England v Pakistan, 1st npower Test, Trent Bridge, 3rd day July 31, 2010

Prior ton puts England in control

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill
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Pakistan 182 (Gul 65*, Anderson 5-54) and 15 for 3 (Farhat 6*, Aamer 0*) trail England 354 and 262 for 9 dec (Prior 102*, Gul 3-41) by 419 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

England ended the third day at Trent Bridge in total control of the match and poised to seal a massive win, having reduced Pakistan to 15 for 3 in a highly improbable chase of 435. Matt Prior's third Test hundred allowed the hosts to declare at 262 for 9, setting Pakistan a world-record target that quickly appeared out of reach.

Once Prior had passed his milestone, Andrew Strauss immediately called the batsmen from the field, leaving Pakistan's openers to face a tricky final passage of play with no clear goal in mind other than survival. But even that task proved too challenging, and three top-order batsmen were ripped out in the space of seven deliveries to virtually put paid to Pakistan's slim hopes of saving this match.

Salman Butt started positively with two boundaries behind point in Stuart Broad's first over, but then slashed awkwardly at the first ball of his second to send a stinging chance to Paul Collingwood at third slip. Azhar Ali lasted all of two balls before he was trapped in front of the stumps by Broad, and Umar Amin soon followed him back as he failed to counter James Anderson's prodigious swing.

Whatever advantage Pakistan had gained in reducing England to 98 for 6 before tea evaporated in the final session, as Prior added 49 with Graeme Swann and 56 for the eighth wicket with Broad before bringing up his first hundred since March 2009 in Steven Finn's company.

Pakistan had battled gamely for much of the first two sessions to stay afloat in the game, Umar Gul crashing three sixes off Finn in a frenetic first four overs to take his side's score to 182. They avoided the follow-on, before Gul's 35-run tenth-wicket partnership with Mohammad Asif - towards which Asif made no contribution - was ended by some confused calling and an easy run-out.

After Asif and Mohammad Aamer nipped out both openers to have England at 49 for 2 at lunch, Gul then knocked the stuffing out of the middle order with three wickets in four overs. Pakistan have often been guilty of not backing up their intensity with the ball with similar commitment in the field, and once again their fielding effort was a frustrating mixture of the sublime and the ridiculous.

Aamer made the initial breakthrough when he found the edge of Andrew Strauss's bat to send a regulation chance towards Umar Akmal at second slip. Umar could not hold on at the first attempt, snatching at the ball a second time to parry it over first slip, only for none other than Kamran to slide in and take a superb reaction catch.

After Alastair Cook's scratchy knock was ended with an edge down the leg side to Asif's worst ball of the morning, Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott put together a steady 47 for the third wicket before Pietersen departed thanks to a stunning catch behind the wicket from Kamran. A thick inside edge appeared to be heading for the fine leg boundary but Pakistan's much-maligned keeper leapt athletically to his left to pluck the ball out of the air one-handed.

As Kamran lay on the turf, double-checking that, yes, this one had stuck, he appeared to take a brief moment to himself, visibly relaxing as the relief flooded through him. With four catches safely pouched, it looked like this might be Kamran's day, but the very next delivery brought back all the frustration that his inconsistent work behind the stumps has wrought.

Collingwood aimed a noncommittal waft at his first ball to send a much easier chance than that off the previous delivery, sailing towards first slip, but Kamran dived across and snatched at the ball, which bobbled out of the glove as he came - both literally and metaphorically - crashing back down to earth.

Gul made sure the lapse was not too costly by castling Trott with one that kept low and in his next over he pinged Collingwood on the back pad, but with the sun peeping out from behind a thick bank of cloud for the first time in the day, Eoin Morgan and Prior nudged England's total towards 100, and the lead past 250.

After Morgan was run out for 17, Swann kept the runs flowing, although Gul exposed his weakness against the short ball with a sharp, well-directed bouncer that struck a clanging blow on the back of the helmet. Swann had already taken a four and a six off Kaneria to run to an enterprising 28, but he appeared to lose focus after the blow and in the spinner's next over he was rapped on the pad in front of leg stump. Pakistan thought they had a wicket; Tony Hill disagreed, but judicious use of a referral by the visitors saw the decision overturned and Swann departed.

Broad swung merrily on his way to 24 from 29 balls before Malik had him caught at slip but Pakistan's celebrations were muted by the fact that England's lead had inflated to 375 by that point, already 60 more than their highest ever successful fourth-innings chase. Anderson managed to avoid a king pair after his first-ball dismissal on Thursday, but top-edged a sweep off the fourth ball he faced to give Malik his second wicket.

Prior took England's lead past 400 with his seventh boundary, a flat-batted pull through square leg off Kaneria, and entered the 90s with two sixes in the arc between long-on and deep midwicket in the spinner's next over. He slowed down somewhat as he approached the century, creeping to 99 with a series of singles as Finn steadfastly dead-batted almost every delivery he received, but Prior eventually reached what should be a match-winning ton with a cut for three behind point.

With conditions still favouring the bowlers despite the late afternoon sunshine, Strauss immediately declared and unleashed Broad and Anderson on Pakistan's shaky line-up. England finished the day needing seven wickets in six sessions, and they were overwhelming favourites to go 1-0 up in the series on Sunday.

Liam Brickhill is an assistant editor at ESPN Cricinfo

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  • on August 1, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    Pakistan lost yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • akbars38 on August 1, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    mohammad yousuf bhai, where are you ? pakistan need u. if ejaz butt do not calls you this time then tell him to do not organize matches.

  • AK47_pk on August 1, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    if i was the captain ov pak team,i wudve sent umer gul nd aamir as opner nd tell them to hit the ball hard like in 1st inning..especialy to gul nd wudve sent regular bunch ov jokers as tale ender.....there was no sense at all in choosin pak team.....umar akmal nd kamran akmal should be limited to one day nd t20....bring yunis nd yasir hameed back in to team as numer 2 nd 3...ejaz butt need to be shiwn door now cuz enough is enough....IMRAN KHAN should take some time out ov his mindless politics to give back to pak cricket wat he gained( pak cricket gave him respect nd should work hard to restore pak cricket,s respect.

  • Percy_Fender on August 1, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    It is understandable to read the response of many Pakistan supporters after England humiliated them at Trent Bridge. England's bowling is pretty good particularly when there are overcast conditions. They are quick and have the bounce also to unsettle the best of batsmen.The point is that Pakistan too have a very lethal bowling attack. But they do not have the batsmen to be able to stand up to any form of good pace bowling. Even in Sri Lanka, they used to be bowled out for small scores against Kulasekhara and Tushara who normally bowl at around 128 kmph. The English bowlers are much faster and probably very adept in their own conditions. The three things that usually happen when Pakistan loses are that Kamran Akmal is made the villian of the piece or Ejaz Butt is castigated or there are allegations of match fixing.It is high time that the legion of Pakistan supporters realise their team's short comings and be in tune with realities. The media should be constructive and not idolising.

  • syedahsan_ on August 1, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    I'm going to say this whether anyone likes it or not.. Right now the board is biased.. Out there is not the Pakistan cricket team.. its the Punjab cricket team.. for some reason yasir hammed is not played instead two debutants are played at no 3 and 4.. for some reason asim kamal never makes the team.. for some reason kamran akmals still the keeper. this is crap in the modern era there should not be such unnoticed bais at this level.. Yonus should be in the team .. kanaria just gives away runs and bowls rubbish but for some reason hes still there

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    the woefull fieldin and the inexperienced batting by pakistan r the onli reasons fr such a debacle............i guess bringin in a new tide of players all at once is nt such a good idea....u need to hav the more experiencd around to nuture the buddin talent......kudos to england fr such a gr8 game tht they hav played.......Amer is one hell of a superstar cricketer n i hope he keeps his head level n keeps focusin on the game.....hope fr the return of the two way betta batsmen-yusuf n younis- in the next match......

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    Thanks for bringing in T-20. We have seen the end of Test Cricket in Pakistan. i echo the words said by Mohd Yousef after the last tour in Australia.

    This debacle is even worse than the 1962 pak Tour of England.

    I salute Pak's bowlers Ahmer, Asif and Gul. They worked hard. So did their batsmen - hardly.

  • qalandar4 on August 1, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    One can only guess at the impact of the captaincy on Salman Butt's batting -- against Australia, he was basically the only in-form batsman, and appears to have been handed the captaincy on that flimsy basis. Next thing you know, he turns in two shambolic innings, with the result that the team basically had no in-form batsman.

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    I KNEW THIS WAS COMING ! no need to get surprise ! they need better batsmen ! i have no idea why there is a need to add umer amin to the side ! when you already have yasir hameed ! far better experienced player , and where is yousuf ? AND THIS KANERIA !! WOT IS HE DOING WHEN HE DONT DESERVE THIS PLACE ! WHY NOT PLAYING SAEED AJMAL ?WHY NOT RAZZAQ ? ATLEAST WE HAVE AN EXTRA BATSMEN IN OUR TEAM ! SALMAN BUT NEEDS TO RELAX AND CONCENTRATE ON BATING ! THE ONLY GUY WHO WAS GIVIN PERFORMANCE IS NOT A CAPTAIN AND HE CANT HADLE MULTITASKING ! ... INSHALLAH WE WILL HAVE A GOOD TEAM ONE DAY AND HOPE IS ALL MATTERS IN THE END ! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • BigTex_1 on August 1, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Pakistan team is going from bad to worse. To turn it around at least in this current series, they need to drop Amin and replace him with Yasir Hameed. Give Azhar one last chance if they have to but he needs to be replaced also by maybe Fawad Alam. Then there is a little matter of Kamran. Love him and his fights in the past but now he is over the hill also. Should we give Haider a chance? What's happening with Salman and Umar Akmal. Have they peaked out? The way Pak is playing I wouldn't play them against Bangladesh (at least they put up a better fight). Hell not even Afghanistan. I am totally disappointed with these "school boys" who act like they are the cricket gods. Shame on them.-- Die Hard Pakistan Cricket Fan.

  • on August 1, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    Pakistan lost yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • akbars38 on August 1, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    mohammad yousuf bhai, where are you ? pakistan need u. if ejaz butt do not calls you this time then tell him to do not organize matches.

  • AK47_pk on August 1, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    if i was the captain ov pak team,i wudve sent umer gul nd aamir as opner nd tell them to hit the ball hard like in 1st inning..especialy to gul nd wudve sent regular bunch ov jokers as tale ender.....there was no sense at all in choosin pak team.....umar akmal nd kamran akmal should be limited to one day nd t20....bring yunis nd yasir hameed back in to team as numer 2 nd 3...ejaz butt need to be shiwn door now cuz enough is enough....IMRAN KHAN should take some time out ov his mindless politics to give back to pak cricket wat he gained( pak cricket gave him respect nd should work hard to restore pak cricket,s respect.

  • Percy_Fender on August 1, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    It is understandable to read the response of many Pakistan supporters after England humiliated them at Trent Bridge. England's bowling is pretty good particularly when there are overcast conditions. They are quick and have the bounce also to unsettle the best of batsmen.The point is that Pakistan too have a very lethal bowling attack. But they do not have the batsmen to be able to stand up to any form of good pace bowling. Even in Sri Lanka, they used to be bowled out for small scores against Kulasekhara and Tushara who normally bowl at around 128 kmph. The English bowlers are much faster and probably very adept in their own conditions. The three things that usually happen when Pakistan loses are that Kamran Akmal is made the villian of the piece or Ejaz Butt is castigated or there are allegations of match fixing.It is high time that the legion of Pakistan supporters realise their team's short comings and be in tune with realities. The media should be constructive and not idolising.

  • syedahsan_ on August 1, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    I'm going to say this whether anyone likes it or not.. Right now the board is biased.. Out there is not the Pakistan cricket team.. its the Punjab cricket team.. for some reason yasir hammed is not played instead two debutants are played at no 3 and 4.. for some reason asim kamal never makes the team.. for some reason kamran akmals still the keeper. this is crap in the modern era there should not be such unnoticed bais at this level.. Yonus should be in the team .. kanaria just gives away runs and bowls rubbish but for some reason hes still there

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    the woefull fieldin and the inexperienced batting by pakistan r the onli reasons fr such a debacle............i guess bringin in a new tide of players all at once is nt such a good idea....u need to hav the more experiencd around to nuture the buddin talent......kudos to england fr such a gr8 game tht they hav played.......Amer is one hell of a superstar cricketer n i hope he keeps his head level n keeps focusin on the game.....hope fr the return of the two way betta batsmen-yusuf n younis- in the next match......

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    Thanks for bringing in T-20. We have seen the end of Test Cricket in Pakistan. i echo the words said by Mohd Yousef after the last tour in Australia.

    This debacle is even worse than the 1962 pak Tour of England.

    I salute Pak's bowlers Ahmer, Asif and Gul. They worked hard. So did their batsmen - hardly.

  • qalandar4 on August 1, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    One can only guess at the impact of the captaincy on Salman Butt's batting -- against Australia, he was basically the only in-form batsman, and appears to have been handed the captaincy on that flimsy basis. Next thing you know, he turns in two shambolic innings, with the result that the team basically had no in-form batsman.

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    I KNEW THIS WAS COMING ! no need to get surprise ! they need better batsmen ! i have no idea why there is a need to add umer amin to the side ! when you already have yasir hameed ! far better experienced player , and where is yousuf ? AND THIS KANERIA !! WOT IS HE DOING WHEN HE DONT DESERVE THIS PLACE ! WHY NOT PLAYING SAEED AJMAL ?WHY NOT RAZZAQ ? ATLEAST WE HAVE AN EXTRA BATSMEN IN OUR TEAM ! SALMAN BUT NEEDS TO RELAX AND CONCENTRATE ON BATING ! THE ONLY GUY WHO WAS GIVIN PERFORMANCE IS NOT A CAPTAIN AND HE CANT HADLE MULTITASKING ! ... INSHALLAH WE WILL HAVE A GOOD TEAM ONE DAY AND HOPE IS ALL MATTERS IN THE END ! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • BigTex_1 on August 1, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Pakistan team is going from bad to worse. To turn it around at least in this current series, they need to drop Amin and replace him with Yasir Hameed. Give Azhar one last chance if they have to but he needs to be replaced also by maybe Fawad Alam. Then there is a little matter of Kamran. Love him and his fights in the past but now he is over the hill also. Should we give Haider a chance? What's happening with Salman and Umar Akmal. Have they peaked out? The way Pak is playing I wouldn't play them against Bangladesh (at least they put up a better fight). Hell not even Afghanistan. I am totally disappointed with these "school boys" who act like they are the cricket gods. Shame on them.-- Die Hard Pakistan Cricket Fan.

  • Hummi on August 1, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    Pakistan has the potence to win . we have wonderfull bowlers . But batsmen think they will not win even when there is no need to panic. welldone England. P.S now another captian will be made!

  • Bazk on August 1, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Ejaz Butt must be held accountable for putting the whole of Pakistan through this shameful performance. Is there no authority to appraise what PCB are doing? To keep Yousaf and Younis at bay and throw in debutants against swinging ball is utterly unprofessional from PCB. As they say that there is no bigger fool than an old fool, this applies perfectly to Ejaz Butt. Ejaz Butt must be sent to a museum.

  • on August 1, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Mr. Butt should go now resign from PCB as this is the right time for him to leave gracefully. Otherwise, he wont find a scape route when cricket lovers will chase him out. The selection of the team was disgraceful. Mr. Kamran Akmal again and again is floundering woefully with his job and badly letting his team down , he simply can't keep wickets, he will keep on dropping catches for another 10 years as he is doing it repeatedly for the last 8-9 years but Pakistani selectors will never learn from mistakes. I some time wonder if Pakistan selectors became hostage to Kamran Akmal syndrome. Is there no other keeper in Pakistan better than Kamran.?? Now it is high time for the selectors to bring back YOUSUF AND YOUNIS to salvage some pride or else people around the globe will mock Pakistan cricket and PCB for appointing a bunch of jokers to perform such a prestigious selection job. May Almighty bless Pakistan cricket

  • on August 1, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    I Agree with Nabeel Ahmed.....

  • on August 1, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    No homage is paid by the reckless Pakistani top order to such a good piece of bowling by their front line fast bowlers. It is happening for quite sometime for now over a year and half. Such a lethal bowling should be given immense respect & support by the batting. No matter how hard these bowlers try....no matter how sensational bowling these three blokes do....Pakistanis are not going to win the match because of mindless batting. They should seriously tried to get some good batsmen who not only have very sound batting technique but also have temperament for test cricket. Probably Pakistani batsmen needs to take some lessons from Indian batting maestro like Sachin, Dravid, Laxman & Sehwag. Pakistani batsmen need to learn when to attack a ball or when to defend ...depending upon the situation. I still wonder why don't Pakistani batsmen improve their techniques when they have such a good bowling attack.

  • on August 1, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    I would suggesst both Pak & India should come to an agreement, to share players between these two sides (ICC will also approve - Mr.Pawar is there). Pak to send 2 quality bowlers from their team and India will send 2 quality batsmen from their team. This will help both the team to dominate the Test crciket. Currently no team has solid line-up in bowling as Pak has got and no team has got solid batting line up as India has got.

    Both the Government is not allowing these countries to play each other, atleast allow players to play on others behalf. This will bring more audience into test cricket and we need to add on these type of variieties which will also help test cricket to survive for significant period of time.

  • Attractivue on August 1, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Please kick the butt of Ijazz Butt!

  • on August 1, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Pakistan side need confidence for that thy must have an experience captain and sparkling youngsters as team, it contains, but it haven't hold the confidence because of lack of experienced captain.

  • on August 1, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    First To Remove The Mr.Don.....(The Chairman Cricket Bord).............He Don't know how To Use the Player...........Specially we Losing The Experience of Muhammad Yousaf and Younas Khan...............The Deserve to be in the Team............Shame On Pakistan Cricket Bord and Chairman........Ijaz But............... We Need Yousaf and Younas

  • on August 1, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    The difference has been the first innings of England, when conditions may have been a little better, but still looked different. I was the gritty innings of Morgan & Collingwood that have made the difference between the two sides.

    The problem with the DRS is that there will be many more LBWs in the future, since the ball hits batsmens pads fairly frequently and umpires would only be minded to give so many. Over time it will bring scores down, not saying that it is a bad thing.

    If Pakistan bat first in the next test I think we will see more balance.

  • DJ-BLue on August 1, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Its all about improving the batting lineup, and if they do no England or Australia can win against Pakistan. Pakistan has got the best seamers and swingers in the world, spin attack adds the value. On the other hand, Pakistan has no world-class batsman in the squad, Akmals, Farhat, Amin and Azhar are limited to half centuries. Here, we have 2 options, either bring Yousuf and Younus back, enjoy good scores and face the same situation again after a year. The second option: Bring fresh blood, give them some time and go for long-term target - Gaind Balla

  • DJ-BLue on August 1, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Its all about improving the batting lineup, and if they do no England or Australia can win against Pakistan. Pakistan has got the best seamers and swingers in the world, spin attack adds the value. On the other hand, Pakistan has no world-class batsman in the squad, Akmals, Farhat, Amin and Azhar are limited to half centuries. Here, we have 2 options, either bring Yousuf and Younus back, enjoy good scores and face the same situation again after a year. The second option: Bring fresh blood, give them some time and go for long-term target.

  • subodh183 on August 1, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    well done prior he played really well in such a tense sitution and undoutebly he is england's hero of the day

  • ZQ77 on August 1, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    Umer Gul 65 not out and the highest score in the first innings for pakistan .... sums up the woeful story of pakistan cricket....need to say more????

  • on August 1, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    why does PCB want to ruin the careers of youngsters by sending them on debut against Australia or England on a seeming track.number 2 and 3 are the key positions in a team and if you are going to put debut ants here then this will be result.the did this to asif who made his debut against Australia in Sydney in 2001 and then didn't played for more than a year......this is just ridiculous!!!

  • usaf_1975 on August 1, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    1st TEST ENGLAND V/S PAKISTAN, BOTH SIDES BOWLING SHOW ARE WOUNDERFULLY ENTERTAINING THE PEOPLE AND BOTH SIDES BATTING SHOWING THE POORNESS, ESPECIALY PAKISTANI BATTING LINEUP REPEATING THEIR HISTORY AFTER ONE WIN THEY MUST LOSS ONE DOZEN TEST. ENGLAND BATTING ALSO NOT VERY IMPRESSIVE, PAKISTANI FIELDERS SCORE 200 FROM 354 OF ENGLAND TOP SCORER FOR ENGLAND WAS KAMRAN AKMAL WHO SCORE FOR STRUSS 41, MORGIN 126, AND FOR COLLWOOD 45.THE ENGLISH BATTMEN SCORE ONLY 150. SO ENGLAND SHOULD BE THANKFULL TO MR.KAMRAN. WHEN KAMRAN AND CO START BATTING IN REAL LOOK LIKE STREET LEVEL PLAYERS. VERY STRONG LOBBY SHOW VERY POOR BATTING ( KAMRAN,UMER,MALIK,YAVER). THIS LOBBY DISTORY THE PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM. KAMRAN SHUOLD REPLACE HIS HANDS WITH ANY AUSSI X-WICKET KEEPER AND EXCHANG THE SMILE WITH ANY ACTRESS AND SO HIS COMPNAY.

    PAKISTANI TEAM MANAGEMENT AND COCHES NOT MORE THEN SPECTATORS, THEY HAVE NO ACT IN TEAM PLANNING BUT ONLY YAVER SAEED THE RIGHT HAND OF MR.EJAZ BUTT . GOOD BYE TEAM PAK.

  • on August 1, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    May be this has said One million times till now: Bring back Yousuf and younis to the side!!!

  • alibutt008 on August 1, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Visitors can aim towards defeat they have no class in thier batting to achieve this..Not even in the coming ten years that they would be able to do this..

  • moh_adnan111 on August 1, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    the pakistani team is alway on the loosing side. they select those players in the team who have no idea to play cricket they must learn from australia who to play cricket pakistani team also doesn't know how to catch a ball . they thought down catches loose match is a good idea sub safarasheeeeeeeeeee ha team ma

  • Mukarram.Pasha on August 1, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    I think that pakistan will never improve?

  • Hindh on August 1, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    Many people here r commenting that eng lost 17 for 6, yes they did but by then they had already scored 331 for 4.Then when pak came out to bat they lost 47-6 their 6 top order wickets not lower order, and have lost 15-3 again.

  • on August 1, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    I believe that the test cricket is losing its flavor slowly.....

  • on August 1, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    Even Bangladesh put some better fight against England....This Pakistani team (Apart from Bowling) is a Joke and not worthy of Test Cricket. They should bring back Yunus and Yusuf.

  • on August 1, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    Take note of England's performance Australian Cricket Selector's . Make sure you come away from the Test matches in India looking pretty good or otherwise you will know what you're in for . The Pom's are busting to get a Series win in Australia , and they are showing sufficient form to achieve that . Aussie form does not instil any confidence in me , as much as I hate to say it . We've had a good run of success , but certainly don't show the right signs of being anywhere near as good as we once were. A long hot summer seems on the horizon .

  • landl47 on July 31, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    It must be so frustrating to be a Pakistan supporter. They play brilliantly and then mess up so you never know where you are wiith them. Today was typical; magnificent hitting by Gul, followed by as silly run-out. The seam bowlers had the England batting looking shaky, then the last four wickets put on 150. The top Pakistan batsmen then folded up in the last few minutes of the day. Kamran Akmal sums it up- an amazing catch to get rid of Pietersen, then a routine catch dropped off Collingwood the very next ball. The result of all this is that Pakistan still need over 400 runs with only seven wickets left. They're likely to lose by over 200 runs. I'm afraid this is going to be the pattern for the series, since this is the wicket most favorable to Pakistan. Tonight that win against Australia seems a pretty distant memory.

  • usman_nile1994 on July 31, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    The match went as it was predicted. If pak batting had made 300-400 runs then the target would not have been so bad. The worst aspect of this team is that apart from young batsmen seniors are also not playing well.Pak batting could not make more than 150. Younis and Yousuf are must in side but after them Yasir Hameed and Taufeeq Umar should also be given chance. In bowling the 200-5 figures like Kaneria should be immediately replaced by Saeed Ajmal. I really don't rembember his last match-winning performance. The best line-up would be 1 S.Butt 2. Taufeeq Umar 3. Yasir Hameed 4. Mohammad Yousuf 5. Y.Khan 6. Umar Akmal/Asim Kamal 7. Kamran Akmal 8. M.Aamer 9. U.Gul 10. S.Ajmal 11. M.Asif I m not against Young players but they should be introduced one by one. And on batting positions like 5 and 6. If U Akmal doesn't play well then he should be replaced by Asim Kamal.

  • Anneeq on July 31, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    To me this is all down to Danish Kaneria, this is supposed to be our specialist spinner and he isnt coming up with the goods. The batsmen really have to share the responsibility as well. The 3 pacemen cant always do everything every time, like Waqar said, they need to rest. Danish really needs to get his confidence back if Pk are going to get any positive result in this series. Cant take owt away from Prior tho, he was in the mix when England were under a bit of pressure and he scored a very good 100. Thats the difference really, England have been scoring the hundreds the highest Pk batsman got was a 65* by a tail ender not good enough. This squad is very inexperienced you cant forget that and very unsettled. Give them a year to settle at least, if its the same story then we can start panicking but right now Pk are simply rebuilding theyr not looking to conquer the world just yet.

  • on July 31, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    Yes England is in control, but had another Jawed Miandad in pakistan side, the picture would have been total different. That is why I remember and miss the great Miandad. I only wish and pray another one like him in the squad.

  • on July 31, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Is there any JAWED MIANDAD in the fold of Pakistan cricket team?

  • on July 31, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    Time for Butt to announce his retirement!!!

  • mkhalilz on July 31, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    SHAMELESS kids do not need to learn from the likes of YOUSUF AND YOUNUS...

  • FarhatAliZaidy on July 31, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    Miracles happen not often, God helps those who help themselves(not getting out by their own HARD WORK.Tommorow which batsman do you expect to stay longer and played a test inning like Miandad , Tandulkar or Yousaf ,Inzamam et perhaps no one in the current Pakistan line up.Its a shame and criminal when you select a test side representing a nation you do kind of blunders,as the PCB and its DUMMY selection committe has.In pakistani cricket circles its not very difficult to get YES SIR peoples who are only interested in how long they will stay in job.Tommorow wont be a different day or result for this cliub standard side,defeat with a very huge margin (if rain did'nt save them from definate humilation) and then you will hear the Old PCB taught song by the captain,that this a young side ,and we are grooming our youngsters,they are just learning from tnis.You cannot gromme young ones with out their elders.Other wise these cricketing ORPHANS sooner or later wil land in a Cric.Orphanage.

  • orlurmsana on July 31, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    The problem with paki players is that they ain't mentally strong enough to survive for 5 days. They don't even know how to behave. Just look how ridiculous they look when one of them fields well and all others start rushing towards the guy and shower blessings as if the world is conquered. Trust me, have you ever seen any other team do that? Indeed intikhab was right. We need ppl like imran who had graduated from oxford and then turned towards cricket.

  • SnowSnake on July 31, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    ICC should reevaluate test playing status for Pakistan. A batting side that barely scores 150 runs/innings should not be allowed to play test cricket. It is amaturish.

  • on July 31, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    It's sad that the Pakistani batsmen can't back up a gutsy and skillful bowling performance from Gul, Amir and Asif. A bit of movement and they look clueless. Their best shot of a result is at the Oval but really I can't see this as any other than a 4-0 victory for England. I can't imagine this set of batsment putting enough runs on the board to pressurise the English lineup.

  • cricmaster1 on July 31, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Umer Amin is the BIGGEST failure of Pakistan batting line up. How can you send a player like Umer Amin to replace the backbone of Pakistani batting line up. Younis Khan has saved Pakistan from losing a match at numerous occasions, and Umer Amin has put Pakistan in trouble every time. This boy cannot bat in international cricket, for sure. Players like Umer Amin are only good for domestic cricket where they are batting against mediocre bowlers. Umer Amin has been given a total of 11 chances (two t20i innings, three ODI innings, and three test matches which means a total of 6 innings in tests) and he has failed every time. Umer Amin does NOT desereve another chance. PERIOD.

    A frustrated Pakistan cricket fan.

  • klobania on July 31, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    well deserved century but credit must also be given to butt n kaneria who helped him to achieve that feat on seaming pitch or may be butt had realised that there were no chances to win that match then why not give some rest to worlds best trio

  • Dazzling_Devil on July 31, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Actually I havent seen the inning at all. But have to appreciate Prior to make a century in bowler friendly conditions aganist a very good bowling attack. Seems to be working really hard.

  • bazish on July 31, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    For Sake of Pakistan Cricket... Please get back into action.. Two Great Y's .i.e. Younis and Yousaf. Mr. Ijaz Butt Please get your UGLY face out of the pakistan cricket setup and let us to proud on pakistan cricket by getting Younis and Yousaf into action.

  • on July 31, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    It looks totally hopeless now for Pak as they let slip a chance when Eng was tottering at 98/6. Prior had made amends to the run out of Eoin Morgan.

    Yet, one hopes Pak will put up a stiff fight thru the Akmal bros, Farhat and Malik and make this a more even conTest!

  • on July 31, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    Pakistan need their star batters back.

    What if they were playing? What if Shoaib was playing as well (mind you England are without a few players as well)

    It's a lack of strength in depth that's undoing Pakiston. They need 2 or 3 world class batters urgently.

  • on July 31, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Mr Yawar Saeed--You are 75 years old. Please leave us. You have never ever played Test Cricket. You were not even an average First Class player as your stats will signify:Full name Mian Yawar Saeed

    Born January 22, 1935, Lahore, Punjab

    Current age 75 years 190 days

    Major teams Punjab, Somerset

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style Right-arm medium

    Relation Father - Mohammad Saeed, Brother-in-law - Fazal Mahmood

    Batting and fielding averages Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St First-class 59 106 6 1547 64 15.47 0 6 30 0

    Bowling averages Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10 First-class 59 5891 3610 106 5/32 34.05 3.67 55.5 5 0

    With the above performance, how come you feel justified in ousting Younas??? Personal vendetta only--I guess. Let the country's cricket go to hell. Is that your motto

  • on July 31, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    I shudder to think how either of these sides would have perforned in the 1950's on uncovered wickets facing Trueman, Staham, Bedser, Bailey, Laker and Lock. Neither of them would have made 50 total in any innings. Very, very poor quality now.

  • on July 31, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    good work england!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 31, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Mr Ijaz Butt--can you recall whose Career Averages are represented by the following stats?

    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St Tests 8 16 2 279 58 19.92 0 1 0 5 0 First-class 67 120 8 3842 161 34.30 7 12 52 20

    The above stats are of a failed cricketer who unfortunately heads PCB today. A mediocre can only bring in mediocracy in his area of influence and that is exactly what you have really done to Pakistan Cricket today.....Tch Tch.....shameful indeed.

  • on July 31, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    My head falls in shame over the way our Ijaz Butt's Team is performing. Mr Butt dont stab Pakistan and its Cricket fans with your thick skinned ego. For Heaven's sake, make room for Younas, Yousaf and Muhammad Hafeez. Atleast their techniques are well formed. What is this old Gaint trying to prove to the world????

    Is 13 for 3 our fate. Shameful. Whatever the result of the Test, we cannot help cursing Mr Ijaz Butt and Yawar Saeed as a duo. They are becoming impossible. Regardless of what Younas & Yousaf or Hafeez may perform as they too are likely to be shockers, but they do have some good track records to prove their credentials. Mr Butt whenever you are not sleping on duty--do read this and rethink--only if you have some potentials to think. Is Umer Amin & Azhar stars in your eyes? By the way what were his and Azhar's avgs in domestic cricket as compared to Hafeez and others. Look how well is Younas performing for his county.

    Was cricket/PCB inherited by Mr Butt from his elders?

  • wfaizi on July 31, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Pakistan should kiss this game goodbye......and go back to the table and define what "temperament " is........really.

  • muhmmad7676 on July 31, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    ejazz butt please spare us and bring back yousuf and younis. i dont know if anyone would be still favoring playing azhar ali and umar amin after their failure for six times now.they could not survive even in relatively easy batting conditions.and you saw today the value of experience when KP and trott were batting.

  • K_I_N_G_B on July 31, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    i would be very suprised if younis khan , mohammed yusaf , and yasir hameed aint picked for the 2nd odi

  • on July 31, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    What a pathetic display by the Pakistani batsman and the captain himself. Never supported Salman Butt to be the captain, although the PCB is to be blamed for such a selection. I don't understand why the Pakistani captains are so defensive, why not just go for the wickets like the Aussies do? I really didn't understand why Kaneria was even used, yes he was struggling for Rhythm and needed some confidence hence being given the bowl, but with such atrocious field settings, what confidence will the bowler get out of it? Our weak batting is really showing now, against an inform, quality bowling attack. They have flawed techniques, no guts, no variety of shots and no common sense. What is the think-tank really doing in the dressing room? I'm really disappointed by this performance, even the Bangladeshi batsman would bat better than this. Yes these are early days for the new captain, but this is an age old story really, when will this "re-building" process end? It has been on since 2003!

  • on July 31, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    England declare with lead of 434

  • on July 31, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Really poor performance.. They can never win because they dont believe in themselves. And when you dont have that passion to win you can never do it. Though the target was not impossible but the difference between other teams and our team is that they have passion they try but we always lose hope. it was clearly shown in the last session. Salman Butt was never trying for it. Everyone was lethargic in the field. That's why they failed to produce opportunities. No team can win unless it has the urge to do it. We will never win a game if we can't bring that passion that the pakistani public have in their hearts.! GOD BLESS OUR TEAM AND SHOW THEM THE RIGHT PATH! BEST OF LUCK FOR THE FUTURE :) WE will do it one day inshALLAH!

  • khurramsch on July 31, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    can some body tell me what went wrong after tea here? lack of captaincy , poor bowling and now poor batting? whats the rush? i think pakistan is promoting 4 day test matches instead of 5 day

  • on July 31, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    PAkistan has to seriously look back into their Batting techniques..I suppose the inevitable is inevitable...So lot of panick and changes will happen to their batting lineup...

  • khurramsch on July 31, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    except bowling OR infact except amir/asif/ gul there is nothing to cheer for pakistan in this test match. pakitan cant win by missing chances. 1st inings has a major part in this game. akmal droped straus @ 15 when england 22/0. he made 45. droped morgan @5. mised colingwood stump @48. & LBW not given of morgan @34 both contributed in 200+ partnership. & the rest is done by some poor batting.where Gul top scorer & amir playing more balls than any of proper batsman. & now at end more damage by poor captaincy by Butt by not giving bowl to fast bowlers after tea when england 120/6.

  • khurramsch on July 31, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    this is the 3rd time in this tour that pakistan have allowed tail to make runs.

  • khurramsch on July 31, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    can any body tell me what was pakistan captain doing? at tea: england 120/6, asif bowled 16, gul bowled 10, amir bowled 15. kaneria bowled only 1.

    & after tea

    asif only bowled 1 amir only bowled 1 gul only 5

    and Salman Butt used malik & kaneria & amin for 25 overs and alowed 164 runs with tail? i cant understand why asif & amir didnt bowld after tea?

  • on July 31, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    I think that it's going to be difficult for Pakistani Batsment to chase this target. But hats off to the bowlers of Pakistan. If Pakistan can get a batsman who can stay longer at the pitch, then Pakistan will really be in top 3. Well done bowlers.

  • on July 31, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Pakistan have shown the fire in their belly! England just got lucky by batting first, win or lose this one, still 3 to go, England are going down.

  • khurramsch on July 31, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    yes agree. england looking fav to win this match (119/6) lead of 291. coz under these conditions & batting line up & fourth inings pitch that is not going to be easy for pakistan.

  • on July 31, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    don't know why the two Akmal brothers have been so terrified of attacking the bowling with sensible shots, good batting by Gul.

  • on July 31, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    like I said yesterday - Pakistan are better off fielding a side with 11 bowlers!

  • on July 31, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Pakistan is fighting but with their fragile batting it always looks like a losing battle

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  • on July 31, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Pakistan is fighting but with their fragile batting it always looks like a losing battle

  • on July 31, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    like I said yesterday - Pakistan are better off fielding a side with 11 bowlers!

  • on July 31, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    don't know why the two Akmal brothers have been so terrified of attacking the bowling with sensible shots, good batting by Gul.

  • khurramsch on July 31, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    yes agree. england looking fav to win this match (119/6) lead of 291. coz under these conditions & batting line up & fourth inings pitch that is not going to be easy for pakistan.

  • on July 31, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Pakistan have shown the fire in their belly! England just got lucky by batting first, win or lose this one, still 3 to go, England are going down.

  • on July 31, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    I think that it's going to be difficult for Pakistani Batsment to chase this target. But hats off to the bowlers of Pakistan. If Pakistan can get a batsman who can stay longer at the pitch, then Pakistan will really be in top 3. Well done bowlers.

  • khurramsch on July 31, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    can any body tell me what was pakistan captain doing? at tea: england 120/6, asif bowled 16, gul bowled 10, amir bowled 15. kaneria bowled only 1.

    & after tea

    asif only bowled 1 amir only bowled 1 gul only 5

    and Salman Butt used malik & kaneria & amin for 25 overs and alowed 164 runs with tail? i cant understand why asif & amir didnt bowld after tea?

  • khurramsch on July 31, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    this is the 3rd time in this tour that pakistan have allowed tail to make runs.

  • khurramsch on July 31, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    except bowling OR infact except amir/asif/ gul there is nothing to cheer for pakistan in this test match. pakitan cant win by missing chances. 1st inings has a major part in this game. akmal droped straus @ 15 when england 22/0. he made 45. droped morgan @5. mised colingwood stump @48. & LBW not given of morgan @34 both contributed in 200+ partnership. & the rest is done by some poor batting.where Gul top scorer & amir playing more balls than any of proper batsman. & now at end more damage by poor captaincy by Butt by not giving bowl to fast bowlers after tea when england 120/6.

  • on July 31, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    PAkistan has to seriously look back into their Batting techniques..I suppose the inevitable is inevitable...So lot of panick and changes will happen to their batting lineup...