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St. Lucia:  West Indies faced almost certain exit from the Twenty20 World Cup after making just 105 all out against Australia in their final Super Eights match in St Lucia on Tuesday.

Australia and Sri Lanka will qualify from the group unless West Indies produce a highly unlikely turnaround after the break.

A passionate capacity crowd at Beausejour Stadium were hoping for a real fight from the home side but they crumbled after skipper Chris Gayle was clean bowled by Dirk Nannes with the third delivery of the game.

Shivnarine Chanderpau and Ramnaresh Sarwan put on 34, the highest partnership in the innings, but even though Sarwan stuck around it was largely to witness wickets tumbling at the other end.

Brief scores:

West Indies: 105, 19 overs (S Smith 3-20)

Australia: 109-4, 16.2 overs

Australia won by six wickets.

St. Lucia: Sir Lanka won the sensational but terrific match against India by 5 wickets. Sir Lanka needed 3 runs from last ball but Chamara Kapugedara struck a SIX at the last ball.


India won the toss and chose to bat first.

Indian Innings:

Dinesh Karthik and Gautam Gambhir were the opening batsman from India.

Both the batsman gave a god start to India. But at score 30, Dinesh got out at the beautiful ball of Lasith Malinga, also the catch was caught by ‘Malinga’ himself. Dinesh scored 13 runs of 12 [2 ‘Fours’].

The next batsman was Suresh Raina, both Gambhir and Raina started building a solid partnership. They pushed the score of India from 30 to 96, but at 96 the India shocked, because Gambhir was gone, he played a good innings for India and succeeded to score 41 runs of 32 balls [3 ‘Fours].

The next man in was Dhoni {Captain of India}, they both wanted a solid partnership but after adding a little score, India received a severe attack, as the danger man Raina was got out at the ball of Thilan Thushara, while the catch was caught by Mahela Jayawardene. Raina scored 63 runs from 47 balls [7 ‘Fours’ & 1 ‘Six’].

Yuvraj Singh took the guard but failed to maintain himself and just got out at the ball of Thilan Thushara, while the catch was caught by Mahela Jayawardene. He scored a 1 run from 2 balls.

Yusuf Pathan was the next batsman from India and there were two over left behind. Both Dhoni and Pathan tried there best to score above 160 and were succeeded. At the last ball of the Indian Innings, Pathan got out at the ball of Thilan Thushara, while the catch was caught by Chamara Kapugedara. He scored 13 runs of 9 balls [2 ‘Fours’]. While Dhoni remained not-out, he scored 23 runs from 19 balls for India [1 ‘Six’].

At last, India scored 163 runs after loosing 5 wickets in 20 overs.

Extras: (b1, lb1, w6, nb1).

Sir Lanka Innings:

Mahela Jayawardene and Sanath Jayasuria were the openers from the side of Sir Lanka.

Sir Lanka wanted a good start but the openers disappointed them, as Jayawardene got out in the first over at the score of 4 and Jayasuria got out in the third over, just after two runs, at the score of 6. Wicket of Jayawadene was caught by Ashish Nehra and wicket of Jayasuria was caught out by Vinay Kumar.

Dilshan and Sangakara were on the crease, they started building a strong partnership, several beautiful shots were seen in this part of game. But at the score of 49, Dilshan said ‘Good-Bye’ to the ground, he was the victim of Yusuf Pathan, while the catch was caught by Yuvraj Singh. He managed to score 33 runs from 26 balls [5 ‘Fours’].

The next batsman was Angelo Mathews, he started working with Sangakara, both played a very beautiful innings and they also got 50 of their partnership. Indian Captain Dhoni was really worried about this partnership.

At the score of 105 runs, Sangakara was bold by Vinay Kumar, he played a spectacular innings and succeeded to score 46 runs from 33 balls [2 ‘Fours’ & 3 ‘Sixes’]. Still 5.2 overs were behind.

Sir Lanka was in trouble, Chamara Kapugedara, Indians were looking happy at this moment. But their problems once again started when he started scoring runs. Both Chamara and Mathews got 50 of their partnership, India was kicked out, because the score of Sir Lanka was reached above 143. Both batsman were playing extra-ordinary cricket, but at the second last ball of the Sir Lanka innings, Mathews got run-out by the Ashish, he felt sad because he was out at the second last ball when their score was 161.

There were West Indies team also watching the tight match between Sir Lanka and India, they were also very feeling suspense. Sir Lanka needed 3 runs of just 1 ball, which was to be bowled by Ashish Nehra, Indian team was discussing. The new batsman in was Thissara Perera, he was at the non-striker end.

Kapugedara was with batt & Ashish was with ball, the whole ground was sinked in the suspense and thrill. Ashish placed the ball but Kapugedara made a good contact of the batt with ball and it was gone for ‘SIX’.

Situation of the ground after the win of Sir Lanka:

The whole team of Sir Lanka jumped into the ground from the dressing room and treated the Kapugedara with the word ‘Thank You’, ‘Congrats’, ‘You were Superb’ and many more.

West Indies team was looking sad at the moment because there chances of reaching into the Semi-Final were minimized by Sir Lanka.

India and its fan were thinking deep and were feeling sad because there team was eliminated from the T20 World Cup.

Man Of The Match:

The man-of-the-match award went directly to Angelo Mathews for playing wonderful innings of 46 runs from 37 balls, including 3 ‘Fours’ and 2 ‘Sixes’, at the time when Sir Lanka was thirsty for such an innings.

Chances of Sir Lanka for reaching into Semi-Finals:

If West Indies will loose the game against Australia, then Sir Lanka will qualify for Semi-Final.

Chances of West Indies for reaching into Semi-Finals:

If WI bat first then, WI have to beat AUS by 24 runs or more for qualifying Semi-Finals.
If WI bowl first then, WI have to complete the score in 17 overs for qualifying Semi-Finals.

Chances of India for reaching into Semi-Finals:

All chances of India are over, its time for India to leave caribbean Caribbean.

St. Lucia: England eliminated New Zealand by 3 wickets, while helped Pakistan to reach in the Semi-Finals.

England’s cricketers maintained their impressive momentum with their third win in three Super Eight fixtures, as New Zealand were out-muscled in their must-win Group E finale in St Lucia, and sent packing from the tournament by a three-wicket defeat that was more emphatic than the final margin suggested. Chasing 150 for victory after another disciplined bowling display led by Tim Bresnan, England were able to overcome a mid-innings wobble and a late clatter of wickets to coast to victory with five balls to spare, as Bresnan put the seal on a fine day’s work with 23 not out from 11 balls.

Thanks to Pakistan’s earlier victory over South Africa, England’s progress was assured before the match began, but for New Zealand, the stakes were utterly black-and-white. A victory would have propelled them into the semi-finals, but anything less would allow the defending champions, Pakistan, to come from nowhere in the Group and leap into the final four. In the end, that is exactly what transpired, as England’s superbly balanced outfit made light of the absence of Kevin Pietersen to turn in a thoroughly professional victory.

As has become the norm for this tournament, England’s openers refused to stand on ceremony as they set off to better New Zealand’s effort of 149 for 6. Craig Kieswetter belted a four and a six in the first over, bowled by Nathan McCullum, before drilling the third ball of Kyle Mills’ spell into the covers to depart for 15, while Michael Lumb took a shine to the extra pace of Shane Bond, milking 19 runs from his first two overs, including a brace of leg-side steers, a checked drive for six, and a loose flick that burst through Gareth Hopkins’ webbing as he dived in vain to his left.

At the end of the Powerplay overs, England had hurtled to 57 for 1, compared to New Zealand’s earlier effort of 39 for 1, but not for the first time in this tournament, the introduction of the slower bowlers whipped the momentum out of the innings. Daniel Vettori’s first over had been swiped by Lumb for 11 runs, but he responded brilliantly by taking all pace off the ball, in tandem with Scott Styris’s offcutters, as England stumbled to 66 for 4 after nine.

Styris was the first of the pair to strike, from the fourth delivery of his spell, as Ravi Bopara – standing in for the absent Kevin Pietersen – smashed uppishly into the covers, where Ross Taylor timed his vertical leap to perfection. Three balls later, Vettori suckered Lumb on the sweep with a loopy slower ball that rapped him plumb in front of middle for 32, before Paul Collingwood continued his poor run of form by nurdling another Styris cutter into Brendon McCullum’s midriff at midwicket.

As usual, however, Eoin Morgan found a method to master the conditions, as he slapped Styris one-handed over cow corner for a vast six, while Luke Wright tucked into the extra pace of Ian Butler by spanking two slog-swept fours in consecutive deliveries. Morgan then made room outside off against McCullum to dance into a delightful drive over extra cover, and when McCullum’s third over was shovelled for 13 runs, England were cruising on 117 for 4 with seven overs to come.

Vettori responded by reintroducing Bond’s extra venom, and the change did the trick as Wright immediately holed out to deep square leg to end a fifth-wicket stand of 52 in 38 balls. But Morgan and Bresnan stole a boundary each off the next over to take the asking rate below a run-a-ball, and even when an unlikely collapse revived New Zealand’s morale, the result was never really in doubt. Morgan was well snaffled by a leaping Vettori at midwicket for 40 from 34 balls before Michael Yardy unwisely rifled a drive to long-off, but Bresnan belted Mills through the covers to put the game beyond doubt.

It was a busy day’s work for Bresnan, who earlier set the tone for the performance with 1 for 20 in four constrictive overs. He conceded a solitary run from the first over of the match and bowled Jesse Ryder (9 from 11 balls) with a slower ball in his second, then returned at the death to concede just seven runs from the final over of a New Zealand innings that never quite found a fifth gear.

Brendon McCullum did his best to keep the runs flowing at the top of the order, but after a positive start, the introduction of England’s spinners stymied his attacking options, as Swann and Michael Yardy limited him to a succession of increasingly frustrated sweep shots. Eventually, he stepped out to Swann and aimed a pull over midwicket, but Lumb on the boundary’s edge steadied himself beneath a steepling chance, to send him on his way for 33 from 32 balls.

By this stage, Aaron Redmond – Martin Guptill’s replacement at No. 3 – had already been and gone for 16 from 15 balls, at the end of an eventful over in which Stuart Broad on the midwicket boundary first saved a certain four with a sprawling dive, then watched a meaty six sail clean over his head, and finally pulled off a brilliant low catch which he completed with his legs bent at the knees to prevent them touching the rope as he bounced along the turf.

At 68 for 3 after 11 overs, New Zealand needed a positive response with their tournament life at stake, and that was provided by Styris and Taylor, who added 62 in 41 balls to lift their side towards a competitive total. When Styris crunched the first ball of Sidebottom’s penultimate over for six over long-on, the pressure was on England to keep their heads in the slog overs. But to their credit, they did. Sidebottom responded to that indignity by conceding two runs from the remainder of his over, and one ball later, Styris was gone, as Wright called decisively at deep cover to slide into a well-judged catch (127 for 4).

New Zealand’s keeper, Gareth Hopkins, then lasted just two legitimate deliveries, as he was surprised by a glove-high beamer from the sixth delivery of the same over, before being bowled by the (non free-hit) seventh for 1. Taylor responded with one last six, a baseball slog off Sidebottom, to move to 44, only to fall to the very next delivery, as Bresnan at deep midwicket settled comfortably beneath a skier.

Man Of The Match:

Tim Bresnan was awarded man-of-the-match award.

Chances of New Zealand for reaching into Semi-Final:

All the chances of New Zealand are over, If New Zealand would won this game, then he would qualified for the Semi-Finals, but now he must say ‘Good-Bye’ to the Caribbean.

Teams in Semi-Finals:

England and Pakistan are now moved to Semi-Finals.

St. Lucia: Pakistan won the match by 11 runs and vanishes all the chances of S. Africa for reaching into Semi-Finals.

Toss: Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first.

Pakistan Innings:

Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt were the openers from the Pakistani Side. The first wicket down for Pakistan was of the Salman Butt, who got out at the ball of Dale Steyn. He scored 2 runs from 4 balls.

Khalid Latif was the next man in, but he also leaved Kamran Akmal alone at the score of 14. He scored 7 runs of 9 balls {1 ‘Four’}. His catch was caught by Dale Steyn at the ball of Jacques Kallis.

Muhammad Hafeez took guard, but after just 4 runs, he got LBW out at the ball of Charl Langeveldt. He scored just 1 run on 5 balls.

Pakistan was in very bad situation, 3 batsmen were gone for just 18 runs. Then Umar Akmal entered into the ground, Pakistan was seeking a good partnership between these brothers at that time, Both Akmal brothers played really very well.

At the score of 69, Kamran Akmal leaved his brother alone. He played a great innings and succeeded in scoring 37 runs from 33 balls {3 ‘Fours’ & 2 ‘Sixes’}. He got out at the ball of Roelof van der Merwe.

Captain of Pakistan Shahid Afridi entered for helping Umer Akmal in scoring runs. Afridi was not good through this tournament. Both Umer and Afridi start playing some interesting, beautiful and magnificent shots, the spectators were loving to watch theses shots. This partnership was really frustrating the S. Africans bowlers. The partnership was now above 50.

Umer Akmal played a beautiful shot, which was a huge ‘Six’, here the Umer completed his 50, just in the next over, Umer tried to smashed the bowler hard but failed to do that, and he was caught out at the ball of Charl Langeveldt. He played a wonderful and startling innings, he succeeded to score 51 runs from 33 balls {2 ‘Fours’ & 4 ‘Sixes’}.

The last partnership turned the score of Pakistan from 69 to 130. Another danger man Abdul Razzaq arrived at the crease. Mean while, Afrdi showed his wicket to the Charl Langeveldt but the ball was beaten by him. At the next ball, Afridi again showed him the wicket, this time, he putted a straight delivery and Afridi got bold. Afridi played a terrific innings after so many matches, he scored 30 runs of just 18 ball {4 ‘Fours’ & 1 ‘Six’}/

Misbah-ul-Haq took guard and entered into the ground in th 17th over, the score was 132 at the moment, but the S. African bowlers want to restrict them before 150 and they succeeded in achieving their point. In the last three overs, there was no boundary seen. Abdul Razzaq scored 11 runs from 10 balls and remained not-out, while Misbah-ul-Haq got out at the third ball of the last over, he was also the victim of Charl Langeveldt. He scored 3 runs of 7 balls. The score was 143 at the moment.

Abdul Rehman entered to play the last three balls, he scored two at 1 ball and remained not-out.

Pakistan succeeded to score 148/7 in 20 overs after a very bad start.

Extras: (b 0, lb 1, w 3, nb 0)

South African Innings:

Pakistan had an early wicket when Herschelle Gibbs (three) was caught at mid-on by Misbah-ul-Haq off all-rounder Abdul Razzaq.

It looked as if the batsman was early on the shot, undone by the slower pace of a Beausejour pitch slower than the one South Africa had grown used to in Barbados.

South Africa were now 12 for one and that became 23 for two when left-handed opener Smith chipped spinner Abdur Rehman to Afridi at mid-off.

Jacques Kallis was caught in the deep off Ajmal for 22 and Rehman struck again to get rid of JP Duminy after Umar Akmal, running in from long-on, took a fine catch.

De Villiers though was still there.

But his 53 off 41 balls came to an end when he tried to play an audacious scoop shot off Ajmal and skied a simple catch to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal to leave the Proteas 101 for five.

South Africa, who needed 51 off the last five overs, then saw the experienced Mark Boucher lbw to Ajmal for 12.

They eventually got the target down to 17 off the last over, from Ajmal.

Three singles followed before Johan Botha was stumped and that left South Africa needing an impossible 14 runs off two balls.

Extras: (b 0, lb 1, w 2, nb 0)

Man Of The Match:

Umar Akmal was awarded the man-of-the-match award. He said that: “There was no pressure on me. I just played my positive game. The wicket was good and the ball went where I wanted it to go.”

Words of Captain of Pakistani Team (The Winning Team) Shahid Afridi: “The boys really performed very well. I have already started praying that England should win the next game!”

Words of Captain of South African Team (The Loosing Team) Graeme Smith: “We are very, very disappointed. We struggled with the bat. We lacked the fluency and positivity… it has been the story of the tournament. This team is too talented to be playing this way.”

Chances Of Pakistan for reaching in the Semi-Finals:

If England will beat New Zealand then Pakistan will be in the Semi-Final.

Chances of S. Africa for reaching in the Semi-Finals:

All the chances of S. Africa are over, now S. Africa have to leave West Indies.

Captain Chris Gayle cracked 98 off 66 balls Sunday to inspire the West Indies to a 14-run victory over India in a Super Eights match at the World Twenty20.

The left-handed opener blasted five fours and seven sixes to anchor the hosts to 169-6 off 20 overs at Kensington Oval. India’s pursuit was wrecked by the loss of early wickets and finished on 155-9.

Pace ace Kemar Roach took 2-38 while every other home bowler claimed one wicket.

Suresh Raina topscored for India with 32 off 25 balls.

The loss was India’s second in the Super Eight phase and severely damaged its hopes of qualifying for the semifinals.

“In the tournament, the batting hasn’t been up to expectations,” India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.

After winning the toss, India was on the back foot from the time Gayle dominated an opening stand of 80 off 11.5 overs with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who compiled 23 off 29 balls.

The powerful Jamaican began circumspectly before unleashing his power game, to the delight of a sell-out crowd of 13,000.

Gayle benefited from one chance, on 46, when wicket-keeper Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan collided trying to haul in a skier off Ashish Nehra.

After Chanderpaul departed, all-rounders Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard maintained the tempo with quick cameos in the closing overs.

Sammy’s 19 off 10 deliveries included two fours and a six while Pollard cleared the rope twice on his way to 17 off 11 balls.

Nehra grabbed 3-35, including two wickets in a brilliant final over.

India found the bouncy pitch and aggressive West Indies pace attack difficult to contend with and slipped to 38-3 in the eighth over.

Murali Vijay pulled to deep square leg off Darren Sammy, Gautam Gambhir fended a wicked lifter off Roach and Rohit Sharma fell to Kieron Pollard.

Flickers of hope were provided by Raina and Dhoni, who scored 29 off 18 balls, but the hosts held on comfortably.

Chances of India for reaching into Semi-Finals:

If Sri Lanka beat Australia in Saturday’s second Super Eights match at Kensington, India will be out even before their final second round game.

But if Australia win, India will still have a shot at reaching the semi-finals.

However, India will have to beat Sri Lanka in St Lucia on Tuesday and then hope both for an Australia win over the West Indies and that their own run-rate is better than that of Gayle’s side.

Barbados: Australia ruined India and won the match by 49 Wickets.

Barring the toss, which Mahendra Singh Dhoni won and opted to field, nothing went right for India today and the Australian team, under Michael Clarke, made a statement that they are determined to win the only major trophy missing in their cupboard.

Put into bat, Australia rode on the blistering 104-run stand provided by openers David Warner (72) and Shane Watson (54) in 10-odd overs to post a commanding 184 for five even though they looked good for the 200-mark.

The misery of India’s chase could be gauged from the fact that barring Rohit (78 not out), none of India’s top eight batsmen could reach double digit score and they eventually collapsed in 17.4 overs for a meagre 135.

Rohit waged a grim battle with an unbeaten 45-ball knock, scoring nearly 60 percent of the team’s total with the help of four fours and six sixes but his single-handed effort could only delay the inevitable.

Harbhajan Singh (13) was the only other Indian batsman to reach double digit.

For Australia, Dirk Nannes (3/25) and Shaun Tait (3/21) led India’s rout.

Murali Vijay (2), who has struggled against the short rising ball, meekly chipped Nannes to Cameron White at backward point to begin the exodus and soon Gautam Gambhir (9) top-edged a pull off Nannes to Michael Hussey as India lost both the openers inside three overs.

Suresh Raina, who had made a rollicking 101 against South Africa, fell in similar fashion to Tait and when Nannes castled Yuvraj Singh with a dipping yorker, the writing was on the wall for India.

At 23 for four, India were staring at defeat and they were eased out of their agony as the Aussies fired on all cylinders to complete the kill in the 18th over.

Rohit waged a valiant battle but the war had already been long won by the green and gold-clad Aussie legion.

Earlier, Shane Watson and David Warner bludgeoned the Indian attack into submission to guide Australia to 184 for five at the Kensington Oval.

The awesome openers set the stands on fire with a plethora of sixes, while posting a powerful 104 runs for the first wicket in 10.5 overs.

Watson struck six sixes in his 32-ball 54 while the stocky Warner did one better — hit seven sixes — in his breezy 42-ball 72.

There were as many 16 sixes in the Australian onslaught, with David Hussey (35 off 22 balls,2×6) and Brad Haddin (one six) continuing what Watson and Warner had begun.

Among the Indian bowlers, Harbhajan Singh (4-1-15-0) had been at his constricting best, tying down the dangerous Watson in his crease, even bowling a maiden in the first over the innings.

Ravindra Jadeja, however, undid all the good work, conceding as many as 38 runs in his two overs.

Watson smashed the 21-year-old for three successive sixes in his first over. Warner struck three in his second to ensure India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not turn back to the promising left-arm tweaker.

India could do little but watch in desperation as Watson and Warner cleared the pickets with effortless ease. In fact, the ground seemed too small for the power-hitting, There were a couple of times when the twosome cleared the roof.

It was good fortune for India that Watson perished in the 11th over and Warner demised in the 14th. The kind of form they were in, they could have possibly produced 200 runs for the first wicket, had they been at the wicket till the end of
the innings.

Yusuf Pathan produced the breakthrough, castling Watson as he made room to smash the ball. Then Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra produced four wickets in the death overs to check the rampaging Aussies in their tracks.

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.