England v Pakistan, World Twenty20 2012, warm-up September 19, 2012

England win low scoring warm-up


England 111 (Wright 38, Ajmal 4-14) beat Pakistan 96 for 9 (Briggs 3-15, Dernbach 3-14) by 15 runs

England's batsmen were suspect against spin but their bowlers, without Graeme Swann, worked their way through Pakistan's brittle line-up to comfortably defend 111 at the P Sara Oval. On a slow pitch with turn and bounce, left-arm spinners Danny Briggs and Samit Patel did the early damage before Stuart Broad weighed in with a testing spell. Jade Dernbach ensured there would be no resistance from the Pakistan lower order and sealed England's second warm-up win. While England's struggle against quality spin was not unexpected, what was heartening to see was the way the defending champions scrapped to defend an insubstantial total, after their lower order had capitulated against Saeed Ajmal.

After winning the toss, England had crumbled from 106 for 5 to be bowled out for 111, losing their last five wickets in eight balls, three of them to Ajmal. Their innings never really took off, with only Luke Wright making an impression with a steady 38.

Both sides opened the bowling with left-arm spin, and England found that Raza Hasan's flat and quick deliveries were difficult to get away. Alex Hales lasted three balls and Craig Kieswetter's attempt to hit out ended when he was caught at deep midwicket off a slog sweep, both men falling to Hasan.

The innings meandered along, with England unable to find a way to attack the spinners. Eoin Morgan summed up England's approach. He tried to paddle Ajmal's first ball and missed, succeeded the second time, and was caught behind trying to cut a quick one.

Jos Buttler was bowled after he missed a sweep off Ajmal and the lower order had no clue what the offspinner was upto. Stuart Broad lobbed a catch to Mohammad Hafeez first ball; Steven Finn guided Ajmal to slip second ball.

Pakistan seemed much more comfortable against spin, but started self-destructing soon. Young Briggs flighted the ball consistently, and Pakistan took the bait immediately. Hafeez survived a stumping opportunity off Briggs after a big charge, but slog-swept the bowler to deep midwicket off the last ball of the first over. Imran Nazir did the same a few overs later, after which Patel sneaked in a tossed-up delivery through Nasir Jamshed's defences. Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal were largely in control before throwing it away through needless forcing strokes against Broad and Briggs.

Broad was unplayable at times, getting short deliveries to straighten around off stump, and his mid-innings effort of 4-1-12-2 started to turn the game England's way. He got Shahid Afridi nicking one such ball to the wicketkeeper in the 15th over, a wicket-maiden.

Pakistan still needed only 39 off 34 deliveries with four wickets remaining, though. But the asking-rate rocketed to more than nine following tight overs from Finn and Patel. Against Dernbach's variations, Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq never looked like middling the big strokes Pakistan needed. Failure to chase 112 with all the batsmen in the squad playing today was a reminder to Pakistan of their batting frailties as they head to Pallekele for their group games.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Syed on September 21, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    @g.narsimh: Jokes and immature comments. Big Bases and County Cricket are more Popular than IPL. Is there any special in your country but every year controversy IPL while cricket is concern, if Honkong offer more money than IPL, every player will go for HongKong and kick IPL sorry India…, what is your opinion? Ask any ipl international player about his opinion on that satiation, than comment.

  • narsimha on September 21, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    SYED R KARIM- the country in which one have to really metters other wise why no international team is visiting u r place , country is important , ask any ipl international player about his opinion on india , than coment ,

  • IRFAN on September 21, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    all Pakistan need is sensible batting,just build some partner ship of 30 odd runs and for GOD sake utilize Abdul Razzaq better and kick off Sami from the team.If we able to post 150 or 155 on the board that going to be enough for our bowling unit to win or at-least give a tight fight to opposition. GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN..

  • Anindya on September 20, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    @syed.r.karim: yes you are right my friend and we not only believe but we are beating PAK nowadays..refer statsguru for further information..

  • Anindya on September 20, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover: wat to do bro..we dint find any place to comment in IND-AFG match because all the space is already occupied by PAK fans..so we are here..and tell me one thing how you can be so sure that this commenting competition is started by us..going by our nature and history we dont initiate such thing..we only respond to what ever thrown to us..focus on your team rather than supporting Afgans..they still have a long way to go..

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    @Sachinawsome, actually Pak batting is School boyish, this is coming from a Pakistani!

  • Syed on September 20, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    @ Haleos- comparing to India or others country is allays justified, but the comments should be meaningful; the match is nothing but an experiment. Pakistan is no. 1 team in this format though their batting is allays poor. Pakistan have been performing well in all T20 world cup, hope will do again. So, don't criticize Pakistan. Now a day's Indian are more challenging unlike 90's, because they believe they can seriously beat Pakistan. But Pakistan did the right thing to ignore misbah, because lucky India needs misbah to get another world cup.

  • Anindya on September 20, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    @ imrankhan76uk: Finally a sensible comment from a PAK fan..ya agree with your thoughts but what to do its our love for each other that we keep on commenting on each other post (just like I am doing here and PAK fans in IND-AFG post)..we just love to return favor..and thats why an IND-PAK match is always consider as mother of all matches.

  • Swaran on September 20, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    look at boom boom afridi in that picture.......is he going to smash stuart broad...hi...hi.. afridi should be the 11 th man in the team......

  • Wicky on September 20, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    @g.narisma,dear frnd! Ths war of words would b continued 4 ever considrng many of ur fellow indian fans deem it as their birth right n moral obligatn to demean pak cric in any sense of imaginatn,so we pakis would always b capitalisng on opportunities provided by ur team in ordr to give u a taste of what othr thnks when ur country men do mud.slinging on othr teams,OH YES IT WAS PAK'S MATCH,MY QUESTN Z THEN WHAT D HEL INDS FANS DOING HERE.

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