7 May 2010

England beat Pakistan at Twenty20 World Cup

6:00 am on 7 May 2010

A unbeaten 73 from Kevin Pietersen led England to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Pakistan in their opening Super Eight game at the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup in Barbados.

England had little trouble in surpassing Pakistan's total of 147 with three balls to spare.

Pakistan made a bright start, reaching 50 inside seven overs, but their momentum was lost after the introduction of spin with Graeme Swann picking up the vital wicket of opener Salman Butt, who had made 34 off 26 balls.

England's South African-born opening pair of Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter put on 44 for the first wicket.

England were helped by poor fielding from Pakistan who dropped five catches, three by Saeed Ajmal.

Pietersen's 73 from 52 balls, including eight fours and two sixes, steered England home comfortably.