England beats Pakistan by 7 wickets

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ England successfully chased Pakistan’s modest total of 129-8 to win the first of two Twenty20 Internationals between the teams by seven wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium Friday. England appeared to be in trouble when they lost three wickets in quick succession, but Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan […]

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ England successfully chased Pakistan’s modest total of 129-8 to win the first of two Twenty20 Internationals between the teams by seven wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium Friday.

England appeared to be in trouble when they lost three wickets in quick succession, but Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan came together for the highest England fourth-wicket partnership in a Twenty20 match, allowing Paul Collingwood<s men to reach the target with nine balls to spare.

Morgan was unbeaten on 67, while Pietersen contributed 43 as England scored 130-3.

Earlier, Pakistan extended its poor run with the bat.

A reckless display by the Pakistan batsmen squandered the toss advantage after stand-in captain Shoaib Malik opted to bat. Malik is captain in place of Shahid Afridi who is serving a two-match ban for ball tampering.

Pakistan wickets fell at regular intervals, starting with opener Imran Nazir who pulled a Stuart Broad delivery to Joe Denly at midwicket, to start the slide. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals thereafter. Malik played a steady hand in the middle overs but he too got out to a tame shot in the 15th over to derail any hopes of recovery.

Graeme Swann was the pick of England’s bowlers, taking 2-18.

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