Series win delights Cook

Victorious skipper showers team-mates with praise after series win

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Series win delights Cook

Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook put on 170 for the first wicket in Dubai

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Alastair Cook hailed an "outstanding" all-round performance as England clinched the one-day series with a nine-wicket triumph over Pakistan in Dubai.

After restricting Pakistan to just 222 all out, England raced into an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series thanks to an unbeaten century from Kevin Pietersen (111 not out) and another significant contribution from captain Cook (80).

Pietersen hit the winning runs with 76 balls to spare, and Cook, who shared a 170-run opening stand with the right-hander, said: "It was a great start. When you chase a lowish total, if you get a good start you are always ahead of the eight ball. It was nice to put a match-wining partnership together at the top.

"Our bowlers were outstanding, we may have been slow to start with but to keep them to 220 on that wicket was a fantastic effort.

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"I thought everybody contributed with the ball, 220 was quite a long way below par."

And Cook promised there would be no let up from his players in the final match of the series on Tuesday as England look to avenge their 3-0 whitewash in the Test series.

"We'll obviously enjoy it tonight, winning the series, but we've come here to win every game in the series and hopefully we can come back here in three days' time and put in a really good performance again," he said.

Man-of-the-match Pietersen was also keen to highlight the team's victory over his own personal success.

He said: "Most importantly we're 3-0 up in a four-match series, so it's a series win for England away from home."

He added of his ton: "It was nice to get some (runs), I said yesterday that I'm not at a stage where I don't know where my next run is coming from, I'm just getting out in silly little ways.

"I'm always getting starts and then getting myself out, so with a little bit of fortune I was lucky enough to get to three figures today."

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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq wants his side to put this result behind them and now turn their focus to getting something out of the final match of the series.

He said: "We will go there, stick together and come back fresh, just think about the coming game and forget about what happened in this game."

He added: "Full credit to the England team, the way they are performing, their seamers are really bowling well and putting us under pressure, restricting us.

"And it was a wonderful performance by their batsman.

"One thing we can improve on is we can bat better than this and then try and set a good target and give our bowling a chance."

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