Pakistan A Hit Back With Last-Over Twenty20 Victory
Pakistan A 149-6 (Umair Khan 49, Kirby 3-33) beat
England Lions 146-4 (Kieswetter 50) by four wickets
Third Twenty20, Abu Dhabi
Pakistan A warmed up for their clash against the full national team by beating England Lions by four wickets in the third and final Twenty20 match in Abu Dhabi.
Set 147 to win after Craig Kieswetter blasted a half-century, Pakistan A pulled the series back to 2-1 by closing out victory with a ball to spare, Umair Khan making 49.
On the day that he qualified to represent England, South African-born Kieswetter thumped 50 in just 32 balls to set England on the way towards a competitive total, aided by an unbeaten 36 in as many balls from captain Andrew Gale.
Spinner Abdur Rehman kept them in check, however, with the wickets of Kieswetter and Steven Davies to return two for 21.
Pakistan A then got off to a poor start in reply when they lost openers Mohammad Hafeez for three and Shahzaib Hasan for ten, Steve Kirby (3-33) and Steven Finn (1-25) striking with the new ball.
Khan led the fightback with 49 in 47 balls, backed up by Asad Shafiq, who hit 31 in 27 balls and Aamer Sajjad, who made 23, and although the Lions hit back with wickets, Tanvir Ahmed, unbeaten on seven, and Kashif Siddiq, on two, saw the game home for the Pakistanis.
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