1st T20I: Babar Azam leads Pakistan to conquer England despite the ton of Liam Livingstone | Cricket News

NOTTINGHAM: Babar Azam led ahead as Pakistan beat England by 31 points in the first Twenty20 international at Trent Bridge on Friday despite a hundred points from Liam Livingstone.
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Pakistani captain Azam made 85 and shared an opening position of 150 with Mohammad Rizwan in a T20 national record total of 232-6.
But Livingstone gave the hosts hope with a century of 42 balls, England’s fastest in a T20 international and fifth-fastest of all time, hitting six fours and nine sixes to reach triple digits.
Still, that wasn’t enough to stop Pakistan from advancing 1-0 in this three-game series, with England knocked out for 201 after Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shadab Khan took three wickets apiece.
It was Pakistan’s first victory on their 2021 tour after a 3-0 loss in a one-day international series.
Azam, fresh off a stunning 100 in the third ODI at Edgbaston on Tuesday, faced just 49 balls as he and Rizwan took stock of an experimental attack in England.
The skipper was in typically elegant form while hitting eight fours and three sixes before being caught by David Willey.
England quickly found themselves 69-3 in a frenzied start to the race with fast pitcher Afridi taking a brilliant catch and pitch to sideline Dawid Malan on his way to 3-30.
Jason Roy’s quick 50s kept England in the chase before Livingstone, seeking to establish himself in the English setup, found his lineup with a consecutive six from Shadab Khan.
Livingstone only needed 17 bullets for his fifty before Khan retaliated by firing Roy.
English captain Eoin Morgan stumbled on cheap to let the hosts turn to Livingstone.
The Lancashire all-rounder went to his hundred in style with a six before Khan took him to the depths.
England’s tail now had too much to do and Afridi ended the game when he knocked down Matt Parkinson with four balls left.
The series continues at Headingley on Sunday.

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