England set Pakistan 149-run target in 2nd T20

DUBAI: England set a modest target of 149 runs for Pakistan in the second Twenty20 International here at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

After Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik won the toss again and this time he put England to bat first who 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. In his place, Ajmal Shahzad made his T20 debut.

Pakistan: Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Shoaib Malik (captain), Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam, Abdul Razzaq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal.

England: Joe Denly, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood (captain), Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Ajmal Shahzad, Graeme Swann.