England come out on top in third T20I against Pakistan to clinch series


Tailender Chris Jordan held his nerves and took consecutive doubles of the last two balls to drive his side home He was also no satisfied with the performance of head coach Misbahul Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan finally forced Buttler to miscue a slog into the hands of fielder Babar Azam after the batsman had managed 21 runs off 22 balls.

Roy kept taking the bowlers on and raced to 64 runs off 36 balls before falling to the bowling of leg-spinner Usman Qadir, caught by fielder Fakhar Zaman. Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim then got the better of batsman Jonny Bairstow (five off eight), caught by fielder Sohaib Maqsood, as Pakistan looked to apply pressure on England’s explosive batting lineup.

The pressure got to all-rounder Moeen Ali (one off three), who danced down the track only to be castled by veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez as the match went into an interesting final phase. The game kept leaning to one side and then the other in the closing stages before Hafeez bowled batsman Dawid Malan in the penultimate over after he had scored 31 runs off 33 balls.

“If you gauge the performance of the coaching staff, there isn’t much improvement in the past couple of years and the defeat against England in ODI series is also going to affect the morale of the team,” he said.

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