Lions show class in Gulf
England Lions claimed an eight-wicket victory over Pakistan A to open an unassailable 2-0 lead in their T20 series.
Last Updated: 14/02/10 4:35pm
England Lions chased down a target of 107 to claim an eight-wicket victory over Pakistan A and open an unassailable 2-0 lead in their Twenty20 series.
Opening batsman Craig Kieswetter, fresh from hitting 77 not out in the series opener, again led the way with an unbeaten 40 from 42 balls as the Lions cruised home with 3.5 overs to spare.
Steven Davies (17) and Michael Lumb (13) were the only batsmen to fall, Ian Bell (32no) and Kieswetter finishing the job with a 50-run stand for the third wicket.
The Lions had earlier produced a dominant display with the ball at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, led by leg-spinner Adil Rashid.
Pakistan A's hopes of posting a competitive score were ruined by Rashid, who ran through their middle order claiming three quick wickets as they crashed to 46-6.
The Yorkshireman first had Aamer Sajjad caught by Andrew Gale for 13 before Kashif Siddiq (0) and Asad Shafiq (5) were both stumped by Kieswetter.
Rashid finished with 3-13 from his four overs while seamers Chris Woakes (2-23) and Sajid Mahmood (2-22) chipped in with two wickets apiece as Pakistan A were all out for 106 from the penultimate ball of their 20-over allocation.
The Lions have the chance to complete a series whitewash in Abu Dhabi on February 16.