England beat Pakistan to level Twenty20 series

England beat Pakistan to level Twenty20 series

Jonathan Bairstow’s undefeated 60 runs helped England to beat Pakistan by 38 runs in the second Twenty20 at Dubai Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

By Liaqat Ali

Published: Sun 26 Feb 2012, 1:46 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:42 AM

The victory meant England level the three-match series 1-1 after Pakisatn had won the first match on Thursday by eight runs.

Pakistan were once again let down by poor batting and they never looked comfortable to chase the highest total on this ground being bowled out for 112 in 18.1 overs. Shahid Afridi scored 25 off 23 balls and was the last hope for Pakistan before he was the last man to get out as he tried to hit Stuart Broad out of the ground.

Set to win 151, Pakistan got the worst possible start by losing Mohammed Hafeez on the second ball of the innings when Kevin Pietersen caught him in the slips off the bowling of Steven Finn.

Finn bowled a fiery first and gave away only one run. Pakistan were 2-2 in the second over as Jade Dernbach caught and

bowled Asad Shafiq, who scored just one run after facing five balls.

Umar Akmal joined Awais Zia in the middle and Pakistan were 7-2 at the end of second over.

Pakistan’s first boundary came in the third over when Umar lofted Finn over mid-on. Umar was dropped by Jos Buttler off Dernbach’s ball in the fourth over.

Umar again perished after getting a start. He hit Finn a huge six but gave a catch the very next ball after scoring 19 off 12 balls.

Awais struggled to score and was undone by Broad in the sixth over to leave Pakistan tottering at 32-4.

Then Misbah-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik took Pakistan to 50 in the ninth over.

Malik was sent in early after his brilliant inning in the first match but he failed this time and could muster only 12 runs.

Shahid Afridi plundered 17 runs in Samit Patel’s one over to ignite Pakistan hopes but Misbah left after scoring sedate 13 off 24 balls.

Hammad Azam joined Afridi and played some wonderful shots but fell after hitting 21off 15 balls in 16th over.

Umar Gul came and hit 10 off 3 balls from Finn but hit the fourth ball into Craig Kieswetter’s hands.

Earlier, England won the toss again but this time they decided to bat first. Pakistan introduced one change by bringing in Aizaz Cheema to replace Junaid Khan.

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