Andrew Strauss’ scintillating 126 took England to a four-wicket victory against Pakistan in the second one-day international at Headingley. The victory also gave England a 2-0 lead.
Earlier, Pakistan’s skipper Kamran Akmal led Pakistan to a total of 294 for eight. The wicketkeeper top-scored with 74 as the tourists tried to turn attention away from the spot-fixing scandal engulfing their tour of England.
Kamran Akmal put on 122 for the first wicket with Mohammad Hafeez (43) while Mohammad Yousuf (46) and Asad Shafiq, with a maiden ODI fifty, put on 74 for the third wicket. Stuart Broad took four wickets but at an expensive cost of 81 runs in his maximum 10 overs. Pakistan, 1-0 down in this five match series after losing by 24 runs at the Riverside on Friday, made a fine start after captain Shahid Afridi won the toss and elected to bat.
Tim Bresnan, on his Yorkshire home ground, was repeatedly driven for boundaries by Kamran Akmal andf his first three overs cost 25 runs. Broad, bowling too short, was uppercut down to the third man fence by Kamran Akmal and hooked down to fine leg by Hafeez for boundaries.
brief scores: Pakistan 294-8 (K. Akmal 74, A. Shafiq 50) lost to England 295-6 in 49.3 overs (A. Strauss 126, J. Trott 53)