Phil Salt hit an unbeaten 88 off 41 balls to lead England to an eight-wicket victory against Pakistan in the sixth Twenty20 international.
Salt’s 19-ball half-century, the third quickest by an Englishman in T20 internationals, helped the visitors even the series at 3-3 with one game remaining as they chased down 170 in Lahore, where they needed to win.
Although Moeen Ali, the captain of England, made a solid choice in winning the toss since a heavy dew made batting difficult as the game progressed, England’s ability to score runs was still impressive.
England had the luxury of slowing down and gliding to their mark with 33 balls to spare, thanks to Salt, who was at his savage best with 13 fours and three sixes.
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Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, had earlier hit an unbeaten 87 off 59 balls and shown all of his skill. But he had no assistance.
Reece Topley, Sam Curran, and David Willey, England’s trio of left-seamers, were the best bowlers. And it became clear right away that the score of 169-6 that Pakistan was held to would not be enough.
We almost ended the game right away thanks to our fantastic batting performance, according to Moeen.
It just demonstrates that you can avoid slogging if you follow the protocol. They were legitimate shots.
“Everyone gave a pretty fantastic performance. The fact that the series is 3-3 is impressive because, in my opinion, the first half has been outstanding. The last game should be interesting, please.
The teams will stay in Lahore for the Sunday championship game (15:30 BST).