Bairstow half century seals England victory

Aaron Moores | cricket20

England bounced back from a disappointing defeat on Thursday night to seal an impressive 38 run victory against Pakistan to level their three game t20 International series 1-1 with one game to play.

The defending t20 World Champions produced an impressive display with the ball to restrict Pakistan to a total of just 112 to leave everything to play at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday night.

Faced with a victory target of 151, Pakistan slumped to just 32-4 after the early loss of Mohammad Hafeez (0), Awais Zia (6) Asad Shafiq (1) and Umar Akmal (19) during the power play overs.

Shahid Afridi (25), Hammad Azam (21) and Misbah-ul-Haq (13) offered the home side hope but Steven Finn (3-30) and Graeme Swann (2-17) lead an England bowling attack which had no intentions of allowing Pakistan back into the match.

Jonny Bairstow produced a faultless display to help England recover after a stuttering start to leave Pakistan needing 151 runs to claim a series victory with a game to spare

Bairstow (60) arrived at the crease with the visitors 49-3 but he showed why he is one of Englandís most promising youngsters with a faultless half century.

The 22 year old, playing in just his 5th t20 International, held Englandís innings together with a near perfect display to help the t20 World Cup champions record a total of 150-7.

Bairstow smashed five boundaries and one vital six off the bowling of Umar Gul in the final over to give England fresh hope of tying the series after their defeat on Thursday night.

Having won the toss, England got off to a disappointing start which saw them lose Kevin Pietersen (17) early on after he was dismissed by Saeed Ajmal at the start of the 5th over.

Ravi Bopara (1) and Eoin Morgan (9) quickly followed to leave England 49-3 after 6.5 overs but Craig Kieswetter (31) and Bairstow started to lay the foundations of a much needed

The pair scored 30 vital runs before Kieswetter was dismissed in the 10th over by Shahid Afridi after he had conceded two massive sixes at the start of the over.

Samit Patel added a quick fire 13 but it was Bairstow who stood out with an impressive performance to lead Englandís fight back to give the t20 World Cup champions a chance of leveling the series with one game to play.

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