England power past Pakistan

Pietersen slams half-century on return as hosts bounce back in grand style

England power past Pakistan

England’s chances of making the Super Eights were hanging by a thread after suffering a humiliating defeat against the Netherlands in their opening match on Friday.

Facing early elimination from their own party, the England top-order responded superbly as the hosts reached 185 for five on being sent in to bat.

Kevin Pietersen made a timely return to the side with a masterly 58 and was well supported by man of the match Luke Wright (34) and Owais Shah (33).

The hosts, riding on a spirited and disciplined performance with the ball and in the field, then restricted the Pakistanis to 137 for seven in their 20 overs at the Oval. Feeling the pressure of chasing a huge total, Pakistan never recovered from a top-order collapse, though skipper Younis Khan held one end up with an unbeaten 46.

Stuart Broad (3/17) did the early damage by dismissing Kamral Akmal and Salman Butt (28) off consecutive deliveries in the sixth over after Dimitri Mascarenhas had got rid off Ahmad Shahzad (4).

Younus and Shoaib Malik (20) put up some resistance and revived the innings with a 46-run partnership but the required run-rate soared over 12 runs per over, and Pakistan were never really in with a chance after that.

Pakistan must now win their next match against The Netherlands on Tuesday to qualify for the next stage.

Earlier, Pietersen made a timely return to the side after Wright set the tone. At one stage, the hosts were heading towards a 200-plus score but Saeed Ajmal’s double strike the 17th over pegged them back.

Wright was tested initially by 17-year-old paceman Mohammad Aamer but responded by hitting him for two fours and a six in his next over.

Wright also laid into Yasir Arafat with consecutive fours before making way for Pietersen, who returned from an Achilles problem to slam a masterly 58 (38b, 5x4, 3x6).
PTI

SCORE BOARD

ENGLAND

Bopara c Malik b Aamer    5
Wright b Gul    34
Pietersen c Gul b Ajmal    58
Shah b Gul    33
Collingwood c Afridi b Ajmal    15
Mascarenhas (not out)    16
Foster (not out)    14
Extras (LB-3, W-4, NB-3)    10     
Total (for 5 wkts, 20 overs)    185
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-62, 3-128, 4-152, 5-156.
Bowling: Arafat 4-0-42-0, Aamer 3-0-31-1, Gul 4-0-37-2, Malik 1-0-13-0, Afridi 4-0-36-0, Ajmal 4-0-23-2.

PAKISTAN

Shehzad c C’wood b M’renhas    4
Butt c Bopara b Broad    28
Akmal c Wright b Broad    6
Malik c Foster b Wright    20
Younis (not out)    46
Afridi c (sub) Morgan b Swann    5
Misbah c (sub) Morgan b A’son    10
Arafat c Wright b Broad    4
Gul (not out)    8
Extras (LB-1, W-5)    6
Total (for 7 wkts, 20 overs)    137
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-41, 3-41, 4-87, 5-102, 6-117, 7-129.
Bowling: Mascarenhas 2-0-14-1, Anderson 4-0-30-1, Broad 3-0-17-3, Rashid 4-0-24-0, Swann 4-0-27-1, Wright 3-0-24-1.

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