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Craig Kieswetter helps Lions defeat England in warm-up

Twenty20 match, Abu Dhabi:
England Lions 158-5 (20 ov) bt England 157-6 (20 ov) by five wickets
Match scorecard

Craig Kieswetter
Kieswetter tore into the England bowling to fire the Lions to a narrow victory

Craig Kieswetter provided England with another example of his batting prowess with a match-winning knock as the Lions won their Twenty20 match in Abu Dhabi.

The South Africa-born keeper-batsman, who only qualified to play for England this month, hit 81 off 66 balls.

Michael Lumb (58no) then fired 14 off the last over to lead the Lions to 158-5 and a five-wicket victory.

Batting first, Luke Wright (42no) led England to 157-6 as they prepare for two internationals against Pakistan.

It was a below-par effort on a decent batting surface - but it could have been worse after England lost three of their top five for single figures.

Another England hopeful, Adil Rashid, also caught the eye with 3-22, accounting for Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood and Eoin Morgan, as Andy Flower's men slumped to 68-5 off 11.5 overs.


Matt Prior, whose place as England keeper is now under threat from Kieswetter after the Somerset star became eligible for selection, upped the pace with a 22-ball 33, including four fours and a six.

But it was Wright who ensured some level of respectability about the total with a 21-ball knock that featured five fours and two huge sixes.

A score of 157-6 looked inadequate, though, as Lumb and Kieswetter - who was dropped at mid-off on just four by Stuart Broad - tore into the bowlers.

However, when Lumb had to leave the field clutching his face after being struck on the helmet by a Broad bouncer, England finally restored some order, with Andrew Gale, Ian Bell, Michael Carberry and Peter Trego falling cheaply.

Broad was the lynchpin of the attack, taking 1-18 off his four overs but Kieswetter continued to punish the rest before finally giving a catch to Graeme Swann off Ryan Sidebottom.

I like to think I can hit the ball hard but I don't like to see myself as a slogger

Craig Kieswetter

Lumb returned to action for the final few overs, though, and calmly struck two fours off the final two balls to earn the Lions the narrowest of wins.

However, Wright was philosophical in defeat, saying: "Ideally you want to win but we've all got to get rid of a few cobwebs.

"As far as a friendly goes it was brilliant for us because it was a close game. If you come to these games and just win then you don't get a lot out of it.

"There are guys who want to come into this squad and guys who want to keep their place so it was always going to be competitive."

One of those looking to break into the squad, Kieswetter, put his success down to a grounding in hockey, explaining: "I played field hockey when I was younger and that probably comes into the technique a bit.

"Usually I just swing from the hip as hard as I can. I like to think I can hit the ball hard but I don't like to see myself as a slogger.

"In other forms of the game, like 50 overs, I'd like to think I can bat through and help win games."

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Kieswetter stars in Lions victory
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Lions begin with Twenty20 victory
10 Feb 10 |  England
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12 Feb 10 |  England
Warne blasts Strauss Test absence
08 Feb 10 |  England

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