England made a gallant comeback today to snatch a 52-run win over a Patron's XI in their tour warm-up match.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
Rawalpindi:England made a gallant comeback today to snatch a 52-run win over a Patron's XI in their tour warm-up match. Defending a modest total of 157 in a minimum of 60 overs on the last day of the three-day match, medium fast bowler Liam Plunkett (4-16) and left-arm spinner Ashley Giles (4-39) combined to bundle out the hosts for a paltry 105 in 36.5 overs. Marcus Trescothick ensured England's bowlers had enough runs on board to defend with an unbeaten 38 after the tourists resumed at the overnight score of 39 for six. Trescothick, who scored an unbeaten 124 in England's first innings total of 256 for nine declared, entered the fray at the fall of the seventh wicket this morning as the visitors were bowled out for 112. Local medium fast bowler Yasir Arafat took five wickets in the second innings for 31 runs to finish the match with a haul of 9-76. The Patron's XI conceded a 45-run first innings lead when they were dismissed for 211. In its second innings, Test batsman Yasir Hameed and Asher Zaidi compiled a solid 50-run opening partnership before the home team fell to the combination of Plunkett and Giles. Hameed, dropped on 24 by Kevin Pietersen at mid-wicket, was neatly caught by Andrew Strauss after adding another six to his score, while Zaidi (26) spooned a simple catch to mid-on off Plunkett. (AP)