England win nail-biting third T20 to clinch series against Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford

England beat Pakistan by three wickets in a dramatic third IT20 at Emirates Old Trafford to seal a 2-1 series victory; Adil Rashid takes IT20’s best figures of 4-35, but Jason Roy hits 64 of 36 balls as the hosts chase 155 with two balls to spare.

Jason Roy got England off to a good start in the chase with 64 of 36 balls

England secured a 2-1 series win over Pakistan with a three-wicket victory in a thrilling thriller at Emirates Old Trafford.

Having been set 155 to win, Jason Roy broke 64 of 36 balls to put the hosts in their path, but fell in the 11th and with the pitch getting harder to hit, the Pakistani spinners took hold, the wickets fell and the tension increased. before England slid over the line with two balls to spare.

Despite facing only two balls, series player Liam Livingstone made a forceful contribution for the third game in a row, coming in with a necessary 12 of eight balls, hammering his first ball for six.

The next ball was caught, but with only six needed by the end of the final, England were able to survive the loss of the second ball from Eoin Morgan and a pair of two from Chris Jordan finished the job.

Adil Rashid was England’s star with the ball, posting the best figures of IT20 at 4-35, while Pakistan’s innings were based on a second half-century of Mohammad Rizwan’s series (76th of 57).

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

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