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Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi and England skipper Jos Buttler during toss at 2nd T20I © Getty Images

England have sealed the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Pakistan with a close win in the second game at Dubai. The game at one stage had completely swerved England’s way and Pakistan’s chances looked negligible but Shahid Afridi produced an absolute gem smashing a eight-ball 24 to take Pakistan within touching distance. Pakistan competed well for most part but lost their way against the English spinners and Liam Plunkett in the middle overs. Ultimately Pakistan’s death over efforts brought them within three runs of England’s total. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs England 2015, 2nd T20I at Dubai

The match looked as good as over at this stage with the men in green needing about 15 runs per over with four overs to spare and just five wickets in hand. Malik’s dismissal in the 17th over worsened the scenario for Pakistan but Afridi gave good measure of his explosive ability which emerges only rarely these days. He smashed Chris Woakes for three sixes in the 18th over and match was brought back to life as the over yielded 22 runs in all. Unfortunately for Pakistan, Afridi was dismissed on the final delivery of that over. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: Pakistan vs England 2015, 2nd T20I at Dubai

Earlier, Afridi was also the most convincing of all bowlers taking three wickets in his four overs while conceding a mere 15 runs at an economy of less than four. Had Pakistan won, there would have been little doubt who would have won the man of the match. England’s batting was a consolidated team effort which saw not a single batsmen get fifty or even in their forties, but there were quite a few thirties and twenties. James Vince top scored with 38 off 24 balls.