Eng overwhelm Pak by 67 runs in WC warm-up

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Published: Saturday, February 19, 2011, 9:55 [IST]
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Eng overwhelm Pak by 67 runs in warm-up

Chasing England's sizable 273, Pakistan never really looked like they were in with a chance, losing wickets frequently. Stuart Broad picked up 5/25 to shoot out the opposition for 206. Pakistan's Younis Khan was the lone figure of defiance, striking a masterful 80.

Pakistan's innings began on shambolic note. Broad struck in just the second over to have Mohammad Hafeez caught by captain Andrew Strauss for a duck. The pace bowler then removed Kamran Akmal for 18 and Umar Akmal for 2 in subsequent overs, to reduce Pakistan to 34/3 in 9.5 overs.

Younis Khan was then able to strike up something of a partnership with Asad Shafiq, before Paul Collingwood cleaned up the latter for 12. Pakistan had fallen further into trouble 74/4 in 19.4 overs. Then Ahmed Shehzad joined forces with Younis to take their side over 100. The two pressed on for a while, before Shehzad was bowled by James Anderson for 26. But after Misbah-ul-Haq went with the score at 169/6, it seemed like England was well and truly on top.

Younis tried to hold fort and build partnerships with the few remaining batsmen, but the last four could only manage to put on 25 runs between them, with Younis also perishing by the way-side for 80 off 101 balls. Pakistan were bowled out for 206 in 46.1 overs.

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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