KP thrilled with England win
Kevin Pietersen was delighted after returning from injury to inspire England to victory over Pakistan at the ICC World Twenty20.
Last Updated: 07/06/09 10:24pm
Kevin Pietersen was delighted after returning from injury to inspire England to a 48-run victory over Pakistan at the ICC World Twenty20.
The Hampshire batsman missed England's surprise defeat to the Netherlands in the tournament opener due to an Achilles problem.
But Pietersen was passed fit to take on Pakistan in Sunday's must-win Group B encounter at the Oval and made 58 off 38 balls as England piled up 185-5.
That proved more than enough as Pakistan finished on 137-7 in reply, only captain Younus Khan providing much resistance with 46 not out.
The result means England have qualified for the last eight of the competition as their net run-rate will definitely be superior to at least one of the Netherlands and Pakistan, who meet at Lord's on Tuesday.
"It was a huge match," Pietersen told Sky Sports. "If we didn't win we were out and that is not nice.
"It was a huge evening - I was desperate to play, I've never had an injury that has kept me out which has been hard to deal with.
"I reckon I'm about 70 percent fit. Hopefully that is the last of it now because I just love playing.
"I am happy to play with a bunch of boys who played like they did this evening."
England captain Paul Collingwood was relieved his side had got their campaign back on track.
"It was special, everything I wanted," admitted Collingwood.
"When we lost the other night a lot of pride had been hit hard and we had 24 hours to hit back.
"I thought the way we batted was exceptional, there was a lot of freedom.
"We had to do one thing - go out and win the match.
"There was a lot of purpose with the batting.
"Everybody put their hand up today and that is what we needed from the players."
Younus, meanwhile, rued Pakistan's poor display in the field.
"I think 160 was chaseable," he said. "The big worry for us at the moment is fielding, we have missed chances and run-outs, which probably gave them 20-25 runs.
"Maybe our guys are not fielding well because they are under pressure.
"Everybody in the world is talking about our fielding - but we are always like that in international cricket."
Pakistan must now inflict a heavy defeat on Holland to join England in the latter stages, and are bound to shake up their side.
"We will have to do it because if we don't we will be out of the competition," said Younus, of the need for a big win.
"Hopefully the senior guys will come forward and do a job for our team. It's the only chance we have."
However, he attempted to retain Twenty20's original spirit in reflecting on his side's immediate future.
"It's international cricket but it is only a fun game," he added. "It will be sad for us if we are not in the Super Eights but it's not a disaster.
"Twenty20 cricket is all about entertaining the crowd; it's all about fun."