Mark Butcher slams brainless batting as England blow another run chase against Pakistan


‘Criminal!’: Mark Butcher slams brainless batting as England blow another run chase against Pakistan… and must now win both remaining games to take the series

  • England lost by six runs to Pakistan in the fifth Twenty20 in Lahore today
  • Moeen Ali’s side stuttered in what shout have been a simple run chase of 146
  • Mark Butcher slammed England’s approach on commentary during the game
  • Butcher described it as ‘criminal’, with England now trailing 3-2 in the series 

England were slammed for their ‘criminal’ batting as they slipped to a six-run Twenty20 defeat by Pakistan.

Chasing 146 to win in Lahore, Moeen Ali’s side lost three cheap wickets in the powerplay, and ended up falling just short despite their captain’s 51 not out to go 3-2 down in the seven-match series.

The tourists were also three wickets down after just two overs in Sunday’s three-run defeat in Karachi, and former England batsman Mark Butcher tore into their tactics on comentary, labelling them ‘criminal’ before adding: ‘Their approach seemed daft to me.’

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England captain hit a Moeen Ali brilliant half-century but it was not enough to secure victory

Dawid Malan's resilient innings ended when Iftikhar Ahmed trapped him leg-before for 36

Dawid Malan’s resilient innings ended when Iftikhar Ahmed trapped him leg-before for 36

‘Twice on the trot the batting has stuttered in run chases. It’s not an alarm bells but it might be worth having a chat.’

England must now win here on Friday and Sunday to take the series. 

England stuttered in their chase, throwing away a fantastic bowling performance

England stuttered in their chase, throwing away a fantastic bowling performance

Pakistan held their nerve to win by six runs and go 3-2 up in the seven-match T20 series

Pakistan held their nerve to win by six runs and go 3-2 up in the seven-match T20 series

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