tossed up, driven, plucked low at short cover, and England have sealed the series! Or have they? A quick check upstairs to make sure it carried, but the fielders are in little doubt. A pretty futile faff, the umpire's soft signal was out, and sure enough, it is!
10.12pm Handshakes all round, and quite an achievement from England to seal this series, especially after a pretty heavy thumping in the opening contest. The hero of the hour, none other than Jos Buttler, whose turbo-charged century put England out of reach. It was a valiant chase in the circumstances, but 46-ball centuries are generally hard to trump ...
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So, England win by 84 runs, and claim an impressive 3-1 series win. If Buttler isn't the Man of the Match I will eat the TV. Have a read of George Dobell's match report, being uploaded as we speak. From Gnasher and myself, goodnight and don't forget to tune back in next week for the tour finale, the T20 series.
tonked out to wide long-on
tossed onto a good length, fielded inadvertently by the non-striker, Irfan
punched down the track
A maiden over. A rare moment of calm in a bat-frenzied contest
outside off, a loose poke
bouncer! Grrr ... did well to get it that high, to be fair. Irfan turns his head and wears it on the armpit
forward and defended into the covers
on the back foot, and angled into the covers
Ali: "Can anwar snatch the match from England? Its a lot to ask but he did the same with Srilanka" That was also a one-wicket win.
Never say never ... who am I kidding?
down the track, tapped to midwicket
driven back to the bowler
David R.: "Pardon the injection of mathematics but it's not less than a run a ball, and Pakistan can't technically win it in singles. The required run-rate is still over 7, and it only briefly dipped below 7 (to 6.85, as I recall)." Fair point, who's actually paying attention at this stage anyway?
battered into the deep, and that is easy pickings for Woakes at wide long-on. Nearly done
half an appeal as Yasir misses a slog sweep
clattered down the ground, lots of intent but the field is set back
James Bartholom: "The chase was never going to be easy. England maintained pressure and forced Pakistan to go after the ball, ultimately costing wickets" Troo dat
a play and a miss to complete the over
A break in play as Willey gets patched up. Pakistan could get em in singles, theoretically ...
having said that, there is a horrid static hoick from deep in the crease, and David Willey running in from deep long-on can't quite get his fingers under the ball. Or maybe he does, as he is in a significant amount of pain. That could smart ...
on the pads, a gentle clip out to the leg-side. There is a serenity so far about this partnership, as if they have twigged that it is less than a run a ball ...
Muneeb: "I know its pretty much over but my heart is still saying we can win.. Bleed green" You ought to get that checked out. Could be gangrene ...
driven on the up to midwicket