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158/7 (20)
160/4 (19.2)
ENG won by 6 wickets
Player of the match: Luke Wood
 
So that will be all for tonight from the National Stadium in Karachi. Do join us again on Thursday night for the second T20I between these teams to see if the pitch changes in nature and if Pakistan can comeback in the series. Also, it will be interesting to see what England do with their line-up. The action takes place at the same venue. We will be there for you without fail! This is the pair of Pradeep and Bidipto saying good bye for now, keep following Sportskeeda! 
Moeen Ali, England captain: Yes this was a near perfect performance. Luke bowled well, our other bowlers too chipped in with handy wickets and tight overs, especially after the kind of start they had and against some very good batters, we came up trumps. Alex showed just why he is so dominant in this form of the game and someone like Harry just grabbed this opportunity with both hands. So our batting depth is indeed coming to the fore. 
Babar Azam, Pakistan captain: We utilized the first power play really well with the bat, but the momentum shift after that did not help us get back again in the innings. Adil Rashid bowled pretty well. Our batters have to step up to the plate in the coming games to make better use of the middle overs I feel. We are trying a few options before the World Cup, so let's see how they go. 
Luke Wood has been adjudged the Player of the Match! Here's what he has to say: It was very enjoyable, it was my debut, can't complain. I think it was obviously difficult to England, had to bowl short as it was skidding on, it was all team performance, great to start off with a win. It was always the case of restricting them in the backend, the batters did the job for us.
England - 160/4, beat Pakistan - 158/7, by 6 wickets with 4 balls to spare.

Alex Hales 53 (40) | Luke Wood - 3/24
Mohammad Rizwan 68 (46) | Usman Qadir - 2/36

Pakistan would not have liked to play on a pitch like this with the T20 World Cup in Australia only a few days away, but even then, they end up losing quite comprehensively. In all three departments.

The run chase began with 14 runs off the first over and since then, England were always under control of the innings, with some iffy fielding from Pakistan to assist them. Not to forget, some freebies as well that the visiting batters gladly accepted and dispatched.

The spinners did not bowl that effectively for the hosts either, as Usman Qadir gave away far too many runs and Mohammad Nawaz had to bowl more darts inside the power play without getting the chance to be more crafty. The pacers, on a pitch like this, did not do justice to their slower balls and became a little too predictable.

But Alex Hales and Harry Brook were highly impressive with the bat for England. Hales, on his return to the team, made the most of the life that he got and brought up a welcome fifty. Brook, a promising young batter, did indeed live up to his promise and finished the game for his side, staying unbeaten. He looked good with his stroke-play against both pace and spin.

On the whole, there were not that many runs put up on the board from Pakistan to cause a lot of damage. But the clinical batting display from England made things easier for them. 

So England go one-up in this best of seven-match series, with good shows in all three departments. Pakistan will have to pull up their socks in the batting department, especially, with better execution from the middle-order. With the ball, they need to execute their disciplinary bowling better. Most importantly, as is always the case with them, the fielding has to back up the bowling and captaincy. 
19.2 Shahnawaz Dahani to Harry Brook, FOUR! THAT'S IT! ALL OVER! England go 1-0 up in the series. Misses the yorker this time, full toss on the outside off, Brook thrashes it over extra-cover, races to the fence for a boundary. Thumping win this for England and Pakistan lost their way completely in the second half of the first innings!
19.1 Shahnawaz Dahani to Harry Brook, OH! Yorker on the fourth stump, right up in the blockhole, Brook backs away to squeeze it to point but misses, DOT BALL!
Over the wicket.

Shahnawaz Dahani [3.0-0-34-1] is back into the attack.

Last over coming up and now England require only three runs to win. Should be easy, if not for some upsetting surprise! 
19
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156 /4 score
4
1
0
0
1
1
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cricket bat icon Harry Brook *
38 (23)
cricket bat icon Moeen Ali
7 (9)
cricket ball icon Haris Rauf
1 /23
18.6 Haris Rauf to Harry Brook, back of a length into Brook, tucks it off his hips, past square-leg for an easy single and keeps strike.
18.5 Haris Rauf to Moeen Ali, back of a length with pace, Ali was late this time as he chops it into the off-side for a quick single.
18.4 Haris Rauf to Moeen Ali, OH! Another great slower delivery, angles into Ali, has another big swipe against it and misses it as whiskers past the off-stump.
18.3 Haris Rauf to Moeen Ali, takes the pace off, comes around the wicket for the short delivery into Ali, swivels to pull too early and misses.


Round the wicket now.
18.2 Haris Rauf to Harry Brook, back of a length into Brook, hangs back and tucked it behind square on the on-side for a single.
England go past 150! 
18.1 Haris Rauf to Harry Brook, FOUR! SHOT! Can watch that all day, what a shot that from Brook. Back of a length on the fourth stump, Brook waits and allows it to come to him, dabs it between the short third-man and backward point for a boundary. England need just 6 now!
Harry Brook has batted well tonight. He looks a player, does the young right-hander! He has the shots and has the defense too against good deliveries and also puts the bad balls away. On this pitch, he has performed better that quite a few expectations so far. 
18
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150 /4 score
0
4
1
0
1
1
runs
cricket bat icon Harry Brook
32 (20)
cricket bat icon Moeen Ali *
7 (6)
cricket ball icon Naseem Shah
0 /42
17.6 Naseem Shah to Moeen Ali, back of a length on the off-stump, Ali hangs back to defend it into the off-side.