Shahnawaz Dahani took two wickets in two balls as Pakistan seized the momentum from England during the second T20 of the seven-match T20 series against Pakistan at National Stadium Karachi Thursday.
England were 48-2 after the end of the first power play.
Dahani bowled opener Alex Hales and Dawid Malan on the two successive first balls of the sixth over to put the brakes on the England side that looked to set for a huge total.
England openers Hales and Phil Salt, after negotiating a good first over from Muhammad Hasnain that cost just three runs, flexed their muscles soon. Salt welcomed spinner Muhammad Nawaz with a six on the very first ball of the second over. Nawaz conceded 10 runs in the second over.
In the next over, Hales hit a six and a boundary on two consecutive balls to Hasnain. Dahani also conceded eight runs in his first over while in the fifth over Haris Rauf conceded 10 runs as Babar used four bowlers in the six-over power play.
However, Dahani seized the momentum for Pakistan in the sixth over with a double wicket as England finished the power play at 48-2.
Hales made 26 runs off 21 balls hitting three fours and a six while Malqn went for a golden duck.
Earlier, won the toss and elected to bat first in the second Twenty20 of seven-match series at National Stadium Karachi.
England captain Moeen Ali changed the tactics for the second game as it would be played on a fresh pitch.
“Wicket doesn’t look as fresh, there’s a lot more cracks and we’ve got three spinners as well,” Moeen said.
Dawson does indeed come into the XI for Gleeson.
Babar Azam said that 150-160 will be chaseable.
“We started well in the first ten overs,” he said of the first T20I, “need the middle order to step up.”
Pakistan also made one change as Mohammad Hasnain replaces Naseem Shah.
England are already 1-0 up in the series with inflicting a comprehensive defeat on the hosts, the first ever loss for Pakistan in T20 format at the venue.
The focus will remain on Pakistan’s batting line up that is struggling to shape up since the team turned to the shorter version of the game in Asia Cup ahead of World Twenty20 to be played in Australia later this year.
Pakistan have a chronic middle-order problem and basically remained dependent on its opening batters Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan to build the innings and hard-hitters at later overs try to make the total decent with their free hitting. However, as Babar is recently out-of-form it seems that Pakistan have lost the winning recipe and are struggling to come up with clues to fill this huge gap.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan, Haider Ali, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Shahnawaz Dahani, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Usman Qadir
England: Phil Salt (wk), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali (capt), Sam Curran, David Willey, Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid, Luke Wood.