Pakistan won the fifth T20I against England by six runs in a last-over thriller and took a 3-2 lead in the seven-match T20I series. After getting all out in 19 overs, Pakistan made a great comeback with bowling and won the match.
As it happened:-
England won the toss and opted to bowl first in the fifth T20I against Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Pakistan didn't start well as Babar Azam was dismissed by Mark Wood on 9(12) in the third over. Shan Masood was dismissed by David Willey on 7(8). Rizwan kept ticking the scoreboard and Pakistan was 43/2 after the powerplay.
Wood struck again in the eighth over when he dismissed Haider Ali on 4(6). Iftikhar Ahmed tried to build a partnership with Rizwan but lost his wicket. Wood dismissed Asif Ali on 5(4) and Mohammad Nawaz was run out by Moeen Ali.
Rizwan reached his fifty and apart from him none of the Pakistan batters were able to cross the 20-run mark as Pakistan got all out on 145 in 19 overs. Rizwan was the highest run scorer for Pakistan, he scored 63 off 46 balls.
England didn't start the chase well as Mohammad Nawaz dismissed Alex Hales on 1(3) in the first over. Haris Rauf got the wicket of Philip Salt on 3(5) and Mohammad Wasim Jr got the wicket of Duckett on 10(6). England was 42/3 after the powerplay.
Shadab Khan dismissed Harry Brook on 4(9) and Malan who was holding the one end got dismissed by Iftikhar on 36(35). Moeen Ali was finding it difficult in the middle as his teammates were. He rotated the strike and played the second fiddle to Dawid Malan and Sam Curran.
With 58 needed off 30 balls, Ali started finding the boundaries. He smashed Wasim Jr for a six and a four in the 18th over and the equation came down to 28 off 12. Ali and Woakes scored 13 runs in the first five balls of the 19th over but Haris Rauf dismissed Woakes on the last ball of the same over.
15 needed off the last 6 balls and Babar gave the ball to debutant Aamer Jamal to bowl the last over. Ali smacked him for a six in the third ball and the equation came down 8 off 2. Jamal held his nerve as England fell 6 runs short of the target. The sixth T20I will be played at the same ground on September 30.