Pakistan A Seal Series Win With 70-Run Win

Pakistan A Seal Series Win With 70-Run Win
Pakistan A Seal Series Win With 70-Run Win
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Pakistan A 213-9 (Asad Shafiq 52, Woakes 4-38) beat
England Lions 143 (Raza Hasan 3-13, Abdur Rehman 3-24) by 70 runs
Third 50-over game, Dubai

Pakistan A beat England Lions by 70 runs in the third and final 50-over game between the two sides to seal a 2-1 series win in Dubai.

Asad Shafiq scored 52, Yasir Shah hit 51 and Naved Yasin made 46 as Pakistan A scored 213 for nine and three wickets apiece for Raza Hasan and Abdur Rehman saw the Lions bowled out for 143 in 40.1 overs.

Shafiq, Shah and Yasin shone for Pakistan A, who saw themselves reduced to 33 for four by the new-ball burst from Chris Woakes (4-38) and Steven Finn (2-44).

Shafiq led the recovery with 52 in 76 balls, Yasin made 46 in 64 before Shah came in late on and blasted 51 in 56 deliveries with three fours and a six.

In reply, a pair of 30s from Michael Lumb and Ian Bell were the best the Lions could muster, Raza Hasan returning three for 13 and Abdur Rehman three for 24.

Steven Davies (24), Andrew Gale (17) and Adil Rashid (11) were the only other players to reach double figures as the Lions failed to recover from slipping to 89 for four, losing their last six wickets for 54 runs.

Hammad Azam and Mohammad Hafeez also picked up a wicket.

Summing up the match, and the tour, ECB Performance Director David Parsons said:

"After the way we played on Wednesday we hoped that we'd be able to carry on where we left off but it wasn't to be. All credit to Pakistan- to come back and post a half decent total after being 33 for four is a very good effort. They played four spinners which is unusual for our guys to face and they put us under a lot of pressure. 
"We've played some good cricket this tour and on the whole it's been a success. We wanted to identify players who would be able to go on and forge successful England careers at some point in the future and this tour has done that. As a squad the boys have worked hard and while it's disappointing not to have been able to win both series, we can take plenty of positives from this."

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