Pakistan win 4th ODI to level the series

Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 10:50 [IST]
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Pak win by 38 runs to level the series

Lords: Pakistan beat homeside England by 38 runs in the fourth one-day international at Lord's on Monday to square the five-match series 2-2.

Batting first, the Pakistan batting side had managed to put up a challenging score of 265/7 in their 50 overs. They had got off to a decent start before losing Kamran Akmal in the 14th over. Kamran's oepning partner Mohammad Hafeez was impressive and was playing some wonderful strokes to score a half century. He was the top scorer for the Pakistan side scoring 64 runs off 100 balls.

Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq down the order had played a vital innings, scoring some quick runs to up the run-rate and help the visitors finish on a high.

Afridi hit 37 runs off just 22 balls which included three boundaries and two sixes before being dismissed by T Bresnan. Razzaq at the other end finished with unbeaten 44 off just 20 balls which included 8 boundaries ans one six.

England got off to a flyer in its reply thanks to a 113-run opening partnership between Strauss and Steven Davies (49). However, Saeed Ajmal managed to end the partnership getting the wicket of Steven Davies.

Then shortly after Davies's dismissal, Trott was the next man to fall off Shahid Afridi for 4. Strauss in the very next over was dismissed as well while trying to slash a wide ball from Shoaib Akhtar but just managing to find Fawad Alam at point.

England at that stage were still on track to win the match. But Umar Gul and rest of the Pakistan bowlers were keeping it very tight for the batsmen in the middle.

Out-of-form Paul Collingwood was the next batsman to dismissed off the bowling of Gul. Bell who was looking dangerous at the crease was the following batsman to be dismissed off the bowling of Ajmal.

Then Shoaib Akhtar dismissed Michael Yardy to put the Pakistan side in a firm position to run away with the match.

Gul then cleaned up the England tail with three wickets including Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad. He finished up with impressive figures of 4/32 in 8.1 overs.


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