England beats Pakistan in 3rd T20 Int’l cricket match by 63 runs

ISLAMABAD — The England cricket team beat Pakistan by 63 runs on Friday night in the third Twenty20 International cricket match of the ongoing series in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi.

England took a 2-1 lead in the seven-match series being played between the two sides.

Pakistan’s captain Babad Azam won the toss and chose to field first with an aim to restrict opponents to a small total to chase it as they did on Thursday night in the second match.

Pakistani bowling lineup failed to restrict English batsmen from scoring quick runs. England’s batsmen Will Jacks, Ben Duckett and Harry Brook played outstanding innings and set a huge total of 221 runs in 20 overs at the loss of three wickets.

Pakistan, while chasing the target, lost four quick wickets, including Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Haider Ali and Iftikhar Ahmed at 28 runs in 5.3 overs which set a weak foundation for the hosts’ inning.

The top scorer from the Pakistan side Shan Masood shared two separate partnerships with Khusdhil Shah and Mohammad Nawaz but could not catch up with the rising run rate amid losing consistent wickets.

Pakistan team could make 158 runs in 20 overs at the loss of eight wickets and lost the match by 63 runs. — (Xinhua)