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Ton-up Pietersen helps England whitewash Pakistan


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DUBAI -Kevin Pietersen hit his second successive century to help a resurgent England beat Pakistan by four wickets in the fourth and final day-night international here on Tuesday for a 4-0 whitewash.

The 31-year-old right-hander held the innings together during his 153-ball career-best 130 -- his ninth one-day hundred -- to help England chase down a 238-run target in 49.2 overs at Dubai Stadium.

Pietersen helped England recover from 68-4 with a 109-run stand for the fifth wicket with Craig Kieswetter (43) to maintain his team's domination in the series in which they won the first match by 130 runs, second by 20 and the third by nine wickets.

By virtue of this win England overtook Pakistan at number five and pushed their rivals to sixth in the ICC (International Cricket Council) one-day rankings and partially made up for their 3-0 loss in the preceding three-Test series.

Pietersen hit Junaid Khan for a six and took a single in the next over to reach his hundred off 136 balls and finished with 12 fours and two sixes. His previous best of 116 came against South Africa at Centurion in 2005.

Pietersen had lost his opening partner Alastair Cook -- who hit back-to-back hundreds and 80 in the first three matches -- off the second ball of the innings to paceman Khan for four.

Jonathan Trott (15), Eoin Morgan (15) and debutant Jos Butler fell in the space of 18 runs before the Pietersen-Kieswetter stand lifted them from 68-4 to 177-5.

When Kieswetter was run out, England still needed 61 but Samit Patel (17 not out) in the company of Pietersen brought England within two runs of the win when Pietersen fell to Saeed Ajmal.

Tim Bresnan hit the winning boundary.

Pakistan promised more than what they made after half-centuries by Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali but were pegged back in the final overs with paceman Jade Dernbach taking a career-best 4-45.

Shafiq made a 78-ball 65 for his sixth one-day fifty while Ali notched a 89-ball 58 for his first to help lift Pakistan from the early loss of opener Mohammad Hafeez (one) after they elected to bat.

Skipper Misbah-ul Haq chipped in with a 52-ball 46 which included one four and a six.

Shafiq, who hit six boundaries, repaired the early loss during his second wicket stand of 111 with Ali but England pegged back Pakistan when Bresnan dismissed Shafiq off an inside edge and debutant left-arm spinner Danny Briggs accounted for Umar Akmal, who made 12.

Dernbach had Ali caught off a miscued drive by Morgan to leave Pakistan at 144-4 in the 34th over.

Misbah and Shoaib Malik (23) added 58 for the fifth wicket.

Pakistan made three changes as experienced batsman Younis Khan was missing for the second match in a row after he failed to recover from a fever, while opener Imran Farhat was left out due to a groin injury.

England also gave debuts to Briggs and Butler in four changes from the last game.

Both teams now play three Twenty20 internationals in Dubai (February 23 and 25) and Abu Dhabi (February 27).

Comments (5) Closed

Umair Khalid Feb 22, 2012 03:13pm
Shame on Pakistani Team! The inconsistencies have started again. Major changes are needed in the one day side. We need some good batsmen who can play some long innings. Mohammad yousuf has to be brought back into the team. All slow scoring batsmen (Misbah & Younis) should only play in test matches. We also need some good young bowlers. Umar Gul and company are just rubbish bowlers! Rana Naveed should be brought back for one dayers and T20I's
Javid Shirazi Feb 22, 2012 03:28pm
Batsmen scoring centuries in all 4 ODI's brought their team victory. Only when the other side is able to to do so, will their team emerge victors also. England never lost all wickets in the played games, while Pakistan did. So the outcome (white wash) is a fair result.
fateh haider Feb 22, 2012 03:55pm
i am very disappointing with performance of pakistan cricket team in one day series.i realized that when the some or more of memebers/players of the team want to change the captain they start to perform badly
mazhar Feb 23, 2012 01:01am
very poor show.almost lost without fight. very ordinary bowling performance. senseless use of batting power play. why shoaib was again picked? time to wake up
Sharub Memon Feb 24, 2012 01:46pm
Dont be ashamed of Pakistan because it is that country in which you are living. Wha happened if Pakistan lost the series but dont have you seen that Pakistan won the test series.