Cricket: England have the last laugh as Pakistan lose T20 series

By AFP
Published: February 27, 2012

England's Jade Dernbach (L) celebrates with his teammates after he dismissed Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez (unseen)> PHOTO: AFP

ABU DHABI: Pakistan lost the third and series deciding T2o match against England, in the three match series, by five runs on Monday.

Chasing England’s score of 129, Pakistan’s batting line up struggled from the get-go, when opener Mohammed Hafeez got out in the first over, while fellow opener Awais Zia provided some histrionics by scoring 23 runs (28 balls) which included a four and a six.

Asad Shafiq with 34 runs (32 balls) was the highest scorer for the team.

England JW Dernbach was the pick of English bowlers, taking two wickets, including Hafeez’s early wicket and captain Misbahul Haq’s wicket with the last ball of the innings.

Earlier, Kevin Pietersen made 62, even though Saeed Ajmal bowled brilliantly for Pakistan to take four English wickets, to take England’s score to 129 for the loss of six wickets.

Pakistan needed 130 runs off the 20 overs to win the match and the three match series.

England captain Stuart Broad had won the toss and elected to bat in the third and final Twenty20 international against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi Stadium here on Monday.

England kept the same team that lost the first match by eight runs but won the second by 38 runs — both in Dubai.

Pakistan also remained unchanged, resisting the temptation to play an extra spinner in Abdul Rehman.

England: Stuart Broad (capt), Jonny Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Awais Zia, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema, Hammad Azam

Umpires: Shozab Raza (PAK) and Zameer Haider (PAK)

Tv umpire: Ahsan Raza (PAK)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Tariq
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:20AM

    What a silly way to lose, Whatmore should work on the team’s intelligence. Singles and doubles would have done it, but our witless players and captain just couldn’t manage! Well played England!

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  • Ash
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:32AM

    I am gutted the way Pakistan has thrown this match! they were cruising to their target but then very slow batting by Misbah ruined it. The last ball and 6 required, I had my eyes closed. I knew he can’t be Javed Miandad to hit it for six. I don’t think Misbah should be in T20. He is an excellent player for test but not for quicker format of this game.

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  • Tariq
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:34AM

    Total lack of intelligence by Misbah and Akmal in the end, where singles and doubles would have done it but Misbah was waving his bat around like a magic wand. Simply witless. Still, well done England! Whatmore should work on the players’ intelligence, as skills come to naught if there isn’t sufficient brainpower to make the right choices at the right time.

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  • JJ
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:37AM

    CONGRATS ENGLAND TEAM 4 WINNING ODI &T20 SERIES. BUT U WILL NOT 4GET THAT V WON THE TEST SERIES.Recommend

  • Torrent
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:39AM

    Misbah Misbah Misbah – When will you learn?

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  • Osama
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:41AM

    Seriously Misbah!? Why do you do this? You may be an excellent test captain but you’re worthless at limited over cricket. I can write an entire paragraph of the flaws in his approach! Please retire from limited overs and restore some self respect as a player. Stick to the tests (that’s where we love you)!
    On the other hand, well done to both teams for an exciting tour! I seriously enjoyed it!

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  • saad badar
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:48AM

    that full toss cheema bowled cost us the match.that was the difference between the two teams.look what cheema bowled as the last ball and what the english bowler bowled.

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  • Omar
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:48AM

    Misbah Ul Haq wasted half the balls!!
    Very dissapointing performance from Umar Akmal with the bat and behind the stumps!!
    Shoaib Malik also dropped a catch!!

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  • Indian
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:40AM

    It’s Ok !!. We are also loosing a lot ;) . At least somewhere we are on the same page..haha.

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  • Feb 28, 2012 - 2:13AM

    My personal request for President of Pakistan and PCB chairman please select talent from sindh and Balochistan. Enough is enough we need united pakistan team. and united country..

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  • Feb 28, 2012 - 2:21AM

    looks fishy way pakistan lost at end in crunch match!!

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  • Justice to be done
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:52AM

    Presence of shoaib Malik in the team tells the whole story. Misbah’s batting order and batting style, especially in T20 is mysterious and doubtful. He must be removed from limited over formats immediately and Afridi should be given another chance. Akmal brothers are so talented but unfortunately they are rotten with corruption, greed, and illegal money.

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  • TightChuddi
    Feb 28, 2012 - 5:35AM

    Pakistan back in form!

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  • Irtiza
    Feb 28, 2012 - 9:22AM

    Misbah should have been Man of the Match …….from England’s side of course!!

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  • Chilli
    Feb 28, 2012 - 11:02AM

    Need Afridi’s energy in T20. We should have separate teams and captains for every format like England.

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  • syed Imran
    Feb 28, 2012 - 11:08AM

    Misbah– Your performance reminded me the loss Pakistan suffered during the semi finals of world cup. You did the same here.

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  • Sri lankan
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:00PM

    I’m glad that u guys spotted that Misbah does not deserve a place in the playing 11. We wonder from here what your slecters think with this sort of a team slection. Horrible performance after a stunning test white wash from your team.Recommend

  • Qasim
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:17PM

    Mr. Tuk Tuk thank you; you have done it again, slowing tempo at crucial moments and crucial matches, loosing from winning position.

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  • JaySabir
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:48PM

    Inzy’s approach: Stay on pitch, be an anchor and win the game.
    Misbah UL HAQ Approach: Stay on pitch, keep your bat straight, drag the game to the last over, and BOOM! gift the game to opponents.

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  • poor justice
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:49PM

    Misbah you done it again . .WHY?

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  • rashid
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:31PM

    this is cowered misbah i think he should resin 4m t20 he z tuk tuk player just for test match…..Recommend

  • THE
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:39PM

    I think they took Shoaib Malik so he could meet Sania in the UAE, otherwise he was a total waste in this last T20, with a drop catch and no batting. I was in the ground but couldn’t watch the horror show in the last four overs. Misbah needs to be dropped from the one day and T20 squad, he doesn’t deserve to be in the playing 11. The selectors and PCB are dishonest people who induce players like Farhat, Malik and Misbah so that the fans can cring at every moment of the game!

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  • a r modak//////////////johannesburg RSA
    Feb 28, 2012 - 5:24PM

    it is this type of “anti-climactic” finish that turns fans into foes!
    a brilliant “once-off” (?) display in the three test series, exceeding the expectations of all-
    a four-nil washout in the one dayers, as if, they were returning a favour-
    then this!

    why, oh why, does this takes place?
    and, miss-bah, again the culprit, as in the T-20 final against India.

    in short, inconsistency-even before the ink has dried over their triumph!

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  • Ahsan Abbas
    Feb 28, 2012 - 7:10PM

    just have a look to the England side, they played a total different team in TEST match, with Tort, Bell, Captain Strauss & some other…. then then changed there strategy in one & T20…. Cook was the captain in one days & he played owsum with 2 centuries……… but he didn’t played in T20???why??? because he was not suitable for T20 & Broad was the capt….. Our selector must have to look up at the team selection they should give the chance to deserving cricketers, there are many of well deserving cricketers in our country….. PLEASE i request to all of them NOT TO PLAY WITH THE NERVS OF THE PEOPLE :( :( :( .DISAPPOINTED :( :( :(

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