Pakistan v England 2022, 2nd T20I – Moeen Ali: My over misplaced the sport | The Cricketer

Moeen’s one over, the 13th, was dispatched for 21 runs as Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan chased down 200 with three balls and 10 wickets remaining

Moeen Ali has pinpointed his costly over because the turning level in England’s 10-wicket defeat to Pakistan in Karachi.

Opening pair Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan put on the fifth-highest partnership in males’s T20I cricket to successfully chase 200 with three balls to spare, Azam finishing unbeaten on 110 off 66 and Rizwan 88 off 51.

Rizwan had earlier been handed a lifeline in the powerplay when Alex Hales put down a routine chance to dismiss the wicketkeeper on 23.

However, momentary captain Moeen believes bringing himself on to bowl the 13th over was “a big gamble” which didn’t come off. Pakistan headed into the final eight overs with 96 runs still required however dispatched the spinner for 21 runs – together with three sixes – to deliver the equation all the way down to 75 off 42.


Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan overpowered England [Alex Davidson/Getty Images]

Moeen had earlier played a starring function with the bat for England, smashing 55 runs off 23 balls to hold his aspect to 199 for 5 at close.

“The momentum changed after I bowled my over,” Moeen informed Sky Sports after the match. “That really gave them perception and after that they have been virtually unstoppable.

“I felt like it was under control for most of it. I genuinely really feel my over lost the sport for us. that was a chance on my half.

“I went to try to get a wicket, almost purchase a wicket. Obviously it did not work and that is when Pakistan actually won the game.

“We dropped a giant catch clearly. You can’t afford to drop them and you can’t afford to bowl an off-spinner to them at such an enormous time.”

Praising Rizwan and Azam, he added: “They performed rather well tonight. I know they get a lot of stick for his or her strike charges but I consider their strike rates are very good and they are good gamers. Today it was their day.”

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