Well, it’s not all about luck actually. England have proved in each match in the current series that they are the better team, more alert, more prepared and less flighty, while Pakistan do seem to be leaning heavily on a prayer.
Team Green were defeated by England on Friday in a match that went to a nail-biting end. The visiting team won by a slim margin of three runs after Pakistan needed a four on the last ball. It made for thrilling cricket and the crowd got its money’s worth, if not its wish to see a victory for Pakistan.
Skipper Shahid Afridi played a captain’s innings. Coming in at No. 8, he had the dejected spectators on their feet in no time after his entry, whizzing off a dashing 24 off 8 deliveries. His bowling was also the best in his side, taking 3-15, but the scintillating performance failed to save the match.
It was England’s day (or rather, night). In the battle of frayed nerves that the match became towards the end, Captain Jos Buttler and his men, especially bowler Chris Woakes, held on to their steadfast grip, which won them the game.
England scored 172-8; its top scoring done by Jos Buttler (33) and James Vince (38). This was England’s fifth consecutive win in T20’s. There’s one match left between the two sides on Monday, but the victory wreath for the series has already been decided.