Abu Dhabi, February 15.Alastair Cook hit a 2nd successive hundred to guide England to Captain Cook led the way once again with another century 20-run win over Pakistan in the second one day international on Wednesday, giving his team a 2-0 lead in the four-match series.
England put up a challenging 250-4 powered by Cook's 102 then they bowled well to check Pakistan to 230 in 49 avers at Abu Dhabi Stadium.Misbah-ul Haq failed to match his matching part during his 59-ball 47 as Pakistan lost track after organism well set at 179-4, need 72 in the last 11.1 overs.Steven Finn, who take four wickets in the first match, done with the matching figures of 4-34 to anchor England's win.
Pakistan got off to a well start with Mohammad Hafeez (26) and Imran Farhat (47) notching 61 by the 16th over before Hafeez was caught at mid-wicket off James Anderson. Who hit 5fours, added 31 for the second wicket with Azhar Ali (31) before Samit Patel take two wickets in the break of 12 runs, remove Ali and Younis Khan (five).
Farhat fell to a mad run out, leaving Misbah and Umar Akmal (21) to add 37 for the fifth wicket before Patel took a neat diving catch at cover to throw Umar back with 72 still needed off 11.1 overs.Shahid Afridi briefly in danger England with a run-a-ball 18 but his wicket and Craig Kieswetter's sky-high catch to dismiss Misbah matured the issue for England.
Earlier Cook scored his 4th hundred -- the first England captain and 9th batsmen for his country to Alastair Cook continuous hundreds in one-dayers -- to carry on the good work after his career-best 137 in Monday's win in the series opener. The 27-year-old left-hander put on 67 for the opening wicket with Kevin Petersen (26) after England won their second successive toss and batted.
He also added 49 with Jonathan Trott (23) for the 2nd and 78 for the 3rd with Ravi Bopara who made a well 58. Cook was once more at his easy best, hitting 10 boundaries off 121 balls before he gave a comeback catch to leg-spinner Shahid Afridi in the 42nd over. He hit paceman Umar Gul for 2 fours to reach 99 and then take a single off Abdul Rehman to attain the 3-figure mark as he accepted the batting true from the off.
England, who remain unmoved from the first match, also owed their movement to a dropped catch by part-time wicket-keeper Umar Akmal who let Cook off on 28 off Afridi, a valuable laspe for Pakistan.Ajmal, who done with 1-54, again provide the breakthrough when he trapped Petersen leg-before in the 16th over.Paceman Cheema had Trott caught after before Cook and Bopara followed their 131-run set in the first match with one more solid partnership.
Bopara, who hit four boundaries during his 66-ball knock, gave the last touch to the innings with a 56-run stand for the 4th wicket with Eoin Morgan whose 25 not out had 1 six.The 3rd and 4th matches will be play in Dubai on Saturday and Tuesday.