England Mawled By Lions: Kieswetter Inspires Lions Win

David MoulsonContributor IFebruary 17, 2010

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 17:England Lions batsman Craig Kieswetter in action  during the Twenty20 Friendly Match between England and England Lions  at Sheikh Zayed stadium on February 17, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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England Lions rawred to victory by five wickets against the England team in Abu Dhabi.

Paul Collingwood won the toss and decided to bat first.

Joe Denly was first out for England with the score on just five. He was caught by Chris Woakes off the bowling of Steve Finn.

Kevin Pietersen and Jonathon Trott added 41 before the next wicket fell, as Trott departed for 24, no one could predict that four wickets would fall for next to nothing.

Collingwood, Pietersen and Eion Morgan followed Trott back to the pavilion as England slumped to 68-5. These latter three wickets fell to Adil Rashid who finished his spell with 3-22 off his four overs.

Matt Prior and Luke Wright added some normality to the England innings before Prior fell, caught behind, to Finn for 33.

Englands innings finished at 157-6 off their 20 overs. Wright finished 42 not out off just 21 balls, he smashed 5 fours and 2 sixes and Tim Bresnan finished 14 not out.

The Lions got off a the best possible start as Craig Kieswetter continued to be in sparkling form along side IPL New Boy Michael Lumb.

Kieswetter was dropped off Bresnan's bowling by Stuart Broad as he was on just five.

Then Lumb had to leave the field after being smashed on the head by a Broad bouncer.

The Lions continued dispitch the blow but at 100-0 things started turning in the game.

As Lumb was heading off his replacement, Andrew Gale lost his wicket as he was caught off Broads bowling for two.

Five wickets fell for just 44 runs the Lions lost Bell for 1, Carberry for 4, Craig Kieswetter fell in the end for 81 off just 66 balls and Peter Trego fell for 0 first ball to Luke Wright who continue where he left off with the bat collecting 2-41.

Lumb returned to finish the game, finishing 58 not out, as the Lions recorded and impressive win and can reflect on a tour of the UAE unbeaten.