England Physical Disability squared the Twenty20 series in Dubai, beating the highest T20 score between them and Pakistan to gain their first format win.
Pakistan’s 140 for nine, underpinned by 80 from opener and captain Hasnain Alam, was a formidable total but 18-year-old Alex Hammond’s 28-ball 57 set up a famous victory in the second match of three at the ICC Global Cricket Academy.
Although three wickets each for Dan Hamm and skipper Jimmy Williams kept the Asian side in check late on, the gifted Asnan - who smashed nine fours and two sixes - had already done much damage.
Hammond, who hit eight fours and two maximums, then set up for a four-wicket win completed nervously in the last over and a decider tomorrow evening ahead of three one-day internationals between the teams next week.
Hasnain, who won the toss, dominated a brisk opening stand that stood at 46 by the end of the powerplay.
However, Hamm stopped the momentum with a double-wicket maiden, bowling Matloob Qureshi and trapping Danesh Ahmed in front two balls later.
Hamm and fellow spinner Fred Bridges stifled Hasnain’s partners, but the captain looked a class above the rest and was scoring freely to ensure the run-rate remained a constant run a ball.
In the 12th over, Hamm struck again when he had Jahanzaib Tiwana smartly stumped by live-wire wicketkeeper Liam Thomas with the score at 84.
Hasnain raised his fifty from 33 deliveries and by the end of the 17th over Pakistan had taken the total to 118, setting themselves up for a late onslaught.
However, three wickets fell in the next over, bowled by Williams, as Rao Javed and Abdullah Afridi were run out either side of Hasnain holing out to long-on, Ollie Barton taking the catch.
Williams struck twice more in the closing overs for figures of 3-29, four runs more than Hamm’s three scalps cost.
With such an imposing target, head coach Chris Ellison promoted the experienced Gordon Laidlaw to open alongside Hammond.
Hammond showed his intent from ball one, taking Rehan Mirza, who pitched too short, for three fours in an over before launching Fayaz Ahmed for four and six.
Hammond continued to wreak havoc as the powerplay yielded a whopping 68 and he reached his maiden T20 international half-century from just 22 balls.
Afridi halted the opening stand on 72 by bowling Laidlaw for 16 and Hammond soon fell when he mis-timed a pull at Ameer Ahmed and was caught.
Callum Flynn and Iain Nairn shared a patient 32-run partnership that ended when the out-of-touch Nairn was caught off a leading edge with the score on 115 after 15 overs.
England’s nerves started to show as Barton, sent in as a pinch-hitter, was easily stumped to be Afridi’s third victim and the big-hitting Jordan Williams, who took some pressure off with a maximum over the top of the pavilion, holed out to long-off.
With three needed from the last set of six, Tiwana, who had bowled a 17-ball over in the first match, sent down five leg-side wides to spark England celebrations.