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Lone wolf Rizwan helps Pakistan to 154-run total 

Rizwan remained unbeaten after scoring 76 runs off 57 balls 

Lone wolf Rizwan helps Pakistan to 154-run total  PHOTO: Reuters

Lone wolf Mohammad Rizwan helped Pakistan to a total of 154 runs for the loss of six wickets in their allotted overs against a disciplined England attack during the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday. 

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Pakistan were off to a cautious start. 

Opener Babar Azam struggled to middle his shots while fellow opener Mohammad Rizwan looked to be in sublime form. 

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid made the first breakthrough for his side as Babar Azam (11 off 13) danced down the track and missed the ball, only to be stumped by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. 

The spinners started restricting the flow of runs which prompted batsman Sohaib Maqsood (13 off 12) to chance his arm off Adil Rashid, only to be caught by fielder Jason Roy. 

Veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez (one off two) was Rashid’s next victim as he miscued a loose delivery straight into the hands of fielder Jonny Bairstow. 

With Pakistan needing a partnership, batsman Fakhar Zaman combined with Rizwan to form a 45-run partnership off 40 balls to provide a foundation to the innings. 

All-rounder Moeen Ali however removed Fakhar Zaman (24 off 20), given out LBW after an England review, before the batsman could change gears. 

Adil Rashid then returned to remove all-rounder Shadab Khan (two off five), caught by Liam Livingstone, while all-rounder Imad Wasim (three off two) was run out as England piled on the pressure. 

Tailender Hasan Ali remained unbeaten in the end after scoring 15 off nine balls. 

Rizwan however was the rock that drove the entire innings as the prolific batsman remained unbeaten after scoring 76 runs off 57 balls to propel his side to 154 runs for the loss of six wickets in their allotted overs. 

Adil Rashid was the pick of the bowlers for his side, taking four wickets at the expense of 35 runs in his allotted overs.