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Cook's ton helps England to victory

Paceman Steven Finn took a career-best 4-34 and Alastair Cook hit his highest score to help England beat Pakistan in a fortune-turning 130-run win in the first day-night international here on yesterday.


England skipper Alastair Cook celebrates his ton against Pakistan
yesterday. Pic/AFP


Finn, left to serve drinks during England's 3-0 defeat in the preceding Tests, destroyed Pakistan's batting with four early wickets off 29 balls to dismiss them for 130 in 35 overs after Cook's 137 helped his team to 260-7.

The win gives England a 1-0 win in the four-match series after a disastrous Test series -- their first as world number one in five-day format. Pakistan looked all at sea against Finn who used the wind to move the ball.

Left-arm spinner Samit Patel then further shook Pakistan with the wickets of Misbah-ul Haq (14), Shoaib Malik (seven) and Shahid Afridi (28) to finish with 3-26.

Earlier, Cook hit 14 boundaries during a fluent 142-ball innings and shaped well against Pakistan's spin-dominated attack.

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