England win nail-biting third T20 to clinch series against Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford

England secured a 2-1 series victory over Pakistan with a three-wicket win in a nail-biting thriller at Emirates Old Trafford.

Having been set 155 to win, Jason Roy smashed 64 from 36 balls to set the hosts on their way but he fell in the 11th over and with the pitch becoming increasingly tough to bat on, Pakistan’s spinners took hold, wickets fell and the tension built before England crept over the line with two balls to spare.

Despite facing only two balls, player of the series Liam Livingstone made a telling contribution for the third game running, coming in with 12 needed from eight balls, he hammered his first ball for six.

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He was caught next ball but with just six needed from the final over, England were able to survive the loss of Eoin Morgan second ball and a pair of twos from Chris Jordan finished the job.

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Adil Rashid was England’s star with the ball, taking IT20-best figures of 4-35, while Pakistan’s innings was built on a second half-century of the series from Mohammad Rizwan (76no from 57).

England must now wait until the autumn for their next white-ball action when they face Pakistan again in preparation for the T20 World Cup in the UAE.

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