Tymal Mills helps England level series
- Credit: Sussex CCC
Brandon bowler Tymal Mills was among the wickets as England Lions levelled their Twenty20 series against Pakistan A with an emphatic 41-run win under floodlights at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Dawid Malan top-scored for the second consecutive match after the Lions had been put in by Pakistan captain Junaid Khan, following his 51 in Monday's opener with a stylish 80 from 56 balls in a total of 164 for five.
The Middlesex left-hander stroked eight of his first 16 balls for four and added two sixes off the spinners later in his innings, and Worcestershire's Ross Whiteley also smashed two maximums in an unbeaten 29 from 20 balls.
The Lions had changed their strategy by including Jamie Overton as a fourth specialist seamer in place of Stephen Parry, and the plan paid off as Pakistan A were reduced to 27 for three.
Overton had Fakhar Zaman athletically caught by Reece Topley diving in from the third-man boundary in the second over, then the pace of Mills undid Shahzaib Hasan as he top-edged a hook to Overton at short fine leg. Jake Ball claimed the key scalp of Iftikhar Ahmed as he mistimed to James Vince at mid-off.
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Liam Dawson seized his chance as the senior spinner, bowling top scorer Sohaib Maqsood for 40 from 34 balls, and adding the wicket of Babar Azam for 35 to end with two for 25 from four tidy overs.
Overton returned to take two more wickets to end with three for 26, and Topley earned one for 19 from his four overs as well as running out Junaid. Ball took the last wicket with a clever slower ball as Pakistan A were dismissed for 123 with three balls remaining of the 20th over.
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The teams meet again under the floodlights tonight.