Thursday, 28 October 2021

England Lions claim T20 series win over Pakistan A


ABU DHABI: Liam Livingstone took three wickets and then hit an unbeaten 35 and the winning six as England Lions sealed a 2-0 T20 series victory over Pakistan A with a four-wicket triumph in Abu Dhabi.

Livingstone (3-24) and Jamie Overton (3-24) limited Pakistan A to 139-9, a total swelled by double-figure scores from two of the three Mohammad Irfans in the opposition XI.

The Irfans struck 11 and 14no from the No 9 and No 10 spots respectively as Pakistan A scored late runs after collapsing from 75-2 to 96-6 in the middle overs.

Pakistan A skipper Shan Masood top-scored with 42 – a day after learning he had been recalled to his country’s Test squad for the Sky Live series in South Africa – while Livingstone’s Lancashire team-mate Saqib Mahmood shipped just 17 runs from his four overs.

The Lions slipped to 98-5 in the 15th over of the chase but Livingstone eased any nerves with an aggressive 19-ball knock featuring three sixes and a four.

Livingstone – who bossed a 41-run stand with Ollie Pope for the sixth wicket – launched his third and final six off Waqas Maqsood two deliveries after Pope was dismissed as the Lions prevailed with seven balls in reserve.

Alex Davies (25) and skipper Lewis Gregory (26) made scores in the twenties for Lions, who won Friday’s opening T20 by four wickets, thanks in part to Mahmood’s four-wicket haul.

The Lions have exacted revenge on Pakistan A following their 3-2 defeat in the preceding one-day series and a four-wicket reverse in the sides’ four-day fixture.

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