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Pietersen power inspires England

Kevin Pietersen came back from an Achilles injury to lead England to a total of 185 for five in their ICC World Twenty20 match against Pakistan at the Oval here on Sunday.

Pietersen, who had missed England's shock four-wicket loss to the Netherlands at Lord's on Friday, made 58 in a match the hosts effectively had to win to stay in the tournament.

The South Africa born shotmaker faced 38 balls with three sixes and seven fours before he was caught at short third man by Umar Gul off Saeed Ajmal, who had dropped a caught and bowled chance when Pietersen was on 30.

Pakistan put down four catches in all and did not help themselves with some wild overthrows.

Ajmal, a spinner, led the attack with two for 23.

Pakistan made an early breakthrough after Younus Khan won the toss.

Teenager Mohammad Aamir, a left-arm quick like his boyhood hero Wasim Akram, marked his international debut by removing Ravi Bopara but it needed a superb catch at backward point by Shoaib Malik to leave England nine for one.

Opener Luke Wright, who struck England's first six of the tournament, a pull off the 17-year-old Aamir, kept the run-rate high in the overcast conditions by striking five fours in as many balls faced.

But a stand of 53 was ended when Umar Gul yorked Wright for 34.

England were initially wary against spin duo Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi before Pietersen went down on one knee to hoist leg-spinner Afridi for six.


R. Bopara c Malik b Aamir		 5
L. Wright b Gul				34
K. Pietersen c Gul b Ajmal		58 
O. Shah b Gul				33
P. Collingwood c Afridi b Ajmal		15
D. Mascarenhas not out			16
J. Foster not out			14

Extras (lb3, w4, nb3)			10
Total (5 wkts, 20 overs)		185

Did not bat: G. Swann, S. Broad, A. Rashid, J. Anderson.
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Bopara), 2-62 (Wright), 3-128 (Shah), 4-152 (Collingwood), 5-156 (Pietersen).
Bowling: Arafat 4-0-42-0 (1nb); Aamir 3-0-31-1; Gul 4-0-37-2 (1nb, 2w); 
		Malik 1-0-13-0 (1nb, 1w); Afridi 4-0-36-0; Ajmal 4-0-23-2 (1w);
Pakistan: Salman Butt, Ahmed Shahzad, Kamran Akmal (wkt), Younus Khan (capt), Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik,
	 Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul, Mohammad Amir, Saeed Ajmal.


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