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Chris Woakes provided the late fireworks, and James Vince the solidity, as England dug out a total of 154 for eight in the final Twenty20 International against Pakistan.
Bidding to wrap up a 3-0 series whitewash at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, England - and in particular Vince, who was starved of the strike throughout, had to do it the hard way with the bat.
The tourists lost a wicket to the first ball of the match, Jason Roy falling to Twenty20 debutant Amir Yamin - and then after a second-wicket stand of 48 with Joe Root, it was not until Woakes came in at number eight that Vince had another lasting ally for a partnership of 60 in 40 balls.
Opening for the first time, in his third Twenty20, Vince was eventually caught in the deep from the penultimate ball of the innings, but finished top-scorer with 46 as he and Woakes (37) both hit career bests.
There was a shock in store for England, after Eoin Morgan won the toss - Roy falling to the first ball of Yamin's career, one that nipped back to have him lbw on the back foot.
Thanks largely to Root, England were then going well until Shahid Afridi brought himself on for the final over of powerplay and was on a hat-trick by the end of it.
Root was annoyed with himself after missing an attempted hit over the top to be bowled leg-stump; then Moeen Ali departed for his second successive duck when he clubbed a pull back to the leg-spinner first ball.
Vince had survived on four when he too gave a return chance, Sohail Tanvir dropping his fourth catch in three matches.
The introduction of Shoaib Malik was instantly too much for Morgan, who - as in the one-day international here two weeks ago - stayed leg-side of the ball from round the wicket and was bowled by a hint of turn.
When Jos Buttler ran himself out, just short with the dive after calling Vince through for a single to the wicketkeeper, and Sam Billings went to a very good juggling catch at midwicket, England were in trouble on 86 for six in the 13th over.
But Vince did not panic, and Woakes turned support into dominance as 54 runs came in the last five overs.
He was dropped by Anwar Ali at third-man, after skying a slower ball from Mohammad Irfan on 19, and responded by hitting his next delivery - from the errant fielder - for his second six, on to the roof of the stand at long-on.
Both Woakes and Vince went to Tanvir in the final over, but each was in credit by then.