Adil Rashid took a career-best haul earlier than England simply did sufficient in a nervous chase to wrap up their white-ball dwelling season with an exhilarating three-wicket win over Pakistan in a Twenty20 decider at Outdated Trafford on Tuesday.
Victory gave England the three-match collection 2-1.
Leg-spinner Rashid took 4-35 as Pakistan had been restricted to 154-6 after profitable the toss, with Mohammad Rizwan batting by means of the innings for 76 not out.
England opener Jason Roy, the participant of the match, received the chase off to a brisk begin with a dashing 64.
However the hosts stored dropping wickets earlier than returning captain Eoin Morgan made a helpful 21.
Liam Livingstone, the participant of the collection after scoring England’s quickest T20 hundred within the opener at Trent Bridge, struck one six after which holed out earlier than Chris Jordan struck the profitable runs within the final over.
Roy took 4 boundaries off Shaheen Shah Afridi’s first over and swept spinner Imad Wasim for six.
Fellow opener Jos Buttler was nicely caught within the deep by captain Babar Azam off leg-spinner Shadab Khan for a scratchy 21.
Roy, in contrast accomplished a 30-ball fifty however on 64 he skied a catch off Usman Qadir, a leg-spinner like his father, the excellent Abdul Qadir.
Jonny Bairstow holed out cheaply off left-arm spinner Imad Wasim and when Moeen Ali was bowled charging at off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez for only one, England had been 112-Four off 15 overs.
With 4 overs left, England wanted 39 extra runs to win.
However with Morgan hitting a few fours off Hafeez, England had been 126-Four off 17 overs. Azam, reasonably than proceed with spin, recalled paceman Hasan Ali into the assault.
However left-hander Morgan hoisted him for 2 sixes separated by three dot balls.
However when Hafeez bowled Dawid Malan for 31, England nonetheless wanted 12 to win off eight balls.
Liam Livingstone, nevertheless, responded by hoisting his first ball for six solely to be caught subsequent ball, with England needing six off the final over.
Livingstone and Morgan then received out in fast succession earlier than a pair of hard-run twos from Jordan ended the match.
Spin proved Pakistan’s undoing for the second match in a row, with off-spinner Moeen taking 1-19 from his 4 overs along with Rashid’s haul.
Rashid took the primary three wickets to fall, a haul that included having Azam stumped for simply 11 by wicketkeeper Buttler when the star batsman misinterpret a googly.
Moeen topped a spell the place he didn’t concede a boundary by having Fakhar Zaman lbw for 24.
Rashid took a wicket together with his final supply when Shadab Khan holed out, with Rizwan not seeing sufficient of the strike after finishing a 38-ball fifty that includes two sixes.
The white-ball match was the final dwelling T20 for Morgan’s England aspect earlier than the World Cup within the United Arab Emirates and Oman in October.
“It means a huge amount,” mentioned Morgan of the win. “The model by which we play naturally, and the sport which we’re finest at, I feel that is the worst potential wicket that we will truly apply it on.
“So it is a very proud day for us. On a spinning, sluggish wicket we have managed to win a recreation towards an excellent aspect,” he mentioned.