Knight sets up series win

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Pakistan A 186-6 England A 190-3 England A win by seven wickets

An unbeaten 90 from the opener Nick Knight helped secure victory for England A over Pakistan A in the second one-day international in Faisalabad yesterday.

A seven-wicket victory also clinched the one-day series 2-0 with one match still to play. England also won the three-match Test series 1-0.

England bowled and fielded better than in their first 40-over match, restricting the Pakistanis to 186 for 6 on a flat, low pitch which offered little help to the bowlers.

The opener Shahid Anwar batted through the innings but his runs dried up towards the end as Richard Stemp, Ronnie Irani and Dean Headley kept him mainly to singles.

England's reply began with Knight being dropped off the second ball. He then picked up two leg-side sixes and put on 110 in 21 overs with the fluent Nasser Hussain, who scored 50 off only 67 balls.

"Now we've won the one-day series as well it will be hard to fully motivate the lads for the final match but it would be nice to go through the tour unbeaten," Hussain, the captain, said.

The Hampshire spinner Shaun Udal is returning home early from the tour after his month-old daughter was taken ill. The tourists, who play their final one-day game tomorrow, are due to return home on Friday but Udal was given permission to fly out early after his daughter was taken into hospital. "It's only a precaution but Shaun understandably feels he wishes to be with his family," Tim Lamb, the TCCB spokesman said.

(England A won toss)


Shahid Anwar not out 87

Shakeel Ahmed c Piper b Giddins 1

Ijaz Ahmed Junior c Knight b Giddins 3

*Asif Mujtaba c White b Stemp 42

Mansoor Rana c Knight b Stemp 3

Zahid Fazal lbw b White 11

Azhar Mehmood b Headley 26

Akram Raza not out 5

Extras (lb5, w1, nb2) 8

Total (for 6, 40 overs) 186

Fall: 1-17, 2-28, 3-108, 4-112, 5-132, 6-180.

Did not bat: Shahid Nazir, Salman Fazal, Ali Gohar.

Bowling: Munton 8-1-22-0; Giddins 8-1-26-2; Stemp 8-0-38-2; Headley 8- 0-42-1; Irani 4-0-19-0; White 4-0-34-1.


N V Knight not out 90

D P Ostler lbw b Azhar Mehmood 24

*N Hussain b Azhar Mehmood 50

J C Pooley run out 12

R C Irani not out 6

Extras (lb3, w5) 8

Total (for 3, 38.3 overs) 190

Fall: 1-48, 2-158, 3-175.

Did not bat: C White, K J Piper, D W Headley, R D Stemp, E S H Giddins, T A Munton.

Bowling: Shahid Nazir 7-0-29-0; Ali Gohar 4-0-24-0; Azhar Mehmood 7.3-2-33-2; Akram Raza 6-0-28-0; Asif Mujtaba 3-0-17-0; Shahid Anwar 5-0-30-0; Zahid Fazal 6-0-26-0.

Umpires: Mian Mohammad Aslam and Feroze Butt.