England ease to Twenty20 win over Pakistan
England fans with Twenty20 tickets saw their side ease to a five-wicket victory over Pakistan in Cardiff yesterday (September 5th 2010).
Captain Paul Collingwood won the toss and put the tourists into bat, a task which they somewhat struggled with in the face of some economical bowling.
Despite losing just four wickets throughout their 20 overs, Pakistan amassed an under-par total of 126, with England's two spinners - Graeme Swann and Michael Yardy - keeping things particularly tight.
The pair took three wickets between them and conceded only 35 runs from their combined total of eight overs.
In response, Steven Davies entertained Twenty20 tickets customers with a positive 33 from 27 deliveries, but England's innings threatened to fall apart after he, Ravi Bopara, Paul Collingwood and Luke Wright were dismissed in quick succession.
However, Eoin Morgan and Yardy teamed up to guide their side home in just 17.1 overs, with the two finishing unbeaten on 38 and 35 respectively.
The second and final England v Pakistan Twenty20 takes place in Cardiff tomorrow.
Posted by Sam Smith