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2nd T20I (N), Dubai (DSC), Nov 27 2015, England tour of United Arab Emirates
172/8
(20 ov, target 173)169/8
England won by 3 runs
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• Report by George Dobell

England withstand Afridi blitz to take series

England withstood a late assault from Pakistan's batsmen to secure the T20I series against Pakistan with a match to play

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Commentator: Andrew McGlashan
Scorecard summary
England172/8(20 overs)
James Vince38 (24)
Jos Buttler33 (22)
Pakistan169/8(20 overs)
end of over 207 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 169/8CRR: 8.45 
Anwar Ali3 (4)
Sohail Tanvir6 (3)
Chris Woakes 4-0-40-2
David Willey 4-0-43-0

England win by three runs and clinch the series with a match to spare. They celebrate, but there's no doubt some relief in there, too. It did not look like Pakistan would get anywhere near this close after England's spinners had tried down the middle overs. Then, however, Afridi had an eight-ball blitz and the last two overs were full of mayhem and madness. Wonderful entertainment for the full house. But, in the end, Chris Woakes just managed to hold his nerve having been taken apart from Afridi (but also removing him, it was that sort of day).

david: "What a thriller! Well done, England. Heartfelt commiserations to Pakistan" Well said, David. rakthim: "Sigh of relief for the English. But whattta match..."

Right, I'm off for a lie down. You'll be able to read George Dobell's report of all the fun here. We will be back for the final match in Sharjah on Monday which completes this tour and series. For now, though, from Andrew McGlashan it's goodbye

19.6
Woakes to Anwar Ali, no run

swing and a miss! England hold on for the series. It was actually a length ball outside off, Anwar had a mighty heave but couldn't make contact.

Last ball of a bonkers match (unless we get a Super Over)

19.5
1
Woakes to Tanvir, 1 run

on leg stump, he swings hard but he picks out long leg! Oh, boy, it was there to hit...picked out Plunkett on the boundary

Five to win. Four for a Super Over. Hypocaust: "This has been glorious, ridiculous entertainment. A perfect T20 match."

19.4
1
Woakes to Anwar Ali, 1 run

full outside off, well bowled, Anwar can only drill it down the ground to long off

mohsin: "getting to see everything. now one handed shot. super over is on the way boys"

19.3
1
Woakes to Tanvir, 1 run

full outside off, driven to mid-off who is on the edge of the circle

Seven off four needed! Fielders going everywhere

19.2
4
Woakes to Tanvir, FOUR runs

on the pads, poor delivery, it's one-handed swing over square leg and it dribbles into the rope

Sohail Tanvir can hit a long ball...

Hamzah: "My family has gone mad....this game has been epic! Edge of the seat stuff!!"

Woakes is on a hat-trick. What a ridiculous game

19.1
W
Woakes to Sarfaraz, OUT

first strike to Woakes! Sarfraz trying his favourite sweep, it was full outside off, he's right across the crease and basically hits it straight into his stumps.

Sarfaraz Ahmed b Woakes 19 (28m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 146.15

Here's the equation: 11 needed off 6 balls. Who has got the nerve? A tie means a Super Over we are told. Woakes to bowl...

end of over 1914 runs
PAK: 162/7CRR: 8.52 RRR: 11.00
Sarfaraz Ahmed19 (12)
Anwar Ali2 (2)
David Willey 4-0-43-0
Chris Woakes 3-0-33-1
18.6
1
Willey to Sarfaraz, 1 run

full and straight, crunched down to long off so he'll have strike for the final over

18.5
1
Willey to Anwar Ali, 1 run

another low full toss, driven down the ground to long off...sensible cricket

Calm heads and this is Pakistan's game now

18.4
1
Willey to Sarfaraz, 1 run

driven very sweetly through the off side

18.3
6
Willey to Sarfaraz, 6 runs

oh boy! Massive bonus for Pakistan. Willey got a good yorker in, was squeezed through the leg side, the throw came in and struck the diving batsman the rebounded away to the boundary. What. A. Moment

18.2
4
Willey to Sarfaraz, FOUR runs

goes across the crease at a full toss and swings it behind square on the leg side...Pakistan still have a terrific chance

18.1
1
Willey to Anwar Ali, 1 run

down the pitch and pings this straight but mid-off is able to get around

Woakes will have to bowl the last over. For now it's Willey

end of over 1822 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 148/7CRR: 8.22 RRR: 12.50
Sarfaraz Ahmed7 (8)
Chris Woakes 3-0-33-1
Liam Plunkett 4-0-33-3

Pakistan needed Afridi to stay there, but he has given them a chance for the final two overs

17.6
W
Woakes to Afridi, OUT

and now he's got him! What an over. Full outside off, another mighty swing from Afridi, slices off the thick outside edge and is held at short third man

Shahid Afridi c Plunkett b Woakes 24 (10m 8b 1x4 3x6) SR: 300
17.6
1w
Woakes to Afridi, 1 wide

called wide! Full outside off...Afridi will get another ball

Raza Abbas: "Dubai is buzzing with BOOM BOOM in the air!!!"

17.5
Woakes to Afridi, no run

swing and a miss at the freebie! It was length outside off. Deep breath, everyone

Huge pressure on Woakes...Pakistan with the surge now, 26 needed off 14. This is certainly on

Free hit coming up...game-changing?

17.5
7nb
Woakes to Afridi, (no ball) SIX runs

that's a huge full toss outside off, Afridi carves it over the off side and clears deep cover...and it's a no-ball!

17.4
6
Woakes to Afridi, SIX runs

magnificent! Afridi is turning it on...goes across the crease and flicks a low full toss off the stumps over deep backward square leg. What scenes

17.3
1
Woakes to Sarfaraz, 1 run

full and wide, steered square through the off side to deep cover...more confusion over the second. Afridi wants to stay on strike

17.2
1
Woakes to Afridi, 1 run

straighter this time, heaved through the leg side, Afridi wanted a second to long on but Sarfraz sent him back

Ahsan aslam: "Crowd come aliveeee" Indeed they have

17.1
6
Woakes to Afridi, SIX runs

what power! Full outside off and Afridi carves it over wide long-off with a fiercely powerful swing through the line

Chris Woakes has the ball. Majiling: "Will we see BOOM BOOM once in a year magic today"

Best performances - batters
James Vince portrait
JM Vince ENG
38 runs (24)
3 fours
2 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
off drive
8 runs
0 four
1 six
0010113167
Jos Buttler portrait
JC Buttler ENG
33 runs (22)
1 four
3 sixes
Control67%
Productive shot
pull
13 runs
0 four
2 sixes
017071611
Best performances - bowlers
Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi PAK
O
4
M
0
R
15
W
3
ECO
3.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W2W
Liam Plunkett portrait
LE Plunkett ENG
O
4
M
0
R
33
W
3
ECO
8.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossEngland, elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of United Arab Emirates
Season2015/16
Player Of The Match
Liam Plunkett
Liam Plunkett
Series resultEngland led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberT20I no. 469
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.25, Interval 21.25-21.45, Second Session 21.45-23.10
Match days27 November 2015 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Ahmed Shahab
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Shozab Raza
TV Umpire
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Ahsan Raza
Reserve Umpire
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Khalid Mahmood
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle