PAK vs ENG: After yet another fifty by the consistent man Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan's middle order exposed itself, halting to 158/7 in 20 overs in the 1st T20I against England.
After being put in to bat first, Pakistan were off to a blazing start, scoring at a run rate of around 10.00 in the powerplay. Openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam added 85 runs for the first wicket in 9.3 overs, before Azam was dismissed by opposition skipper Moeen Ali after scoring 31 runs.
Mohammad Rizwan went on to score 68 runs off 46 balls, smacking 6 fours & 2 sixes. However, the Pakistan middle order were yet again exposed as none of the batters managed to score big and Pakistan were halted to a lower total. Iftikhar Ahmed smacked 3 sixes at the end to boost the total a bit with his 16-ball-28 run knock before getting dismissed in the last over.
For England, Luke Wood picked up 3 wickets while Adil Rashid grabbed 2 wickets each. Sam Curran and Moeen Ali managed 1 wicket each to their name.
Earlier, England captain Moeen Ali won the toss & opted to bowl first against Pakistan in the 1st T20I. This match is being played at National Stadium, Karachi.