Moeen Ali, England’s stand-in skipper for the Pakistan 7-match T20I series has urged his batsmen to respect the conditions and game situation too. England are recently playing an attacking batting brand of cricket be it in Tests or white-ball format.
Pakistan beat England by 6 runs in the fifth T20I in Lahore on Wednesday. Debutant Aamer Jamal was handed the responsibility to defend 15 in the last over and he did so against the dangerous stand-in skipper Moeen Ali, who scored an unbeaten 51 off 37 balls. As a result, the hosts have taken a 3-2 lead in the seven-match series.
Moeen Ali Disappointed With Loss In 5th T20I Against Pakistan And Urges England Batters To See Game Situations
Earlier, Mohammad Rizwan played a lone hand in getting Pakistan to 145. The hosts now lead the series 3-2. Defending 15 runs off the final over, Aamer Jamal nailed the wide line yorkers to perfection to help seal an unlikely win. Defending a modest 145, the hosts got off to a fine start with Mohammad Wasim Jr and Haris Rauf striking thrice in the powerplay.
Dawid Malan played a solid hand but saw wickets tumbling at the other before Moeen Ali joined the chase. The England captain saw his side slip to 85/6 before taking matters into his own hands.
Having taken his time initially, Moeen Ali launched into Mohammad Wasim Jr and Haris Rauf into the stands. Chris Woakes struggled to give him the required support with the equation coming to 15 off the last over. Moeen Ali did manage to hit a six and reach his fifty but ultimately his side fell short.
“It was most disappointing loss, especially the way we batted. Of course, you want to play this attacking entertaining brand of cricket but mainly you also have to see the situation of the game and the conditions. Today all we needed was one partnership: 60-70 runs partnership at the top, we could have won the game. I feel today was most disappointing performance with the bat for sure,” Mooen Ali, England’s captain, said after a last-over loss in the 5th T20 against Pakistan in Lahore.
Earlier, Mark Wood once again wreaked havoc as Pakistan were bowled out for 145. Mohammad Rizwan held his end while the English pacers accounted for wickets at regular intervals of the game.
Moeen Ali’s Sentiment Shared By Inzamam-ul-Haq
It was a sentiment that was shared by former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq on his Youtube channel.
“England played poorly. They want to go in and be aggressive which is fine but shot selection should be a lot better on such conditions. No one took responsibility in the top order,” Inzamam said.
Former England opener and current commentator Mark Butcher called England’s batting approach “daft”.
“”I have no problem with players going gung-ho in the powerplay but when you lose two wickets you are perhaps best building a partnership and playing the situation. Their approach seemed daft to me. Twice on the trot the batting has [stuttered] in run chases. It’s not alarm bells but it might be worth having a chat,” he said on air.
Interestingly, former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq also questioned Pakistan’s middle order and said it remains a worry.
“Often, wins put a curtain on the weaknesses and this has been the case with Pakistan this series. The bowlers have been very good but the batting has been concern … Simple things like it was very obvious that Mark Wood has been taking most of his wickets with bouncers; so as a batsman you have to be ready …”
For the second successive game, Pakistan were put in to bat first, scraped to what appeared a below-par total, and saw their bowlers bail them out.
Pakistan 145 (Rizwan 63, Wood 3-20) beat England 139 for 7 (Moeen 51*) by six runs