England sealed a convincing victory in the second IT20 between themselves and Pakistan to level the series heading into the final match next Tuesday.

The hosts rang the changes and it paid dividends as a fantastic display with the bat was backed up by some excellent bowling, particularly from their three spinners in front of a packed Headingley crowd.

After being sent into bat by Pakistan, Jason Roy looked to get the scoreboard moving immediately. He whacked a huge six towards cow corner with the second ball of the game and then swept for 4 with the third ball. However, the opener got a tad greedy and with the fifth ball, sliced one straight to point off Imad Wasim.

Dawid Malan struggled again and found himself heading back to the hutch for just a single after top-edging the ball attempting to slog sweep.

Jos Buttler returned to the starting XI following injury and showed no signs of any rustiness, hitting a gorgeous ramp for six off the bowling of Hasnain. In the process, he took him for 19 in the fifth over.

England ended the powerplay on 66-2 as a consecutive over went for 19; this time off Haris Rauf. Moeen Ali tucked into the bowling with some delicious on-side hitting, carving several cut shots through the vacant point region.

He eventually went for a brilliant 36 from 16, chipping the ball straight to Babar.

Buttler’s half-century arrived from 33 balls and a fourth-wicket partnership of 50 soon came up between the stand-in skipper and Liam Livingstone.

The former panned one straight to Babar, departing for 59 from 39 deliveries but Livingstone didn’t take his foot off the gas. Between Jonny Bairstow being caught for 13, the centurion from the last game hit two humungous sixes out of the ground. One extraordinary shot disappeared over the stand and into the rugby pitch.

Livingstone was eventually run out for 38 off 23 balls after a slight mix-up with Tom Curran.

A flick for six from Chris Jordan to end the 17th maintained the tempo but he and Curran were both caught in the deep. Adil Rashid was bowled by a fantastic yorker by Rauf but Matt Parkinson came to the wicket and managed to slash a shot to the rope to bring up England’s 200. The innings was subsequently ended with two balls to spare.

Rashid was the man to be given the new ball by Buttler but Rizwan got hold of him straight away during the reply, hitting the leg-spinner over his head for a one-bounce four.

Jordan was smacked for six into the leg side with his second ball by Rizwan who started in incredible touch once again. He and Babar moved to a successive 50 partnership in the sixth over after a delightful stroke to the boundary rope from the Pakistan captain.

However, he was gone next ball as Saqib Mahmood pushed him back in the crease with a short delivery which was excellently taken by Malan diving forward.

Maqsood crashed two boundaries off Moeen but he found no such luck against the leg-spin of Rashid who had him stumped for 15 after a beautiful delivery.

Rashid continued to trouble the tourists and then took a superb caught and bowled to pick up the vital wicket of Rizwan for 37 off 29 balls. The very next delivery was edged behind but it just fell short of Malan at first slip and flew to the boundary.

Moeen bounced back brilliantly during his second spell as England picked up their fourth wicket, removing Hafeez after he was caught in the deep by Bairstow. The spinner then claimed Fakhar Zaman just a few balls later, getting one to turn away from the batsman before it clipped off stump.

The spinners continued to dominate and then Parkinson picked up a well-deserved wicket as Buttler completed his second stumping of the game, removing Azam Khan for one.

The leggy received some tap in the opening game but was exceptional on Sunday, going for just 25 runs in his four overs.

Curran returned to pick up his first wicket of the match, bowling a slower knuckleball into the pitch that completely deceived Imad as the tourists fell to 142-7 at the beginning of the 18th.

With the match all but done and dusted, Mahmood picked up England’s eighth wicket and his second of the afternoon, getting Shaheen to sky one into the palms of Jordan.

He bowled Rauf for his third wicket with a scorching yorker, allowing Curran to close the game out in the final over. Pakistan reached 155, 45 short of the target.

This was a complete performance from England who will now take plenty of confidence into the third and final IT20 at Old Trafford next week.