England v Pakistan, 1st npower Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day July 30, 2010

Anderson's five put England on top

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill
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Close Pakistan 147 for 9 (Gul 30*, Asif 0*, Anderson 5-49) trail England 354 (Morgan 130, Collingwood 82, Asif 5-77, Aamer 3-41) by 207 runs
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Mohammad Asif's five wickets made the morning session Pakistan's but on a day for the bowlers, James Anderson cut through Pakistan to leave them eight runs adrift of the follow-on target with a wicket in hand. With the ball swinging prodigiously under leaden grey skies in Nottingham, 15 wickets fell for 170 runs throughout the day, and Anderson marked the occasion of his 28th birthday with 5 for 49.

Anderson made the initial incision by removing both openers before Steven Finn took a wrecking ball to Pakistan's middle order. Finn snatched 3 for 12 in his first spell as Pakistan went into freefall at 47 for 6 before Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Aamer's stubborn 58-run rearguard.

Anderson returned to snap their resistance, having both batsmen caught in the slips in successive overs to pick up his ninth five-wicket haul in Test cricket before Umar Gul's adventurous 30 took Pakistan to within touching distance of the 155 needed to make England bat again. As the gloom set in, however, the umpires decided that play could not continue despite the use of the stadium floodlights and the players were hauled off.

After Asif had sparked an England collapse in which six wickets fell for just 23 runs in the course of the morning, Pakistan's batsmen would have been expecting a spirited riposte from England's bowlers. They appeared completely unprepared for the scale of the assault.

Salman Butt was softened up by a clanging blow to the side of the helmet before he feathered an edge through to Matt Prior, and Anderson then came round the wicket to Imran Farhat after lunch, bending the ball past the batsman's attempted nudge to leg to shatter the stumps. Finn, fresh from his strength and conditioning training, extracted bounce and movement to pick up Umar Amin with a thick edge to second slip, which left Pakistan in the perilous position of 35 for 3.

The collapse was soon in full flow, and Anderson snatched his third as Ali was turned inside out by a booming outswinger to prompt an appeal for the catch behind. Umpire Tony Hill raised the finger but despite having UDRS referrals in the bank, Ali trudged off without questioning the decision. It was a strange decision, as replays appeared to show that the ball had missed the edge and touched the batsman's trouser pocket on the way through.

Finn then bullied both Akmals out in identical fashion, shaping the ball away from the bat with a touch of extra bounce outside off stump to draw indecisive prods to second slip. Malik and Aamer survived to see out his spell and briefly protect Pakistan's dangerously long tail with a partnership that was the second-highest of the match for either team so far, and it put the game-shaping importance of Eoin Morgan and Paul Collingwood's 219-run stand into proper perspective.

Malik's vigil was ended courtesy of a juggled catch by Andrew Strauss at first slip to give Anderson his fourth wicket, and his fifth came soon after as Aamer drove at a wide one to send a thick edge to Graeme Swann.

With Pakistan floundering at 108 for 8, Umar Gul took it upon himself to chase down the 47 still needed to avoid the follow-on with an attacking cameo. In gloomy conditions that had the umpires fiddling with their light-meters, Gul's innings was equal parts skill and luck. Fortuitous boundaries were picked up from leading edges and squirts through the slips before he got going with a stylish cover drive off Anderson.

He followed that up with a pull into the stands at midwicket before Broad pitched one up to beat Danish Kaneria's aimless drive and disturb the bails. Asif safely negotiated the final ball of Broad's over, but with that the umpires finally decided that conditions had deteriorated enough to send the players off.

Anderson's efforts, and the extent of Pakistan's batting capitulation, put the other five-wicket haul of the day - Asif's 5 for 77 - firmly in the shade, but England's collapse was, if anything, even more dramatic than Pakistan's. The home side had resumed on 331 for 4 but once Collingwood was removed for 82 in the sixth over of the morning the rest of the line-up quickly followed.

Asif bowled an unbroken spell from the Radcliffe Road end, trapping Collingwood with an inswinger to create an opening and give Pakistan the lift they so dearly needed, before pinging Morgan's back pad in front of off stump to reduce England to 344 for 6.

After Graeme Swann sold Matt Prior a dummy to see him run out for 6, England's tail fell in a heap, and Asif found himself on a hat-trick after nailing both Swann and Anderson in front of the stumps with deliveries that swung in unexpected directions. He found the edge of Finn's bat with the hat-trick delivery, but the chance fell well short of the slips.

Gul made a mess of Broad's stumps to bring the innings to a close in the very next over and complete a stunning collapse, but in the context of the game, one that was overshadowed by the Pakistani surrender that followed. If the low clouds continue to hover over Trent Bridge - and they are forecast to do so - Morgan and Collingwood's innings may well prove to be the decisive difference between the teams in this match.

Liam Brickhill is an assistant editor at ESPN Cricinfo

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  • khurramsch on July 31, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Umar gul top scorer for pakistan: MUhammed amir 3rd in list of scores but played 69 balls which is more than any other pakistani batting in same conditions. cant top order bat like amir? it cant be more shameful to pakistani topr order than this

  • on July 31, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    I am an Indian, and i Envy the Pakistan bowling line up; ( Sigh at indian bowlers in sri lanka,), and i guess Pakistan should envy at our batting lineup; if we were not seperated, wooowww... Shewag and Gambhir opening, in bowling Aamir and Aasif. Sachin and Rahul in the middle order. Zaheer Khan as first change. in the middle order , umar akmal and raina, sachin can mentor them... makes me dream... phewwww

  • on July 31, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    I am no cricket expert, just a fan.

    But there are 3 very very different forms of the game now and I believe every top nation needs a different team for Tests to ODIs to T20. Maybe not 3 teams, just 2.

    Test match cricket is a completely different ball game to the other 2 and needs patience and resilience. Players like Umar Akmal who shone at T20 are having their confidence punded by poor results in Test Matches, he simply doesnt have the right temperament for it and I think Afridi was right to realise this in him himself and retire from Test Matched to concentrate on the shorter versions of the game.

    A steady team of test players who have all played together regularly and a steady team of ODI/T20 players would be just the ticket for all the cricket playing nations. The added benefit would be the players wouldnt be overplayed etc.

  • on July 31, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Well if Eng can lose 6 for 23, why are people acting shocked to see Pakistan lose their entire team for 150?

    Had the conditions been similar on day 1, we'd have seen eng bowled out for a low score. Not to mention the spilled chances.

  • on July 31, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    @ King B.. im totally agree with. Y u ppl always behind an individual person. Y u r after Kamran akmal, Why not Malik, azhar, Look,, Every person is responsible for his own department,, if kami's department is keeping wickets then Malik's responsibility with the bat,, if Kami's did wrong with his responsibility, then y malik n all being tolerated,, if a wicket keeper do a mistake after 5 -7 tests then y those batsman and bowlers are responsible for their stupidity..Why Not umer Gull, what he is doing with the team,, Can any one among of u tell me why this happens

  • on July 31, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    if u want to play youngsters then why not fawad alam.....why debutants....

  • on July 31, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    In my opinion its better that Pakistan get follow on. Because it is the only way that Pak can win.. In 4th Innings they can't achieve target more than 400+ , but if they get follow on then they have to score atleast 350 Runs, so England will need 150+ in 4th innings,, n in these bowling conditions it will be tough. So this is the only way that Pakistan can survive now, so my wish is plzz Asif get out before 200.

  • fisher2 on July 31, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    this is just unbelievable some nobody comes along and Pakistan makes him look like a Playmaker its the urgent need for Pakistan to bring the two y's back

  • syedahmed91 on July 31, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    Everyone here is talking about how bad Pakistan batting did but, none is talking about how england lost 6 wickets for 23 runs and england is a well renoun all round team. Hmm... Well if pakistan avoid a follow on their bowlers get the same bowling conditions tomorrow, things might change.

    whatever happens... pak needs to get a new wicket keeper, drop umer amin give yasir hameed a chance and possibly even drop kaneria for ajmal in the next test. ALso give the team a little break... ind and sri lanka just drawed for the 53544 time no1 is burking at them for making test cricket a very boring game and taking the interest away from the game... Pak needs time to sync and gel in together theres a alot of talent just need to get the right forumla. LONG LIVE PAKISTAN!

  • K_I_N_G_B on July 31, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    wat i find funny is how every 1 has switched over to kamran akmal acusing him of match fixing lets look at reality ok he messed up big time but wat on earth happened to salman butt , imran farhat , azhar ali , umar amin , umar akmal , why does 1 individual get all the blame and not the whole team wats gona be funny if kamran akmal pulls of a century or some miricle down them lines den i would luv to read all the comments about hes match fixing

  • khurramsch on July 31, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Umar gul top scorer for pakistan: MUhammed amir 3rd in list of scores but played 69 balls which is more than any other pakistani batting in same conditions. cant top order bat like amir? it cant be more shameful to pakistani topr order than this

  • on July 31, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    I am an Indian, and i Envy the Pakistan bowling line up; ( Sigh at indian bowlers in sri lanka,), and i guess Pakistan should envy at our batting lineup; if we were not seperated, wooowww... Shewag and Gambhir opening, in bowling Aamir and Aasif. Sachin and Rahul in the middle order. Zaheer Khan as first change. in the middle order , umar akmal and raina, sachin can mentor them... makes me dream... phewwww

  • on July 31, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    I am no cricket expert, just a fan.

    But there are 3 very very different forms of the game now and I believe every top nation needs a different team for Tests to ODIs to T20. Maybe not 3 teams, just 2.

    Test match cricket is a completely different ball game to the other 2 and needs patience and resilience. Players like Umar Akmal who shone at T20 are having their confidence punded by poor results in Test Matches, he simply doesnt have the right temperament for it and I think Afridi was right to realise this in him himself and retire from Test Matched to concentrate on the shorter versions of the game.

    A steady team of test players who have all played together regularly and a steady team of ODI/T20 players would be just the ticket for all the cricket playing nations. The added benefit would be the players wouldnt be overplayed etc.

  • on July 31, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Well if Eng can lose 6 for 23, why are people acting shocked to see Pakistan lose their entire team for 150?

    Had the conditions been similar on day 1, we'd have seen eng bowled out for a low score. Not to mention the spilled chances.

  • on July 31, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    @ King B.. im totally agree with. Y u ppl always behind an individual person. Y u r after Kamran akmal, Why not Malik, azhar, Look,, Every person is responsible for his own department,, if kami's department is keeping wickets then Malik's responsibility with the bat,, if Kami's did wrong with his responsibility, then y malik n all being tolerated,, if a wicket keeper do a mistake after 5 -7 tests then y those batsman and bowlers are responsible for their stupidity..Why Not umer Gull, what he is doing with the team,, Can any one among of u tell me why this happens

  • on July 31, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    if u want to play youngsters then why not fawad alam.....why debutants....

  • on July 31, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    In my opinion its better that Pakistan get follow on. Because it is the only way that Pak can win.. In 4th Innings they can't achieve target more than 400+ , but if they get follow on then they have to score atleast 350 Runs, so England will need 150+ in 4th innings,, n in these bowling conditions it will be tough. So this is the only way that Pakistan can survive now, so my wish is plzz Asif get out before 200.

  • fisher2 on July 31, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    this is just unbelievable some nobody comes along and Pakistan makes him look like a Playmaker its the urgent need for Pakistan to bring the two y's back

  • syedahmed91 on July 31, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    Everyone here is talking about how bad Pakistan batting did but, none is talking about how england lost 6 wickets for 23 runs and england is a well renoun all round team. Hmm... Well if pakistan avoid a follow on their bowlers get the same bowling conditions tomorrow, things might change.

    whatever happens... pak needs to get a new wicket keeper, drop umer amin give yasir hameed a chance and possibly even drop kaneria for ajmal in the next test. ALso give the team a little break... ind and sri lanka just drawed for the 53544 time no1 is burking at them for making test cricket a very boring game and taking the interest away from the game... Pak needs time to sync and gel in together theres a alot of talent just need to get the right forumla. LONG LIVE PAKISTAN!

  • K_I_N_G_B on July 31, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    wat i find funny is how every 1 has switched over to kamran akmal acusing him of match fixing lets look at reality ok he messed up big time but wat on earth happened to salman butt , imran farhat , azhar ali , umar amin , umar akmal , why does 1 individual get all the blame and not the whole team wats gona be funny if kamran akmal pulls of a century or some miricle down them lines den i would luv to read all the comments about hes match fixing

  • clutch28 on July 31, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    Looking at the number of 5-fors this pitch has produced in only 2 days of play I'm pleasantly surprised. As for the quality of Pakistan's batting lineup, it's been suspect at best since the debacle in Australia, but that's what happens I guess when you go through captains by the bucketload.

  • RealityCheck on July 31, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    This is a request to ICC. Rules be changed to save Pakistan cricket. 1) Opposition to bat only if the conditions are overcast and friendly for seamers. 2) Pakistan would bat only if it is sunny and conditions batsman-friendly. 3) It might be considered to even play on 2 different surfaces? Pakistan would bat on pitches made in Sri-Lanka and would bowl on pitches made in England?

    This is a serious suggestion and any attempt to make fun of this would be liable to prosecution in Pakistan courts.

    Long live Pakistan cricket.........

  • TheDoctor394 on July 31, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    It's quite funny reading the rather bizarre comments about Pakistan not being worthy of Test status. This after they've just beaten Australia. Wouldn't the Aussies be thrilled by that view!

  • on July 30, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    LET THEM DO EITHER BATTING OR BOWLING , BUT BOTH AT ONCE MADE THEM TIRED AND BORE

  • Jim1207 on July 30, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    The people who says that England batting is having an Irish, have to look at their own line-up. They have a Danish...!!!! :P

  • KarachiKid on July 30, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    Kamran Akmal should have been kicked out long time ago. It can still be done but I think they can replace anyone but Kamran Akmal. I think Youis and Yousuf should certainly be back. There should be a healthy competition between Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam and Umar Amin. Malik would always be a bits and pieces cricketer. Both Malik and kamran belong to limited overs cricket, just like Afridi.

  • on July 30, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    Pakistan only chance is when they bat in bright & sunny condition in second innings where as England bat's in overcast conditions like today.Pakistan batsmen have to do a miracle to seal a win . But i dont see such things happening. So all my pakstani fellowmen who are thinking of a win should get realistic:P Asif bowled really superb if england had batted second then situation might be different. Jimmy also deserved credit of using the conditions well but Pakistani tail showed great fight. I just want the match to go down the wire so I have some interest to watch it :-) Any one from Yousf or Yonus must be called back to give our batting some strength:

  • FarhatAliZaidy on July 30, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Its very sad but the writting was always on the wall.Their substandard batting line up is and always was poorer than one can immagine.As i have commented before it was just a matter of time first test or the second one this club standard batting would be blown apart,and thats what exactly happend today.Salman Butt has problems with Mohammad Yousaf till now ,Yawar Saeed the manager was the one who sponcerd the revolt against Younis Khan.So let"s be honest, how one of them can ask or support for their re-entery to the Pakistan side.They knew that if they are included in the side and they performd wel,(which has a great chance) then their own places sooner or later come under fire.An this is why they first sank the whole ship,destroy the morae,lose one or two tests with huge margin then THEY will act in the best interest of the Nation and cricket as a whole.Gromming youngsters not a bad thing but how could you gromme youn ones with out their elders.Gromminig,New blood,eyes on future .

  • on July 30, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    kamran akmal is not a test player.pakistan should bring zulqarnan or sarfraz in test.akmal is only 50 and 20 20 player.anyway there r 3 days left does not matter if pakistan follow on or not they gonna lose this match and blame goes to kamran akmal who missed many chances like sydney test

  • on July 30, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Well Kamran--51 tests are enough for you. In your 2 Australian Tests, except for 40 odd in the 1st Test, what else did you do in the remaining 4 innings so far??? r a bad influence on Umar too. Its all terrible out there. How much did U get from the bookies in England or was it all settled in Australia upfront for the season???

    Amir and Asif. You guys are doing a fantastic job both with the bat and the ball. Dont lose heart with the performance of the 7 names before you in the batting order. Keep balling well and become No.1 on ICC ratings. We dont mind a consolation prize.

    Salman Butt--it appears 2nd Test victory over Australia at Leeds was a fluke. Do U have any stategy?? Aimlessely continuing with hopeless Kanaria for most of 1st day was the worst thing U could do after realising he was out of wits. what were U trying to achieve??? Divine intervention????

    Ijaz Butt your PCB stint is as bad as ur average as a batsman in ur good days. Pl get back Younas, Yousaf & Hafeez.

  • aztecs on July 30, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Akmal brothers performance is very questionable but without hard evidence difficult to say why someone would perform the way he did. The miss stumping, dropped catch were highly questionable. He is also in with the great Indian Bookies who just happen to float around the same hotel as he is in. I think his money situation should be looked upon more closely. Danish Kaneria, another person who has been investigated for match fixing not once but three times. S Butt needs to pick a new side for the next test game ideally, 1. S Butt 2. Imran Fahart 3. Yasir Hameed 4 Umar Akmal 5 Azhar Ali 6. S Malik 7. S Ahmed 8. Mohammed Ameer 9. S Ajmal 10. M Irfan 11. M Asif

  • Trickstar on July 30, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    Well done Jimmy on your Birthday and Finn showing that he could become world class he gets more experienced.Great entertaining days cricket from both teams.

  • Madih on July 30, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    if the pcb still feels that there is no need of younis and yousaf then there is no doubt that all people at pcb headquarters are GOOFS. plz bring them back. now is the time. give a clear warning to k.akmal he is conspiring again. this time it is salman butt. yousif got his career almost ended after sydney test and the main reason for that defeat was k.akmal. give him a clear warning.

  • allblue on July 30, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    One slightly curious thing about the two scorecards is that of the nine England wickets (ignoring the run out) seven were bowled or lbw with two caught behind, but of the nine Pakistan wickets only two were bowled while the other seven were caught behind. I know Pakistan dropped a couple, but does this indicate a relative strength/weakness to inswing/outswing, or is it just one of those things?

  • ArtPakistan on July 30, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Well done Pakistan team. You batted bravely under so adverse batting conditions. Your 9 batsmen made 147 runs on this day of bowlers as compared to just 23 runs made by England's 6 batsmen. I love your spirit of fighting to the end. Keep it up boys.

  • on July 30, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    Pakistan cricket team woefully lacks test temperament. Afridi has realised this and quit, just hoping the PCB to realise this. Sooner they realise lesser would be humiliation.

  • Hasso29 on July 30, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    missing yousuf and younis

  • danithereddevil on July 30, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    (yunis khan.) (m.yusuf). (misbah haq.) (asim kamal)..if u have player like these...why use player like umer akaml...umer amen...shoaib malik..azhar ali.......in test....n kamran akmal shoul be out of time....he cost far more test .then win....GOD plz help....

  • Cric_Analyzer on July 30, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    There is no justification to whatever happened today. Pakistan should have performed better than that.

    However, I am really surprised at some idiotic comments about doubting Pakistan's test status. These biased Indians have forgotten their Humiliating defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka at Gale a few days ago. May be India should also be scrapped from the test status since they could not even avoided the follow-on on a Flat Batting paradise. The so called Indian Greats can only bat on flat pitches.

    First the Indians made sure Pakistan does not get any international cricket by snatching the world cup matches, attacked the Sri Lankan team, Expelled Pakistani cricketers from IPL, excluded Pakistani club side from Champions trophy and now they are hell bent on removing Pakistan's test status. And still they talk of confidence building measures with all this back stabbing.

  • law_crusher on July 30, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Perhaps the constant failure of the batting order is due to inexperience..If by chance Pakistan avoid the follow on then also nothing will happen,same old story!!Bye Bye Pakistani cricket team.they will go down by 4-0 in the series.If they will play this kind of cricket.

  • raheelf on July 30, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Yousuf or Younus please come and get us out from this mess!

  • zxcvbnmasdfghjklqwertyuiop on July 30, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Mr gand madhukar atleast pakistan has the talented players who will get settled in test arena soon and have the potential to be world beaters unlike india who are banking on a group of 40 yr old batting friendly pitches so called batting masters and in a couple of years would be competing with bangalis for the last spot(already doing so in odis and t20s).sorry on ur cricketing acumen probably u shud only talk about sports u can understand

  • SnowSnake on July 30, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Pakistan bowling is pretty average. In last 3 out of 5 occasions the batting team against them scored more than 300 in an innings. In return, Pakistan batting hardly scores 150 runs per innings. Opposing team's balling fares better than Pakistan balling. I don't know why anyone is celebrating Pak. balling-- perhaps they want to see something positive in a losing side. No need to claim that Pak. looses due to its poor batting. If Pak. balling is outstanding, it should not lose despite its poor batting. Just see how India manages to top rankings due to its one sided superior batting and extremely sloppy bowling.

  • on July 30, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    ROFL :P PAKISTAN ..THE WORLD BEST TEAM :P

    Mr. Butt now come baq on track :P just dont fly , u cant b no1 aftr winning a 1 match in 15yrs.hahah

  • on July 30, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    PCB should look into replacing ijaz ahmed as batting coach as he has not yielded anything rather than banning players

  • on July 30, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Pakistan is a great team still....thanx god england have an irish men to save them,atleast pakistan;s got there own talent...not like england 2 players are from SA and one from irsih...thats not england teams thats kinda..europe team as non other european country has test status...well conditions today suited to the bowlers specially swing...asif did his magic and anderson did his...it was a play ...i think if pakistan can just manage this 8 runs...england would soon fall like "little nine pins" as they did in the 1st inns only to be saved by an irish..:) pakistan as a nation has got talent...and lets not forgets this is the only 1 inns gone of 8 still to go in these 4 weeks...lets wait for the final result..b4 u can say pakistan should be snatched of there test status..and i think bangladesh should be considered 1st..and then after WI and NZ coz pakistan as a test team rank 6th in the over all table..shame ...if all the teams r taken test status from surely eng. will be @ the top...

  • Khan66 on July 30, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Pakistan has a very weak and inexpereinced batting side in this series. Batting was not their strenght in this series. And, as you can see when ball is moving like this... there are not that many batsman's in the world right now a days who can tackle that. We saw what happened to Aus recently. Same with India... which on paper have the best batsman's in the world. These Pakistani boyz are very inexpereince and they are playing in conditions they never encountered before. England batsman who were all set and had 50 and 100 plus scores... got out very quickly this morning. If pitch played the way it did yesterday... this would have been a different story.

  • on July 30, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    A quintessential display of batting by Pakistan team. From 1992 World Cup onwards generally, it has been the bowlers who do all the work - bowl the opposition out and bat the team out to victory/trouble. If your top 5 or 6 specialist batsmen fail to do their job, the team does not deserve to win a test match! and it is useless to add a tail which can bat a bit.

  • ossy on July 30, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    o wel its all abut the frst batting day da pitch waz nt getting swing or bounce.if pak had a frst bat the situation wud b totally different n i dnt see england getting more thn 100 if thy had batted second inning n pak has proved 2dy in da moring session.Its hard to bounce bak fr pak bt let see.

  • muhmmad7676 on July 30, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    please pcb field pakistan's best eleven. even in last 4 series pakistan did not play with their best X1 due to various reasons which were obviously not injury related.against SRI pak did not had asif.against NZ no younis.against AUS in AUS no younis.against AUS in ENG no younis and yousuf.please field your full team and give yourself a full chance to win a match.pcb is wasting such a good bowling lineup and also destroying carriers of young pakistani batsmen by keeping the two Ys out.

  • on July 30, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    @Glass: yeah considering England themselves are brilliant escape artists themselves, past masters at playing for draws on the last day, don't get too full of yourself. There are 3 tests to go after this and Younis is training to make a comeback by the second and your bowlers are still pie chuckers who need the best bowling conditions, like these, to be of any threat whatsoever. @Madhukar: well we got double the wickets your pathetic bowling line up got in the first innings while conceding half the runs.

  • muhmmad7676 on July 30, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    please bring yousyf and younis back. what the hell is pcb trying to achieve by playing umar amin ,umar akmal and azhar ali all at the same time. a lot of people say that they will get better with time i dont know how they will improve by getting out cheaply every time.you need seniors to guide juniors.look at shoib malik although his technique is not sound yet he has been able to play well due to his experience.yousuf and younis if they establish some sort of partnership it softens the opposition 's bowling and then a junior can take advantage of that at no.5.

  • Morpheous on July 30, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    As good as Pakistani Bowling, equally bad is their batting....but this team is young and talented probably wont be Test level worthy in 2 years....they still need Younus and Yusuf in Middle order. Why PCB Selectors why is sticking with Kamran Akmal?....Even Bangladesh Played better Test Cricket compare to Pakistanis.

  • atifk on July 30, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    If they are followed on, tomorrow might be the last day!

  • on July 30, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    change the keeper....bring younis khan and yusuf back,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,dont nick the balls outside off stumps.........plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • TonyRai on July 30, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Time to say Good-Bye to Umer Amin. He has wasted too many chances. Yasir Hameed should be tried now.

  • wfaizi on July 30, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    i agree about 2 things.one Asif and Amir are keeping Pakistan in the game and second kamran akmal situation to be seriously looked at...if you know what i mean!!!!!!!!

  • on July 30, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    "Thats how pakistan plays.REAL talent"

    If being short of the follow on with 1 wicket left is real talent then England have no worries.

  • Lahori_Munde on July 30, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Really funny to read some of the messages here by Pakistani supporters. Pakistan won the last test against Australia and they're already talking about how talented Pakistan is and that they're the best team in the world. Lets do reality check here for a change, Ponting had serious brain fart and elected to bat in gloomy cloudy weather and that costed Aussies that test. Had Ponting put Pakistan in to bat, imagine what the result could have been. Australia lost that test on their first innings batting, collapsed induced by weather mainly. Now in this test, Asif balled well this morning but weather was very suitable for swing bowler and he downed England. Lets see what England bowlers did to Pakistan afterward - Mayhem. They did lot better then Pakistani bowlers actually. The truth of the matter is Pakistan has long way to go yet and unfair to give them so much credit based on one fluke test win. Get real for a change..

  • SuperPendoo on July 30, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    Its becoming very predictable with both Akmal brothers, how they are going to get out i.e. guiding the ball nicely to the slips. Their honesty is certainly questionable. Kamran appears to be deliberately floundering all the caught behind and stumping chances. But, who is watching all of this drama?

  • mohsan123 on July 30, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    kami plz leave pak cricket team plz pakistan bowler Asif and aamir did well and about andreson he bowled well but u cant except from pak batting if kluskra(SL) make all kind of problem for pak batting then anderson is far away from him.but finally all credit goes to asif and aamir how make prob for compelete test batsman

  • landl47 on July 30, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Since England made 354 and Pakistan are 147-9, I guess it follows that either it is England which has the best bowling attack in the world, or Pakistan, as I said previously, is the weakest batting side in test cricket. Last night I put the odds of England winning by an innings at 50-50 and that still looks about right. If Pakistan don't get the 8 runs they need to avoid the follow-on tomorrow morning, they'll lose by an innings. If they do get them, they'll lose by a lot of runs. Either way, this test match so far has been about what I expected from the two sides. Having said that, I'm more impressed by Mohammad Aamer all the time. Not only is he already a great bowler, his batting is useful, too. What an amazing young cricketer.

  • on July 30, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad!

    8 more runs Gul. You can do it.

  • cricketgenious on July 30, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    batsman wasted the superb spell of swing bowling by asif and put pakistan under dire stress.anderson utilized the conditions superbly and put his team on winning track.any miracle can save pakistan from defeat.again credit to asif who displayed unplayable spell of swing bowling and ousted strong england middle order batting as compared to pakistan.

  • on July 30, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    pakistan hav no chance to win dis test...!!!

  • on July 30, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    Even though Umar Akmal got out on a very good ball, however he's gotten a little cocky over the last few months since he has done a bit witht he bat in the ODI's. I think if we make him sit in a few matches, little patience and sense will creep in eventually. I think Pakistan need to bring one of the Y's in the line up as loosing these matches will result in disbelief in the team and brings about a losers mentality which in turn will affect our One days and T20 record as well. It also destroys careers of young batsman like Umar Amin, who actually looks talented but in all honesty it would be very brutal to end his career based on these outings in the Brutal overcast English Condition. Therefore, how about the Y's set their ego's on the side and I.Butt puts his as well and bring some stability in the Middle Order or else Pakistan will loose these matches, will result in change in Captaincy and the same old story will continue.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 30, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    I think Finn has been impressive, going a little way to show he can take wickets against better opposition, for me Eng should put Broad under pressure. Anderson brilliant again when the ball swings, still may be under pressure in the Ashes where the ball mightn't. Asif very good with the ball for his last spell but his inconsistency on the 1st day may well have let Eng off the hook. Aamer batted well today, once his fielding improves, he could well go someway into being Pak's most valuable player.

  • on July 30, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Pakistan should just field 11 bowlers. The so called batsmen can't bat & the wicket keeper can't keep! Great bowling from Anderson but the Pakistan top & middle order are supposed to be professional batsmen - that's what they do, what they trained for - it's about time they looked hard at some performance related pay. Utter discgrace to the nation

  • on July 30, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Akmal Brothers---Go and only play one day & Twenty Twenty cricket. You have repeatedly let down the Team & the Country in Test Cricket. Its hight time you spare the torture to your countrymen. Please also pack luggage of Umar Amin whose game has immense technical flaws.

    Mr Ijaz But---Cant you give up your stinking ego and get back Younas, Yousaf & Hafeez. You yourself were not e a quarter good player than these ousted professional cricketers who are sheer victimes of your blocked mind and venemous Yawar Saeed's defective management style. Only God knows when you two will spare us the torture of your presence. Wish you were on AIR BLUE Flight.

  • CaptainPedant on July 30, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    That's how Pakistan plays. REAL talent. 147-9 rofl

  • on July 30, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    its depressing that for the first time in 4-5 years we have a team that can genuinely win a Test series away from home but the admin chose this exact moment to do Harakiri by banning the only two world class batsman we have. Not satisfied by the admins efforts to dismantle our batting line up, the selectors have proven their great understanding for the game by making the worse of a bad situation as the few other batsman who have the potential to do well abroad haven't been picked like , Fawwad Alam, Khurram Manzoor, Khalid Latif and Misbah. Among the openers Butt has a good record against England and Australia which shows he has potential but Farhat's technique isn't too good and after that Azhar Ali is still too inexperienced while Umar Amin and Umar AKmal seem to have no confidence. Yasir Hameed is useless also. At least now bring in Younis, for goodness sakes he is in England.

  • dmqi on July 30, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    Well, almost everyone following cricket known that Pakistan can do much better if they had a wicket keeper and if they had few test batsmen. They have in Pakistan but the selectors eye do not see them. Even the commentators told it many times in last few weeks, but it does not get to their ear drum. Now those dumb people will see but I still doubt if they will replace Kamran and Malik ( the two players who should not be in any test team for their suspicious acts). I hope the captain, Mr Butt now know after being shot out ( 130 for 8) in such poor score, who are the best bowlers in the world. Good luck dumb cricketers and selectors. We deserve to see a much better competition. It is about Butt's time to follow Afridi. That may be the call when you do not understand how to make your team.

  • on July 30, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    This is how Pakistan plays cricket. They definitely have talent but quite often they fall like nine pins. Do they really deserve the test status ?

  • dreamerdx on July 30, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Superb spell by Mohammad Asif but even better one from James Anderson. I have to say that despite being a Pakistani. I hope that Pakistani tailenders can add up some score and get as close to england target as possible.

  • ayaz_mewati on July 30, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Asif, you are just brilliant..

  • khurramsch on July 30, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    pakistan should learn to use UDRS. they used their for 50-50 chances when they were bowling.& morgan was clearly out @ 34 but they have already used UDRS.

    and now in batting Azhar ali should have used it. i think Azhar Ali left it for kaneria to use..... :)

    Though UDRS does not mean that those decisions were right. Morgan should have been given out on 1st place it was clear. & Azhar's decision was also wrong. umpiring in this match in both inings is bad.

  • usman_nile1994 on July 30, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    We have lost the match. All batsmen failed. I will not blame openers they were llittle consistent. But middle order is such a failure. Umar Amin should be groomed well and he should be sent to A tours and try to correct his technique. While Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan should come in Amin and Malik's place. If Umar Akmal fails to impress in this innings he should be replaced by Yasir Hameed who has great temparement.

  • khurramsch on July 30, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    poor display of batting from pakistan. they'ld bring atleast yasir hameed if not younas & yousuf. @ the moment at 3,4,5 thy have young players & so far in this tour Azhar ali seems a bit comfortable. But Umar akmal ( senior & rated "talented" among three) seems very uncomfortable.didnt score anything BUT doesnt look good batting.so i think they should bring yasir hamed in for any of UMARS.

    theoraticaly its very good to say that "will make good team by sticking these guys together even they lose"

    But practicaly & historicaly that doesnt work. if u keep losing thn this combination will not continue. or if dont win then atleast show some game not getting out like this.

  • KHAN_169 on July 30, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    kamran is totally out of form or there should be some other reason that makes him like that

  • WOW_24 on July 30, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    Yes yes great bowling Asif! But look at the scorecard guys! What a reply from Pakistan!! 50-6??! Absolutely ridiculous. Even Bangladesh shows a lot of fight before going down. This team is not worth being given the status of a test team. What is wrong with the PCB??? Winning against Australia was matter of luck. It was because of the bowlers we won that game, NOT because of the Batsmen. How can they ignore Yousuf, who broke Sir Vivian Richards record in 2006, and Younis Khan, who apparently score a 300 recently?

  • on July 30, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    what is the use if bating fail

  • whyowhy on July 30, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Azhar ali, what an idiot, he does not even know when he has nicked the ball, great future, how can the UDRS work if even the batsman does not know if he is out.....

  • whyowhy on July 30, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Well done Asif and Aamer, but match will be over in 4 days and Butt will resign and it might be good to give captaincy to either Asif or Aamer, sorry situation in Pakistan guys, brilliance in patches and patches of idiocracy, sack Kamran Akmal before he sells the team again.

  • on July 30, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    Pakistan tour management looks to be sleeping as all day yesterday the commentators and experts were wondering as to why the slip fielders and the keeper are standing too deep on a low & slow wicket. With regards to Kamran, can anyone guess correctly as to what really happened to him in this match, particularily after showing reasonably OK against Australia. Are we going to see similar things that happened in Sydney? Why Pak can't play another seamer (Wahab Riaz) in place of ordinary Danish Kanaria. I believe this change should come quick if Pakistan wants better result in the series.

  • Niall on July 30, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    suih1 - I don't think anyone in England at least doubts the talent of the Pakistan team - or didn't take joy in the skittling of the aussies for 88 - it's the consistency of application of the talent that worries. Asif was at times almost unplayable today. 20 overs, 1 for 65 yesterday very ordinary on a seamer friendly wicket in ideal conditions. Kaneira, producing unplayable balls that move feet and friendly full tosses all day.

    And yes, England do this as well.

  • Sohel_ahmed on July 30, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    I'm absolutely agree with akhandraghav's observations.If you take a close look at the missed stumping chance of eoin morgan off the bowling of danish kaneria,you'll see kamran was looking at some other direction than the ball and there was no desperate effort from him to grab the ball as well.It was all very suspicious,really really suspicious.

  • zubairaw on July 30, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Asif is far better than wasim and waqar!!!

  • zubairaw on July 30, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Mailk are the players who have links with match fixers who put them back in team so they can work for them. Danish kaneria is useless character Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal are far better spinners then him. For Danish to get a wicket he has to give 100 runs.

  • on July 30, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    I guess Collingwood and England got its answer as far as the Best Bowling attack is concerned.... Kep Going Pakistan

  • on July 30, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    THE BEST FAST BOWLING LINE UP IN WORLD...hope to see Asif as no.1 bowler soon :)

  • hasan.cheema on July 30, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    what a come back by pakistan... Pakistan Zindabad

  • akhandraghav on July 30, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    well done asif and aamer both have done great job but dont you think there is some thing suspicious about Kamran Akamal earlier he was fined or banned for some kind of match fixing and now can you say that what ever he is doing behind the stumps its all natural there is nothing behind those drop catch.missing run out.I think some body have to sit and recheck all the incident that what was happen becuase you can not belive. Now we have to see batting also what he will do wait and watch and I am damm sure he will miss out in that also.

  • siuh1 on July 30, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Thats how pakistan plays.REAL talent

  • on July 30, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    akheeeeeeeeeer:D awesome spell of bowling:)

  • siuh1 on July 30, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    great Bowling by asif!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • siuh1 on July 30, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    great Bowling by asif!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 30, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    akheeeeeeeeeer:D awesome spell of bowling:)

  • siuh1 on July 30, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Thats how pakistan plays.REAL talent

  • akhandraghav on July 30, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    well done asif and aamer both have done great job but dont you think there is some thing suspicious about Kamran Akamal earlier he was fined or banned for some kind of match fixing and now can you say that what ever he is doing behind the stumps its all natural there is nothing behind those drop catch.missing run out.I think some body have to sit and recheck all the incident that what was happen becuase you can not belive. Now we have to see batting also what he will do wait and watch and I am damm sure he will miss out in that also.

  • hasan.cheema on July 30, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    what a come back by pakistan... Pakistan Zindabad

  • on July 30, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    THE BEST FAST BOWLING LINE UP IN WORLD...hope to see Asif as no.1 bowler soon :)

  • on July 30, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    I guess Collingwood and England got its answer as far as the Best Bowling attack is concerned.... Kep Going Pakistan

  • zubairaw on July 30, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Mailk are the players who have links with match fixers who put them back in team so they can work for them. Danish kaneria is useless character Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal are far better spinners then him. For Danish to get a wicket he has to give 100 runs.

  • zubairaw on July 30, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Asif is far better than wasim and waqar!!!

  • Sohel_ahmed on July 30, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    I'm absolutely agree with akhandraghav's observations.If you take a close look at the missed stumping chance of eoin morgan off the bowling of danish kaneria,you'll see kamran was looking at some other direction than the ball and there was no desperate effort from him to grab the ball as well.It was all very suspicious,really really suspicious.