England vs Pakistan
Well, that was a nice change to recent contests between these two sides. England sneaked home in the final over of a run feast and now hold a 2-0 lead in the series - but it was a close run thing and the result was in doubt until Bresnan found the boundary in Gul's final over. Thanks for your company and join us again on Friday for the third match at the Oval, where England can clinch the series with another win. See you later.
Over 50 Gul 0-wd-4-1
295-6 - Bresnan inside edges into his pad, no run there. Six needed from five. Gul bowls an off-side wide to reduce that equation to five from five. Bresnan top edges a wild heave over the wicketkeeper's head for a lucky four, that should do it - England need one from four. Gul got his length wrong, not full enough. Bresnan drives to mid-off, Yardy calls him for a single - direct hit would have been out but it misses and England have won a mini-classic by four wickets!
The powerplay is now finished, Gul to bowl.
Over 49 Ajmal W-wd-1-4-0-0-1
289-6 - Wicket! Bopara gets underneath a drive and sends it right up into the clouds, when it eventually descends Hafeez clings on to an excellent swirling catch. The batsmen crossed so Yardy is on strike having been joined by Bresnan. Ajmal delivers a wide down the leg-side and Yardy then pushes a single to put Bresnan on strike. The Yorkshireman steps away and slaps his first ball through the covers for four to reduce England's requirement to seven from nine. Bresnan fails to repeat the dose and then misses with a wild heave into the leg-side, lucky not to be bowled. Bresnan pushes a single to long-on to retain the strike. After 99 overs of action it has come down to this - England need six runs from six balls.
Over 48 Gul 2-0-0-1-4-2
282-5 - Bopara heaves to midwicket for a couple but is forced to block the second as Gul gets his line spot on. Bopara backs away and misses, another dot. Bopara digs out a full ball to mid-on for a single. Yardy does it again, shuffling across outside off-stump and using the bottom hand to find the midwicket boundary. Yardy just clears cover from a leading edge to finish the over with a couple. England need 13 off the final 12 balls.
Over 47 Ajmal 3-1-1-4-0-0
273-5 - Lovely placement from Bopara, threading an inside-out drive between point and cover for three, Hafeez hauls it in just short of the rope. Yardy again sensibly takes a single to put Bopara back on strike. Bopara returns the favour. Yardy steps away and drives through the covers for four. Ajmal responds with a doosra that Yardy fails to pick, finishing the over with two dots to keep Pakistan in the hunt. England need 22 from the final 18 balls.
Over 46 Gul 2-4-1-W-2wd-1-1
264-5 - Gul, who will bowl the final three overs from this end, has third-man inside the circle, allowing Bopara to open the face of the bat and run a back-of-a-length delivery down to the vacant boundary. Bopara drops a single into the off-side to bring Morgan onto strike. Wicket! Morgan slices a drive straight into the hands of Hafeez on the point boundary, he was the only man back on the off-side but barely had to move. Michael Yardy enters the fray with 35 needed from 26 balls. Gul gifts England two in wides, can't be doing that in this situation, Kamran Akmal did well to prevent that disapperaing for four. A pair of singles allows Bopara to retain the strike, England need 31 from 24 balls.
Over 45 Ajmal 0-W-0-1-0-4
253-4 - I spoke (typed) too soon, England have taken the powerplay now, so the fielding restrictions are back in place for overs 45-49. The Shoaib experiment is shelved after a single over, Ajmal is back on. Wicket! Strauss misses attempting to sweep a full delivery and is dispatched lbw, umpire Doctrove raising the finger - there was not much debate about that one. Strauss leaves the arena to a rousing ovation having made 126 from 134 balls, leaving the stage set for Ravi Bopara to join Morgan in the middle. Morgan fails once with his trademark reverse sweep but connects with the second attempt to finish the over with a welcome boundary. England need 42 from 30 balls.
Over 44 Afridi 1-0-1-1-1-1
248-3 - England doing it in singles, are they going to leave the powerplay until the final five overs? Looks that way, they need another 47 from 36 balls.
Over 43 Shoaib 2-2-1-1-wd-1-1
243-3 - Shoaib, who is believed to have tweaked his hamstring, is back on with three overs remaining in his allocation of 10. A schoolboy misfield from Gul allows Morgan to pick up two, when - arguably - he should not have been getting even a single. Shoaib sprays it around, including a wide and a full toss to leave England requiring 52 from 42 balls - they still have the powerplay to come remember.
Over 42 Afridi 1-1-1-1-1-1
234-3 - The third umpire is called to confirm Morgan made his ground from Yousuf's throw, unsurprisingly the replays reveal he did. Yousuf doesn't have the strongest arm in his own family, let alone by the standards of international cricket. The full house of six singles leaves England needing 61 from 48 balls - this one looks like it's going all the way.
Over 41 Hafeez 1-1-2-2-1-0
228-3 - Hafeez to continue, might have been tempted to bring Gul - or even Shoaib - on myself. Sharp running, particularly from Morgan, sees England pick up two twos. Wicketkeeper Akmal drops a very difficult chance off Morgan from the final ball of the over. It was an underedged cut and took a big deflection - not much chance for Akmal with that one.
Over 40 Afridi 2-W-1-0-0-0
221-3 - Wicket! Collingwood holes out to sub fielder Azhar Ali at long-on. He was aiming a bit wider than that but didn't get enough bat on it, possibly even came off the leading edge. Eoin Morgan joins his Middlesex colleague Strauss in the middle with a run chase to finish.
Over 39 Hafeez 2-0-1-0-0-2
218-2 - The running between the wickets from this pair has been mightily impressive, again Collingwood turn one into two - that's the third such occurrence in the space of five balls. Strauss misses with a sweep, surprised by the lack of turn from Hafeez.
Over 38 Afridi 1-1-2-0-2-1
213-2 - Afridi thinks he's the most likely man to turn this round for Pakistan so recalls himself. Strauss' fitness is paying off, twice he comes back strongly for a second despite being well into his third hour at the crease. England need 82 from 12 overs at a required-rate of 6.83.
Over 37 Gul 0-0-1-0-0-4
206-2 - A quick single gets Collingwood away from the strike, he's got eight off 15 deliveries so far, just feeling his way in. Gul gets away with a short ball that should have been called wide. Strauss finishes the over by cutting another filthy short ball - this one was within reach - away to the backward point boundary. The over went downhill from Gul's point of view the longer it progressed.
Over 36 Ajmal 0-1-0-1-0-1
201-2 - Strauss is fortunate a top-edged reverse sweep drops just short of the fielder, would have been a horrible way to go. Irfan has left the field to get some treatment for cramp, the big man is having a bit of a nightmare.
Over 35 Gul 1-0-1-0-1-1
198-2 - England continue to chip away at their target in singles. They require a further 97 from 15 overs - and still have the batting powerplay to use. Pakistan were 186-2 at the corresponding stage of their innings.
Over 34 Ajmal 1-0-1-0-1-1
194-2 - Century! Strauss completes his fifth ODI hundred (106b 9x4, 1x6) with a single to midwicket - he continues to answer the doubters concerning his suitability for the 50-over format. He had a couple of lives from Irfan's drop and Doctrove's failure to spot a glove through to the wicketkeeper but, nevertheless, it has been an impressive effort from the England captain. Can he push on and finish the job?
Over 33 Hafeez 1-0-2-0-0-1
190-2 - Wicket! A direct hit from Shoaib at short fine-leg leaves a confused Trott short of his his ground. Trott had gone for a big heave into the leg-side, missed, and the ball deflected off his pad to Shoaib. Trott, unsure where the ball had gone and the subject of a big lbw shout, set off for a single, was sent back by Strauss and, despite putting in the dive, was comfortably out. Paul Collingwood, not in the best of form, is the new batsman.
- 12th Sep 2010
- Headingley Carnegie
- B R Doctrove and N J Llong
england BATTING CARD
|Strauss||lbw b Ajmal||126|
|Davies||c Akmal b Akhtar||26|
|Collingwood||c Sub b Afridi||19|
|Morgan||c Hafeez b Gul||16|
|Bopara||c Hafeez b Ajmal||16|
|Total||Close, 49.3 Overs||295 - 6|