Vince leads Lions to series glory in Dubai

James Vince. Picture: Dave Vokes / LMI Photography

James Vince. Picture: Dave Vokes / LMI Photography

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James Vince led England Lions to a nail-biting twenty20 series victory over Pakistan A in the UAE.

The tourists celebrated a 3-2 success in the five-match contest with a super-over triumph in the decisive fixture in Dubai.

Pakistan A scrambled a run out off the final ball of England’s run-chase to tie the scores on 165 and force the six-ball shootout.

Dawid Malan, who had earlier starred with 81 off 55 balls before losing his wicket on the last delivery, helped fire the Lions to 12 without loss in their super over after a brace of boundaries.

England paceman Tom Curran then defended the total – taking one wicket for eight runs in his six balls.

Earlier, Pakistan A had posted 165 for three after Vince had won the toss and chosen to field.

His Hampshire team-mate Reece Topley took the new ball but was wicketless in his four overs.

Dawson, the third Ageas Bowl star in the Lions ranks, returned one for 25 after a smart caught-and-bowled.

In reply, Vince could only muster five batting at three.

But Malan and Sam Billings, who struck 50 off 31 balls, shared a stand of 96 to put England on the brink of victory before the thrilling climax.

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