ENG vs PAK 3rd T20I Highlights today Tuesday, 7-20-2021 – 3rd T20I, Pakistan tour of England from Old Trafford, Manchester.
Babar Azam won the toss and chose to bat first.
Babar Azam: “Go and win the match,” he says is his message to his team. “The middle order did well in the first match, but not the second.”
Usman Qadir the leggie plays, as does Hasan Ali, in place of Azam Khan and Haris Rauf.
Eoin Morgan: “More of an all-round performance from our team [at Headingley], to make today a decider shows a huge amount of character. Old Trafford takes spin and reverse swing, it’s a unique ground and as close to a World Cup game, a must-win game.”
Morgan confirms those team changes, so off we go.
England team: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jos Buttler (wk), 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Jonny Bairstow, 5 Moeen Ali, 6 Eoin Morgan (capt), 7 Liam Livingstone, 8 David Willey, 9 Chris Jordan, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Saqib Mahmood.
Pakistan team: 1 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 2 Babar Azam (capt), 3 Fakhar Zaman, 4 Sohaib Maqsood, 5 Mohammad Hafeez, 6 Shadab Khan, 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Hasan Ali, 9 Usman Qadir, 10 Mohammad Hasnain, 11 Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Post Match Presentation.
Eoin Morgan: “It means a huge amount, this is the worst wicket for our gameplan so we’ve managed to win against a very good side. so we will learn a huge amount. I don’t think the ball will spin like that in the UAE, it didn’t spin like that in the IPL. But unnatural as it is to play like that for Jos Buttler. The partnership with Roy set up the chase. Guys have achieved when they came in and played. Plenty of options when it comes to selection. We have 17 or 18 vying for 15 places.”
Babar Azam, speaking in Urdu, says he’s very pleased with the efforts, and their fight, but perhaps 15 short, if Rizwan could have carried on. The shot selection against the spinners today was poor. He also thanks to the crowd for their support. And confirms that Mohammad Hafeez is very much part of their World Cup plans.
The Player of the Series is Liam Livingstone. “Very happy to win a series on my home ground, the way Rash and Mo bowled and Jason set it up. That six at Leeds, the lads take the mick out of me for swinging hard. But I’ve worked on it hard. Nice to contribute to a series win. My spin, it feels at home as I bowl a lot for Lancashire here. The hairstyle, maybe me and Jase will have to keep it.”
The Player of the Match is Jason Roy for his bifftastic half-century in the chase: “I just went out and had a bit of fun, against the new ball which was slightly easier. Frustrating to get out when I did, lazy again on the dismissal, but you had to have a very specific game plan so very rewarding on a pitch like that. We play incredible cricket on flat pitches but have struggled in the past on slower pitches. This will give us a huge amount of confidence.”