England beat Pakistan by 67 runs in final warm-up game

 
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Fatullah, Feb 18 (PTI) Speedster Stuart Broad blew awaythe Pakistan top-order with a five-wicket haul as Englandcomfortably won the final warm-up game by 67 runs at the KhanSaheb Osman Ali Stadium, here today.

Chasing a stiff target of 274, Broad (5/25) dealt threequick blows removing Akmal brothers Kamran (18) and Umar (2)along with Mohammed Hafeez (0) within the first 10 overs toseal the issue as Pakistan were all out for 206 in 46.1 overs.

Broad started the slide in the second over of thePakistan innings when he got Hafeez caught by skipper AndrewStrauss. In the sixth over of the innings he brought one backto trap Kamran plumb in-front. His brother Umar also didn''tsurvive too long as he edged one to Matt Prior behind thestumps.

While regular captain Shahid Afridi didn''t play, none ofthe established batsmen save Younis could make a significantcontribution. Stand-in-captain Misbah-ul Haq (25) and thetalented Ahmed Shehzad (26) didn''t score much as the inningsnever gained any sort of momentum.

While Misbah was trapped leg before by Paul Collingwood,Shehzad was cleaned up by James Anderson.

Later, Broad came back for his second spell to removePakistan''s top scorer Younis Khan (80). He also dismissedWahab Riaz who was the last Pakistan wicket to fall as hecompleted a five-for.

Earlier, England team management''s decision to open withKevin Pietersen clicked well as the star batsman scored 66in team''s total of 273 in 49.3 overs at the

Apart from Pietersen''s half century, former skipperCollingwood contributed 65 as England were all-out in 49.3overs. Young pacer Junaid Khan who replaced an injured SohailTanvir at the last moment was the pick of the bowlers grabbingthree for 44 in his eight over spell. Wahab Riaz also tookthree wickets for 52.

Although Pietersen didn''t really smash the Pakistanbowlers all over the park but he did play sensibly adding 80runs for the third wicket with Ian Bell (39, 58 balls, 2x4).

Pietersen scored his runs of 78 deliveries hitting threeboundaries and a six in the process.

After Pietersen and Bell fell in quick succession it wasCollingwood and Ravi Bopara (35) who added 82 runs for thefifth wicket just when it looked that Pakistan bowlers will berunning through the England middle-order.

However England had a mini-collapse in the end as theylost their last five wickets for only 12 runs.

Brief Scores: England 273 in 49.3 overs (K Pietersen66, P Collingwood 65, I Bell 39) beat Pakistan 206 in 46.1overs (Y Khan 80, Misbah -ul Haq 25, S Broad 5/25).

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