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  1. England win by three runs; lead series 2-0
  2. Pakistan 169-8 (Shehzad 28, Plunkett 3-33)
  3. Eng 172-8 (Vince 38, Buttler 33, Afridi 3-15)
  4. Jos Buttler captains England for first time
  5. Final game on Monday in Sharjah

Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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At that, I think, is where we shall leave it.

In a thrilling game of T20 cricket, England came out on top and took the series.

Eoin Morgan said he wanted his players under pressure. Shahid Afridi obliged. England pulled through.


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People criticising the bowlers for struggling under pressure. This is why England rotated in order to expose them before the World Cup. Good management in my eyes.

Michael, London

Captain's view

What's the most important thing captaining your side in T20?

England stand-in captain Jos Buttler: "Staying calm - with the nature of the game, there are going to be fours and sixes, you've got to bargain with the bowler for what you want them to do.

"I was disappointed that myself or Sam Billings could go on and play that innings that Sam did yesterday, but we're building well."

Captain's view

England stand-in captain Jos Buttler: "It's a bit more stressful being captain but it was a performance full of character. We didn't play our best, Afridi played as only he can but we got over the line.

"Liam Plunkett came back well, Adil Rashid bowled beautifully, Stephen Parry did well to bowl an over of spin in the powerplay and Chris Woakes really stepped up well to bowl that last over."

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi: "I want congratulate England. They really played well.

"This is very fast cricket. We should raise our standard of fielding and our fitness levels.

"I missed the chance. That was a great opportunity to win the game.

"It was a good game of cricket and there's a few areas where we can improve before the World T20. We have time, but we have to improve as quickly as possible."

Man of the match

Man of the match Liam Plunkett: "It was nice to get runs on the board, Pakistan started with a flier but Adil Rashid came back well to get the wickets. I had to adjust for my second two overs, get the ball in the blockhole, bowl some cutters and it worked well."

Presentation time. They've been a favourite part of the tour for me. The usual awards - smart player of the match, most colorful innings of the match, best innings on a Friday in Dubai, best floppy hat worn.

Something else to note. It's almost midnight in Dubai...

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Jay: Woakes was so fed up of winning easily that he gave Afridi all those runs.This way he had a real challenge & made it interesting

Woakes also took 13 runs from the final over of England's innings. An up-and-down night from the Warwickshire man, but quite probably the match-winner?

Lots of people getting in touch about Chris Woakes. Bar the Afridi over that went for 22, Woakes bowled three overs for 18 runs. Not bad.

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

"Every time Jos Buttler needed a wicket today, he turned to Liam Plunkett, and Plunkett delivered."

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Jimbo: Great last over from Woakes, good comeback after being Afridied

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"In these tournaments, you want to fear bowling to people. With England having Buttler, Billings and Hales and Roy at the top, what they're building is very exciting."

England, by the way, have now won five consecutive T20 internationals. It's probably a bit early to get excited about the World T20, but it's not a bad place to start.

Close of play scorecard

Pakistan 169-8 (20 overs) - England won by three runs

Fall of wickets: 51-1 (Shehzad 28), 60-2 (Rafatullah 23), 90-3 (Hafeez 25), 93-4 (Maqsood 2), 107-5 (U Akmal 3). 120-6 (Malik 26), 148-7 (Afridi 24), 162-8 (Sarfraz 20). Not out: Anwar 3*, Tanvir 6*

Bowling figures: Willey 4-0-44-0, Woakes 4-0-40-2, Plunkett 4-0-33-3, Parry 4-0-33-1, Rashid 4-0-18-2.

England 172-8 (20 overs) - Vince 38, Buttler 33, Afridi 3-15

England won toss

Full scorecard

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Russel Winder: England hold their nerve and win the T20 match against Pakistan. Quite exciting even if only watching the BBC live reporting.  

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

Shahid Afridi

"Twenty20 cricket is chastening at times. If someone like Afridi comes in and hits sixes, it takes a lot of guts to come in and bowl. Sometimes it's your day, sometimes it isn't, but you have to credit the guts required from the bowlers as it can be very daunting. Credit to Chris Woakes for keeping his nerve."

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Andrew: Some of you look mighty silly right about now. Superb death bowling from Woakes!

There's a wonderful shot of a fan in the crowd, Pakistan flag tied around his head, hammering the air in frustration. "I could have hit that!" I'm not sure you could, mate.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"We've seen an England squad today which is so rounded - Woakes got that delivery through with pace, on a tight line, and it would have been difficult for any batsman. Shahid Afridi got the crowd going, Shehzad and Rafatullah started well, but Pakistan will be disappointed as they got so close."

England win the T20 series 2-0

England celebrate winning
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England are joyous, a mob of orange in a group cuddle. he rest of the ground is in near-silence, with Shahid Afridi slumped in his seat. He couldn't have done much more.  

Eng win by three runs

Pak 169-8

A swing and a miss! England win by three runs!

Pak 169-8 (four off one)

Tanvir gets so much bat on this, but there's a man at long leg. Only a single. Four needed from the last ball!

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Jake Cartledge: Woakes has single handedly lost this game for England. I don't think you can blame anyone else for this...

Stuart Foster:@chriswoakes Pakistan's 12th man.

Pak 168-8

Big cheer as Anwar biffs down the ground. Only a single, mind. Five from two.

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Jon Dunn: My word, the England bowlers haven't half let the pressure get to them. Some awful deliveries. Wides, no balls & full tosses.

Pak 167-8

Single to mid-off. Tanvir can't put a full toss away. Six from three. Who fancies a super over?

Pak 166-8 (target 173)

Sohail Tanvir, where have you been? First ball swung over square leg for four. Seven needed from four.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"We talk about executing yorkers and that was perfect, in at the toes - although it looks like Sarfraz has actually knocked it in on his stumps."

Kevin Howells

BBC Test Match Special

"That's the response England were looking for from Woakes. Look at his face!"


Sarfraz b Woakes 20 (Pak 182-8)

Sarfraz Ahmed of Pakistan
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Bowled him! Sarfraz looks for the sweep, falls over and can only deflect the ball into his own stumps. Fortune for England, but they will feel they deserve it after the overthrows in the previous over. Woakes on a hat-trick, 11 needed from five balls.  

Pak 163-7

Willey gets the yorker in. Single taken. Pakistan need 11 from the last six balls. Woakes to bowl it. If it's a tie, we've got a super over. 

Pak 160-7

It might have actually hit Sarfraz's helmet. Singles aplenty now. Pakistan need 12 from seven balls.

Pak 159-7

Oh you are kidding. England are done by four overthrows. Sarfraz was diving to make his ground for the second, the ball hit his bat snd skipped away for a boundary. Effectively, it's a six. They all count, even with Sarfraz apologising.

Pak 153-7

Now Sarfraz picks up the mantle. Full toss from Willey, swung for four. Pakistan favourites?

Pak 149-7

An Anwar single. Big conflab by England. The umpire tells them to get on with it. 24 from 11 needed.

Pak 148-7 (target 173)

Anwar Ali has arrived. David Willey has the ball.


Afridi c Plunkett b Woakes 24 (Pak 148-7)

And relax? Shahid Afridi is gone, slicing Woakes to Liam Plunkett at short third man. Good catch. More importantly, Pakistan have a sniff. When Afridi arrived, Pakistan needed 53 from 20 balls. Now, they need 25 from 12.