Leg spinner Adil Rashid posted his best career numbers to help England secure a narrow three-wicket victory over Pakistan in the third Twenty20 and win the Series 2-1 on Tuesday.
Rashid took four wickets for 35 and Pakistan finished 154-6 after winning the toss and choosing to strike first. Jason Roy (64 of 36) opened long before visitors tackled the wickets, leaving No.8 Chris Jordan sprinting for the winning races with just two deliveries and three wickets remaining. England reached 155-7.
For the second game in a row, England stopped the visitor with a rotation, as Rashid and Moeen Ali (1-19) made their way to Old Trafford cricket ground. Rashid had never taken four wickets in a T20 International before.
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Dawid Malan (31 of 33) struggled before returning captain Eoin Morgan (21 of 12) took control, picking his moments against Hasan Ali (1-28) and sending the ball into the stands twice for six.
In the dramatic penultimate final, Malan was knocked down by Mohammad Hafeez (3-28) before Liam Livingstone left impressions as he faced just two deliveries – crushing one for six and overtaking his own , leaving six required for the final.
Morgan was held back in the depths with four needed before a pair of Jordan’s two-in-bats settled it.
Beating first, Pakistan made 40 of their first five overs with Mohammad Rizwan (76 of 57) with a first six over Saqib Mahmood and Jordan. But the usually reliable captain Babar Azam (11 of 13) struggled.
Pakistan had collapsed to 69 for three in the ninth.