Cook, Finn take England to 130-run victory over Pakistan

Vineet Ramakrishnan/Zeenews Sports Bureau

Abu Dhabi: Lead by a superlative effort from captain Alastair Cook (137) and Steven Finn (4/34), England registered a comprehensive win by 130 runs against Pakistan in the first ODI of the four match series at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Monday.

Pakistan were bundled out for mere 130 runs in 35 overs as England pace attack took the initiative first up with Finn proving to be the man of the moment. The lanky pacer ran through the Pakistani top order reducing them to 40/4 in the first ten overs.

From there on, Pakistan were staring down the barrel as wickets kept falling at regular intervals. There was not a single substantial partnership on which Pakistan could have build on. The highest partnership came from the pair of Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi, that too just 28 runs.

England fielding also complimented their bowling attack to the fullest. But the foundation for this big win was setup by a chanceless knock of 137 by the captain Alastair Cook who was later adjudged the Man of the Match ably supported by Ravi Bopara (50). Along with Bopara, Cook stitched up a vital 131-run partnership.

Early in the match, Shahid Afridi had given Pakistan an opening with back-to-back wickets of Pietersen and Trott but Bopara and Cook defiantly stuck to their task of rotating the strike regularly. The Pakistani pacers were a disappointment with Wahab Riaz and Umar Gul giving away a combined 100 runs in their cumulative 15 overs.

Saeed Ajmal, as has been the case was the wrecker in-chief finishing with 5 for 43. At one stage he bowled a spell of 5 for 15 in just four overs.

But the surprise package of the day was the Steven Finn who had warmed the benches all along the Test series coming up with a rather useful first spell which included top four Pakistan wickets. Later Samit Patel (3 wkts) and Graeme Swann (2 wkts) ensured that they do not let the pressure off. Shahid Afridi (28) did hit some lusty blows at the rear end of the innings but it was too late to make any difference.


Overs (31-35) Pakistan 130 all out

35th Over WICKET (FoW 130 all out) Saeed Ajmal top edged one high up which was taken rather clumsily by Cook to end the Pakistani innings at 130 as England completed a brilliant turn around after the Test drubbing with an emphatic 130-run victory.

Overs (21-30) Pakistan 113/9 (RR: 3.76, RRR: 7.40)

30th Over WICKET (FoW 113/9) Swann picked up Umar Gul as England inched closer to take lead in the ODI series.

27th Over WICKET (FoW 109/8) With Shahid Afridi as the only recognized batsmen in the middle, Boom Boom decided to take on Samit Patel cracking two consecutive deliveries but Patel had the last laugh as Afridi (28) was holed out in the same over at long-off by Swann with Pakistan staring down the barrel at 109 for 8.

26th Over WICKET (Fow 96/7) Umar Akmal was not 100 per cent fit neither was he in good form but stuck it out in the middle for a gutsy 22 off 39 deliveries before being stumped by Craig Kieswetter off Graeme Swann.

21th Over WICKET (FoW 68/6) Shoaib Malik’s misery in the middle came to end when the awfully out of form former captain tried a desperate lunge on a full toss towards mid-on only to mistime it terribly finding the bucket like hands of Kevin Pietersen. Malik stayed on the crease for 23 balls but could only muster seven runs.

Overs (11-20) Pakistan 68/5 (RR: 3.40, RRR: 6.43)

17th Over REVIEW SAVES MALIK Pakistan would have been six wickets down but a good review decision saved Shoaib Malik.

15th Over WICKET (FoW 53/5) Captain cool Misbah ul-Haq departed for just 14 runs leaving Pakistan in deep trouble chasing 261. Samit Patel trapped Misbah Leg Before Wicket in the 15th over.

14th Over Pak cross 50-run mark Misbah ul-Haq and Umar Akmal scrapped past the 50-run mark for Pakistan as England dominated the first hour of Pakistan innings.

Overs (1-10) Pakistan 40/4 (RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.52)

9th Over WICKET (FoW 40/4) Steven Finn grabbed his fourth wicket as Pakistan got themselves in a hole. Imran Farhat was rooted to the crease poking a seaming away delivery straight to Kieswetter’s hands.

7th Over WICKET (FoW 27/3) Steven Finn again provided England with a vital breakthrough with the wicket of in-form batsman Younus Khan for 15 to leave Pakistan tottering at 27 for 3. It was an inside edge which was plucked rather brilliantly by keeper Craig Kieswetter.

3rd Over DOUBLE WICKET OVER (FoW 11/1 and 11/2) Steven Finn gave Pakistan a double blow with wickets of Mohammed Hafeez and Asad Shafiq in consecutive deliveries. Mohammed Hafeez (5) got out LBW as the right hander tried playing across the line to a fullish delivery. It was full and straight seaming in marginally and Umpire Simon Taufel had no doubts raising the dreaded finger.

The very next ball, Asad Shafiq rooted to his crease was not able counter the seaming in delivery with Taufel again raising his finger in a flash.

Pakistan started of their run chase of 261 with Mohammed Hafeez and Imran Farhat opening the innings for the subcontinental giants.

Overs (41- 50) England 260/7 (RR: 5.20)

Powered by Captain Alastair Cook’s brilliant 137 England finished their innings with a competitive total of 260 for 7 as Saeed Ajmal once again proved to be the wrecker in-chief for Pakistan claiming a five-for giving away just 43 runs in the process in the first ODI at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

46th Over DOUBLE WICKET OVER (FoW: 230/6 and 232/7) It was the sweep again which brought the down fall of captain Alastair Cook’s fluent knock of 137 off 142 balls. Saeed Ajmal foxing the southpaw castling him around his legs.

Two balls later Ajmal completed his 5 wicket haul with the caught and bowl dismissal of Stuart Broad.

44th Over WICKET (FoW: 221/5) Saeed Ajmal got his third wicket in the form of Craig Kieswetter (9) as the keeper in a bid to slog sweep the tweaker ended up top edging the ball to third man.

Overs (31- 40) England 196/4 (RR: 4.90)

39th Over WICKET (FoW: 196/4) Eoin Morgan’s torrid run with the bat continued as he was given out LBW trying to reverse sweep Ajmal for a petty score of just 2 runs.

37th Over WICKET (FoW: 188/3) Ravi Bopara stepped put to hit Saeed Ajmal to the leg side but got stumped instead.

36th Over FIFTY Ravi Bopara also got into the act with a well compiled fifty of 67 deliveries.

35th Over HUNDERED Alastair Cook racked up his third ODI hundred and his second since taking over the captaincy.

Overs (21-30) England 150/2 (RR: 4.68)

23th Over England crossed the 100-run mark in the 23rd over as Wahab Riaz was milked for 18 runs in his two overs. Both Ravi Bopara and Alastair Cook looked comfortable playing the fast bowler as the duo stitched together a 50-run partnership as well.

Overs (11- 20) England 87/2 (RR: 4.35)

Abu Dhabi: 18th Over Cook slog sweeps Afridi to reach his 50 in brisk time.

12th Over WICKET (FoW: 57/1 and 57/2): Shahid Afridi produced two stellar deliveries to sent back opener Kevin Pietersen (14) and Jonathan Trott (0) in consecutive deliveries to peg back England who had got a good start courtesy Alastair Cook and Pietersen in the first 10 overs.

Both the right handed batsmen took a forward lunge but failed to judge the length of the ball. Afridi’s ball spun in much to hit the stumps.

Overs (1-10) England 48/0 (RR: 4.80)

Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen walked out to the middle after Cook had won the toss against Pakistan in the first ODI at Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan Line-up

Hafeez, Farhat, Shafiq, Younis, Misbah (c), Afridi, U Akmal (wk), S Malik, Ajmal, Gul, Riaz.

England Line-up

Cook (c), Pietersen, Trott, Bopara, Morgan, Kieswetter (wk), Patel, Broad, Swann, Finn, Anderson.

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