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England won by 4 wickets.

Pakistan vs England

Pietersen ton secures sweep

Dernbach takes 4-45 as much-changed attack restricts Pakistan

Kevin Pietersen: Made a career-best score in the final match of the one-day series

Jade Dernbach: led the way for England's bowlers with figures of 4-45

A second successive hundred from Kevin Pietersen helped England to victory over Pakistan in the fourth one-dayer, securing a series sweep in the process.

Pietersen made 130 from 153 balls as a much-changed England line-up successfully chased down a target of 238 with four wickets to spare.

Craig Kieswetter also played a key role with 43, sharing in a pivotal stand of 109 after the tourists had slipped to 68-4 when two wickets fell in one over.

The whitewash, England's first against Pakistan for 25 years, was compensation of sorts for the 3-0 Test series drubbing they suffered at the hands of the same opponents.

Debutant shines

Their bowlers had earlier done their bit again by restricting Pakistan to 237 all out, the recalled Jade Dernbach leading the way with 4-45.

There were also two wickets for debutant Danny Briggs with his left-arm off-spin, meaning the injured Graeme Swann was hardly missed. Tim Bresnan chimed in with a wicket on his return, showing the current strength in depth.

Seamers Stuart Broad and James Anderson were both rested, giving Dernbach a chance to impress at last. He wasted little time in doing so, dismissing opener Mohammad Hafeez with just one run on the board.

However, Asad Shafiq (65) and Azhar Ali put Pakistan on course for a competitive total with a second-wicket partnership of 111.

Even when Shafiq departed, chopping on to Bresnan, the platform appeared set. From then on, though, wickets fell at regular intervals to mean Pakistan had to continually adjust their sights down from a total of 270 or more.

Briggs had Umar Akmal caught at long-off and also trapped Shoaib Malik lbw for 23, the Hampshire slow bowler finishing up with impressive figures of 2-39.

Dernbach dismissed Azhar for 58 before returning to pick up two more scalps in the last over, Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq holing out for 46 before Saeed Ajmal was cleaned up with the final ball of the innings.

Shocking start

England's pursuit got off to a shocking start when the in-form Alastair Cook went lbw to the second ball of the innings, ending an otherwise prolific series for the skipper with his first single-figure score.

Jonathan Trott only managed 15 and when Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler were bamboozled by spinner Ajmal in the space of three deliveries, the latter registering a two-ball duck on debut, the visitors were in trouble.

But Pietersen, who had an escape when he overturned an lbw decision with the help of DRS, found an able ally in Kieswetter, the pair keeping things ticking over without too many risks against a spin-heavy attack.

A careless run out ended Kieswetter's knock but Samit Patel arrived at the crease to put on a further 59, taking England to the brink.

Unfortunately Pietersen didn't quite see it through to the finish, top-edging Ajmal up to point with two needed, ending his career-best knock, but the job was already done. Bresnan came in and proceeded to slice away a four from his first delivery, sealing England another triumph in the 50-over format.

Match Details

21st Feb 2012
Dubai International Stadium
H D P K Dharmasena and Zameer Haider


Batsman R
Cook lbw b Khan 4
Pietersen c Rehman b Ajmal 130
Trott c Hafeez b Rehman 15
Morgan lbw b Ajmal 15
Buttler c Azhar Ali b Ajmal 0
Kieswetter run out 43
Patel not out 17
Bresnan not out 4
Extras 10w, 3lb 13
Total Close, 49.2 Overs 241 - 6
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Khan 9.2 0 53 1
Rehman 10 0 31 1
Ajmal 10 0 62 3
Afridi 10 0 54 0
Hafeez 10 0 38 0
Full Bowling Card