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Kent Cricket's Sam Billings helps England Lions to victory in second unofficial ODI against Pakistan A at ICC Academy in Dubai

Kent Cricket's Sam Billings played his part as England Lions beat Pakistan A by 69 runs in the second unofficial ODI at the ICC Academy in Dubai.

The 24-year-old wicketkeeper hit 31 from 34 balls as England compiled a formidable total of 314-5 from their 50 overs after being put in. Pakistan were dismissed for 245 in reply with Billings holding a catch to dismiss Mohammad Nawaz.

England now lead the five-match series 2-0 and can wrap up a series win with victory in third ODI at the ICCA on Monday. The remaining two games are on Thursday, January 28, and Saturday, January 30.

Kent wicketkeeper Sam Billings Picture: Barry Goodwin
Kent wicketkeeper Sam Billings Picture: Barry Goodwin

Billings - who had hit an unbeaten 35 in Wednesday's five-wicket win at the same venue - batted at four and entered the fray at 86-2 after skipper James Vince had gone for 29, and Tom Westley for 20.

He and centurion Dawid Malan added 76 for the third wicket in 10.2 overs though the Kent man managed only one boundary before being bowled by Nawaz, Pakistan's most successful bowler, with 3-57.

Malan went onto make 114 from 109 deliveries, with 12 fours and two sixes, and with excellent middle-order contributions from Liam Dawson (33 from 36 balls), Ross Whiteley (50 not out from 30 balls) and Joe Clarke (25 not out from 13 balls) England set their opponents an asking rate of 6.30 an over.

Pakistan lost both openers in reaching 39 in reply and struggled to build any significant partnerships as the England bowlers maintained a tidy line.

Fakhar Zaman top-scored with 61 while Nawaz made a 46-ball 51 with three fours and two sixes, but only one other batsman - Fawad Alam (31) - got past 30 as their innings came to end with 5.5 overs to spare.

Seamer Toby Roland-Jones finished with 3-48 from his 10 overs - and bowled the only maiden - while left-arm spinner Dawson finished with 3-36 from eight overs and Tom Curran took 2-51 from 8.1.

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