Yardy and Morgan steer England to victory
England middle order batsman Michael Yardy and Eoin Morgan built a 6th wicket partnership of 67 to help the Twenty20 World Cup Champions seal an impressive 5 wicket victory over Pakistan.
The pair came together at the start of 10th over with England 62-5 but Yardy (35) and Morgan (38) built a brilliant partnership which steered England to an impressive victory in their first outing since winning the Twenty20 World Cup in May.
England started off badly losing Craig Kieswetter (6) in just the second over but Steve Davies and Ravi Bopara built a second wicket partnership of 33 which put England in a commanding position before Bopara was dismissed by Shoaib Akhtar at the end of the 6th over.
Having already dismissed Kieswetter; Akhtar produced another quick delivery which Bopara tried to smash over long on but he picked out Mohammad Yousuf who took a brilliant catch running in from mid-on.
With Bopara gone; Pakistan increased the pressure on the World Champions by removing Paul Collingwood (4), Davies (33) and Luke Wright (0) in quick succession to leave the home side 62-5 at the end of the 10th over.
Despite the sudden collapse Yardy and Morgan remained clam at the crease to seal an impressive victory for England.
Having been put into bat by England; Pakistan got off to a good start with Kamran Akmal and Shahzaib Hasan combining to score 13 runs off the opening over which was bowled by Ryan Sidebottom.
Akmal (6) quickly departed at the start of the next over after he tried to slog Tim Bresnan but his efforts were fraughted by Michael Yardy who took an easy catch in the covers.
Despite the lose Pakistan responded encouragingly thanks to Mohammad Yousuf and Hasan who attacked the Sidebottom and Stuart Broad to build a partnership of 37 which included 4 boundaries.
The visitors reached 49-1 after the end of the 6 power play overs but England responded just as they did during the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies with Swann coming straight into the attack and picking up a wicket from just his 5th delivery.
The spinner slowed the flow of runs before dismissing Mohammad Yousuf (26) who tried to whip the ball away for a four but the batsman could only pick out Eoin Morgan who took an easy catch out on the midwicket boundary.
With Yousuf gone Yardy entered the attack in the next over to increase the pressure on the Pakistanis conceding just 1 run from the 8th over.
The impressive Swann struck again an over later to remove Hasan (21) who was brilliantly stumped by Steve Davies to leave Pakistan 56-3.
With two new batsman at the crease Swann and Yardy bowled superbly during the middle overs as the Pakistan run rate dropped to just 6.00 with Fawad Alam and Umar Akmal unable to score freely.
Alamís (20) innings was ended by Yardy at the start of 15th over after the bowler took a simple catch off his own bowling to remove Alam who faced 29 deliveries in a truly awful innings.
With Alam gone Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi (17) came to the crease and although he was dropped twice in the 17th over England kept the pressure on the visitors who could only manage 126-4 from their 20 overs.
With the bowlers on top throughout the innings the Pakistan top order failed to fire with only Umar Akmal (35) offering any resistantís thanks to Swann (2-14) and Yardy (1-21).