England v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, The Oval September 17, 2010

Gul takes six to inspire Pakistan to victory

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Pakistan 241 (Fawad 64, Anderson 3-26) beat England 218 (Morgan 61, Strauss 57, Wright 48*, Gul 6-42) by 23 runs
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Umar Gul produced a sensational career-best spell of 6 for 42 in ten full-length and late-swinging overs, as Pakistan's cricketers overcame their recent troubles to secure an emotionally charged victory under the floodlights at The Oval. In front of a packed house who lived every moment of another tense finale, Gul built on the new-ball efforts of Shoaib Akhtar and Abdul Razzaq to defend a below-par total of 241, and keep the series alive at 2-1 down with two matches to come at Lord's and the Rose Bowl later this week.

During the mid-innings interval, Pakistan's total had appeared insubstantial, after a piecemeal performance in which Fawad Alam top-scored with a diligent 64, but no single partnership had been able to take a grip of the contest. England's response with the bat, however, lacked the authority they had displayed in the first two contests, and with Gul in the sort of form that forged his reputation as a limited-overs master, they failed to close out a contest that, in terms of pure run-rate, had been within their grasp throughout.

Three of England's batsmen made their mark with significant performances - Andrew Strauss continued his fine form with a 54-ball 57, Eoin Morgan showed typical authority in the middle of the innings with 61 from 74, while Luke Wright overcame a massive stroke of good fortune on 26 to finish on 48 not out - but with the exception of the opener Steven Davies, who made 18, no-one else reached double-figures as Pakistan mounted a vigorous defence on a chilly and intense evening's work. The coup de grace was delivered by Razzaq, who bowled James Anderson for 3 to secure their second victory in consecutive visits to The Oval this summer, following their four-wicket win in the third Test last month.

It was a double-dip recession of an innings from England. Though Strauss batted with his now-habitual fluency to push the score along at more than five runs an over, by the time he was bowled off the inside-edge to become the first of Gul's six victims, the rest of the top-four had already fallen cheaply.

Davies was bowled through the gate by Razzaq before Jonathan Trott, needing five runs to pass 1000 in all internationals this summer, was exquisitely yorked by Shoaib for 2, whereupon Ravi Bopara - in another unconvincing foray - snicked a thin edge off Saeed Ajmal to fall for 7 from 15 balls. One over later, and Michael Yardy - whose third-ball reprieve by Kamran Akmal ultimately forced the keeper to leave the field with a broken finger - was trapped lbw by a bamboozling late swinger from Gul, to leave England teetering on 103 for 5.

Cue more magnificence from Morgan, as he and Luke Wright reinflated the innings with a run-a-ball partnership of 98 in 17.2 overs. In similar circumstances to those that he had faced against Australia at the Rose Bowl back in June, he picked the gaps with outrageous ambidextrous improvisation that he somehow made to look run-of-the-mill, while Wright - back in the side following an illness to Paul Collingwood - provided sensible support of the more conventional biff-and-block variety. Wright, however, should have fallen on 26, when Umar Akmal, the substitute keeper, whipped off the bails with his back foot clearly in the air. But umpire Doctrove - he of the 2006 Oval controversy - somehow decided that a replay wasn't necessary.

The pivotal moment of the match, however, came in the 39th over, with England seemingly cruising to their series victory on 201 for 5, with 41 still needed from 72 deliveries. So long as Morgan remained, the result was a foregone conclusion, but when Gul strayed onto his pads, he rashly leant into an airy clip over midwicket, and picked out the substitute Wahab Riaz at deep square leg. Three balls later, Tim Bresnan's off stump was extracted for a duck, and though Stuart Broad was a handy man to have at No. 9, he could do nothing about a raucous delivery that crashed into middle. And when Graeme Swann slapped the last delivery of Gul's spell to cover, England had shed four wickets for 10 runs in five overs. And from there, there was no recovery.

It was the culmination of an impressive recovery from Pakistan, after their own innings had flirted with disaster right at the start of the day. After being asked to bowl first on a bright but chilly day, Anderson was the star of England's show with an eye-opening display of attacking seam bowling - as opposed to the swing-based method that has earned him his rewards to date this summer. He claimed 3 for 26 in ten exemplary overs, to spearhead a bowling effort that never allowed a free-spirited batting order to flourish.

Anderson took little time to prove a menace on a pitch with decent bounce, as he snagged Mohammad Hafeez's outside edge with the final ball of his opening over, before Bresnan bowled Kamran Akmal for 5, via an unlucky deflection off his thigh pad. At 8 for 2 after 2.4 overs, Pakistan's performance was heading down the pan, and their situation got worse at 31 for 3 when Anderson nailed Mohammad Yousuf with a nip-backer that replays showed would have trimmed the top of the bails.

Fawad and Asad Shafiq did their best to regroup in uncomfortable circumstances, before Shafiq holed out against Swann to leave his team on 95 for 4, and their prospects dipped even further five overs later when Umar Akmal - not a batsman who will ever die wondering - tried to hook Bresnan off his eyebrows as he charged down the wicket, but managed only a top-edge to Swann at fine leg. Afridi showed signs of a return to form before running himself out as he deflected a shy from square leg onto his own stumps for 34, and Razzaq chipped in with a lusty 31 to give the innings some late impetus. But without Gul's efforts, victory could never have been achieved.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • POSTED BY dmqi on | September 20, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    I am not a fan of Pak PCB and its chairman Ejajz Butt. In fact I have supported his resignation/removal. But looking at the ways things are going on now, I believe that there is some conspiracy/money matters under the curtain. When Pak collapsed in Australia/NZ, many believed that the Pak players have taken a self imposed defeat. When they lost a test to Australia, everyone believed that Kamran dropped the catches on purpose. But when England collapsed in 3rd ODI, anyone will doubt why such a strong batting line up failed and Gul had everyone bowled out. Should not ICC investigate that instead of Pak players investigated. I do not understand this. Can anyone tell me what Pak players in 3rd ODI did, which caused ICC to launch an investigation all on a sudden without informing PCB. This will certainly cast doubt on ICC as a fair broker. Why I do not see cricket writers like HERSA or ANDY to write some blogs on this issue. Where are you guys?

  • POSTED BY ghome on | September 20, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    This latest allegation and the action of ICC is looking more and more absurd and fishy! Quesations must be asked about the authenticity of evidence provided by Sun which compelled Haroon Lorgat to publicly announce an investigation of the Pak team when anyone with an ounce of commonsense would first look at the sudden collapse of the english team from 201 for 5 to 218 all out. It appears that the buffoon of the PCB chief (Ijaz Butt) has finally got some sense and is asking the obvious question! Is the whole thing being orchestrated by some vested interests through their puppet , the ICC? What role in this affair is being played by Haroon Lorgat along with Mazar Majeed, Mazar Mahmoud and the two English tabloids , Sun and NOTW?Also,if the reports are true, some actions by Scotland Yard in their investigation , such as searching of players' rooms without their knowledge appear to be highly irregular and inappropriate. Is there a conspiracy to nail Pak team by hook or by crook afoot?

  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Can somone stop the PCB chief from speaking without evidence. If he has evidence, shoukd he not bring it in public domain?

  • POSTED BY Blueangle on | September 19, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    May be this is little bit of overstretch but Pakistan should consider all aspects of the issue. Is Pakistan paying the price of not supporting the John Howard's nomination? Why Pakistan supported the anti-Howard move and where are countries which were at the forefronts of rejecting the Howard's nomination? Did they come forward to support PCB when PCB is in trouble? Ney........ Probably some of them are part of this conspiracy (if this is a conspiracy and from the most recent episode it seems it is indeed). I am not sure about the authenticity of the first part (Amir/Asif/ Salman) of this issue, may be they were involved, or trapped or whatever but recent allegations clearly show there is some thing fishy. Are pakistani player so stupid that when every camera lens is zoomed on them and they know that if they are caught they will be banned for life, still they dare to fix the game. Come on ICC!! Use some common sense.

  • POSTED BY Blueangle on | September 19, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    PCB should blame no other than themselves. They have yielded so much to ICC and other powerful (in terms of money) cricketing nations that no one takes them seriously anymore. They know that PCB is totally spineless, could easily be silenced by few threats or few thousand dollars. If they would have taken a strong /principled stance on certain issues such as moving of world cup matches, John Howard nomination etc, ICC would have never dared to treat Pakistan like this. Its pity that PCB is still headed by a dumb head political appointee, who doesn't know when to speak, what to speak and whom to speak. Trust me Pakistani Cricket fans, as long as this idiot is the head of PCB, such things (attack on Sri-Lankan team, world cup hosting right, spot fixing/allegations etc) will happen to Pakistan cricket more often then not.

  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Oh and if the allegations are proved false, You better bet the house that the PCB will sue the NOTW, Sun and ICC for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages that they have caused to The three player's reputation, Loss of time, Loss of apparent and potential wages, Mental torture to the players and their families related to them, Mental torture to the PCB members and staff, Endangering lives of the players by putting them in a position where they mightve been a target of violence, Endangering lives of the related PCB members and staff, Damage to pakistan's reputation

    Not to mention lost deals within Pakistan due to the scandal,i heard that runs in at at least 500 million pounds, im sure we have the documents to prove how much business this scandal has cost use :)

    Trust me, every single party involved in this will pay. This is 2010, you cannot go around accusing people with no evidence and expect them to forget about it. What NOTW paid out ashley cole and the beckhams is nothing..

  • POSTED BY smasood_ali on | September 19, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    All my friends. I posted a 1000 word letter which is still not published. So i posted few questions which were not published . I am posting them again. Try to answer theses

    i) Why Kamran Akmal is still in the team despite of batting failure and drop catches? ii) Do someone internal wants him to be playing as a wicket keeper? iii) How come newspapers get to know these kind of these before? iv) Why these 3 players? Why not all of them v) Majeed is been in and out of India which sounds a game plan?

    I hope this time my comments will be published

  • POSTED BY aceruser on | September 19, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    English Newspaper is just trying to get publicity out of this tour, since they know these days Pakistan have weak team and weak administration thats why they are all over Pakistan. But let me make it clear to all ICC lover and ECB lovers, Pakistani nation is neither blind not dumb. We have not come from Mars, we live in the same world where all other ICC full memeber nations live. So we know what ICC and other cricketing nations are trying to achieve. I am forced to think, ICC might be involve in this all spot fixing saqa.

  • POSTED BY DeepuGeorge on | September 19, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    What these Pakistani players (if proven guilty) have done to cricket is irreparable. Any player found to be involved in any form of spot or match fixing should receive a life ban. Sadly, they cannot do anything right anymore. On their day, they are the side to beat. However, otherwise, a very ordinary side. Corruption is in all forms of the game. The team's management must oversee that their players are not in any way misled by these `pest bookmakers'. Having said that, let's not have two different standards within the ICC. Players like Herschelle Gibbs, Shane Warne, Mark Waugh, Mohammed Azhurrdein, just to name a few got away with it. This should have never happened in the first place ............

  • POSTED BY AK47_pk on | September 19, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    its look like english are blaming pakistan to hide what they did.....blame them so nobody will point at english players the way they lost match....WELL DONE PAK TEAM :)...NOW ITS VERY CLEAR THAT AMIR , ASIF ,ND BUT ARE BEING FRAMED BY THESE PPL TO PUNISH THEM FOR BRINGING PAK TEAM BACK IN TO WINNING...

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | September 20, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    I am not a fan of Pak PCB and its chairman Ejajz Butt. In fact I have supported his resignation/removal. But looking at the ways things are going on now, I believe that there is some conspiracy/money matters under the curtain. When Pak collapsed in Australia/NZ, many believed that the Pak players have taken a self imposed defeat. When they lost a test to Australia, everyone believed that Kamran dropped the catches on purpose. But when England collapsed in 3rd ODI, anyone will doubt why such a strong batting line up failed and Gul had everyone bowled out. Should not ICC investigate that instead of Pak players investigated. I do not understand this. Can anyone tell me what Pak players in 3rd ODI did, which caused ICC to launch an investigation all on a sudden without informing PCB. This will certainly cast doubt on ICC as a fair broker. Why I do not see cricket writers like HERSA or ANDY to write some blogs on this issue. Where are you guys?

  • POSTED BY ghome on | September 20, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    This latest allegation and the action of ICC is looking more and more absurd and fishy! Quesations must be asked about the authenticity of evidence provided by Sun which compelled Haroon Lorgat to publicly announce an investigation of the Pak team when anyone with an ounce of commonsense would first look at the sudden collapse of the english team from 201 for 5 to 218 all out. It appears that the buffoon of the PCB chief (Ijaz Butt) has finally got some sense and is asking the obvious question! Is the whole thing being orchestrated by some vested interests through their puppet , the ICC? What role in this affair is being played by Haroon Lorgat along with Mazar Majeed, Mazar Mahmoud and the two English tabloids , Sun and NOTW?Also,if the reports are true, some actions by Scotland Yard in their investigation , such as searching of players' rooms without their knowledge appear to be highly irregular and inappropriate. Is there a conspiracy to nail Pak team by hook or by crook afoot?

  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Can somone stop the PCB chief from speaking without evidence. If he has evidence, shoukd he not bring it in public domain?

  • POSTED BY Blueangle on | September 19, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    May be this is little bit of overstretch but Pakistan should consider all aspects of the issue. Is Pakistan paying the price of not supporting the John Howard's nomination? Why Pakistan supported the anti-Howard move and where are countries which were at the forefronts of rejecting the Howard's nomination? Did they come forward to support PCB when PCB is in trouble? Ney........ Probably some of them are part of this conspiracy (if this is a conspiracy and from the most recent episode it seems it is indeed). I am not sure about the authenticity of the first part (Amir/Asif/ Salman) of this issue, may be they were involved, or trapped or whatever but recent allegations clearly show there is some thing fishy. Are pakistani player so stupid that when every camera lens is zoomed on them and they know that if they are caught they will be banned for life, still they dare to fix the game. Come on ICC!! Use some common sense.

  • POSTED BY Blueangle on | September 19, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    PCB should blame no other than themselves. They have yielded so much to ICC and other powerful (in terms of money) cricketing nations that no one takes them seriously anymore. They know that PCB is totally spineless, could easily be silenced by few threats or few thousand dollars. If they would have taken a strong /principled stance on certain issues such as moving of world cup matches, John Howard nomination etc, ICC would have never dared to treat Pakistan like this. Its pity that PCB is still headed by a dumb head political appointee, who doesn't know when to speak, what to speak and whom to speak. Trust me Pakistani Cricket fans, as long as this idiot is the head of PCB, such things (attack on Sri-Lankan team, world cup hosting right, spot fixing/allegations etc) will happen to Pakistan cricket more often then not.

  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Oh and if the allegations are proved false, You better bet the house that the PCB will sue the NOTW, Sun and ICC for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages that they have caused to The three player's reputation, Loss of time, Loss of apparent and potential wages, Mental torture to the players and their families related to them, Mental torture to the PCB members and staff, Endangering lives of the players by putting them in a position where they mightve been a target of violence, Endangering lives of the related PCB members and staff, Damage to pakistan's reputation

    Not to mention lost deals within Pakistan due to the scandal,i heard that runs in at at least 500 million pounds, im sure we have the documents to prove how much business this scandal has cost use :)

    Trust me, every single party involved in this will pay. This is 2010, you cannot go around accusing people with no evidence and expect them to forget about it. What NOTW paid out ashley cole and the beckhams is nothing..

  • POSTED BY smasood_ali on | September 19, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    All my friends. I posted a 1000 word letter which is still not published. So i posted few questions which were not published . I am posting them again. Try to answer theses

    i) Why Kamran Akmal is still in the team despite of batting failure and drop catches? ii) Do someone internal wants him to be playing as a wicket keeper? iii) How come newspapers get to know these kind of these before? iv) Why these 3 players? Why not all of them v) Majeed is been in and out of India which sounds a game plan?

    I hope this time my comments will be published

  • POSTED BY aceruser on | September 19, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    English Newspaper is just trying to get publicity out of this tour, since they know these days Pakistan have weak team and weak administration thats why they are all over Pakistan. But let me make it clear to all ICC lover and ECB lovers, Pakistani nation is neither blind not dumb. We have not come from Mars, we live in the same world where all other ICC full memeber nations live. So we know what ICC and other cricketing nations are trying to achieve. I am forced to think, ICC might be involve in this all spot fixing saqa.

  • POSTED BY DeepuGeorge on | September 19, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    What these Pakistani players (if proven guilty) have done to cricket is irreparable. Any player found to be involved in any form of spot or match fixing should receive a life ban. Sadly, they cannot do anything right anymore. On their day, they are the side to beat. However, otherwise, a very ordinary side. Corruption is in all forms of the game. The team's management must oversee that their players are not in any way misled by these `pest bookmakers'. Having said that, let's not have two different standards within the ICC. Players like Herschelle Gibbs, Shane Warne, Mark Waugh, Mohammed Azhurrdein, just to name a few got away with it. This should have never happened in the first place ............

  • POSTED BY AK47_pk on | September 19, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    its look like english are blaming pakistan to hide what they did.....blame them so nobody will point at english players the way they lost match....WELL DONE PAK TEAM :)...NOW ITS VERY CLEAR THAT AMIR , ASIF ,ND BUT ARE BEING FRAMED BY THESE PPL TO PUNISH THEM FOR BRINGING PAK TEAM BACK IN TO WINNING...

  • POSTED BY Blueangle on | September 19, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Its rubbish!

    Pakistan overs 38-41= 24 Runs (14, 5/W, 2/W and 3 in 38th, 39th, 40th and 41st over respectively) England overs 38-41= 12 Runs ( 7, 1/2W, 3 and 2/W in 38th, 39th, 40th and 41st over respectively).

    SPakistan overs 39-40= 7 Runs (5/W, 2/W in 39th and 40th overs respectively) England overs 39-40 = 4 Runs (1/2W, 3 in 39th and 40th over respectively).

    Pakistan lost 2 wickets in the suspected two (39-40) overs. How can you expect from 2 new batsmen to scores as fluently as well settled batsmen were scoring. But if "The SUN" and "ICC" logic says that they should be doing that, then measure the English scoring with same yardstick, and that will tell you that its english team who was involved in spot fixing (coz they scored 4 runs VS pak 7 runs) and probably match fixing (lost 5 for 17). I am surprised that no English newspaper claimed yet that they have the video footage of Ummer gul taking money from bookies to rock english batting line up.

  • POSTED BY m.z.mallick on | September 19, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    according to the british newspaper, overs 38-40 were doubtful but what was the doubt? on the 2nd ball of the 39th over fawad alam got out trying to play the same shot as the previous ball but on the off-side but yardy slowed his pace & the ball went up. after that abdul Razzaq came & I agree with Tayeb Tahir that he is a slow starter and after that afridi just aced 2 balls before his dismissal and we know how he got out, it was a clear accident. Till then about 39.3 overs were bowled & there were 2 new batsmen in the middle so obviously they had adjust themselves & then start attacking. I don`t know where the British newspaper found any hint of spot-fixing in these 3 overs.....

  • POSTED BY zeeshi008 on | September 19, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Gul was excellent.No one can confidently play that kind of swing of umar gul. and allegations are rubbish. if i m not wrong ,they say that pk made 7 runs in 39th and 38th over on a batting wicket and Pakistan could have made more then these. but they should know that england were bowled out on same batting wicket on 218. it creates doubt on the performance of england not Pakistan. keep it up pakistan. winning in these kind of situation is never easy.

  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Well done Pakistani team.......don't be worry.We Pakistani Know the truth.The Big Ploy by English.But ALLAH With us.

  • POSTED BY m.z.mallick on | September 19, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    the British newspaper said that Pakistan scored less than 250 when it was a 300-run pitch but were they are totally ignoring the fact that their team didn`t even score 220.

  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    Overs 38-40 are reportedly being investigated as reported in The News today (http://www.thenews.com.pk/latest-news/1483.htm). In the 39th and 40th overs of their innings Pakistan scored no more than seven runs - having scored 58 off their previous eight overs, on what was widely acknowledged to be a pitch made for batting. Pakistan lost two wickets one of them the stupid run out a total freak.

    Razzaq is always a slow starter in first 6-8 balls.

    What about the 200-5 in 38th over chaising 241 with all out on 218 in 46th. School boy stuff gone wild? Has the SUN decided to take the vulagairty beyond page 3?

  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    english paper wants just fake publicity..... keep it up Pakistanis.. we r with u..

  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/latest-news/1483.htm

  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Overs 38-40 are reportedly being investigated as reported in The News today.

    Pakistan lost two wickets one of them the stupid run out a total freak. Razzaq is always a slow starter in first 608 balls.

    Has the SUN decided to take the vulagairty beyond page 3?

  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    I absolutely agree to Mr. Jon Abraham... Its true that England played rash shots at inopportune moments and the fact that they were cruising at one stage with Morgan on centre stage, hardly 42 runs to get from 72 deliveries. Even a 4 tier school team can make a match out of this. But the Englishmen faultered. Why? The suspicion this time is on England as they could have easily sealed off the series with this win. They kept the series ALIVE for Pakistan. Isn't this suspicious??? Why everytime Pakistan and Pakistani players??? Even England and its players can fix a match... Why every time Asian cricketers targetted?? I would say even this 4th Match was FIXED, but this time its clearly by the ENGLISHMEN.....

  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    The only thing they should be investigating is how england lost to such a weak Pakistani team even though the umpire helped them out by not even referring a clear stumping. Not to mention the fact that they had just 23 runs to win and did not take the batting power play.

    Werent they the favorites to win this match? Some people could stand to make a lot of money if they lost it....

  • POSTED BY szaidi on | September 19, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    dear dh74 go and hear the anderw mcgulshan's interview. According to him anybody who have an eye on one day matches statistics in England easily can predict the scorring pattern.

  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    its a really beauty ever after........... gul u r alwys super........

  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Dear dh74- It is not sad that Pak fans BELIEVE that it is a ploy by English Media. The sad thing is that IT IS A PLOY by English media.

  • POSTED BY Nasee2010 on | September 19, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    I hope the english newspaper knew about Gul taking six wickets n sending english team packing.all rubbish.well done pakistan

  • POSTED BY szaidi on | September 19, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    News of the Future. Free for all UK News Papers just to help them to sell their new papers and for ICC to start a new enquiry so they can pay some English investigators. 4th ODI - Strauss will not make more then 10 runs . Trott will be out on 49. Just to make a new star we ask Bopara to go for a century. Still big bucks for Pakistan to win the match, so good batting for 5th ODI. ICC and cricinfo record it I gave you evidance earlier.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | September 19, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    How many spectators around the world feel that English media wants to help their team to win the ODI series at any cost? How many feel that Amir and Asif have been trapped so the england can get an easy sailing in the ODI series. I thing there should a vote to find out people's sentiment. Will the media do that? If you really want to clean the game you have to go to the bottom of all problems.So far we have seen one sided game. ICC is not even handed. It is jumping too fast and too much.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | September 19, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    ICC will loose much of its credibility as a fair organization if it does not reveal what information they received from which source, that there will be certain pattern of scoring in 3rd ODI and it really did happened. If so, which players were involved can be found from the source. ICC must expose them, otherwise, it will remain a question to us, is ICC telling the truth or they are making some stories. We must know the detail.

  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    Well down Gul..... this is inspirational......

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    In the third ODI TEAM PAKISTAN showed despite missing key players they are capable of beating any team in this format. If TEAM PAKISTAN are going to win next year's world cup they need to replace certain aging and not so talented players. In my opinion Hafeez, Wahab Riaz and Mohammed Irfan are not really good enough to be in the squad and Shoaib Akhtar and Abdul Raazaq whilst they have performed well really need to be replaced with youngsters. As for Amir, Asif and Butt I expect them to be banned following the allegations of spot fixing in the 4th test at Lords. If I was looking forward to Pakistan ODI XI my team would be: 1. Asad Shafiq; 2. Kamran Akmal; 3. Yunus Khan; 4. Mohammed Yusuf; 5. Fawad Alam; 6. Umar Akmal; 7. Shahid Afridi; 8. Yasir Arafat; 9. Umar Gul; 10. Saeed Ajmal; 11. Another fast bowler or spinner. The spinners may be more effective as world cup is being played in the subcontinent.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | September 18, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    If they had the info before then they should have stopped the game simple as that!!!!

    Why wait after the match?!?!

    Also, unlucky doctrove, better luck next time. lol

  • POSTED BY ATT11 on | September 18, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    I cant not belive this , every time Pakistan win the match some how UK news papers get some eveidance regarding match fixing , either pakistan players are so stupid that they now that every one is looking at them or its a yellow journalism . I think UK media wants to put Pakistan in prsessure so they wont win the series and they way ICC handling things it seems like they eant to bash Pakistan . I didnt see any ICC statment regarding umpires (double standard) .

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    When Pakistani players already knew that they were under the scanner why they would have indulged in spot fixing anyways?.

  • POSTED BY Agus2010 on | September 18, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    someone may think why I have writing those nonsense and comment, of course, if English medias can make story means, why we can not haha, the ICC should really investigate about the poor umpiring skill of Billy Doctrove, who always try to give wrong decision to break lot of cricket lovers heart, it seems umpires are the God of cricket, whatever they give the decision the players should accept, whenever the batsmen do the mistake the ICC fine them or ban them for some matches, why this rule not for umpires, are they allowed to play one sided? like his country mate Mr. Steve bucknor has done poor umpiring against India, India managed to get rid of him against their matches, why NOT Pakistan? Sarad pawar told "Pakistan also part of ICC" but it seems ICC decision always against Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Agus2010 on | September 18, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    I have a latest story from the new developed English media called "Moon", the reporter from the moon has got some evidence regarding the match fixing between Eng-Pak. those reports collected through the hidden camera while the reporter taken the interview from the England sports men, first they have interviewed in-form Trott, he was telling that the ball from the Aktar he couldn't see the ball, while he bowled that ball some source from the Pak. suppoting side hidden his eyes so that he couldn't see that ball and got out, while another in-form all rounder Broad said he also couldn't see the ball, maybe some kind of black magic done by the Pak. spectator, now they turn to Umpire Billy to interview, he also tied by some kind of magic and whenever he tried to be against the Pak. team his hand was not in his control and automatically raised to give out, it believes some kind of black magic created for Pakistan win and ICC exec. chief immediately arranged a investigation to find the man

  • POSTED BY hassan_sami on | September 18, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    Every single thing wat has happened uptill now in Eng is all coz or English media i think they just want to weak Pak team to win the ODI and Test series..... and i have a feeling that Aamir,Asif and Salman butt will not b cleared before world Cup and ICC won't allow them to play WC and without these 3 i don't fell like Pakistan would b able to do some good in the WC....

  • POSTED BY r.mustafa on | September 18, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Regarding the scoring rate Hafeez was out to a superb bowl whch cud have taken any batsman and Kamran Akmal was quite unlucky to have the ball clipping his pad and thn getting on to the stumps. so wen ur two opening batsmen are going out cheaply how can one expect a team to go out and score at 5 or six runs an over and thats also wid Md.Yousuf who doesnt go for big shots.After his departure too the batsmen needed to be more cautious to built a long partnership.They cudnt afford to go and throw their bat at every ball bt wen they were required to increase the run rate they did so. Now u cum come up saying that the bookies were aware with the run-rate of the Pakistani innings.Common the bookies watch tousands of match and after watching matches over years it is predictable to make a guess.In fact we as a viewer can also guess the run that can be make by a team. So plzz English tabloid just to enhance ur sales dont kip on publishing riduculous stories.

  • POSTED BY r.mustafa on | September 18, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    After such a long tym it was to great to c the men in Green winning again and that also defending a moderate total.As a suporter of Pakistan team it is always a pleasure to watch them.Even after all the controversy surrounding them they are trying their level best to re-group the team again which is clearly visible in their matches after the Lords fiasco.In the first two ODI they tried hard but cudnt made it.Specially in the second ODI luck wasnt wid thm as.First dropping Strauss and then a poor umpiring helped him to get thru his century and winning the game. Now in the third one when the team has won defending a meagre total issues are coming up relating to match fixing.For god's sake english tabloid can u plz stop these nuisenses.It is Paksitan who won this tym and how can u say they have fxd the match.

  • POSTED BY Guernica on | September 18, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    zizou313: Read the article. The ICC stated that "a full investigation is warranted", confirming that the information it received IN ADVANCE about certain scoring patterns during the game appeared to be correct. 'The Sun' submitted this evidence before the game. It's really sad that you and other fans seriously believe this is a ploy by English media. Great bowling by Gul though.

  • POSTED BY zizou313 on | September 18, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    i completely agree with " love the game" but what we need to understand is that the ICC is extremely weak look at the football bodies such as FIFA and UEFa they are extremely efficient in what they do. it seems the ICC will investigate any match if a story is published in anews paper....this is crazy, the ACSU waits for papers to come up with stories and then they investigate. what are the waiting for. this has gone too far and a complete revamp of the ICC is needed....as well as the PCB hierarchy

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    This is ridiculous. If ICC had prior knowledge of the scoring patterns, how come they didn't do something about it before the game? As far ast his article goes, I think this is as biased at it can get. Mr. Miller can't digest the fact that Pakistan beat England in a scenario that was highly favoring England to win. In this entire article all he seems to say is how good England did. He can't bring up to himself as to how good Pakistan did. Cricinfo articles are a joke at times. This is an another distraction, so Pakistan's team doesn't focus on the game.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Should Pakistan team talk to no one other than lawyers?

  • POSTED BY amjadani on | September 18, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    PLZ Listen and be neutral: when Pak win there are allegations,, when they loose its mean opposition played well,is it cricket joke??,just look at 3rd ODI ENG lost half of team for just 17 runs,,but no one say that there are SPOT or Match fixing on English players,,,in return British media saying its Pakistan who batted at pre set pattern,,,,come on look back in test series ENGLAND batting collapse dramatically more than 5 times but they are still holly cricketers,, why whole world is so keen to kick PAK cricket out??? and no one want to miss any opportunity to blame PAK cricket...i love to watch or support any fine cricketer regardless of his country because I LOVE CRICKET,,,

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    wow.. nice bowling by all bowlers specially shoaib and gul

  • POSTED BY LoveTheGame on | September 18, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    International Cricket Circus ICC is hell bent to destroy Pakistan cricket. It is a toss where both head and tail is against Pakistan. We welcome pakistan to join Zimbabwe and fight against white + Indian dominence in cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Umar Gull is a good Bawler Pakistan Batting need to fire NOW.

  • POSTED BY safwan_Umair on | September 18, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    @ aditya.....dont worry buddy, there is nothing anti-indian about cricket thesedays....you have the money, you have the players, you have IPL, you have sharad pawar, you have the bookies, you have the grounds, you have the the world cup hosting rights. What else do you want???

  • POSTED BY zizou313 on | September 18, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    this is the limit... the british press cannot stand it when pakistan wins any match.... when we outclassed england at the oval test right after that the spot fixing scandal came up and now when we have beaten them again something comes up. if they want to investigate they should investigate eng. it seemed they threw away the match their lower order collapsed not ours. this is just a ploy by the british media to hamper Pak's prepartaions for the WC 2011 , enough said PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    yes em 100% agree with the comments of khurram about billy umpiring influence on pakistan team...if we review last few matches of pakistan in which billy did the umpiring then we find that almost in every match pakistan suffered badly due to poor umpiring decision of billy.Pakistan cricket board should request ICC to investigate this issue..England tour is always a great test for pakistan team not only in field but outside the field also..We should encourage our cricket team.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    i think the bowlers bowled brilliantly and many say once the keeper was sent off the pakistani team resurgence was unstoppable....obviously pakistanis go into a match with a strategy to score and many feel that pakistanis are being bugged

  • POSTED BY dossra on | September 18, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    As a South African I know how it feels when there is a match fixing saga looming over your team. But the heroics of Gul has overshadowed the who whole thing and we have a team that can come back from anything and any where. ICC under the Indian administration is surely trying there best to sideline the Pakistani team or even get them banned as they are not willing to let them play in the world cup, which is going to be played on Indian soil. The banning of Pak players from Champions league and IPl has shown clear intension of the BCCI and Indian Govt. We are going to see visa problems for the Pakistani players to play them in India even if the BCCI fail to ban Pak team from the International cricket. To me this is nothing more than a political saga and to be very frank all these evidences are appearing after the matches are played. We have made a very big mistake in giving the reigns of cricket into the Indian hands which they are using and abusing to their advantage +or -.

  • POSTED BY Abdul-Jabbar on | September 18, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    Match fixing again????????

    A few days back great batsman Zaheer Abbas said that vicory was the solution to all the problems of Pakistan cricket. But now victory does not seem enough!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY reality_check on | September 18, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    Memo to Sun, NOTW, ICC and Mazhar Majeed. After the untimely exit of Amir, Asif and Butt from the team and others living in fear of being picked up by Scotland Yard, even an 8 year old could have guessed the outcome of first few matches immediately after the test series. It took Pakistan few matches before they could put togather a team and effort to win the 3rd ODI and your assertion that there were fixed scoring patterns is ludicrous at best. Pakistan with current lineup against England is at best 250 to 290 team. Again an 8 year old can do the math and breakdown the scores by 10 over sets and Afridi must have psychic powers to guide the ball to stumps and get himself runout.

  • POSTED BY smjr on | September 18, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    The pace and hostility shown by Umer Gul reminds me of Imran Khan and was a show of sustained swing bowling with pace which no batsman can handle. It was a resounding triumph and if every Pakistan player show determination and self belief in future matches as shown in this match then they can be in the final in coming world cup. The attitude of ICC is irresponsible while publicizing the story of British newspaper. Why dont the anti coruption unit or ICC deal match fixing/spot fixing matter secretly and once it gathered proof only then it must speak to media. Speaking loudly in media by ICC chief Executive seems that ICC has no clue or solid proof against any one uptill now on the basis of which it can charge any player rather it relies on indirect sources especially media report to curb this menace. Unfortunately every time finger has been pointed towards Pakistan which is quite discrimanatory attitude by British press.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    the sun claiming that...."match was fixed and on of the players was involved..... that was umer gul" pathetic....

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 11:58 GMT

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  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | September 18, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    It's hilarious how Pakistani supporters think the NOTW helps English sport, and shameful to suggest (without any evidence) that the English team is controlling the News of The World! Here are some facts: the NOTW has also gathered evidence on scandals involving members of the Royal Family, Sven Goran Eriksson when he was English Manager, World Snooker number 1 John Higgins and the head of the English FA Lord Triesman. Most of these damaged British/English sport, but none of them were 'made up' so it's arguable that they exposed things that needed to be exposed. If you have nothing to hide then don't worry about them. Oh, and there is evidence that the fixing video was made before the test (CCTV etc). Please give up the conspiracy theories.

  • POSTED BY ghome on | September 18, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    If Harron Lorgat is serious he should ask Scoland Yard first to investigate the umpires and then itself. May be Interpol would be a more neutral and unbiased authrity to do the job. It's ludicrous how all these match fixing allegations are being thrown around whether they stand to reason or not and the ICC buffons are being sucked into them without a whimper! Has it occurred to anyone that the british tabloids are after increasing their dwindling sale?

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Shame on u English Media....................................... It is hard 4u 2 digest Pakistan's victory............................shame shame

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Most of time i seen billy always give the desions Against the Asian teams specially Pakistan, the ICC must not to Recipient this umpire for Pakistan matches, billy doctrove must be the most incompetent umpire on ICC.May be billy took money for not given wrong desions the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit Must be keep watch on Umpires As well,

    the British paper says Ovel Odi was fix well let us know who make money now,is that England Team this time??? do remember Pakistan win that match.

    well one think more i notice when ever ICC take Dope test its only for Pakistani Players not for the other playing team dose ICC take Dope Test for England players?? or this Test only for Pakistani players??? plz answer me!!

  • POSTED BY gfaruque on | September 18, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Let see what type of Fixing they find now while pakistan have won the match. who is Invloved? I am 100% agreed with bellow comments that ICC(H Logart), ECB and Englen Media are involve with match fixing or spot fixing not by Pakistan Team Englen team were affaried that, if Amir and asif play T20 and ODI series they ight loose all the game. Bcoz of that they make drama this kind of match/spot fixing Posted by Agus2010 on (September 18 2010) Until England won the first 2 ODI the british media was so quit yesterday Pakistan won the third match again they have started the "Fixing" drama, come on England, it seems the ICC, ECB along with England media making dramas to spoil the Pakistan cricket, if England won the third ODI means there should not be any problems, when they lose that match now "fixing" story started again, I think the England media affected by "Fixing virus or Fixobophia", first let them clean their media, also, if it is match fixing means it shl be Englend

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    If only Pakistanis had an administration as good as even India (which is no great shakes) the talent we see would not have gone down the drain. It is such a shame and loss to cricket in general

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | September 18, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    It is clear from reading the comments the Pakistanis don't have a clue about what they are looking in to,The sun passed on information BEFORE the match that Pakistan were going to score or not score, which is more likely in certain overs, as in spot fixing.How is that English media reacting to a England loss,when it happened before the game.Why point at England for collapsing when Pakistan have done more over this summer,they haven't score over 100 in 4 games,jokers.Pakistan cricket and players are rotten to the core ans sooner their fans realise it the better off they will be.

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | September 18, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    How is the English media to blame,when the information they had was passed to the ICC before the match even took place,they told them they had information how Pakistan were going to score before they even played.Pakistan fans want to wake up and stop blaming every one around them and look to there own team.How low do you after get to even start pointing fingers at the English team,typical Pakistani attitude of blame everyone else for their own short comings.Pakisani cricket is rotten to the core,good riddance losers.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Keep up the Good work Gul

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    i m totlly amezed the way english media is blaming pakistani team.Its totlly rabbish that they are not saying that pakistan bowled outstandinly,

  • POSTED BY muhmmad7676 on | September 18, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    well you can say anything you want to say about pakistan and pakistan cricket at the moment but no one recognizes and knows the capabilities of pakistan except indians and pakistan itself.your propaganda can not deter pakistan.this is my challenge and mark my words pakistan will qualify for for semis in 2011 and will be one of the top three teams in two years.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    The victory Pakistan was desperatly looking for.. Inshallah they will keep the momentum of Oval's victory to defeat England in rest of the twos.

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | September 18, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    It was a Pakistan special. At times their game is so awesome, they simply blow the opposition away.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | September 18, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    first win in the last 6-7 international matches?????? long way to go...let them win the series then you celeberate...

  • POSTED BY ottoman80 on | September 18, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    It become a habit to blame Pakistan. This is intolerable to have the team blamed somehow after every games. Will you keep Pakistan completely out of International cricket so the game will be played "clean" with "spirit"? Do you assure that ther teams do not have similar issues? What will be the English reaction if their players would be accused in Pakistan and go through police investigation? Why not simply keep Pakistan team's games out of all kinds of betting and let the bets played on the "ultimate honest" teams such as England and Australia? Why not keeping pressure on bookies instead of cricketers?

  • POSTED BY kashifkamran on | September 18, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    I think, ICC should investigate England team, if they think any match fixing has been done , because, england must have contributed to Pakistan win. How have they collapsed from 201-5 to give Pakistan a 23 run victory. I think this is simply a biased attitude of ICC and English media towards Pakistan team. How can they even think , of match fixing in 3 OD1 , that even when Pakistan won. I think its enough of foolish statements from English press. I agree if they want the 3 ODI to be investigated they should start first from england.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    Umar Gul is an extremely talented bowler.....hats off to him.....its just that he plays from a side which is most of the times surrounded by controversies

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM IS BEING HUNTED......

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    SHAME TO U ENGLISH MEDIA SHAME TO U ......... ENGLISH MEDIA CAN"T ACCEPT 1 DEFEAT ... THIS IS NOT FEAR .... ENGLISH GOVT... SHOULD TAKE STEPS FOR THIS TYPE OF FAKE & LIAR NEWS PAPERS.... EVERY BODY GIVE STATEMENTS AGAINST PAKISTANI PLAYERS... WHY ICC TAKE ACTION... TONY HILL GIVE STATEMENT ICC TAKE ACTION IN NO TIME... ICC , ENGLISH MEDIA , AND INDIA WANT TO DESTROY PAKISTAN CRICKET

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    I liked the the attitude of Afridi towards the game when he said in presentation ceremony that "A good team can defend any total" and he proved that Pakistan was the better team!

  • POSTED BY waseema on | September 18, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    gooooooooooodddd GULL KEEP IT UP

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    I loVEd in tHe pREseNtaTion wHen Afridi saId : "A good team can defeNd any total"

    n he sUrely proved it that Pakistan was better team! That should be the passion of cricket! THumpS down to English Media and ICC!

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    Afridi as to be the most talented person on the planet if he can INTENTIONALLY guide a throw onto the stumps while trying to run...these allegations are beyond non-sense.Pakistans score pattern can be guessed most of the times anyway, and even the individual players have been very consistent... fawad has been the steady accumalator, Shafiq the aggressive scorer, razzaq we can always guess, and umar akmal and afridi are predictable...you can predict that hafeez is pretty ordinary as well, only kamran got out erly today.

    Now i seriously doubt ICC, maybe their members who received these reports before the match...was that really what happened?If fixing and betting is so rampant, are they invstigatig county,IPL,other tournaments?Surethes corrup/greedy bookies dont just t for pak matchesto make money, Pakistanhas barely started playing in the last 10 months or so.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    English Media should get a life !! Stop Accusing Pakistan For Match Fixing Next Can You tell me how many times england have collapsed in the tour ? more than 5 times ? so who to blame? Pakistan's good bowling or england's batsmen? first they should sort out what is causing these collapses instead of blaming PAK team again again and accept one thing that PAK has and will defeat them in any circumstances because they are good morally and hardworking players And the fact that they do not CHEAT like Eng TEAm !!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    congradz pakisthan ...pls stops this fake investigation against innocent countries ..do it to your self ECB +ICC

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    I agree Pakistan should cancel the tour and go home. They have yet again dragged the great game through the mud with thier money grabbing.

    They should then be banned from all International sport for a minimum of 5 years to give them a crack at sorting this mess out once and for all.

    BTW I thought Gul was exceptional yesterday.

  • POSTED BY Mianwali_12chak on | September 18, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    this is so rubbish,shame on english media,they cant bear a single pakistan victory and making thing so controversies ,m sure if england have the same kind of tour in pakistan with so many stupid issue,they definitely lef that series and go back to their homes,atleast english board should take the action on these kind of stupidity,this is been jeopardizing the cricket reputation seriously,again shame on english media. Pak will win the series Inshallah..

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Seriously this is getting ridiculous and i wonder a stronger Cricket board and government would take a better action. I mean the british are saying whatever they can, whenever pakistani team wins a match they come up with a story. screw them. i would rather trust our own team than british media. This is only happening because of a dummy board we have.

  • POSTED BY Attiya on | September 18, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Dear ICC/Haroon Lorgat,

    Please gain some perspective and professionalism in your job. Do you really think the media circus you are creating will benefit the sport and inspire fans to continue watching the game as they have been in the past? If certain players were being investigated, don't you think it would have been best to quietly investigate them and charge them without tarnishing the image of the game instead of creating the frenzy that you did? My husband, who has never missed a Pakistan match since he was 12 years old didn't even know there was a game on yesterday. As the head of the ICC, it is your job to inspire people to watch the game - not drive them away. With all kinds of accusations being bandied about in the media, the fan no longer cares and is becoming desensitised.

    Ban the guilty by all means, but only once incontrovertible evidence has been presented to, and convinced a jury behind closed doors. Please spare us your predilection for the limelight and bad PR.

  • POSTED BY reality_check on | September 18, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Anyone can be a bookie and make tons of money in the remaining two ODI's. Just bet on the fact that British tabloids will cry match fixing if England looses any or both of the next matches. Double money that ICC will pick up on those allegations and start immediate investigations against Pakistan team... how can one fix to win a match unless the other side is in on it as well. As for Billy Doctrove decisions... when you are down, even the umpires want to knock you out. Afridi should have gone to Doctrove after the match and politely said, "hey Billy... better luck next time".

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    This game was totally fraud and it was definitely fixed England to lose. All english players are involved in match fixing. I alraedy knew the results. I guarantee Pakistan will win next one also. You cant trust People of England they do anything for money and wealth check their history.

  • POSTED BY Aanki on | September 18, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Pakistan ZINDABAD. Whatever useless nonsensical excuses you come up with. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Now i am convinced that the ICC the BCCI cannot see Pakistan to succeed. They will do anything to banish Pakistan. This is ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY Jawaidnazir on | September 18, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Why book makers cought during this series? Are they first time fixing the match? All evidences coming out during eng - pak series. Comeon english media stop this attitude against pakistan and have to accept this defeat.

  • POSTED BY kalimantan on | September 18, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Can Pakistan please go home now. Many of you want Pakistan to withdraw out of protest - well I hope they do. I'm fed up with this paranoid whining in nearly all the comments here, I'm fed up with having to read stories of spot-fixing when I just want to concentrate on the cricket. GO HOME PLEASE, for everyone's sanity!

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    its a shame that england the news what ever they are trying to do its still a shame on them why dont they just accept the defeat its a shame the news channel of england its a shame on them just accept the defeat pakistan won the third odi thanks to Allah the team work the ballers where great shoaib akhter umer gul specially razzak ajmal afridi too

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai: I can smell jealousy dear friend...accept it buddy that Pakistani team is famous for winning anywhere anytime and against any team...so ur lame comment can't make a difference...Lolz

  • POSTED BY scotty12354 on | September 18, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Does anyone know if new zealand can legaly back out of hosting pakistan this coming summer. its a shame that they are the only touring side this summer. the NZ domestic cricket scene isnt the strongest but that may be where my main interest are this summer.

  • POSTED BY tick on | September 18, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    well how come a team can win by fixing match????investigation should be done urgently and on strict basis especially of england collapse and that foolish umpire billy...come on icc ...this is an important issue...and please england supporters have a say please...

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Is england players are not blamed for fix a mach. the score shows englang in winning position through out the game excep last 6 overs. The english media is not maligning them.!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Salman_Ali_lhr on | September 18, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    ICC must investigate this One Day International as to how the English team collapsed from 201 for 5 to be all out for 218. The bookies must have paid the English cricketers a handsome amount to engineer this collapse. Today's report from the tabloid newspaper Sun is ridiculous if it is once again casting suspicions on the Pakistani team...the dismissal of Afridi and Umar Akmal were genuine dismissals and Afridi's was even against the spirit of the game as he was only taking evasive action. Umpire agreed to refer it to the third umpire after pleading from Stuart Broad. On the other hand, the same umpire did not refer when Luke Wright was clearly out. We must remember that Sun is owned by the same company as the News of the World....today's reports confirm that the trash British media is hell-bent at trying to malign the Pakistani team without any proof and ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat is playing right in their hands. After Amir, Butt and Asif...Gul and Afridi seem to be now in their sights.

  • POSTED BY PeshawarGunner on | September 18, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    @kartikchennai Pakistan won fair and square. Eng did not throw their wickets away;Umar Gul was simply unplayable and this is called SNATCHING VICTORY FROM THE JAWS OF DEFEAT you cannot call it anything else. England lost because Pakistan won.simple Period

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | September 18, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    As soon as Pakistan win anything, English media start to use all negative tactics to demoralize Pakistanis. After Oval test, they set up that drama and now I am hearing some news about some more allegations by English media after that great win. And they always target the key players to weaken the opposition. Wasim and Waqar in 1992, Oval test saga in 2006 and allegations on aamer and asif in 2010.

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | September 18, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    @chris_p: yes umpires can make errors, and can i ask y 3 major errors in 3 matchs all against pakistan?tott in 1st match, strauss in 2nd ( & that decision certainly give england the match) and this time its more big mistake he should have refered to 3rd umpire. in run out & stumps normaly umpires refer even batsman in. he has given england a chance there to win.there is only 1 partnership in england inings which could have been broken way earlier.

  • POSTED BY Agus2010 on | September 18, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Until England won the first 2 ODI the british media was so quit yesterday Pakistan won the third match again they have started the "Fixing" drama, come on England, it seems the ICC, ECB along with England media making dramas to spoil the Pakistan cricket, if England won the third ODI means there should not be any problems, when they lose that match now "fixing" story started again, I think the England media affected by "Fixing virus or Fixobophia", first let them clean their media, also, if it is match fixing means it should be against England because they have collapsed from 201/5 to 218 all out, so, they have to investigate England players or the field umpires whether they have fixed the match or not, ICC it is not fair

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Pakistan done it again at the OVAL

  • POSTED BY Pakirulzz on | September 18, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    @Jawaidnazir... well said friend... english media is just adopting a nonsense attitude against PAK team... they should stop this else PAK team should left the series and come back to home.. this is ridiculous.. if they lost match it was fixed nw if we won it is also fixed... SHAME on u english media...

  • POSTED BY hoorub on | September 18, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Although Pakistani team is in pressure of english media and controversy but they performed very well and win this game which they were almost loosing. Good come back by GUL, he is really a good bowler of limited overs match... if he will keep continue this pratice and perform well in every match, he could be a next victim of the English Media propaganda.... be careful GUL...best of luck.. recite Soora Al Naas 3 times

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    now this is utter NONSENSE, these controversies come out of NOWHERE when Pakistan WINS, it happened after the Oval test and after Amir became the youngest to make 5 wicket haul in Lords, and now its again our win being dragged into controversies. but no matter what Pakistan should perform the way they did at Oval yesterday, what a game it was ! British media should try to find whats wrong with their team, why they collapse like that instead of accusing Pakistan. if ICC suspends any person Pakistan should immediately end the tour in protest ! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Either Pakistani players are so talented that they can make runs against any bowler and take wicket of any batsman on will OR England is also involved in this so called fixing. Why no body is investigating them?

    Pak bowling went totally down due to this controversy and as soon as they win a match new issue arise. What hell is going on?

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Doctrove's was not a mistake. It was an omission and stubbornness. Afridi was pleading for a referral to the "Third Umpire", Billy was arrogantly dismissive. Billy, please stop umpiring. You bring snobbish attitude and incompetence to the game that people would stop watching the game if Billy Doctrove is the Umpire. Why did he dismiss Afrdi's plea for a referral to third umpire. He simply has no guts to accept his mistake and probably has no respect for Pakistan.

    I would urge Billy to give umpiring. If you are going to bring your personal bias against Pakistan to the game, then please spare us this disgrace and dishonor. This beautiful game is under attack with Spot Fixing and the corruption and debauchery of IPL>

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    well this victory of urs wil help to raise ur morale , in addition that it has kept the series alive . well done pak .

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | September 18, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    I cannot believe how many Pakistani fans are so negative about this. Asif and Amir are "targets"? One of them is a druggie who's come out of rehab. The other is now going to testify against his team mates with regard to a scandal he was a part of. Sri Lankan cricketers were attacked by terrorists in Pakistan. The stink has gone high enough. When the rest of the bunch is focusing on cricket, surely true supporters would stand by them!!??

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Well finally Pakistan win the match and hopefully will continue this .. but Afridi and Waqar should nt forgot to look after the problem areas of Pakistan especially the field settings with spinners .. further now v have to face another issue of match/spot fixing as Pakistan has won the match. Everyone can see the article upload on Cricinfo about 3rd ODI fixing .. I think if hafeez can not bowl then a specialized bowler or batsman should be preferred in his place

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    ICC has announced investigations for match fixing for third one day. Vow how interesting. Previously I had my doubts that may be Pakistani cricketers are involved in the match fixing or spot fixing. But now the sequence of events has also force me to think there is something fishy going on. If the match was fixed or even some over were fixed how could that be without English team's connivance. Right after Oval which Pakistan wins, spot fixing allegations come to screen. When Pakistan loses two one day matches and one of them mainly because of very poor umpiring, no one speaks of match or spot fixing. As soon as Pakistan manager to win just one one day and that also despite very poor umpiring which almost took away the match from Pakistan, spot fixing an match fixing allegations once again come into news and ICC promptly starts investigations also. How ridiculous.We must remember that a team can fix a match and lose it but can not fix a match and win it,unless other team is not in it.

  • POSTED BY cricpolitics on | September 18, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    Why wouldn't ICC investigate these allegations, they are also coming from the media reports: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/sports/icc-rejects-match-fixing-reports-ipl-043

    This clearly shows ICC's intentions against Pakistan team. Pakistan should not take this crap from ICC or anyone else. Pakistani players are as clean as anyone else.

  • POSTED BY cricpolitics on | September 18, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    More match fixing scandals, check it out everyone:

    http://www.clbuzz.com/ipl-2010-match-fixing-or-betting-issues/

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    I Think this is not the Best of the Articles and It was the Umar Gul that makes Strauss to complement & Praise 3 or 4 times in his speech that really makes the difference in this match by his Outstanding and best performance of the whole summer apart from test match.... But Miller is still focusing on Morgan.... which is UnFair ...........!!!!

    Keeeeep RockinG PaKistaN ..........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY cricpolitics on | September 18, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Now Sun news paper makes allegations after Pakistan posts another stunning victory at Oval. It is just so ridiculous that ICC would jump so quickly on anyone spitting any work out of their mouth. The incompetent ICC is showing their double standards and biased behavior over and over again. I wonder how come there were no investigations about the IPL match fixing allegations and corruption. If you have forgotten a Govt minister as well as Mr. Lalit Mody were made scapegoats to cover it up. Just go to the following link if you have weak memory: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/twenty20/ipl/7626341/IPL-2010-Indian-Premier-League-engulfed-by-claims-of-match-fixing.html

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Dude, Akhtar bowled 8 overs in a row!!! Even spinners wud get tired if they do that...

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    Well Done GULL. i hope you wont be target of English media ....Be careful

  • POSTED BY cricpolitics on | September 18, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    How many mistakes Billy Doctrove have to make before he makes one right? His mistake of not giving Strauss out on a thick edge behind the stumps certainly cost Pakistan the second match. In this match he refused to refer Luke Wright's stump out to the third umpire even after Pakistanis pleaded for a reference but at the same time when Afridi was given run out the same umpire had not refered it first but after a long delay and after England's insistence he finally refered it to the third umpire. Why these double standards from such an experienced umpire? What do you make of it, absolute rubbish.

  • POSTED BY HammadAsim on | September 18, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    Come on guys stop blaming Billi, he is just a cool umprie in ICC pannel who is following the ICC new plan of team of 12 against team of 11 of Pakistan or any subcontient team. He is just doing his job so why on earth we should blame him. Well done billy... we wont blame you because if we will then british media may caught you with mazhar majeed..... and we definltey dont want that becasue you are the life line of ICC ELITE PANNEL of umpiring.....

    Keep up the great work billi... Hard Luck this time but you will have your go in remaining two matches so dont loose your heart and Kicked Pakistani`s out of the game..

    Keep your feet on the ground and keep your fingers in the pocket....

  • POSTED BY Jawaidnazir on | September 18, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    Umer Gul why u perform like this, you will be the next target after Aamir and Asif.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    @ Chris_P ur saying abt billy well atleast billy cud have referred it to the 3rd umpire

  • POSTED BY topspeed55 on | September 18, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Pakistan will be complacent now and again losing streak will start

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | September 18, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Enlad lost....its not that Pak won. England will bounce back

  • POSTED BY rehan.javed00 on | September 18, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    @ Video evidence against Pakistani Players: Sarcastically no one has noticed that if it was made on one day b4 start of game, how did Mazhar Majeed now Pakistan will bowl? was Toss fixed as well, would Andrew Straus have asked Pakistan to bowl first if he had won the toss?? Suspend Umpire and Andrew Strauss and conduct an investigation on this toss issue!..IT IS IN THE VIDEO EVIDENCE!

  • POSTED BY h4hamid on | September 18, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Its a great display of aggressive fast bowling by pakistani bowlers. Though the writer was more impressed by Anderson than Gul. The number of chances Straus got in last match he should have scored double century and the way he was beaten in this match he should have thanked his luck and should have scored a long century. Well Pakistan is a slow starter but on track now and inshallah will do good in future games

  • POSTED BY Asif_Iqbal on | September 18, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    England collapse almost evey test and now in one day but the so called THE NEWS OF THE WORLD never doubt on thier performance why ?????????

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    well done pakistan .well done afridi...english media once again trying to build pressure on pakistan.but u shuld stand against them bty showing such victories...

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    gul is fire,fanily win.good news for pakistan fans,

  • POSTED BY anees_khaan on | September 18, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Well said Afridi " We are humans, we make mistakes" when asked about umpiring.

  • POSTED BY alirazaiftikhar on | September 18, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    no one mention the batting of asad shafiq.i think he is a very good player and he is old fashion style player.his performance in this series is very good.and very good middle order batsman.

  • POSTED BY seabreezeind on | September 18, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    Pakistan used to be good very long ago but after 95 they have become very ordinary team with decent pace bowlers, poor openers, and bad middle order batsmen. even with their full team they cannot win matches aginst australia or india or south africa. cricket is a past for pakistan when anwar, inzy, wasim where in the team

  • POSTED BY Rukus_NZ on | September 18, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    As a New Zealander Supported - I have been watching this series with a nuetral opinion. I have always had respect for players like Umar Gul, he is one of the true stars of Pakistan Cricket and last night he showed that, demolishing the England order when they were in a good position to win the match.. Hopefully we can see Pakistan play more legit games and focus on thier future, rather than thier past which has been tainted by a few induviduals.

  • POSTED BY Cricfan27 on | September 18, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Congratulation Pakistan! But now I fear for Gul!

  • POSTED BY fantomen on | September 18, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    This article reeks of bias towards England. Doesn't describe anything about Gul's bowling but how valiant the Englishmen were. Its a long standing staple of cricinfo. Always write eulogistic stuff about the Englishmen and the Aussies. Throughout the entire article Miller seems to be suffering from the trauma of "how could they lose" and thus his writing reflects it. Anyway, the less said the better. Cricinfo has been doing it and will continue to do so in the future.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    Maybe someone paid off the umpire?

  • POSTED BY madjag on | September 18, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    @glospir.. u are right.. there was a talk of a fix for Pakistan losing two ODIs.. but I highly doubt the Pakistani players were paid to induce a collapse in the English batting line up... lol.. well played boys.. nice bowling.. keep up the good work for the next two games..

  • POSTED BY nomikshah on | September 18, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    one win does not make it a winning team but this is a slap in the face of ECB and ICC and Aus. Apparently a third tier team devoid of its fangs is still good enough to humiliate a so-called world champion and highest ranking team. Just wondering who'd they come out against now with guns blazing. Pak batting is pathetic, devoid of technique and nothing can be done to improve that, period. But Pakistan is the only bowling which has literally skittled out and embarrassed NZ, AUS and now Eng lineups consistently over the last few months or so. It has not allowed the top order of these teams to score at all, and that is really what is eating them up. All they can do is come up with antics off the field and conduct stupid, spurious inquiries against Pak bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    Pakistan need that victory very much.

  • POSTED BY Khuram76 on | September 18, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    Well done Pakistan ! You have proved again that your bring excitment to this game, regardless Thier evry effort to shut you down. One again Shamefull performance by Billy, some one needs to investigate this guy.

  • POSTED BY aalhasankh on | September 18, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    In this match,the Bookies must have made fortunes at the cost of all those who had put their money on England.An incredible resut raises the suspicion of match fixing by the Bookies but no one is calling for any one's head or ban-for-life.So long as there is betting ,there will be "FIXING".If betting is made legal,fixings should also be made legal or ,at least,overlooked.Therefore,Aamir,Aasif and Salman Butt should be reinstated without any further humiliation and harassment or the big fishes in the betting world, as well as the cricket administrations, should be made to share the sufferings of those three poor cricketers.

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | September 18, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    Reading cricinfo comments provides somewhat depressing insights into the attitude of the Pak fan. There is so much denial around the corruption in their team. The whole world is blamed for "setting up" their "honest" cricketers. Guys there is video evidence stop blaming Indians, English, Australians, ICC etc. and man up to the muck in your team.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | September 18, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    These people whining about umpires obviously have never umpired a game or even understand what is required. These people are HUMAN BEINGS! They will make errors, the main difference with them is that they are at a level where their mistakes will be much less than most others. And what about highlighting umpiring errors that go in your favouir? The silence is deafening when it goes the other way. Move on and appreciate the game for what it is and quit the moaning, please? As for the game, Pakistan showed they are quite competitive and are not also rans. And "Boom Boom" hasn't stamped his authority in any of the games to date. They are still a dangerous side who should never be underestimated. As with any sport, consistency is the main ingredient for success.

  • POSTED BY Red37 on | September 18, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    Well done Pakistan team, but for heaven's sake when will their "supporters" come out from under their Asian conspiracy theories and rants? NO-ONE CONTROLS ICC EXCEPT THE SUB-CONTINENT. GET OVER IT. IT IS SO STUPIDLY BORING AND CHILDISH. YOU HAVE BEEN YOUR OWN MASTERS FOR SOME 60 YEARS. IT'S TIME TO GROW UP.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    a roller coaster ride. you won't know what yu r going ot get from this Pakistan Team. At critical moment they will loose the match and from no where they are going to win. All Hail Team Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    umpire billy doctrove is the worsest umpire i had ever seen. it sseems like that he is playing for England. and he has a revenge against Pak cricket team. from the very beginning of is carrier he is the anti pak umpire. he should be banned as drail hair. last match for his wrong decission pak has lost the game. and it was going to be repeated today but for the grace of Allah nothing like that happened. Congratulation to Pak cricket team and Umer Gul for the victory.

  • POSTED BY smalishah84 on | September 18, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    And I am so not very happy about Billy Doctrove's third rate umpiring. It was very magnanimous of Afridi not to comment on the umpiring and forgiving Doctrove in the post match presentation. He is easily the worst umpire on the ICC panel. I wonder when he will retire?

  • POSTED BY NazKhan on | September 18, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    Afridi in his post match presentations needs to stop talking of his team like minnows and being satisfied so long as they compete and make eng work for victory, thats the problem bcz they've lost the winning habit they're thinking like bang..

    For God sake the world cup is not too far away and also eng team is nothing too special whenever pak has put them under some pressure they too have struggled but its pak who themselves lose the games.

    Boy have we dearly missed Amir bcz shoaib is just not the threat he used to be, I hope his back soon, since he was influenced and probably even threatened and mislead by the corrupt pak management like yawar saeed n co..

  • POSTED BY NazKhan on | September 18, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    Finally Pak won! The Oval seems to be a happy hunting ground for pak, the problem is they are no longer consistent, remember what happened after winning the oval test?

    It's clear the eng commentators, media and the editors of this site even like that Andrew Mcglichian or whatever are so biased and always bang on about how good eng are when really pak is no where near there best, we used to dominate eng but pak cric bcz of lack of discipline and poor and corrupt management is in tatters.

    Pak should have easily won at headingley with such a good score on the board but poor fielding, umpiring and ridiculously defensive field placing cost us the game.

  • POSTED BY Rustyone on | September 18, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    Well done Pakistan! (Umar gull especially)... As far as I'm concerned, a strong Pakistan means a strong and balanced International cricket community. They are too invaluable and have too much talent to be shut out of international cricket - the spirit of guys like Umar Gul proves that. I'll be with you through this series no matter what (bar the players under suspicion), and that's a big call from a native Black Caps supporter... Don't blow it.

  • POSTED BY CricSupporter on | September 18, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    Time for Bill Doctrove to leave Cricket. It will be a GREAT FAVOR for all the cricket lovers.

  • POSTED BY evenflow_1990 on | September 18, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    good victory, but i expect more consistency from pakistan. give them a better batting line up and they'll be consistently dangerous. what would have been if amir and asif had been playing? england out for less than 160, probably.

  • POSTED BY Coxwaffle on | September 18, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    Gul bowled beautifully - attacking fields, and wonderful bowling. Razzaq plugged the missing link. Here's an England supporter wishing Pakistan forward, as always. I hope everyone has a kindly comment for the way that Shoaib is bowling too.

  • POSTED BY Coxwaffle on | September 18, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    Gul bowled beautifully - attacking fields, and wonderful bowling. Razzaq plugged the missing link. Here's an England supporter wishing Pakistan forward, as always. I hope everyone has a kindly comment for the way that Shoaib is bowling too.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | September 18, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    frankely speaking, if umpiring was not errored only for pakistan's suffering, it might have been 2-1 or 3-0 in pakistan's favour. Consider davis not given out LBW on 17 and scores 87 and then Straus not given out egded on 38 going on to score 124. Talking about Billy Doc, he has been hurting pakistan with his wrong decisions for a long time now. And not calling for replays today, didn't look like a mistake in judgement, it was much more than that. Afridi tried his best to convince him on that but....Billy Doc was so determined. Billy u r Silly

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 18, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    sucked in the poms! @glospir - novel BS mate - fixing to win a game, NOOB.

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | September 18, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    Good to see Pakistan can win games without Amir/Asif.

  • POSTED BY adil8 on | September 18, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    I Hate Afridi as He Tries to be Over smart When Actally He is the Most Over Rated Player of the World!! He Back stabbed Younis Khan to Get the Captaincy But Our Stupid Pakistani Fans Still Cheer For Him!! I Guess World is Right When They Call Us Losers!! Doom Doom Afridi!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    you know what let me say this Pakistan side is confirmed unpredictbal, i dint watch pakistan bowl today cauz i knew whats gona happen but happend to find we won. and by the way guyz plz dont talk about umpires they will alwayz do this to asian teams, but what if umpires takes some money to give just 1 not out who notices that?????? long live unpires and ICC and the british media.

  • POSTED BY spikes123 on | September 17, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    At the innings break, my little cousin came to me and asked me Pakistan's score and on my answer became fairly disappointed. He told me that only if we had aamir in our team maybe we could have win this match. I told him that our bowlers playing were good enough and asked him " what if gul take 5 wickets? cant we win then?" at that moment he laughed at me. Well he has taken SIX now!!! I cant wait for my little cousin to wake up in the morning and see his expression when i tell him gul's heroics!!

  • POSTED BY leo787 on | September 17, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    Billy u are awsome keep it up mate u are the best umpire ever and we all english supporters love u if u are there we cant lose ,,,,,comeeeeeee on england just one win by pakistan we will smash them next time billy is with us

  • POSTED BY leo787 on | September 17, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    i love u billy if u are there serious belong to us.........

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    Are we sure that this match was not fixed? How can England loose 5 wickets for 17 runs when they were in a commanding position to win.Some people must have mad a fortune at this upset. Cmon English middle order batsmen, come clear before News of the World publishes a story!!!!An in whose payroll is Billy boy doctorve? He is defintely for fair cricket!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    OMG it feels sooo good to win after so long ..... PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • POSTED BY smalishah84 on | September 17, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    Well done boys. Finally something to cheer about.

  • POSTED BY glospir on | September 17, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    Hmmm doesnt this seem fishy? There was talk of a fix before the series that Pakistan would lose two matches. Now they have grabbed a win from nowhere in the third after losing two games. England 201/5 - cruising towards victory and suddenly its 218 all out! Will be mighty interesting to know whats going to happen in the next two games!!

  • POSTED BY cricdick on | September 17, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    East or west , pakistan is best. Most civilized,decent and honest and bravest cricketers of the world has proved their capacity. keepitup. The best team ever.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    Well it was a very exciting match but it seems that English team fixed the match ... so please call the inquiry against them :p

  • POSTED BY pakfan2010 on | September 17, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    why is hafeez stil in the team, surly there must be a better pakistan opener than hafeez, he averages 17 runs an innings with rubbish strike rate. Probly due to politics in pakistan cricket board.

  • POSTED BY Peligrosisimo3 on | September 17, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    I didn't see the match and B Doctrove may have made mistakes but why does the India and Pakistan fans always want a change in the umpires after they have had a bad match. WI players have received the most atrocious decisions over the years as teams tried to get their batsmen out. Rudi K, B Bowden, D hair, D harper have all had atrocious decisions against WI, rudi especially early in his career. In a test match India successfully got S Bucknor changed which was a disgrace. The other teams just deal with it (all except india and pak). All of a sudden ICC panel umpires who have served cricket for a number of years have become rubbish overnight. Come on!!

  • POSTED BY whoster on | September 17, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    A fully deserved win for Pakistan. They've put in some spirited performances in the last couple of games. Umar Gul's spell was exceptional, and it was too good for our lower order. As for Billy Doctrove, I think he's a poor umpire who showed great incompetence over the stumping decision. It's ridiculous that people think umpiring howlers somehow show bias on the part of the umpire. It was down to sheer incompetence, and there is no conspiracy going on! Anyway, well played Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY ArtPakistan on | September 17, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    Well played Pakistan Team. We are proud of you. You have beaten not only England but also its puppy, the ICC umpire. There would have been no better way to take revenge of your three team mates who are out of team because of a match fixing set up made against them. Great job. Next ODIs are yours. All England, watch carefully along with your 11 players and 2 Umpires. Even the umpires will not be able to save your sinking ship.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    why they dont show wicket camera?????????????

  • POSTED BY Pak_fan786 on | September 17, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Great victory for cornered Tigers!!! But some issues need serious thinking. Why all 50/50 desicions go against pak?? 1st odi. Umar gul had davis lbw for 15 odd runs, not given, he scores 87 runs 2nd odi Strauss cleraly edges a ball on 38 runs, not given, he makes match winning 124 3rd odi. mohd yousuf gets lbw of a deliviery similiar to that davis got benefit of dubt. and afridi's run out was referred after a loooong time. Wright stumped but not reviewed.... discrimination !!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Billy Doctrove, i would say, is a dis-honest person basically.... i remember him, 2000-2001, jimmy adams got a huge nick of the bowling of Wasim Akram, he din't give him out even his face expressions were telling some other story. Pakistan lost the match as jimmy adams scored remaining runs,,,,,, today again, horrible.... i guess Afridi looked more Not Out than Luke Write with an apparant eye..... Good luck to Pakistan and keep it up boys...... Although i am sure, u guys are good JUWA PLAYERS ..............

  • POSTED BY pakfan2010 on | September 17, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    get rid of doctrove the guy is against pakistan or hes just the worst umpire ever. afridi was not out he was taking avasive action. thank god for gul magic beacuase aktar is no longer a wicketaker and razzaq is past it but both did good job today. It shows pakistan bowling depth with likes of asif and amir out they still have handy attack. So happy to see gul back to his best hopefully he stays injury free because pakistan really need him at moment.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    one must not forget the under criticism Fawad in this match, i think he is quite consistent with his scores right from australian one day series - he should be playing regularly at 4 or 5 in one day as well as test matches - well played Pakistan !!

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    Morgan wicket seems suspicious to me...how a stubborn well set batsman can gift his wicket like this...Mazhar Majeed should sit with the commentators..

  • POSTED BY Haqim on | September 17, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    While praising Guls, Razzaq and Shoaib, don't forget to give credit Mr. consistent Fawad Alam.

    Hope he is given enough time to spend in the middle in remaining matches.

    Good to see finally Pakistan leaving all the negativity behind and showing fighting skills in all the ODIs. When they fight and put a price on the matching, I don't feel depressed even when they lose.

    They just need to show fighting skill and the never give-up spirit to have all their die hard fans supporting them again.

  • POSTED BY cricketlover_786 on | September 17, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    nice victory for pak at last..thank god there is no rudi kortzen now..billy doctrove must be the most incompetent umpire on icc panel currently... english commentators n media become mute when decision is in their favour..but moan for years if umpiring decision goes against them..first class hypocrisy...

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    Well done boys, keep up the good work, the wonde rboy Umer Gul is in his full swing.without Mohammed asif and Mohammed Amir, Shoiab Akhtar, and Abdul Razak doing good job, out batting is still not up to that standard, when scoring more than 30/40 runs they thru away their wickets by playing unnecessary rash short and lost their wickets.but it is good change after too many loosing matches the team need this win, not only for moral boost .We hope the hard work will cntinued and try to win the series by 3-2

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    I think it couldnt have been a more prompt appeal than the one afridi made for the third umpire while Stuart Broad took a whole year,billy doctrove probably refused..then stuart called up his dad on his cell phone and made him take the 3rd umpire cz his son is a bit slow on EVERYTHING..Biased Cricket...how did the english commentators justify that ? NO WONDER THEY NEVER WON THERE OWN GAME...they won just 1 ICC tournament in 250 years of cricket history and they feel they are unbeatable...ahahaha what a joke :P

  • POSTED BY nqwasti on | September 17, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    Enough for Doctrov, Pakistan must put its foot down to get him out of International Cricket. The man is clearly prejudiced and biased.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    We strongly against the poor umpiring of Billy Doctrove and recommend to change him for the next match, I don't understand why he always against Asian teams, if he is not sure at least he should refer to third umpire, it seems we need UDRS system in One day as well as T20, otherwise they could have find some good umpires, I think he is getting old and it is time for him to say "Good bye" to Cricket, be honest Mr. Billy Doctrove, don't always be one sided, it is not good for the Good cricket

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    Why is it that all marginal umpiring decisions have gone against Pakistan so far? In the previous game Strauss was clearly caught behind and "Not Given". In this match Wright was Stumped, even a novice could see that, however, Billy Doctrove refused to ask the third umpire. If Strauss had been given out in the previous game, Pakistan would be leading 2-1 and not trailing.

    Will ICC address this issue ever?

  • POSTED BY aceruser on | September 17, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    Doctrove clearly was biased, it was an instant and loud appeal, he should have reffered it. . . may be he wanted to take Oval revenge? n Afridi should consider himself lucky after setting horrible field throughout the match, we lost the 2nd ODI cuz of his stupid field placing, and almost did it again at oval. and i sincerely hope English Media focuses on cricket rather then being negative n hypocrate..

  • POSTED BY Passionandwill on | September 17, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    I am so happy that Pakistan finally won. However, NOT HAPPY AT ALL by Billy Doctrove. He didnt give strauss out in the last match which cost Pakistan an inevitable win and today he didnt bother to refer Luke wrights stumping. I am still fuming !!! If it happened to be a pakistani batsman (e.g.Shahid afridi's run out today) Thealways biased english media would slaughter Billy doctrove for that. He should not stand in anymore games unless he improves his decision making.

  • POSTED BY Passionandwill on | September 17, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    I am so happy that Pakistan finally won. However, NOT HAPPY AT ALL by Billy Doctrove. He didnt give strauss out in the last match which cost Pakistan an inevitable win and today he didnt bother to refer Luke wrights stumping. I am still fuming !!! If it happened to be a pakistani batsman (e.g.Shahid afridi's run out today) Thealways biased english media would slaughter Billy doctrove for that. He should not stand in anymore games unless he improves his decision making.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    ever the unpredictable.cornered tigers

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    Oval is a happy hunting ground for Gul and he has proved it again and again.Somehow he is the only one who reverse swings the ball prodigiously in these conditions.Pakistan needs more such brilliant stuff like this not what has been transpiring in the interrogation rooms or Butt-Pawar meetings.Win this series and salvage pride for your yourself and your countrymen.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    THIS WAS THE GREAT SHOW OF PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE AND TEAM SPRIT BY PAKISTANI TEAM ALTHOUGH THEY WERE FACING A LOT OF PROBLEMS SO THEY MANAGE WELL IN THIS REGARD ALTHOUGH THEY INTENSE PRESSURE FROM PEOPLE

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | September 17, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan. It can't have been an easy time to be a Pakistani fan, or even a Pakistani citizen given all the troubles they've had recently, but I enjoyed watching them come back like this.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    Double standards in cricket are unacceptable anymore. Wright was clearly out therefore Doctrove didn't go ahead for a referral. Yet, even though Afridi was taking evasive action as the ball was hitting him he gleefully consented to go for it :(

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    Well done Pakistan and Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar and Razzaq were good as well, althought Afrid's Captaincy left a lot to be desired but nonetheless Pakistan won and hope they can win the next one to make a real fist out of the last one at Rosebowl. Go Pakistan!

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    Absolutely Amazing performance by an Absolutely Amazing Bowler!! Pak needed this...We aren't short of match winners...It's only now that we are coming to learn how to play as one...Gul Lifted the moral and that was all they needed gr8 efforts in the field and the other bowlers....Hats of to a beauty!! AND I SAY THIS ON BEHALF OF MANY CRICKET LOVERS...DON'T KILL THE 50 OVER GAME..KILL ANYTHING BUT THE TEST AND 50 OVER!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    great bowling display by umar gul at that when its disparately needed..

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    congr8s pak. 4 ur wonderful victory.......icc pls ban doctrove 4m umpire panel.....hope pak. shld won da series......congr8s Gul.....congr8s pak bowler....tnx s.akhhtar 2.....s.akhtar u r my best bowler after w.akram

  • POSTED BY paklov on | September 17, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    Fantastic team effort....superb Gul...Doctrove again; do not believe it!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Shahzadhussan on | September 17, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Double victory for Pakistan from England and from Doctrove, third opponent is yet difficult to defeat, English hypcratic media

  • POSTED BY PAK_TIGERS on | September 17, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Whats up w Doctrove lately ? I think he miss his OVAL buddy from 2006, or may be he wants some face time too..why not?

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    i hope PAKISTAN will win this series also INSHA ALLAH

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    After Late Fazal Mahmood Umar Gul will be remembered for restoring the pride of the Pakistani nation in the game of cricket. Nothing succeedes like success. Defeat is an orphan and success has many fathers.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    DIDNT MAZHAR MAJEED SAY PAKISTAN WILL LOSE THE FIRST TWO MATCHES?

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    Match highlights:

    Umer Gul: A great reverse swing bowling of all times. It reminded me the reverse swing spell of Abdul Razak against Sri Lanka in Sharjah, when he took five wickets and helped to tie the match for Pakistan at 196 (Sri Lanka were at one stage 150 for 2) Fawad Alam: Good batting but he still fail to hit on lollypop fulltoss from spinners. Umpire B Doctove: I fail to understand how he is still managing a umpiring at ICC. He didn't even thought to refer the run out of Luke Wright to 3rd umpire - Unbelievable

  • POSTED BY sharprider on | September 17, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    Umpire Doctrove's controversial decision notwithstanding, Pakistan finally won the Oval ODI (much in the same style as the recent Oval Test) to silence their critics. The faith shown in Umar Gul finally paid off, albeit with a little correction of strategy. He did bowl close to the the 'death bowling' period, but he was thrown into the fray by Afridi as a result of Shoaib Akhtar completing his quota, as well as the fact that Razzak was not his choice bowler at this juncture. Anyway, a victory is a victory and should be seen in the right perspective. England were clearly rolled over by an ostensibly depleted Pakistan team, who are currently trying out different combinations with the World Cup in sight. Hats off to Afridi and Co. for bringing joy to millions of Pakistani fans around the world, especially those back home because it was high time to show everyone that Pakistan and Pakistani cricketers just cannot be written off so easily. With this win, the team can stand tall now.

  • POSTED BY doosra95 on | September 17, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    I don't know who does the cricinfo commentary because they are either blind or some thing else . Why this fella gave complete inaccurate speeds for Shoaib is beyond me. In his 3rd over Shoaib bowled at speeds of 91, 91, 91, 90 and 94 mph respectively yet on cricinfo it says 87,88,89,90,90 respectively. This was just one over of inaccuracy I have highlighted and it could be forgiven if it was only for that over. iInfact all of the overs have the wrong speeds. Sort it out cricinfo and hopefully this comment is not deleted.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Well done Gully...! Won the match on his own..!

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | September 17, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    Doctrove Doctrove... how many times will you do against Pakistan? Jimmy Adams in 2000-2001 Pakistan's tour of WI, Oval Controversy, and now today...There were a few other instances as well but don't remember the exact matches...

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    Pakistan showed what they are... They can beat any team of the world in any format at any time... this win has silenced so many mouths.... Again umpire did mistake not asking for 3rd umpire...plus... Yousuf decision...was marginal...but all is well that ends well :-) Long Live Pakistan...

  • POSTED BY PAK_TIGERS on | September 17, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Well Done GUL !... I hope no controversity were raise against OMAR GUL now. This is just pakistan histroy every time they do well , "someone" get them get them involved in some thing and they are out of the team temp or permanant .. I think no need to give examples , if you are a cricket lover just rewind and think.... On a good note thx for an entertaining cricket and PLEASE bring back younis Khan !

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    :) I'll wait for the time Umar Gul is shown to be proven guilty for match/fancy/spot fixing. Just wait and see!

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    Congratulation Pakistan. much needed victory.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    good to see Umar Gul back in action...a win must needed for the entire nation and especially the cricketers who are facing allegations!

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    Aggression is the only way for Pakistan to win as it is proven through times but Aridi needs strong lecture from player like Imran Khan. Waqar Younus hasn't guts to show him Pakistan's real strength i,e. AGGRESSION.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Finally something to cheer about for Pakistan fans, this is the Spirit we have waiting form the Pakistan team and they have played like a heroes, specially the bowling of Umar Gul, he got some reverse swing and bowled out England and bring the victory back to Pakistan team, we hope this spirit will be continue with other two matches and they will give some more to cheer, come on Pakistan all the best for the rest of the matches as well

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | September 17, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Boy, what a bowler Gul is but only if in the best of his form. Awful umpiring of Doctrove continues to hurt Pakistani team badly. Luke Wright almost took the match away due to some absolute shocking umpiring. Can't believe that happening on international level.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Finally something to cheer about for Pakistan fans, this is the Spirit we have waiting form the Pakistan team and they have played like a heroes, specially the bowling of Umar Gul, he got some reverse swing and bowled out England and bring the victory back to Pakistan team, we hope this spirit will be continue with other two matches and they will give some more to cheer, come on Pakistan all the best for the rest of the matches as well

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    well done Umer gul... hopfully he will continue to perform.. in a same way

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | September 17, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    HOORAY! The series comes alive! Great bowling effort Pak! Nobody got tonked. Looks like the focus is back on the cricket, or is this too early to call?

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  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | September 17, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    HOORAY! The series comes alive! Great bowling effort Pak! Nobody got tonked. Looks like the focus is back on the cricket, or is this too early to call?

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    well done Umer gul... hopfully he will continue to perform.. in a same way

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Finally something to cheer about for Pakistan fans, this is the Spirit we have waiting form the Pakistan team and they have played like a heroes, specially the bowling of Umar Gul, he got some reverse swing and bowled out England and bring the victory back to Pakistan team, we hope this spirit will be continue with other two matches and they will give some more to cheer, come on Pakistan all the best for the rest of the matches as well

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | September 17, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Boy, what a bowler Gul is but only if in the best of his form. Awful umpiring of Doctrove continues to hurt Pakistani team badly. Luke Wright almost took the match away due to some absolute shocking umpiring. Can't believe that happening on international level.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Finally something to cheer about for Pakistan fans, this is the Spirit we have waiting form the Pakistan team and they have played like a heroes, specially the bowling of Umar Gul, he got some reverse swing and bowled out England and bring the victory back to Pakistan team, we hope this spirit will be continue with other two matches and they will give some more to cheer, come on Pakistan all the best for the rest of the matches as well

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    Aggression is the only way for Pakistan to win as it is proven through times but Aridi needs strong lecture from player like Imran Khan. Waqar Younus hasn't guts to show him Pakistan's real strength i,e. AGGRESSION.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    good to see Umar Gul back in action...a win must needed for the entire nation and especially the cricketers who are facing allegations!

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    Congratulation Pakistan. much needed victory.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    :) I'll wait for the time Umar Gul is shown to be proven guilty for match/fancy/spot fixing. Just wait and see!

  • POSTED BY PAK_TIGERS on | September 17, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Well Done GUL !... I hope no controversity were raise against OMAR GUL now. This is just pakistan histroy every time they do well , "someone" get them get them involved in some thing and they are out of the team temp or permanant .. I think no need to give examples , if you are a cricket lover just rewind and think.... On a good note thx for an entertaining cricket and PLEASE bring back younis Khan !