Pakistan A v England Lions, 3rd one-dayer, Dubai January 25, 2016

Pakistan A spark late collapse to keep series alive

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan A 288 for 5 (Manzoor 113, Fakhar 51) beat England Lions 271 (Vince 102, Billings 51, Nawaz 3-57) by 17 runs

Khurram Manzoor was the star for Pakistan A with 113 © Chris Whiteoak

Pakistan A kept the series against England Lions alive, securing a 17-run victory in Dubai with a late surge in the field after England had appeared on track. Khurram Manzoor's 113 anchored Pakistan A's total of 288 for 5, but with James Vince responding with a century of his own England were well placed on 194 for 2 in the 36th over only to subside and lose their last five wickets for 13.

Vince and Sam Billings (51) had added for the third wicket when Billings was bowled by Fakhar Zaman. England were still on course as Vince reached his century off 117 deliveries, but when he was run out trying for a second to long leg the innings went into free-fall.

Mohammad Nawaz, who had claimed Daniel Bell-Drummond, a replacement for the ill Dawid Malan, at the start of the chase, then removed Joe Clarke and Ross Whiteley - a player capable of quickly hunting down a target - and the requirement became too much for the lower order. Liam Dawson ran out of partners and was the last man out for 41.

Earlier, Manzoor had helped give Pakistan A the solid foundation they had been lacking the previous two matches. A second-wicket stand of 100 with Fakhar (51) was the basis for their total although again England's spinners - Dawson and Tom Westley - did a good job to ensure the scoreboard did not race away.

Manzoor, who has played 16 Tests and seven ODIs, reached his hundred off 121 balls; unlike Vince's century, which included just six boundaries, Manzoor struck 11 fours and three sixes by the time he fell to Tom Curran. Fawad Alam and Zohaib Khan finished the innings with a stand of 37 off 27 deliveries.

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  • aamir on January 26, 2016, 21:18 GMT

    Should consider the performers in the A team for a transition to the Pak team. Players who are technically correct and can cope with high pressure situations should be introduced. Please avoid the sloggers. No more cross bat shots and sweeps giving catching practice to the fielders. The most consistent and effective bowler at the domestic scene - Sadaf Hussein , has been consistently ignored for selection at every level- the Pak team, Pak A , PSL and against any opposition in recent memory. Now this is called consistency in selection. The selection committee has us all stumped.

  • Asad on January 26, 2016, 19:26 GMT

    Fawad Alam should be playing in the senior team. I still feel he is the best batsman in Pakistan today in all forms of the game. It is an irony he does not belong to the elite class.

  • Ahdul on January 26, 2016, 4:22 GMT

    Hope Pakistan senior team win the 2nd ODI

  • Clad on January 25, 2016, 17:00 GMT

    Bother! At least it keeps the series alive - if England had won this game and therefore secured the series, we wouldn't have got a better look at how the players perform while the pressure is still on - they would just be playing for fun, like England are in the SA dead rubber Test currently.

  • zab on January 25, 2016, 15:11 GMT

    Muhammad Nawaz the top all rounder in Pakistan , bowls,bats,field and importantly hit big sizes which is need of t20s.

  • martin on January 25, 2016, 15:10 GMT

    England coach Bayliss needs to have a word with Vince and his county to see if he can get him to move up the order and open regularly, Malan as well. England still need a consistent opener to partner Cook and Vince and Malan have done a decent job for the Lions, it needs to be seen if they can do it in the longer game. It's not like England have too many options left.

  • ami on January 25, 2016, 14:40 GMT

    Another captain innings of fawad alam after successful tour to Sri Lanka as captain, where he scored 6 consecutive half centuries, but his ability to score constantly did not impress to selectors, now team in news Zealand getting consecutive defeat by the hands of kiwis

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