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)

6.1

Wright to Khalid Latif, 1 no ball, bustles up and delivers an absolute shocker. No-ball, and well wide outside off. Free hit time!

6.1

Wright to Khalid Latif, no run, well, tried to smack this full length ball all the way to Lahore, finds absolutely no timing and it trickles back to the bowler

6.2

Wright to Khalid Latif, OUT, Wright strikes! And the bowling change has worked again. Fullish ball and Latif has a firm-footed swish outside off stump and edges it through to Prior

Khalid Latif c †Prior b Wright 4 (11m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

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

6.5

Wright to Umar Akmal, 1 run, slightly too much width allows a back cut, but it goes to third man for just a single

6.6

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

Pakistan 28/3   LJ Wright 1-0-3-1

9.1

Wright to Fawad Alam, 1 run, worked away into the leg side

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

9.4

Wright to Fawad Alam, 1 run, clipped away for a single but Pakistan will want some boundaries

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

9.6

Wright to Fawad Alam, no run, good finish from Wright, tight on the stumps and no run

Pakistan 48/4   LJ Wright 2-0-9-1

11.1

Wright to Fawad Alam, no run, brilliant fielding from Collingwood at cover as Alam laces a cover drive but the England (Twenty20) captain plucks off the save with one hand and almost produces a run out

11.2

Wright to Fawad Alam, 2 runs, width outside off, slashed away hard over backward point but can't find the boundary as the sweeper cuts it off

11.3

Wright to Fawad Alam, no run, worked out to midwicket, better line on middle and leg to cramp the batsman

11.4

Wright to Fawad Alam, 1 run, lack of pace in the pitch causing problems again as he tries to drive but gets no timing on the shot and loses control of the bat...ball dribbles into the leg side

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   LJ Wright 3-0-15-1

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

13.4

Wright to Fawad Alam, 1 run, low full toss, comes off the bottom of the bat and Alam gets a single to deep cover

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   LJ Wright 4-0-27-1
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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