England vs Pakistan; Liam Livingstone’s fascinating century was not enough to prevent England from being beaten by Pakistan in the first violent Twenty20 in Trent Bridge. With the managers chasing 233 – what could have been their highest T20 pursuit – Livingstone reached 50 from 17 balls and 100 from 42, both records in England. He has gone to three and a half in his ninth, but he was coming out the next ball, which is an important momentum to go to Pakistan.
Visitors once ate 232-6 – their highest value on the T20 – using a magnificent pitch and short borders on a sunny evening in Nottingham.
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Captain Babar Azam hit 85 off 49 balls and Mohammad Rizwan 63 hit 41 – England vs Pakistan
England was embarrassed, rejected fishing, and often lost a mark with the ball to get the highest score in eight years.
Livingstone’s impressive knock kept England in contention, but in the end, they were knocked out 201 in the final over and lost by 31 runs.
The second match of the three-match series – at Headingley on Sunday at 14:30 BST – is live on BBC One.
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This was an unforgettable tournament, a great fun played in front of a crowd of 17,000 people.
While Pakistan was humbled 3-0 by England’s third-tier team in one-day internationals; they were empowered by a change in format and encouraged by the poor performance of the football authorities.
Along with Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes; the attacks of Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, and Adil Rashid are absent. In their absence, England was defeated.
While bowling students failed to impress; Livingstone, who was previously not a place to win a place in the T20 World Cup in October; proved himself to be one of England’s most shy men.
His clean beats were just amazing, making it even more impressive that England lost regular wickets around them.
Livingstone’s eventual expulsion, who had been caught playing Shadab Khan’s leg, was a major blow to England.
On a night marked by spectacular batting; it was Pakistan’s top bowling and ball bout – led by paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-30 – that showed the difference.
Brilliant Babar leads Pakistan run-fest
England provided the opportunity to strike first and may wonder how the result would have been if David Malan had taken a hard, low-key chance when Babar put together his first ball, which was hit by David Willey.
Recovering, Babar played a spectacular inning, full of whips with shoulders on the side of the leg. Rizwan struggled at first but gradually found himself slipping into the 150th spot – England’s top-opening opener in the T20. The lack of early wickets severely hampered England’s goal; and as the bowlers struggled for their height, the Pakistani batsmen lined up to take the ball to the stands. The first six did not come until the 12th over; but the other nine crashed after that as 152 runs were looted in the last 10 overs.
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England’s display of the ball was curious as it was disappointing. Willey was only in charge of the economy for less than a decade; but off-spinner Moeen Ali was not used, with Livingstone throwing two overs.
Eoin Morgan’s men have a history of Trent Bridge – twice in the world they have written the full number of ODIs; and Livingstone has raised hopes that something special can be found again.
Although England lost three wickets in Powerplay – Shaheen and Haris Rauf both took on a stunning draw – Jason Roy moved 32 points out of 13.
After that Livingstone took the reins with quick hands, with great force and direct hitting. He reached 50 in just 22 minutes, adding 51 overs to five overs with Morgan and 44 in 4.3 with Lewis Gregory.
He went to the top three by putting Shadab on for a long time; but he was caught on the same border as Shaheen and went on to clap his hands.
Willey was England’s last hope, yet fell into one of the best catches, this time by Shadab, running around the side leg.
‘Incredible Knocking’ – they say
Liam Livingstone of England: “We spent 10 days alone. It was great to have that break and I came back feeling clean. I didn’t pick a bat for 10 days and came back yesterday and I felt so happy.”
England captain Eoin Morgan: “It was an amazing knock. The biggest recommendation I would give him was for our changing room to look at the beautiful knock of Roy or (Jos) Buttler or Ali and that knock was like any of them. It’s amazing.”
Pakistan captain Babar Azam: “Everyone has contributed to today’s success. After my partnership with Rizwan, all the strikers came to play their part and we got a unique opportunity.
“We want to keep up the momentum and go to the next game and take the good from today.”