Pakistan beats England in one-off T20 by 9 wickets
England's Joe Root walks off the pitch after he was caught out from the bowlig of Pakistan's Hasan Ali, left, during the T20 match at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Wednesday Sept. 7, 2016. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)
MANCHESTER, England (AP) Openers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif both bludgeoned half centuries as Pakistan defeated England by nine wickets in their one-off Twenty20 international on Wednesday.
Left-hander Sharjeel scored an electrifying 59 off 36 balls, while Latif made an unbeaten 59 off 42 in an unstoppable run-chase that reached 139-1 in 14.5 overs after England had been restricted to 135-7.
The openers put up a 107-run stand off 67 balls against the same England XI that lost the World Twenty20 final against the West Indies in India earlier this year.
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Earlier, Wahab Riaz took 3-18 while debutante seamer Hasan Ali grabbed 2-24 as England's big hitters – Jos Buttler (16), Ben Stokes (4) and captain Eoin Morgan (14) – were denied any chance of building real momentum.
Alex Hales (37) and Jason Roy (21) provided England a confident start of 56 off 40 deliveries. But left-arm spinner Imad Wasim (2-17) dismissed both of them in his successive overs and the seamers then tied down England's strong middle-order.