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Cricket World Cup: Broad fires England past Pakistan

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
Dates: 19 February-2 April Venues: India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
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Stuart Broad
Broad has taken ten wickets in England's two warm-up matches

By Sam Sheringham

Stuart Broad claimed his second straight five-wicket haul as England beat Pakistan by 67 runs in their final warm-up match before the World Cup.

Kevin Pietersen justified his shift to the top of the order with a fluent 66 and Paul Collingwood weighed in with 65 as England made 273 all out.

Then Broad continued his impressive return from injury with 5-25 as Pakistan were dismissed for 206.

England begin their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on Tuesday.

England will take great encouragement from another fine performance from Broad, following on from his five wickets against Canada on Wednesday in his first action since suffering an abdominal muscle tear in the second Ashes Test in December.

Another positive was the impressive display from Collingwood, who has not scored a half-century in his last 11 one-day international innings.

England back to 'full-strength' - Strauss

But coach Andy Flower and captain Andrew Strauss will probably take greatest satisfaction from Pietersen's innings, which went a long way towards vindicating their decision to use him as an opener for the World Cup.

Forced to shoulder extra responsibility after the early dismissals of Strauss (5) and Jonathan Trott (9), Pietersen responded with an innings of class and authority, which launched England towards a healthy total.

Pietersen dominated a stand of 70 with Ian Bell, reaching his 50 with a six over long-on off the bowling of off-spinner Saeed Ajmal.

Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman proved Pietersen's undoing, the batsman getting stumped after advancing down the track and mis-reading a turning delivery.

Bell (39) spent some useful time in the middle before he was stumped off Ajmal when he missed an attempt to chip runs on the leg side.

Then came an encouraging stand of 82 between Collingwood and Ravi Bopara, who made 35 off 39 balls to lift his chances of a place in England's line-up for the tournament.

Collingwood's innings was equally timely, featuring only three boundaries but plenty of intelligent shot placement.

After Bopara holed out at long-on, Collingwood and Matt Prior kept the tempo high until a late flurry of five wickets for 12 runs as Wahab Riaz finished with 3-52.

Pakistan, facing England for the first time since last summer's spot-fixing scandal, were soon in disarray at 34-3 as Broad picked up where he left off against the Canadians with a devastating new ball burst.

He had Mohammad Hafeez neatly caught at first slip by Strauss, then had Kamran Akmal pinned lbw on off-stump and Umar Akmal bowled by a ball that kept low.

Younis Khan rebuilt the innings with a patient half-century but he was let down by his team-mates as no other player made more than 26.

Collingwood showed how effective his military medium can be on the slow pitches of the subcontinent with the wickets of Asad Shafiq, captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Rehman, while James Anderson bowled Ahmed Shehzad.

Broad had Younis caught behind for 80 before rounding off the match with the wicket of Riaz.

England stalwart Collingwood, who announced his retirement from Test cricket after the Ashes, was relieved to score his first fifty for three months.

"It's been quite a frustrating few months for me, not being able to contribute as much as I would have liked," the 34-year-old said.

"Even though it was a warm-up game, I thought it was important I spent some time in the middle and tried to get that confidence going again - and thankfully, it worked out well.

"When it goes on for a while, you start to look for all sorts of reasons - technique, everything, but in the end, you've just got to keep working, know it's still there and it will eventually come right.

"It wasn't all about England versus Pakistan; it was about putting in a good performance and trying to win the game. I thought we went out and did that very well."



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see also
Broad stars but England struggle
16 Feb 11 |  England
England tour ends in heavy defeat
06 Feb 11 |  England
Pakistan board backs players' ban
07 Feb 11 |  Pakistan
Long bans for Pakistan cricketers
05 Feb 11 |  Pakistan
Cricket World Cup warm-up matches
16 Feb 11 |  Cricket
Cricket World Cup 2011 squads
19 Jan 11 |  Cricket


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