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Morgan in Career-Best Form as England Beats Pakistan in T20I

Morgan in Career-Best Form as England Beats Pakistan in T20I Photo: TT
England's Dawid Malan (left) and Lewis Gregory celebrate after the Vitality IT20 match at Old Trafford, Manchester

England captain Eoin Morgan continued his fine form as his side took the advantage in their three-game series against Pakistan with victory in the second T20 International on Sunday.

The English won by five wickets at Manchester’s Old Trafford on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the series, after the opening match had finished as a draw after more rain.

Morgan played a key role with his 66 from 33 balls as England chased down Pakistan’s 4-195 with five balls to spare.

The England captain received good support from Dawid Malan, who finished the job with his 54no from 36 deliveries, while Jonny Bairstow blasted 44 from 24 balls at the top of the order to set the tone.

Morgan, who hit four sixes and six fours, made a one-day century against Ireland earlier this month while he plundered two half-centuries against South Africa in T20 Internationals earlier this year too.

“Am I hitting the ball as sweetly as I ever have? Definitely,” Morgan said.

“The numbers definitely back this up, even before this series started, and certainly within T20 cricket.

“The last two years in international cricket are my best numbers to date. That’s great because if I can combine a little of that (form) with my experience, I think that will go a long way to winning games. It’s nice that I am feeling good but it’s actually replicated in the numbers as well.

“Why? It’s about being comfortable in the role. It’s about having experience and confidence in the roles that I play.”

Morgan, who was named Player of the Match, would have been worried earlier after sending the tourists in to bat when they flew towards 200, led by Babar Azam who made 56 from 44 balls and Mohammad Hafeez with 69 from 36.

Adil Rashid was the best of England’s bowlers with 2-32 from four overs, while Lewis Gregory was economical with 0-22 from three.

Ben somerford
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