Barmy Army trolls Babar Azam's PAK after Phil Salt helps England thrash them in 6th T20I, check here
Pakistan and England now play the seventh and last T20I match on Sunday (October 2) at the same Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore to decide the series winner
England opener Phil Salt smashed an thrilling 88 in the 6th T20I vs Pakistan to guide the team to a win at Lahore. His knock trumped Pakistan captain Babar Azam's stunning 87-run knock on Friday as England make it 3-3 in the ongoing seven-match T20I series. England won the contest by 8 wickets imside 15 overs to chase down 170-run target given by the host nation. Pakistan and England now play the seventh and last T20I match on Sunday (October 2) at the same Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Salt smashed an unbeaten 88 off 41 balls, propelling a chasing England to 170-2 in just 14.3 overs. Babar anchored Pakistan to 169-6 with an unbeaten 87 off 59 balls. Salt's brutal batting in the powerplay led England to 82-1, the most runs ever conceded by Pakistan in the first six overs. Alex Hales made 27 off 12 balls and added 55 runs with Salt. Then Dawid Malan and Ben Duckett combined with Salt to get England home with 33 balls to spare.
After the match, England's famous fan group England's Barmy Army trolled Pakistan by posting a Phil Salt meme. Check it out and other reactions below:
This WC will be Haider Ali tournament i know he isn't performing well and many our middle order isn't working well but Haider have immense talent he just need confidence i hope he play well because he is very talented guy #HaiderAli #PAKvENG #ENGvPAK #PakistanCricket ____ — Muneeb Shaikh ____ (@MuneebS10132373) September 30, 2022
This match was organized just to Phil Salt in Pak's wounds.— El Chopernos (@El_Chopernos) September 30, 2022
"Thought the way we batted in particular was outstanding," England stand-in captain Moeen Ali said. "Shows if you stick to the process, you don't have to slog, you can play proper shots. And I thought the seamers were outstanding."
In the absence of rested fast bowler Haris Rauf and an ill Naseem Shah, Pakistan's pace bowlers struggled to halt Salt's power-hitting. Salt scored only 59 runs in the previous five games, but hit 13 fours and three sixes in a brutal display as hundreds of home team fans left Gaddafi in disappointment midway through England's run chase. "It's always a challenge at the top when you feel you're playing well but picking out fielders and finding ways to get out," Salt said about his previous innings. "Pleased with the backing from the management about how they want me to play … everyone's trying to put their best foot forward and show the coaches how good they are."
It was a remarkable turnaround for the visitors after failing to chase down below-par totals in the last two games, losing by three runs at Karachi and by six runs at Lahore on Wednesday.
Earlier, Pakistan was made to bat first and the top order struggled without the world's top ranked T20 batter, Mohammad Rizwan, who was rested after scoring four half-centuries in the previous five games. Rizwan's replacement, wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Haris scored 7 on debut before slicing an easy catch to short third man off Richard Gleeson, who replaced the rested Chris Woakes.
Shan Masood continued to struggle at No. 3 as he was trapped lbw by David Willey for a duck, and Haider Ali couldn't impress again by holing out in the deep on 18 off Sam Curran. Babar held the innings together with Iftikhar Ahmed (31) and Mohammad Nawaz (12) as Pakistan made 99 runs in the latter half of its innings. "It was a good score, could have got 10-15 more," Babar said. "England's use of the powerplay was the turning point, but our batters (in the middle order) need to take responsibility. Hope they will in the next game."
With PTI inputs