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England Clean Sweep Pakistan to Finish 3-Match T20 International Series in Style

England Clean Sweep Pakistan to Finish 3-Match T20 International Series in Style

December 02
11:12 2015

engt20New Delhi, Wednesday, December 2 – Whenever T20 match is played, everyone wishes for the super over thrill and that turned true for the fans witnessing the final match between England and Pakistan Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium in Sharjah a couple of days ago.

When England batted first and put a total of 154 runs on the scoreboard losing 7 wickets, Pakistan cricket fans heaved a sigh of relief as the target wasn’t challenging enough as far as modern-day cricket is taken in mind where cricketers are unhesitant of going for biggies more often.

Confident play is the demand of shortest format. The one who fears in this game has least chance of putting forward an impressive show. Maintaining the run rate of 7.7, English cricketers were able to get a total that could have been defended had fielding part been outstanding in all regards.

It wasn’t a good start for England at all for the reason that the opener Jason Roy was out for a duck as he got his legs before wicket in Aamer Yamin’s over. Losing first wicket on the first delivery of the game was adequate to put pressure on England. But thanks to much needed partnership between James Vince and Joe Root, England managed to come out of the problematic situation to a certain extent. Shahid Afridi broke the partnership between the two cricketers, dismissing Root at 32 runs, which included 4 4s and a six. Moeen Ali’s contribution in the team’s total score was nil as he fell short to Afridi in the final ball of the same over.

The next man arrived on the crease was Eoin Morgan, the England skipper, who scored 15 runs of 14 balls (6 x 1) before falling short to Shoaib Malik. Wickets continued to fall from the other end and the 24-year-old Vince was left with no option but to hope for someone to come forward and hold the fort. But for this, he had to wait for some time. Jos Buttler was run out by Mohammad Rizwan at a score of 2, while Sam Billings was sent back to the pavilion by Anwar Ali at 7 runs, which comprised a four as well.

Chris Woakes brought a little stability in the wobbly England’s innings. He scored 37 runs of just 24 balls. A boundary and three huge and timely hit sixes were highlights of his crucial knock. By the time Sohail Tanvir took his wicket, 146 runs were accumulated by the team batting first in 19.1 over. Vince was next to depart in the same over. Despite the fact that he fell four runs short to pocket a fifty but the way he tried his best to stay till last when someone was required to exhibit positive stance against Pakistan bowling lineup was amazing. He hit three 4s and a six to attain these much runs. David Willey was not out at 3 runs while Chris Jordan at a zero.

Sohail Tanvir and Shahid Afridi dismissed two batsmen each, wheras Aamer Yamin, Anwar Ali and Shoaib Malik get 1 wicket apiece. Mohammad Irfan was expensive and did not get any wicket. He gave 40 runs in 4 overs, letting England easily attack on weak deliveries. Perhaps, England players weren’t terrified by his height and bowling. Story was least changed when Pakistan came to bat and chase the target set by the rivals in limited over game. First wicket fell in the form of Ahmed Shehzad, who was out by David Willey at a score of 4, which was a boundary.

James Vince hit the ball on the dot to give his team another reason to smile as Mohammad Hafeez was given run out  when batting at 1. Shocks were felt in a short span of time by Pakistan as Rafatullah Mohmand was given lbw by the umpire in David Willey’s over. He was out for a naught.  but then Shoaib Malik played a knock that helped Pakistan avoid a humiliating defeat. His 75-run knock was achieved in 54 balls and this was made possible by 8 boundaries and a couple of sixes. Chris Woakes got his wicket, however, at a time when Pakistan were just a run away to tie the match. Dismissal of Mohammad Rizwan, the wicketkeeper-batsman,  at 24 runs, Umar Akmal at 4 runs and Shahid Afridi at 29 runs added to the pressure. Regardless of Afridi’s efforts to go for big hits, Pakistan felt the heat and England were giving their best to whitewash them. Sohail Tanvir was not out at 10 runs, which consisted of a six as well, and Anwar Ali was unbeaten at  0.

Thanks to the last moment running, Pakistan managed to tie the game. Willey got three wickets, whereas dismissal of one batsman each was done by Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali. Chris Jordan strove for wicket during his spell. Fans were excited to see who wins at the last moment after match went into super over. And, hard work of England paid off when they won it by 2 wickets. The epic victory helped English squad clean sweep Pak, who were brilliant during Test series and started ODI series even well.  With the match of November 30, the tournament between these two countries that lasted for slightly more than one and a half months came to an end.  Both playing XIs now look forward to some rest to reenergize and learn from the experience gained lately.

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