Second T20: England beat Pakistan by 38 runs to level series

England restricted Pakistan to 112 as they chased a target of 151. Bairstow is Man of the Match.


Reuters February 25, 2012

DUBAI: Jonny Bairstow and Steven Finn inspired England to a 38-run victory over Pakistan in Dubai on Saturday to level the three-match series of Twenty20 internationals at 1-1.  

England chose to bat first under lights and chalked up 150 for seven with the 22-year-old Bairstow clubbing an unbeaten 60 in 46 balls.

Man of the match Bairstow, son of the late former England wicketkeeper David, belted five fours and two sixes. Opener Craig Kieswetter also chipped in with 31 off 24 deliveries while Pakistan seamer Umar Gul took two for 31 and spinner Saeed Ajmal produced an economical spell of one for 20 in four overs.

Pakistan started their run chase badly, slumping to two for two after losing Mohammad Hafeez for a duck and Asad Shafiq for one.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and Shahid Afridi top-scored with 25 in 23 balls as Pakistan were bowled out for 112 in 18.2 overs.

England captain Stuart Broad and spinner Graeme Swann took two wickets apiece but improving young paceman Finn stole the show by returning figures of three for 30 and running out Ajmal for a duck with a direct hit from close range.

The third and final match will be in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

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

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

Umpires: Ahsan Raza (Pakistan) and Zameer Haider (Pakistan)

TV umpire: Shozab Raza (Pakistan)

Match referee: JJ Crowe (New Zealand)

COMMENTS (13)

Qasim | 9 years ago | Reply

Awais Zia on wild goose chase; huge disappointment. Boy can't even sight the ball properly. Is he another safarashi?

H chaudhry | 9 years ago | Reply

Least talented team from Pakistan !

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