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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 December, 2004, 14:22 GMT
England outclass hapless Zimbabwe
Second one-day international, Harare:
England 263-6 beat Zimbabwe 102 by 161 runs

Kevin Pietersen

England raced to a 2-0 series lead with a comfortable 161-run win over Zimbabwe in Harare.

Chasing 264 to win, the hosts were bundled out for 102 in the 36th over with Alex Wharf (4-24) and Paul Collingwood (3-16) both starring.

England posted 263-6, but needed a record stand of 120 in 85 balls between Kevin Pietersen and Geraint Jones to lift them from 121-5 in the 35th over.

Pietersen struck an unbeaten 77 off 76 deliveries and Jones 66 off 44 balls.

Their partnership surpasses England's previous record for the sixth wicket, 112 between Neil Fairbrother and Adam Hollioake against South Africa in 1998.

It was a first one-day fifty for both Pietersen and Jones, the pair doing the lion's share of the scoring as 123 runs were struck in the last 11 overs.

It was a vastly different scenario at the start of the day, with England struggling for fluency after winning the toss.

Tinashe Panyangara (3-61) had England under pressure from the outset with a succession of brisk leg-cutters.

Michael Vaughan trudges off after being dismissed
Full credit to the Zimbabweans. They put us under a tremendous amount of pressure
Michael Vaughan

The young paceman almost had Vikram Solanki caught in slip in the third over, but the breakthrough came two overs later when Ian Bell drove to point for five.

Michael Vaughan (11) looked far from comfortable, and he had no answer when Panyangara squared him up and trapped him in front of his stumps.

The strikes left England 30-2 in the 11th over, and they were happy to let the game amble along with the exception of a few attractive Solanki boundaries.

He and Andrew Strauss added 64 for the third wicket, but they were parted on the last ball of the 25th over when Solanki was stumped down the leg-side off Prosper Utseya.

It was the start of a poor period for England, who lost three wickets for 27 runs in almost 10 overs.

Strauss was bowled by debutant Gavin Ewing for 33, and Collingwood feathered Stuart Matsikenyeri around his legs to Taibu for seven.

Pietersen should have been out when an abysmal mix-up left him stranded between the wickets, but even poorer fielding gave him a life which he put to devastating use.

The carnage started in the 40th over when a huge Pietersen six over mid-wicket highlighted a Ewing over which cost 19 runs.

An identical shot followed two overs later as Christopher Mpofu was taken for 16 runs, and Jones showed he could keep pace with two of his own maximums, including one that disappeared out of the ground.

Jones perished when going for a third six in the 48th over, but by then the damage was already done and Zimbabwe's spirit broken.

The hosts had no pretensions to chasing down the target, but they were given a good start by the first-wicket's 40-run stand.

Matsikenyeri and Brendan Taylor played confidently to hit Darren Gough out of the attack after four overs, but the introduction of Wharf heralded the end for the hosts.

After James Anderson's initial removal of Matsikenyeri, Wharf ousted three top-order batsmen in two overs - including the recalled Hamilton Masakadza - to leave Zimbabwe 53-4.

Despite the scoreline, England's attack was not firing - they bowled 12 wides in all - but Collingwood injected some welcome discipline.

He gave nothing away in a straight 10-over spell, and his dismissals (all caught) were all products of batsmen frustration.

Only skipper Tatenda Taibu (32) offered resistance, but Zimbabwe were destined for defeat with their last six wickets falling for 24 runs.

Zimbabwe: BRM Taylor, S Matsikenyeri, H Masakadza, DD Ebrahim, MA Vermeulen, T Taibu (capt), E Chigumbura, T Panyangara, P Utseya, GM Ewing, CB Mpofu.

England: V S Solanki, I R Bell, A J Strauss, M P Vaughan (capt), K P Pietersen, P D Collingwood, G O Jones, A F Giles, A G Wharf, D Gough, J M Anderson.

Umpires: DB Hair, RB Tiffin.

Interview: England captain Michael Vaughan

Report: BBC Radio Five Live's Jonathan Agnew

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