Super Eight: England beat Pakistan by 6 wickets.

Posted: May 7, 2010 in T20 World Cup - 2010 West Indies
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Barbados: England won the 1st match of super eight by beating the champion Pakistan by 6 Wickets.

England won the toss and elected to field.

Innings of Pakistan:

Good start by Pakistani batsman as the first wicket got down on 31, the victim was Kamran Akmal (15 runs on 18 balls, while 2 ‘Fours’ and 1 ‘Six’.

English bowlers became curious when the score leads 50, Salman Butt and Mohammad Hafeez batted well. Pakistan recieved another shock on the score of 71, when Salman Butt (34 runs on 26 balls, while 3 ‘Four’ and 1 ‘Six’) caught catch out by Collingwood on the ball of Swann.

Then Umer Akmal entered ito the ground and start batting, after scoring just six runs, Mohammad Hafeez (18 runs of 14 balls, while 2 ‘Four’) got out at the ball of Michael Yardy and caught by Stuart Board.

After that captain of Pakistani team Shahid Afridi took guard and slipped at the next ball due to a wrong call by his partner, Afridi (0 run on 1 ball) got run-out by Luke Wright. This was the big wicket for the England, the all were looking too happy.

Misbah-ul-Haq entered into the ground and start adding to the total of Pakistani team which was 77-4. At the score of 102, Misbah also turned back by leaving Umer at the crease alone at the score of 102, Misbah (13 runs on 14 balls, while 1 ‘Six’) was bowled by Michael Yardy due to beautiful swing.

The next batsman from the Green side was Abdul Razzaq, he tried to hit with his partner but the English bowlers were giving them tough time. Umer Akmal (30 runs on 25 balls, while 2 ‘Fours’ and 1 ‘Six’), after so much struggle, comes to an end at the score of 118, after a beautiful and magnificent catch by Kevin Pietersen at the bowl of Rayan Sidebottom.

Fawad Alam (1 run on 3 balls) took the guard and started helping his partner, but he left him at the score of 120 at the bowl of Stuart Board caught by Crag Kieswetter.

Mohammad Aamer; the rising star of Pakistan, entered into the ground and start adding into the total by his precious singles, but on the other hand Abdul Razzaq (10 runs on 9 balls, while 1 ‘Six’) got out on the delivery of Ryan Sidebottom which was caught by Tim Bresnan at the score of 132.

Mohammad Asif (0 runs on 0 ball) then took the guard and start fighting but Mohammad Aamer (3 runs of 7 balls) after adding three runs say ‘Good Bye’ to the ground at the score of 132.

Saeed Ajmal a talented spinner entered into the field. English bowlers were looking quite good because they restricted the Pakistan at the score of 132 and just a last wicket was remaining, but this is cricket, no one knows that what will happen at the next ball, same phenomenon took place here; Saeed Ajmal (13 runs on 5 balls, while 1 ‘Four’ and 1 ‘Six’) succeeded in scoring 13 runs of just 5 balls. He pushed the score of Pakistan to 147. Beautiful six and Four were added in the total by Saeed in the last over.

So Pakistan managed to score 147/9 in 20 overs after so much trouble.

Innings of England:

148 was not a big target for England n 20 overs having 10 wickets in their hands. Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter were the openers from the English side, where as, Abdul Razzaq from the other side was the attacker appointed.

Beautiful piece of batting was seen by the both openers, while Pakistani felt dissapointed when Saeed Ajmal dropped the catch at Mid-on, the catch was caught by Ajmal but when he tried to throw it up in celebration, he mis-judged the ball and dropped it.

Pakistan put down five catches, with Saeed Ajmal dropping three, in an error strewn display.

Pietersen, who put on 60 for the third wicket with captain Paul Collingwood (16), gave England a scare when he clipped his ankle with his bat on 16 and he was dropped on 34.

n total, Pietersen faced 52 balls with two sixes and eight fours as his side finished on 151 for four in reply to Pakistan’s 148 for nine. England won with three balls to spare in a match their star batsman ended with a boundary, off Ajmal.

“The ankle’s fine,” Pietersen said to the relief of England fans around the ground. “It’s not an easy wicket but our boys bowled really well on it. We need one more victory and hopefully we can get to a semi-final.”

Collingwood added: “Let’s not get too carried away, but we’re delighted with the win and to get some points on the board.

“There are a few areas to improve on, we were a bit sloppy at the end, but I was pleased with how we took the momentum back in the middle of Pakistan’s innings.”

However, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was left reflecting on his team’s mistakes. “You can’t afford to miss opportunities,” he said. “Had we taken the opportunities the match could have turned out differently.”

England had a huge slice of luck early in their reply when in the first over of their innings Craig Kieswetter, on nought, struck Abdul Razzaq straight to mid-on only for Ajmal, who appeared to have caught the ball, to drop it as he tried to throw it up in celebration.

Ajmal then gave left-hander Michael Lumb, on 23, a reprieve, when he dropped another catch hit straight to him. But the spinner did help end a first-wicket stand of 44 when he had Lumb (25) stumped by Kamran Akmal for 25. Kieswetter, like Lumb and Pietersen born in South Africa, also fell for 25, well caught by Umar Akmal at long-on off Razzaq.

Pietersen recovered from his injury to strike Razzaq for two fours in three balls and he was given a life on 34 when a drive off Ajmal was tipped over the boundary for six by Fawad Alam. He completed a 37-ball fifty with a straight six off leg-spinner Afridi.

Upcoming Matches:

Both sides are back in action here on Saturday when Pakistan face New Zealand and England play South Africa.

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