Pietersen spares Poms’ blushes

England were far from convincing as they beat Scotland by six-wickets in an ICC World Twenty20 warm-up game in Nottingham.

Scotland won the toss and chose to bat first posting a competitive 136 from their 20 overs with Colin Smith top scoring for he Scots with 45 from 32 balls.

England’s bowlers were well below par removing just four of the minnow’s batsman. Skipper Paul Collingwood was the best of a poor lot with the part-timer picking up figures of 2-18.

In response England stumbled to 57-3 before Pietersen’s 53 from 39 balls helped guide his team home with an over to spare.

While England dominated the West Indies in both the recent Test and the ODI series, their mediocre performance against lowly Scotland once again highlights their shortcomings in T20 cricket.

In other warm-up results Australia cruised to a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand at The Oval, while Sri Lanka managed to hold their nerve to beat Bangladesh by four wickets with just two balls to spare.

Needing 148 for victory the Aussies made light work of the target reaching it with seven wickets in hand and four balls to spare thanks to a half-century from skipper Ricky Ponting and cameo 49* from Michael Clarke.