In a T20 World Cup warm up game on Monday in Brisbane, England easily defeated Pakistan, thanks in large part to Harry Brook and Sam Curran.
With Shan Masood getting the most runs 39, Pakistan scored 160 runs while losing eight wickets. Pacer Mohammad Wasim made 26 runs, followed by Iftikhar Ahmed (22) and opener Haider Ali (18), but no other batsman was able to play a noteworthy performance.
England win the warm-up match by six wickets 🏏#PAKvENG | #WeHaveWeWill | #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/WYH22RGnhB— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 17, 2022
Due to rain, the game was shortened to 19 overs per side.
Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam were both fatigued, so Shadab Khan momentarily took over.
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Ben Stokes’ fast 18-ball 36 helped his team reach 49-1 in 5 overs. While defending the score, pacer Naseem Shah made an early impact by removing opener Phil Salt in the second over.
While Alex Hales was sent to the pavilion by captain Shadab. Meanwhile, fast bowler Wasim was successful in getting rid of Stokes. However, England was able to complete its innings with 26 balls remaining because to quick-fire efforts at the bottom from Liam Livingstone (28 off 16 balls), Brook (45 off 24 balls), and Curran (33 off 14 balls).
Afghanistan will be Pakistan’s opponent in their next warm up game on Wednesday.
On October 23, Pakistan and India will meet at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the T20 World Cup’s opening match, one day after Australia starts their championship defense against New Zealand in Sydney.