England beat Pakistan in third T20 to win series 2-1
Posted On July 20, 2021
MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Adil Rashid had his career best run before England did just enough in a nervous chase to conclude their home season with a white ball with a thrilling three-wicket victory over the Pakistan in a Twenty20 match at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
The victory gave England the three-game series 2-1.
Leg spinner Rashid took 4-35 as Pakistan were limited to 154-6 after winning the toss, with Mohammad Rizwan at bat during the innings for 76 paces.
England opener Jason Roy, Player of the Match, kicked off the pursuit with a dazzling 64.
But the hosts continued to lose wickets before returning captain Eoin Morgan made a useful 21.
Liam Livingstone, the series player after scoring England’s fastest T20 in the opener at Trent Bridge, hit a six and then finished before Chris Jordan hit the winning points in the final round.
Roy took four limits from Shaheen Shah Afridi’s first time and swept spinner Imad Wasim for six.
His compatriot Jos Buttler was caught well in the depths by Pakistani captain Babar Azam ahead of leg spinner Shadab Khan for a 21.
Roy, on the other hand, completed a 50-ball but on 64 he skied a recovery of Usman Qadir, a leg spinner like his father, the exceptional Abdul Qadir.
Jonny Bairstow cheaply pierced left arm spinner Imad Wasim and when Moeen Ali beat spinner Mohammad Hafeez for one, England were 112-4 on 15 overs.
With four overs remaining, England needed 39 more points to win.
But with Morgan hitting a few fours on Hafeez, England were 126-4 on 17 overs.
Azam, rather than continuing to turn, recalled Paceman Hasan Ali in the attack.
But left-hander Morgan hoisted him up for two sixes separated by three point balls.
But when Hafeez beat Dawid Malan for 31, England still needed 12 to win eight balls.
Liam Livingstone, however, responded by lifting his first ball for six only to be caught the next ball, with England needing six balls for the last.
Livingstone and Morgan then came out in quick succession before a pair of Jordan’s tough deuces ended the match.
Spin proved Pakistan’s defeat for the second game in a row, with striker Moeen taking 1-19 on his four overs in addition to Rashid’s loot.
Rashid knocked down the first three wickets, a goal that included Azam losing just 11 points by wicket keeper Buttler when the star batsman misread a googly.
Moeen capped a spell where he did not concede a limit by having Fakhar Zaman lbw for 24.
Rashid took a wicket with his final delivery when Shadab Khan finished, Rizwan not seeing enough of the strike after finishing a 38 fifty-fifty with two sixes.