England dig in to clinch series

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STUART Broad’s England thought they were losing last night’s Twenty20 decider against Pakistan, but dug in to pull off an improbable series-snatching win.

After Kevin Pietersen (62no) ushered the tourists to a competitive, but far from dominant, 129 for six, Pakistan appeared to be coasting in their run chase with barely seven-an-over needed from the last five overs and seven wickets in hand.

Broad had started to fear the worst long before then, yet he and Jade Dernbach hauled the match back to squeeze Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq’s scoring rate and win by five runs at the Zayed Stadium.

He said: “After 10 overs, if we’re all honest, it looked like the game was slipping away from us.

“But the 11 guys on the field were very clear that, if we could get a couple of tight overs in, you can change Twenty20 games just like that.

“I think the communication between the fellas was brilliant, and that probably led to us winning the game.”