Pakistan A v England Lions, 4th one-dayer, Dubai January 28, 2016

Pakistan A take series to a decider

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Pakistan A 182 for 4 (Asif Zakir 68*) beat England Lions 181 (Malan 56) by six wickets

Dawid Malan's impressive form continued but England's batting slumped © Chris Whiteoak

Pakistan A set up a series decider against England Lions with a six-wicket victory in the fourth one-dayer in Dubai. They cut off a promising England start to dismiss them for 181 then survived a batting wobble of their own to reach the target with more than three overs to spare as Asif Zakir hit an unbeaten 68.

Pakistan A's spinners combined effectively after England had made a flying start with an opening stand of 60 in less than 10 overs between James Vince and Dawid Malan. But the next-best stand was 36 between Malan and Liam Dawson as the innings ended with five-and-a-half overs unused.

England hit back through some impressive pace bowling as Craig Overton and Jake Ball removed the openers before Dawson and Tom Westley made further inroads to leave Pakistan A 66 for 4.

But then the bat started to dominate again as Zakir and Zohaib Khan formed the best stand of the match by adding an unbroken 116 to hunt down the target. Zakir hit the one six of the match when he dispatched Dawson having gone to fifty off 78 balls.

It was again a run out that had sparked England's problems when Vince was found short for the second innings in a row when he chanced a third to fine leg then Westley fell for his second duck of the series. Malan, who missed the third match with illness, continued his fine form with a fluent half-century but when he was fourth out the innings fell away - the last six wickets going for 62.

Bilal Asif took 2 for 35 while Mohammad Nawaz was miserly as he collected 2 for 22 in 9.3 overs.

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  • Khair Maarij on February 1, 2016, 14:02 GMT

    @ami_perth junaid khan was the captain

  • Umar on January 29, 2016, 19:03 GMT

    I think Mohammad Nawaz will come into national side very soon.

  • ami on January 29, 2016, 17:35 GMT

    Fawad alam proved himself once again that he is far better left hand middle order batsman at present he is also led the side decently after two lost matches

  • jhg on January 29, 2016, 8:55 GMT

    M. Nawaz and Fakhar Zaman should be selected as soon as possible. They are much much better than Shahzad , Hafeez and Maqsoos, and they are such electric fielders.

  •   Naveed Akhtar on January 29, 2016, 8:04 GMT

    When england lions won 1st two matches, cricinfo published it on front page.pakistan won last two matches and both times it only made to home pages of pakistan.

  • John on January 29, 2016, 2:43 GMT

    @Bobby Shaeed on January 28, 2016, 19:16 GMT; I'm an England fan myself but isn't not getting run out part of the skill of cricket?

  • mohammad on January 28, 2016, 21:01 GMT

    Good job boys. Keep up the good work

  • Bobby Shaeed on January 28, 2016, 19:16 GMT

    only way Pakistan was able to win these last 2 matches cuz james vince got run out. Otherwise it would be 4,0 for English side . vince

  • Hunbbel on January 28, 2016, 17:49 GMT

    M. Nawaz is consistently performing in bowling and batting. From what I've heard he is also a capable fielder. This would be a great time to graduate him into the national squad for Asia cup - even if he doesn't feature in the XI.

    The same should be the case for Fakhar Zaman. Although he needs a lot of work, he has the potential to succeed in the international arena. I also believe he should be picked for our next ODI assignment, along with Sharjeel Khan (must in T20 internationals and T20WC)

  • zab on January 28, 2016, 13:54 GMT

    Mohammad Nawaz top allrounder in pakistan..

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