Misbah-ul-Haq starred in the Pakistani batting line up © Getty Images
Misbah-ul-Haq starred in the Pakistani batting line up, scoring 91 runs © Getty Images

Pakistan have won the ICC World Cup 2015 warm up match against England by four wickets with seven balls to spare. Umar Akmal and Misbah-ul-Haq were the heroes for Pakistan in the chase putting up a fantastic partnership of 133 runs.

Chasing England’s 250 runs, Pakistan found themselves in deep trouble early on as the English bowlers had them on the mat at 78 for four. But Misbah and Umar joined hands to lead the Pakistan fightback from there. Misbah in particular was maintained his calm and composure despite the difficult scenario. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: POINTS TABLE

He brought up his half century off just 53 balls. Umar soon got into the act and after abandoning his aggressive style of play early on to steady the ship, was slightly destructive towards the end of his innings and got to his fifty of 54 balls. Stuart Broad opened a window of opportunity for England towards the end by taking Umar’s wicket. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: SCHEDULE & MATCH DETAILS

But Shoaib Maqsood came out and with a few lusty blows swung the game in Pakistan’s favour and his wicket wasn’t cause of much worry for Pakistan as they were at the cusp of victory. Shahid Afridi finished it off fpr Pakistan with two consecutive boundaries, with Misbah stranded on a well played 91 of 99 balls.

Earlier England put up 250 runs on the board for the loss of eight wickets in their quota of 50 overs. Joe Root starred with a fluent 85 and was adequately supported by Gary Ballance who chipped in with 57.

But with the exception of Chris Jordan, lower down the order, the remainder of the batting was ordinary. Yasir Shah was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets conceding 45 runs. Catch the Live blog of the match here

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Brief Scores:

England 250 for 8 in 50 overs (Joe Root 85, Gary Ballance 57; Yasir Shah 3 for 45) lost to Pakistan 252 for 6 in 48.5 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 91*, Umar Akmal 65; James Anderson 2 for 42) by four wickets.