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Cook shines in England victory
Skipper strikes second successive ODI ton as England take 2-0 series lead over Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2012 19:47
England take an unassailable lead in the four-match series after a Test whitewash by Pakistan [GETTY]

Alastair Cook became the first England captain to score consecutive one-day centuries on Wednesday to set his side up for a 20-run victory over Pakistan in the second one-day international in Abu Dhabi.

Scorecard

England innings

A.Cook c and b Afridi 102
K.Pietersen lbw b Ajmal 26
J.Trott c Akmal b Cheema 23
R.Bopara c Akmal b Cheema 58
E.Morgan not out 25
Extras 16
Total (for four wickets, 50 overs) 250

Pakistan innings

M Hafeez c Trott b Anderson 26
I Farhat run out 47
A Ali b Patel 31
Y Khan lbw b Patel 5
M-ul-Haq c Kieswetter b Broad 47
U Akmal c Patel b Finn 21
S Afridi b Anderson 18
A Rehman b Finn 1
U Gul lbw b Finn 5
S Ajmal not out 7
A Cheema b Finn 1
Extras 21
Total (all out, 49 overs) 230

Cook won the toss for the second time in the four-match series, then cashed in with 102, his fourth one-day century, from 118 deliveries in an England total of 250 for four.

Fast bowler Steven Finn then turned in another match-winning performance with four for 34 from 10 overs as Pakistan were dismissed for 230 from 49 overs.

"It was a slightly different pitch from Monday on which a 250-total was
good enough and we bowled well upront. Finn was again outstanding," said Cook, who won a second successive man-of-the-match award.  

Lucky escape

Cook survived a chance on 30 to wicketkeeper Umar Akmal off Shahid Afridi during a technically assured innings against the spinners who had bowled their country to a 3-0 victory in the Test series.

His opening partner Kevin Pietersen reached 26 in a partnership of 67 before he fell in familiar fashion, lbw to off-spinner Saeed Ajmal for 26.

Ravi Bopara compiled a second consecutive half-century with 58 and Eoin Morgan struck a brisk, unbeaten 25.

Mohammad Hafeez (26) and Imram Farhat (47) gave Pakistan a steady start with 61 but wickets then fell regularly as the England bowlers maintained a tight line and length.

Afridi struck 18 from as many deliveries and captain Misbah-ul-Haq kept his side in the hunt with 47 from 59 balls before he was brilliantly caught by wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter, who clung on to a skied mis-hit at full stretch off Stuart Broad.

The third and fourth matches will be played in Dubai on Saturday and Tuesday. 

Source:
Reuters
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