Pakistan beaten by England in 1st T20

DUBAI: Pakistan after being defeated in all Tests, ODIs and T20 in Australia, have also been beaten by England in the first Twenty20 International here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.

Chasing 130, England made a disastrous start losing three early wickets for only 18 runs but Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan rescued the team and guided it to victory.

Together they made 112 runs for the unbeaten fourth wicket as England achieved the target in 18.3 overs for the loss of only three wickets.

Morgan smashed 67 runs from 51 deliveries with seven fours and two towering sixes while Pietersen supported him with 43 runs in as many balls.

For Pakistan, seamers Yasir Arafat and Abddul Razzaq took one wicket each removing both the English openers, Joe Denly (1) and Jonathan Trott (4) while captain Collingwood was run out for nought.

Earlier after winning the toss, Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik elected to bat first and his team made 129 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the allotted 20 overs.

Malik was the top scorer with 33 off 26 balls, followed by Fawad Alam (23) and Abdul Razzaq (22). Fawad and Abdul Razzaq both hit a six each.

For England, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan claimed two wickets each.