SU­PER JOR­DAN SEALS SWEEP

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ENG­LAND’S tour came to a dra­matic con­clu­sion last night when they com­pleted a 3- 0 Twenty20 clean- sweep over Pak­istan with their first su­per-over fin­ish.

Chris Jor­dan, a sur­prise choice to bowl the tie-break over af­ter the scores had fin­ished level, was near-per­fect, con­ced­ing only three runs and bowl­ing Umar Ak­mal with his fi­nal ball to leave eng­land what should have been a straight­for­ward task.

But eoin Mor­gan and Jos Buttler needed five balls to scram­ble the four needed off the ex­tra over bowled by Shahid Afridi, who had done so much to en­sure this third in­ter­na­tional had gone to an elim­i­na­tor.

The Pak­istan cap­tain added 63 with Shoaib Ma­lik, who made 75 off 54 balls, to lift his side to the brink of over­tak­ing eng­land’s 154 for eight be­fore So­hail Tan­vir was able to scam­per just one of the two needed off the fi­nal ball.

What a thrilling fi­nale and what a fil­lip for eng­land, who will travel to in­dia for the World Twenty20 in March be­liev­ing they can make an im­pact with a young, vi­brant side who never know when they are beaten.

‘it was a great way to end a fan­tas­tic tour,’ said eng­land cap­tain Mor­gan. ‘ We have seen so much de­vel­op­ment here and that was epit­o­mised by Chris Jor­dan with that fi­nal over. i’m very proud of the team.’

James vince was the main­stay of the eng­land in­nings af­ter they had plum­meted from 48 for one to 86 for six, Afridi dis­miss­ing Joe root, who be­came eng­land’s lead­ing run­scorer in any cal­en­dar year, and Moeen Ali in suc­ces­sive balls.

it was a mea­sure of vince’s strug­gle to find flu­ency that he was over­taken by No 8 Chris Woakes, who added much-needed im­pe­tus to the in­nings with 37 from 24 balls.

The pair hit 60 off 39 balls — Woakes be­ing helped by another piece of com­edy Pak­istan field­ing when he was dropped by An­war Ali on 19 — but both fell in the fi­nal over to leave eng­land 15 runs short of where they wanted to be.

Yet it looked enough when Pak­istan lost two wick­ets in an event­ful first over which saw another calami­tous run out in­volv­ing Mo­ham­mad Hafeez.

‘Boom Boom’ Afridi in­spired the fight­back with three sixes in part­ner­ship with Ma­lik, but Woakes held his nerve again when Pak­istan needed 10 off the last over to deny them a con­so­la­tion vic­tory at their favourite emi­rate ground.

White­wash: Mor­gan (left) and Buttler cel­e­brate a dra­matic win

AFP

PAUL NEW­MAN

Cricket Cor­re­spon­dent

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