'What a series it’s been to watch' - Ben Stokes backs England ahead of final Pakistan T20I
With the series level at 3-3 the decider will be held tonight at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium between Pakistan and England.
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The sixth T20I between Pakistan and England saw the balance tip in favor of the visitors, who leveled the seven-match series, the longest-ever T20I series, setting up a mouthwatering finale on Sunday, 2nd of October in Lahore. England's red-ball skipper and mercurial all-rounder Ben Stokes is excited for the final match of the see-saw T20I series.
England's new look white-ball side has been engrossed in an enthralling series with several key senior players like Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes missing for the subcontinent tour. The 17-year-long wait for England's arrival in the country has been totally worth it as the two sides have been involved in some intense games throughout the last couple of weeks.
England's recently appointed Test captain, Ben Stokes, who has been rested for the ongoing series, will join the squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia. But the effervescent all-rounder, just like the majority of cricket fans, has been awestruck by the series, which has served up some classic nail-biters. With the series level at three matches each, Stokes has backed his countrymen to get over the line in the final match to clinch a famous series victory.
He made his feeling known via a Twitter post, which read, "What a series it’s been to watch come on."
Coming to the series, England were dealt a huge blow in the buildup to the highly anticipated return to the country in 17 years after Jos Buttler was revealed a doubt for the marathon seven-match series. But the visitors have performed diligently with some notable performances from youngsters trying to stake a claim in the white-ball side.
While Pakistan pulled off two enthralling last-over victories to take a 3-2 lead in the series, England's Phil Salt threw the spanner in the host's plans to claim the match with a sizzling batting display in the sixth T20I. Pakistan's decision to rest the leading run-scorer of the series Mohammad Rizwan and the leading wicket-taker of the series Haris Rauf proved to be costly as they will now face the visitors in another hotly contested affair.