England Lions seal T20 series in Super OverArchive
KARACHI: It took the one-eliminator to decide the winners of the five-match unofficial T20 series at the ICC Academy in Dubai on Wednesday when England Lions upstaged Pakistan ‘A’ after the deciding fixture ended in a tie to clinch the rubber 3-2.
After being put into bat, Pakistan ‘A’ posted 165-3. Sharjeel Khan blasted two sixes and as many fours in an 18-ball 28 as he and Sohaib Maqsood put on 68 inside the opening seven overs before the left-handed Sharjeel was bowled by seamer Tom Curran.
Sohaib, the top-scorer with 40 from 38 deliveries with six boundaries, when spinner Liam Dawson accepted a return catch with the total on 96 in the 12th over.
Iftikhar Ahmed struck three fours in making 29 off 22 balls before Babar Azam (24 off 25 balls, one four) and Aamir Yamin (27 off 17, two fours and one six) added 46 in their unbroken partnership.
Dawid Malan then led the Lions’ chase for 166 with the series poised at 2-2 before the start of game five with a blazing knock of 81, while wicket-keeper Sam Billings hit 50.
Malan, the left-handed opener, pressed further his credentials for a place in the senior side for next year’s World T20 in India by stroking his third half century of the series and dismissed on the last ball of the match with the scores levelled when he was run out while going for a run which might have won his team the series.
Malan’s 55-ball innings, that earned him the man-of-the-match award, included eight boundaries and a brace of sixes. Billings, who shared a third-wicket stand of 93 with Malan, fell to Rumman Raees Khan after striking four fours and two sixes in his 31-ball innings.
Left-arm seamer Rumman, who was the pick of Pakistan ‘A’ bowlers right through the series, finished with figures of 2-27. Skipper Junaid Khan also bowled a tidy four-over spell of 0-18 but Aamir Yamin (0-44) and Mohammad Nawaz (1-40) proved expensive.
In the Super Over, England Lions collected 12-0 while Pakistan ‘A’ lost Sohaib Maqsood in making eight runs. The two teams will play a one-day series of five games in January.
Sharjeel Khan b Curran28
Sohaib Maqsood c and b Dawson40
Iftikhar Ahmed c Topley b Malan29
Babar Azam not out24
Aamir Yamin not out27
EXTRAS (B-5, W-12)17
TOTAL (for three wkts, 20 overs)165
FALL OF WKTS: 1-68, 2-96, 3-119.
DID NOT BAT: Mohammad Nawaz, Bilal Asif, Saad Nasim, Saifullah Khan Bangash, Junaid Khan, Rumman Raees Khan.
BOWLING: Topley 4-0-32-0 (1w); Overton 4-0-29-0 (3w); Ball 2-0-24-0 (2w); Curran 3-0-29-1; Dawson 4-0-25-1; Malan 3-0-21-1.
Bell-Drummond c Saifullah b Rumman17
D.J. Malan run out81
J.M. Vince b Nawaz5
S.W. Billings c Nawaz b Rumman50
R.A. Whiteley not out5
Extras (b-1, lb-2, w-4)7
Total (for four wkts, 20 overs)165
FALL OF WKTS: 1-40, 2-53, 3-146.
DID NOT BAT: B.T. Foakes, L.A. Dawson, J. Overton, T.K. Curran, J.T. Ball, R.J.W. Topley.
BOWLING: Junaid Khan 4-0-18-0; Aamir Yamin 4-0-44-0 (1w); Rumman Raees Khan 4-0-27-2 (2w); Bilal Asif 4-0-33-1 (1w); Mohammad Nawaz 4-0-40-1.
RESULT: Match tied; England Lions win series 3-2 in Super Over.
SUPER OVER: England Lions 12-0 beat Pakistan ‘A’ 8-1.
UMPIRES: Ahmed Shahab and Shozab Raza.
MATCH REFEREE: Mohammad Anees.
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Dawid Malan.
MAN-OF-THE-SERIES: Dawid Malan.
Published in Dawn, December 17th, 2015