result
1st T20I (N), Dubai (DSC), Nov 26 2015, England tour of United Arab Emirates
160/5
(20 ov, target 161)146
England won by 14 runs
Player Of The Match
53 (25) & 2 catches
sam-billings
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• The Report by George Dobell

Billings and Plunkett inspire England win

England were vindicated in their decision to use an international match to experiment with team changes, after their fringe players powered them to a 14-run victory over Pakistan in Dubai

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Scores: Venkat Raghav
Comms: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
England160/5(20 overs)
Pakistan146/10(20 overs)
end of over 205 runs • 2 wickets
PAK: 146/10CRR: 7.30 
Sohail Tanvir25 (22)
Reece Topley 4-0-24-3
Chris Jordan 4-0-37-0

A breathless game that was more one-sided than Pakistan's tail let on. Sam Billings produced a brilliant cameo, Liam Plunkett unleashed fury and hellfire. Stephen Parry's superb spell of slow-mo spin was critical. And Pakistan never recovered from the failings of their top-order.

So, thanks for reading. Have a look at George Dobell's match report, which will be updated here shortly, and have a gander at this factoid as well. In becoming the oldest player from a Test country to make his T20I debut, Rafatullah Mohmand beat a few with more than 20,000 international runs. More in our Top Fives.

Shakeena Samadh: "Mr. Miller make sure to remind people of tomorrows pink ball thriller too :)" Oh yes, indeed. History in the making at Adelaide tonight... tune in, or drop out.

Join us again tomorrow for the second match of three.

19.6
W
Topley to Imran Khan, OUT

nope, he can't! A swing, an edge, all over Red Rover!

Imran Khan c †Billings b Topley 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Imran on strike ... can he score?

19.5
1
Topley to Tanvir, 1 run

bunted down to Moeen at long-off, who gathers on the bounce

19.4
Topley to Tanvir, no run

swished down the ground, but all along the ground

So Imran Khan, Test cricket's runless wonder, is at the crease. EDIT: Apparently it's a different Imran Khan. Of course it is. They are legion!

Aftab.Dawn: "@Miller: for you what was the turning point of this match?" Billings' Billscoops ...

19.3
W
Topley to Wahab Riaz, OUT

smashed down the ground! Huge excitement for a split-second as the crowd sense a six, but Moeen at long-on is in position to poop the party ...

Wahab Riaz c Ali b Topley 21 (23m 13b 4x4 0x6) SR: 161.53
19.2
4
Topley to Wahab Riaz, FOUR runs

similar delivery, Wahab stands his ground this time and flails a one-bounce four over long-off!

19.1
Topley to Wahab Riaz, no run

outside off, swinging away, and Topley gets away with one. The batsman gave himself too much room to connect with his wallop

end of over 1910 runs
PAK: 141/8CRR: 7.42 RRR: 20.00
Wahab Riaz17 (10)
Sohail Tanvir24 (20)
Chris Jordan 4-0-37-0
Reece Topley 3-0-19-1
18.6
1
Jordan to Wahab Riaz, 1 run

full toss again, but shanked to mid-off. Twenty from six is the equation

18.5
4
Jordan to Wahab Riaz, FOUR runs

full toss, flashed away past the diving Billings! Another four, and Pakistan cling to hope!

Ryan: "If England win and Plunkett does not get Man of the Match then it is confirmed that Cricket is a Batsmen game. I am a batsmen by the way."

18.4
4
Jordan to Wahab Riaz, FOUR runs

full once more, but just a fraction of width allowed Wahab to free his arms and pierce the point boundary

18.3
Jordan to Wahab Riaz, no run

finding his yorker again, good stuff from Jordan. This is killing Pakistan's prospects

Fine leg comes up, but a deep square leg also in place

18.2
1
Jordan to Tanvir, 1 run

spanked from a full length, but again, no chance to get under the ball and over the rope

suleman: "Aah Lords 2009, I think Pakistan have a real chance again for T20 WC, if Amir and Umer Gul gets back into the team and also their batsman starts playing responsibly."

18.1
Jordan to Tanvir, no run

very full, angled across the left-hander, very difficult to get any power or elevation on that

So, 30 runs from 12 balls. And Jordan back in the attack. A big over now is a must for Pakistan

end of over 1810 runs
PAK: 131/8CRR: 7.27 RRR: 15.00
Sohail Tanvir23 (18)
Wahab Riaz8 (6)
Reece Topley 3-0-19-1
Liam Plunkett 4-0-21-3
17.6
1
Topley to Tanvir, 1 run

yorker. Good comeback. No getting that one away

17.6
1w
Topley to Tanvir, 1 wide

slower ball, clever thinking (I think) but a bit of a jumbled release. Out of the back of the hand, like a badly executed Jade Dernbach impression

17.5
Topley to Tanvir, no run

lovely ball, an inswinging yorker, just grazes past the off stump. But the priceless dot is almost as important

17.4
Topley to Tanvir, no run

slower ball, and well bowled that time

17.4
1w
Topley to Tanvir, 1 wide

down the leg-side, pressure, pressure!

17.3
6
Topley to Tanvir, SIX runs

flogged, on the up, over midwicket. Get some of that

Umer Virk: "I am following match on cricnfo and studying as well .i was wandering why afridi is not coming for bat . Then I open scorecard and I came to know he is already done as usual " He'll always have Lord's 2009 ...

17.2
1
Topley to Wahab Riaz, 1 run

fuller, straighter, pushed to cover

17.1
Topley to Wahab Riaz, no run

down on one knee. The "will-you-marry-me" air-shot. Negative, is the jilting answer

lokesh: "Tough to say that "the game is over " both batsman at the crease have shown their capabilities with the bat at crucial times !!" It's a big ask ... can't afford many accidents... here's Topley

Best performances - batters
Sam Billings portrait
SW Billings ENG
53 runs (25)
5 fours
2 sixes
Control76%
Productive shot
flick
16 runs
1 four
1 six
3143261816
Eoin Morgan portrait
EJG Morgan ENG
45 runs (38)
3 fours
1 six
Control79%
Productive shot
cut shot
9 runs
1 four
0 six
07547976
Best performances - bowlers
Liam Plunkett portrait
LE Plunkett ENG
O
4
M
0
R
21
W
3
ECO
5.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Reece Topley portrait
RJW Topley ENG
O
4
M
0
R
24
W
3
ECO
6
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossEngland, elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of United Arab Emirates
Season2015/16
Player Of The Match
Sam Billings
Sam Billings
Series resultEngland led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 468
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.25, Interval 21.25-21.45, Second Session 21.45-23.10
Match days26 November 2015 - night (20-over match)
T20I debut
James Vince
James Vince
Rafatullah Mohmand
Rafatullah Mohmand
Umpires
Pakistan Image
Ahsan Raza
Pakistan Image
Shozab Raza
TV Umpire
Pakistan Image
Ahmed Shahab
Reserve Umpire
Pakistan Image
Khalid Mahmood
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Ranjan Madugalle