By Sam Drury at Trent Bridge
Last Updated: 16/07/21 10:43 pm.
Pakistan beat England by 31 runs in thrilling first T20I; Liam Livingstone ratings Englands fastest-ever ton, from 42 balls, including nine 6s however travelers take 1-0 series lead; watch 2nd T20I from 2pm, Sunday on Sky Sports Cricket
Liam Livingstone smashed Englands fastest-ever T20 century however it came in vain as Pakistan won an awesome series opener by 31 runs at Trent Bridge.
England vs Pakistan July 18, 2021, 2:00 pm Live on Although there was early swing for David Willey, Pakistan were soon making the most of near-perfect batting conditions in Nottingham with Babar taking three limits off the left-armers second over and the borders streamed from there.After his fantastic 158 in the 3rd ODI on Tuesday, the travelers skipper continued in the exact same vein and more than made up for Rizwans sluggish start to take Pakistan to 49-0 at the end of the powerplay.The runs kept coming and Babar breezed to his 19th T20I fifty from 35 balls and, having all of a sudden uncovered his timing, Rizwan was not far behind, sweeping Matt Parkinson for 6 to bring up the 100 partnership and reaching his own half-century, from 34 balls, in the next over. Shaheen Afridi struck early for Pakistan to get rid of Dawid Malan Bairstow (11 from 7) included to it by thumping Shaheen over wide long on for another maximum to begin the 4th however fell two balls later on after top-edging a pull shot and when Moeen Ali (1) left to a fantastic catch from Haris Rauf as he clashed with a team-mate in the deep off Mohammad Hashain, the hosts were three down within five overs.Chasing such a big total, there was no time to waste for England and 22 minutes after getting here at the crease, Livingstone had actually reached his half-century, requiring just 17 balls, another England record, and thumping five sixes in the process.Shadab Khan was on the getting end of two of those optimums however did manage to account for Roy (32 from 13) in his very first over.The closest the video game got to a lull came after Livingstone reached his fifty with Morgan not able to get going at the other end prior to picking out deep square off Imad in the 12th over and while Livingstone was able to get himself going once again after a couple of overs, the support he needed never came. Willey (16 from 11) did his utmost to keep and attempt England in the hunt but, in truth, their hopes went with Livingstone and it was left to Shaheen to complete it off 2 balls into the final over when he bowled Parkinson with an outstanding yorker.Watch the second T20 international between England and Pakistan, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 2pm on Sunday.
Liam Livingstone scored Englands quickest-ever century, from 42 balls, in the first IT20 against Pakistan (Getty).