Series whitewash: England return favour, sweep ODI series 4-0

Kevin Pietersen hits 130 as England win by five wickets in the fourth and final ODI.


Afp February 21, 2012

DUBAI: After being blown out of the water in the Test match series, England completed their revenge whitewash, hanging Pakistan out to dry with a five wicket victory in the fourth and final one-day international in Dubai on Tuesday.

Being set a target of 238 runs off 50 overs. England got off to stuttering start, loosing captain Alastair Cook early on, before being cut to 68-3 in the 16th over. However, a solid century from Kevin Pietersen (130) ensured Pakistan will go home without a consolatory victory.

Earlier, Pakistan were bowled out for 237 in their allotted 50 overs in the fourth and final day-night international at Dubai Stadium here on Tuesday.

Asad Shafiq topscored with 65 while Azhar Ali (58) and Misbah-ul Haq (46) were the other contributors. For England paceman Jade Dernbach finished with 4-45.

Flu and injury-hit Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat in the fourth and final one-day against England at Dubai Stadium here on Tuesday.

Experienced batsman Younis Khan failed to recover after missing the third match on Saturday while opener Imran Farhat was left out with a groin injury sustained during the last match.

Paceman Junaid Khan, spinner Abdul Rehman and allrounder Shoaib Malik were included in place of Farhat, Umar Gul and Aizaz Cheema.

England, who have an unassailable 3-0 lead, were also forced to leave out Ravi Bopara (sore back), Graeme Swann (calf) and resting Stuart Broad and James Anderson.

Their places were taken by Jos Butler, Jade Dernbach, Tim Bresnan and Danny Briggs.

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Umar Akmal, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Azhar Ali

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach,

Umpires: Kumara Dharmasena (SRI) and Zameer Haider (PAK)

Tv umpire: Simon Taufel (AUS)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

COMMENTS (37)

Salman Sheikh | 9 years ago | Reply

The only keeper I like after Moin and Rashid is Zulqarnain that the guy have guts to play in tough conditions.. As for the domestic performers i think Zohaib of Punjab team is a good prospect as he play well in the Pentangular competition correct me if i am wrong..

Salman Sheikh | 9 years ago | Reply

Pakistan will also lose big time in T20s also because they lack application of the Players on the right time. like Hammad i don't think Owais Zia will be given a chance.. As for Cheema he past his prime.

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