CARDIFF, Sept 8: England wrapped up a 2-0 Twenty20 International series victory over Pakistan after the tourists suffered the embarrassment of being dismissed for 89 to add to their off-field problems here on Tuesday .
World Twenty20 champions England finished on 90 for four to complete a six-wicket win with 36 balls to spare, having won by five wickets here on Sunday.
Pakistan`s total was their worst in 40 matches at this level while England`s seventh straight Twenty20 International win saw them equal a record held jointly by South Africa and Pakistan.
“It was irresponsible the way we played,” said Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi. “England are the world champions. We have to take more responsibility and show more pride.” By contrast, elated England skipper Paul Collingwood said: “It`s a special achievement and we obviously did it during the best time which was during the World Championship.
“We are just doing a lot of things really good — and we still have a lot of intent with the bat as well. Hopefully that continues into the future.”
Yorkshire seamer Tim Bresnan, the Man-of-the-Match, took three wickets for 10 runs in 3.4 overs as Pakistan fell well short of their previous worst Twenty20 International score of 125 for nine in 20 overs against Australia at Melbourne in February.
England had held Pakistan to 126 for four on Sunday.
But they did even better in this match as Pakistan were bowled out with eight balls of their innings left.
Stuart Broad, left-arm quick Ryan Sidebottom and off-spinner Graeme Swann took two wickets each, while left-arm spinner Michael Yardy`s four overs cost just 10 runs.
Umar Akmal`s 17 was the top score for 2009 World Twenty20 winners Pakistan.
England briefly wobbled in reply, losing two wickets on 26, and then two more in quick succession to be 63 for four.
But Morgan (18 not out) and Yardy (six not out) saw England home.
England, who won the Test series 3-1, will look for another victory against Pakistan when the teams meet in the first of five One-day Internationals at Chester-le-Street on Friday.
Afridi, trying to remain upbeat added: “We are still making mistakes, but on this stage I just want one victory because one victory will keep the morale of my team high.”Scoreboard
Kamran Akmal c Swann b Bresnan 11 Shahzaib Hasan c Davies b Broad 3 M. Yousuf c Bopara b Bresnan 4 Umar Akmal b Swann 17 Shahid Afridi c Morgan b Broad 2 Mohammad Hafeez run out 14 Abdul Razzaq c Yardy b S`bottom 11 Fawad Alam c Davies b Swann 0 Umar Gul c Bopara b S`bottom 16 Shoaib Akhtar b Bresnan 4 Saeed Ajmal not out 0 EXTRAS (LB-2, W-5) 7 TOTAL (all out, 18.4 overs) 89
FALL OF WKTS:
1-11, 2-18, 3-20, 4-22, 5-44, 6-55, 7-56, 8-85, 9-85.
Sidebottom 3-0-22-2 (1w); Bresnan 3.4-0-10-3; Broad 4-0-18-2; Yardy 4-0-10-0; Swann 4-0-27-2 (4w).
C. Kieswetter run out 16 S.M. Davies c Umar Akmal b Shoaib 9 R.S. Bopara lbw b Afridi 12 P.D. Collingwood c Hafeez b Saeed 21 E.J.G. Morgan not out 18 M.H. Yardy not out 6
(B-4, LB-2, W-1, NB-1) 8 TOTAL (for four wkts, 14 overs) 90
Fall of wkts:
1-26, 2-26, 3-57, 4-63.
DID NOT BAT:
L.J. Wright, T.T. Bresnan, G.P. Swann, S.C.J. Broad, R.J. Sidebottom.
Shoaib Akhtar 4-1-18-1; Umar Gul 2-0-23-0 (1nb, 1w); Saeed Ajmal 4-0-18-1; Shahid Afridi 3-0-15-1; Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-10-0.
England won by six wickets to clinch series 2-0.
I.J. Gould and R.K. Illingworth (both England).
R.A. Kettleborough (England).
J.J. Crowe (New Zealand).
Cardiff, England won by five wickets.—AFP