Broad Stars Again As England Pick Up The Pace
England 273 (Pietersen 66, Collingwood 65) beat
Pakistan 206 (Younus Khan 80) by 67 runs
ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 warm-up, Fatullah
England completed their Cricket World Cup preparations with an encouraging 67-run victory over Pakistan in both sides' final warm-up game in Fatullah.
Batting first, Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood found some form as England were bowled out for 273 before Stuart Broad took five for 25 to dismiss Pakistan for 206.
Broad's enforced rest following the stomach injury he picked up during the Ashes series in Australia appears to have done him the world of good, as this was his second five-wicket haul in three days, coming on the back of his five for 39 that eventually saw off Canada's challenge in England's first warm-up game.
And while he heads into the World Cup in rude health, Pakistan's serene progress until now was given a jolt as their batsmen failed to deal with England's fine effort in the field.
Only Younus Khan, who made a valiant 80, ever looked capable of taking the game away from England as Broad and Collingwood, whose three for 48 was vital, excelled.
Broad struck first when Mohammad Hafeez was caught by Andrew Strauss without scoring and he then left Pakistan in disarray when Kamran Akmal (18) and brother Umar (2) also departed.
Younus held things together despite Collingwood bowling Asad Shafiq for 12 and Anderson bowling Ahmed Shehzad for 26, briefly profiting when Broad was rested after an initial spell of three for 15.
By the time he returned, Collingwood had removed Misbah-ul-Haq for 25 and Abdur Rehman for five and Broad had his man when Younus was caught by Matthew Prior having faced 101 balls.
Tim Bresnan got himself a wicket when he had Shoaib Akhtar (1) caught behind and Broad completed his five-wicket haul by having Wahab Riaz caught by Anderson for 11 to complete victory for a resurgent England.
They had looked anything but resurgent when Strauss (5) and Jonathan Trott (9) fell to Akhtar and debutant Junaid Khan respectively, leaving England at 37 for two.
However, Pietersen, who made 66 in 75 balls, and Ian Bell, who made a fluent 39 in 58, revived the innings before Collingwood, whose 65 came from 73 balls, got England securely back on track.
The much-maligned middle order had done its job by the time Ravi Bopara went for 35 and Prior hammered 24 in 15 balls - quickly adapting to taking over the Eoin Morgan-shaped hole in the line-up to hit quick runs at the death.
He is yet to be tested having been set a target - that challenge awaits for another day while England won't be the only team challenge by Pakistan's pace attack - led by Akhtar, Khan and Wahab Riaz - the latter pair picking up three wickets apiece.
Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal picked up two for 48 by dismissing Bell and Bopara.
England's campaign gets underway on 22nd February when they play the Netherlands while Pakistan begin their tournament against Kenya one day later.
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