5th T20I, Pakistan beat England in final-over thriller: Key stats
Pakistan stole another narrow win over England, this time in the 5th T20I at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. The hosts defended 145 after getting bowled out. This is the lowest T20I total defended in Pakistan. Debutant Aamer Jamal successfully defended 15 runs in the final over as Pakistan sealed a six-run win. Mohammad Rizwan yet again stood with a 63-run knock.
How did the match pan out?
Pakistan were reduced to 88/5 after England put them in to bat. While Rizwan held one end, others failed to capitalize. Only Iftikhar Ahmed scored in double digits from the middle order. Rizwan remained the lone warrior, with Pakistan perishing on 145. England had a similar fate in the run-chase. Moeen Ali unbeaten 51 went in vain as England were restricted to 139/7.
Rizwan's fourth half-century of the series
The red-hot form of Rizwan continues! He slammed his fourth half-century of the ongoing T20I series. The right-handed batter smashed 63 off 46 balls (2 fours and 3 sixes). His scores in the series read as 63, 88, 8, 88*, and 68. Rizwan has surpassed England's Jos Buttler in terms of T20I runs. The former (2,258) has a lead of 31 runs over Buttler.
First batter with 300 runs in a bilateral T20I series
Rizwan is the leading run-scorer of the series (315). He has become the first-ever batter with over 300 runs in a bilateral T20I series. He broke the record of South Africa's Quinton de Kock, who slammed 255 runs against West Indies in 2021.
Seventh T20I fifty for Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali smashed his second half-century in the series. He slammed an unbeaten 51 off 37 balls (2 fours and 4 sixes). It was Ali's seventh fifty in the shortest format. He has raced to 933 T20I runs.
A memorable debut for Aamer Jamal
All-rounder Aamer Jamal made his international debut for Pakistan. He was one of only three Pakistani batters who scored in double digits in the match (10). Jamal, who bowls medium-pace, later took a wicket for 13 runs in two overs. Jamal held his nerves to defend 15 runs in the final over. He will be the player to watch out for in impending matches.