Pakistan A v England Lions, 5th unofficial ODI, Dubai January 30, 2016

Zaman stars as Pakistan claim series decider

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Pakistan A 217 for 7 (Zaman 62, Curran 2-40) beat England Lions 216 (Billings 89, Zaman 5-27) by three wickets
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Sam Billings made 89 but it was not enough for the Lions © Chris Whiteoak

Pakistan A completed their comeback from 2-0 down to take the unofficial ODI series against England Lions with a hard-fought three-wicket win in Dubai. Fakhar Zaman was the star of the show, claiming 5 for 27 with the ball before crunching 62 off 65 balls to help ease Pakistan's path in the chase.

The Lions kept battling until the end in their attempts to defend 216, having chosen to bat first on a tricky surface. The spinners were expensive but Liam Dawson and Stephen Parry took the first three Pakistan wickets to fall, while Zaman and Asif Zakir fell in quick succession after a 53-run partnership.

Tom Curran then struck twice in a row, either side of a wide, to reduce Pakistan to 187 for 7, still 30 runs from victory. It required the calm heads of Zohaib Khan and Mohammad Hasan to see them home with 13 balls to spare, repaying England for their 3-2 win in the T20s before Christmas.

England's total was based around a century stand between Sam Billings, who top-scored with 89, and Dawson but there was little of substance either side of their fifth-wicket partnership. They rebuilt the innings from 52 for 4 but, after Dawson was dismissed for 48 in the 41st over, another slow collapse ensued to leave England all out with five balls unbowled.

Junaid Khan and Mohammad Abbas picked up an opener apiece and left-arm spinner Zohaib then removed Ben Foakes and Daniel Bell-Drummond (25) to send the top four back inside 20 overs of the decider.

Billings and Dawson accumulated steadily to resurrect the Lions, adding 106 in 20.2 overs. Dawson only hit one boundary in his innings and when he was bowled just short of a half-century by Zaman, England struggled for momentum. Tom Westley was trapped in front and Billings became Zaman's third wicket a couple of overs later, stumped after hitting back-to-back boundaries.

The Lions managed to add 58 during the last ten overs, even as wickets fell, but Zaman wrapped up a maiden five-for - he had previously only taken two List A wickets - by removing Curran and Parry and Mohammad Nawaz finished the innings early by having Toby Roland-Jones stumped.

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  • SMART2014 on February 2, 2016, 7:58 GMT

    A team is better than Senior Team

  • xylofon on February 1, 2016, 11:12 GMT

    First of all, it would be nice to see Fakhar given a chance in the A-team. However, I am afraid like the rest of you that he will be ruined by PCB by trying him in every format all the time if he "clicks."

    There is no talent management from PCB or sensibility for preparing a youngster for the WC. All there is is "go play your natural game" and using him until there is nothing left, no preparation for the future whatsoever.

    In my opinion Pak has among the best cricketers in the world but the people in charge of the team are incompetent, lazy & unintelligent. Look at the talent: B Azam, Sami Aslam, Nasir Jamshed, Sadaf Hussain, Fawad Alam, M Amir, Junaid Khan, Irfan etc. You can have the best ODI team in the world. Even Umar Akmal, if managed with discipline, could have a great impact. Gul & Ajaml may be used a little more as well due to experience. Yasir Shah...the list goes on and on. Im so sick of PCB.

    As pak fans we must be smart and start looking at PCB if we want a change!!!

  •   Haroon Sajid on February 1, 2016, 3:23 GMT

    Look at his records....First Class Avg 40.....List A avg 53 ...T20 avg 31 Why is he not selected for any team in PSL???

  •   Naveed Akhtar on January 30, 2016, 23:32 GMT

    A very comfortable 3 wickets win for pakistan A.future looks good for zaman.

  • Pakistastic on January 30, 2016, 19:54 GMT

    Congratulations to these young Pakistanis for winning the series. The future of Pakistan in cricket is bright and positive, Weldon boys ! Keep it up.

  •   Bilal Khan on January 30, 2016, 19:08 GMT

    This boy has a bright future if he is given a chance in the team Green he will become an icon

  • mensan on January 30, 2016, 16:59 GMT

    Great win by Pakistan A. Winning a 5 match series after being 2-0 down is no small achievement.

  • zzby on January 30, 2016, 16:37 GMT

    Pakistan A players better then shahzad,maqsood,rizwan,umar and others. Give chance on merit to Muhammad nawaz and Fakhar..

  • Cricinfouser on January 30, 2016, 15:40 GMT

    Fakhar Zaman the rising star for Team green's ODI squad. If not destroyed by PCB policy as they always do.... There are 6-7 players in List A circle those have Avg. 45+ Stk rate. 85+ and each of them is a more than part time bowler... But PCB has already wasted there 5-7 years..... Without giving a single chance

  • ami_perth on January 30, 2016, 15:18 GMT

    Remarkable achievement of Pakistan A team under very worth full captaincy by prolific left hand batsman fawad alam against England lions, it will boost the confidence of selectors to rebuild the national team by replacing some of players like Ahmed shahzad, sohaib maqdsood, umar akmal with fawad alam, fakhar Zaman.

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