The opening match of the IT20 series between England and Pakistan was an absolute thriller in Nottingham as nearly 450 runs were scored in front of a packed house.

Liam Livingstone scored a quite brilliant century but unfortunately, that was in a losing cause as the tourists claimed victory by 32 runs.

England bowled tightly in the first over after sending Pakistan into bat at Trent Bridge. David Willey troubled Babar Azam early on as he edged behind within the first few deliveries, only for the ball to fall just short of Dawid Malan at first slip.

Babar finally got going in the third when he creamed Willey for three 4s. That didn’t come without a bit of luck, though. The umpire turned down an LBW appeal that Eoin Morgan reviewed but despite the ball pitching in line, it was just missing leg stump.

Pakistan dominated the bowling from that moment as they finished the powerplay on 49-0. Babar and Rizwan continued to motor as the latter scooped Livingstone for a boundary in his first over.

Babar went to 50 from 35 balls, punishing leg spinner Matt Parkinson. The World’s number one ranked batsman in ODI cricket smacked him for a big six in the 12th over as Pakistan’s 100 came up. The very next ball, Babar swept a flat-six into a raucous crowd at Nottingham.

The result of those two lusty blows sent the tourists to their highest opening partnership against England in IT20s. It wasn’t long before Rizwan brought up his half-century either, moving to the landmark after just 34 deliveries.

Babar was showing unbelievable touch and class, smacking the first ball of Lewis Gregory’s second over for a huge six straight back over his head. Gregory hit back, though, getting Rizwan to feather behind to Jonny Bairstow for 63 off 41.

Shan Maqsood came to the crease and was dropped first ball by the ‘keeper but he soon departed after taking Tom Curran for two 6s in one over.

Bairstow managed to hold onto his next opportunity as Willey picked up the vital wicket of Babar, edging behind for a quite brilliant 85.

Zaman took Saqib Mahmood for three maximums in the 18th to nudge the score beyond 200 and then Mohammad Hafeez lifted Pakistan to over 220, slamming Curran for 16 in one over. The English bowler bounced back and bowled him with an excellent yorker in the penultimate over.

The final six balls were delivered by Mahmood who claimed Zaman for 26 off just eight. Imad Wasim was run out off the final ball but that wasn’t before Pakistan made a whopping 232 for the loss of six wickets, their highest ever IT20 score.

In reply, Malan struggled from the outset and skewed a drive straight back to Shaheen in his first over after making just a single from six balls.

Bairstow ended the second over with a sweep for four and then Jason Roy began the third with a huge six to put Pakistan under early pressure. The Surrey batsman followed that by clubbing two huge maximums, taking the over for a whopping 20 runs.

Another six came at the start of the fourth but Bairstow soon sent one high into the evening sky, being caught for 11.

The visitors continued to press and then it was Moeen Ali’s turn to be caught in the deep. Two Pakistan fielders collided but the catch was still taken brilliantly.

England ended their powerplay on 69, 20 runs ahead of where their opponents were at the same point in the encounter.

Livingstone played a gem, however, carting four sixes off Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan. The latter finally brought an end to Roy’s entertaining innings of 32 from 13 as another English batsman found a fielder.

Livingstone continued in dominating fashion by dispatching the bowling to all parts of Trent Bridge. He brought up his fifty – the quickest by an England player in IT20s from just 17 balls. After smacking another six from the next ball, his strike rate stood at an enormous 311. The sound from his bat was simply stunning.

Morgan departed for 16 which brought one of the heroes from the ODI series to the crease; Gregory.

He went trying to smack a lusty blow down the ground but Livingstone stuck to his task before bringing up a quite staggering century.

The Lancashire star thundered a brutal 42-ball hundred, the fastest ever by an England player in IT20 cricket.

Willey smacked a big six early in his innings but with Livingstone back in the hutch, hopes faded quickly. Curran was run out and then Willey planted one to a fielder down the ground after making 16.

England ultimately fell short of the target, ending on 201 after a memorable night of cricket.