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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 November 2005, 10:01 GMT
Bowlers seal unlikely England win
Tour match, Rawalpindi, final day (tea): England 256-9d & 112 beat PCB Patron's XI 211 & 105 by 52 runs

Liam Plunkett
Plunkett took 7-57 in the match

A remarkable turnaround led by bowlers Ashley Giles and Liam Plunkett saw England beat a Patron's XI by 52 runs in the Pakistan tour match.

Needing just 158 to win, the Rawalpindi side had been 50 without loss but slumped to 105 all out.

Spinner Giles took 4-39 off 11 overs while paceman Plunkett recorded figures of 4-16 off seven overs.

England had earlier been bowled out for 112, adding 73 to their overnight 39-6 as all-rounder Yasir Arafat took 5-31.

The tourists suffered an immediate setback at the start of play when seamer Arafat, who spent the last two summers playing for the Scottish Saltires, had Ian Bell lbw for one as he shuffled across the crease.

Paul Collingwood and Marcus Trescothick stopped the rot with a stand of 56, but the end of their innings was swift once Collingwood had been bowled by Najaf Shah for 34.

Giles, back on the field after a stomach upset, was bowled by Arafat for a second ball duck and number 11 Matthew Hoggard also failed to score as he edged a catch to Ashar Zaidi at slip.

It left Trescothick unbeaten on 38, his second not out of the game following his 124 on the opening day.

Hoggard and James Anderson shared the new ball as the Patron's XI began their reply but were unable to achieve a breakthrough as Zaidi and Hameed played out five overs before the interval.

Skipper Michael Vaughan wasted no time in giving Giles his first bowl of the game following the re-start, but his first three overs cost 18 as the home side continued their progress towards victory.

However he made the breakthrough with successive deliveries, dismissing opener Yasir Hameed for 30 and Bazi Khan lbw for nought.

Plunkett then got rid of opener Ashar Zaidi for 26, Asim Kamal for a duck and Faisal Iqbal for two.

Giles struck twice again in an over and Plunkett took two more to take his tally for the match to 7-57.

Spinner Shaun Udal wrapped up England's win, taking the last two wickets of Arafat and Zulqarnain Haider.

England have another warm-up game before the first Test, which starts at Multan on 12 November.


England: M Vaughan (capt), A Strauss, M Trescothick, I Bell, K Pietersen, G Jones (wkt), A Giles, A Loudon, S Udal, L Plunkett, M Hoggard, P Collingwood, M Prior (wkt), J Anderson.

Pakistan Cricket Board Patron's XI: Asher Zaidi, Yasir Hameed, Bazid Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asim Kamal, Faisal Iqbal, Imran Tahir, Yasir Arafat, Zulqarnain, Mohammad Irshad, Arshad Khan, Mohammad Asif, Najaf Shah, Shehzad Malik.


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