Cricket. What a sport. A five-day test match has the tendency to throw out drama during a prolonged period of time but nothing provides intense entertainment quite like T20 cricket.

England’s series against Pakistan was nothing short of a thriller and it was decided in typical fashion at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.

In front of a vibrant packed crowd in Manchester, the hosts just about crawled over the line to wrap up the series 2-1.

After choosing to bat first, this was a rather more reserved game of cricket compared to the previous two IT20s between these sides.

Rizwan was troubled early on by David Willey who looked to have got the opener caught behind by a brilliant diving catch by Jos Buttler but the ball merely bounced off his body, rather than hitting his bat.

The Pakistan batsmen soon hit the ground running with Saqib Mahmood being planted for a boundary behind square leg by Rizwan.

However, his opening colleague in Babar Azam failed to find much rhythm on a rare bad day at the office. He edged Chris Jordan for four and then smacked a high ball into the sky that just evaded Jason Roy.

He found no such fortune against the leg-spin of Adil Rashid, eventually departing for 11 off 13 deliveries. With the final ball of the powerplay, he bowled a delicious googly that bamboozled Babar, leaving Buttler with a simple stumping.

The tourists ended their allotted powerplay overs with exactly 50 runs but it wasn’t long before Rashid was in the wickets again. Maqsood went for just 13 with the score at 67-2 after he planted one down the ground to Roy.

Rashid was causing all sorts of danger and picked up his third of the night swiftly after. It was dragged down from the spinner but Hafeez put it straight down the throat of Jonny Bairstow on the leg-side boundary.

Fakhar did get ahold of him, however, smacking a huge six in the 13th over that took the score to 85-3.

Rizwan continued his impressive series by scoring a 38 ball 50 to lift his country to 100 and beyond.

England’s spinners bowled brilliantly at Headingley at the weekend and they plugged away in the same vein on Tuesday night. Moeen bowled fantastically well, restricting Pakistan by going for just 19 runs from his four overs. He wasn’t hit for a single boundary and picked up the vital wicket of Fakhar for 24 to a plumb LWB.

The tourists were glued together by Rizwan who’s massive six in the 17th over got them motoring again.

Rashid was keen to stop the fun and he then picked up Shadab to record his best figures in T20 cricket of 4-35.

Pakistan moved to 130-5 but Imad Wasim was run out for just three after a good throw from the deep by Bairstow.

Jordan limited the final over to just five, meaning Pakistan finished on 154-6.

Imad bowled the first over as the chase got underway with the English openers taking the first six balls conservatively. It wasn’t long before Roy launched a stunning assault of three boundaries in Shaheen Afridi’s first over.

England ended the powerplay on 45-0 but whilst Roy looked at his free-flowing best, Buttler struggled. He played an uncharacteristic knock of 21 from 22 balls, toe ending one to Babar off the bowling of Shadab.

Roy continued to smack the ball to the boundary and consequently brought up his half-century from 31 balls in the tenth over.

The Surrey batsman hit two sweep shots to the rope off Qadir but the spinner had the last laugh, getting the opener to smack a high ball into the night sky that was taken comfortably as he went back to the hutch for 64.

It was a difficult pitch to get going on and when Bairstow was sent back for just five by Imad with the score at 104 for 3, England looked in a spot of bother.

Dawid Malan played within himself, barely hitting a boundary as Moeen felt the pressure at the opposite end. He tried to advance Hafeez but the 40-year-old bowled cleverly to castle his stumps for only a single.

Eoin Morgan came to the wicket and after Malan finally found the boundary rope, smoked an unbelievable shot to the cover boundary for four.

With three overs left, the hosts required 29 from 18 balls but the skipper took it upon himself to find the rope. He planted a delightful six off his hip for a maximum to alleviate some heavy pressure.

Hasan Ali bowled a superb selection of slower balls but with his final ball of the over, hurled one right in the slot that allowed Morgan to smack it high, long and into the crowd for another six.

There was still time for a late twist as Malan departed, clean bowled by Hafeez for 31 off 33 balls in the penultimate.

Man of the moment, Liam Livingstone, came to the crease but after carting a humungous six from his first ball, was caught trying to go big again the very next delivery.

More drama followed as Morgan smacked one straight in the air with the first ball of the final over but it just evaded the Pakistan field and they came back for two. The captain was then caught trying to finish the game, handing Hasan his first wicket.

Jordan was joined at the crease by Willey but it was the former who was the hero, running a quick two with two balls left to seal a superb series win by three wickets.