England won the series 2-1 after overcoming a massive wobble in the final Twenty20 match at Emirates Old Trafford. After Jason Roy’s 64, England needed 61 from nine overs with eight wickets in hand to chase down 155 on a dry, shifting field.
The equation ran out to 39 from four overs before skipper Eoin Morgan took control, with Pakistan’s spinners applying a vice-like grip and Dawid Malan struggling to score freely. Malan was bowled by Mohammad Hafeez in a dramatic penultimate over, only for Liam Livingstone to blast his first ball for six and then be caught off his next, leaving six required off the final over.
Despite Morgan’s hole-out with four balls to go, Chris Jordan guided England to victory with two balls to spare. England’s spinners had earlier dominated, limiting Pakistan to 154-6. Mohammad Rizwan batted through the innings for 76 not out, but Adil Rashid’s 4-35 kept the tourists at bay.
The hosts finish their white-ball summer with only one loss in 12 matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and will now play India in a five-Test series starting on August 4th. Before that, English cricket takes a step into the unknown with The Hundred’s maiden season, which begins on Wednesday with the women’s competition’s first match.
Source: BBC Sport