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Weary Pakistan wilt under England pressure

Simon Presland | cricket20

The pressure of the last 10 days looks to have finally taken its toll on Pakistan after a lack lustre display with the bat after being bowled out for just 89 by a rampant England at the SWALEC Stadium.

With the betting scandal hanging over the team; the Pakistan players looked like they were going through the motions as they recorded their lowest ever total in Twenty20 cricket.

Having won the toss Shahid Afridi decided to bat first but the decision proved to be costly after the visitors were reduced to 22-4 after just 5 overs.

After winning with ease on Sunday; Englandís bowlers continued with their aggressive bowling leaving the Pakistan top order all at sea unable to defend the short balls delivered by Bresnan and Broad.

Kamran Akmal started with purpose smashing 11 runs off the first over which was bowled by Ryan Sidebottom, but the opener fell quickly afterwards in a similar fashion to Sunday when he skied a delivery from Bresnan into the hands of Graeme Swann at mid-on.

36 year old Mohammad Yousuf (4), playing in just his third Twenty20 international quickly followed to give Bresnan his second wicket of the innings two overs later.

With England on top Broad came into the attack to inflict further damage to the Pakistan top order removing Shahzaib Hasan (3) and Shahid Afridi (2) in the space of 5 balls to leave the visitors 22-4.

With the power play overs complete Michael Yardy (0-10) and Graeme Swann (2-27) came into the attack and the spinners slowed Pakistan down even further despite a huge six from Akmal off the bowling of Swann.

The 20 year old repeated the shot at the start of the 11th over but Swann struck back with a slow delivery which Akmal tried to hack out of the game but the youngster was left stranded as the ball spun back crashing into the stumps to leave Pakistan 44-5.

It got worse for the visitors; who by now looked mentally spent as Mohammad Hafeez (14) and Fawad Alam quickly followed to leave the current Twenty20 World Champions on top.

Broad and Sidebottom returned to the attack and although Umar Gul and Abdul Razzaq shared an 8th wicket partnership of 29 Sidebottom struck back removing Razzaq (11) and Gul (16) from consecutive deliveries to leave the visitors 85-9.

Shoaib Akhtar gave the Pakistan fans something to cheer about with a wonderful cover drive at the start of the penultimate over before Bresnan hit back to remove the bowlers middle stump two deliveries later to end the innings with 8 balls to spare.

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