England thrash Pakistan in third T20, win series 2-1

Pakistan vs England 3rd T20

Pakistan vs England 3rd T20

In the Twenty20 decider at Old Trafford on Tuesday, Adil Rashid took a career-best haul before England just did enough in a nervous chase to win by three wickets.

The victory gave England a 2-1 advantage in the series.

Rashid took 4-35 as Pakistan was restricted to 154-6 after winning the toss. Mohammad Rizwan batted through the innings for 76 not out.

With a 64, Jason Roy, the player of the match, got England’s chase off to a brisk start.

However, the hosts continued to lose wickets until captain Eoin Morgan made a useful 21.

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At Trent Bridge, England’s fastest T20 century by Liam Livingstone was hit for sixes and then holed out in the final over before Chris Jordan scored the winning runs. Livingstone was named the player of the series after the opener.

Shaheen Shah Afridi ripped Roy for four boundaries in the first over he bowled and swept Imad Wasim for six runs.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam caught Jos Buttler in the deep by Shadab Khan off leg-spinner Shadab Khan for a scratchy 21.

By contrast, Roy completed a 30-ball fifty, but on 64 he skied a catch off Usman Qadir, a leg spinner like his father, Abdul Qadir.

England were 112-4 after 15 overs when Jonny Bairstow holed out cheaply to left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, and Moeen Ali was bowled charging at off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez for one.

England needed 39 more runs to win with four overs left.

Morgan hit a couple of fours off Hafeez, however, and England was 126-4 off 17 overs.

Rather than continue spinning, Azam called Hasan Ali into the attack.

However, left-hander Morgan hoisted him for two sixes separated by three dot balls.

However, even after Hafeez bowled Dawid Malan for 31, England still needed 12 runs off eight balls to win.

After Liam Livingstone hoisted his first ball for six, he was caught next ball, with England needing six off the last over.

The match was ended by a pair of hard-run twos from Jordan after Livingstone and Morgan both got out in quick succession.

For the second match in a row, spin proved Pakistan’s undoing, with off-spinner Moeen taking 1-19 from four overs along with Rashid’s haul.

Rashid took the first three wickets to fall, including having Azam stumped by Buttler for just 11 when the star batsman misread a googly.

Bringing Fakhar Zaman to the crease for 24 capped Moeen’s spell without conceding a boundary.

Rizwan didn’t see enough of the strike after completing a 38-ball fifty, which featured two sixes when Rashid took the wicket with his last delivery when Shadab Khan holed out.

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