Usman Qadir improving, likely to play on Wednesday

PAKvENG: Update on Usman Qadir's thumb injury

Leg-spinner Usman Qadir injured his thumb as he grabbed a blinder in the fourth T20I to send dangerous Alex Hales back to the pavilion.

Mohammad Hasnain bowled a hard length delivery and Alex Hales was forced to check his shot, and Usman Qadir, who was placed at mid-wicket, dived forward to his left to take a stunning catch.



Qadir did really well to make sure that the ball does not bobble out of his hand during his landing. Hales departed after scoring 5 runs off 3 balls.

The 29-year-old couldn’t bowl for Pakistan and left the field after the catch. Iftikhar Ahmed had to bowl the overs in place of him where he gave only 23 runs in four overs.

As per sources, Usman Qadir’s injury has improved and is expected to be fit ahead of the fifth T20I of the series in Lahore on Wednesday.

Talking about the fourth T20I, England kept on losing wickets at regular intervals while chasing 167. Harry Brook and Ben Duckett played knocks of 34 and 33 and the equation came down to 33 off 3 overs to get over England.

Dawson then smashed 24 runs off the 18th over and it looked like England would get over the line easily. However, Haris Rauf brought Pakistan back into the game as he dismissed Liam Dawson (34) and Olly Stone (0) on successive deliveries.

England needed 4 runs off the final over to win, but Reece Topley was run-out in the final over, and Pakistan registered a narrow two-run win.

Earlier, England captain Moeen Ali had won the toss and he decided to bowl first. Mohammad Rizwan played a knock of 88 runs to help Pakistan post 166/4 in 20 overs. Asif Ali also played an unbeaten cameo of 13 runs off just 3 balls to propel Pakistan’s total past the 160-run mark.

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