Rauf starts from over the wicket and bowls it on a length and takes pace off, on off, Will Jacks gets on the front foot and shapes up to drive it through the off side. Goes through his shot early and gets a thickish outside edge that flies towards backward point where Shadab Khan reverse cups it near his face. A timely breakthrough for Pakistan.

Drinks break! England are motoring along with Will Jacks and Jos Buttler going great guns. With plenty of batting still to come, the hosts are heading towards a score in excess of 200. These are ominous signs for Pakistan who have been all over the place with their lines and lengths. Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir have bowled with control but the duo has not found much support from the rest of the bowling unit.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 96/1

J Buttler46 (29)

W Jacks37 (22)

I Wasim3-0-14-1

9.60

Bowls it nicely on a length and on off, Jos Buttler pushes it to cover.

9.51

Fuller and on off, Will Jacks drives it to long off for a single.

9.41

Tossed up around off, Jos Buttler drives it to long off and gets to the other end.

9.31

Drops it short again, on off, Will Jacks backs away and slaps it hard to deep point for a single.

9.26

SIX! Exquisite! Wasim drags the length down and bowls it slower on middle, Will Jacks waits back and salps it over mid off for a maximum!

9.10

Pitches it on a good length and on middle and leg, Will Jacks punches it back to the bowler.

Runs Scored 17 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 87/1

J Buttler45 (27)

W Jacks29 (18)

S Khan2-0-31-0

8.62

A touch shorter outside off, Jos Buttler makes some room and cuts it past backward point for a couple of runs. Another expensive over from Shadab Khan comes to an end.

8.54

FOUR! This is some serious batting from Jos Buttler! A tad shorter in length and Butler pounces it on the backfoot cutting it neatly past point for another boundary.

8.42

A tad shorter outside off, Jos Buttler slaps it to deep cover for a couple of runs.

8.34

FOUR! Top, top shot! Tossed up around middle and off, Jos Buttler reverse sweeps it beautifully through backward point region for another boundary.

8.21

Fuller into middle and leg, Will Jacks sweeps it to mid-wicket for one.

8.14

FOUR! Shadab Khan hasn't found his rhythm yet and is being punished! Errs in line and digs it short outside off, Will Jacks rocks back and cuts it to deep point fence for a boundary to start the over well.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 70/1

W Jacks24 (16)

J Buttler33 (23)

I Wasim2-0-5-1

7.61

Goes full and on off, Will Jacks pushes it to long off for a single.

7.50

Just short of Imad Wasim! This is on a length and around middle and off, Will Jacks looks to flick but gets a leading edge that drops just short of the bowler.

7.40

Flatter and fuller around the leg stump line, Will Jacks looks to make room but the ball stays low and skids through to the keeper's gloves.

7.30

Sees the batter make room and angles this one into middle and leg, Will Jacks mistimes his hit to cover.

7.21

Goes fuller and into the pads, Jos Buttler flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

7.11

Cramps the batter up for room and bowls this flatter and fuller into middle and leg, Will Jacks adjusts well and tucks it to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 67/1

J Buttler32 (22)

W Jacks22 (11)

S Khan1-0-14-0

6.66

SIX! A maximum to end the over! Tossed on a fuller length right in the arc around off, Jos Buttler gets low and slogs it over long on for a maximum!

6.52

Flighted delivery into the stumps, Jos Buttler gets down on a knee and reaches out to the pitch of the ball with the sweep shot hitting it square on the wicket on leg for a couple of runs.

6.41

Tosses this one up and on off, Will Jacks eases it to long off and gets to the other end.

6.31

Slightly shorter and outside off, Jos Buttler cuts it to deep point for a single.

6.20

Quicker and fuller this time around middle and off, Jos Buttler makes some room and cuts it straight to short third.

6.14

FOUR! Nice way to greet the second spinner! Shadab Khan overpitches this outside off, Jos Buttler opens the blade enough before slicing it over backward point for a boundary.

Shadab Khan comes on to bowl now.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 53/1

W Jacks21 (10)

J Buttler19 (17)

M Amir2-0-13-0

5.64

FOUR! A boundary to end the Powerplay! Mohammad Amir bangs the length outside off, Will Jacks dances down the track and swats it past point for four runs.

5.51

Hit the length right around middle, Jos Buttler makes room and looks to cut it on off but gets a thick inside edge past the stumps towards fine leg for a single.

5.40

Bangs this short and over middle and leg, Jos Buttler swivels across and looks to pull but misses out on making any connection.

5.31

On a length outside off, Will Jacks tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.

5.21

Top effort by Shaheen Afridi! Goes fuller into middle and leg, Jos Buttler gets down the track again and tucks it wide of mid on. Afridi charges to his right and throws a dive to stop it for just a single.

5.12

Digs it short and over middle, Jos Buttler skips down the track and pulls it square of the wicket where Saim Ayub does well to cut it off for just two runs.

Mohammad Amir gets a change of end.

Runs Scored 17 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 44/1

W Jacks16 (8)

J Buttler15 (13)

H Rauf1-0-17-0

4.64

FOUR! Sliced away! After the previous over from Imad Wasim, Haris Rauf needed to back it up but instead, his over went for 17 runs. This is full and outside off, Will Jacks sees the width on offer and goes after it. Gets it off the outer half of the bat but it sails way over backward point for yet another boundary.

4.51

Sees the batter back away and follows him with a length delivery does Rauf, Jos Buttler turns it in front of square leg and gets to the other end.

4.41

Too straight again from Rauf, fuller and slower, Will Jacks flicks it off his pads to deep square leg and rotates the strike.

4.34

FOUR! Shot! Length delivery, slanting in, on middle and leg, Will Jacks allows the ball to come to him and whips it over mid-wicket. Shaheen Afridi gives it a chase and puts in the dive but the ball wins the race.

4.26

SIX! Stand and deliver stuff! Haris serves it right in the hitting arc, on middle and leg, Will Jacks holds his shape and does not try to overhit this one. Swings through the line and launches it over mid on for a maximum.

4.11

Begins with a low full toss, angling into the pads, Jos Buttler clips it towards mid-wicket where Iftikhar Ahmed misfields on the edge of the ring and concedes a single.

Haris Rauf comes into the attack.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 27/1

W Jacks1 (4)

J Buttler13 (11)

I Wasim1-0-2-1

3.60

Three dots on the trot to close out a successful over. Fractionally short and a touch slower, around off, Will Jacks rocks on the back foot in a flash and slaps it hard, only to pick out the man at cover-point. A couple of inches to the left or right and it would have been a boundary for Jacks and he knows that.

3.50

Keeps it short and attacks the stumps, Will Jacks gets on the back foot and plays it with a straight bat back to the bowler.

3.40

Coming in with the arm, on a nagging length, on middle and leg, punched off the back foot to mid-wicket by Jacks.

3.31

Sliding onto the pads, full in length, Jos Buttler nudges it to deep backward square leg and gets to the other end.

3.21

Much fuller, on middle and leg, Will Jacks firms the drive down to long on and gets off the mark with a single.

Will Jacks walks out to bat at number 3 for England.

3.1W

OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! Immediate impact from Imad Wasim! Imad starts from around the wicket and dishes out a real rank-hop, on middle. It is asking to be hit, Phil Salt rocks on the back foot and tries to muscle it towards wide long. Shaheen Afridi at long on, covers good ground to his right and slides to his right to take a well-judged catch. Phil Salt is gutted with himself as it was a hit-me delivery and he could have put it away anywhere.

First signs of spin as Imad Wasim is introduced into the attack.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 25/0

J Buttler12 (10)

P Salt13 (8)

S Afridi2-0-21-0

2.60

Swing and a miss! Shaheen takes pace off and pulls his length back a touch, just outside off, Jos Buttler swings to go down town but gets undone by the lack of pace and fails to connect.

2.54

FOUR! More in control this time was the English skipper. Pitched up by Shaheen, around middle and leg, Jos Buttler moves to the leg side nice and early and drills it to the left of mid on for the third boundary of the over.

2.40

Lands it on a fullish length, on off, Jos Buttler jams it out towards cover where Shadab Khan collects it.

2.34

FOUR! Not exactly where he intended but Jos Buttler gets the result! Fuller in length, outside off, Jos Buttler backs away towards the leg side to go big on the off side. The bat turns in his hand and goes back past the bowler. Beats mid off to his right for a boundary.

2.21

Another yorker attempted by Shaheen that comes out as a low full toss, tailing back into the batter, Phil Salt gets his bat out in front and tucks it square on the leg side for a single.

2.14

FOUR! Up and over! Good-length delivery, on middle, Phil Salt holds his shape and swings through the line. He commits to the shot fully and although it comes off the inner half of the bat, the ball clears wide mid on for a boundary.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 12/0

J Buttler4 (6)

P Salt8 (6)

M Amir1-0-4-0

1.60

Beats the bat yet again does Amir! End of a probing over, just 4 runs off it. Serves it on a back of a length, in the channel on off, Jos Buttler stands tall and tries to access the off side. Pokes at the delivery and gets beaten by the angle as the ball zips past the bat.

1.53

Digs it in short, over middle, Phil Salt swivels in his crease and goes for the pull. It comes off the bottom half of the bat but it rolls through square leg for three runs.

1.40

Play and a miss! Slanting away, on a hard length, outside off, Phil Salt has a loose waft at the away going delivery and gets beaten on the outside edge.

1.31

Honing in at the stumps, on a length, Jos Buttler knocks it firmly to the right of Shaheen Afridi at mid on and calls Jos Buttler through for a quick single.

1.20

Almost dragged it back onto the stumps! Amir misses his mark as he looks to go full. It comes out as a low full toss, outside off, Jos Buttler throws his hands at it but gets an inside edge that sneaks past the leg stump and dribbles towards short fine leg.

1.10

Amir lands it on a good length and gets the ball to go across the batter from over the wicket, Jos Buttler gets on top of the bounce and punches it square to cover-point.

It will be Mohammad Amir to share the new ball from the other end.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 8/0

P Salt5 (4)

J Buttler3 (2)

S Afridi1-0-8-0

0.64

FOUR! Width offered and Phil Salt pounces on it! Shaheen errs in line and serves it on a length, outside off, Phil Salt goes after it as he frees his arms and flays it over cover for the first boundary of the game.

0.51

Well bowled! Nails the yorker, at the base of the stumps, not much movement off the air, Jos Buttler gets his bat down and digs it out to the left of mid off for a single.

0.42

Jos Buttler gets off the mark now! On a length and at pace, on the off-stump line, Jos Buttler stays rooted in his crease and extends his hands. Times the drive between cover and mid off for a couple of runs.

0.31

Played uppishly but Phil Salt and England are away. Shaheen takes pace off cleverly and drags his length back, over middle, Phil Salt checks his shot and pushes it wide of mid-wicket for a single.

0.20

Beaten! Angles it away from the right-hander, on a length, around off, Phil Salt does not move his foot much and goes for the drive away from his body. The ball nips back in ever so slightly and goes past the inside edge. It was not that far away from the off stump.

0.10

Shaheen steams in from over the wicket and goes full in search of swing. Ends up serving a low full toss, on off and middle, Phil Salt presents a straight bat and firms the drive to mid off.

We are all set for the action to start. Babar Azam leads his troops out to the middle and they are joined by the two English openers. It will be the explosive duo of Phil Salt and Jos Buttler to open the innings for the hosts. Shaheen Afridi will kickstart proceedings with the new ball for Pakistan. The countdown is done and dusted. Away we go...

Pakistan (Playing XI) - Babar Azam (C), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Azam Khan (WK), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Amir.

England (Playing XI) - Phil Salt, Jos Buttler (C/WK), Will Jacks, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley.

TOSS - Babar Azam wins the coin flip and Pakistan will BOWL first.

On the other hand, Pakistan have been in T20 mode, coming off a series win against Ireland. After a shocking defeat in the first game, Babar Azam and Co. managed to regroup and clinch the series by winning the next two matches. The Afridi duo, Shaheen and Abbas, caused most of the damage to the Irish. With no warm-up games for Pakistan before the World Cup, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, and Mohammad Amir seek form in this series. Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, and Fakhar Zaman have stepped up at different times in the recent past and will aim for consistent performances. It's shaping up to be an exciting contest, with toss and team news on the way shortly.

England, led by Jos Buttler, are yet to play a T20I in 2024, but their players have been in the T20 groove, featuring in the Indian T20 League. The squad announcement for the hosts was headlined by the return of Jofra Archer, and all eyes will be on him as he makes his comeback. While Phil Salt and Will Jacks had impactful performances, the performances of Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow, and Liam Livingstone for their respective Indian T20 League franchises left a lot to be desired, and they will be eager to get back to their best ahead of the World Cup.

Hello and a warm welcome, folks, to our coverage of the 2nd T20I between England and Pakistan at Edgbaston in Birmingham. After the series opener was washed out, both teams will be eager to make the most of the remaining three matches, with the T20 World Cup just around the corner. The weather looks much more promising, and although clouds are hovering, let's hope for an uninterrupted game.

... MATCH DAY ...

The ICC T20 World Cup 2024 is fast approaching, and teams are in their final preparation stages. England, genuine title contenders, face a formidable Pakistan side in a four-match T20I series. The first game was washed out due to rain, disappointing Pakistan as they were counting on this match for final evaluations before announcing the World Cup squad. England boasts an impressive lineup, with Phil Salt and captain Jos Buttler showcasing their skills in the Indian T20 League before rejoining the national side. Their middle order is stacked with power-hitters like Will Jacks, Liam Livingstone, and Moeen Ali. A significant boost for England is the return of Jofra Archer, who has been in fiery form in domestic games. Speedsters Mark Wood and Reece Topley add further strength to their bowling attack. Adil Rashid, their main spinner, has performed well in this format recently, with Ali offering solid support. Pakistan, meanwhile, has shown inconsistency in recent series. The reappointment of Babar Azam as captain could be pivotal, but it remains to be seen if he can deliver the desired results. The bulk of the scoring responsibility will fall on the skipper, along with Mohammad Rizwan, Saim Ayub, and Fakhar Zaman, who have all been in good form. Azam Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed are expected to provide late-order firepower, while spinning all-rounders Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan are crucial for their dual contributions. Their pace attack, featuring Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, and Shaheen Afridi, is one to watch. They have the potential to dismantle any batting lineup if they perform to their capabilities. Both teams are eager for victory, Pakistan ​​​​​​ to boost morale and England to carry winning momentum into the World Cup. The Men in Green will need to address their recent inconsistencies and focus on cohesive team performance. Their strategy will likely revolve around leveraging their potent pace attack and ensuring their top order provides a strong foundation. On the other hand, England's strategy will hinge on their explosive batting lineup and the experience of their seasoned bowlers to keep the pressure on the visitors. In conclusion, this series promises intense competition, with both sides aiming to fine-tune their strategies and secure a psychological edge ahead of the World Cup. Fans eagerly await to see which team will emerge victorious in this critical preparatory phase.