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Pakistan vs England: ALHAMDULILLAH Pakistan set up victory

Pakistan took England's final three wickets in six balls in a thrilling finale to seal a dramatic three-run victory and level their T20I series at 2-2.

Mohammad Rizwan’s 88 from 67 balls helped Pakistan post 166-5 after the hosts had been put in to bat by Moeen Ali before England embarked on a run-chase that saw huge swings of momentum.

Liam Dawson appeared to have put England on the brink of victory as his 34 from 17 – including five successive boundaries in the 18th over – left the tourists needing five runs to win from the last 10 balls, with three wickets in hand.

However, Haris Rauf (3-32) removed Dawson and Olly Stone with consecutive balls in the penultimate over, before Reece Topley was run out in the final over to leave Adil Rashid stranded and England all out for 163.

England, whose batting had impressed in the opening three games of the series, appeared to be clear favorites after a strong bowling display had limited Pakistan to what the tourists clearly considered a highly gettable target.

However, a disastrous start to the run-chase saw England slump to 14-3. Ben Duckett (33), Harry Brook (34), and Moeen (29) led the recovery, but when the latter duo fell in successive overs to leave England 113-6, Pakistan once more appeared in control.

The victory means Pakistan has now twice leveled from behind to ensure the series is level as it moves from Karachi to Lahore, where the final three matches will be played as both sides continue their preparations for the start of the T20 World Cup in Australia next month.

England run-chase dramatic from start to finish

England’s run-chase started as it would go on, in dramatic fashion, with Phil Salt (8) hitting two boundaries from the first three balls of Mohammad Nawaz’s opening over, before being caught on the boundary as he went for another big hit.

Alex Hales, returning after being rested for the previous game, followed in the second over as he was brilliantly caught for five at short mid-wicket by Usman Qadir off Mohammad Hasnain.

Before the second over was complete, England was three down, as Will Jacks, who had been so impressive on debut, was bowled trying to slog a good-length ball into the leg side.

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