Twitter Reactions: Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes guide England to victory in Pakistan series-decider
Pakistan were restricted to just 142/8 while chasing a big 210-run target in the seventh T20I.
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England won the seventh T20I match against Pakistan to record a 4-3 series win at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Sunday. Dawid Malan smashed unbeaten 78 runs off 47 balls to help England score 209/3 in 20 overs while batting first and then the English bowlers put impressive spells to restrict hosts on just 142/8 to register a big 67-run win.
Pakistan's captain Babar Aazam won the toss and elected to bowl first as expected. The in-form stars Mohammad Rizwan and Haris Rauf returned to the starting eleven for Pakistan and England brought in Chris Woakes in the place of Richard Gleeson. Mark Wood was not risked for this final clash due to his recent recovery from a long-term injury.
England started well with openers Phil Salt and Alex Hales putting a quick 39-run partnership for the first wicket in just four overs. Mohammad Hasnain gave Pakistan their first success with Hales wicket on the first delivery of the innings' fourth over. England lost Salt to an unfortunate runout in the same over and the hosts were back in the game.
But veteran batter Malan and in-form youngster Harry Brook scored an unbeaten 108-run partnership for the fourth wicket to guide England to a big 209/3 in 20 overs. Malan remained unbeaten on 78 runs off 47 balls and Brook scored 46 runs off 29 balls. For Pakistan, Hasnain was the only wicket-taker who conceded 32 runs in his four-over spell.
Chris Woakes and David Willey restrict Pakistan on just 142/8
While chasing, Pakistan lost their openers and best hope Babar and Rizwan within the first eight balls of the innings. The star pacer Chris Woakes dismissed Babar in the first over and Reece Topley bowled out Rizwan in the next over to ensure England's early win.
Shan Masood smashed 56 off 43 in his effort to reach the target but other batters failed to provide him support from the other end. Pakistan managed to score only 142/8 in 20 overs as the visitors pulled off a big 67-run win. Woakes proved the best bowler for England with three wickets for 26 and David Willey two for 22. Malan won the player of the match award for his 76-run knock and Brook won the player of series award.
Here is how Twitter reacted to England's big 67-run win over Pakistan:
Pakistan Cricket team got exposed by England Z team at Home— Aslam (@43and49allout) October 2, 2022
No Buttler,No Bairstow,No Roy,No Stokes,No Livingstone,No Archer,No Jordan,No Mahmood still Pakistan shamlessly loss home t20i series vs England at Flat pitches and Shorter Boundaries 🤣
Everything is temporary but Haris Rauf kay over may catch drop is permanent 💔❤️🩹#PakvsEng2022 #PakistanvsEngland pic.twitter.com/5q0QDq6IpC— Uzair Mirza (Cherry) (@uzair_mirza4) October 2, 2022
Dawid Malan has gone to another level in the last 6 months. Duckett enhancing his rep too and my word - what happened in the India game?— Isa Guha (@isaguha) October 2, 2022
Top run scorers:— 🏏Flashscore Cricket Commentators (@FlashCric) October 2, 2022
Mohammad Rizwan - 316 runs @ 63.20
Babar Azam - 285 runs @ 57.00
Harry Brook - 238 runs @ 163.01
Ben Duckett - 233 runs @ 46.60
Dawid Malan - 174 runs @ 34.80
#PAKvENG | #ENGvPAK pic.twitter.com/SAmwQYHJah
Chris Woakes got the big wicket of Babar Azam before returning to remove Asif Ali and Shan Masood.#PAKvENG pic.twitter.com/4GcWH0dMCX— Grassroots Cricket (@grassrootscric) October 2, 2022
People who have been criticizing the strike rate of Babar and Rizwan must be enjoying the outstanding and amazing batting of our middle order 👏🏻— Wajahat Kazmi (@KazmiWajahat) October 2, 2022
Nasser Hussain "if the Pakistan middle-order batters hit one ball out the ground, the next ball goes straight up in the air. That's why Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan bat the way they do" #PAKvENG #Cricket— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) October 2, 2022
So we lose Babar and Rizwan and the rest of the battling line up just surrender?What’s this approach. England lost 2 quick wickets & they kept going 10 an over against Pakistan’s good bowling attack. What’s up with our batting? #PakvsEng2022— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) October 2, 2022
Congratulations Team England! Brilliant performance throughout the series. Very well deserved victory. Thank you for coming to Pakistan.— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) October 2, 2022
Mubarak #MoeenAli! Very well led. Pak team definitely needs major improvements esp in captaincy. #PakvsEng2022 @englandcricket pic.twitter.com/BFoDPG7tMI
Congratulations @englandcricket for winning T20 series against Pakistan. England team played brilliantly well throughout the series. They have shown that they are best in modern day Cricket.#PakvsEng2022#PakvsEngland pic.twitter.com/GwPuRvnUEo— Maryam Chaudhry (@marii_chaudhry) October 2, 2022