Pakistan survived a top-order collapse to win the warm-up game by 4 wickets, after captain Misbah-ul-Haq and talented young batsman Umar Akmal scored half centuries. Pakistan's chase of 250 did not get off to a good start, after they lost openers Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad for 1 and 2 runs respectively.


The English bowlers were not able to maintain pressure on the Pakistani batsmen after getting them into a troubling position at 43/3 in the fourteenth over. Anderson bowled a testing spell with the new ball, but Jordan and Tredwell were unable to exert pressure on Misbah and Akmal, who were keen to take quick singles but still hit the odd ball away for a boundary.


Earlier in the day, England won the toss and elected to bat. England's top order barring Moeen Ali was able to score at a good pace. Joe Root set the foundation for England setting an above-par score with an impressive 85 from just 89 balls. Those who were batting around him failed to get going, and it was only because of a brief cameo by Chris Jordan, who scored 31 runs from 27 balls.


Pakistan has gained some much-needed momentum before their first game against arch-rivals India on Sunday, after winning their first warm-up game against Bangladesh earlier in the week. Some of their top players have been ruled out of their squad. Star spinner Saeed Ajmal was banned from bowling in international #Cricket because his action was found to be illegal. By the time he was cleared, it was too late for him to be drafted in the squad. All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez and left-arm quick Junaid Khan were ruled out due to injuries.


England, who play Australia at Melbourne on Saturday, also won their first warm-up game, comprehensively beating the West Indies by 9 wickets with more than half their overs remaining. They are currently ranked 5th in the One Day Internationals, but come into the tournament with a strong side. England have never won the game's biggest tournament, but they won the World T20, the world championship for cricket's shortest format in 2010.