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Pakistan beats England by five wickets in Twenty20 game

Pakistan beats England by five wickets in Twenty20 game

Pakistan beat England by five wickets in a Twenty20 international on Monday in the teams' first match since the ball-tampering scandal.England scored 144 for seven wickets in its maximum 20 overs, and Pakistan reached 148-5 in 17.5 overs, winning with 13 balls to spare.
The defeat continued England's miserable form in one-day cricket after a 5-0 series loss to Sri Lanka.
After England won the toss at County Ground, opener Marcus Trescothick _ a disappointment in England's 3-0 test series win against Pakistan _ topscored with 53 runs off 36 balls, including nine fours.
Trescothick was caught by Kamran Akmal off Abdul Razzaq, who returned Pakistan's best bowling figures of 3-30 off four overs.
After a solid start, England collapsed from 39-0 to 40-3.
Ian Bell was out for 14, off a delivery from fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who missed the test series with injury. Akhtar ended with 1-31.
Kevin Pietersen was dismissed first ball and captain Andrew Strauss was out second ball.
Mohammad Hafeez smashed 46 off 40 balls as Pakistan reached the required total with ease. England's debut bowler Stuart Broad got 2-35 while Darren Gough, a veteran of 157 one-day internationals, ended wicketless with 0-33.
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq hit the winning boundary to end the game 11 not out.
Inzamam is facing charges of ball-tampering and bringing the game into disrepute after refusing to lead his team out after tea on the fourth day of the fourth test at The Oval on Aug. 20.
The action was to protest umpire Darrell Hair's ruling that Pakistan illegally interfered with the ball.


Updated : 2021-10-20 08:37 GMT+08:00