England win third T20 to win series against Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford

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England win third T20 to win series against Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford




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The best of the action from the third T20 match between England and Pakistan.

The best of the action from the third T20 match between England and Pakistan.

England clinched a 2-1 victory over Pakistan with a three-wicket victory in a thriller at Emirates Old Trafford.

After being placed 155 to win, Jason Roy smashed 64 of 36 balls to get the hosts in their way, but he fell to 11th and with the pitch getting harder to beat, the Pakistani spinners took control. , the wickets fell and the tension increased before England crossed the line with two balls to lose.

Despite facing just two balls, series player Liam Livingstone made a revealing contribution for the third game in a row, with 12 needed on eight balls he hammered his first ball for six.

He was caught on the next ball but with just six balls needed for the final England were able to survive the loss of Eoin Morgan’s second ball and a pair of Chris Jordan’s deuces finished the job.

Chris Jordan helped England cross the finish line with two balls to lose in Manchester

Adil Rashid was England’s star with the ball, winning the IT20’s top 20 numbers of 4-35, while Pakistan’s innings were built on a second half-century of Mohammad Rizwan’s series (76 against 57).

England now have to wait until the fall for their next white ball game when they face Pakistan again for the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

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After winning the toss and choosing to strike, Pakistan adopted their usual approach of controlled aggression while trying to minimize risk in the power play, with Rizwan throwing David Willey longer for six in the third.

Babar Azam (11) had failed to make his voice heard and frustration finally got the better of him in sixth when he came to charge the pitch, missed a googly Rashid with a savage hack and was taken aback by a distance.

Rashid was brought back at the other end and struck twice in the ninth, Sohaib Maqsood (13) long kicking the ball straight to Roy before Mohammad Hafeez (1) made a long jump to Jonny Bairstow in the deep square leg.

Just like in the second T20 at Emerald Headingley, the English spinners managed to gain the upper hand over Pakistan in the middle of the overs with Moeen Ali (1-19) particularly stingy, preventing any limit on his four overs and claiming the wicket of Fakhar Zaman (24), lbw, in his latest.

Mohammad Rizwan led the way for Pakistan with an unbeaten 76 on 57 balls

Mohammad Rizwan led the way for Pakistan with an unbeaten 76 on 57 balls

Rizwan had gone to his eighth IT20 fifty out of 38 balls and was holding Pakistan with opportune limits but lacked support at the other end.

Rashid ended his spell with the wicket of Shadab Khan (2) before Imad Wasim (3) was exhausted coming back for a third which would have been simple but for a lazy run.

Hasan Ali (15 v 9) helped Rizwan late, but a superb final against Chris Jordan only cost five to keep the tourists at a competitive, but accessible total.

England’s response followed a similar pattern with Roy breaking out of the traps, hitting four limits from Shaheen Afridi in the second round, but Jos Buttler had a rare day where his timing was wrong.

Jason Roy gave England a good start in the chase with 64 of 36 balls

Jason Roy gave England a good start in the chase with 64 of 36 balls

He had a life in 15 when Maqsood misjudged a chance after Buttler (21) skied one in the overhangs, but he later left in the Shadab, another shot was sent to the sky and Babar had been safe under him for a long time.

As in the Pakistani rounds, the spinners made life extremely difficult for the drummers. Roy was the exception though, crushing the ball to the limit nine times and clearing it once on his way to a 30-ball fifty, his sixth in IT20s.

Usman Qadir, brought in for his first appearance in the series, was swept for two more fours by Roy, only for England’s opener to change his plan and try to hit the legpinner over his head, resulting in a direct outlet for Fakhar at all throughout.

Shadab Khan sacked Jos Buttler as Pakistani spinners dominated middlemen

Shadab Khan sacked Jos Buttler as Pakistani spinners dominated middlemen

With Roy gone, the limits dried up with Bairstow (5) and Ali (1) sidelined as they tried to rectify the situation and England found themselves stuck at 112-4 after 15 overs.

Hafeez’s part-time off-spin was first used in the series to allow Pakistan to stick only to the end-of-power-play rotation until the 18th, when Morgan and Dawid Malan had brought England within 19 to victory.

Hasan Ali had four points over as he brilliantly varied his pace, but Morgan threw the other two, including the last ball, down the leg side for six to boost his team’s chances.

Hafeez was handed the penultimate and when he beat Malan (31) England were still shy at 12 with eight balls remaining – far from straightforward given the conditions.

Livingstone saw it differently, getting down on one knee and hitting his first ball high on the deep midwicket for a whopping six to put England firmly in control.

Stuart Broad thrilled with England's spectacular victory over Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford

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Stuart Broad thrilled with England’s spectacular victory over Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford

Stuart Broad thrilled with England’s spectacular victory over Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford

It was his last contribution of the series as he dropped the next ball trying to finish the job with another maximum, instead handing Hafeez (3-28) his third wicket.

With Morgan on strike, England remained a clear favorite, but when the captain completely missed the first ball, sending it high on the Manchester night, it looked like another twist was in sight, only for Hasan Ali to land a steeplechase catch on his own bowling alley.

Morgan made the next hole with England four away from the win, but Jordan kept his cool, pushing the ball twice into the side of the legs and stepping back for two to seal a spectacular victory in front of a boisterous crowd, a appropriate end to an exciting series.

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