Abu Dhabi-13 Feb.: Paceman Steven Finn took a career-best 4-34 and Alastair Cook hit England's Steven Finn pick up Pakistan's first four wickets his main score to help England beat Pakistan in a fortune-turning 130-run win in the ODI international here on Monday.
Finn, left to serve up drinks during England's 3-0 defeat in the above Tests, destroyed Pakistan's batting with four early wickets off 29 balls to dismiss them for 130 in 35 over’s after Cook's 137runs helped England team to 260-7. Runs The win gives England a 1-0 win in the four-match series after a disastrous Test series -- their first as world number one in five-day format.
Pakistan looks all at sea against Finn who used the wind to move about the ball. The 22-year-old lanky paceman, who show frustration at being sideline in the Tests, show his talent by trap Mohammad Hafeez (five) and Asad Shafiq off succeeding balls in his second over. He then had Younis Khan (15) in his fourth and Imran Farhat (10) in his fifth to leave Pakistan totter at 40-4.
Left-arm spinner Samit Patel then more shook Pakistan with the wickets of Misbah-ul Haq (14), Shoaib Malik (7) and Shahid Afridi (28) to close with 3-26. Graeme Swann, who took 2-19, had Umar Akmal (22) and Umar Gul (two).before Cook, whose previous best of 119 came against Sri Lanka at Lord's last year, hit 14 fours during a meet 142-ball innings and bent well against Pakistan's spin-dominated molest.
Given out leg-then off Mohammad Hafeez when 30, Cook successfully review Australian umpire Simon Taufel's decision and accepted the batting until the 47th over when he was lastly bowled by Saeed Ajmal who ended with a career-best 5-43. Cook added a very useful 131 runs for the third wicket with Ravi Bopara (50) to refresh England after they lost two wickets in the 13th over.
England's ploy to open with Kevin Pietersen, who manage just 67 runs in the Tests, work well as Cook and his new partner put on 57 by the 13th over as Pakistan open the bowling with paceman Umar Gul and Hafeez.Pietersen though managed 14 before he became one of two Shahid Afridi losses, bowled through the entry off a googly by the leg-spinner. Next ball Afridi dismissed Jonathan Trott with a quick turner.
Bopara notched his 7th fifty in one-day internationals off 67 deliverance but two balls later jumped out to drive Ajmal and was stumped. He hit four boundaries. Cook hit Afridi for two fours to go in the 90s and then cover group Ajmal to the boundary to reach the 3-figure mark off 110 deliveries. Ajmal's previous best of 4-33 was next to New Zealand on this same ground in 2009.Patel (17) and Swann (13) put as one 28 in the last 3.1 over’s to propel England to a war total.
The second match will be play here on Wednesday Dubai on February 18 and 21.