Saturday 20 February 2010 

Razzaq Blasts Pakistan To Victory Over England

Razzaq Blasts Pakistan To Victory Over England
Razzaq Blasts Pakistan To Victory Over England
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Pakistan 149-6 (Abdul Razzaq 46no) beat
England 148-6 (Pietersen 62) by four wickets
Second Twenty20 International, Dubai

Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq thumped five sixes on his way to an unbeaten 46 in 18 balls that helped his side beat England by four wickets in the second and final Twenty20 International in Dubai.

Pakistan won the toss and decided to field first, limiting England to 148 for six before showing a marked improvement with the bat from their showing in the opening match, which they lost by seven wickets.

England were also improved, Kevin Pietersen leading the charge with 62 in 40 balls and Jonathan Trott making 39 in 51 balls at the top of the order, the pair putting on 98 for the second wicket.

The innings rather fell away following their dismissals, Yasir Arafat returning strongly to take three for 32.

Pakistan then made a poor start, openers Imran Nazir (4) and Imran Farhat (0) both falling to debutant Ajmal Shahzad before Umar Akmal, who made 36 in 41 deliveries, steadied the ship.

England chipped away with four more wickets, and when Razzaq came to the crease, his side was 126 for six in the 18th over. In just 18 balls, he took the game away from England, his five maximums ensuring that from a situation where the game looked destined to go down to the wire, his big hitting ensured that Pakistan got home with an over to spare.

Shahzad returned two for 28 and off-spinner Graeme Swann three for 14.

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