England Mauled By Lions In Abu Dhabi Thriller
England Lions 158-5 (Kieswetter 81, Lumb 58no) beat
England 157-6 (Wright 42no, Rashid 3-22) by five wickets
Twenty20 tour game, Abu Dhabi
Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb and Adil Rashid played starring roles as the England Lions handed England a humbling five-wicket defeat in a Twenty20 tour game in Abu Dhabi.
Leg-spinner Rashid, overlooked for the full side's tour of the UAE and Bangladesh, returned three for 22 as England were held to 157 for five before Kieswetter and Lumb smashed half-centuries to steer the Lions to a last-ball win.
England were forced into recovery mode by Rashid's spell, which saw him dismiss Kevin Pietersen (26), Paul Collingwood (1) and Eoin Morgan (3) and it took an unbeaten 42 in 21 balls from Luke Wright and 33 in 22 from Matthew Prior to haul them back into contention.
Kieswetter, who has been in stunning form for the Lions during the tour, continued his impressive work to blast 81 in 66 balls and it was not until the Lions had reached 100 when the first wicket fell, Lumb having retired hurt on 40.
Andrew Gale (2), Ian Bell (1), Michael Carberry (8) and Peter Trego (0) all fell as the Lions looked about to crumble under the pressure of chasing ten runs an over towards the end but Lumb's return signalled a change in fortunes, and the Hampshire man added another 18 runs to his personal tally, finishing on 58 in 35 balls having hit eight fours and two sixes.
England take on Pakistan in two Twenty20 Internationals on 19th and 20th February.
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