England Beat Pakistan by 4 Wickets

England captain Andrew Strauss scored a century to lead his team to a four-wicket win against Pakistan in the second one-day cricket international at Headingley in Leeds today.

Strauss hit 126 from 134 balls to help England reach its target with three balls remaining, giving the home team a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

England has already won the Test series 3-1 and beat the visitors in two Twenty20 matches. Pakistan must avoid defeat in the third one-day international at the Oval in London on Sept. 17 to save this series.

Opener Kamran Akmal top-scored with 74 for Pakistan today in a total of 294-8. Stuart Broad helped to slow the run rate with four wickets after the visitors made a quick start.

In response, Strauss and Jonathan Trott, with 53 runs, shared a 146-run partnership for England’s second wicket. Strauss finally departed in the 45th over, trapped lbw by Saeed Ajmal.

All-rounder Tim Bresnan hit the winning run, with England finishing on 295-6.