T20 World Cup: England defeats Pakistan by six wickets in the final warm-up match in Australia.
As Jos Buttler's side chases down their victory target of 161 inside 15 overs, Harry Brook top-scores with an unbeaten 45, while Ben Stokes (36) and Sam Curran (33no) also impress. England will begin their T20 World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on Saturday, live on All Sports Cricket.
In their final warm-up match before the T20 World Cup in Australia, England defeated Pakistan by six wickets.
Pakistan made a quick start but were limited to 160-8 after being put into bat by Jos Buttler in a game reduced to 19 overs per side in Brisbane due to a brief rain delay.
England responded strongly, with Ben Stokes making a quickfire 36, while some power hitting from Liam Livingstone (28) and England's middle order helped them race to victory.
As England raced to their target with more than four overs to spare, Harry Brook hit four sixes in an unbeaten 45 and formed an unbroken 59-run fifth-wicket stand with Sam Curran (29*).
The story of England's triumph
Stokes overstepped twice without penalty in the first over before being called at the third attempt, as Masood and Mohammad Rizwan got off to a quick start to give Pakistan an early advantage.
England, who rotated their pace attack throughout the first few overs, broke through in the fifth over when Haider (18) top-edged a short Stokes delivery, giving Buttler a routine catch.
Masood kept finding boundaries and was on 39 when he misjudged an attempt to hit Livingstone over extra cover, resulting in Curran catching in the deep, before Willey trapped Shadab Khan lbw and removed Khushdil Shah in consecutive deliveries.
Iftikhar Ahmed (22) was stranded after a calamitous run out just before the rain delay, while Curran claimed his wicket when he caught Mohammad Nawaz (10) behind to leave Pakistan 124-6.
Asif Ali (14) was run out after a Willey delivery came off his shoulder, and he was replaced by Wasim, who made a quickfire 26 off 16 balls before being dismissed by Jordan with the penultimate ball of the innings.
England lost Phil Salt (1) in the second over of their innings but quickly took the lead when Stokes hit back-to-back sixes as part of a 20-run over against Mohammad Hasnain, reaching 36 before Wasim made the crucial breakthrough.
Pakistan blew a routine run-out opportunity when Brook and Livingstone attempted a single on a misfield, with Livingstone being dropped twice in the next over before being caught by Shadab for Wasim's second wicket.
Brook hit 45 off 24 deliveries and Curran hit 33 off 14 balls, and the pair's aggressive batting saw England home with 4.2 overs to spare.
"We got everything we wanted," says Buttler.
England begin their T20 World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on Saturday, October 22, live on All Sports Cricket at 11.30 a.m., with Pakistan facing India the following day in Melbourne.
"We got everything we wanted out of today," Buttler said after the six-wicket win. "It was great to see Liam Livingstone back on the field after a significant injury, get four overs into Chris Jordan who has returned from a broken finger, and Brook and Curran getting some time out in the middle."
What else occurred during the World Cup warm-up games?
In a last-over cameo, Mohammed Shami took three wickets and assisted in a run out to help India defeat defending champions Australia by six runs.
Australia were on 171-4 and needed only 16 from the final 12 balls to win at the Gabba, but they were bowled out for 180 in response to India's 186-7. The slide began when top-scorer Aaron Finch was bowled for 76, while Shami claimed 3-4 in the game's final over.
In other news, South Africa defeated New Zealand by nine wickets after dismissing the Black Caps for 98. Rilee Rossouw hit an unbeaten half-century.
All Sports has live coverage of the T20 World Cup. Watch England vs. Afghanistan live on All Sports Cricket on Saturday, October 22 at 11.30 a.m.