Denly plays both matches as England draw Pakistan t20 series

Monday 22nd February 2010

By Sam Dixon

Kent opener Joe Denly (pictured) appeared twice for England as they drew their Twenty20 series with Pakistan in Dubai over the weekend.

On Friday, England sealed a convincing seven wicket victory over their rivals. After containing Pakistan to 129 for eight off their allotted overs, with Graeme Swann taking two for 18, Paul Collingwood“s side lost Denly for just one in their run chase as he was caught off the bowling of former Kent overseas player Yasir Arafat trying to hit over the top. England were then further reduced to 18 for three until Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan took control. Their unbeaten 112 run partnership saw England home. Pietersen finished unbeaten on a run-a-ball 43 whilst Morgan blazed his way to 67 not out, off 61 balls, a knock that included two huge sixes.

A day later Pakistan got their revenge in the second encounter. Arafat again proved to be Denly“s nemesis when he bowled him for five in the fourth over, the all-rounder went on to take three for 32. Jonathon Trott (39) and Pietersen (62) provided the majority of the runs in England“s total of 148 for six as they put on 98 for the second wicket.

The Pakistani reply started in disarray when debutant Ajmal Shahzad accounted for openers Imran Nazir and Imran Farhat in his first over in international cricket. Umar Akmal steadied the ship, scoring 36. Swann was once again the pick of England“s bowlers; taking three for 14 off his four overs. However, with the required run-rate increasing up stepped Abdul Razzaq. The experienced all-rounder thumped five sixes on his way to scoring 46 off just 18 balls as Pakistan cruised to victory with an over and four wickets to spare.