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Record stand inspires England T20 win against Pakistan

First Twenty20 international, Dubai:
England 130-3 (18.3 ovs) bt Pakistan 129-8 (20 ovs) by seven wkts
Match scorecard

By Jamie Lillywhite

Eoin Morgan
Morgan underlined his potential at the highest level with some sparkling shots

An unbroken stand of 112 between Eoin Morgan and Kevin Pietersen saw England beat world champions Pakistan by seven wickets in the Twenty20 international.

Pakistan were limited to 11 fours and two sixes in 129-8, Stuart Broad taking 2-23 and holding three fine catches.

England slipped to 18-3 in the fifth over but the fourth-wicket pair shared their team's highest T20 partnership.

Pietersen made 43 and Morgan ended the match with a six in 67 from 51 balls as England won with nine deliveries left.

It was a superb display from England, having been beaten by their second-string Lions team on Wednesday.

The ultra-modern 25,000-seater stadium in Dubai is a superb venue for Pakistan whilst they are unable to play in their homeland because of security fears, but the pitch did not appear to be to their liking as the match began in twilight at 1800 local time.

They had made 161-8 against New Zealand, the highest Twenty20 total at the ground, with the average at 140, but 129-8 was their second lowest total in the shortest format.

This may have been more because of the new-look line-up, however, featuring only five of the victorious World Twenty20 team at Lord's eight months ago.

And England were also excellent in the field, and after two accurate overs combined with swing from Ryan Sidebottom, and another steady over from Tim Bresnan, Broad struck with his fourth delivery.

Imran Nazir could never find his touch and there was an air of desperation about his mistimed pull shot at a lifting ball from Broad.


When Bresnan returned, Imran Farhat flicked successive boundaries into the leg side but attempting a quick single to mid-off he underestimated the sprightliness of Pietersen, who threw down the stumps off balance with a superb direct hit.

Pakistan could only muster 25-2 after the six powerplay overs, their lowest in 29 Twenty20 internationals, and after opening with a horrendous delivery that was wide and also a no-ball, Luke Wright added the wicket of Khalid Latif, who snicked a cut to Matt Prior.

By the ninth over only four fours had been hit and soon the fourth wicket fell as Graeme Swann was immediately into the wickets, the dangerous Umar Akmal magnificently caught by Broad diving to his left in Paul Collingwood style at backward point.

Left-hander Fawad Alam cleared the square-leg fielder for the first six of the innings in the 13th over - Collingwood's first - and Malik thumped Wright down the ground then moved across to flick the next ball for four more.

But Swann returned and followed Malik down the leg side which resulted in a simple catch to Collingwood at mid-wicket.

Though Razzaq thumped Broad for a flat six over mid-wicket, the England all-rounder had Alam caught behind cutting a rising ball.

From the final ball of the penultimate over Razzaq departed when he cut a slower bouncer from Bresnan, and Broad's fine match continued with an agile low catch diving forward.

But England's reply looked jittery as Joe Denly - having almost been run out the ball before - chipped tamely to short mid-wicket in the second over and Jonathan Trott chopped on to his stumps five balls later.

Pietersen hit England's first boundary in the third over with a stylish straight drive off Yasir Arafat's slower ball but in the next over Collingwood was run out for a duck at the bowler's end, pushing for a second run.

Kevin Pietersen
Pietersen made a timely return to form with a stylish innings

England only mustered 25-3 from the powerplay overs - also their worst - but instead of crumbling, the fourth-wicket partnership won the match with virtually no risks.

Morgan patiently consolidated with Pietersen and though only two fours had been scored in reaching the halfway point, 50-3 was fractionally ahead of Pakistan's 48-4 at the same stage.

Morgan recorded the fifty partnership in style from the final ball of the 11th over with a flick off Umar Gul for six.

Pietersen, who averaged only 25 in the Test series in South Africa on his comeback from ankle surgery, soon began to look at his imperious best, able to adjust to a quicker ball from spinner Malik and flick through mid-wicket for four.

Dublin-born left-hander Morgan, who made an unbeaten 85 against South Africa in only his second Twenty20 international in November, took three fours in an over as Razzaq's experiments proved costly.

He brought up the 100 with a ferocious quick-handed pull for four off Gul as the runs moved below the balls remaining and in the same over a classical straight drive over the bowler's head raced away for four more.

His most anxious moment came in reaching 50 when he just scampered home for a second run, but having been on 14 in the 12th over, his final 53 runs were scored from just 29 balls.

The century stand came from 83 deliveries as the match ended with two fours and a six from Morgan off Gul, and Pakistan will be hoping Shahid Afridi can inspire them to better things when he returns from suspension for Saturday's second match.

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