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237dThe 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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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

EJG Morgan
EJG Morgan
38(24) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 12 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
6 4 1 1 5 2 1 18
Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal
35(30) 2x4 - 0x6
Control %61%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 12 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 2 8 0 4 2 3 12

Best performances - Bowlers

GP Swann
O4
M0
R14
W2
Eco3.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Shoaib Akhtar
O4
M1
R23
W2
Eco5.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

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:
17 | 9 Runs | ENG: 125/5 (2 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.35, RRR: 0.66)

  • Michael Yardy35 (26b)
  • Eoin Morgan34 (23b)
  • Saeed Ajmal3-0-30-0
  • Shoaib Akhtar4-1-23-2
16.6
0
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
0
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
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England 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st9SM DaviesC Kieswetter
2nd33RS BoparaSM Davies
3rd13PD CollingwoodSM Davies
4th2SM DaviesEJG Morgan
5th5LJ WrightEJG Morgan
6th67MH YardyEJG Morgan