England Collapse Against Pakistan But Tom Banton Shines
Exciting Somerset and England batsman Tom Banton announced himself on the international stage, as he was the stand out performer from the 16.1 overs possible against Pakistan. He hit a powerful 71 off 42 balls against a strong Pakistan attack.
However as is quickly becoming the tail of the latter part of the summer, the rain came and washed out the first Twenty20 at Emirates Old Trafford.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and decided to field first. No surprise as opting to chase has become the done thing in the shortest format.
Jonny Bairstow was dismissed in the first over. He was caught and bowled off the bowling of Shadab Khan.
Before a torrential shower closed in from the city of Manchester, the 21-year-old became the youngest England player to score a T20 half-century as he hit four fours and five sixes.
Banton struggled to get going initially. He was dropped at first slip off the bowling of Shaheen Afridi.
A Change In Gear
England’s first 50 runs took 49 balls, their slowest start since the last T20 World Cup. The next 50 came off just 19 deliveries. This, primarily thanks to Banton finding his brutal hitting, particularly off the spinners.
The innovative Somerset hitter even had time to audaciously ramp Haris Rauf before he was dismissed attempting another leg-side six off Shadab Khan. This sparked a mini-collapse from the hope side, as Eoin Morgan’s men slipped from 109-2 to 123-6.
When the rain came with 3.5 overs left with the score at 131-6 and Chris Jordan paired with Sam Billings at the crease, Pakistan would have perhaps been the happier of the sides. Albeit all in vain as a heavy downpour meant play would not recommence.
After much conjecture and discussions of a potential five over run chase, the match was abandoned as a no result.
A little glimpse as to what is to come in the remaining two Twenty20 internationals as the seemingly evenly matched sides meet again on Sunday and Tuesday.
England captain Morgan will want more from his batsmen, including himself, to support Banton. England would have been in major trouble due to the collapse against Pakistan, had Tom Banton not fired 71. The second T20I is on the 30th of August. The game will start at 2:15 PM UK time. Unlike the first and the third game, this is a day game. The winner of that game cannot lose the series.
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