Alex Hales stars on comeback as England win T20I series opener on return to Pakistan | Cricket News

England limited Pakistan to 158-7 despite strong opening partnership from Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam; Alex Hales and Harry Brook lead England to comfortable victory; Watch the second T20I between Pakistan and England live on Sky Sports Cricket at 3pm on Thursday

Last Updated: 20/09/22 7:26pm

Alex Hales hit 53 on his return to international cricket as England defeated Pakistan in the first T20.

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Alex Hales hit 53 on his return to international cricket as England defeated Pakistan in the first T20.

Alex Hales hit 53 on his return to international cricket as England defeated Pakistan in the first T20.

Alex Hales scored a half-century on his return to international cricket as England marked their first match in Pakistan for 17 years with a six-wicket T20 victory over the hosts.

With Karachi hosting England’s first match in Pakistan since 2005, an excellent opening partnership between Mohammad Rizwan (68) and captain Babar Azam (31) thrilled the home crowd, before England hit back through Adil Rashid (2-27) and debutant Luke Wood (3-24) to limit them to 158-7.

England then made a strong start to their run chase as Hales (53) anchored the innings, but regular Pakistan wickets ensured the game remained tense until Harry Brook (42 not out) produced a thrilling cameo to see the tourists home with four balls to spare.

The victory gives England an early advantage in the seven-match series, as they seek to find form ahead of the start of the T20 World Cup in Australia next month.

Moeen Ali captained England in the absence of Jos Buttler, who is expected to return from a calf injury later in the series, with several other notable names, including Test captain Ben Stokes, left at home to rest ahead of the World Cup.

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