England vs Pakistan Only T20: Morgan’s blitz powers England past Pakistan

Eoin Morgan 57 not out England Pakistan Only T20 Cardiff cricket

Eoin Morgan hammered five boundaries and three sixes during his game-winning knock of 57 not out

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England captain Eoin Morgan led by example as he struck an unbeaten 57 to lead his side to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the one-off Twenty20 International in Cardiff.

Choosing to bat first, Pakistan lost opener Fakhar Zaman early on as he was brilliantly caught by Morgan at cover off the bowling of Tom Curran for seven runs.

Debutant Imam-ul-Haq also made seven runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of debutant Jofra Archer.

Babar Azam and Haris Sohail stabilised the innings with a 103-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Haris was removed by Archer for 50, which came off 36 balls and included five boundaries and a six.

Azam was on his way back to the pavilion two balls later as he was run out by Archer for a 42-ball 65, which included five boundaries and three sixes.

Asif Ali fell shortly after as he was run out by Chris Jordan for three runs.

However, with Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf scoring 18 not out and 17 respectively, Pakistan finished on 173/6.

Archer was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Curran and Jordan chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 174 to win, England were dealt an early blow as debutant Ben Duckett was caught by Imad at mid-off off the bowling of Shaheen Shah Afridi for nine runs.

James Vince and Joe Root made up for the loss of Duckett with a 45-run partnership before Vince was caught behind off the bowling of Imad for 36.

Morgan and Root kept the runs flowing with a 65-run stand before Root was caught behind off the bowling of Hasan Ali for a 42-ball 47, which included five boundaries.

Morgan and Joe Denly finished things off with an unbeaten 44-run partnership, during which Morgan surpassed his fifty.

Morgan ended up making 57, which came off 29 balls and included five boundaries and three sixes, while Denly remained undefeated on 20, which came off 12 deliveries and included two boundaries and a six.

Imad, Afridi and Hasan claimed one wicket each.

Morgan was named Man of the Match.

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