England post record-breaking win

PA Sport - Tue, 07 Sep 20:30:00 2010

England chased a paltry 90 runs with 36 balls remaining to thrash Pakistan by six wickets and clinch a 2-0 series win in the second Twenty20 international in Cardiff.

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Pakistan produced a shambolic batting display as the world champions took charge of the second fixture in three days at the Swalec Stadium, and the tourists were bowled out for just 89 in the penultimate over of their innings.

England, as a result, secured a world-record seventh successive win in cricket's shortest format and sealed victory inside 14 overs with Eoin Morgan (18) and Michael Yardy (six) at the crease to hit the winning runs.

Pakistan's batsmen either struggled to get the ball away or holed out to reckless shots in a chaotic comedy of errors. Their 89 was their lowest total in Twenty20 history, falling well short of the 125 for nine they mustered against Australia in Melbourne earlier this year.

And Pakistan's miserable performance was witnessed by a suitably sparse crowd as England enjoyed overwhelming supremacy.

Seamers Tim Bresnan (three for 10) and Stuart Broad (two for 18) wrecked the top order, taking two wickets each as Pakistan slumped to 22 for four. Tight bowling by spinners Michael Yardy and Graeme Swann then confirmed England's dominance.

Yardy conceded runs from just six of his 24 deliveries, finishing with nought for 10, while Swann took two for 27 as Pakistan rarely threatened to release the vice-like grip England's bowlers had on them.

Umar Akmal, Pakistan's top scorer in their defeat two days ago, briefly threatened a revival with two straight sixes off Swann, yet it predictably did not last.

Swann soon exacted his revenge by bowling him for 17, leaving Pakistan on 44 for five and England relentlessly powering on despite barely having to break sweat.

Mohammad Hafeez was run out following a painstaking 14 off 32 balls, before Fawad Alam edged his first ball straight to Steven Davies, and the innings closed with Ryan Sidebottom taking two quick wickets in successive balls before last man Saeed Ajmal blocked the hat-trick delivery, ahead of Bresnan bowling Shoaib Akhtar.

Craig Kieswetter got England's reply off to a flyer with three quick boundaries in his 16 before he ran himself out attempting a suicidal single, and Davies fell to Akhtar for nine with a tame flick to Umar Akmal.

Ravi Bopara began confidently but was trapped lbw attempting an ambitious cut off a quicker delivery from Afridi, while the spinner's opposite number Paul Collingwood raced to a circumspect 21.

Saeed Ajmal was Pakistan's best bowler, and the spinner finished with one wicket for 13 runs off his three overs after he had Collingwood caught at slip when in full flow.

Yardy and Morgan were left to clinch England's record-breaking seventh straight win in Twenty20 international cricket, while Pakistan's dismal tour plummeted to a new low.

Dan Quarrell / PA Sport

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