At Abu Dhabi, February 15, 2012 (day/night). England won by 20 runs. Toss: England.

The parallels with the previous game were almost eerie. For the second time in three days, Cook scored a century, Bopara a fifty and - uncannily - Finn repeated his one-day-best four for 34. The result may have been closer, but England were now guaranteed at least a share of the four-match series. Cook was again the inspiration, becoming the first England captain - and the tenth Englishman in all - to score back-to-back one-day hundreds. His 102 in 121 balls, an object lesson in timing, was littered with cuts, pulls and sumptuous drives; only on 28, when makeshift wicketkeeper Umar Akmal put down an edged cut off Shahid Afridi, did he put a foot wrong. Bopara once more played second fiddle, with 58 in 66 deliveries. In reply, Pakistan stayed in touch, and needed 72 to win off 11 overs with five wickets in hand. But, led by the incisive Finn, England's bowlers rallied. Defeat was inevitable once Misbah-ul-Haq was superbly caught by Kieswetter, running back to pouch a spiralling top edge off Broad, in the 48th over.

Man of the Match: A. N. Cook.