Bairstow, Finn spur England

Bairstow, Finn spur England

Jonny Bair­stow and Steven Finn inspired England to a 38-run win over Pakistan in Dubai on Saturday to level the three-match series of Twenty20 internationals.

England chose to bat first under lights and chalked up 150 for seven with the 22-year-old Bairstow clubbing an unbeaten 60 in 46 balls.

Man of the match Bairstow, son of the late former England wicket-keeper David, belted five fours and two sixes.

Opener Craig Kieswetter also chipped in with 31 off 24 deliveries while Pakistan seamer
Umar Gul took two for 31 and spinner Saeed Ajmal produced an economical spell of one for 20 in four overs.

Pakistan started their run chase badly, slumping to two for two after losing Mohammad Hafeez for a duck and Asad Shafiq for one. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and Shahid Afridi top-scored with 25 in 23 balls as Pakistan were bowled out for 112 in 18.2 overs.

England captain Stuart Broad and spinner Graeme Swann took two wickets apiece but improving young paceman Finn stole the show by returning figures of three for 30.

Score board


Pietersen c Gul b Ajmal    17
Kieswetter c Gul b Afridi    31
Bopara lbw Gul    1
Morgan lbw Hafeez    9
Bairstow (not out)    60
Patel (run out)    13
Buttler b Gul    7
Broad b Cheema    2
Swann (not out)    2

Extras (LB-5, W-3)    8

Total (for 7 wkts, 20 overs)    150

Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-38, 3-49, 4-79, 5-118, 6-132, 7-137.

Bowling: Hafeez 4-0-25-1, Cheema 4-0-31-1, Ajmal 4-0-20-1, Gul 4-0-31-2, Afridi 3-0-28-1, Malik 1-0-10-0.


Hafeez c Pietersen b Finn    0
Zia c Dernbach b Broad    6
Shafiq c & b Dernbach    1
Akmal c Morgan b Finn    19
Malik c Bairstow b Swann    12
Misbah c Bairstow b Swann    13
Afridi c Morgan b Broad    25
Azam c Buttler b Bopara    21
Gul c Kieswetter b Finn    10
Ajmal (run out)    0
Cheema (not out)    0

Extras (W-4, NB-1)    5

Total (all out, 18.2 overs)    112

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-2, 3-30, 4-32, 5-50, 6-74, 7-98, 8-111, 9-111.

Bowling: Finn 4-0-30-3, Dernbach 3-0-13-1, Broad 3.2-0-12-2, Swann 4-0-17-2, Bopara 3-0-23-1, Patel 1-0-17-0.