England vs Pakistan
Pakistan Won By 38 Runs
Great. No deadrubber at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday. Wonderful performance from Pakistan, who put aside Butt's disastrous remarks to do the talking on the field at Lord's today. Yet again, their batting was hardly convincing. Yet again, their pace bowlers came to the party entirely. Big worries about Collingwood's form, while perhaps Bell pipping Bopara to the starting XI wasn't the best call after all. Cheers.
Over 46.1 Gul W
227-10 - Wicket! Game. Set. Match. Pakistan. Broad fancies a fat dip over midwicket, swiping across the line to miss it completely. Stumps rattled for the umpteenth time this innings.
Over 46 Akhtar 0-0-0-0-1-2
227-9 - The inevitable staved off for at least one over more.
Over 45 Gul 2-1-1wd-1-W-0-0
224-9 - Wicket! Just as Swann was getting the hang of this reverse-swing stuff, Gull bobbles in the slowest of slower balls. It's all too much for the tail-ender, who is found wanting in every department from foot work to shot selection. The square-leg umpire has work to do again in re-erecting the stumps. Anderson in now. Meanwhile, the Fat Lady is warming up her voice in anticipation of Pakistan triumph. So ends the batting Powerplay. Hardly a good effort from England. In fact, a complete meal: 42 for four from it.
Over 44 Akhtar 1-1-W-3wd-4-1-0
219-8 - Having strained a side muscle across his previous over, Shoaib soliders on for the cause and bags due reward. Wicket! That's got to be the ball game, as Morgan spoons a rank full toss into no-man's land in the deep mid-on area, only for Yousuf to swoop in from the right to snapple the skyer on the dive. Great catch, really. Broad in now. Swann, meanwhile, decides to take the bull by the horns in swooshing four over the off-side. Should he have backed away any further, his stumps would have been a sure bet for rearrangement. England need 47 runs off 36 balls to win.
Over 43 Gul 1-W-0-2-1-1
209-7 - The finest batsman on the planet wouldn't have stopped that one. Wicket! Massive in-swinging yorker from Gul, which cannons past Bresnan, who perhaps should've been playing straighter. Stumps lying all ove the place. Swann in now, riding his luck on the pull as Afridi drops a tough chance on the dive at midwicket. Got one hand to it. Really would've been a cracker had he clung on. England need 57 runs off 42 balls to win.
Over 42 Akhtar 2-1wd-W-0-0-1-5wd-1
204-6 - Make or break time, with pace ace Shoaib back into the attack in a bid to make the reverse-swing on offer count. Wicket! Right on the money in his choice to approach from around the wicket, cramping Yardy for room and forcing the left-hander to chop onto leg-stump. Bresnan in now, digging out some swinging yorkers in a bid to save his toes from horrible pain. But then, the Shoaib of old rears his ugly head, ballooning five fat, ugly wides over the batsman and wicketkeeper's head. England need 62 runs off 48 balls to win.
Over 41 Ajmal 1-1-4b-1-1-4
194-5 - Strap in, folks. England have called for their batting Powerplay. Afridi sticks with his numero uno spinner. Morgan immediately whips out that reverse-sweep of his. No connection, and no gather from the wicketkeeper either. Hence, four byes. That's followed by an ugly but effective hack through midwicket, which fetches four in closing the over with a flourish. Not quite a long-hop, but too short from Ajmal. England need 72 runs off 54 balls to win.
Over 40 Hafeez 1-1-0-1-1-1
182-5 - Morgan and sidekick still far too comfortable to dink, dab and nurdle the singles. England need 84 runs off 60 balls to win.
Over 39 Ajmal 1-1-0-1-0-1
177-5 - Some number-crunching for England's displeasure: just 17 runs for the loss of one wicket across the last five overs. Meanwhile, 12th man Wright has run onto the field to deliver a message of sorts. No prizes for guessing what that's all about. Something along the lines of, 'Get a move on. Call for the batting Powerplay.'
Over 38 Hafeez 0-0-1-0-0-1
173-4 - Yardy gets his sights in, eating up valuable deliveries. Morgan had best call for the batting Powerplay before it's too late.
Over 37 Ajmal 0-1-0-1-1-W
171-4 - Shackled in by one too many singles, Bell decides a dart down the track and strike across cover is in order. However, not enough on it to beat the substitute fielder, who hangs onto a good catch low to the ground. One wonders if Bopara would've done better. Yardy in now, but it's Morgan who has it all to do.
Over 36 Hafeez 1-1-1-0-0-0
168-4 - Interesting move from Pakistan, who brings back part-time spinner Hafeez. The change almost works a treat as Morgan gets it all wrong on the dive, pinging one to Afridi at short extra-cover. Dropped! The captain can't hang on though, instead parrying it over his head. Big moment that. Morgan isn't the kind to let a missed chance go unpunished.
Over 35 Ajmal 0-1-1-1-0-0
165-4 - With the mandatory change of ball a thing of the past, the spinner uses it too decent effect. Plenty of flight, with variation in pace stuck into the mix. Bell, in particular, struggles against the quicker delivery.
Over 34 Gul 0-1-0-1-0-0
162-4 - Ian Bell is just waiting for the ball and playing it right under his eyes. Umar Gul meanwhile is putting in every ounce of effort he can with a ball change due at the end of this over. Morgan rotates the strike well before Bell is beaten, twice, by some away movement with a first slip still in place, Afridi would love to break this particular stand.
Over 33 Razzaq 0-4-1lb-0-1-0
160-4 - A tense situation doesn't seem to affect Eoin Morgan as he crashes a a wide delivery to the fence off the front foot. A loud appeal is then turned down with the ball going well down leg side. A couple singles follow and these two appear confident.
Over 32 Gul 0-W-0-1-0-4
154-4 - Bowled! It's the Umar Gul show once more and he's put Paul Collingwood out of his misery. The angle in to the right hander beat the gate and crashed into the stumps to set off some enthusiastic celebrations. Collingwood, similarly to Trott, is gone for 4 from all of 18 balls. Eoin Morgan is teh man for the job and he's found a single to get off the mark before Bell helps a full delivery on it's way down to the fine leg fence.
Over 31 Razzaq 1-0-1-0-2-0
149-3 - Also on to take advantage of any reverse swing available is Abdul Razzaq who starts his spell with a run through. The real thing this time and Bell pushes easily to the cover fielder for one with plenty of ones available to him. The problem for England now is that Collingwood is not in good touch and and is struggling to get the ball off the square. He manages to turn away off his pads for one before Bell does the same and with a better throw he would have been in trouble but gets back for the second run on the dive.
Over 30 Gul 0-nb-0-0-0-0-0
145-3 - Skipper Afridi is playing something of a trump card with Umar Gul on to reverse it with only a couple overs left before the ball is replaced. The umpire calls Gul for a no-ball that wasn't, an inch behind the crease, but he escapes with the free hit which is debatably wide but not called. Just to make his point Gul scratches at the crease on his way back to his mark. Paul Collingwood meanwhile is extremely uneasy, he doesn't know much about what's going on and has a bemused look on his face, playing and missing repeatedly. A theatrical lbw appeal raises the temperature a notch, but the ball is heading well over the stumps. Fawad Alam fields well off the final ball and the asking rate is now over six-per-over.
Over 29 Afridi 2-0-1-wd-1-4-2
144-3 - Afridi takes his slip out but doesn't plug midwicket and Bell takes advantage, using his feet effectively to find two wide of long on. Mohammad Yousuf is being called into action on the cover fence and he cradles the ball gently as if picking up a dove, even he is taking care in the field. Ian Bell is looking particularly in control against the spin and angles the ball past through the vacant slip area and down to the fence with 11 runs coming from the over to release the pressure a touch.
- 20th Sep 2010
- B R Doctrove and R A Kettleborough
england BATTING CARD
|Strauss||c Alam b Akhtar||68|
|Bell||c Sub b Ajmal||27|
|Morgan||c Yousuf b Akhtar||28|
|Extras||2nb, 14w, 4b, 1lb||21|
|Total||All out, 46.1 Overs||227|