England’s stand-in skipper Moeen Ali was disappointed with his team’s batting after they were defeated by Pakistan by six runs in the fifth T20I at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The Three Lions managed to end their innings at 139 for the loss of seven wickets after being asked to chase down 146.
Aamer Jamal conceded only eight runs in the final over while defending 15, helping Pakistan take a 3-2 series lead. Moeen believes that a partnership of 60-70 runs could have won the game for the visiting team.
“I feel that out of all the games, it was the most disappointing one with the way we batted in particular. Of course, we want to play the attacking brand of cricket, but you also have to see the situation of the game and the conditions. Today, all we needed was partnership. Had we put up a 60-70 run partnership, we would have won the game,” Moeen said in the post-match press conference.
He is somebody we can learn a lot from: Moeen Ali on Mohammad Rizwan
Moeen also lauded Mohammad Rizwan and urged England to learn from the Pakistani opener. Rizwan was named Player of the Match after scoring 63 runs on a difficult batting surface. It was also Rizwan’s fourth half-century of the series.
“He is a brilliant player and is hard to stop. He is very busy and hits boundaries in awkward positions. He is somebody we can learn a lot from. He saw the situation and adapted to the wicket and has been free-flowing all the time. He took the risks when he needed to and played properly. We have found him quite difficult to bowl to so far,” Moeen added.
With the series at stake, the Moeen Ali-led team will look to get a win in the next match. On the other hand, the Men in Green will look to seal the series. The sixth match of the series will be played at the same venue, Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on the 30th of September.