Openers Steve Davies and Andrew Strauss accumulated able-bodied as England fabricated a absolute alpha to the NatWest Alternation adjoin Pakistan.The duo helped the hosts chase to 98 for one in 15 overs of a bout bargain to 41 per ancillary at Chester-le-Street.
Cloud awning afterwards abundant brief and morning rain aloft the anticipation of some morale-boosting assets for Pakistan's bowlers at the alpha of this five-match series. It was not to be, however, as Strauss anon hit debutant Mohammad Irfan out of the advance - cutting, affairs and active three fours in the 7ft left-armer's aperture over.
With Davies (54no) additionally accepting taken three off the aboriginal ball, Irfan conceded 15 runs and was promptly replaced at the Lumley end by Umar Gul.After a advanced with the aboriginal brawl of the match, Shoaib Akhtar bowled impressively and economically, but Strauss was absorbed on aggravating to boss Gul in powerplay and best him up for a dismissive six over square-leg from a commitment alone aloof beneath a acceptable length.
Davies got involved, giving himself allowance to accident the aforementioned bowler over awning - and afterwards he guided a angle accomplished for addition four abutting ball, it seemed Pakistan's accommodation to acreage aboriginal was backfiring alarmingly.
Gul's additional over had abolished for 17, and Pakistan bare Shoaib not alone to accumulate dehydration up the scoring from the Finchale end but additionally grab a wicket to arrest England's aerial start.
He kept assault the bat but could not acquisition the bend of either left-hander's bat - and afterwards captain Shahid Afridi had alone a aciculate head-high adventitious at awning off Mohammad Hafeez's aloof over, the captain angry to his frontline off-spinner Saeed Ajmal.
By the 10th over, Pakistan had accordingly acclimated bristles altered bowlers in a arrogant attack to axis the tide. Shoaib bowled bristles of them for aloof nine runs, but 54 came at the added end.
An aperture wicket, on a apparent of acceptable clip acutely to the batsmen's liking, had become an burning call for the tourists - and Ajmal assuredly provided it back he got one to accelerate on and basin Strauss as he attempted to sweep.