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Cook Hits Back-to-Back Centuries to Give England 2-0 Series Lead

February 15, 2012

Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Alastair Cook became the first England cricket captain to score back-to-back one-day international centuries as his team beat Pakistan by 20 runs to take an unbeatable 2-0 series lead.

Cook, who was dropped when on 28, anchored England’s 250-4 with 102 from 121 balls after winning the toss in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Steven Finn then took four wickets as Pakistan was bowled out for 230 with one over remaining.

The victory means England cannot lose the best-of-four contest after suffering a 3-0 sweep of defeats against Pakistan in the elite Test format. The remaining two games will be played Feb. 18 and 21 in Dubai.

“It was a really good team performance and hopefully we can finish the job in Dubai,” Cook, who scored a limited-overs- best 137 as England won the series opener by 130 runs three days ago, said at the presentation ceremony.

Left-hander Cook struck 10 fours in his innings yesterday. He shared an opening stand of 67 with Kevin Pietersen, added 49 with No. 3 Jonathan Trott and had a 78-run partnership with Ravi Bopara, who scored 58 for his second straight half-century.

Imran Farhat and Misbah-ul-Haq both hit 47 for Pakistan, while Finn matched his best one-day international haul of 4-34, which he also returned in the opening match.

Following the one-day series, the teams will play three Twenty20 matches.

--Editor: Dan Baynes

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net


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