Eng post 273 vs Pak in WC warm-up

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Published: Friday, February 18, 2011, 17:56 [IST]
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Eng post 273 vs Pak in WC warm-up

Being put into bat by Pakistan, England didn't get off to a good start. In just the third over, Shoaib Akhtar cleaned up English captain Andrew Strauss for 5 off 12 balls. Kevin Pietersen tried to counter-attack with a couple of meaty blows off new-coming speedster Junaid Khan. But a short while later there was trouble at the other end. Khan bowled Jonathan Trott for 9 off 18 and England were 37/2 in 9.4 overs.

Then Pietersen and Ian Bell took their side past 50 in the 12th over. The batting duo kept pummeling away for ones and twos. In the 20th over, Pietersen took a four off Wahab Raiz to bring up his half-century as England moved onto 94/2. Then Pietersen took a single off slow left armer Abdur Rehman to bring up his team's 100 in the 22nd over. At the half-way point in their innings, England were 115/2. But just 5 runs later, Abdur Rehman has Pietersen stumped for 66 off 75 balls.

Saeed Ajmal removed Bell in a similar manner a short while later as England slipped to 134/4 in 30.1 overs. Then Paul Colingwood and Ravi Bopara tried to stage a revival, taking their side past 150 in the 34th over. They were able to counter the spin and pace of the Pakistani bowlers with relative ease from then on, bringing up England's 200 in the 40th over.

Ajmal struck in the 43rd over to remove Bopara for a quick-fire 35 as England's score read 216/5. Then Collingwood and a swashbuckling Matt Prior took their side past 250 in the 47th over.

But at the end of the over, Wahab Riaz trapped Collingwood in front for 65 off 73 balls, before he along with Junaid Khan polished off the tail in 49.4 overs. England still managed to post a competitive 273.

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