Phil Salt smashed a strong career-best 41-ball 88 not out to assist England thrash Pakistan by eight wickets within the sixth Twenty20 worldwide in Lahore on Friday. The England opener clobbered three sixes and 13 fours within the third quickest half century by an England batter within the shorter format to assist his group chase down a goal of 170 in simply 14.3 overs. Salt’s fiery knock overshadowed Babar Azam’s 59-ball 87 not out that lifted the house group to 169-6 and noticed Pakistan skipper equalling India star Virat Kohli’s report of the quickest man to three,000 runs in cricket’s shortest format.
England’s victory tied the seven-match collection 3-3 with an intriguing closing match in Lahore on Sunday.
England, who didn’t chase 146 on Wednesday, got a rousing begin by Salt and Alex Hales who compiled 50 in simply three overs.
Hales, who smashed 4 fours and a six in his 12-ball 27, holed out after a breezy 55-run begin off simply 24 balls earlier than Dawid Malan helped add 73 for the second wicket with an 18-ball 26.
Ben Duckett remained not out on 26.
Salt accomplished his second T20I fifty off simply 19 balls, enhancing on his earlier better of 57 in opposition to the West Indies at Bridgetown earlier this 12 months.
It was an entire onslaught by England batters who dominated Pakistan bowling with solely spinner Shadab Khan taking 2-34.
Earlier, Azam anchored Pakistan’s innings with prolific associate Mohammad Rizwan and pacer Haris Rauf rested for the match.
The Pakistan skipper, who hit his twenty seventh half century, reached 3,000 T20I runs in 81 innings as he anchored the house group’s whole after they had been despatched in to bat.
Azam hit Richard Gleeson for a six to affix Indian duo of Rohit Sharma (3,694 runs in 140 matches) and Kohli (3,663 in 108), New Zealand’s Martin Guptill (3,497 in 112) and Eire’s Paul Stirling (3,011 in 114) in passing the milestone.
Azam hit three sixes and 7 fours and added 48 for the fourth wicket with Iftikhar Ahmed (31) and 47 for the third with Haider Ali (18).
Sam Curran (2-26) and David Willey (2-32) had been the profitable England bowlers.
England are on their first tour of Pakistan for 17 years.
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