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England struggle with bat in Colombo
Luke Wright top-scored with just 38 as England struggled to set a defendable target on an awkward surface against Pakistan in an ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match at the P Sara Oval in Colombo.
Wright managed to operate at just over a run-a-ball, a feat which proved beyond the rest of the top five as England once again found their old adversary Saeed Ajmal (four for 14) most difficult of all.
They were unable to gather momentum, wickets falling from the outset against Pakistan's spinners and then in a heap - in the space of eight balls - to go from 106 for five to be all out for 111 in the final over.
All was not necessarily lost in this final practice match before England begin the defence of their title in earnest against Afghanistan on Friday, because this was not a pitch to favour the batsmen.
Awkward bounce, spin and swing were available to the bowlers. But captain Stuart Broad et al would have to fare especially well nonetheless if they were to go into the competitive stages of this tournament on the back of an unlikely second successive victory - after beating Australia on Monday.
England's travails began when Alex Hales mis-swept Hasan Raza to short fine-leg in the third over, and the slow left-armer soon had Craig Kieswetter caught at deep midwicket. Eion Morgan mustered double figures but did not convince before falling to only the third delivery from Ajmal, edging an attempted cut behind.
Wright and Jonny Bairstow had to eke out what they could, in a fourth-wicket stand of 34 as England went nine overs at one stage without a boundary.
It was not, in fact, until Bairstow had been yorked by a Yasir Arafat inswinger that new batsman Jos Buttler squeezed a four fine of third man off the same bowler from only the second ball he faced. Wright was gone soon afterwards, though, holing out to long off when Mohammad Sami went full.
It therefore fell to Buttler and Samit Patel to push England at least into three figures, which they managed comfortably - before Ajmal returned to take three wickets in four balls in the penultimate over as Broad and Steven Finn made ducks.