Phil Salt was at his devastating best during the sixth Pakistan vs England T20I as he played a whirlwind knock at the Gaddafi Stadium. The right-handed batsman came out to open the innings with Alex Hales and gave England a flying start in the must-win clash.
He hit a four on the very first ball of England’s chase and did not look back after that. In the first over, he scored two fours before hitting Shahnawaz Dahani for a four and a six in the second over. He and Hales brought up England’s fifty in just 3 overs to lay the foundation for the chase.
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Hales’ knock came to an end in the 4th over but it did not affect Phil Salt much as he kept playing the big shots. By the time the powerplay came to an end, he had raced away to 45 off just 17 balls and went on to complete his second T20I fifty in just 19 balls.
Twitter laud Phil Salt for his knock:
Phil Salt has now scored the third fastest T20I fifty for England. The record for scoring the fastest T20I fifty for England is held by Moeen Ali who did it in just 16 balls. Liam Livingstone is second in the list after scoring a 17-ball fifty while Salt is third in the list.
1️⃣9️⃣ ball half-century from Phil Salt. Obscene. #ENGvsPAK pic.twitter.com/zzTuSzEx1L
— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) September 30, 2022
And as Salt took the Pakistan bowlers to the cleaners, the cricket fraternity took to Twitter to lavish praise on him. Not only the fans, but cricketers and experts hailed Salt too for his incredible batting in Lahore.
Here are some of the reactions to Phil Salt’s knock:
What madness from Phil Salt. Powerplay batting done right is a treat to watch. #PakvEng
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 30, 2022
Phil Salt is peppering Pakistan right now 😜 Good to see #PAKvENG #EnglandCricket
— Justin Allen (@justinallen1976) September 30, 2022
This is awesome to watch @englandcricket 👌👌👌
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) September 30, 2022
Mayhem or a Carnage? Phil Salt & Alex Hales took it away in the first 3 overs. And when you are 74-1 in 5 overs chasing 170, it’s game.
— Dr. Nauman Niaz (@DrNaumanNiaz) September 30, 2022
This is some incredible batting by England. Looks a completely different pitch when they are batting. Had seen a bit of Phil Salt before but this is serious hitting. And Malan’s cover driving!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 30, 2022
ENG doing this easily! Looks to be a different pitch they’re batting on. Top stuff from Phil Salt.#PAKvsENG #t20i #3allloading
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) September 30, 2022
Players like Phil Salt they don’t perform everyday, but boyyy when they do you don’t even know what to do. Highest level of T20 batting
— Dave (@CricketDave27) September 30, 2022
Phil Salt’s scores in this series before tonight: 3, 8, 8, 30 & 10.
He has scored a fifty off just 19 balls tonight, excellent innings. That’s how you trust your resources, great potential too. #PAKvENG
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) September 30, 2022
Phil salt wash pakistani bowlers pic.twitter.com/keztb2nJDs
— Muzammil Muhammad maqsood (@Muzammi75909174) September 30, 2022
Phil Salt has scored more runs for England at Gaddafi Stadium tonight than he did in seven games for Lahore Qalandars here in PSL 2022 🧂
— Matt Roller (@mroller98) September 30, 2022
At the time of compiling this report, Salt was batting on 85 off just 37 balls with England needing 11 more runs to clinch the game. England were given a target of 170 in the must-win clash. A win for England will help them draw level in the series.