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)

Right, the players are out, Sidebottom will get this show on the road.

"I am a Pakistani doctor working here in Australia," declares Dr Tamoor. "I am eager to have something to cherish. My Australian work mates won't let me live if we lose again tonight! Fingers crossed mates!" If you made it through that tour, Dr Tamoor, I reckon you can survive a couple of Twenty20s.

England's bowling is their weakest department, especially without James Anderson. If this pitch plays anything like as flat as it looks, Pakistan could put England's pacemen under real pressure.

Kristen asks "Why is Kamran Akmal not playing?" I suspect it's because he dropped a thousand catches in Australia.

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So the teams will line up as follows:

Pakistan 1 Imran Nazir, 2 Imran Farhat, 3 Khalid Latif, 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Shoaib Malik (capt), 6 Fawad Alam, 7 Abdul Razzaq, 8 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 9 Umar Gul, 10 Yasir Arafat, 11 Saeed Ajmal

England 1 Joe Denly, 2 Jonathan Trott, 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Paul Collingwood (capt), 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Luke Wright, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Tim Bresnan, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 Ryan Sidebottom

17.30 Half an hour to go until the action gets underway, and news from the middle is Pakistan have won the toss and will bat. The pitch is apparently bone dry and may take some turn later on. Paul Collingwood has a wonderfully earnest furrowed brow as he announces England will be unchanged from the side that lost to the Lions.

17.05 Hello, good morning, evening, afternoon and night. Welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the two-match Pakistan v England Twenty20 series. I'm Sahil Dutta, and I'll be guiding you through all the fun and frolics from tonight's action in Dubai.

Pakistan are of course World Champions in this format, and with about two months until they defend their crown at the World Twenty the Caribbean they need to show that the scars from a horrid Australia tour will be healed in time.

England, on the other hand, will be eager to show that their recent, tiny improvement in the shorter format is the start of something much bigger.

There is a preview, which says pretty much what's written above, but also has some speculation about the pitch and team news here, so check it out while we wait for the start.

Andrew Miller is at the ground so will be feeding in all kinds of insights, starting with news that there is a sparse crowd out there at the moment, but the prospect of plenty of Pakistani support on its way. This is of course meant to be a 'home' series for Pakistan, so hopefully the crowd will get right behind them.

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0.1

Sidebottom to Imran Nazir, no run, touch of swing straight away, dipping back to the batsman and a massive appeal given not out

0.2

Sidebottom to Imran Nazir, 1 leg bye, touch of swing again, clips the front pad and thuds away for a leg bye to get Pakistan's innings off

0.3

Sidebottom to Imran Farhat, no run, swing here again but absolutely no pace off the wicket. Started wide, went wider, but outside off stump so left alone

0.4

Sidebottom to Imran Farhat, no run, lovely delivery, full, drawing a loose-limbed and airy drive, but swinging past the edge

0.5

Sidebottom to Imran Farhat, FOUR, fortunate for Farhat, another flat-footed loose drive outside off, finds a thick edge past the second slip for a boundary

0.6

Sidebottom to Imran Farhat, no run, good finish to a good over, Sidebottom, who's sporting the sort of stubble which makes him look like he's been out there for weeks, finds swing yet again and it's left alone outside off

End of over 1 (5 runs) Pakistan 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
Imran Farhat    4* (4b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-4-0
Imran Nazir    0* (2b)     

1.1

Bresnan to Imran Nazir, no run, very gentle start from Bresnan, no movement and no pace, but a tidy enough line outside off and left alone

1.2

Bresnan to Imran Nazir, no run, more intent here from Nazir, shuffling down the wicket but Bresnan pulls back his length and it's defended

1.3

Bresnan to Imran Nazir, no run, slightly short and outside off, Nazir heaves at it and misses. Ugly shot to a bad ball

1.4

Bresnan to Imran Nazir, no run, good line and length, neatly defended

1.5

Bresnan to Imran Nazir, no run, good delivery this, fuller, bang on line, and nothing there for the batsman to attack

1.6

Bresnan to Imran Nazir, 1 run, a touch of width, allows a back-footed force to Pietersen at mid off, they scamper through for a single

End of over 2 (1 run) Pakistan 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
Imran Nazir    1* (8b)      TT Bresnan    1-0-1-0
Imran Farhat    4* (4b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-4-0

2.1

Sidebottom to Imran Nazir, no run, bit of grubber this, pitches and creeps along the ground, below an attempted flick shot, through to Prior

2.2

Sidebottom to Imran Nazir, 1 run, nicely bowled, shaping back at Nazir who shovels it into the leg side for a single

2.3

Sidebottom to Imran Farhat, no run, much fuller this time, Farhat tries to flick it into the midwicket region but misses and it crashes into his pads

2.4

Sidebottom to Imran Farhat, 1 run, lovely shot for a single, taken from a back of a length outside off stump and cut wristily down to third man

2.5

Sidebottom to Imran Nazir, no run, Nazir wanders down the wicket again, tries to heave this back over Sidebottom but finds no timing and the bowler fields

2.6

Sidebottom to Imran Nazir, no run, ooh, good ball. Zipping bouncer that the batsman has to quickly evade. Clearly Sidebottom didn't like the batsman advancing down the wicket at him the ball before

End of over 3 (2 runs) Pakistan 8/0 (RR: 2.66)
Imran Nazir    2* (12b)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-6-0
Imran Farhat    5* (6b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-1-0

Broad replaces Bresnan after one tidy over. "Hopefully Farhat has recovered from the nightmares he received from Shaun Tait...," says Tom. There's far less pace in this pitch then there was at the MCG...and no one from England bowls at 95mph, either

3.1

Broad to Imran Farhat, 1 run, a hint of movement back into the left hander, worked away for a single to square leg

3.2

Broad to Imran Nazir, no run, well, Twenty20 is of course not a textbook game, but that was a truly hideous heave. Swung himself off his feet and found nothing but thin air

3.3

Broad to Imran Nazir, no run, another wild looking leg-side thwack, on to the batsman too quickly and he can't get it away

3.4

Broad to Imran Nazir, OUT, well, third time unlucky. Another shortish ball, another ugly swipe, finds the top edge and sails comfortably to Denly at deep square-leg. The bowling change worked and Nazir seemed to get frustrated very quickly.

Imran Nazir c Denly b Broad 2 (13m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 13.33

3.5

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, back of length, calmly defended down the pitch

3.6

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, well, what have we here? An attempted Dill-Scoop. Doesn't get enough of it and ends up guiding it, one bounce to Prior

End of over 4 (1 run) Pakistan 9/1 (RR: 2.25)
Imran Farhat    6* (9b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-1-1
Khalid Latif    0* (0b)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-6-0

4.1

Bresnan to Khalid Latif, no run, change of bowling again, and tight line and length prevents any chance of the batsman attacking

4.2

Bresnan to Khalid Latif, 3 runs, nicely played, short ball and Latif rocks back and pulls in front of square

"What an impatient approach from Nazir," complains Supragya Munjal from India."His wicket was always on the cards. Pakistan are the world T20 champions, and such a dismal approach from them is highly unacceptable."

4.3

Bresnan to Imran Farhat, FOUR, lovely shot this, walked inside the line and flicked it past the short fine leg for four

4.4

Bresnan to Imran Farhat, FOUR, another one! Fuller delivery this time and Farhat flicked handsomely for boundary to deep square

4.5

Bresnan to Imran Farhat, no run, oh dear, almost a mix up here, Farhat guides it to midwicket and sets off for a single before changing his mind and scampering back

4.6

Bresnan to Imran Farhat, OUT, well, it looked like an easy single, as it was pushed off the back foot to Pietersen, who swiftly fielded and under-armed it on to the stumps at the non-strikers end. Very smart work from Pietersen, seemed to surprise everyone

Imran Farhat run out 14 (18m 13b 3x4 0x6) SR: 107.69

End of over 5 (11 runs) Pakistan 20/2 (RR: 4.00)
     TT Bresnan    2-0-12-0
Khalid Latif    3* (2b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-1-1

"Stuart Broad has a lovely habit of picking up wickets with very ordinary balls in one-day cricket," says the wonderfully named Mino Demosthenous. "Another short ball there to be biffed, and another wicket.....long may it continue!" To be fair, I think he was bowling to a plan on this occasion

5.1

Broad to Umar Akmal, no run, good tight lines and length, can't get it away. England right on top here.

5.2

Broad to Umar Akmal, no run, back of a length, and defended back to the bowler

5.3

Broad to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, Umar is away, waiting on the back foot, takes this off his hip to fine leg for a couple

5.4

Broad to Umar Akmal, 1 wide, plenty of bounce here, in fact, too much, it sails well over the batsman's head for a wide

5.4

Broad to Umar Akmal, no run, persisting with a back-of-a-length approach, and it's calmly blocked to point

5.5

Broad to Umar Akmal, 1 run, shortish again, taken off his hip to square leg for a single

5.6

Broad to Khalid Latif, 1 run, changes the length nicely here, a touch fuller, neatly worked into the square-leg region

End of over 6 (5 runs) Pakistan 25/2 (RR: 4.16)
Khalid Latif    4* (3b)      SCJ Broad    2-0-6-1
Umar Akmal    3* (5b)      TT Bresnan    2-0-12-0

Here's Luke Wright to have a go.

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

Captain Shoaib Malik arrives at the crease with his side in real trouble. Needs to bring a calming air to proceedings here.

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

End of over 7 (3 runs) Pakistan 28/3 (RR: 4.00)
Shoaib Malik    1* (3b)      LJ Wright    1-0-3-1
Umar Akmal    4* (6b)      SCJ Broad    2-0-6-1

Another bowling change, Bresnan is back. "Has anyone else noticed the resemblance between Tim Bresnan and Peter Kay? Or is it just me?" quips Lynne in the UK.

7.1

Bresnan to Umar Akmal, no run, good bowling again, probing outside off stump and it is defended

7.2

Bresnan to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, back of a length and zipping quickly up at Umar Akmal, on too quickly for him and finds a top edge that loops over Prior

7.3

Bresnan to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, not that short but Akmal is hanging back and swipes effectively into the deep midwicket region for a couple

7.4

Bresnan to Umar Akmal, 1 run, plays this nicely into the covers for one

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

7.6

Bresnan to Umar Akmal, FOUR, unlucky for Bresnan, pitches a good yorker but it's squeezed out by Akmal down to third man, Sidebottom hurls himself across the turf with no elegance at all, and can't save a much-needed boundary

End of over 8 (10 runs) Pakistan 38/3 (RR: 4.75)
Umar Akmal    13* (11b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-22-0
Shoaib Malik    2* (4b)      LJ Wright    1-0-3-1

Spin, for the first time today. Graeme Swann is on for a bowl. This should be fun, how will Umar play him?

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

8.3

Swann to Umar Akmal, OUT, oh great catch! Swann strikes and Umar has gone! Just outside off stump, Umar flashes a cut and Broad flies from short-third man to his left and plucks it out of the air at full stretch. Swann the first-over king strikes again in his first over

Umar Akmal c Broad b Swann 13 (17m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 108.33

8.4

Swann to Fawad Alam, no run, nicely flighted, looping at the left hander who defends

8.5

Swann to Fawad Alam, 1 run, shorter and quicker this time, cut into the off side for a single

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

End of over 9 (4 runs) Pakistan 42/4 (RR: 4.66)
Shoaib Malik    5* (7b)      GP Swann    1-0-4-1
Fawad Alam    1* (2b)      TT Bresnan    3-0-22-0

"Tim Bresnan's face may look a bit like Peter Kay, but Peter Kay is fat," states Sunny in Pakistan, a little bluntly. "I think Bresnan looks more like a cousin of Harmison." Either way, here's the cherubic Luke Wright for another over.

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

Well, with England on top, I'm off to catch my breath. Here is Andrew McGlashan

End of over 10 (6 runs) Pakistan 48/4 (RR: 4.80)
Fawad Alam    3* (5b)      LJ Wright    2-0-9-1
Shoaib Malik    9* (10b)      GP Swann    1-0-4-1

Hello all...what do Pakistan need to make it a defendable total?

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

10.3

Swann to Fawad Alam, 1 run, round the wicket, angled in to middle and leg, dropped out into the off side and a comfortable single on offer

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

Alastair Cook, England's Test and one-day captain, is on the field for Tim Bresnan

10.6

Swann to Fawad Alam, 1 run, opens the face and pushed into the covers

End of over 11 (10 runs) Pakistan 58/4 (RR: 5.27)
Fawad Alam    5* (7b)      GP Swann    2-0-14-1
Shoaib Malik    17* (14b 1x4)      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

"100-110 would be a defendable total," says Harsha in the US, hopefully

11.6

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

Pakistan's spinners will be key on this surface

End of over 12 (6 runs) Pakistan 64/4 (RR: 5.33)
Shoaib Malik    20* (16b 1x4)      LJ Wright    3-0-15-1
Fawad Alam    8* (11b)      GP Swann    2-0-14-1

Here's Collingwood to have a bowl...his cutters will suit the surface, too

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?

12.3

Collingwood to Fawad Alam, SIX, that's the shot of the day so far, an effortless pick-up from leg stump by Alam and the ball flies over deep square-leg for the first six of the match...he would have been worried for a moment, but it evaded Trott on the rope

12.4

Collingwood to Fawad Alam, 1 run, worked through the leg side

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

Vinod Reddy must have lunch on his mind. "Now that Inzamam has retired who are the contenders for the most 'rotund' cricketer in the world currently playing? I'm putting Bresnan up as a contender, Jacques Kallis has a little paunch, and Suresh Raina maybe? There's nobody to compare with Inzamam and Ranatunga though...or is there?!"

End of over 13 (9 runs) Pakistan 73/4 (RR: 5.61)
Shoaib Malik    22* (20b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-9-0
Fawad Alam    15* (13b 1x6)      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 building some momentum now...140 is still achievable

End of over 14 (12 runs) Pakistan 85/4 (RR: 6.07)
Shoaib Malik    33* (25b 3x4)      LJ Wright    4-0-27-1
Fawad Alam    16* (14b 1x6)      PD Collingwood    1-0-9-0

Swann is back into the attack

14.1

Swann to Fawad Alam, 1 run, round the wicket, pushed into the covers and even Collingwood can't stop the single

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

Just as the stand was starting to motor it is separated and a new batsman has to start again

Here's Abdul Razzaq, and he's one man who could really clear these ropes if he gets going

14.3

Swann to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, placed square on the off side to open his account

14.4

Swann to Fawad Alam, 1 run, another single into the off side

14.5

Swann to Abdul Razzaq, no run, beaten outside off as he tries to cut this one through third man...slightly quicker from Swann

14.6

Swann to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, guided straight to short third-man, but the fielder is deep enough to allow an easy single

End of over 15 (4 runs) Pakistan 89/5 (RR: 5.93)
Abdul Razzaq    2* (3b)      GP Swann    3-0-18-2
Fawad Alam    18* (16b 1x6)      LJ Wright    4-0-27-1

Five overs to go...Broad back into the attack

15.1

Broad to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, back of a length, angled away to third man

15.2

Broad to Fawad Alam, no run, short, heaved away, but no timing and it goes straight to midwicket inside the circle

15.3

Broad to Fawad Alam, 1 run, connects better with this one, another short ball and clubbed through midwicket but straight to the deep fielder

15.4

Broad to Abdul Razzaq, no run, jeepers, nearly chops this one on with a bottom edge but the ball bounces over the stumps

Cutters and slower balls are tough to score off

15.5

Broad to Abdul Razzaq, SIX, there's Razzaq, and there's a six...back of a length, Razzaq clears his left side and smashes this flat over midwicket straight into the advertising boards...what a clean strike

15.6

Broad to Abdul Razzaq, 2 runs, has he gone this time? Nope, he's safe as a huge top edge that when high into the night sky dropped between two boundary fielders from midwicket and mid on running in...gee, I think that nearly hit the moon

End of over 16 (10 runs) Pakistan 99/5 (RR: 6.18)
Abdul Razzaq    11* (7b 1x6)      SCJ Broad    3-0-16-1
Fawad Alam    19* (18b 1x6)      GP Swann    3-0-18-2

Sidebottom bottom back

16.1

Sidebottom to Fawad Alam, 1 run, slower ball, worked down to long on just to give Razzaq the strike

Somebody calling himself 'chucker' says "In reply to Vinod Reddy's comment about the biggest cricketer going surely Bermuda's Dwayne Leverock has to be the one!"

16.2

Sidebottom to Abdul Razzaq, no run, excellent slower ball, loops off the surface and completely beats Razzaq's attempted pull

Twenty20 has made the slow long hop and good delivery

16.3

Sidebottom to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, heaved along the ground through midwicket, they think of two but it's just a single

16.4

Sidebottom to Fawad Alam, 1 run, clipped off leg stump out to deep square-leg

16.5

Sidebottom to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, dropped Eoin Morgan at deep midwicket has spilled one, it came flat and fast as Razzaq pulled a short ball, Morgan dived forward and couldn't hold on...that may be crucial

16.6

Sidebottom to Fawad Alam, 1 run, full outside off, driven hard through the covers to keep the strike

Good over from Sidebottom given Pakistan are now swinging from the hip

End of over 17 (5 runs) Pakistan 104/5 (RR: 6.11)
Fawad Alam    22* (21b 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-11-0
Abdul Razzaq    13* (10b 1x6)      SCJ Broad    3-0-16-1

17.1

Broad to Fawad Alam, 1 run, hint of width outside off, cut away through the off side

17.2

Broad to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, full outside off, just another single out to backward point...England won't mind ones at this stage

17.3

Broad to Fawad Alam, OUT, gone, Broad gets another wicket with a short ball as Alam gets a thin top edge through to Prior...he'd played a useful hand, but England keep chipping away

Fawad Alam c †Prior b Broad 23 (37m 23b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

17.4

Broad to Sarfraz Ahmed, no run, cramps the new batsman for room on middle and off, can only defend back down the pitch...excellent stuff from Broad

17.5

Broad to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run, opens the face and runs down to third man

17.6

Broad to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, cracking shot, power and placement from Razzaq as he gives himself room outside leg stump to drive this over cover and it easily beats the sweeper

End of over 18 (7 runs) Pakistan 111/6 (RR: 6.16)
Abdul Razzaq    18* (12b 1x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    4-0-23-2
Sarfraz Ahmed    1* (2b)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-11-0

18.1

Bresnan to Sarfraz Ahmed, FOUR, lovely stuff from Sarfraz, he has the confidence to go down on one knee and sweep the pace bowler - it was 83mph - past short fine-leg...that takes balls, and skill

18.2

Bresnan to Sarfraz Ahmed, no run, he tries it again, but doesn't make contact on this occasion

18.3

Bresnan to Sarfraz Ahmed, OUT, a wicket with a short, wide ball that hardly deserved it, but that's Twenty20...Sarfraz saw width and guided it straight to third man as though giving catching practice

Sarfraz Ahmed c Broad b Bresnan 5 (3m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

18.4

Bresnan to Abdul Razzaq, 2 runs, leg-stump yorker, Razzaq does well to place this just wide of long off...can Razzaq add another 20 to this total?

18.5

Bresnan to Abdul Razzaq, 2 runs, full again, thumped straight down the ground and just past Bresnan who didn't really know much about it...long off scampers around

18.6

Bresnan to Abdul Razzaq, OUT, well, England's planning is certainly working tonight, another slower-ball short delivery, Razzaq backs away and tries to guide it past third man but Broad dives forward and takes another good catch

Abdul Razzaq c Broad b Bresnan 22 (18m 15b 1x4 1x6) SR: 146.66

England have fielded very well here apart from Morgan's one drop

End of over 19 (8 runs) Pakistan 119/8 (RR: 6.26)
     TT Bresnan    4-0-30-2
Yasir Arafat    0* (0b)      SCJ Broad    4-0-23-2

So here's the last over...Sidebottom to bowl it. Pakistan limping along

19.1

Sidebottom to Yasir Arafat, no run, beaten by another slower ball outside off...England have shown how to bowl on this surface

19.2

Sidebottom to Yasir Arafat, FOUR, top shot, full and driven straight down the ground with perfect placement to bisect long off and long on...much-needed for Pakistan

19.3

Sidebottom to Yasir Arafat, 1 run, goes short again, a bottom edge rolls past the keeper

19.4

Sidebottom to Umar Gul, no run, swing and a miss outside off...strike one for Gul, it was another slower ball from Sidebottom

19.5

Sidebottom to Umar Gul, 1 run, short and pulled away out to deep midwicket

So, last ball of the innings...wicket, boundary? The tension is huge

19.6

Sidebottom to Yasir Arafat, FOUR, it's a boundary, good away for Pakistan to finish as he backs away and places a short ball between the backward point and short third man

So Pakistan reach 129, their second-lowest Twenty20 total, but it won't be an easy chase for England on a slow pitch. Pakistan have bowlers adept at defending targets. How will England play? Will the openers blaze away? Will KP find form? Boy, so many questions. The answers will be revealed shortly. Just us in 15 minutes at around 7.40pm for the run chase.

End of over 20 (10 runs) Pakistan 129/8
Yasir Arafat    9* (4b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    4-0-21-0
Umar Gul    1* (2b)      TT Bresnan    4-0-30-2
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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