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Lumb savours Lions response

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Centurion Michael Lumb spoke to ECBtv after helping England Lions win the second ODI

Michael Lumb was delighted with the way England Lions seized on the over-confidence of their opponents as they levelled the one-day series with Pakistan A yesterday.

The Lions lost the opening match of the series by 83 runs after making just 96 in reply to Pakistan’s 179.

But with Lumb leading the way with a brilliant century, the Lions reacted with a thrilling three-wicket win in Dubai.

“After the first game I thought they were pretty confident and that maybe played in to our hands a bit,” he told ECBtv.

“They were over-confident and thought they could do it pretty easily. They bowled well but it was a good chase from us.”

Lumb overcame cramp to hit 110 and helped his side overhaul Pakistan A's challenging 231 for eight with an over remaining.

The Lions had earlier slumped to 56 for three but a 109-run stand between Lumb and James Taylor, who hit 61, swung the game back in England’s favour.

And, after completing the thrilling chase, Lumb hailed Taylor’s contribution and insisted patience was the key following their stumbling start.

“We said that if someone got in and got a big score and a couple of good partnerships it would set us up pretty close,” he said. “I thought James Taylor played very well.

“We built on a good base and just kept knocking it down in 10s and take it down to the last 10 overs.

“We’ve learned that the wickets here become quite hard at the death and we knew if we could get close we could have a good crack in the last 10 overs.”

“We got over the line and that’s all that matters. Its 1-1 going into the last one.”

The series will now go down to tomorrow's decider and Lumb intimated that their reaction to the pressure of going 1-0 down has restored confidence in the squad ahead of the game in Dubai.

“After the first game we were under a bit of pressure and it was a must win game today,” he said. “But we did the job so Friday is another big game for us.”

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