Razzaq steers Pakistan to win over England

DUBAI: Allrounder Abdul Razzaq’s spectacular batting display helped Pakistan to win the second Twenty20 International by four wickets against England here the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

He hammered an unbeaten 46 from just 18 balls with five towering sixes after Pakistan were reeling at 78 for five in 13 overs.

Chasing 149 to win, Pakistan achieved the target of 149 runs with one over left.

Earlier, Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik won the toss again and this time he put England to bat first.

England made 148 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 20 overs.

Opener Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen posted 98 runs for the second wicket partnership after England lost Joe Denly, who was bowled by pacer Yasir Arafat.

They took score to 110 in 16.1 overs when Trott was run out by Imran Nazir for 39. Then, England lost two more wickets for only 15 runs due to which their run rate became slower.

Pietersen smashed 62 from 40 balls with three sixes and four boundaries.

Razzaq steers Pakistan to win over England

DUBAI: Allrounder Abdul Razzaq’s spectacular batting display helped Pakistan to win the second Twenty20 International by four wickets against England here the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

He hammered an unbeaten 46 from just 18 balls with five towering sixes after Pakistan were reeling at 78 for five in 13 overs and in looking in danger of defeat..

Chasing 149 to win, Pakistan achieved the target of 149 runs with one over left.

Other main scorers were Umar Akmal, hitting 36 off 41 balls and Fawad Alam with 28.

Fawad provided effective support to Razzaq as both added 48 runs from 25 balls for the sixth wicket stand.

For England, Graeme Swann claimed three for 14 and debutant pacer Ajmal Shahzad got two wickets.

Earlier, Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik won the toss again and this time he put England to bat first.

England made 148 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 20 overs.

Opener Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen posted 98 runs for the second wicket partnership after England lost Joe Denly, who was bowled by pacer Yasir Arafat.

They took score to 110 in 16.1 overs when Trott was run out by Imran Nazir for 39. Then, England lost two more wickets for only 15 runs due to which their run rate became slower.

Pietersen smashed 62 from 40 balls with three sixes and four boundaries.

Later, Arafat captured two more wickets on successive balls in the final over to finish with three for 32. Other wicket-takers were Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal, taking one wicket each.

Both Pakistan and England made one change each in their teams as Shahid Afridi returned to Pakistan side after serving his two-match ban. He replaced Khalid Lateef..

England leading 1-0 in the two-match series, dropped Ryan Sidebottom, who has a thigh strain following an awkward fall in the field in the Friday match. Ajmal Shahzad came in his to make a T20 debut.