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282dThe Report by Andrew McGlashan

Pietersen century seals whitewash for England

Pakistan's spinners gave their team a chance of avoiding a whitewash by taking advantage of a wearing surface to leave England's pursuit of 238 in the balance

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KP Pietersen
130(153) 12x4 - 2x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 48 runs
  • 7x4 - 1x6
2 2 14 6 28 27 14 37
Asad Shafiq
65(78) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 24 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
8 7 8 12 11 1 5 13

Best performances - Bowlers

JW Dernbach
O10
M0
R45
W4
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Saeed Ajmal
O10
M0
R62
W3
Eco6.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Pakistan , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

England won the 4-match series 4-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

15.00 start, First Session 15.00-18.30, Interval 18.30-19.15, Second Session 19.15-22.45

Match days

21 February 2012 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Alex Winter

So now we're through the ODI series of this UAE tour and England have something to enjoy. A clean sweep of the one-day matches - where they've also moved up to No. 5 in the world rankings - and can now take confidence into the T20s - where England, of course, are still number one in the world, can Pakistan topple them off that perch as well? We'll start to find out on Thursday, when the first T20 begins at 1600 GMT. I'll be here to guide you through the action so hope you can join me then. Until then folks...

Time for the often arduous presentation...all manner of awards...maximum sixes, most threes, longest trousers...oh here we go...Bowler of the Match to Jade Dernbach for 4 for 45...Performance of the Match to Craig Kieswetter for his 43 and a catch...Man of the Match, finally a sensible award...to Kevin Pietersen...

"The cycle of life has it you'll come good at some stage and the guys have come good," says Pietersen. "I enjoyed the innings, still not picking Ajmal after two months but it's good fun."

"We had an improved performance today but could not finish it," says Misbah-ul-Haq "We are getting good starts and can't convert into big scores. If one of the top order gets a good score than you can win easily."

"It's been a really good week and a half for us," says Man of the Series Alastair Cook. "These guys who came in today had a point to prove. We've got a couple of niggles in the batting line up so i'll be staying on for the T20s."

Breaking News there that Cook is added to England's T20 squad as cover for Ravi Bopara who has a little niggle in his back.

Well well well, England have foughtback in fine fine fashion in this ODI series. Hammered in the Tests but they have completely turned the tide and have taken the one-dayers 4-0. A fabulous achievement for England, their first ODI series whitewash, excluding Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, since 1997.

This game was another failure for Pakistan's batsman, they didn't capitalise on their excellent start and should have made more than they did. England dragged things back very well and were set a comfortable target that they have chased easily. Again Pietersen the master with his second ODI hundred having not made one for nearly four years. It was a straightforward innings, no fancy stuff, quality simple cricket. Ably supported by Craig Kieswetter who played a very important knock for his career, proving that he can play down the order. The pair's 100 stand set up an excellent chase...

49.2
4
Junaid Khan to Bresnan, FOUR runs, full and squirted away through third man for four! England have won, it was a full toss that Bresnan drove at and got a thick edge down to the boundary

So it'll fall to Bresnan to win it...

49.1
1
Junaid Khan to Patel, 1 run, edged out to deep square

So this game does go to the last over but just two to win for England and Samit Patel...

END OF OVER:
49 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 236/6 (2 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.81, RRR: 2.00)

  • SR Patel16 (27b)
  • Saeed Ajmal10-0-62-3
  • Junaid Khan9-0-48-1
48.6
W
Saeed Ajmal to Pietersen, OUT, down the track, edged and caught at point! So not quite to the end but that was inevitable that Pietersen would try something like that but he's outfoxed Ajmal today. He tried to go into the leg side but it's off a whirl of an edge straight to point

KP Pietersen c Abdur Rehman b Saeed Ajmal 130 (197m 153b 12x4 2x6) SR: 84.96

Two to win, Ajmal's last ball...

48.5
1
Saeed Ajmal to Patel, 1 run, great running, edged to short third man and Pietersen is through in a flash
48.4
0
Saeed Ajmal to Patel, no run, strikes the pad and runs into the leg side trying to whip it away
48.3
1
Saeed Ajmal to Pietersen, 1 run, nudged out on the off side from a length

England 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st4KP PietersenAN Cook
2nd46KP PietersenIJL Trott
3rd18KP PietersenEJG Morgan
4th0KP PietersenJC Buttler
5th109KP PietersenC Kieswetter
6th59KP PietersenSR Patel
7th5SR PatelTT Bresnan