Banton stars before rain wash out first Pakistan T20

MANCHESTER: Tom Banton a rising star of England Cricket team made a heroic 71 against Pakistan before Pakistan fought back against England on Friday in first T20 International at Old Trafford but match has to be reduced due to rain without any result.

England scored a huge total while Banton a 21 years old player compiled his fifty in four T20s at this level. Which creates a threatened total against Pakistan.

Rain has ended the match for England at 131-6 off 16.1 overs and the exit of Banton left England with 109 on 3 wickets and whole team collapsed as 50 over world champions lost four wickets for 14 runs in just 19 spin balls.  

Both Umpires Mike Burns and Alex Wharf did a lengthy scrutiny and decided after 9:00 pm that the field is too wet to be played and it’s difficult to get the game back on that field.

After the opening of Jason Roy, Banton ruled the entire series even with a side injury and at least he had a night to remember that how after being dropped on five when Iftikhar Ahmed stunned a routine slip catch off unfortunate paceman Shaheen Afridi.

In an interview with Sky Sports Banton said, “It was good fun.” He also added about his struggles that “I struggled to begin with, they bowled quite nicely and then I just backed myself when the spinners came on. There was a small boundary on one side.”

Captain Babar Azam won the toss and chose to field first and team Pakistan hit five balls when left-arm spinner Imad Wasim trapped and bowled Jonny Bairstow a player of team England.

But game took a turn when Banton took charge and he hit leg-spinner Shadab Khan with two slog-swept sixes off consecutive balls. He completed a fifty on 33-ball following three fours and three sixes before the paceman Haris Rauf took his wicket when he was about to hit another daring six.

Moeen Ali was trapped by Muhammad Rizwan off Shadab before that team England’s captain Eoin Morgan was then lbw to bowler Iftikhar Ahmed.

Appreciation for Wicket-keeper Rizwan who impressed during Pakistan’s recent 1-0 Test series got defeated by England, then confused Lewis Gregory off Imad, took 2-31 from his maximum four overs.

On Sunday at Old Trafford the second meeting of this three match series will take place and the final game is to be expected on Tuesday. 

Talking about scoreboard than,

ENGLAND:

T. Banton c Imad b Shadab 71

D.J. Malan run out 23

E.J.G. Morgan lbw b Iftikhar 14

Moeen Ali c Rizwan b Shadab 8

S.W. Billings not out 3

J.M. Bairstow c and b Imad 2

L. Gregory st Rizwan b Imad 2

C.J. Jordan not out 2

EXTRAS (LB-4, W-2) 6

TOTAL Score on six wkts, 16.1 overs (131)

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-3, 2-74, 3-109, 4-118, 5-120, 6-123.

DID NOT BAT: T.K. Curran, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood.

BOWLING: Shaheen Shah Afridi 2-0-10-0; Haris Rauf 3-0-32-0 (1w); Mohammad Amir 2.1-0-14-0 (1w); Iftikhar Ahmed 1-0-7-1, Imad Wasim 4-0-31-2; Shadab Khan 4-0-33-2;

PAKISTAN: Team Pakistan didn’t play due to rain.

PLAYERS: Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf.

Match abandoned due to rain.

RESULT: No result.

UMPIRES NAMES: A.G. Wharf (England) and M. Burns (England).

THIRD UMPIRE: M.J. Saggers (England).

REFEREE: W.M. Noon (England).

SECOND MATCH to be held in Old Trafford, Sunday (6:15pm PST).

THIRD MATCH to be held in Old Trafford, Tuesday (10:00pm PST).

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