KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Superb performances from Paul Collingwood and Stuart Broad ensured England start the ICC World Cup with a 100% warm-up record after a 69-run victory over Pakistan.
Collingwood showed how important his bowling could prove in the sub-continent with 3-48 after making a typically determined 65 in England’s 273 all out.
Broad meanwhile continued to impress on his return from injury with 5-25, taking his wickets tally to ten in the two warm-up games.
New opener Kevin Pietersen top scored with 65 before Broad skittled the Pakistan top-order - reducing them to 37-3 in reply.
Younis Khan’s steady innings of 80 kept Pakistan in the game but when he became Broad’s fourth victim, England’s victory became a formality.
Pietersen, Collingwood find form
Pietersen’s last minute move to the top of the order had received criticism in some quarters but the 30-year-old impressed in Fatullah.
His knock lasted 78 balls with the right-hander increasing in fluency during a stand of 80 with Ian Bell, who has replaced Pietersen as England’s number four.
Bell was typically impressive during his 39 before being stumped advancing down the pitch to off-spinner Saeed Ajmal.
England stuttered briefly but Collingwood showed the kind of fighting spirit which appeared to desert him in Australia during his 73 ball stay.
Ravi Bopara seemingly sealed his place in the side for Tuesday’s opener against the Netherlands with a brisk 35 and Matt Prior made a 15-ball 24.
His dismissal to Junaid Khan sparked a late collapse though as England lost their last four wickets in seven balls with just six runs added.
Five more for Broad
Broad, who saved England’s blushes with a five-for in the opening warm-up win over Canada, got England off to a flying start with the ball.
The right-arm quick dismissed Mohammad Hafeez for a duck with his second ball, caught by captain Andrew Strauss at slip.
The Akmal brothers, Kamran and Umar, also fell to Broad as he registered magnificent figures of 6-1-12-3 in his opening spell.
Younis Khan took control for Pakistan as they recovered to 74-3 before Collingwood’s medium pacers had Asad Shafiq clean bowled for a slow 12 off 35 balls.
Collingwood continued to chip away, adding stand-in skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Abdur Rehman to his victims.
Broad returned to the attack and removed the danger man Younis - caught behind by Prior slashing at a wide delivery - before Bresnan and Broad finished Pakistan off for 206.