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Pakistan beat England in final-ball thriller

Third Twenty20, Emirates Old Trafford
Pakistan 190-4 (20 overs): Hafeez 86 (52), Haider 54 (33); Jordan 2-29
England 185-8 (20 overs): Moeen 61 (33); Wahab 2-26
Pakistan win by five runs

Pakistan beat England by five runs in a gripping third Twenty20 international that came down to the final ball – meaning the series is drawn 1-1.

Chasing 191, England needed 12 from the final two balls and Tom Curran hit the penultimate delivery for six.

England required another maximum to win but Haris Rauf delivered a perfect wide yorker that Curran could not hit.

England had earlier been 69-4 before Moeen Ali’s 33-ball 61 gave the hosts hope.

He was caught and bowled with 17 needed from eight balls – Wahab Riaz bowling a brilliant 19th over that cost just three runs during which he also ran out Chris Jordan.

Curran and Adil Rashid were left with an unlikely prospect of 17 from the final over and, despite Curran’s efforts, came up short.

Mohammad Hafeez had earlier smashed 86 from 52 balls for Pakistan, 19-year-old debutant Haider Ali hit a 33-ball 53.

The defeat ends England’s run of five T20 consecutive series wins while Pakistan earn a first victory of their tour from the final match.

England play Australia in the first of three T20s on Friday. A three-match one-day international series follows.

Not to be this time for England

Had England pulled off the victory it would have been their second successful chase of over 190 of the series, after they overhauled Pakistan’s 195-4 in the second T20 on Sunday.

On a another excellent batting pitch, and with a short boundary to target, Moeen and then Curran almost repeated the feat.

England were dogged by the loss of early wickets – Jonny Bairstow was bowled third ball by Shaheen Afridi’s yorker, Dawid Malan holed out at deep mid-wicket, while Tom Banton dazzled until he was involved in a mix-up that saw captain Eoin Morgan run-out and was himself trapped lbw an over later when on 46.

Moeen, who had struggled for form this summer, then put on 56 with Sam Billings and after the Kent batsman skied a catch to third man took on the assault.

He smashed 19 took from the following over from Shadab Khan, including two straight sixes and another big maximum over mid-wicket, to swing the game back in England’s favour.

Moeen looked like he would drag his side over the line but instead Wahab made the decisive contribution. The 35-year-old left-armer brilliantly collected the ball in his follow-through and ran out Jordan, mixed his pace to deny Moeen boundaries and found a bouncer to take the top-edge of the left-hander’s bat.

Curran came up short of pulling off the incredible but afterwards Morgan still noted the importance of his side gaining experience in pressure situations as they build to the 2021 T20 World Cup.

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