England tour of United Arab Emirates, 2009/10 / Commentary

Pakistan v England T20I Series - 1st T20I

England v Pakistan

England won by 7 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)

6.3

Wright to Shoaib Malik, no run, nicely timed for no run. Hanging back he throws his arms through the line of the ball, straight to the cover fielder

6.4

Wright to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, another tight single, driven into the covers, Collingwood fields and throws down the stumps, much to the excitement of all the England fielders but he was home safely

6.6

Wright to Shoaib Malik, no run, Pakistan can't get away it seems, good tight bowling and Malik defends

Pakistan 28/3   Shoaib Malik 1* (3b)

7.5

Bresnan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, neatly dabbed from off stump down to third man, no boundaries, but at least the strike is turning over

Pakistan 34/3   Shoaib Malik 2* (4b)

8.1

Swann to Shoaib Malik, no run, good start, full, just outside off driven to mid off

8.2

Swann to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, full again, driven firmly and correctly down the ground where long off fields

8.6

Swann to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, very delicate from Malik, waited on it and guides it down to third man from a slightly quicker ball outside off stump

Pakistan 42/4   Shoaib Malik 5* (7b)

9.2

Wright to Shoaib Malik, no run, bustles up like an enthusiastic puppy, I really can't get that image out of my head, and bowls a good, shortish ball on off stump that is defended back to the bowler

9.3

Wright to Shoaib Malik, 3 runs, good shot, shortish again and gets quite high, but pulled down nicely in front of square where only some athletic, sliding fielding by Denly at deep midwicket saves a boundary

9.5

Wright to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, lucky here for the batsman, or unlucky for the bowler, or both. Outside off stump, big swish finds the inside edge and flashes past the stumps down to fine leg

Pakistan 48/4   Shoaib Malik 9* (10b)

10.1

Swann to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, lovely shot, good use of the feet and chipped away of deep midwicket for a welcome boundary

10.2

Swann to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, driven along the ground down to long off

10.4

Swann to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, offered width outside off and it's dabbed away down through short third man...wrong line from Swann on this occasion

10.5

Swann to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, uses his feet and pushes into the gap on the off side

Pakistan 57/4   Shoaib Malik 17* (14b 1x4)

11.5

Wright to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, forced through the off side, stood tall and found the gap at cover out to the deep fielder

11.6

Wright to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, driven down the ground to long off...runs ticking over, but not many boundaries

Pakistan 64/4   Shoaib Malik 20* (16b 1x4)

12.1

Collingwood to Shoaib Malik, no run, outside off, driven firmly but straight to cover

12.2

Collingwood to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, pushed down the ground to long off...how long do Pakistan wait before opening up?

12.5

Collingwood to Shoaib Malik, no run, off cutter from Collingwood, Malik can't beat backward point as he picks out Pietersen

12.6

Collingwood to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, taken from outside off and flicked down to long on...decent over for Pakistan

Pakistan 73/4   Shoaib Malik 22* (20b 1x4)

13.1

Wright to Shoaib Malik, no run, dragged down a touch from Wright, but a lack of bounce means Malik can't get hold of it and picks out midwicket

13.2

Wright to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, short ball, top edge, but Malik gets away with it as the ball lands between two fielders - short fine-leg and deep square-leg - to the relief of the batsman and frustration of the bowler

13.3

Wright to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, jabbed down to third man from outside off

13.5

Wright to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, that's a wonderful shot, it almost took out the non-striker as Malik drilled a drive straight down the ground and long on had no chance of stopping it...Alam ended up flat on the ground

13.6

Wright to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, beautiful batting, steps across outside off and flicks this delivery down through short fine-leg...Wright had adjusted his line, but Malik adjusted his shot even better.

Pakistan 85/4   Shoaib Malik 33* (25b 3x4)

14.2

Swann to Shoaib Malik, OUT, another one goes, and Swann strikes in the first over of a spell again, as Malik chips limply to midwicket to bring a soft end to a promising innings

Shoaib Malik c Collingwood b Swann 33 (32m 26b 3x4 0x6) SR: 126.92

Pakistan 86/5   Shoaib Malik 33 (26b 3x4)
Series Results
England v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC) - Feb 20, 2010
Pakistan won by 4 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
England v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC) - Feb 19, 2010
England won by 7 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)
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Feb 19, 2010

England fans show their support, England v Pakistan, 1st Twenty20, Dubai, February 19, 2010

England fans show their support

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Feb 19, 2010

Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan's record partnership for England in Twenty20 Internationals made light work of Pakistan's total, England v Pakistan, 1st Twenty20, Dubai, February 19, 2010

Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan's record partnership for England in Twenty20 Internationals made light work of Pakistan's total

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