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Morgan, Malan fire England to five-wicket win in second T20I

England captain Eoin Morgan led from the front with his destructive batting as England romped past Pakistan in the second T20I at Old Trafford.

Morgan, came in to bat after Shadab Khan was on his hat-trick ball. The England skipper got a slight reprieve when a leg-before shout against him was turned down on umpire’s call.

But the Irishman (66 off 33) and Dawid Malan (54*) took the game away with a blistering display of batting. Pakistan bowlers struggled to control the run flow by bowling straight at Morgan’s strengths. Their case was worsened when Mohammad Amir limped off the field with a hamstring problem.

By the time he holed out off paceman Haris Rauf, England needed under a run-a-ball to win. Earlier, Pakistan posted a reasonable 195 with notable contributions from Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez.

Babar scored a 44-ball 56 before holing out to deep mid-wicket off Adil Rashid’s bowling.

Hafeez started a fraction slowly but covered that up with a rapid 69 off just 36 balls. He was dismissed off the final ball of the innings.

This series is being played behind closed doors with strict COVID-19 regulations. The final match will be played on Tuesday at the same venue.

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