England tour of United Arab Emirates, 3rd T20I: England v Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, Feb 27, 2012
England won by 5 runs
Played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi (neutral venue)
27 February 2012 - night match (20-over match)

I'm back and you feel one big innings from someone like Awais Zia could win this game quite comfortable...dew on the ground now apparently too which will make batting easier...Steven Finn to open to the bowling...

0.1

Finn to Awais Zia, 2 runs, full outside off and smashed straight away, runs down to third man and a tumbling Buttler fields and lets go of the ball before falling into the rope

0.2

Finn to Awais Zia, no run, off stump and blocked to cover point

0.3

Finn to Awais Zia, no run, length on middle and off, no room to swing that away, blocked back to the bowler

0.4

Finn to Awais Zia, 4 leg byes, leg side and off the pad for four, very poor with this field

0.5

Finn to Awais Zia, no run, full and pushed into the covers

0.6

Finn to Awais Zia, 2 runs, driven quite carefully just past mid off

End of over 1 (8 runs) Pakistan 8/0 (122 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 6.42)

    • Awais Zia 4 (6b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 0 (0b)
    • ST Finn 1-0-4-0

No drama in that first over and now Jade Dernbach...

1.1

Dernbach to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, length and chipped back to the bowler and taken! Hafeez falls first ball! Simply popping a straight ball back to Dernbach who took the catch easily at shoulder height to his left

Mohammad Hafeez c & b Dernbach 0 (5m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

1.2

Dernbach to Asad Shafiq, no run, middle and leg, defended into the leg side

1.3

Dernbach to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, driven from outside off, a sliding save at extra cover

1.4

Dernbach to Awais Zia, 1 run, off stump and dropped to point from the crease

1.5

Dernbach to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, driven to mid on who's deep enough to let them get a run

1.6

Dernbach to Awais Zia, 1 leg bye, slower ball on leg stump, strikes the pad and runs behind square, they scramble a leg bye

End of over 2 (4 runs) Pakistan 12/1 (118 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.55)

    • Awais Zia 5 (8b)
    • Asad Shafiq 2 (3b)
    • JW Dernbach 1-0-3-1
    • ST Finn 1-0-4-0
2.1

Finn to Awais Zia, SIX, picked up over extra cover for six. What a shot, perfectly timed, in complete control

2.2

Finn to Awais Zia, 1 run, length on the stump and dropped into the off side

2.3

Finn to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, full and turned out through square leg

2.4

Finn to Awais Zia, 1 leg bye, slower, off the pad to short long leg

2.5

Finn to Asad Shafiq, no run, back of a length outside off, Shafiq goes to uppercut and misses

2.6

Finn to Asad Shafiq, 1 leg bye, fuller and off the pad again to short long leg

End of over 3 (10 runs) Pakistan 22/1 (108 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 6.35)

    • Asad Shafiq 3 (6b)
    • Awais Zia 12 (11b 1x6)
    • ST Finn 2-0-12-0
    • JW Dernbach 1-0-3-1
3.1

Dernbach to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, dropped into the off side, fielder shies at the stumps, misses and it evades Patel backing up and into the deep for an overthrow

3.2

Dernbach to Awais Zia, 1 run, full and edged and a fine save from a diving Finn at short third man, excellent save

3.3

Dernbach to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, slower ball, guided down nicely behind square on the off side

3.4

Dernbach to Awais Zia, FOUR, slower ball and seen early, cracked over extra cover. Another excellent stroke, a proper stroke, and this innings is doing some early damage

3.5

Dernbach to Awais Zia, no run, quick now, back of a length and Zia is miles too late on the pull, gets hit on the handle

3.6

Dernbach to Awais Zia, 1 run, slower again on leg stump and dropped to square leg

End of over 4 (8 runs) Pakistan 30/1 (100 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 6.25)

    • Awais Zia 18 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • Asad Shafiq 5 (8b)
    • JW Dernbach 2-0-11-1
    • ST Finn 2-0-12-0
4.1

Finn to Awais Zia, 1 run, middle and leg, dropped into the leg side in front of square

4.2

Finn to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, full, a genuine nick from a ball that nipped away, it evades the out stretched hand of Kieswetter and runs away for four, a real bonus for Pakistan

4.3

Finn to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, forward on middle and off, in comes the fielder...who can't hit and Zia's slide gets him home

4.4

Finn to Awais Zia, no run, excellent slower ball just outside off, gets under the attempted drive

4.5

Finn to Awais Zia, 1 wide, down the leg side, tried to be swung away but missed

4.5

Finn to Awais Zia, 1 run, slower ball on a length outside off, cut into the off side

4.6

Finn to Asad Shafiq, 2 runs, back of a length, angled down to third man, more good work in the field, this time Dernbach sliding to save four

End of over 5 (10 runs) Pakistan 40/1 (90 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 6.00)

    • Asad Shafiq 12 (11b 1x4)
    • Awais Zia 20 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • ST Finn 3-0-22-0
    • JW Dernbach 2-0-11-1

Stuart Broad into the attack...

5.1

Broad to Awais Zia, no run, length just outside off, flicked at and missed

5.2

Broad to Awais Zia, 1 run, length on middle and Zia late onto it, guided to third man

5.3

Broad to Asad Shafiq, 2 runs, full on middle and leg, whipped away and a good save from short long leg coming up to save with one hand

5.4

Broad to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, driven to mid on

5.5

Broad to Awais Zia, no run, slower but width offered and slapped to point

5.6

Broad to Awais Zia, 1 run, back of a length outside off and dropped behind square on the off side

End of over 6 (5 runs) Pakistan 45/1 (85 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 6.07)

    • Awais Zia 22 (22b 1x4 1x6)
    • Asad Shafiq 15 (13b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-5-0
    • ST Finn 3-0-22-0

A good start for Pakistan, more steady progress and they'll be well one their way to chasing this total...change of tack with Samit Patel on...

6.1

Patel to Awais Zia, no run, full on off stump, driven and Patel scrambles to his right to save

6.2

Patel to Awais Zia, no run, turn into the left-hander, gets an inside edge past the stumps as he tries to cut

6.3

Patel to Awais Zia, 1 run, tucked out through square on the off side

6.4

Patel to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, skip down the pitch and drive out to deep cover

6.5

Patel to Awais Zia, no run, length outside off and back cut to short third man

6.6

Patel to Awais Zia, no run, turn from a length again and blocked trying to cut

Great start from Patel...

End of over 7 (2 runs) Pakistan 47/1 (83 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.71, RRR: 6.38)

    • Awais Zia 23 (27b 1x4 1x6)
    • Asad Shafiq 16 (14b 1x4)
    • SR Patel 1-0-2-0
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-5-0

Graeme Swann now...

7.1

Swann to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, length and flicked out to deep backward square

7.2

Swann to Awais Zia, OUT, length, played across the line, a huge cry for leg before and given out after an age. Deary me did the umpire take his time! But up goes the finger, replays suggest it pitched outside leg, even thought it spun sharply and probably hitting leg stump

Awais Zia lbw b Swann 23 (33m 28b 1x4 1x6) SR: 82.14

7.3

Swann to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, pushed back to the bowler from a full length

7.4

Swann to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, turned through square on the leg side

7.5

Swann to Asad Shafiq, no run, full and Shafiq leans forward and goes to flick, inside edge into the pad

7.6

Swann to Asad Shafiq, no run, big spin past the inside edge, beating the forward press

Fine start from Swann also...

End of over 8 (2 runs) Pakistan 49/2 (81 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.12, RRR: 6.75)

    • Asad Shafiq 17 (17b 1x4)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 1 (2b)
    • GP Swann 1-0-2-1
    • SR Patel 1-0-2-0

Spin to win here for England perhaps...

8.1

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full toss on off stump and cracked down to long off

8.2

Patel to Asad Shafiq, no run, middle stump and played across the line, worked to short long leg

8.3

Patel to Asad Shafiq, no run, down the pitch and pushed back to the bowler

8.4

Patel to Asad Shafiq, no run, leg stump and dropped to short long leg

8.5

Patel to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, dragged down but pulled out to deep square leg

8.6

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, dropped through the covers

End of over 9 (3 runs) Pakistan 52/2 (78 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.77, RRR: 7.09)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 3 (4b)
    • Asad Shafiq 18 (21b 1x4)
    • SR Patel 2-0-5-0
    • GP Swann 1-0-2-1
9.1

Swann to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, goes to reverse sweep a ball outside off and misses

9.2

Swann to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, nudged into the off side from a length

9.3

Swann to Asad Shafiq, 2 runs, smashed down the ground, not caught well enough but that saves the catch from the man coming in at long on, good work from Buttler diving forward to save the boundary

9.4

Swann to Asad Shafiq, no run, off the pad into the leg side playing forward

9.5

Swann to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, step back and cut out to the sweeper

9.6

Swann to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, step across the stumps and push to midwicket

End of over 10 (5 runs) Pakistan 57/2 (73 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.70, RRR: 7.30)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 5 (7b)
    • Asad Shafiq 21 (24b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 2-0-7-1
    • SR Patel 2-0-5-0

73 from 60 balls...a good game brewing...Broad back...

10.1

Broad to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length outside off, poked at and missed

10.2

Broad to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, a flash outside off and edged down to third man

10.3

Broad to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, full, a step down and lashed down the ground, no-one back and it runs for four

10.4

Broad to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, lucky now, an inside edge from one that nipped back and runs to the fine leg fence

10.5

Broad to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, angles in again and Shafiq forward and blocks into the leg side

10.6

Broad to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full on leg stump and clipped out to deep square leg

That's an over Pakistan really needed after being strangled by the spinners...

End of over 11 (11 runs) Pakistan 68/2 (62 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.18, RRR: 6.88)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 7 (10b)
    • Asad Shafiq 30 (27b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-16-0
    • GP Swann 2-0-7-1
11.1

Swann to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 wides, full and sharp turn past the width of the stump down the leg side and a wide called! Ridiculous

11.1

Swann to Asad Shafiq, no run, pushed to midwicket from a full length

11.2

Swann to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, taken from outside off and dropped with the spin to square leg

11.3

Swann to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full outside off and sweep down low out to deep square

11.4

Swann to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, full outside off and tucked down to long on

11.5

Swann to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, a touch short and heaved out to deep midwicket

11.6

Swann to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, worked off a full length out into the deep

End of over 12 (7 runs) Pakistan 75/2 (55 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.25, RRR: 6.87)

    • Asad Shafiq 33 (31b 3x4)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 9 (12b)
    • GP Swann 3-0-14-1
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-16-0

Patel back on...

12.1

Patel to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, OUT, worked into the leg side and they try to scramble a second but the dive is short. It was great work from Kieswetter who had to take the ball a long way away from the stumps but got the ball back with quick hands to run Shafiq out

Asad Shafiq run out 34 (48m 32b 3x4 0x6) SR: 106.25

12.2

Patel to Umar Akmal, no run, outside off and driven hard to extra cover

12.3

Patel to Umar Akmal, 1 run, down the wicket, fired in and Misbah adjusts and works through midwicket

12.4

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full outside off and driven down the ground with decent timing

12.5

Patel to Umar Akmal, no run, full on middle stump and blocked back to the bowler

12.6

Patel to Umar Akmal, 1 run, off stump and flicked off the back foot down to long on

End of over 13 (4 runs) Pakistan 79/3 (51 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.07, RRR: 7.28)

    • Umar Akmal 2 (4b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 10 (13b)
    • SR Patel 3-0-9-0
    • GP Swann 3-0-14-1
13.1

Swann to Umar Akmal, 1 run, full and dug out down the ground

13.2

Swann to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full on middle and flicked through midwicket

13.3

Swann to Umar Akmal, no run, tossed up outside off and blocked coming forward

13.4

Swann to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, cut into the right-hander and cut behind square, only just, but it runs out through the off side for a couple

13.5

Swann to Umar Akmal, 1 run, down the wicket and driven down to long on

13.6

Swann to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, outside off and punched down the ground

That's well played from the Pakistanis, all they need at this stage...

End of over 14 (6 runs) Pakistan 85/3 (45 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.07, RRR: 7.50)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 12 (15b)
    • Umar Akmal 6 (8b)
    • GP Swann 4-0-20-1
    • SR Patel 3-0-9-0

Patel's last over...

14.1

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, outside off and slapped behind square for four! Useful stroke

14.2

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, and now can just take singles, punching down to long off

14.3

Patel to Umar Akmal, 1 run, middle stump, worked down the ground

Easy pickings, Pakistan should sail home...

14.4

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, length, steps back and chops into the covers

14.5

Patel to Umar Akmal, no run, full on off stump and driven with a lean forward to extra cover

14.6

Patel to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, flicked from outside off wide of long on to allow them to come back for two

End of over 15 (9 runs) Pakistan 94/3 (36 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.26, RRR: 7.20)

    • Umar Akmal 9 (11b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 18 (18b 1x4)
    • SR Patel 4-0-18-0
    • GP Swann 4-0-20-1

Should be a straightforward chase from here...Broad brings himself back, this could be crucial...

15.1

Broad to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length outside off and Misbah pokes at outside off and misses

15.2

Broad to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, angled into Misbah who misses with a flick, gets hit and runs into the off side

15.3

Broad to Umar Akmal, 1 run, full toss, dab and go into the covers

15.4

Broad to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, dropped behind the stumps, Akmal charges through for a bye, gets sent back, the throw back from Kieswetter is good but Broad can't find the stumps and Akmal gets back

15.5

Broad to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, worked from a full length through midwicket, wide of the deep fielder so they can get back for two

15.6

Broad to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full and driven back to the bowler

Not a bad over from Broad...

End of over 16 (4 runs) Pakistan 98/3 (32 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.12, RRR: 8.00)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 21 (23b 1x4)
    • Umar Akmal 10 (12b)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-20-0
    • SR Patel 4-0-18-0

England need to try and shuffle through another cheapish over to put some pressure on...they do need eight an over Pakistan...Finn is back...needs to be more economical than in his first stint...

16.1

Finn to Umar Akmal, no run, full outside off, a massive massive heave swings Akmal off his feet

16.2

Finn to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, full outside off and driven through the covers, they can come back for a second

100 up...30 from 22 to win...

16.3

Finn to Umar Akmal, FOUR, gets down to paddle sweep and a huge top edge goes to fine third man

16.4

Finn to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, flashed away off another top edge, this time to wide third man and Dernbach saves four

16.5

Finn to Umar Akmal, 1 run, another massive heave, an inside edge to short long leg

16.6

Finn to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, outside off, an attempted back cut and missed

So the gamble from Akmal there has paid off really...

End of over 17 (9 runs) Pakistan 107/3 (23 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.29, RRR: 7.66)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 21 (24b 1x4)
    • Umar Akmal 19 (17b 1x4)
    • ST Finn 4-0-31-0
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-20-0

England's finisher is back...Dernbach needs to find something special here to wrest this back for his side...

17.1

Dernbach to Umar Akmal, 1 run, slower outside off and cut to extra cover

17.2

Dernbach to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, slower ball bouncer and called wide. It ballooned over the batsman's head

17.2

Dernbach to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, cut off the back foot out to deep cover

17.3

Dernbach to Umar Akmal, 1 run, Akmal goes to paddle sweep and then adjusts to forward defend outside off and drop it into the off side

17.4

Dernbach to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slower ball outside off, the Misbah heave into the leg side misses

17.5

Dernbach to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, pulled out down to deep backward square

17.6

Dernbach to Umar Akmal, 1 run, full on the stumps and cut out to deep cover

An excellent set from Dernbach, this game is still in the balance...

End of over 18 (6 runs) Pakistan 113/3 (17 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.27, RRR: 8.50)

    • Umar Akmal 22 (20b 1x4)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 23 (27b 1x4)
    • JW Dernbach 3-0-17-1
    • ST Finn 4-0-31-0

Broad to bowl. I reckon Pakistan try and smash this over...

18.1

Broad to Umar Akmal, no run, outside off, a heave and miss and well saved from the keeper

18.2

Broad to Umar Akmal, no run, slower ball outside off, flashed at again and missed

18.3

Broad to Umar Akmal, OUT, smashed straight up in the air and taken at long off. Another ball outside off, heave into the air and well taken by Swann out of the desert sky

Umar Akmal c Swann b Broad 22 (25m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 95.65

18.4

Broad to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, pulled down to long on and a miss by Bairstow! It runs for four!! What a time for a misfield! Just what Pakistan wanted

18.5

Broad to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, heave outside off and missed this time

18.6

Broad to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full and driven back to the bowler

What a fine over from Broad...without that misfield it was a fantastic effort...

End of over 19 (4 runs) Pakistan 117/4 (13 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.15, RRR: 13.00)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 27 (30b 2x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 0 (0b)
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-24-1
    • JW Dernbach 3-0-17-1

Can you Adam and Eve it...13 to win...

19.1

Dernbach to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, full, slapped down the ground, a slide and save at long off

Oh boy is this tense! Good job it isn't the world cup just yet...

19.2

Dernbach to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, OUT, slapped down to long on, the through comes back to the keeper's end, gone!! Afridi is run out trying to come back for the second, a fantastic flat, quick return to Kieswetter who again did brilliantly get the ball back onto the stumps

Shahid Afridi run out 3 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

And now Hammad Azam...

19.3

Dernbach to Hammad Azam, 1 run, flat, full, straight and dug out into the covers, great delivery

19.4

Dernbach to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, short and wide of the off stump, wide called!!

19.4

Dernbach to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, pulled out in the leg side but just a single as midwicket comes quickly off the fence

19.5

Dernbach to Hammad Azam, 1 run, swung at, an edge to third man

So Six to win off the last ball...goodness me what a finish to the tour...

19.6

Dernbach to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, bowled him!! A slower ball out of the back of the hand, Misbah swings and missed and loses his leg stump. England win by five runs, an absolute thriller of a game!

Misbah-ul-Haq b Dernbach 28 (56m 32b 2x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

So here ends England's first full tour of the UAE. A tour that has produced some fascinating cricket and some real stories. Plenty to feel good about and to think about for both teams. Where from here? Well Pakistan are next in action in the Asia Cup, which begins on March 11. England also have little break, flying out to Sri Lanka in two week's time ahead of their two-Test series. That's when I'll be back to describe the action so be good between now and then. But make sure you stay with the team for full coverage of all the major matches here on ESPNcricinfo.com.

This is the lowest total that England have ever defended in T20s. An absolutely outstanding effort with the ball and their fielding, apart from the one miss from Bairstow (who later redeemed himself to run out Afridi) was fantastic. Those three last overs from Dernbach and Broad were a perfect example of how to bowl at the death. They backed their skills and executed them perfectly.

A low-scoring thriller to end the tour. Kevin Pietersen, who is man of the match and man of the series, battled away in difficult conditions to set up some kind of score and the bowlers and fielders did the rest.

A great comeback from England since the hammering in the Test series, they dominated the ODI series and have now won the T20 series 2-1 and can take a great deal out of this tour, especially in a year where they will defend their World T20 title in September.

End of over 20 (7 runs) Pakistan 124/6 (6 runs required)

    • Hammad Azam 2 (2b)
    • JW Dernbach 4-0-24-2
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-24-1
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