Pakistan vs England LIVE: T20 cricket result and updates as series continues in Karachi

Buttler says England will lift spirits on his tour of flood-hit Pakistan

England triumphed in the first T20 of this seven-match series on Tuesday after beating Pakistan by six wickets with four balls to go. Moeen Ali – captaining the tourists in place of the injured Jos Buttler – won the draw, opting to bowl first. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam put up 85 for the first wicket but close bowling from Adil Rashid (2-27) and Luke Wood (3-24) limited the hosts to 158-7.

In response, England never looked out of control, although they lost wickets as they gained the upper hand. Alex Hales – recalled to the side for the first time in three years – netted the best with 53 from 40 but it was Harry Brook (42*) who kicked off in the back half of the chase that saw England over the line brought.

Tuesday’s pitch was a slow course that offered little to sailors, especially those without express speeds. England’s fastest bowler, Wood, was rewarded, but David Willey and Sam Curran – who rely more on the swing – struggled. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be surprising if England changed teams and used Reece Topley for extra bounce, Olly Stone for extra pace, or even Liam Dawson as a third spin option. On the other hand, why change the winning side?

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Moeen Ali again as deputy

Moeen Ali led England to victory in the opening T20 of this seven-game series and will continue to lead the tourists while regular captain Jos Buttler recovers from a calf injury.

Buttler is expected to return to the team in the latter part of the tour alongside Chris Woakes and Mark Wood, who are also recovering from injury.

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Hales describes “special feeling” after returning to the England team

Alex Hales had to wait three years for a return to international play after failing two recreational drug tests in 2019 and breaking up his relationship with then England one-day captain Eoin Morgan.

Morgan said at the time that he had lost confidence in Hale’s ability to contribute positively to the team both off and on the pitch. Following Morgan’s retirement and a makeover of the England leadership group – Jos Buttler is the new captain and Matthew Mott is the one-day head coach – Hales has been brought back into the squad.

He retaliated on Tuesday with a 53 match-winner to give England victory in the opening game of this seven-game T20 series and described how it felt to be back in the group after the win.

“It was a very special feeling to be back in the park for England,” Hales told Sky Sports after the game. “Three years felt like an eternity. To go out and come back and score 50 points on a winning team is the stuff dreams are made of.

“It’s a nice feeling. The lads used to say it was never the fault of cricket, missing the three years, there was never any doubt. But after three years the nervousness and pressure kept coming back. It felt like a debut, so it was a very special night.

“It just feels like a dream come true to be part of a successful team for half a century in a country where I have many good, special memories.”

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Alex Hales directs England to win over Pakistan after returning from international exile

Alex Hales celebrated the end of his international exile with a crucial half-century as England’s first game in Pakistan in almost 17 years ended in victory in the first T20.

The opener cracked 53 of 40 balls in his first game in England since March 2019 when he was thrown overboard after a failed recreational drug test and marked the end of his spell in the wild by taking the lead with a six-wicket success .

England had previously done well to limit the hosts to 158-7 in front of a sold-out crowd of 35,000 at Karachi’s National Stadium, with debutant Luke Wood claiming an impressive three-24.

Hales, back in his old opening slot, got his team to the payline within 17 and hit seven boundaries before breaking out with the end in sight of the middle. Harry Brook didn’t finish the job with a flowing 42, including the winning four in the finals.

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Pakistan vs England

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The visitors triumphed in the opening game of this seven-match series after limiting Babar Azam’s side to just 158-7 from their 20 overs, despite a well-played 68 from opener Mohammad Rizwan. In response, Alex Hales scored 53 points on his return to the side and Harry Brook finished 42* to lead England to a six-wicket, four-ball victory.

Tonight’s game will again be played in Karachi, with the pitch again expected to be slow and flat. Knowing this could see the team make changes to their line-ups to better suit the conditions with contenders Reece Topley, Liam Dawson and Olly Stone all set to join England.

Elsewhere, the ECB has released their High Performance Review, which aims to shake up the domestic and domestic schedule with the ultimate goal of creating the best possible England men’s team. The review, led by former England captain and ex-ECB director Andrew Strauss, recommended a number of changes (some controversial) to improve performance in England and Wales.

We’ll hear more about what it all means ahead of the game in Karachi with the second T20 between Pakistan and England kicking off at 15:30 BST.

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