Cricket: Morgan Magic Inspired England

David Moulson@mouls11Contributor IFebruary 19, 2010

A record Twenty20 stand for England between Eion Morgan and Kevin Pietersen ensured an England win in Dubai against Pakistan.

Things started badly for Pakistan after they won the toss and batted.

Imran Nazir, who struggled to get going, top edged a Stuart Broad short ball straight to Joe Denly on the boundary

The wickets continued to fall for Pakistan Imran Farhat, Khalid Latif, and Umar Akmal all falling in quick succession leaving Pakistan 39-4

England's very disiplined bowling performance was on show throughout, with only Shoaib Malik, Fawad Alam, and Abdur Razzaq getting going for Pakistan.  But as their wickets fell, so did Pakistan's scoring rate.

Pakistan finished 129-8 off their 20 overs.

England's bowling and fielding were of the highest quality during these innings.  Stuart Broad took two wonderful catches, his best off the bowling of Graham Swann to get rid of Akmal. Kevin Pietersen also showed his pedigree with the run out of Imran Farhat at mid-on.

England's batting was much to Pakistan's downfall, losing three wickets for just 18 runs. The unimpressive Joe Denly falling for just one, Jonathon Trott played on from Abdur Rassaq's bowling for four, and Paul Collingwood was ran out for 0.

This brought Morgan and Pietersen together. They plundered the Pakistan bowling attack around the ground before finishing the game with nine balls tp spare

Irishman Morgan, who skied an opportunity when he was on just nine, finished on 67 off just 51 balls plundering seven four's and two sixes. He also finished the game off with a massive six, that went all off 90 meters.

South African born Pietersen hit a run a ball 43.  He showed the player that everyone knows he is as he hit three fours, but stroked the ball around the ground nicely to keep rotating the strike.

The partnership of 112 was a record for England in Twenty20 cricket and was a glimpse of England at their best in Twenty20 cricket.

Man of the Match: Eion Morgan (England).