England win T20 series against Pakistan

Wednesday 02nd December 2015 05:20 EST

The third T20 match between England and Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Stadium ended in a tie and went down to a super over to decide the winner. In the Super Over, Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal were unable to get Chris Jordan away and finished on just three runs. Only one run came off the bat and Jordan also clean bowled Akmal with his last ball. England sent out captain Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler and they got the required four runs in the fifth ball.

Earlier, Pakistan could not make the 10 runs required in the last over bowled by Chris Woakes. Sohail Tanvir, who came in at the fall of Afridi's wicket, smashed a straight six off Woakes' second ball of the last over which brought down Pakistan's target to just four runs off the last four balls. But Malik (75 in 54 balls) was out on the penultimate ball of the innings, holing out to Sam Billings in long on when Pakistan needed just two runs. Tanvir managed to steal a bye of the last ball to tie the score.

Pakistan lost its first two wickets in David Willey's first over, including a needless run out of Mohammad Hafeez. England's spinners - Moeen Ali (1-22) and Adil Rashid (1-29) - bowled well and Pakistan was 65-5 in 11.1 overs when Afridi joined Malik. Malik reached his 50 in 39 balls. It was his first half century in 16 matches, and he quickly crossed his previous highest of 57 not out against India in Bangalore in 2012.

Afridi (29 in 20 balls) smashed three sixes and the 50 of the partnership came in just 29 balls at the end of 16 overs. But after adding 63 runs for the sixth wicket, the captain departed, trying to lift a Willey slower delivery over the leg side but exposed his leg stump and was clean bowled.

Earlier, Morgan won the toss and elected to bat first. The move backfired immediately when debutant fast bowler Aamer Yamin trapped Jason Roy leg before wicket with his first delivery in international cricket.

Joe Root (32 in 21 balls) then joined James Vince and added a quickfire 46 runs for the second wicket before Afridi brought himself into the attack in the sixth over and stuck immediately, removing Root by clean bowling him with his fifth ball, and then accepted a return catch from Moeen Ali (0) off his sixth delivery.

England was 82-6 at one stage, but Woakes and Vince put together the best partnership of the innings - 60 for the seventh wicket - before Woakes (37 in 24 balls) top-edged Tanvir to Akmal at the boundary.

Vince was the last man to go in the penultimate ball of the innings, his 46 coming in 45 balls.

For Pakistan, Afridi (2-19) and Tanvir (2-36) were the most successful bowlers. England won both the earlier two T20 matches.

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