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Chris Jordan’s impeccable Super Over delivers 3-0 whitewash

Jordan sent down one yorker after another to dent Pakistan (Photo Courtesy: IBTimes)
Jordan sent down one yorker after another to dent Pakistan (Photo Courtesy: IBTimes)

In a pulsating contest which came down to the Super Over, England kept their nerve and secured a tight victory over Pakistan in Sharjah. On a sluggish pitch which offered enormous help to the spinners, Pakistan succumbed to a     3-0 whitewash.

Chris Jordan was the hero for the visitors after he bowled an impeccable Super Over under tremendous pressure. Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal could barely put bat to ball as his tight bowling meant that the Pakistan batsmen could only muster 3 runs in the over.

Afridi offered to lead from the front when he opted to bowl himself to Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler. Despite beginning promisingly, he could not prevent the English duo from overhauling the target. Things could have been tricky had Anwar Ali collected a throw properly. But, the all-rounder fumbled to leave his skipper frustrated.

All of this drama ensued after Shoaib Malik’s valiant 75 pulled Pakistan back into the contest. His 54-ball knock was supported by a quickfire 29 from Afridi who delighted the spectators with 3 massive sixes. However, Chris Woakes dismissed Malik in the penultimate delivery to result in an exhilarating tie.

David Willey who silenced the crowd by sending back Afridi had made a mockery of the top-order with an attacking spell. Chasing 155, Pakistan collapsed to 11/3 when Malik was joined by wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan. After a brief partnership, the spinners jolted the run-chase with the wickets of Rizwan and Akmal.

Earlier, the Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bat hoping that his batsmen could post a competitive total on board for the spinners to defend. But England capsized to 86/6 before a match-turning partnership between James Vince and Chris Woakes offered them some respite.

Vince negotiated the spinners by holding fort at one end while Woakes counter-attacked the seamers to propel the tourists to a significant total. And the England bowlers did not disappoint as they sustained the pressure throughout the chase by picking up key wickets.

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis would reflect on his team’s poor fielding display as the major reason behind a ignominious series defeat. Even though they provided stiff resistance to England, their inability to cross the line would have left the dressing-room shaken.

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