squeezed out into the leg side, and they are going to scamper back for a second... England win by three wickets and take the series!
10.17pm Well, that's your lot. Another humdinging match in a thrilling series. Pakistan's entire visit has been a richly entertaining set of games, for various different reasons. England take the series and extend their home record in T20Is. From all of us at ESPNcricinfo, thanks and goodnight, and don't forget to tune in tomorrow, for the start of a brave new world at The Oval... it's the start of the Hundred!
Time for some presentations First up, the Player of the Match is Jason Roy for his bifftastic half-century in the chase.
"I just went out and had a bit of fun, against the new ball which was slightly easier, frustrating to get out when I did, lazy again on the dismissal, but you had to have a very specific gameplan so very rewarding on a pitch like that. We play incredible cricket on flat pitches, but have struggled in the past on slower pitches. This will give us a huge amount of confidence."
The Player of the Series is Liam Livingstone. "Very happy to win a series on my home ground, the way Rash and Mo bowled and Jason set it up. That six at Leeds, the lads take the mick out of me for swinging hard but I've worked on it hard. Nice to contribute to a series win. My spin, it feels at home as I bowl a lot for Lancashire here. The hairstyle, maybe me and Jase will have to keep it."
Babar Azam, speaking in Urdu, says he's very pleased with the efforts, and their fight, but perhaps 15 short, if Rizwan could have carried on. Shot selection against the spinners today was poor. He also thanks the crowd for their support, and confirms that Mohammad Hafeez is very much part of their World Cup plans.
Eoin Morgan: "It means a huge amount, this is the worst wicket for our gameplan so we've managed to win against a very good side, so we will learn a huge amount. I don't think the ball will spin like that in the UAE, it didn't spin like that in the IPL, but unnatural as it is to play like that for Jos Buttler, the partnership with Roy set up the chase. Guys have achieved when they came in and played, plenty of options when it comes to selection. We have 17 or 18 vying for 15 places."
9.55pm: A frantic end, the vuvuzelas screeching, and the home side scraping through by the skin of their teeth! It went deep, but Eoin Morgan found the boundary at crucial times, then Liam Livingstone had his moment of swag, smoking his first ball for six to bring the requirement down from 12 off 8 to 6 off 7. Morgan also fell right at the death, but Pakistan's gamble with Hasan for the 18th may have cost them in the end. All about spin at Old Trafford tonight, and England rode the roulette wheel to victory to take the series 2-1 and a further boost of confidence ahead of a UAE-based T20 World Cup.
fired in straight and Jordan clips it off his pads behind square on the leg side
Surely not? Surely?
Morgan attempts to hit the winning boundary but is caught at long-on! Hasan keeps Pakistan scrapping! The captain looking to finish it, may have been a cutter, mistimed and it went straight up
Alan Hardy: "That six should be as good as any indication for livingstone to have a permanent spot" Fair
hacked high, high, to short midwicket, and dropped! Wow, Morgan is through the stroke too soon, Hasan calls early and sprints, but can't close his fingers round it!
Six to win, five for ... you know... A ring of fielders saving one, but leg side is open
six and out! Livingstone wanted to finish in one ball, but instead, he's cuffed it to short third man! To be frank, it was there, but just skidded on... but still, a 300 strike-rate on a night like this isn't to be sniffed at!
Livingstone launches it! Gadzooks, is there nothing he can't do! Down on one knee, slamming high and glorious into the night sky! Confidence pumping and that's changed the game!
26 out of 38 overs in this match have been bowled by spinners. Only three men's T20Is between two full-members had seen more overs of spin (All those three were hosted by sub-continent and none since 2014).
makes room, and bowled! Malan's ungainly knock is unpicked, he can't get his chop through the covers away, and back goes his leg stump. This is going to the wire!
hacked down the ground, through the line once more, not timed but there's a fumble near the rope and that's all the invitation that England need for the precious second
Rick Castle: "You don't win the Kentucky Derby if you leave your prize stallion in the stables." Hee-haw
another big wind-up, another slog through the full length, scuffed to the man at short third
an ugly toe-ended scuff to backward point from Malan, and Morgan hurtles to the business end. No messing, gets the strike back
So nearly an outstanding over... but in the end, it's brought England right back
Suhaib Jawad: "Miller is there any tail in from say, reverse swing?" Didn't clock any, to be fair. All about the spin tonight...
flogged gloriously into the stands! That's ballsy from Morgan, backing his eye as Hasan fired in the cutter, he saunters across his stumps, opens up the leg-side and launches it high and mighty over cow corner!
slower ball, back of a length, outstanding ticker from Hasan! Morgan is anchored for the pull, but can't gauge the pace at all
hustling extra pace, down the leg side, but Morgan is tucked up from round the wicket and that flicks his body to save the wide
very full, Morgan whips through his drive too early, and snicks along the turf to the keeper. A dot will do for Pakistan...
A sanitiser break after those grubby fan-hands get involved
Faizaan : "Two overs of Hassan ali are very crucial here and will decide this match." I suspect you are right!
onto the legs, and flipped over deep square leg! Sweet connection, as Hasan misses his yorker, tantalising for the fielder but that was out of his reach
back of a length, Malan is deep in his crease and sprints off for the single to cover
Hasan Ali to have a burst. Big call, there's another over of Shadab available, but Babar has gone to his death option. Malan will prefer this, in theory.
makes room, crashes the cut-drive through the covers! All about the wrists at the point of impact, clattering a hard flat drill in front of the cover sweeper. Big boundary
pressed off the front foot to cover
First four for three overs
a drag-down, a boundary! That is such a relief for Malan, who leans back to slap the pull through midwicket
Malan makes room for a languid drive... straight at short cover! Oh dear... did it all right there
|Old Trafford, Manchester|
|Toss||Pakistan, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||England won the 3-match series 2-1|
|Match number||T20I no. 1195|
|Hours of play (local time)||18.30 start, First Session 18.30-20.00, Interval 20.00-20.20, Second Session 20.20-21.50|
|Match days||20 July 2021 - night (20-over match)|