Pakistan after suffering a whitewash in the ODI series against England made a stellar comeback in the 1st T20I game with a stunning performance from their opening pair Mohammad Rizwan & Babar Azam. Brilliant cameos from Sohaib Maqsood, Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez ensured Pakistan finish on a high with a mammoth total of 232/6. England in reply, showed a very positive intent and looked in the game, courtesy of a brilliant century from Liam Livingstone but fell short in the end and lost the game by 31 runs.
Let us have a look at some of the interesting numbers from the game:
232- Pakistan recorded their highest total of 232/6 in T20Is. Their previous highest score was 205/3 vs WI in 2018.
2 - Mohammad Rizwan & Babar Azam's 150-run partnership is the second-highest partnership for Pakistan in T20Is. Also, they are only the 2nd pair after Shikhar Dhawan & Rohit Sharma to record two 150-plus run partnerships in T20Is.
Highest partnership for Pakistan in T20Is:
Babar Azam & Mohammad Rizwan - 197 vs SA, 2021
Babar Azam & Mohammad Rizwan - 150 vs Eng, 2021
3 - Liam Livingstone became the 3rd England player to smash a century in T20Is.
Players to smash century for England in T20Is:
Alex Hales vs SL, 2014
David Malan vs NZ, 2019
Liam Livingstone vs Pak, 2021
4 - Pakistan have won 4 T20I matches against England in England.
Most T20I wins against England on England soil:
Pakistan - 4
West Indies - 4
South Africa - 3
Sri Lanka - 3
5 - Liam Livingstone became only the 2nd player after David Miller (among Test-playing nations) to smash a century while batting at number 5 (or) lower position in T20Is.
Players to smash a century in T20Is while batting at number 5 (or) below position:
David Miller (101*) vs Ban, 2017
Sivakumar Periyalwar (105*) vs Tur, 2019
Sudesh Wickramasekara (104*) vs Tur, 2019
Shaheryar Butt (125*) vs the Czech Republic, 2020
Liam Livingstone (103) vs Pak, 2021
17 - Liam Livingstone recorded his fifty from just 17 balls which is the fastest fifty for England in T20Is.
20 - Babar Azam has smashed 20 fifty-plus scores in T20Is since 2016 and that remains to be most for any player.
Most fifty-plus scores in T20Is since 2016:
Babar Azam - 20
Virat Kohli - 19
Rohit Sharma - 18