Captain Cook to the rescue

February 13, 2012

by kroome111

1st ODI, Abu Dhabi
England 260-7 (50 overs) beat Pakistan 130 (35 overs) by 130 runs

A brilliant century from England’s one-day captain Alastair Cook helped England defeat Pakistan today in Abu Dhabi.

It was a much needed win for England after they were whitewashed in the Test series by an in form Pakistan side.

England won the toss and elected to bat first thinking it would be harder to score runs under the lights. This proved to be the case, but England still had to get the runs on the board.

Alastair Cook played a captains innings as he led from the front in scoring 137 from 142 balls, in an innings that included 14 fours. There was little support through the innings for Cook, other than from his Essex team mate Ravi Bopara, who made 50 from 69 balls.

Saeed Ajmal was in the wickets, picking up 5-43 from his allotted 10 overs, as England yet again failed to pick his variations.

In reply, Pakistan were blown away as they were dismissed for just 130. This was largely thanks to Middlesex fast bowler Steven Finn. Finn claimed the first four wickets inside 9 overs in what was a hostile spell of bowling.

Finn wasn’t able to capture his deserved five wicket haul, but finished with excellent figures of 4-34. Samit Patel also contributed with three important wickets in the middle overs as Pakistan collapsed. One-day specialist Shahid Afridi top scored for Pakistan with 28 from just 22 balls, but his side never threatened England’s total.

England will be looking for more of the same when they face Pakistan again at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

The Scoop 13/02/2012

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