England v Pakistan 2nd One Day International

After the first one day international, in which the English side batted and bowled in an impressive manner to claim a huge victory, much of the same was expected from them.

Alistair Cook, as captain of the side, bated supremely in the last match for a score of 137 and he followed that up with a history making 102. Becoming the first English player to score back to back one day centuries. Kevin Pietersen and Jonathon Trott again failed to impress with the bat, however Ravi Bopara who is often on the edge of the squad batted with great confidence and support to Cook by claiming his 2nd successive 50. Eoin Morgan also got to bat and after a very slow and nervy start he managed to hit Englands only 6 of the innings. Morgan who struggled for form in the Test series still seems to be struggling with the bat but there were clear signs some of his form is coming back. Pakistan meanwhile relied heavily on their spin attack and although they often kept it tight they were unable to take regular wickets. From Englands 50 overs they reached a respectable score of 250 on a slow track that did not offer the batters too much help.

As Pakistan set about on their run chase Englands bowlers kept things tight and Pakstans top order struggled to score. Throughout the innings Pakistan were always behind in the run chase. With the score at 179-5 Shahid Afridi came to the crease to join captain of the side Misbah-ul-Haq. Everyone knew that this partnership could win or lose the match for Pakistan. Things started to look good for Pakistan as Boom Boom Afridi scored at a run a ball hitting a 6 and then a four off successive balls from Samit Patel. However Patel then tightened up and the scoring stopped and just an over later as the pressure began to tell Afirdi swing to hard and was bowled by Anderson (2-36). After Afridi had departed Pakistan were never in the game and Englands bowlers, led by the again impressive Steve Finn, who finished with figures of 4-34, bowled the remaining pakistan team out for 230 in 49 overs.

Full scorecard from Cricinfo: http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-england-2012/engine/current/match/531632.html

England claimed victory by 20 runs. A very comfortable result again as they look to regain the winning form that eluded them during the test match series.

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