England vs Pakistan
Pakistan win by 4 wickets
As we said at the beginning of the day, Pakistan don't do simple. But they've pulled off a well-deserved win here in a very entertaining Test match and will go to Lord's with a chance to take a share of the series. Their bowlers were the ones to set this up, but the crucial contribution came from the fielders who took most of what came their way. That gave everyone confidence from day one and it flowed into their batting. Thanks for your company throughout the Test, and I'm sure we're all looking forward to the fourth Test at Lord's on Thursday. See you then.
Over 42 Swann 2-0-2-1-
148-6 - The field spreads once again to Akmal, but he gets back to cut away very late and get two through backward point. Very effective shot well carried out. He goes on the sweep next up and is hit on the front pad, but England's appeals are rightly turned down by Tony Hill. Akmal then repeats that late cut for two more, leaving one needed for victory. And there it is! A turn past square leg brings it, and huge credit must go to Umar Akmal for the way he's kept his head and seen his side home.
Over 41 Anderson 0-4-0-0-0-1
143-6 - Four more, and now you feel Pakistan can relax a bit. Anderson got too straight, and Akmal did well to clip it away behind square on the leg side to ensure that deep midwicket couldn't cut it off. A single to deep cover off the final ball means Pakistan need just five to win. The small contingent of Pakistan fans in the one stand are on their feet now, singing as they jump around.
Over 40 Swann 1-4-0-0-0-0
138-6 - England spread the field, and Akmal is happy to take the single. Swann then drops short, and Amir is onto it, swiveling to pull through midwicket for four valuable runs. Huge release of tension that, and it takes Pakistan to within 10 of a fine victory.
Over 39 Anderson 1-0-0-0-0-0
133-6 - A run! Akmal pushes into the covers and takes a single. Strauss and Anderson hold a conference to come up with a plan for Amir, and after a few disagreements the final decision is that he will continue to come over the wicket with two slips, a gully and a third man in place. And he'll continue with the line wide of off stump, which Amir leaves alone. Anderson switches to bowl around the wicket for the final two deliveries, and the second of them tails in a fraction but misses off stump with Amir electing to leave.
Over 38 Swann 0-0-0-0-0-0
132-6 - Swann overpitches with his first ball and Amir gives it everything he's got as he drives back down the ground. Swann does well to get down and prevent a certain boundary. A push into the covers gets Amir thinking that he might get off strike but Akmal sends him back, so it's another maiden and we have a drinks break.
Over 37 Anderson 0-0-0-0-0-0
132-6 - Akmal has an airy waft at the first ball and is beaten, so he goes back to leaving the ball. The pressure really has built up with every dot ball, and there have now been 22 of them in a row. Akmal did push the final ball towards backward point but Pietersen ensures there's no run.
Over 36 Swann 0-0-0-0-0-0
132-6 - Pakistan have gone into their shell completely now and look to be waiting for the runs to magically appear. Amir blocks out a couple, is beaten by a big turner, then goes for the big shot and is beaten by the bounce. The final delivery is left alone.
Over 35 Anderson 0-0-0-0-0-0
132-6 - Tense times. Anderson looks to tempt Umar Akmal outside off stump, but the youngster is keeping his head. He leaves a few balls which swing noticeably after passing the batsman, but is beaten when he pushes forward at the final ball. A maiden, so Pakistan still need 16.
Over 34 Swann 0-1-W-0-0-0
132-6 - Just a slip and a short leg to Umar Akmal with five men back on the boundary, and he does the sensible thing in cutting out to deep point for a single. WICKET! Kamran Akmal departs! He tried to leave a fairly straightforward delivery from Swann, was hit on the pad as it turned in, and Tony Hill took a long time before raising the finger as the crowd implored him to do so. Akmal immediately asks for the review but HawkEye has it hitting the top of off stump so it was a good decision originally. Kamran Akmal goes, and Pakistan have lost their final review. Mohammad Amir pushes forward with four men around the bat - three of them on the off side - and is nearly caught by a diving Cook. It would have been a blinder, but equally would have been a lucky take.
Over 33 Anderson W-0-0-0-0-0
131-5 - WICKET! Well there goes my prediction of a six-wicket win! This is a beauty from Anderson, and it had to be to get rid of Yousuf. It was the full, straight one, which just shaped away at the last moment to yokr him and knock out off stump. Suddenly the crowd are right behind Anderson, and crucially there's a bit of swing. Kamran Akmal is beaten by one and Prior goes up, and although Strauss is not convinced he does ask for a review. HotSpot doesn't show anything so the original decision stands, but Akmal is beaten by the next one as well and suddenly there's energy around the ground.
Over 32 Swann 0-0-0-2-0-0
131-4 - Plenty of fielders drop back because England know that Akmal likes to go after the spinners. There are singles on offer, but he proves their theory right by attempting a big cut shot and missing. He blocks the next couple, then turns one off his hips for a couple of runs to deep backward square leg. Then mid-off comes up to tempt the batsman to go over the top, but the ball isn't there to hit and so Akmal sensibly plays the remaining deliveries on their merits.
Over 31 Anderson 0-0-0-1-0-0
129-4 - Akmal is standing a good foot outside his crease, so Prior gets a helmet and stands up to the stumps. Akmal drives into the covers, and after some poor calling eventually takes the single once the ball has passed the fielder and gone out to the man in the deep. Pakistan just a bit nervous after that run-out, but they only need 19 more runs to win.
Over 30 Swann 0-0-W-0-4-0
128-4 - "Two days of rain coming. Keep it tight for half an hour boys," chirps Matt Prior behind the stumps. WICKET! The pressure has built and pays off as Ali is run out. He played the ball square on the leg side but the ball deflected off Cook's leg at short leg to take it closer to Anderson at midwicket, and he swooped and threw athletically to the non-striker's end. Ali had hesitated, and it cost him as Swann shepherded the ball onto the stumps with the batsman well out of his crease. Umar Akmal joins proceedings at the non-striker's end, and watches as Yousuf plays another sublime late cut for four. He really is magnificent to watch.
Over 29 Anderson 0-0-0-0-0-0
124-3 - Anderson has Yousuf to bowl at now, and gets gradually straighter as the over goes on. Yousuf plays and misses at one but hits the ground and England go up. All sorts of confusion as to whether there was an edge, and if there was then whether the ball bounced before or after hitting the bat. Steve Davis is unmoved, and replays show that it was actually a no-ball. It wasn't called though, so it's a maiden. The lights are on and appear to be taking hold as they create the odd shadow.
Over 28 Swann 0-0-4-1-0-0
124-3 - Slight tweak in the field as Strauss moves from leg slip to gully, but it seems as if nothing will deter Yousuf now. He defends capably, then rocks back to cut away very late for four. A clip to leg brings a single, and Ali sees off the final two deliveries. Pakistan need another 24 runs to win.
Over 27 Anderson 0-0-0-wd-0-0-0
119-3 - Shades of Zimbabwe's tactics against England in a Test in 1996, when they adopted a line two feet outside off stump to prevent the batsmen scoring. On that occasion it prevented England from winning as the scores finished level. No doubt Andy Flower has a hand in this, with England just looking to get through the overs at one end while Swann attacks at the other. Ali discusses how to respond with Yousuf, and the decision is to just leave the ball. Anderson goes too wide with one and is called.
Over 26 Swann 0-0-1-2-0-0
118-3 - Four men around the bat form a square around Ali as he takes strike to Swann. There's a gap at cover to entice the batsmen into a drive, and although he misses that gap Ali does get off strike to mid-off. Yousuf then drives through that gap for a couple of runs before going after a floated delivery. Unlike when he got out in the first innings, this time he plays with the spin but hits straight to midwicket.
Over 25 Anderson 0-0-0-0-0-0
115-3 - Anderson gets the second session underway with a bit of a stinker that's very nearly called wide by Steve Davis. The umpire turns around and threatens to stretch out his arms, before turning back and sharing a smile with Yousuf, who looks incredibly at ease. He's beaten by one delivery, but leaves the rest alone as Anderson adopts a wide line to prevent the batsman from scoring.
A bigger cause
We're just a few minutes away from the second session. Meanwhile A.R.Modak in Johannesburg points out that this victory will bring some relief to those back home in Pakistan: "England seems to be a "happy-hunting ground" for the Pakistanis. After having drawn the series with the Aussies, all they have to do now is win this and the next and hey, presto, a drawn series, again something they haven't done for years. I think that a win should lift the morale of the team, and of course, for the country as a whole- considering the human tragedy unfolding there!!"
- 18th - 21st Aug 2010
- The Brit Insurance Oval
- S J Davis and A L Hill
pakistan BATTING CARD
|Farhat||lbw b Swann||33|
|Hameed||c Swann b Anderson||0|
|Butt||c Collingwood b Swann||48|
|Azhar Ali||run out||5|
|Akmal||lbw b Swann||0|
|M Amir||not out||4|
|Extras||1nb, 2w, 4b, 2lb||9|
|Total||Close, 41.4 Overs||148 - 6|