England edge past Pakistan to clinch series

February 27, 2012
by Binguyen
Kevin Pietersen

T20 international, Abu Dhabi
England 129-6 (20 overs) beat Pakistan 124-6 (20 overs) by 5 runs

England beat Pakistan in a dramatic finish in tonight’s T20 match in Abu Dhabi, and in the process have won the series 2-1.

England won the toss and elected to bat first on a slow surface that offered spin in both innings of the match.

Kevin Pietersen batted through the innings helping England to 129-6 from their 20 overs. Pietersen finished 62 not out from 52 balls in difficult conditions. Pietersen hit the last ball of the England’s innings for six, which proved to be a pivotal moment in the match. England’s second top scorer was Craig Kieswetter who made just 17.

Saeed Ajmal was yet again the pick of the Pakistani bowlers, as he took 4-23 from 4 overs. England will be pleased to see the back of Ajma, after continually struggling to pick the Pakistani off-spinner this winter.

If England were to defend this total they would have to bowl well as a unit, and they certainly achieved this. Samit Patel and Graeme Swann were making life difficult for Pakistan in the middle overs, but it was Stuart Broad and Jade Dernbach who held their nerve in the final two overs with Pakistan needing 17 for victory.

Pakistan needed six of the last ball of the game, but Misbah was bowled by a Dernbach slower ball handing England victory and sparking wild celebrations on the pitch.

After an embarrassing series defeat in the Test matches, England can leave the UAE with their heads held high after winning both forms of the shorter version of the game.

The Scoop 27/02/2012

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