Barrow-born batsman Liam Livingstone was involved with England Lions again yesterday, as they earned a dramatic 22-run victory over Pakistan A in Abu Dhabi.

The win put the Lions 2-1 up in the five-game series, which they managed despite an extraordinary performance in defeat from Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan.

With the hosts 127-7 in the 32nd over, England looked set to comfortably defend their total of 245 all out, in which Lancashire’s Livingstone made 29 off 38 balls.

But Rizwan, who also struck 98 when the two teams previously met on Tuesday, went into overdrive, with his unbeaten 141 off 154 deliveries, including 12 fours and three sixes, to carry what was otherwise an undistinguished Pakistan innings.

Mark Wood quickly removed both of their openers in their reply, with spinner Dom Bess ending as the pick of the England bowlers with figures of 3-35. Livingstone wasn’t required with the ball this time.

In the end, Rizwan was given just too much to do on his own, as Pakistan fell short on 223-9.

Earlier on, Ollie Pope had kept the tourists’ innings together, with the Surrey youngster clattering 93 not out and his 77-run partnership for the sixth wicket with skipper Lewis Gregory (40) proved crucial.

England Lions will attempt to wrap up the series with a game to spare on Sunday.