Result
1st T20I, Cardiff, Sep 5 2010, Pakistan tour of England
126/4
(17.1/20 ov, target 127)
129/5
England won by 5 wickets (with 17 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Bulletin by Andrew Miller in Cardiff

Yardy and Morgan guide England to victory

Eoin Morgan and Michael Yardy steadied England's nerves with a game-breaking stand of 67 in 7.1 overs, as Pakistan succumbed to a five-wicket defeat in the first Twenty20 at Cardiff

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Scorecard summary
Pakistan126/4(20 overs)
England129/5(17.1 overs)

England win by five wickets At one stage Pakistan were bossing this contest but their shambolic fielding coupled with Morgan and Yardy's calmness meant England ended up coasting to victory. England have now won six T20 games in a row.

Shahid Afridi says he feels that 140 would have been a more competitive total but thinks England's spinners and Ryan Sidebottom bowled very well. Paul Collingwood looks a satisfied man and he too credits England's bowlers, saying that Swann could turn it on ice at the moment.

Michael Yardy is named Man of the match for his 1-21 with the ball and unbeaten 35 from 26 balls with the bat. He came out with in England in a hole but played superbly and thoroughly deserves the award.

Andrew Miller has his final match bulletin ready for your perusal, so check that out.

That's all from us, nice to spend some time talking about actual cricket, thanks for all the emails and I hope you'll join us for the second Twenty20 game of this series on Tuesday at 6.00pm.

17.1
4
Umar Gul to Morgan, FOUR runs
Morgan's done it, wow, this partnership has won England the game in a flash, short ball from Gul that Morgan crashes through point to the boundary to seal the result. He runs down and gives Yardy a big hug and the World Twenty20 champions won this at a canter in the end
end of over 179 runs
ENG: 125/5CRR: 7.35 • RRR: 0.66 • Need 2 from 18b
Michael Yardy35 (26)
Eoin Morgan34 (23)
Saeed Ajmal3-0-30-0
Shoaib Akhtar4-1-23-2
16.6
Saeed Ajmal to Yardy, no run
carefully driven to mid off, so Morgan will get a chance to hit the winnings runs
16.5
2
Saeed Ajmal to Yardy, 2 runs
fetches a sweep from way outside off towards deep backward square leg, excellent running once again
16.4
Saeed Ajmal to Yardy, no run
how about this, Yardy leaves alone outside off stump. England pretty much there now, this partnership has made it into a doddle
16.3
1
Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, 1 run
Morgan gives himself room and cuts a single to deep point
16.2
4
Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, FOUR runs
big open space at cow corner and Morgan finds the gap with an ugly-looking pull, mighty effective though
16.1
2
Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, 2 runs
Morgan down very early to sweep and dabs it neatly behind him for a couple
end of over 169 runs
ENG: 116/5CRR: 7.25 • RRR: 2.75 • Need 11 from 24b
Michael Yardy33 (23)
Eoin Morgan27 (20)
Shoaib Akhtar4-1-23-2
Saeed Ajmal2-0-21-0
15.6
4
Shoaib Akhtar to Yardy, FOUR runs
great timing from Yardy once more and he's picked out the right fielder too, Yousuf wheezing alongside the ball, escorting it to the deep midwicket boundary to end Shoaib's spell
15.5
Shoaib Akhtar to Yardy, no run
sharp bouncer that Yardy actually plays too early on, jumping back and flashing on to a pull shot before the ball had arrived
15.4
Shoaib Akhtar to Yardy, no run
good delivery, tucking Yardy up and he pushes it to midwicket
15.3
2
Shoaib Akhtar to Yardy, 2 runs
Yardy brings up the 50 stand and what a partnership it's been, Yardy calmly drives this to deep cover for a couple, he's timed the ball really sweetly today
15.2
1
Shoaib Akhtar to Morgan, 1 run
this time it's a touch shorter and Morgan flicks off his hip round the corner for a single
15.1
2
Shoaib Akhtar to Morgan, 2 runs
good running gets Morgan a couple first up, driving off the back foot to cover and scampering a couple

Pakistan need some magic and Afridi has called on Shoaib who almost won and lost this game for Pakistan with brilliant bowling and utterly woeful fielding.

end of over 158 runs
ENG: 107/5CRR: 7.13 • RRR: 4.00 • Need 20 from 30b
Michael Yardy27 (19)
Eoin Morgan24 (18)
Saeed Ajmal2-0-21-0
Shahid Afridi4-0-27-2

"Staying up on a school night because we need a win now more than ever," writes Maryam. "And this is coming from a cynic."

14.6
Saeed Ajmal to Yardy, no run
big appeal again but this was even more optimistic, striking the pad well outside off
14.5
Saeed Ajmal to Yardy, no run
big appeal from Ajmal, massive appeal as Yardy misses a sweep, but it struck outside the line
14.4
2
Saeed Ajmal to Yardy, 2 runs
too quick from Ajmal, not finding the turn Swann did, Yardy flicks it to deep midwicket for a couple
14.3
4
Saeed Ajmal to Yardy, FOUR runs
oh lovely shot, Yardy is playing a blinder here, deep in his crease and deflecting the ball past the keeper and inside of third man for four
14.2
Saeed Ajmal to Yardy, no run
slightly shorter and Yardy defends from deep in his crease
Best performances - batsmen
EJG Morgan
38 runs (24)
6 fours
0 sixes
Control91%
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
12 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
641152118
Umar Akmal
35 runs (30)
2 fours
0 sixes
Control61%
Productive shot
leg glance
12 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
428042312
Best performances - bowlers
GP Swann
O
4
M
0
R
14
W
2
Eco
3.50
Shoaib Akhtar
O
4
M
1
R
23
W
2
Eco
5.75
Match details
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
TossEngland , elected to field first
SeriesPakistan tour of England
Player Of The Match
Michael Yardy
Series resultEngland led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 186
Season2010
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-15.50, Interval 15.50-16.10, Second Session 16.10-17.30
Match days5 September 2010 (20-over match)
Umpires
Richard Kettleborough
Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
Richard Illingworth
Reserve Umpire
Jeff Evans
Match Referee
Jeff Crowe