England bowlers kept their nerves in the final overs to pull off a sensational five run win over Pakistan in the third and final Twenty20 in Abu Dhabi to win the series 2-1.
Set 130 to win, Pakistan were going along nicely at 107-4 with 23 needed off the last three overs and 17 off the remaining two, but Stuart Broad and Jade Dernbach did not lose courage and pulled off the win in the final over.
Broad dismissed a well set Umar Akmal (22) off the third ball of the penultimate over and gave away just four runs, leaving Jade Dernbach to defend 13 in the last, which he successfully did, removing Misbah-ul Haq (28) off the final delivery.
Dernbach finished with 2-24 and most importantly gave the World Twenty20 champions an unexpected win.
Pakistan won the first match by eight runs while England won the second by 38 runs-both played in Dubai.
With just 36 needed off five overs with seven wickets in hand, including that of Shahid Afridi, Pakistan appeared in control. But England’s seamers, in particular Broad and Dernbach, showed a masterly control of slower balls, cutters and reverse swing to leave Pakistan batsmen groping. (ANI)