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Gul and Razzaq lead Pakistan charge Published: 20 September 2010

Umar Gul's bowling and Abdul Razzaq's batting lead Pakistan to a thrilling NatWest One Day International win under the floodlights at Lord's - levelling the series at 2-2 with one match to play.

Bludgeoning batting from Razzaq in the final few overs of Pakistan's innings coupled with some brilliant swing bowling by Umar Gul gave Pakistan a comfortable 38-run win. They have moved from 2-0 down in the series to level things up at 2-2 heading to the Rose Bowl.

Pakistan won the toss and skipper Shahid Afridi opted to bat first on a beautiful September day at Lord's.

Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez scored steadily and, despite a good, nagging line from Tim Bresnan and James Anderson, survived relatively chance-free.

Stuart Broad finally made the breakthrough, whizzing down a short-pitched, bouncing delivery which climbed on Kamran who just looped a catch to Andrew Strauss.

Swann swoops in

England turned to spin, with Michael Yardy and Graeme Swann, in the middle overs. It was England's player-of-the-year (and contender for the ICC award) Swann who brought England back into the match.

Two wickets in two overs removed Asad and Yousuf leaving Pakistan 94-3.

Hafeez remained as the bedrock of the Pakistan innings, completing a doubty half century before he too fell to Swann.

With Afridi then at the crease the volume level at Lord's crept up a notch. The Pakistan skipper entertained the crowd, launching one ball from Swann onto the second tier of the Pavilion for six.

A flurry of boundaries followed as Afridi batted in the only way he knows how, the manner which earned him his famous 'Boom Boom' nickname. He picked up one ball from Bresnan for another imperious six and the Pakistan fans were in full voice.

Almost inevitably Afridi eventually hit himself out but not before he'd added 37 runs to the total.

That brought out Abdul Razzaq - who proceeded to do the almost impossible - upstaging his captain.

Razzaq ended unbeaten on 44 from just 20 deliveries hitting eight fours and a six in the final two overs of the match to move Pakistan's total from the 'tricky' into 'tough' to chase territory.

England's rapid reply

Andrew Strauss and Steven Davies set about chasing the target in quick-fire fashion. They smashed 14 boundary fours in the first ten overs as they raced to 73-0.

Afridi tried in vain to stem the flow of runs, rotating his bowlers with increasing frequency.

Then, shortly after Strauss completed his fifty, Davies fell, one run short of his own half century.

At the half-way point England still looked well set. Afridi brought himself on to bowl and got a stroke of luck - literally - Trott playing on. Strauss followed in the next over and once again Pakistan and their fans were bouncing.

Ian Bell could not continue his good form from the Clydesdale Bank 40 Final and Paul Collingwood could not find the form which appears to have deserted him of late.

England wobbled from 113 without loss to 205-7 leaving Eoin Morgan as their only recognised batsman with more than 60 runs still required from 8.4 overs.

Morgan attempted to force the pace of the run-chase but holed out to Mohammad Yousuf from the bowling of veteran Shoaib Akhtar.

With Gul delivering a magnificent spell from the Pavilion End England's tail end struggled and then succumbed. Gul took all three of the remaining wickets to end with 4-32 - his second match-winning contribution in as many ODIs.

Both sides head to the Rose Bowl with all to play for in this bewitching and at times bewildering series.



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