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Pietersen warms to new role as England triumph.

Byline: James Milton

ENGLAND'S batsmen found some form yesterday in their final World Cup warm-up against Pakistan, writes James Milton.

Kevin Pietersen scored 66 in his second innings since being promoted to open the batting and Paul Collingwood made 65 in a total of 273 all out.

Hills make Pietersen 6-5 to score a fifty in England's first Group B match against Holland on Tuesday and he is 5-1 to make a century.

Stuart Broad took 5-25 as England bowled Pakistan out for 206 to secure a 67-run win. Broad also took five wickets in England's previous warm-up game against Canada on Wednesday.

However, Andrew Strauss's men remain 9-1 sixth-favourites with Hills to win the World Cup, just behind 8-1 shots Pakistan.

England's Group B rivals the West Indies have been hit by injuries to opener Adrian Barath and wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh. The pair have both been ruled out of the tournament with hamstring problems and Kirk Edwards and Devon Thomas are expected to be named as replacements, pending approval from the ICC.

The Windies, who are 1-3 to qualify for the quarter-finals, start their campaign against South Africa on Thursday.

The tournament organisers faced some awkward questions yesterday as the venue for the final, the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, failed a fire safety inspection.

However, a Mumbai Cricket Association official, Lalchand Rajput, explained: "The firefighting team have made a few suggestions and we will comply with them.

"We are not concerned about the venue being taken off the World Cup list."

Hills - K Pietersen specials v Holland: 11-10 hit a six, 6-5 score a fifty, 5 score a century, 6 man of the match, 8 make a duck, 25 make a first-ball duck; P Collingwood v Holland: 11-10 hit a six, 3 score a fifty, 10 man of the match, 16 score a century.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
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Date:Feb 19, 2011
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