Alastair Cook became the first England captain to score consecutive one-day centuries on Wednesday to set his side up for a 20-run victory over Pakistan in the second one-day international in Abu Dhabi. Cook won the toss for the second time in the four-match series,then cashed in with 102,his fourth one-day century,from 118 deliveries in an England total of 250 for four. Fast bowler Steven Finn then turned in another match-winning performance with four for 34 from 10 overs as Pakistan were dismissed for 230 from 49 overs.
Mohammad Hafeez (26) and Imram Farhat (47) gave Pakistan a steady start with 61 but wickets then fell regularly as the England bowlers maintained a tight line and length. Afridi struck 18 from as many deliveries and captain Misbah-ul-Haq kept his side in the hunt with 47 from 59 balls before he was brilliantly caught by wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter,who clung on to a skied mis-hit at full stretch off Stuart Broad.
Earlier,Cook hit 102 to become the first England captain and ninth English batsman to score back-to-back ODI hundreds. He made 137 on Monday as England won by 130 runs at the same venue.
Ravi Bopara struck 58 not out for his second consecutive half-century,after hitting 50 in the first match. Cook smashed 10 fours from 121 balls,while Bopara belted four boundaries from 66 deliveries.
Pakistan opening bowler Aizaz Cheema was the pick of the bowlers with 2-49 from nine overs. While England retained the same team from the first ODI,Pakistan made three changes. Former captain Shoaib Malik was replaced by Abdul Rehman,Cheema was preferred instead of paceman Wahab Riaz and batsman Azhar Ali replaced Asad Shafiq.
Cook again won the toss and elected to bat on a pitch that looked flat and full of runs. Kevin Pietersen and Cook ensured England made a good start,with the captain looking the more solid of the two.
His partner survived an lbw review appeal from Shahid Afridi when on 23,the ball would have clipped leg stump but the decision was upheld. Pietersen,who stroked four boundaries,fell three runs later with the total on 67 in the 16th over when Saeed Ajmal trapped him lbw.
Cook added another 49 with Jonathan Trott despite a tight spell from Afridi,who finished with 1-38 from 10 overs. Trott fell for 23 when,rather tamely,he edged a ball from Cheema to Umar Akmal. Trott’s dismissal brought Bopara and Cook together,a pair who put on a 131-run stand in the first match.
Cook cut impressively,put away any loose deliveries at his pads and kept rotating the strike with singles.
He edged Ajmal to reach his 100 but was dismissed with 10 overs left,bobbing an easy catch back to the bowler Afridi to end the stand with Bopara on 78. Bopara put on 56 for the fourth wicket with Eoin Morgan (25 not out) before being dismissed on the final ball of the innings.
Brief scores: England 250/3 (A Cook 102,R Bopara 58,A Cheema 2/49); Pakistan 230 in 49 overs (Misbah ul Haq 47,I Farhat 47,S Finn 4/34,J Anderson 2/36).