Sam Billings’ brilliance takes England Lions to another win

CHESTER-LE-STREET, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Sam Billings of England hits out for six runs during the 5th ODI Royal London One-Day match between England and New Zealand at Emirates Durham ICG on June 20, 2015 in Chester-le-Street, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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CANTERBURY: Pakistan ‘A’ suffered another thumping defeat against England Lions by 56 runs as they could answer with only 268 runs in reply of England Lion’s 324.

Earlier in the day, Babar Azam won the toss for Pakistan ‘A’ and opted to field first that seemed the right decision for the visitors till the arrival of Sam Billings.

Pakistan ‘A’ bowlers didn’t take long to remove four English batsmen at a cheap score of just 49 runs when Sam Billings and Liam Livingstone came into act and started building the innings.

With a 125 run partnership, the young talented pair took England Lions to a decent position from a vulnerable situation. Livingstone was bowled by Hassan Ali after scoring 64 runs off 60 deliveries, his innings comprised of two 6’s and five 4’s.

On the other hand, the 25-year old Sam Billings continued his assault while losing partners from the other end. the third highest scorer after Billings and Livingstone was Sam Curran with just 19 runs.

Billings was the last wicket to fall for England Lions, who got out in the 50th over after posting 175 runs on the board off just 139 balls with the help of four 6’s and twenty one 4’s.

Pakistan ‘A’ lost their in-form opener, Sharjeel Khan and the talented wicketkeeper batsman Umar Siddiq at a total of just 30 runs.

However, the other opener, Jaahid Ali along with his skipper, Babar Azam took over the responsibility of rebuilding the innings and did it beautifully.

Babar Azam, yet again, shined with the bat in the series and scored another half-century, he got out at a score of 55 at almost run-a-ball rate.

Jaahid Ali kept fighting from one end, while his partners kept departing from the other end. Ali went on to score a century, unfortunately, it went in a losing cause. He scored 103 runs off 110 deliveries with eleven 4’s in the innings.

No other Pakistan ‘A’ batsman looked promising and threatening enough for England Lions and the they eventually stood victorious in the second consecutive game against them.

Mark Wood was the most successful bowler for England Lions with three wickets to his name for 44 runs in 9 overs. While the Curran brothers and Liam Dawson struck twice in the innings, Saqib Mahmood also got one wicket in the match.