Cricket-Banton shines for England before rain ends T20 v Pakistan


MANCHESTER, England, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Tom Banton blasted an impressive 71 before England's opening T20 international against Pakistan was abandoned because of rain at a soggy Old Trafford on Friday.

Batting first, England initially struggled as they lost Jonny Bairstow to the fifth ball of the match, but fellow opener Banton struck five sixes in his knock as England reached 131-6 in 16.1 overs before the weather closed in.

The umpires eventually called off play at just past 9pm local time with the outfield too wet to continue.

Banton's 42-ball knock accelerated England's innings but Pakistan hit back to take four wickets for 14 runs.

Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan both claimed two victims while Iftikhar Ahmed had captain Eoin Morgan lbw. Dawid Malan was run out for 23, England's second-highest score.

The second match in the series is on Sunday.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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