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Pietersen magic gives England the slight edge

James Fiztpatrick | cricket20

Kevin Pietersen sparkled with the bat once again at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium hitting a tremendous 62 to help guide England to commanding score of 148/6.

Pietersen came into bat at the end of the third over with England 12-1 after Joe Denly was bowled by Yasir Arafat. Supported by Jonathon Trott, Pietersen played another controlled innings as the pair enjoyed a second wicket partnership of 98.

Having been put into bat by Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik England started off brightly with Trott and Denly looking to establish a good opening partnership after last nights poor start.

Unfortunately for England Denlyís poor form continued when he failed to read an in swinger by Arafat which knock his middle stump over. Having only scored 6 runs in this two game series pressure will be on Denly ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup with Craig Kieswetter impressing for the England Lions.

Pietersen showed once again why he is one of the best Twenty20 players in the world with another faultless display which included 3 big sixes including a Saeed Ajmal delivery which was smashed into the upper tier of the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

While Pietersen peppered the spectators with sixes Trott played the perfect supporting role until he was run out by Imran Nazir for 39 to end Englandís record Twenty20 second wicket partnership leaving the visitors 120/2.

With Trott departing England suffered a late wobble losing Pietersen and Eion Morgan in the next two overs. Pietersenís excellent innings of 62 was ended by Ajmal at the start of the 17th over after he was trapped LBW.

Morgan soon followed managing only 9 runs before he was caught by Malik at long off after he misjudged a slow ball by Umar Gul leaving England 125/4.

It was left to Luke Wright and skipper Paul Collingwood to end Englandís innings off well in order to take advantage of Pietersenís fine knock but Pakistan battled back denying the visitors their target of 150 set by Collingwood before the game.

Wright enjoyed a cameo knock of 13 before he was caught by Shahid Afridi at the start of the last over and when Tim Bresnan departed of the next ball England looked to have squandered Pietersen contribution.

Collingwood survived Yasir Arafatís hat trick ball scoring an important three runs from it and with a single of the last ball England will be happy with their total after batting first.

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