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Aug 29 2020


Tom Banton Smashes Maiden Half-Century Before Rain Ends England vs Pakistan 1st T20I

Saturday, 29 August 2020

England rising star Tom Banton made a fine 71 before Pakistan fought back in the first Twenty20 international at Old Trafford on Friday only for rain to reduce the match to a no-result washout. England had threatened a huge total while the 21-year-old Banton was compiling his maiden fifty in four T20s at this level. But his exit left England 109-3 and sparked a collapse that saw the 50-over world champions lose four wickets for 14 runs -- all to spin -- in 19 balls. Rain fell with England 131-6 off 16.1 overs.The umpires held a lengthy inspection but decided shortly after 9:00 pm (2000 GMT) that the outfield was too wet to get the game back on.

 

 

 

 

 

But Banton, opening after Jason Roy was ruled out with a side injury, at least had a night to remember after being dropped on five when Iftikhar Ahmed floored a routine slip catch off unfortuante paceman Shaheen Afridi."It was good fun," Banton told Sky Sports. "I struggled to begin with, they bowled quite nicely and then I just backed myself when the spinners came on. There was a small boundary on one side."Pakistan struck five balls after captain Babar Azam won the toss when left-arm spinner Imad Wasim caught and bowled Jonny Bairstow.

 

 

 

 

But Banton took charge with two slog-swept sixes off consecutive balls from leg-spinner Shadab Khan.He went on to complete a 33-ball fifty featuring three fours and three sixes before scooping paceman Haris Rauf for an audacious six over fine leg only to slice Imad to extra-cover.England captain Eoin Morgan was then lbw to Iftikhar Ahmed before Moeen Ali was well caught by Mohammad Rizwan off Shadab.

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