Pakistan v England LIVE: T20 cricket score and updates as England cruise to victory in Karachi

Babar Azam on the world record chase with his partner Mohd Rizwan

England suffered a bruising defeat in the second T20I of this seven-match series as an unbelievable batting display from Pakistan openers, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam, saw them knock off 200 runs without losing a wicket. Luckily for England it is a quick turnaround with the third T20 coming just a day after they slumped to defeat.

Yesterday, Moeen Ali won the toss and elected to bat first. England started slowly although there were solid contributions from Phil Salt (30), Ben Duckett (43) and Harry Brook (31) before Moeen himself (55*) ended the innings in style propelling England to 199-5 at the halfway stage.

It was a total that seemed out of reach for Pakistan who, two days previously, had only managed to score 158. With no choice but to attack to keep up with the 10 runs per over rate Rizwan and Babar got to work. They were near flawless with one chance – a dropped catch by Alex Hales – the only blemish in their partnership. Rizwan ended up with 88* and Babar (110*) scored his second T20I hundred to get Pakistan over the line at a canter. The series is now level at 1-1 and is well poised for more drama and excitement this evening.

Follow all the action from Karachi as Pakistan host England in the third T20 of the series:

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Pakistan 115-5 (15), Masood 41, Nawaz 15, Wood 2-18 (3), Pakistan require 222 runs to win

England’s most destructive bowler, Mark Wood, is brought back on to bowl at Mohammad Nawaz. He flung a delivery down at 97mph earlier in the match which is crazy quick.

Pace isn’t everything though if the line isn’t good. He’s off target and Nawaz guides the ball down to fine leg for four runs!

Bang! A slower ball from Wood is pounced on by Nawaz who smokes him over cover and earns another boundary. 10 runs come from the over.

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Pakistan 105-5 (14), Masood 41, Nawaz 5, Curran 1-25 (3), Pakistan require 222 runs to win

Curran gets another over and does well to keep it tight with three runs coming from the first four balls.

He targets the base of the stumps and makes it tricky for the batters to get underneath the ball and work it away to the boundary. Just five runs came from the over.

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Pakistan 100-5 (13), Masood 39, Nawaz 2, Moeen 0-30, Pakistan require 222 runs to win

100 up for Pakistan! Shan Masood is playing a lone hand for Pakistan and is picking up boundaries when they’re on equipment. A single for Nawaz ends the over and brings up the host’s 100.

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Pakistan 91-5 (12), Masood 32, Nawaz 0, Rashid 1-24 (3), Pakistan require 222 runs to win

Mohammad Nawaz is the new batter but Shan Masood is on strike for the final ball of Rashid’s third over and he guides it away for one.

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Wicket! Khushdil Shah 29 (21) c. Brook b. Rashid, Pakistan 90-5 (11.5)

Another one! Khushdil looks to go over the top of long-off but doesn’t connect well enough and spoons the ball straight to Harry Brook.

Adil Rashid has his first wicket!

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Pakistan 90-4 (11.4), Masood 32, Khushdil 29, Rashid 0-23 (2.4), Pakistan require 222 runs to win

More spin from England as Rashid comes back on.

The field is better placed for the ball angled across the left-handed batters and Masood picks out the boundary rider and is limited to one.

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Pakistan 86-4 (11), Masood 31, Khushdil 27, Moeen 0-22 (2), Pakistan require 222 runs to win

Moeen Ali brings himself back one. Pakistan in effect needs two boundaries every over and anything less than that is a good effort from England.

Three singles bring up the 50 partnership between this pair.

Six! That was needed! Five singles come from the first five balls before Masood whacks one over cow corner for a maximum!

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Pakistan 75-4 (10), Masood 24, Khushdil 24, Curran 1-20 (2) Pakistan require 222 runs to win

Pakistan have recovered slightly but they’ve still got a long way to go. Roughly 150 runs needed off the last 10 overs with only six wickets in hand. These two batters need to stay in until the end if they’ve got any hope of winning the game.

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Pakistan 75-4 (10), Masood 24, Khushdil 24, Curran 1-20 (2) Pakistan require 222 runs to win

Here’s Sam Curran for another go.

He cramps Masood for room but the Pakistan batters run well between the stumps and scramble back for two as the ball rolls into the legside.

A pull shot brings one as Curran rolls his fingers over the ball to send it down slower.

Six! Khushdil Shah swivels on top of a short ball and guides it over backward square leg for and maximum. 15 runs from the over as Masood ramps Curran for four more from the last delivery.

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Pakistan 60-4 (9), Masood 17, Khushdil 16, Rashid 0-20 (2) Pakistan require 222 runs to win

Shan Masood collects two before lifting Rashid over extra-cover to earn four more! That shot brings up the Pakistan 50 as well.

A full toss from Rashid then gets dispatched into the stands for six! This is fine batting from Masood. 14 runs came from that over as the hosts looked to get back into this game.

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