Pakistan seized a 3-2 lead in their Twenty20 series against England with a six-run win in Lahore.
England never recovered from a poor powerplay start that reduced them to 31-3 in five overs as they chased just 146 for the victory.
England needed 15 runs off the last over after skipper Moeen Ali’s resolute 51-run innings, but rookie Aamir Jamal’s outstanding death bowling caused them to fall just short at 139-7.
Mohammad Rizwan was the sole hitter to provide resistance, scoring 63 off of 46 deliveries, as Pakistan was bowled out for 145 in 19 overs, with England fast bowler Mark Wood taking 3-20.
The seventh and final seven-match series will be played on Friday in Lahore.
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England’s Batting Lets Them Down Again
A bad start with the bat hurt England again in a game they seemed to be in control of at the midway point when they failed to chase down 167 in Sunday’s fourth T20.
The fifth ball of the innings saw Alex Hales slice Mohammad Nawaz straight to point backward.
Two overs later, fellow opener Phil Salt heaved Haris Rauf to deep square leg, and Ben Duckett was also caught at long-off off Mohammad Wasim.
England’s scoring in the middle overs was severely constrained by Pakistan’s spinners, Nawaz, Shadab Khan, and Iftikhar Ahmed, who ensured they never gained control of the run rate.
At one point, there had been no run-out off the bat for 28 deliveries, and England was 85-6 until Jamal removed Sam Curran with his very first delivery in international cricket.
England had hope because of Moeen’s tough hit, which included two fours and four sixes, but he was given too much to do.
The performance of Wood, who has taken 6-44 across his two matches as he continues his return from six months out with an elbow injury, was the prominent bright spot on an otherwise disappointing evening.
Warwickshire all-rounder Woakes made his first international appearance since March, as England’s injury woes continue to subside in advance of the T20 World Cup