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4th ODI: Pak beat Eng to level series

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Sep 21, 2010 at 01:36am IST

London: A late surge by Pakistan pace bowlers took the shine off a 113-run stand between England openers Andrew Strauss and Steve Davies and scripted a series-leveling win for the visitors by 38 runs at Lord's in the fourth ODI on Monday.

The innings that made the difference for Pakistan came late in their innings from all-rounder Abdul Razzaq who hit the last five balls of Pakistan's innings to the boundary while stroking 44 unbeaten runs in just 20 balls.

England's century opening stand was followed by three wickets in the space of 14 runs when Saeed Ajmal and skipper Shahid Afridi removed Davies (49) and Jonathan Trott (4) respectively. The third wicket to go was of in-form Strauss (68) who was dismissed by Shoaib Akhtar.

4th ODI: Pak beat England to level series

Spirited Pakistan team beat England by 38 runs to level series 2-2 at Lord's.

The fall of wickets did not stop for long as Paul Collingwood (4) failed to make any notable contribution, leaving England concerned at 149/4.

Ian Bell and Eoin Morgan were the last recognised pair who tried to rescue England's ship but could score only 27 and 28 respectively and failed to capitalize on their starts.

From there on, England were always fighting a lost battle against a spirited Shoaib Akhtar - who took 3/59 - and Umar Gul - who was the pick of the bowlers with his match-winning effort of 4/32, as England were bowled out for 227 inside fifty overs.

Earlier, Pakistan set England a target of 266 to clinch the one-day international series on a day relations between the two teams threatened to boil over in a tour tainted by fixing allegations.

The match at Lord's went ahead despite England's anger at Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt's accusation that England players threw Friday's match at The Oval, which Pakistan won to keep the five-match series alive at 2-1.

Butt's allegations came after an investigation was opened by the International Cricket Council following claims the scoring in Pakistan's innings on Friday was pre-arranged.

Mohammad Hafeez top-scored for Pakistan with 64 while Abdul Razzaq smashed 44 not out off 20 balls as the tourists made 265-7 after winning the toss. Graeme Swann, who made the shortlist for the ICC Cricketer of the Year award, was England's most impressive bowler with 4-37.

Pakistan's openers gave their team a great start, reaching 62 before Kamran Akmal departed in the 14th over on 28 when he hooked a short ball by Broad straight to Strauss at square leg.

Swann came on to relieve the England seamers and provided the next four breakthroughs, the spinner taking his first wicket in his first over by bowling Asad Shafiq for 11.

Swann then sent Mohammad Yousuf back to the pavilion in his second over after the veteran batsman edged to wicketkeeper Steven Davies on 3. The score at that time was 94-3.

Tight bowling after that meant Pakistan's progression was snail-paced. Frustration at being tied down was probably at the heart of Hafeez's dismissal, the opener top-edging to Trott at gully as he attempted to thrash Swann to midwicket. Hafeez, who was dropped on 32 by Michael Yardy, hit five fours and a six in his 100-ball knock.

In his last over, Swann bowled Fawad Alam for 29 to leave Pakistan on 155-5 in the 38th but the team prospered after the off-spinner's superb spell ended.

Captain Shahid Afridi smashed 37 off 22 balls, including two sixes, in a 54-run sixth-wicket partnership with Umar Akmal, who made 21. Both were caught attempting big hits to the boundary but all-rounder Razzaq's entertaining late cameo, which featured five successive fours to finish the innings, gave Pakistan a challenging total to defend.

England made two changes to the side that lost at The Oval, bringing in batsmen Paul Collingwood and the fit-again Ian Bell for Luke Wright and Ravi Bopara.

(With inputs from AP)

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