England go 2-0 up in Abu Dhabi

February 15, 2012

by kroome111

2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi
England 250-4 (50 overs) beat Pakistan 230 (49 overs) by 20 runs

A second successive century from Alastair Cook handed England victory today in the second one-day international with Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

England won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on a ground where batting in the daylight is considered much easier to that of under floodlights. It was a solid performance by England, as they batted around their captain in posting a competitive 250-4 from their 50 overs. Cook yet again showed his class for the visitors with 102 from 121 balls.

Ravi Bopara supported Cook well, as he made 58, and the out of form Eoin Morgan would have been pleased to contribute 25 unbeaten runs at the death of the innings.

Left arm spinner Abdur Rehman was the most economical of the Pakistani bowlers, conceding just 36 from 10 wicket-less overs.

In reply, the Pakistan batsmen were unable to capitalise on good starts, as no batsman recorded a half century. Misbah-UL-Haq top scored for the home side with 47 from 59 balls in a lacklustre batting display.

In the end Pakistan fell 20 runs short of their target. Steven Finn yet again proved his worth in England colours as he picked up 4/34 from 10 hostile overs.

England now know they cannot lose this best of four ODI series, but will be desperate to secure a victory in one of the two remaining matches in order to win the series, which would go some way to eradicating the memory of the 3-0 whitewash in the Tests.

The Scoop 15/02/2012

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