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

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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  • khurram 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2010, 6:28 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • amer 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

  • Syed 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!

  • babar 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

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