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Summary

  1. England win first T20 by 14 runs
  2. Plunkett 3-21, Topley 3-24, Parry 2-33
  3. Eng: Billings 53 (25), Morgan 45*, Vince 41
  4. Joint second-fastest England fifty (24 balls)
  5. England lead 1-0 in three-match series

Live Reporting

By James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    That's it from us for this evening, after yet another impressive limited-overs performance from England. There's a sentence I thought I might never write. Join us tomorrow from 15:40 GMT for the second T20. Until then, goodbye.

  2. 'I've been watching the guys smash it everywhere'

    Sam Billings, who hit 53 off 25 balls, on Sky Sports: "I've been on the sidelines watching the guys smash it everywhere. It's the nature of the job - you've just got to be ready.

    "How I played is a credit to Morgy - he said 'play your way, play exactly how you got here in the first place'. Against a seriously decent, it's really pleasing to make a contribution."

    Can Billings and Jos Buttler play in the same side? "Jos Buttler is a freak - he showed it the other night. Who knows? If we can both play in the same side it would be great."

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    Kier, Surrey: Can someone please tell me why Plunkett has not made the SA tour? A great performer and more dangerous than Jordan with bat and ball.

  4. The series so far

    26 Nov: First T20, Dubai: England won by 14 runs

    27 Nov: Second T20, Dubai

    30 Nov: Third T20, Sharjah

    All matches start at 16:00 GMT

  5. Match report

    Sam Billings' thrilling half-century led England to a 14-run win over Pakistan and a 1-0 lead in the three-match Twenty20 series.

    Billings, in the side for the rested Jos Buttler, blasted 53 from 25 balls to take the tourists to 160-5 in Dubai.

    They had earlier been rescued from 19-3 by Eoin Morgan (45 not out) and debutant James Vince (41).

    Pakistan slipped to 42-4 and 75-7 and only reached 146 as England leaked runs at the end of the innings.

    England, who won the one-day series 3-1 after losing the Tests 2-0, have now won four successive T20 internationals.

    Read more here

  6. Captain's reaction

    England captain Eoin Morgan: "Tonight was a really strong performance in which we showed a lot of character. To come back from 19-3 and then to defend 160 was really good. It's always a good sign of a changing room when players who haven't played all tour come out and perform - I'm really proud of them.

  7. Captain's reaction

    Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi: "We don't have any excuses for this. It was a good effort from our bowlers - they did well, particularly in the first six overs. Eoin Morgan played smart cricket and very mature cricket and England built partnerships.

    "That was a chaseable total. But we batted very poorly. I know we lost this game but we've got some positive things from it."

  8. Man of the match

    Sam Billings is named man of the match.

    He says: "I loved it. I tried to back my own gameplan and thankfully it came off for me. You try and take your opportunity when you get it - I took inspiration from Jos Buttler the other day."

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "What is England's best team? Seeing Billings and Vince today, I feel more confused. It's exciting but it's confusing."

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    James Bamford: Finally picking specialist players again since winning the World T20 in 2010 and reaping the rewards. The future is bright!

  11. Final scorecard

    England won by 14 runs - lead 1-0 in series

    England 160-5 (20 overs): Billings 53 (25), Morgan 45* (38), Vince 41

    Pakistan 146 (20 overs): Tanvir 25* (22), Maqsood 24 (16); Plunkett 3-21, Topley 3-24

    England won toss

    Full scorecard

  12. Post update

    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    Joe Root and Jos Buttler

    "Will Joe Root and Jos Buttler come back tomorrow? What about Willey and Woakes? These are stand-out players from the one-day series."

  13. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "England were missing big names in Root and Buttler. To find themselves 19-3 and to be able to rebuild, they have done well. England have got an exciting future - they've got some brilliant players. This squad can go far."

  14. England win by 14 runs

    And Eoin Morgan's men take a 1-0 lead in this three-match T20 series.

  15. WICKET

    Imran c Billings b Topley 25 (Pak 146 all out)

    Imran edges the final ball of the innings behind to put the cherry on top of another impressive win for England.

    Reece Topley
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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Brilliant effort from Wahab Riaz - he really gave it some impetus. To get it down to needing a few boundaries in the last over is a good effort. If you left early you'd be a bit gutted given the entertainment we've had."

  17. WICKET

    Wahab c Moeen b Topley (Pak 145-9)

    Wahab goes big again but he just doesn't quite get enough of it. Moeen takes the catch at long-on.

    Reece Topley
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    JoElle: Death bowling is still a problem for England.

  19. Pak 145-8

    Wahab misses the first ball, but he manages to muscle the second over mid-off. 16 needed off four.

  20. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "England will want to make sure the first two balls are bang on the money. They will want to finish this off comfortably."

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    Andrew Bedford: What do England set-up see in Chris Jordan? county trundler. Baffling.

  22. Pak 141-8 (need 20 off 6)

    Wahab just about keeps Pakistan in it with a big slice over point for four. And then another four, thick-edged down to third man off a full toss, gets the fans excited. Single off the final delivery, 20 needed off the last.

  23. Pak 132-8

    I don't think Adil Rashid's going to get a bowl here. Jordan takes the ball for the penultimate over. He starts well - just a single from his first three deliveries, and Pakistan need miracles now.

    Chris Jordan
  24. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "In the last couple of overs, Topley and Jordan have bowled four or five wides. England will want to make sure they don't leak too many runs."

  25. Pak 131-8 (need 30 off 12)

    Topley responds well under pressure - two good yorkers evade the bat of Tanvir, and a third is blocked out for a single.

  26. Pak 129-8

    Tanvir absolutely smashes Topley into the stands at cow corner. Life in this yet.

    Sohail Tanvir
  27. Toss to be scrapped in County Championship

    What do the players think?

  28. Pak 121-8 (need 40 off 18)

    Plunkett responds with a superb bouncer, and then a slightly slower delivery that beats the slog of Tanvir. Tanvir swings and misses again and they run a leg bye. That's a superb spell from Plunkett, 3-21 off his four overs - he's really proved a point today.

  29. Pak 119-8

    It's not over yet you know. Wahab picks up four with a glance off his legs before they pinch a single off the next ball.

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    Jon Dunn: Chris Jordan, mixing his half volleys with wides.

    Paul Baldwin: Remind me again why Jordan is going to SA rather than Plunkett.

  31. Pak 114-8 (need 47 off 24)

    The occasionally wayward Jordan misfires with a couple of wides, before a huge hoick from Tanvir lands just out of reach of the diving Hales in the leg-side outfield. Wahab smashes over mid-off for two off the final ball, and that's a very good over for Pakistan - 14 off it, above the required rate.

  32. Pak 108-8

    Sohail smites Jordan down the ground and it just eludes the diving Rashid at long-off. And then he picks up another four, smashed through the gap at midwicket.

  33. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Good tactics from England. They tempted him by bringing the man up to mid-off and he couldn't get it over him."

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    djpauly: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Dubai.

  35. WICKET

    Anwar c Morgan b Plunkett 20 (Pak 100-8)

    Anwar knows he needs to give it some humpty, but it's not quite as easy against the extra pace of Liam Plunkett. He skies one to cover to give Plunkett his third wicket.

    Liam Plunkett
  36. Post update

    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    Sohail Tanvir and Anwar Ali encourage each other

    "Pakistan will feel like this game is not over yet."

  37. Pak 95-7

    There's still some fight in Anwar Ali, who dances to loft Stephen Parry into the stands at long-on. Hello, he's done it again, this time right over the sightscreen. A few more of these and we might have a game on...

    Anwar Ali
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    Dave Foot: I'll be honest, I've never seen Billings and Edmund together in the same room.

  39. Dropped catch

    Pak 79-7

    Sohail Tanvir is the new man - he reverse sweeps Moeen fine and Morgan almost takes an absolute screamer at fine leg but can't quite cling on.

    Moeen Ali
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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

      "The spinners are having a terrific time. Moeen fired it down the leg side and a very neat stumping by Billings. The exits are filling up..."  

  41. WICKET

    Maqsood st Billings b Moeen 24 (Pak 75-7)

    It's death by spin for Pakistan. Maqsood is the latest to go, charging Moeen and missing it down the leg side, and Billings does brilliantly to gather and take the bails off. Surely that's the game?

    Sam Billings
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    Muhammed Bilal: Can't be a Pakistan match without a run-out...

    Graham Whitehead: It's not like Pakistan to gift a run-out.

  43. Pak 74-6

    Anwar Ali, who can bat, is the new man.

  44. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's very intelligent bowling. A new batsman - he took the pace off the ball, it looped, it turned a fraction. Shahid Afridi, who came in to a tumultuous reception, has hit his second ball straight to mid-off."

    Shahid Afridi
  45. WICKET

    Afridi c Roy b Parry 0 (Pak 74-6)

    It gets worse for Pakistan - now the captain is back in the hutch. It's great bowling from Parry again, taking all the pace off the ball and inducing Boom Boom to chip a soft catch to mid-off.

    Steven Parry
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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a terrible mix-up, but it's also extremely tight as to who got in. They were sprinting together to get to the non-striker's end."

  47. WICKET

    U Akmal run out 19 (Pak 74-5)

    We've seen some great run-outs by Pakistan on this tour. But I think this might be my favourite yet. Maqsood miscues a pull along the ground to midwicket and sets off - but Umar Akmal decides he doesn't want the run halfway down and the two end up racing each other to the non-striker's end while Billings calmly takes the bails off at the striker's end. A shambles.

    Adil Rashid and Sam Billings
  48. Pak 74-4

    That is just brutal. Slightly short from Parry and when you're bowling that slowly, you're asking for trouble. Heaved almost 100 metres into the stands by Maqsood. But then...

    Steven Parry
  49. Coin toss be scrapped in County Championship

  50. Pak 68-4 (Maqsood 24, U Akmal 13)

    A good end to the over from Moeen, just two runs off the last three balls.

  51. Pak 66-4

    Umar Akmal beats gully with a clever backward cut that goes to the boundary.

  52. Coin toss to be scrapped in County Championship

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    Alan Vaughan: No toss-another nail in the tomb of traditional cricket. Next the dreaded beach cricket will take over from the Tests.

  53. Pak 60-4 (need 101 off 60)

    Very, very good over from Parry - just four singles from it, varying his pace and flight devilishly.

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    Sam Rosser: Good to see 2 lads who've played no cricket come in, look hungry and take their chance. Tells you a lot about the new coach.

  55. Pak 56-4 (Maqsood 21, U Akmal 4)

    England have gone spin-crazy! Moeen and Parry on, and Adil Rashid still waiting in the wings. Maqsood uses his feet to Moeen and that's gone all the way - huge swing of the bat and it's dropped in the England coaching dug-out! Dear oh dear - eyes on the ball, lads!

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  57. Pak 45-4

    Umar Akmal is the new batsman. He's off the mark with a drive into the covers for two.

  58. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "A lovely piece of bowling - and a very confident piece of bowling. It's a delight to see the variation of pace. That was very slow - 43mph. The batsman had more or less completed his shot before the ball had passed him. He made the batsman look stupid."

  59. WICKET

    Rizwan b Parry 6 (Pak 42-4)

    Steven Parry
  60. Joke of the day

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    John Quinn: Have you heard of the plan to show the Flintstones in UAE? Apparently those in Dubai don't like it but those in Abu Dhabi do :)

    Flintstones
  61. Pak 38-3 (run rate 5.42)

    Moeen Ali into the attack for England. Pakistan's batsmen are usually assured against spin, and indeed Rizwan opens his account with a punchy cut for four. But Moeen's next ball is better, faster and flatter, and fizzes past Rizwan's outside edge.

  62. Coin toss to be scrapped in County Championship

    The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed the mandatory coin toss is to be scrapped in the County Championship next season.

    An ECB statement read: "The visiting captain will be offered the opportunity of bowling first. If he declines, the toss will take place as normal. But if he accepts, there will be no toss."

    The aim is to encourage counties to produce better pitches for four-day cricket.

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  63. Pak 32-3 (Rizwan 0, Maqsood 7)

    Sohaib Maqsood is the new man, and he's off the mark with a strong pull for four. Another flick off his pads earns him two.

    Sohaib Maqsood
  64. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "With Plunkett's short ball, he's keeping a nice tight line to the stumps so batsmen haven't got the room to free their arms. England are showing they've got a rounded squad - it's not just the same players all the time."

  65. WICKET

    Rafatullah c Billings b Plunkett 16 (Pak 25-3)

    Liam Plunkett has had a long wait to get involved on this tour but he's doing some real damage here. Extra wheels, too quick for Rafatullah who gets a skinny edge behind attempting a pull. England on top.

    Liam Plunkett
  66. Pak 25-2 (run rate 5.0)

    Mohammad Rizwan is the new man. Rafatullah picks up a couple of twos, one through point and one through midwicket, but it's a very good over from Topley, just five from it.

  67. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's really good bowling from Plunkett. He saw Hafeez wasn't comfortable with the short ball and he set him up. England will be feeling pretty confident here."

  68. WICKET

    Hafeez c Topley b Plunkett 7 (Pak 20-2)

    Finally,a rare sighting of the lesser-spotted Liam Plunkett, who gets his first outing of the tour - and he makes a breakthrough in his first over! Hafeez swivels on a pull but connects almost too well and to his chagrin the ball plops straight into the hands of Reece Topley at deep square leg.

    Liam Plunkett
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  70. Pak 17-1 (Rafatullah 10, Hafeez 5)

    Chris Jordan has gone for the 'one sleeve' approach today, perhaps in homage to Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic. It's a very good over until the final ball, which is flicked gloriously over fine leg by Hafeez for four.

    Muhammad Hafeez
  71. Who is Rafatullah Mohmand?

    Rafatullah Mohmand
  72. Pak 10-1

    Mohammad Hafeez is the new man. Rafatullah slices Reece Topley over the covers for two.

    Reece Topley
  73. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Brilliant breakthrough - a big wicket for England to get Sarfraz Ahmed."

  74. WICKET

    Sarfraz c Plunkett b Topley 1 (Pak 8-1)

    Big early breakthrough for England. The dangerous Sarfraz is back in the hutch, sweeping straight into the hands of Plunkett at deep square leg.

    Reece Topley
  75. Today's discussion point

    Are Sam Billings and Kyle Edmund the same person?

    Kyle Edmunds and Sam Billings
  76. Pak 6-0 (Rafatullah 6, Sarfraz 0)

    Rafatullah plays out the rest of the over. How costly will that miss prove for England?

  77. Post update

    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a tough catch but you fancy it should have been taken. England spurn a chance."

  78. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Billings got his hands in a muddle there. It was going at pace but that should have been taken."

  79. Rafatullah dropped on 4

    Pak 4-0

    Rafatullah collects his first runs in international cricket with a deflection over the slips for four. And then next ball he's put down! Flashing uppercut, Billings can't grab it above his head.

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  81. Post update

    Sarfraz Ahmed and Rafatullah, the 39-year-old debutant, are at the crease. Chris Jordan has the ball. Here we go...

  82. Can Pakistan make history?

  83. The pink ball cometh

    Pink ball

    In case you don't know (and if you don't, where've you been?), the first day-night Test match begins in Adelaide on Friday.

    Australia and New Zealand will play under lights with a pink ball, with the day-night being introduced in a bid to boost Test attendances.

    You can read more here.

  84. End-of-innings scorecard

    England 160-5 (20 overs)

    Billings 53 (25), Morgan 45* (38), Vince 41

    Fall of wickets: 16-1 (Roy 9), 18-2 (Hales 8), 19-3 (Moeen 0), 95-4 (Vince 41), 160-5 (Billings 53)

    Bowling figures: Anwar 4-0-19-1, Tanvir 4-1-31-2, Riaz 4-0-33-1, Afridi 4-0-33-0, Imran Khan (4-0-42-0)

    England won toss

    Full scorecard

    Sam Billings and Eoin Morgan
  85. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It may not be a match-winning total, but we do have a good match on our hands."

  86. Post update

    So Pakistan will chase 161. England recovered superbly from 19-3 but they will still have to bowl well to win this.

  87. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a nice total if you're a neutral. It's also a simple total, because eight an over would be a tie. There was some terrific cricket all round, particularly at the end by Billings. Morgan oversaw the recovery, then Billings showed why he is in the squad. It was Buttler-esque."

  88. WICKET

    Billings run out (Sarfraz) 53 (Eng 160-5)

    Billings scoops again - Wahab keeps it to three with a good bit of fielding on the boundary. Morgan slugs one down the ground, but the fielder cuts it off running round and keeps it to two. Morgan misses the final ball and Billings is run out as they try and sneak an extra.

    Sam Billings
  89. 50 for Billings

    Eng 154-4

    Billings brings up a superb 50 off just his 24th ball with a scampered single. England's equal second-fastest in T20s, level with Paul Collingwood, behind Ravi Bopara.

    Sam Billings
  90. Some people are never happy

  91. Eng 152-4 (Morgan 41, Billings 49)

    Good comeback from Wahab - two lightning-fast deliveries whistle past Billings' bat. But a two off the next ball takes England up to 150.

  92. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It makes you gasp, for the players of this generation it's just another run-of-mill ramp shot over the left shoulder."

  93. Eng 148-4

    Are you sure England haven't sent out Jos Buttler in disguise here? This is extraordinary batting from Sam Billings, scooping Wahab fine for four, and then playing the same shot with a bit of extra mustard on it - six!

    Sam Billings
  94. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "So how's Jos Buttler going to get back into this team?"

  95. 18 off the over

    Eng 133-4

    Kablammo! Big six from Billings, down the track and rifles a slower ball over the midwicket boundary. Some good running off the last three balls makes it a very costly over from Imran, 18 off it.

  96. Eng 127-4

    Billings is on it like a car bonnet here. He picks a slower ball from Imran first up and swats it to the midwicket fence, then strides down the track and bludgeons him straight for four. And there's more...

    Sam Billings
  97. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "You can't see Billings close to the Test team yet, but in any other form you admire his swash and his buckle."

  98. Eng (Morgan 39, Billings 18)

    Billings sweeps along the ground to deep midwicket for two. Then there's a bit of luck for Morgan, who drives in the air towards long off, where the fielder pulls out of a potential catching chance. Says he didn't pick it up. Afridi has a face link thunder. Good over from Anwar, just six from it.

    Sam Billings
  99. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It wasn't that easy. He got his hands to it, but it just went straight through."

  100. Morgan dropped on 37

    Eng 114-4

    Down! England's skipper gets a life, Morgan guiding a late cut aerially towards backward point, only for Imran Khan, arms opening wide in anticipation like a crocodile's jaws, to make a mess of it.

  101. Post update

  102. Eng 113-4 (run rate 7.06)

    Billings has started very well - not easy to come out and score quickly on a wicket like this, but he's managing it. Tanvir drags one down and Billings flicks him wristily over midwicket for four.

  103. Post update

    Kevin Howells

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Sohail is a little like me. He doesn't have a face that lends itself to smiling."

  104. Eng 107-4

    Cheeky, very cheeky from Sam Billings. He gets himself way over to the leg side and paddles Tanvir behind square for four.

  105. Post update

    Ramiz Raja

    Former Pakistan captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Now Pakistan need to finish well because they don't bat deep. They will struggle to chase anything more than 130 or 140."

  106. Eng 101-4 (Morgan 36, Billings 3)

    England reach the hundred mark with five overs to go. Eoin Morgan holds the key to a good score from here.

  107. Eng 98-4

    Sam Billings enters the fray at number six. He has to start his innings against the irritatingly slow Imran Khan - whose loopy back-of-the-hand seem to take an age to arrive at the crease. He's off the mark with a single into the leg side.

  108. Post update

    Ramiz Raja

    Former Pakistan captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was an excellent innings from Vince. In the end, he was undone by a beautiful delivery. It wasn't such a thunderbolt from Riaz, it looked like he rolled his fingers over it."

    Wahab Riaz
  109. Post update

  110. WICKET

    Vince b Wahab 41 (Eng 95-4)

    The debutant finally falls - after an impressive innings too. He heaved across the line at Wahab, and has his off stump pegged back. Vince is not a happy bunny - but he's played well.

    James Vince
  111. Get Involved

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    Richard Higgins: Catch 22 for selectors; if not now, then when do you try these guys? Need potential back up for World T20...injuries, form etc.

  112. Eng 94-3 (run rate 7.23)

    Vince is a clever manipulator of the ball - not dissimilar in style to a Mahela Jaywardene. He uses Afridi's pace to deflect a ball from outside off stump to the fine-leg boundary. 37 off the last four overs for England.

  113. Post update

    Ramiz Raja

    Former Pakistan captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "They way Morgan bats is so relaxed. He is temperamentally so solid. That is why he is so suited to limited-overs cricket and so good against spin."

  114. Eng 87-3

    Oh, that's glorious - a little shimmy down the wicket from Eoin Morgan and he catches hold of a slightly short Afridi with a picture-perfect swing of the bat. Six all the way.

    Eoin Morgan
  115. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "England need to double the score from here. 150 or 160 would be competitive. Anything less and they will be in trouble."

  116. Eng 80-3 (Vince 36, Morgan 24)

    Vince gets away with one - premeditated swipe, clothed off the top of the bat but it lands just short of the onrushing fielder at mid-on. Vince is trying to line Wahab up and bludgeon him into next week but a clever mix of express pace and wickedly dipping slower ball keeps him under wraps. Excellent over for Pakistan, just three from it.

  117. Get Involved

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    William Harvey: Rafatullah Mohmand was our overseas player in the Derbyshire leagues a few years back. He's top class. Deserves this chance.

  118. Eng 77-3 (run rate 7.0)

    Afridi with a real loose delivery, it slips out of the hand and Vince splatters it past deep midwicket for another four.

  119. Eng 72-3

    Morgan reverse-sweeps Afridi fine for four, then glides a single to backward point.

    Eoin Morgan
  120. Get Involved

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    Adam Becket: Interestingly, I was in a nightclub with James Vince earlier this summer. I can confirm he is rather tall.

  121. Eng 67-3 (Vince 29, Morgan 18)

    England continuing to content themselves with one boundary an over, judging - probably correctly - that conserving wickets is more important at this stage. Morgan and Vince extend this crucial partnership to 48.

    Eoin Morgan
  122. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a very smart shot. He was done for pace, but he timed it well."

  123. Eng 64-3

    That's more like it. He lies in wait for an Imran Khan slower ball and pounces with a meaty pull that travels just over the rope for England's first maximum of the innings. Vince and Morgan pinch a couple of singles off the next two balls.

  124. Eng 56-3 (run rate 6.22)

    Vince is looking strong through the off side - he bludgeons Afridi through the covers for four. England not quite breaking the shackles yet, though - a boundary per over the current rate, and Pakistan will be the happier side as we near the halfway mark.

  125. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Imran Khan is bowling cutters, knowing the ball will sit in the pitch. Morgan waited and helped it on its way. Really good stuff."

  126. Eng 49-3 (Vince 16, Morgan 14)

    Another change for Pakistan, and the new bowler is Imran Khan - not the Imran Khan who played in the Test series, or the legendary captain who later went into politics. Imran number three. This one deals in military-medium left-armers, with a real mix of slower balls. Morgan picks one such delivery and swats it behind square for four.

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  128. Eng 43-3 (run rate 6.14)

    The puppetmaster himself, Shahid Afridi, brings himself into the attack to bowl his beguiling, deceptively dangerous brand of leg-tweak. England, who were beginning to race, suddenly hit treacle - just three singles from a crafty over.

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  130. Eng 40-3 (Vince 14, Morgan 7)

    Vince is beginning to look good. He crunches Wahab through extra-cover for the third boundary of the over. Suddenly, England have a bit of momentum.

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  132. Eng 34-3

    Wahab Riaz, so impressive in the Test series, enters the attack to quicken England heart-rates just a little more. Morgan square-cuts him for four, but next ball he nearly perishes as he tries to work one into the leg side and gets a leading edge that loops tantalisingly just over midwicket's head. Vince swivel-pulls Wahab for four off the next ball.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Vince is not exclusively an off-side player, but he does like to give himself room and hit that way."

  134. Eng 25-3 (Vince 5, Morgan 1)

    Morgan gets off the mark with a single to deep square and then Vince eases the pressure with a much-needed boundary, a drive splitting cover and mid-off.

  135. Get Involved

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    Richie O'Hara Beamand: Lively start...is it too late to sneak Buttler back on to the team sheet?

  136. Eng 20-3

    Pakistan are menacing now, on their toes, that walk-in on the bowler's delivery giving the batsman the feeling of the infield constricting around them. Vince eventually gets off the mark with a swat into the leg side.

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    Imogen: If we rest our best players we have to accept that the inexperience may let us down - collapses in the middle are our speciality.

    Rory Burling: Andrew Strauss says he's going to take white ball cricket more seriously. What does this team say about that? Retrograde.  

  138. Eng 19-3 (run rate 4.75)

    Captain Eoin Morgan comes in and blocks out his first ball. These two have a heck of a rebuilding job to do.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He went for the drive and it wasn't full enough. He didn't time it that well and it went gently to extra cover. England are in dire straits."

  140. WICKET

    Moeen c U Akmal b Tanvir 0 (Eng 19-2)

    Moeen Ali, given a rare chance to bat up the order today, has blown it. He slaps Tanvir tamely to cover and England sink further into the mire.

    Moeen Ali
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    Ben Nicholls: Oh dear, where's Root?

  142. Eng 18-2 (Vince 0, Moeen 0)

    Moeen Ali and James Vince are the new men at the crease, and Pakistan are in attack mode - there's a slip in for Anwar. This surface is looking just a little bit deceptive, with cross-bat shots hard to time, and mindful of that, Moeen plays out three dots from the rest of the over.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was yet another leading edge. That reached mid-off easily. England are in a spot of bother."

  144. WICKET

    Hales c Afridi b Anwar 8 (Eng 18-2)

    England's openers are back in the hutch and Alex Hales can't say he hasn't had chances. He tries to work Anwar into the leg side, gets a big loopy leading edge and Shahid Afridi does the rest. England wobbling.  

    Shahid Afridi
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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was an over of contrasting emotions for Sohail Tanvir. It was all going pear-shaped until that last ball. Roy got it on the splice and it looped fairly gently to mid-on."

  146. WICKET

    Roy c Imran Khan b Tanvir 9 (Eng 16-1)

    The ball after swatting a slower delivery for four, Roy cloths one off the top of the bat and picks out mid-on. Redemption for Tanvir, frustration for England's opener.

    Pakistan celebrate taking Jason Roy's wicket
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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He almost had it in his hands long enough to claim the catch."  

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    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Sohail Tanvir, you've dropped an absolute sitter."

  149. Dropped catch

    Eng 11-0

    Oh my word, what has Sohail Tanvir done here? He induces Hales to pop up a dolly of a return catch, parries it up in the air with one hand, and then trips as he goes to collect it at the second attempt. Incredible. Hales survives again! And he punishes Tanvir with a four off the next ball.

  150. Get Involved

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    Liam Johnson:  Despite being a Hampshire (and by default Vince) fan, I am completely baffled by why Buttler has been left out.

  151. Eng 5-0

    Ooh, what's happened there? Hales drives the ball into the pitch, thinks it's going to bounce over the top of Anwar Ali and sets off. But Anwar snakes out an arm to snag the ball and has a shy at the stumps. Hales dives back desperately and is relieved to see the ball fly wide off the timbers - he would have been gone. Reprieved, Hales gets off the mark with a single worked into the leg side.

  152. Eng 3-0 (Roy 3, Hales 0)

    Anwar begins with a slower ball. Roy is off the mark next ball with a nice punch through mid-on, and greyhound-like running fetches him three runs. Hales's first stroke is unconvincing, a waft at a widish ball that shapes away.

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  154. Post update

    We're ready to go. Alex Hales and Jason Roy are at the crease, and Anwar Ali has the ball...

    Alex Hales and Jason Roy.
  155. Get Involved

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    Ben Nicholls: Why aren't we playing our best team available? Why does Buttler need a rest?

    Kevin Ticehurst: Hopefully we will leave this tour, with another trophy under our belt and momentum going forward to the SA tour and beyond.

  156. Get Involved

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    As ever, we want to hear from you. Are England right to rest Buttler and Root? How's the team shaping up for the World T20? 

    Let us know on Twitter at #bbccricket, or via text to 81111, or via email to tms@bbc.co.uk.

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  158. Old stager...new stage

    For Pakistan, there's a new face at the top of the order...but it's not a particularly young one. Rafatullah Mohmand makes his first international appearance today, at the grand old age of 39 years and 20 days. Will it be worth the wait?

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm surprised, but not quite as angry as Ebony. There's talk that Morgan might not play tomorrow and Buttler might be captain."

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "One player that we've seen do something amazing recently is Jos Buttler. If we look at the dip of form he was in, then what he's done, if you were told that you're not playing, you'd be livid. These three T20s would have been really important for him."

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    Benjamin Watts: Saw James Vince score a match-winning 99* against Kent in the T20 Blast this summer. Such a classy player & deserves his chance.

  162. Vince makes bow

    On the other hand, Buttler's misfortune is good news for Hampshire's James Vince, who makes his international debut.

    He's more of a strokemaker than a Buttler-style blaster, but he has some impressive T20 scores under his belt in domestic cricket...

    James Vince receives his cap from David Lloyd
  163. Buttler's back...on the bench

    Jos Buttler

    A penny for Jos Buttler's thoughts. After a coruscating 46-ball hundred in the final ODI finally ended a long run of bad form, he must have been feeling on top of the world.

    He'd have been itching to put those gremlins firmly to bed with some more explosive cameos in the Twenty20 series. Instead, he's carrying the beverages. Curious.

  164. Captain's view

    Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi: I'm very happy bowling first. The last two or three days the pitch was covered, so I think there will be areas for us to exploit. We've got some very talented cricketers but there are chances there for youngsters. We have a new man, Rafatullah Mohmand, and we're all expecting him to perform."

  165. Captain's view

    England captain Eoin Morgan: "We played on really good wickets in the one-day series and this was the best surface to bat on.

    "A few senior players are rested because we want to give opportunities to younger guys before the World Cup.

    "It's an opportunity for players to come in and showcase what they can do. James Vince makes his debut."

  166. Team news

    Pakistan: Mohmand, Sarfraz (wk), Hafeez, Rizwan, Maqsood, Umar, Afridi (c), Anwar, Tanvir, Riaz, Imran Khan.

    England: Hales, Roy, Vince, Morgan (c), Billings (wk), Moeen, Rashid, Jordan, Plunkett, Parry, Topley.

  167. England win toss

    Eoin Morgan calls correctly, and England will bat first.

    Eoin Morgan elects to bat
  168. Good afternoon

    Hello and welcome to live coverage of England's first Twenty 20 international against Pakistan at Dubai.

    Play gets underway at 16:00 GMT, and the toss has already occurred...

  169. Taking shape

    England's ODI team pose after winning the series against Pakistan

    It's been a long-time coming, but change is finally coming to England's limited-overs cricket side.

    After years of struggle in the shorter formats of the game, Eoin Morgan's men have turned a corner, with their impressive ODI series win against Pakistan following another successful series against New Zealand earlier this summer.

    The bones of a side that could contend at the 2019 World Cup are taking shape, with Alex Hales and Jason Roy at the top of the order, Joe Root and Jos Buttler in the middle, and David Willey providing a left-arm option with the ball.

    But before all that, those players must look to the World Twenty20, coming up in March. Can England challenge for a second global title in the shortest form? This three-game series against Pakistan should give us a good idea...