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Pietersen’s Century Lifts England to One-Day Sweep of Pakistan

Kevin Pietersen’s second straight century led England to a 4-0 sweep of Pakistan in their one-day international cricket series.

Pietersen struck a career-best 130 in Dubai yesterday as England made 241-6 chasing the victory target of 238 to complete a four-wicket win. He got out with England two runs short of victory before Tim Bresnan won the match with a boundary with four balls to spare.

Pietersen became the second England batsman, following captain Alastair Cook, to hit back-to-back centuries as their team won all the matches of a one-day international series against Pakistan for the first time since 1987.

“Four-nil is a pretty special end to a what’s been good series for us,” Pietersen, who scored 111 on Feb. 18, said at the presentation ceremony.

The series sweep lifted England above Pakistan into fifth place in the International Cricket Council’s one-day rankings. Pakistan won all three Test matches between the teams, who will now play three Twenty20 games.

Pakistan, which won the toss yesterday, got half centuries from Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali to reach 237 all out from its 50 overs. Jade Dernbach was England’s best bowler with 4-45 and Danny Briggs took 2-39 in his ODI debut for the national team.

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