4th ODI (D/N), Dubai, Feb 21 2012, England tour of United Arab Emirates
(49.2/50 ov, target 238)241/6
England won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
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• The 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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Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Alex Winter
Scorecard summary
Pakistan237/10(50 overs)
Asad Shafiq65 (78)
Azhar Ali58 (89)
England241/6(49.2 overs)

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 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...

Junaid 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...

Junaid 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 496 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 236/6CRR: 4.81 RRR: 2.00 • Need 2 from 6b
Samit Patel16 (27)
Saeed Ajmal10-0-62-3
Junaid Khan9-0-48-1
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

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

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

Ajmal to Patel, 1 run

great running, edged to short third man and Pietersen is through in a flash

Ajmal to Patel, no run

strikes the pad and runs into the leg side trying to whip it away

Ajmal to Pietersen, 1 run

nudged out on the off side from a length

Ajmal to Pietersen, no run

Pietersen down the track but checks his shot and blocks

Ajmal to Pietersen, FOUR runs

smashed away for four...wide of off stump and excellent timing again away past extra cover

Eight to win then for the second whitewash of this tour...remarkable...

end of over 486 runs
ENG: 230/5CRR: 4.79 RRR: 4.00 • Need 8 from 12b
Samit Patel15 (25)
Kevin Pietersen125 (149)
Junaid Khan9-0-48-1
Saeed Ajmal9-0-56-2
Junaid to Patel, no run

full and driven firmly to mid off

Junaid to Pietersen, 1 run

big swing from Pietersen, an inside edge to midwicket

Junaid to Patel, 1 run

forced off the back foot to deeper mid off for a quick single

Bring the field up Misbah...

Junaid to Pietersen, 1 run

full and driven out to deep cover

50 run stand from 45 balls between the pair, this has been excellent after the tricky situation that appeared again when Kiewswetter went

Junaid to Patel, 1 run

back of a length outside off and pushed in the gap at cover

Junaid to Patel, 2 runs

taken off a length on middle and leg and whipped out towards backward square

14 to get now...can KP lead England from start to finish...

end of over 479 runs
ENG: 224/5CRR: 4.76 RRR: 4.67 • Need 14 from 18b
Samit Patel11 (21)
Kevin Pietersen123 (147)
Saeed Ajmal9-0-56-2
Junaid Khan8-0-42-1
Ajmal to Patel, 1 run

turned with the off spin down to deep square leg

Ajmal to Patel, no run

blocked out on the off side

That's now the highest score on this ground in an ODI...

Ajmal to Pietersen, 1 run

length and angled into the off side

Now Pietersen's highest ODI score...

Ajmal to Pietersen, SIX runs

Pietersen down the pitch and smashed down the ground for six, a fabulous strike, beautifully timed right over the bowler's head

Ajmal to Patel, 1 run

steps back and cut out to the deep square fence

Ajmal to Patel, no run

goes to flick it away and gets an outside edge to extra cover

23 from 24...Ajmal to bowl...

Best performances - batters
Kevin Pietersen portrait
KP Pietersen
130 runs (153)
12 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
48 runs
7 fours
1 six
Asad Shafiq portrait
Asad Shafiq
65 runs (78)
6 fours
0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
24 runs
3 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Jade Dernbach portrait
JW Dernbach
Saeed Ajmal portrait
Saeed Ajmal
Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of United Arab Emirates
Player Of The Match
Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen
Player Of The Series
Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook
Series resultEngland won the 4-match series 4-0
Match numberODI no. 3247
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 days21 February 2012 - daynight(50-over match)
ODI debut
Danny Briggs
Danny Briggs
Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler
Sri Lanka Image
Kumar Dharmasena
Pakistan Image
Zameer Haider
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Simon Taufel
Reserve Umpire
Pakistan Image
Ahsan Raza
Match Referee
New Zealand Image
Jeff Crowe