England v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Cardiff September 6, 2010

England aim to continue winning momentum

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Match facts

September 7, 2010, Cardiff
Start time 6.00pm (1700GMT)

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A cricket match was completed at Cardiff on Sunday which, given what had happened over the last week, was something to be very grateful for. England, in their first Twenty20 outing since winning the world title in May, were impressive with the ball and in the way Eoin Morgan and Michael Yardy chased down the target, while familiar Pakistan failings came to the fore in the field.

However, the hosts will know it wasn't a perfect performance. Three catches went down and the batting subsided to 62 for 5 as Pakistan threatened to turn the game around. England will want to sharpen their skills in the second match ahead of the five ODIs, but such is the confidence in the team it is hard to see past another home victory.

Pakistan need to rethink their strategy because it was a complete waste to leave Abdul Razzaq in the dug-out for 20 overs and Shahid Afridi needs more time in the middle. One of them has to bat in the top three. Shoaib Akhtar bowled quickly to rattle England's top order, but his fielding was an embarrassment with the drop of Morgan the turning point in the game.

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Craig Kieswetter is facing his last international innings of the summer and, if Steve Davies takes his chance over the next two weeks, what could be his last international innings for quite a while. England's next Twenty20 isn't until January following the Ashes and Kieswetter's form has been on the slide since the World Twenty20. He was undone by Shoaib's pace in the opening game, but has the backing of Paul Collingwood to continue with his attacking mindset. However, he really needs a substantial innings to remain central to the team's future plans.

Shahid Afridi has returned to lead Pakistan in the midst of a crisis and has tried his best to move the talk away from spot-fixing allegations. He remains one of the finest Twenty20 cricketers in the world, but couldn't have much impact with the bat on Sunday as England's death bowling proved hard to get away. With the ball, though, he caused problems with two wickets and almost turned the game around. If anyone can change Pakistan's fortunes it's Afridi.

Team news

There is no reason for England to change a winning formula so James Anderson is likely to remain on the sidelines of the Twenty20 team. However, Luke Wright needs a much-improved display after dropping a catch and making a duck on Sunday while the captain could also do with a few runs.

England (probable) 1 Craig Kieswetter, 2 Steve Davies (wk), 3 Ravi Bopara, 4 Paul Collingwood, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Luke Wright, 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Michael Yardy, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 Ryan Sidebottom

It's always a guessing game with Pakistan, but given the lack of options in a reduced squad the same XI is likely to take the field. However, it would be very strange if they didn't alter the batting order to make better use of Afridi and Razzaq.

Pakistan (probable) 1 Shahzaib Hasan, 2 Kamran Akmal (wk), 3 Fawad Alam, 4 Mohammad Yousuf, 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Shahid Afridi (capt), 7 Abdul Razzaq, 8 Umar Gul, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Shoaib Akhtar

Pitch and conditions

There was more turn than anyone expected in the first match and this game will be played on the same surface so the spinners are likely to be key again. The large boundaries cut down on the fours and sixes - there were none of the latter - and when even Afridi can't clear the ropes you know it's hard work. Heavy rain is forecast on Monday and showers on Tuesday, but the new outfield drains well.

Stats and Trivia

  • Pakistan's 126 for 4 on Sunday was the first time they hadn't hit a six in a Twenty20 international.

  • Graeme Swann, who took 2 for 14 in four overs, is now England's second-most economical bowler in Twenty20s behind Andrew Flintoff for players with at least six caps.

Quotes

"I didn't have to say anything. You just look at each other, and those smiles go on your faces. We've got great memories of that. But from a captain's point of view you've got to try to tell the guys to restart ... and we did it 100%."
Paul Collingwood enjoyed having most of his World Twenty20 winners back together

"We missed some opportunities, like catches and run-outs. So next time I hope we will avail these opportunities. In this kind of cricket, fielding is a main weapon if you want to win."
Shahid Afridi knows what his team have to improve on

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Badreshian on September 7, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    I think Pakistan have to seriously think about positive changes right from board member, management to players. Being a Pakistani and a crazy cricket fan I am dishearted. I want to see my team back like the one with Great Khan. Sadly the enviroment is not suitable to cricket at the moment. The political affiliation of board members with President house and the players' power structure and lobbying. I would request great Khan to come to the rescue of Pakistan cricket, for him politics is a waste of time in this dead minded people.

    Go Ijaz Butt Go for the sake of Almighty we are mainly suffering because of your incompetency as Chairman board. Clean down our cricket from the black sheeps and spot fixers. I still believe that we have young talent in enough quantity with in our country. The only thing is selection on merit and then proper mentoring with good management and inshaAllah with in two years we would be back with like Imran cornered tigers..... I hope and wish so....

  • mr.abduzz32 on September 7, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    I think that there is no need of shoaib akhtar to be included in the team....... he cant even walk properly, then how do u expect such a person to bowl..... he"ll be hammered by english players like pietersen and etc........ the only thing he can do is to dance with indian actress....... :|

  • karthikfromchennai on September 7, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Pakistan is ruining the cricket world by consistently producing tainted players.

  • ihatebrazil on September 7, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    To the PCB, Waqar Younis and Shahid Afridi..

    Abdul Razzaq is being totally wasted down the order....in my opinion he should open the batting in both the T20s and also the ODI's...if u guys ask me why, then i'll give u a few reasons. He is not as destructive as he used to be at the end of an innings ( i predict that he will score a maximum of 1 half century each year(even that i doubt) if he ends up wasting his batting talent coming in at no. 7/8).

    He has the experience of batting in the top order having played for Pakistan at no.3 on more than a few occasions and it must be said he played a few useful innings even though his role at that position was quiet different to what its going to be if he opens the innings...my simple point is that he has the experience of playing against the new ball...... .........contd

  • baarrish on September 7, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Assalam-o-Alaikum to all.

    Pakistan if united can never be beaten and if the spot fixing issue is true then i would say shame on pakistanis., after rashid latif, ijaz ahmad, salim malik, wasim akram, rameez raja etc... now amir, asif and butt etc are doing such rubbish.. shame on pakistan players... shame

  • dummy4fb on September 7, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    i agree with Zain Ul Abideen. Pak did win two consecutive T20's before Sept 5th T20 against england. cricinfo needs to make some correction here..

    as for the game, yes i really hope Pakistan field well and use their batting & bowling line up properly, this team deserves a win under the present circumstances, go Pakistan go we can do it inshALLAH we will win :)

  • dummy4fb on September 7, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    @Salman Danish & Sparty, I'm not saying Pakistan are a bad team despite recent controversy, it's because that they don't play as a team. As you said, Ajmal, Aamer, Gul and Umar Akmal were exceptional at the 2009 T20 World Cup as well as Boom Boom Afridi but they need the whole side to contribute. Players like Shoaib Ahktar, Wahab Riaz, Shaziab Hasan, Fawad Alam and Razzaq are all making no runs as well as being equally inconsistent with the ball. I still keep my money on England though.

  • Shahnawaztarar on September 7, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    If there is some thing true in the mind of pakistan management they should play this team today . i am sure they will win against england if they will play this team 1-kamran akmal: 2-shahaib hassan: 3-A razzaq: 4-Shahid Afridi: 5-umar Akmal: 6-Muhammad Yousaf: 7-Hafeez: 8-Fawad Alam: 9-Gul: 10-Akhter: 11-Ajmal

    There is one option that you can exchange the batting order of Razzaq With Muhammad Yousaf if the ist wicket falls in the ist or Second Over.

  • dummy4fb on September 7, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Well.. Its not that big an equation to solve. We simply lost the match because of some sloppy test like batting in the middle. We used to be good spin playing nation.Swann was balling fine but i didn't see any plan to face him rather than playing him away from stumps. How could Fawad Alam connect the ball when he is all the time trying to play it to point. He faced 30 deliveries meaning 5 overs out of 20 (1/4 match). No technique, no aggression. Found it difficult to justify him as part of squad and a batsman either. Unfortunate part of this is we will see his 20scores and opt him in for next match too without realizing he costed us match(single thandedly).Shazaib again was always looking to make an edge to keeper rather than playing cross over midwicket. We surely lack a batting coach not of miandad times but saeed anwar kind.

  • shafshahid on September 7, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    Hope full Pakistan will do well in 2nd t20 every body supporting Shahid Afridi the fair cricketer pak team we will INSHALLAH !!!

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