Broad, Dernbach bowl Eng to victory

Captain Stuart Broad and Jade Dernbach held their nerve in the closing overs to bowl England to a five-run victory and a 2-1 series win over Pakistan in the final Twenty20 international in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

Man of the match Kevin Pietersen had laid the foundations by belting 62 off 52 deliveries while carrying his bat through the England innings, which totally 129 for six from 20 overs on a surface that played sluggishly and did not encourage stroke-making.

But the former skipper’s hard work appeared to be in vain as Pakistan reached 113 for three with Awais Zia (23), Asad Shafiq (34) and Umar Akmal (22) all making useful contributions.

However, with Pakistan needing 17 runs off the final two overs, Broad bowled a superb penultimate over conceding only four runs when Jonny Bairstow allowed the ball to slip through his legs and over the boundary. He also claimed Akmal’s wicket when the batsman skied the ball and allowed Graeme Swann to take a comfortable catch.

When Dernbach came in to bowl the final over, Pakistan still needed 13 runs for victory and, with the dangerous Shahid Afridi at the crease, the 2009 Twenty20 world champions must have fancied their chances.

However, Afridi’s call for a second run proved to be their downfall. Thinking it was batting partner Misbah-ul-Haq who was running towards the danger end, Afridi failed to make his ground when wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter whipped off the bails.

That effectively took the fight out of Pakistan and Dernbach ended the match by clean bowling Misbah for 28 with the final delivery of the contest.

The result meant England, the current Twenty20 world champions, had defended a total under 150 for the first time in the shortest format of the game.

England won the one-day series 4-0 after they were whitewashed 3-0 in the Tests in their first outing in the longer version since being crowned the number one Test side last August after beating India 4-0 on home soil.

England next travel to Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series, seeking to end their sub-continental drought.

SCORE BOARD

ENGLAND

Pietersen (not out)    62
Kieswetter c Malik b Ajmal    17
Bopara c Akmal b Cheema    1
Morgan (run out)    9
Bairstow b Ajmal    3
Buttler lbw Ajmal    7
Patel st Akmal b Ajmal    16
Broad (not out)    6

Extras (LB-1, W-7)    8

Total (for 6 wkts, 20 overs)    129

Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-37, 3-62, 4-72, 5-89, 6-109.

Bowling: Hafeez 4-0-22-0, Cheema 4-0-25-1, Gul 4-0-39-0, Ajmal 4-0-23-4, Afridi 4-0-19-0.

PAKISTAN

Zia lbw Swann    23
Hafeez c & b Dernbach    0
Shafiq (run out)    34
Misbah b Dernbach    28
Akmal c Swann b Broad    22
Afridi (run out)    3
Azam (not out)    2
Extras (LB-7, W-5)    12
Total (for 6 wkts, 20 overs)    124

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-48, 3-76, 4-113, 5-120, 6-124.

Bowling: Steven Finn 4-0-31-0, Jade Dernbach 4-0-24-2, Stuart Broad 4-0-24-1, Samit Patel 4-0-18-0, Graeme Swann 4-0-20-1.

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