Jordan seals dramatic Super Over victory for England
England 154-8 (Vince 46) beat
Pakistan 154-7 (Malik 75) in one-over eliminator
Third Twenty20 International in Sharjah
Chris Jordan delivered a dramatic one-over eliminator victory for England in the third Twenty20 International against Pakistan in Sharjah to complete a 3-0 whitewash despite a fighting knock of 75 from Shoaib Malik.
Jordan conceded just three runs in the all important super-over against Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal after the game ended in a tie. Two out of the three runs were leg byes.
Chasing just four to win in the super-over, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler were made to sweat by Afridi but England eventually managed to reach the target in the fifth delivery to complete a 3-0 whitewash over Pakistan.
Earlier, England chose to bat first after winning the toss for the third time in a row. It was a perfect start for Pakistan as Aamer Yamin (1-12) trapped Jason Roy (0) lbw off the very first delivery.
In the second over, Sohail Tanvir (2-36) shelled a tough return chance of James Vince (46).
On the other end, Joe Root (32) accelerated with three fours and a six in the next couple of overs.
Pakistan made inroads through Afridi’s (2-19) double strike in the sixth over. Root was castled trying to slog over mid-wicket while Moeen Ali (0) hit one back to the bowler.
England were reduced to 48 for three at the end of the powerplay.
A couple of overs later, Morgan (15) struck a six off Anwar Ali (1-35) but fell in the next over as Shoaib Malik (1-8) breached his defence with an off-break.
Buttler (2) was caught short of the crease thanks to an athletic throw from Mohammad Rizwan.
England were 75 for five at that stage.
The trouble continued for England as Anwar struck once again to dismiss Sam Billings (7), who top-edged to Akmal at mid-wicket.
By the end of 15 overs, England had 100 runs on the board for the loss of six wickets.
Vince and Chris Woakes (37) added 60 runs in their partnership to give a major boost for England.
Woakes struck two sixes off Anwar’s final over while Vince followed it up with a six and a boundary in the next over.
In the final over of the innings, Tanvir claimed the wickets of both Woakes and Vince and conceded just eight runs to restrict England to 154 for eight in their 20 overs.
Tanvir and Afridi picked two wickets each while Yamin, Anwar and Malik had one victim apiece.
Pakistan were also rattled early in their chase when they lost two wickets in a 10-ball over from David Willey (3-36).
Ahmed Shehzad (4) found his stumps flattened as he attempted to go across the line.
Mohammad Hafeez (1) on the other hand was run-out while trying for a second run but Rafatullah Mohmand (0) thought otherwise.
Mohmand was then trapped in front trying to flick a delivery from Willey. Rizwan (24) struck three fours in the sixth over to provide a boost as Pakistan scored 40 runs from the powerplay for the loss of three wickets.
Pakistan’s woes compounded when Adil Rashid (1-29) snapped a terrific low catch off his own bowling to send Rizwan to the pavilion.
At the halfway mark, Pakistan still needed a 100 runs to win the game. England continued to chip away at the wickets column as Umar Akmal (4) was caught at deep mid-wicket off Moeen (1-22).
Pakistan lost half their side with just 65 runs on the board. Once again it was the arrival of Afridi (29) that turned the game around for Pakistan.
The Pakistan skipper struck two sixes in the next three overs while Malik (75) provided ample support with three boundaries and six.
Malik also went on to complete his fifty in just 39 deliveries. Between overs 12 and 15, Pakistan scored 37 runs to reduce the equation to 51 runs needed from 30 balls. Malik and Afridi added 63 runs for the sixth wicket.
However, Afridi’s attempt to go big on the leg side failed when Willey castled him with a beauty in the 18th over.
In the same over, Malik hit two boundaries to keep Pakistan ahead of the asking rate.
The game swung dramatically in the final over of the match. Tanvir managed to hit a six, leaving just three runs for a victory.
In an anti-climax, Malik holed out at long on as Woakes (1-26) kept his calm.
Needing two runs to win in the final delivery, Tanvir was only able to sneak a bye, bringing the scores to a level and necessitating an one-over eliminator.
Malik was named the man of the match while Vince was adjudged the man of the series. It has been a memorable end to the tour for England winning both the One-Day International and T20I series after losing the Test series.
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