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Pietersen give comfortable win to Eng in the first Super Eights match

Barbados: Kevin Pietersen smashed an unbeaten 70 to help England thrash Pakistan by six wickets in the first game of the Super Eights on Thursday. Chasing 150, England reached home in the last over.

Pakistan rode on cameos from Salman Butt (34) and Umar Akmal (30) to post a modest 149 for nine against England in the first Group E Super Eight stage match of the Twenty20 cricket World Cup here on Thursday.

Put into bat, Pakistan could never really break loose in the face of the exemplary discipline showed by the England bowlers, especially Michael Yardy (2/19) and Stuart Broad (2/25) who sent down eight tidy overs between themselves.

The opening pair of Butt and Kamran Akmal (15) put 31 runs on board before Broad drew first blood in the fifth over when Craig Kieswetter collected Akmal’s top-edge behind the stumps.

Butt added 40 runs with Mohammad Hafeez (18) before Pakistan suffered a mini-collapse, losing three quick wickets for just six runs and reeling at 77 for four.

Butt fell to Graeme Swann after his 26-ball knock, Yardy removed Hafeez and captain Shahid Afridi faced just one ball before running himself out in pursuit of a non-existent single.

Umar Akmal and Misbah-ul-Haq (13) tried to revive the innings but Yardy struck again, castling Misbah.

Akmal did not find any support from the lower order and perished in the 17th over when Kevin Pietersen took an excellent catch to give Ryan Sidebottom first of his two scalps.

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