Mohammad Rizwan, Aamer Jamal help Pakistan down England in fifth T20I | Cricket News

LAHORE: Prolific opening Mohammad Rizwan hit half a century of combat before the versatile beginner Aamer Jamal played with the ball as Pakistan beat England by six points in another final final in the T20 fifth international match in Lahore on Wednesday.
Rizwan’s 46-ball 63 was the cornerstone of Pakistan’s 145 from 19 overs after express pacer Mark Wood caught 3-20 to derail the home side who were asked to strike first at Gaddafi Stadium.
England skipper Moeen Ali had a brilliant 37-ball 51 unbeaten, with four sixes and two fours, but failed to score the 15 needed for the final as England went 139-7.
Jamal kept his composure despite being hit for a six on the third ball, conceding just eight to give Pakistan a 3-2 lead in the seven-game series.
England won the first and third matches while Pakistan won the second and fourth, all played in Karachi.
Pakistan needed wickets to defend a sub-par tally and all six bowlers responded with at least one wicket each, with Haris Rauf seizing 2-41.
Fly-half Alex Hales (one) and Phil Salt (three) had gone fourth before the dismissals of Ben Duckett (10) and Harry Brook (four) left England struggling at 54-4.
Dawid Malan stopped the slide with a patient 35-ball 36, studded with six limits, before Ali boosted his team’s hopes of victory.
But the asking rate has climbed with 40 needed on the last three overs and 28 on the last two.
Moeen hit his seventh T20I fifty on 35 balls.
Previously, Pakistan struggled with Wood’s pace.
Wood – playing in just his second international since suffering an elbow injury in March followed by surgery – was ably helped by Sam Curran (2-23) and David Willey (2-23) as Pakistan were dismissed in 19 overs.
Amid a mid-range slump of 42-1, which saw Pakistan lose six wickets on 48 balls for just 58 runs, Rizwan held on with a challenge shot, his fourth fifty in five games in this series.
Wood fired Pakistani skipper Babar Azam to third of nine before David Willey pulled out Shan Masood and Iftikhar Ahmed to derail Pakistan.
Mohammad Nawaz (zero) and Shadab Khan (seven) fell on reckless outings to let Pakistan falter at 100-7.
Rizwan completed his 20th half T20I before knocking Curran straight into the hands of square-legged Adil Rashid deep in the 18th. Rizwan hit three sixes and two fours.
The remaining matches will take place on Friday and Sunday, also in Lahore.

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