England PD suffer series loss
England’s Physical Disabilities team slipped to a 20-run defeat in their second Twenty20 international against Pakistan, a result which ensured they lost the series 2-0.
After putting their opponents into bat at Dubai’s Global Cricket Academy, England restricted Pakistan to 136 for seven from 20 overs, debutant Daniel Hamm picking up 2-15.
However, after reaching 50 for one in reply, James Williams’ men were then hampered by the loss of wickets at regular intervals as they were dismissed for 116 with seven balls unused.
England now face the challenge of bouncing back in a three-match one-day international series against the same opponents, starting on Tuesday.
Pakistan’s openers made good progress early on today, taking 47 from the first seven overs.
However, the introduction of Hamm brought an immediate breakthrough, the newcomer bowling Altaf Ahmed for 37 with his first ball in international disabled cricket.
Hamm soon claimed his second wicket as Matloob Qureshi was caught by Shaun Rigby for 30, and two run-outs left Pakistan on 78 for four.
It was left to Abdulla, with 23 from 20 balls, to lift his team to a competitive target.
England then lost Callum Flynn for a duck in the second over of their reply, but a brisk 45-run stand between Gordon Laidlaw and Matthew Partington put them in the driving seat, only for both batsmen to then be run out in quick succession.
A defiant 27 from Rigby, which included one four and a huge six that struck the sightscreen, kept England’s hopes alive, but Pakistan emerged triumphant.
Jahanzaib Tiwana finished with 3-15 from four overs and picked up the man-of-the-match award.