November 26, 2000

Hoggard strikes again as 3-day tie is drawn

Lahore, Nov 25: The PCB XI narrowly escaped defeat after Matthew Hoggard looked to steer England to an unlikely victory in the threedayer at the Bagh-e-Jinnah which ended in a draw on Saturday.

Hoggard followed up his first innings effort of four for 13 with four for 17 as the PCB XI finished at 71 for six after England had declared their first innings at 237 for seven to earn a first innings lead of 120 runs.

The second day of the match was washed out without a ball being bowled. At stumps on the first day, England were 76 for two in reply to PCB XI's 117.

The home team had slumped to 18 for four in 10.4 overs before being rescued by teenager Faisal Iqbal who celebrated his recall for the Faisalabad Test with a defiant unbeaten 27. He kept the one end intact during his 103-minute innings during which he faced 70 balls as wickets fell around him.

Hoggard, who has taken his tally of wickets to 17 in two matches, was quick, accurate and deadly in his 11-over burst. After Alex Tudor dismissed Mohammad Ramazan for his second duck of the match, Hoggard got his acts together to dismiss Salman Butt, Bazid Khan, Shoaib Malik and Faisal Naveed.

He was on a hat trick after accounting for Bazid and skipper Shoaib off successive balls. But was denied by 17-year-old wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal who finished the day at 10 not out. Nevertheless, despite a splendid performance, Hoggard received no good news from skipper Nasser Hussain who didn't guarantee him a place in the second Test starting at Faisalabad from Nov 29.

Hussain, who himself is struggling for form, said: "He has played just one Test match. We will see how things go because we have to see the pitch as well. "We got the warning in the one-dayers what lay ahead for us," he added with reference to the expected spinning pitch at the industrial city of the country.

Once again it were the out-swingers that carpeted the Pakistan hopefuls as five of the six batsmen were demised behind wickets. Hasan Raza, world's youngst Test player, was caught hooking Tudor.

Earlier, England batted watchfully in an extended first session of the play before accelerating the proceedings in the second half when they scored run-a-minute 70 before declaring.

Wicket-keeper Paul Nixon scored a 62-ball 47 not out with two fours and a six and Ashley Giles contributed 28 off 61 deliveries.

Marcus Trescothick tuned up for the back-to-back Tests with 50 before retiring after a 125-ball innings that comprised six boundaries. Alec Stewart scored 47 with eight fours and added 90 runs for the third wicket with the left-handed opener. But there was disappointment for Test aspirants Michael Vaughan and Andrew Flintoff. Vaughan, who missed the first Test because of calf injury, spent just 32 minutes at the crease while scoring four and Flintoff, who flew in as a replacement, lasted for just one delivery.

Left-arm Islamabad pacer Stephen John was the most successful PCB XI bowler with figures of four for 73. He bowled well within his limitations thought the grassy wicket at times tempted to put in extra which result in him becoming wayward.

Test discard Fazl-i-Akbar finished with two for 91 - expensive figures considering the seamer's friendly surface.

England leave for Faisalabad on Sunday morning where they will have a training session later in the day.