England wins last-over thriller, bags series 2-1

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Manchester: England have won the third and final T20I of the series against Pakistan by three wickets here at Old Trafford.

The hosts managed to snatch the game in the last over after Green Shirts made a good comeback in the middle-overs of the game. With this win, England has bagged the series 2-1.

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Earlier, Pakistan managed to score 154/6 in 20 overs after captain Babar Azam opted to bat first.

Mohammad Rizwan was the only notable batter, scoring an unbeaten 76. His 59-ball inning included five fours and three sixes. Fakhar Zaman scored 24 while skipper Babar walked back to the pavilion for 11.

For England, spin once again did the trick. Adil Rashid bagged career-best figures of 4/35 while Moeen Ali claimed 1/19.

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English opener Jason Roy started the chase aggressively with Jos Buttler playing more defensively. The pair added 67 for the first wicket until Buttler (21) looped one off leg-spinner Shadab Khan towards leg-spinner.

Meanwhile, Roy completed his fifty in just 30 balls. He was dismissed in a similar fashion but this time Usman Qadir was the leg-spinner. The right-handed batter made 64 off 36, powered by 12 fours and a six.

Green Shirts’ spinners somehow pulled the game as England lost Jonny Bairstow (5) and Moeen Ali (1) cheaply.

Dawid Malan and captain Eoin Morgan steadied the ship and took the game deep but Malan lost his wicket veteran Mohammad Hafeez. Malan scored 31 off 33 balls which included two fours.

12 runs were required off eight balls but Liam Livingstone smashed six off his first ball to reduce the runs to just six. However, in trying to finish the game with a six, he lost his wicket.

Hasan Ali was handed to bowl the last over and he successfully managed to deceive Morgan on the first ball as the ball went up in the air. But Hasan dropped the catch and Morgan and his partner Jordan took two runs.

Morgan was removed on the following delivery but Jordan snatched two on third and fourth ball of the last over to give England victory.

For Pakistan, Hafeez bagged three for 28 while Imad Wasim, Usman, Shadab and Hasan claimed one wicket each.

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Pakistan will now travel to Barbados where they will play five-match T20I series against West Indies followed by two-match Test series.

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