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England Outplay Pakistan in 4th T20I to win series

Srinagar: Continuing its dominance over Pakistan, hosts England outclassed visitors by seven wickets in the fourth T20I at The Oval to win the series 2-0.

The hosts chased the 158-run target in the 16th over after bowling Babar Azam and Co. out for 157.

England started the chase aggressively, scoring 78 runs in powerplay. Phil Salt and captain Jos Buttler kept playing shots and putting Pakistan bowlers under pressure.

The pair added 82 before Haris Rauf ignited some interest in Pakistan fans by dismissing Salt (45). In his second over, he removed Buttler (39) while Will Jacks (20) was cleaned bowled in the following over.

England finished the target in 15.3 overs for the loss of three wickets courtesy of Jonny Bairstow (28) and Harry Brook (17).

Haris was the only Pakistan bowler who took wickets. He bowled figures of 3/38.

Earlier, Pakistan started the innings brilliantly with the opening duo of Babar and Mohammad Rizwan giving a flying start.

They looked in complete control of the match but Babar (36) lost his wicket on the last ball of the sixth over, leaving Pakistan 59-1.

Soon after Babar’s dismissal, Rizwan (23) too followed him back to the pavilion by getting bowled by Adil Rashid in the next over.

Pakistan continued to lose wickets at regular intervals but Usman Khan, who came into the playing XI over Saim Ayub, scored crucial 38 runs on 21 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes.

Fakhar Zaman (9), Azam Khan (0) and Shadab Khan (0) failed with the bat. Iftikhar Ahmed had the chance to cruise the Green Shirts to a great total but the right-handed batter concluded his innings after contributing 21 runs on 18 balls.

Naseem Shah scored 16 runs down the order as Pakistan’s innings ended at 157 in 19.5 overs.

For England, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid and Liam Livingstone picked two wickets each while Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan and Moeen Ali bagged one each.

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