England claim T20 series with another comprehensive win
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 7th September 2010
England took home the T20 series as they thrashed a hapless Pakistan by six wickets in the second T20 international at Cardiff. It was once again a dismal batting performance from the Pakistani side as they had no answer to a disciplined bowling attack from England. The Pakistani bowlers led by Shoaib Akthar tried to make a fist out of the total but in the the runs were not enough.
Shahid Afridi won the toss and elected to bat first on a track that had a hint of moisture. The first over went for 10 runs and that was only thing that went right for the visitors. The bowlers then asserted their pressure on the Pakistani batting line-up that never really fired. Wickets tumbled at regular intervals as none of the batsmen went past the 20 run mark. The top scorer of the innings was Umar Akmal who made 17. Pakistan could muster just 89 runs in 18.4 overs.
England in reply got off to a blistering start as the openers found the ropes early in the innings. Shoaib Akthar brought Pakistan back into the match as he claimed Steve Davies and then Kieswetter was run-out due to a brilliant piece of fielding from Umar Akmal.
At 63 for 4 in 11 overs things looked a bit bright for the visitors but then once again Eoin Morgan showed why he is regarded as the best finisher in today's cricket. The southpaw found the ropes at regular intervals to help England cross the target with 6 overs to spare and 6 wickets in hand.