Morgan's onslaught propels England to seven-wicket win

England skipper remained unbeaten on 57 runs

Morgan's onslaught propels England to seven-wicket win PHOTO: AFP

England Skipper Eoin Morgan played a blazing knock of 57 from 29 balls to defeat Pakistan in the only T20 International by seven wickets.

The home side received an early setback in their chase of 174, as pacer Shaheen Afridi removed opener Ben Duckett for 7 in the third over.

Opener James Vince and top-order batsman Joe Root tried to recover from the early jolt, but a lucky strike by all-rounder Imad Wasim got rid of Vince for 36.

After Vince departure, Root stitched an important partnership of 65 runs with the England captain Eoin Morgan to put the chase back on track.

Right-arm pacer Hasan Ali provided a whiff of a chance after removing Root for 47, with England still needing 43 runs off 27 deliveries.

However, all-rounder Joe Denly played a handy cameo of 20 runs in the end to ensure a comfortable win for the home side.

Earlier, Pakistan posted 173-6 in their allotted 20 overs, after winning the toss and electing to bat first.

Pakistan was in trouble early as they lost both their openers, Fakhar Zaman and Imamul Haq inside the powerplay.

Middle-order duo of Babar Azam and Haris Sohail put the innings back on track through a brilliant 103-run stand.

However, pacer Jofra Archer pegged Pakistan back through a double strike in the 16th over, removing Azam and Sohail for 65 and 50 respectively.

Pakistan continued losing the momentum as a mix up led to a run-out of the lower-order batsman Asif Ali for 3.

However, cameos from all-rounders Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf of 18 and 17 respectively, ensured a competitive total for Pakistan.

Morgan was adjudged player of the match for his explosive innings.