NOTTINGHAM: Babar Azam led from the front as Pakistan beat England by 31 runs in the first Twenty20 international at Trent Bridge on Friday despite a blistering hundred from Liam Livingstone.
Pakistan captain Azam made 85 and shared an opening stand of 150 with Mohammad Rizwan in a national record T20 total of 232-6.
But Livingstone gave the hosts hope with a 42-ball century, England s quickest in a T20 international and the fifth fastest of all-time, hitting six fours and nine sixes on his way to three figures.
Yet it wasn t enough to prevent Pakistan going 1-0 up in this three-match series, with England bowled out for 201 after player of the match Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shadab Khan took three wickets apiece.
“Everyone took part in today s win,” said Azam following Pakistan s first victory of the tour after a 3-0 reverse in a one-day international series.