1st T20I, Pakistan beat England by 31 runs: Records broken
A record-breaking performance by Pakistan helped them seal a 31-run win against England in the first T20I held in Nottingham. After losing the ODI series by a 3-0 margin against a second-string England side, Pakistan showed their class against the returning first-team players. Batting first, Pakistan posted 232/6 in 20 overs. In reply, England were bowled out for 201 in 19.2 overs.
How did the match pan out?
Pakistan openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam laid the foundation with a brilliant 150-run partnership. They were soon reduced to 175/3 before Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez did well with brief cameos to help their side get to 232. England were reduced to 82/4 but Liam Livingstone played a sublime knock, hitting a 43-ball 103. His effort wasn't enough as England were bowled out.
Babar smashes his 19th fifty in T20Is
Babar has raced to 2,120 runs in T20Is at 48.18. The Pakistan captain smashed a 49-ball 85, hitting eight fours and three sixes. This was Babar's 19th T20I fifty and a third against England. Babar's 85 is also his best score against the Three Lions. Babar now has 242 runs against England at 60.50.
Rizwan and Hafeez achieve these feats
Rizwan hit a 43-ball 61 at the top for Pakistan. He has gone past the 900-run mark in T20Is (906). He is just the ninth batter to achieve this feat for Pakistan. Rizwan hit his seventh T20I fifty and a first against England. Mohammad Hafeez (24) went past the 2,400-run mark (2,412). He is the fifth batter to achieve this mark.
Pakistan amass their highest score in T20Is
By managing 232/6, the Pakistan cricket team posted its highest score in T20Is. This was also the eighth time the team surpassed 200 runs in T20Is. It was also the first occasion against England where Pakistan breached the 200-run mark.
Rizwan and Babar smash these records with 150-run stand
Rizwan and Babar's 150-run stand is now Pakistan's second-highest partnership for the first wicket in T20Is. They also hold the highest stand for the opening wicket (197 vs South Africa). This is now Pakistan's highest stand for any wicket against England in T20Is. This is also the second instance of a 150-plus stand for Pakistan in T20Is.
Livingstone hits the fastest T20I century for England
Livingstone brought up his maiden T20I century of just 42 balls. This is now the fastest century in T20Is for England. Livingstone is also just the third England batter to notch a century in T20Is. Jason Roy hit a 13-ball 32. He has raced to 1,119 runs in T20Is. He has also gone past 50 T20I sixes (52).