Pakistan Win World Cup Warm-Up Against England

Pakistan beat England by four wickets with seven balls remaining in their ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.  England won the toss and elected to bat first.  Alex Hales and Moeen Ali opened the batting for the English, but Ali was the first man to go for 4.

Gary Ballance joined Hales at the crease as they tried to build a solid 64-run partnership but Hales fell for 31 off 47 balls as he was caught at mid-wicket by Sohail Maqsood after 15.4 overs as they were 69/2.  Ballance was joined by Joe Root as they were looking to build another partnership as the number three brought up his 50 off 70 balls.  Yasir Shar, the Pakistani leg spinners, ripped England’s middle order as he picked up the wickets of Ballance for 57, Eoin Morgan without scoring and Ravi Bopara for 11.

England were 157/5 in the 34.6 overs.  Root brought up his 50 off 59 balls in the 40th over but Pakistan continued to pick up wickets as Sohail Khan bowled a good yorker to remove Jos Buttler for 13.  Khan removed Root for 85 before Wahab Riaz removed Stuart Broad as the English finished their innings on 250/8 with a late flurry by Chris Jordan (31 not out) helping as Shar finished with the figures of 3/45.  Pakistan needed 251 runs to win in 50 overs but they started badly as Broad picked up the wicket of Nasir Jamshed for 1 with his first ball.

James Anderson picked up the wicket of Ahmed Shehzad for 2 as Pakistan were 10/2 after 4.1 overs.  The 1992 world champions were reeling at 43/3 after 13.2 overs as Younis Khan lost his wicket for 19.  Haris Sohail and Misbah-Ul-Haq tried to build a partnership but off spinner James Tredwell picked up the fourth wicket as Pakistan slumped to 78/4 after 22.1 overs.

Broad broke a 133-run partnership between Umar Akmal and Misbah as he removed Akmal for 65 but at 211/5 Pakistan only required another 40 runs and were well set thanks to that fifth wicket stand.  Misbah batted through as he finished with 91 not out as Pakistan won by 4 wickets with seven balls remaining.