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

England beat Pakistan by five runs in the last T20, to win the three match series 2-1.


Afp February 27, 2012

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)

COMMENTS (24)

Ahsan Abbas | 9 years ago | Reply

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 :( :( :(

a r modak//////////////johannesburg RSA | 9 years ago | Reply

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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