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England visited Pakistan after 17 years, how could we deny them trophy: Ramiz Raja

England thrashed Pakistan in a seven-match T20 series by beating the home side in the finale, but PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja had something more intriguing to bring to record.

In a casual remark after the match, Raja said England visited after 17 years, saying “how could we deny them the trophy” — a statement that surprised many and conspiracy theorists told KhabarNaamaa that the comments of Raja were proof that Pakistan team allegedly underperformed instead of blown away by England’s brilliance.

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Dawid Malan hit a brilliant half-century and pace bowler Chris Woakes took three wickets as England thrashed Pakistan by 67 runs in Lahore on Sunday to win the seven-match T20 international series 4-3.

Malan hit a 47-ball 78 not out and was ably supported by Harry Brook (46 not out) and Ben Duckett (30) to lift England to 209-3 in 20 overs.

The visitors then restricted the home team to 142-8 to end their first tour to Pakistan in 17 years with a series victory.

England won the first, third, sixth and seventh games while Pakistan won the second, fourth and fifth.

The result denied Pakistan their first T20I multi-game series win over England, who have won five while drawing the other two.

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