Moeen leads the way as England win


England's bowlers warmed up for their opening Twenty20 with Pakistan as they beat the United Arab Emirates by 79 runs in Abu Dhabi.

Spinner Moeen Ali led the way with four wickets from his three overs in the tour match, while all three seamers enjoyed success to limit UAE to 95-9.

That gave Eoin Morgan's side a comprehensive victory after Alex Hales (40) and Jason Roy (59) enjoyed a prolific opening partnership, the pair sharing 92 runs as England posted 174-6 from their 20 overs.

Roy and Hales wasted no time in asserting themselves against the UAE bowlers with a flurry of boundaries, with Roy also launching two huge sixes on his way to a half-century.

He got as far as 59 before being bowled on his 29th delivery by Ahmed Raza (1-32), and although Hales remained at the crease England failed to capitalise on their solid start.

They were only able to add another 82 runs from the remaining 13 overs, with Moeen (20), Sam Billings (12) and Morgan (15) all making useful contributions without building on those starts.

Had there been any frustration at not getting closer to 200 it did not show as Chris Jordan (2-14), Liam Plunkett (1-28) and Reece Topley (1-23) made inroads into the UAE top order.

Jordan was at the forefront of the attack as he bowled Syed Maqsood for 10 in the second over, before fellow opener Mohammed Kaleem (7) looped a catch to Topley at mid-on.

At 31-4 UAE always faced an uphill challenge, and in their attempts to chase the game Moeen (4-11) came to the fore, the spinner taking the four wickets before the close as England cruised to victory, the hosts finishing on 95-9.