Wednesday, February 22, 2012

England vs Pakistan: T20 Series - First Match 23 Feb Free Live Streaming

And finally it was England's turn to whitewash the ODI series against Pakistan. In Tuesday's match Pakistan seemed to be in good shape till the fifth wicket but then it was disaster all the way. Choosing to bat, Pakistan could make 237 - but it also proved to be much for the England this time as the match ended in England's favour with only four balls remaining. 

Well played England all along in the ODI series and congratulations for the first ODI whitewash.

As for Pakistan, the batsmen failed again and could not capitalize on the initial good score. Asad and Umar Akmal added beautiful 58 and 65 and later Misbah who added 46 to the score. But thereafter nothing happened. Afridi was back home with only 9 and could not Boom Boom despite many placards insisting him to. Dernbach was the most successful bowler taking four wickets for 45. Finn and Briggs took two each. 

On the other hand, it was Pietersen's day again who stroked beautifully and made his consecutive centurey like Cook in the first two ODIs and made remarkable 130. But that was lla as no other English batsman was able to add anything recordable except Kieswetter who added valuable 43. 

In a way England was not up to its mark today and could barely reach the target with just four balls remaining. Saeed Ajmal did make stay uneasy for the Englishmen who took 3 for 62.

Well then, it is all over with 4:0 whitewash win for England - the revenge for Test Series whitewash adequately and befittingly taken.

Now it is T20s coming from Thursday, 23 February. England is well tuned and primed now for limited overs matches and one can foresee difficult days for Pakistan ahead. Unless Pakistan batsmen play responsibly, Pakistan would be in danger in the T20s too. 

The opposing teams are composed as under:

England: SCJ Broad*, JM Anderson, JM Bairstow, RS Bopara, TT Bresnan, DR Briggs, JC Buttler†, AN Cook, JW Dernbach, ST Finn, AD Hales, C Kieswetter†, EJG Morgan, SR Patel, KP Pietersen, GP Swann

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq*, Abdur Rehman, Adnan Akmal†, Aizaz Cheema, Asad Shafiq, Awais Zia, Hammad Azam, Imran Farhat, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz

The first match is being played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai on 23 February at 16:00 GMT. 

The live streaming links for the match are given below: