Tamil Diplomat

England v Pakistan: Tourists smash their way to Old Trafford victory

England were thrashed in their final international of the summer, losing the sole Twenty20 match against Pakistan by nine wickets at Old Trafford.

Set 136 to win, Pakistan reached their target inside 15 overs, with Sharjeel Khan (59) and Khalid Latif (59 not out) sharing an opening stand of 107.

It is England’s joint-second biggest T20 defeat in terms of balls remaining and the third time they have lost by nine wickets.

The home side earlier limped to 135-7, losing six wickets for 54 runs, and at one stage went more than seven overs without finding the boundary.

This was a disappointing night at the end of an otherwise successful limited-overs summer for England, one in which they have won one-day series against  Sri Lanka and Pakistan, as well as the only T20 against the former.

Here, on an ideal batting surface, they could not get on top of a Pakistan attack whose four pace bowlers cleverly varied their length and pace, along with left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, who did not concede a boundary.

Then the dazzling strokeplay of Sharjeel and Latif delighted a packed, partisan and deafening Old Trafford, ending Pakistan’s tour on a considerable high.(BBC,2016)