England defeated Pakistan comprehensively by 67 runs in the seventh T20I on Sunday, October 2. Following their victory at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, the visitors sealed the hard-fought seven-match series by a 4-3 margin.
After being sent in to bat first, Phil Salt (20) and Alex Hales (18) gave England a brisk start with their 39-run opening partnership in four overs. However, they both departed in the fifth over without converting their starts.
Dawid Malan (78*) anchored the innings perfectly and held one end up, while Ben Duckett (30) and Harry Brook (46*) played aggressively in his company. Malan also picked up pace in the death overs, helping his side post 209/3. Pakistan's fielders were sloppy and let their bowlers down on multiple occasions in the all-important game.
In response, dependable Pakistan openers Mohammad Rizwan (one) and Babar Azam (four) departed inside two overs.
Shan Masood (56), Iftikhar Ahmed (19), and Khushdil Shah (27) played sedate knocks in the middle order, with the hosts never having any momentum in the steep chase. Pakistan eventually reached 142/8 and lost the match by 67 runs.
Speaking at the post-match presentation, Pakistan captain Babar reflected on the loss and said:
"Always difficult chasing in a series decider anything over 200, we didn't execute the plan accordingly, we were just not good in the field, dropped a lot of catches today."
"This series was very vital for us, lot of things have exposed before the World Cup, we can sit and discuss about it, we can take some decisions to improve on.. Bowling is very settled, we're missing Shaheen but Rauf has stepped up, he's doing a good job for us. Pakistan fans were waiting and England have come here and played, hopefully they've enjoyed.
Fans share memes after England's comprehensive victory over Pakistan in Lahore
Fans on social media enjoyed the series decider on Sunday between England and Pakistan. They expressed their views by posting some hilarious memes about the game.
Here is a collection of the best ones:
While Malan was named Player of the Match, Brook won the Player of the Series award.
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