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England Clinch T20I series against Pakistan with exciting victory

Manchester, July 21 (IANS) A 36-ball 64 by Jason Roy and a 4-time separation by Adil Rashid drove England to a series-winning three-wick victory over Pakistan in the third and final T20 International at Old Trafford.

England followed up their 3-0 victory over the visitors in the One-Day Internationals with a 2-1 series victory on Tuesday night. Pakistan’s team is now flying to the Caribbean for a limited overs and test tour.

Chasing after the goal of 155 for victory, England’s Chris Jordan scored the winning race with only two balls left.

England had squared off the series with a win at Headingley on July 18 and set for a win-take-all meeting in Manchester in the final match of Pakistan’s limited-overs tour.

Skipper Eoin Morgan got his spinners and opening batsman Jason Roy to thank for the win, with Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali selected by the bowlers.

Pakistan won the throw and chose to strike first, but the arrival of England’s spinners in the attack limited the tourist flow of tourists.

Rashid removed captain Babar Azam in 11 with only his second ball, leaving Pakistan 42/1 in the final end of the powerplay. And the leg spinner took two more wickets in his second overtime and took the scalp of both Sohaib Maqsood (13) and Mohammad Hafeez (1).

The 33-year-old finished with career-best T20I numbers at 4/35 from his four overs. Moeen also threw almost flawless deliveries, including only 19 runs in his four overs, with Pakistan not hitting the 34-year-old off-spinner for a single boundary.

In the end, it was Pakistani opener Mohammad Rizwan who made the bulk of the scoring, leading the team to 154/6 from the 20 overs, finishing on an unbeaten 76 out of 57 balls.

For England, it looked like an easy run as Roy got the home side pre-run with a blistering 36-ball 64.

But somewhat weak batting by accompanying opener Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow put pressure on the hosts. Captain Morgan found a bit of timely form and smashed two sixes in a quick guy 21 to put England on the brink of victory.

The victory of the series ensures that England remains at the top of the ICC men’s T20I rankings, while Pakistan remains fourth.

Short score: Pakistan 154/6 in 20 overs (Md Rizwan 76; A Rashid 4/35) lost to England 155/7 in 19.4 overs (Jason Roy 64, D Malan 31; Md Hafeez 3/28) with 3 wickets.

–IANS

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