England thump pakistan to book super eight berth

Published: Monday, June 8, 2009, 9:15 [IST]
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England bounce back to pip Pakistan

Oval: England made it through to the Super Eights of the World Twenty20 with a 48-run win over Pakistan at the Oval here on Sunday.

A disciplined display in the field restricted Pakistan to 137-7, despite a valiant batting effort from skipper Younus Khan.

Batting first , England had made a challenging total of 185-5 in their allotted twenty overs.

England was on the verge of an early exit from the tournament after their shocking defeat against Netherlands on the opening match of the tournament. Sunday's victory against Pakistan ensured England a place in the super eight as they have a better run rate than the Netherlands.

Pakistan, finalists at the inaugural World Twenty20 now face a do or die game against Netherlands at Lords on Tuesday.

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen who returned to team after missing their opening game due to an injury top scored the England innings with 58. Pietersen reached his half century off 31 balls.

Pakistan, who chased 186 for victory, were off to a bad as they were reduced to 41 for three at the end of the six-over power play.

Kamran Akmal holed out to Luke Wright at deep mid-wicket before opener Salman Butt exited for 28.


Pace bowler Broad was the hero of the England's attack with three for 17 from three overs.

At the 10-over half-way stage Pakistan were well behind the required run-rate at 63 for three.

Pakistan was struggling top keep up with the asking rate, crawling, by Twenty20 standards, at run-a-ball, scoring 63/3 after 10 overs.

And by the time the hard-hitting Shahid Afridi reached the crease they were 87 for four in the 13th over.

Afridi could only add only five runs to the score boad before he skied off-spinner Graeme Swann to substitute fielder and former Irish cricketing star Eoin Morgan in the deep.

Pakistan's innings finished on 137 for seven with captain Younus Khan stranded on 46 not out.


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