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England win first twenty20 against Pakistan

Pakistan Vs EnglandEngland win first twenty20 against Pakistan with five wicktes.

England captain Paul Collingwood won the toss and elected to field against Pakistan in the first Twenty20 international on Sunday.

This was Pakistan’s first match since Test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif were suspended by the International Cricket Council after newspaper allegations the trio were involved in a betting scam that saw no-balls deliberately bowled in last week’s fourth Test at Lord’s.

For England, this was their first Twenty20 fixture since they beat Australia in the World Twenty20 final in Barbados in May.

They were without Kevin Pietersen, the man of that tournament, after the batsman was dropped following a run of low scores and told to play county cricket in a bid to regain form ahead of England’s defence of the Ashes in Australia starting in November.

England made two changes to their Twenty20 side with Ravi Bopara replacing Pietersen and Steven Davies coming in for injured opening batsman Michael Lumb.

Rain delayed the scheduled start but this match was still a 20 overs per side contest.

Pietersen made a century for Surrey in a 40-over county match against Sussex at Hove on Saturday.

The 30-year-old moved to Surrey on loan because he has fallen out with his current club Hampshire after announcing he will leave at the end of the season.

Pakistan, last year’s World Twenty20 champions, beat Australia in two Twenty20 internationals in Edgbaston in July after losing to them in the semi-finals of the 2010 World Twenty20 in St Lucia.

The second match of this series takes place in Cardiff on Tuesday.


England: Craig Kieswetter, Steven Davies (wkt), Ravi Bopara, Paul Collingwood (capt), Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, Ryan Sidebottom

Pakistan: Shazaib Hasan, Fawad Alam, Kamran Akmal (wkt), Mohammad Yousuf, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi (capt), Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Akhtar, Saeed Ajmal

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG) and Nigel Llong (ENG)

TV umpire: Richard Illingworth (ENG)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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