England v Pakistan, 2nd npower Test, Edgbaston, 2nd day August 7, 2010

Battling Pietersen gives England control

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Pakistan 72 and 19 for 1 (Farhat 10*, Azhar 5*) trail England 251 (Pietersen 80, Trott 55, Ajmal 5-82) by 160 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Pakistan's tortured top order will have to find new levels of resolve if they want to extend this Test beyond the third day after England built a lead of 179 at Edgbaston despite a late collapse. Saeed Ajmal took a career-best 5 for 82 as the hosts' last five wickets fell for eight runs after Kevin Pietersen made a charmed 80, but James Anderson then struck early as Pakistan edged to 19 for 1.

The visiting batsmen found life no easier in their second innings and Salman Butt fell to an almost unplayable delivery which seamed away late and took the outside via his pad to first slip. Azhar Ali extended his run-less streak in this game to 44 deliveries before he finally scampered a desperate single from his 13th ball to escape his pair.

England thought they had removed Azhar moments before with an inside edge to the keeper but, after failing to review his caught-behind in the first innings at Trent Bridge, he was saved by the UDRS which clearly showed the ball had flicked the pad. Still, though, Azhar's mind often looked frazzled, as when he tried to advance at Broad. Such was the stranglehold applied by the attack.

Somehow, Imran Farhat survived until bad light hastened the close with five overs remaining after a severe working over from the pacemen. Anderson moved the ball both ways while Broad pitched the ball a touch fuller than usual and regularly beat the edge

England's late collapse and the continued dominance of the ball increased the value of Pietersen's battling innings and his 133-run stand with Jonathan Trott. It will go down as the ugliest effort of his career, and his 17-month wait for a hundred goes on, but he ensured the chance of a commanding lead wasn't squandered.

Having already been given two clear-cut chances yesterday Pietersen was dropped again without adding to his overnight score and it was the most embarrassing of all Pakistan's lapses - which says something. He got an inside edge into his pad which ballooned towards gully, but Umar Amin was more interested in joining the appeal for lbw and dropped the easiest of chances.

Pietersen's innings, not for the first time, also included a dose of controversy as he left everyone diving for a copy of the Laws. The incident occurred as Mohammad Asif ran in for the fifth ball of his 12th over and he was well into his delivery stride when Pietersen began walking towards square leg. The batsman is allowed to back away if he is distracted, but Pietersen then continued to play a shot and lobbed a gentle catch to mid-off. The umpire Marais Erasmus called dead ball moments before the ball was struck, but Butt protested that it was too late.

Law 23.3.b (v) states: "Either umpire shall call "dead ball" when he is satisfied that for an adequate reason the striker is not ready for the delivery of the ball and, if the ball is delivered, makes no attempt to play it." It is that final part which raises questions about the decision although Pietersen later suggested he only played the ball because it followed him. Thankfully, though, given the heated history of England-Pakistan contests, the sting was taken out of the moment by a rain break.

Pietersen tried to combat the threat of the swing from Asif and Mohammad Amir by using his feet and after lunch began to locate the middle of the bat with more frequency. He went to fifty with a well-timed flick through midwicket off Amir then took the attack to Ajmal.

However, Ajmal also caused Pietersen problems and watched as an outside thudded into Zulqarnain Haider's leg and ran away to the boundary. It was a huge deflection and a wicketkeeper isn't expected to hold such edges, but it summed up Pietersen's fortune. He was lucky again a short while later when a beautiful delivery from Ajmal gripped and spun between bat and pad and somehow missed the stumps.

Compared to Pietersen's rather manic display, Trott was a picture of total calmness as he went about his work in typically unfussy manner. With a better throw he could have been run out on 47, but went to a fifty on his home ground off 105 balls. Apart from a few issues picking Ajmal he was untroubled until he cut a short ball from Umar Amin to the substitute Yasir Hameed in the gully who showed how to take a catch.

Amin was only in operation because Umar Gul had limped off after pulling up with a hamstring strain at the start of his 10th over which left Butt having to juggle a weakened bowling unit. He was therefore grateful for Ajmal's spirited showing as his doosra confused the middle order. It began when Pietersen got a leading edge back to the bowler and, while it's probably come too late to save this match, he has given Pakistan something to cling to for The Oval - which is a venue that can take turn.

But despite the renewed vigour of the bowling effort, Pakistan produced further howlers in the field as Graeme Swann was twice dropped during his brief innings - firstly by Hameed at slip then by the captain himself at mid-off. Ajmal, though, didn't miss the chance of his first five-wicket haul, but wasn't going to risk leaving the final catch to anyone else as he safely pouched Swann's top edge.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on August 12, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    i believe the match team should be yasir hameed, Imran Farhat, Salman Butt, Muhammad Yousuf, Azhar Ali, umar akmal, Zulqarnain Haider (WK), m aamir, saeed ajmal, tanver ahmed, m asif

  • on August 12, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    i would not be worried as this normally happens in pakistan touring swinging pitches but the next match is on Kennington Oval, London which means we are travelling to one of the best recent pakistan loveable pitches where our legspinner mushtaq have taken so many wickets and our quicks got better of englad nasser's and athertons as well as one of the most stylish hundreds have been hit one in a lost in 1960's by asif iqbal and one by saeed anwar when we won here in 1996 i believe all is not lost andwe will win in oval as it suits us better england planned our home series but we will get better off them in coming match Pakistan team would be i feel should be in this match: Kamran Akmal,

  • Alikhan.dxb on August 9, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    i think pakistan needs to change batting line, my suggesion is opening will start from 1......... opening pair - 1. Muhammad Asif (opener) (Series score - 14) 2. Umar Gul (opener) (Series score - 87) 3. Muhammad Aamir (one down) (Series average - 57) 4. Saeed Ajmal (2 down) (Series score - 55) 5. Zulqarnain Haider (3 down) (Series score - 88) 6. Yasir Hameed (4 down) (Series score - never bat yet) 7. Imran Farhat (5 down) (Series score - 63) 8. Azher Ali (6 down) (Series score - 33) 9. Umer Ameen (7 down) (Series score - 40) 10. Umer Akmal (8 down) (Series score - 45) 11. Salman butt (9 down) (Series score - 16) 12. Kamran Akmal (12th man)

    i hope lot of people will be agree with me on this, do u think ???????????

  • on August 8, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Pakistan should discontinue the tour and return home. Even Bangladesh last year in England was able to make runs more than 300 and 400. Even being a Pakistani i will say SHAME ON THERE BATTING.

  • Hindh on August 8, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    @ak 47 Asking what india has given to cricket , India has given Sachin tendulkar and the serene art of test match batting which pak can not even dream of.

  • chokachaka on August 8, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    Hello,

    I think Pakistan forgot to sent proper man team this time. They are worse even Pakistan woman team could play better than Man team. Most of the players either close relative to Goverment or team management or other source. Put ban on Malik, Akmal's Bros, Butt and Imran Farhat for good. We do not want win but atleast play good cricket. Shame on Ijaz Butt and all pakistan team.

  • on August 8, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    KP is still the star - in my opinion!

  • AK47_pk on August 8, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    its a good shiny morning in birmingham....pak batsmen need to make full use ov it

  • on August 8, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    As dreary this is for Pakistani fans, take a moment to imagine what this is like for the players on the field http://wp.me/pso8v-pm

    And let's put the efforts in context and remember the bigger picture here is one of hope, namely for everyday Pakistani's who look to cricket during such testing times for hope & smiles.

    http://wp.me/pso8v-pm

  • 100percenttruth on August 8, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    PCB should take ISI help and try to play a proxy test match to defeat England ( as they are doing in Afganistan and Kahmir). But still l i doubt they will win :-)

  • on August 12, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    i believe the match team should be yasir hameed, Imran Farhat, Salman Butt, Muhammad Yousuf, Azhar Ali, umar akmal, Zulqarnain Haider (WK), m aamir, saeed ajmal, tanver ahmed, m asif

  • on August 12, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    i would not be worried as this normally happens in pakistan touring swinging pitches but the next match is on Kennington Oval, London which means we are travelling to one of the best recent pakistan loveable pitches where our legspinner mushtaq have taken so many wickets and our quicks got better of englad nasser's and athertons as well as one of the most stylish hundreds have been hit one in a lost in 1960's by asif iqbal and one by saeed anwar when we won here in 1996 i believe all is not lost andwe will win in oval as it suits us better england planned our home series but we will get better off them in coming match Pakistan team would be i feel should be in this match: Kamran Akmal,

  • Alikhan.dxb on August 9, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    i think pakistan needs to change batting line, my suggesion is opening will start from 1......... opening pair - 1. Muhammad Asif (opener) (Series score - 14) 2. Umar Gul (opener) (Series score - 87) 3. Muhammad Aamir (one down) (Series average - 57) 4. Saeed Ajmal (2 down) (Series score - 55) 5. Zulqarnain Haider (3 down) (Series score - 88) 6. Yasir Hameed (4 down) (Series score - never bat yet) 7. Imran Farhat (5 down) (Series score - 63) 8. Azher Ali (6 down) (Series score - 33) 9. Umer Ameen (7 down) (Series score - 40) 10. Umer Akmal (8 down) (Series score - 45) 11. Salman butt (9 down) (Series score - 16) 12. Kamran Akmal (12th man)

    i hope lot of people will be agree with me on this, do u think ???????????

  • on August 8, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Pakistan should discontinue the tour and return home. Even Bangladesh last year in England was able to make runs more than 300 and 400. Even being a Pakistani i will say SHAME ON THERE BATTING.

  • Hindh on August 8, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    @ak 47 Asking what india has given to cricket , India has given Sachin tendulkar and the serene art of test match batting which pak can not even dream of.

  • chokachaka on August 8, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    Hello,

    I think Pakistan forgot to sent proper man team this time. They are worse even Pakistan woman team could play better than Man team. Most of the players either close relative to Goverment or team management or other source. Put ban on Malik, Akmal's Bros, Butt and Imran Farhat for good. We do not want win but atleast play good cricket. Shame on Ijaz Butt and all pakistan team.

  • on August 8, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    KP is still the star - in my opinion!

  • AK47_pk on August 8, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    its a good shiny morning in birmingham....pak batsmen need to make full use ov it

  • on August 8, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    As dreary this is for Pakistani fans, take a moment to imagine what this is like for the players on the field http://wp.me/pso8v-pm

    And let's put the efforts in context and remember the bigger picture here is one of hope, namely for everyday Pakistani's who look to cricket during such testing times for hope & smiles.

    http://wp.me/pso8v-pm

  • 100percenttruth on August 8, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    PCB should take ISI help and try to play a proxy test match to defeat England ( as they are doing in Afganistan and Kahmir). But still l i doubt they will win :-)

  • on August 8, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    I BELIVE PAKISTAN TEAM SHOULD BE OF THESE PLAYERS: 1.SALMAN BATT, 2.YASIR HAMEED, 3.UMAR AMIN, 4.YOUNIS KHAN, 5.UMAR AKMAL, 6.MOHAMMED YOUNIS, 7.ZULQARNAIN HAIDER OR KAMRAN AKMAL,8.MOHAMMED AMIR, 9.SAEED AJMAL, 10.MOAHAMMED ASIF, 11. TANVIR AHMED (OTHERWISE WAHAD RIAZ)

    BECAUSE I ALWAYS THING THAT THERE SHOULD BE A COMINATION OF SENIOR AND JUNIOR PLAYERS FOR THE PROSPARITY OF PAKISTAN AND CRICKET TEAM.

  • AK47_pk on August 8, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    @kartikchinai.....i,ll let you off cuz i kno you ppl very well...whetha they play cricket or not.....they were in the final ov 1st T20(shouldve won easily i consider pak a winner in that final anyway)...won the final 2nd T20...semi finalist in 3rd T20....won worldcup in 1992 nd finalist in 1999.....if PAKISTANI DNT KNO HOW TO PLAY CRICKET THEN NOBODY KNOWS....we gave cricket REVERSE SWING(Sarfraz nawaz) we gave DOOSA BALL to spin bowling thanks to Saqlain mushtaq.....WHAT INDIA HAS GIVEN TO CRICKET??T20 which is destroying the real cricket...

  • satanswish on August 8, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    So what new low Pakistan is scoring today? Match will end today with the headline England won by an innings & XX runs.

  • on August 8, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    i feel sorry for Pakistan because they dont yet play home series at home...what england is doing right now ask them to do it on sub continent pitches...they can never do that but there ranking isn't affected much because they make up for it at home... unfortunately we dont play at home so where does our team make up for there losses...!!!

  • cricinme on August 8, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    Where is Sohail Tanveer my favourite pakistani bowler ??

  • on August 8, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    There has been a lot of chirping as to how good a team England is right now and how they will flatten Australia in the ashes. No doubt, a good team but for a true indication of a team's calibre , statistics must be queried in the right way. Undoubtedly the top 5 teams of the last three years have been : Australia, South Africa, India, Sri Lanka and England.

    The best stats to indicate the team's form are AWAY victories by one of these teams against the others . Here is what I found : Rank Team Record 1. South Africa 6-4 2. India 4-5 3. Sri Lanka 4-6 4. Australia 3-5 5 England 1-3

    In the last three years England have managed only ONE away victory. They have played nine matches and drawn the remaining 5. I'm not so sure about England's chances.

  • on August 8, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    I guess pakistani team is so much under pressure with tragedy back at home. on the top of that PCB's response to the very young team, they totally lost their momentum. The team can't get better than this, its time for patient, its a young and very talented side. let them play their game. the future of the team looks promising.

  • vichan on August 8, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    LOL @ lankan_neutral: "England bowling is average (England bowling attack is not comparable with SA,PAK,SL and AUS)"... England have four bowlers in the top 20 of the Test rankings. Only South Africa can match this, and with Murali's retirement SL don't even have anyone in there! Not such a 'Lankan neutral' are you, when you don't acknowledge SL's pathetic bowling line-up now that the great has gone.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on August 8, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Simply Pakistani Team never like to field.Its look like that they are force to stand there and they don't anticipate what is coming next to them.The matter is not a issue with current team but even Inzamam, Saqlain, Anwer, Rana and Yousuf were among those people whom fielding stander was not great.Even Younis Khan showed many time very casual attitude.This young side need some inspiration from Afridi who really enjoys to field and for the time being he is the best fielder in Pakistani side.Captain must lead from the front but Mr.Butt is dropping very simple catches then how he can make an impression for others?

  • karthikfromchennai on August 8, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    @AK47_pk, the fielding is not the diff between the sides. the only difference is english play cricket and pakis dont.

  • qpzmwoxn on August 8, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    pakistan 11 1.Imran Farhat 2.Taufeeq Umar 3.Salmon Butt (c) 4.Mohammed Yusuf 5.Shoaib Malik 6.Yasir Hameed 7.Kamran Akmal (wk) 8.Mohammed Ameer 9.Umar Gul (if injured Mohammed Sami) 10.Saeed Ajmal 11.Mohammed Asif

  • 123234 on August 8, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    i don't agree with most of the pakistani supporters (even though i am a pakistani myself) that younus and yousuf can make any difference, and even if they did eventually they'll retire after a couple more years. the best thing for pakistan cricket would be to bring forward proper talent and not those who are recommended by politicians or other people.

    i don't know why Fawad alam or abdul razaq ain't playing, gul should of been replaced by razaq. PCB needs some tips from the best Imran Khan to rank anywhere between 1-6 comparetively. i think having Inzamam Ul Haq as a batting coach would be advantage, and ijaz can be a fielding coach. waqar your doing a superb job with the bowlers.

  • on August 8, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    It's unfortunately their top order batsmen are not performing at all well. Getting out in two innings in less than a mere 100 run in two consecutive Tests, clearly indicates the vulnerability in the top order batsmen. Although six drop catches in the first innings, do not help but bowlers so far have shown their class already. In addition to their poor team performances, Salmon Butt , the new captain, has not shown the right temperament to lift the team's moral. Having said that Pakistan desperately needs the service of Yousuf and Younus. Good to see Yousuf in the squad, to be definitely included in the next Test match. However, Pakistan Board, coach and team management, have to put their political row behind them and include Younus for the sake of their country. If both are included in the next Test Match, personally, I think, they will have a better chance to display better cricket and will have a better chance to fight against England.

  • BapiDas on August 8, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    A cricket match is won (or lost forthat matter) by holding on to catches (or flooring them!) The longer version demands that a team has to take 20 wickets of the opposition to win the match! Pakistan have already dropped 10 wickets!!!!! Their bowlers will ahve to take 30 wickets now to win the match! This is msot certainly not Cricket at the highest level.

  • cricket_for_all on August 8, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    Well, Pakistan looks like a street team. Even a small club team will not drop catches like these. Betting of Pakistan is horrible(When they are going to help their powerful bowling attack with the reasonable batting?). I give a big credit to Pakistan bowlers They are still able to restrict England to 251 with around 7 dropped catches. England bowling is average (England bowling attack is not comparable with SA,PAK,SL and AUS) still you can't score 200 runs. pathetic!!!. So England have 100% chance to finish this by tomorrow.

  • Zahidsaltin on August 8, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    What a shamefull fielding display. It was so shamefull that we the pakistan fans even forgot to curse them for their batting displays. When a captain can't catch a ball which a child of 8 won't even imagin to drop, then what can he say to the fellow players. Imran farhat is too dropping a catch in nearly every innings. In Batting they don't try to learn from their mistakes. Butt only lost his wicket because he didn't strech his leg full forward to a ball which is not far from a over pitch. Shoaib also in first innings lost his wicket by not streching full length forward. PAKISTANI BATSMEN need to find their footwork right. judge is length and when ever u go forward, go full strech.

  • on August 7, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    Pakistan owe it to themselves and the crowd at Edgbaston to make England at least break sweat in this match, and prove they can bat all day and make 300 runs.

    Anything else and this series is heading for a dreary 4-0 whitewash - and does test cricket no good. Sadly, this appears to be another example of a clear divide in the test world. Pakistan can now join Bangladesh, New Zealand and West Indies as test match deadmen - the only indefensible feature of this is that Pakistan should be doing much better.

    Right now I would back Bangladesh to beat this Pakistan side.

  • smjr on August 7, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    We need charactes like Imran Khan the best alrounder of all time. Javed Miandad, the most successful captain of Pakistan in Test matches, Wasim Akram the best left arm bowler world has seen. These Waqar , Ijaz, Shafqat Rana, Yawar saeed stands no where. There is no visible improvement in the fielding or batting or any game plan. Test match is the name of game plan, creating pressure for opposition, adjustment according to pitch and weather and above all field placing and bowling according to that field. It seems that the tour management and the players are at the cross roads. Today listening to TV commentary Ramiz comments regarding Tanvir Ali and Abdul Rauf were hopeless when he said that these bowlers have no test experience. No doubt about it, but he (Ramiz) should have support them because they are selected in the touring squad are good enough to be selected, they are not even tried at test level. Muhammad sami can be recalled for England like Yousaf at the earliest

  • inzisaloos on August 7, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    What a shame about the inept fielding display from Pakistan. Had they held on to their catches they would be right in this game. Nonetheless, it was heartening to see Imran Farhat and Azhar Ali battle well at the end of the day to at least give Pakistan a glimmer of hope going into the 4th day. They will need to make 300 though in order to put England under any pressure. However, the likelihood of that is about on par with Marilyn Manson becoming a regular presenter on "Songs of Praise." Still, strangers things have happened. After all, the strange things are what Pakistan cricket does best.

  • Waqasahmed92 on August 7, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    I think we dropped 9 catches and still we managed to keep them way below 300, 251 to be exact. So Iam just gonna ask are we poor at fielding or England really uncapble at batting cuz the amount of catches we dropped should at least get them make 600 :)) Just wondering

  • AK47_pk on August 7, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    fielding is only difference between two sides..had pakistan not missed those catches, wouldve been a different story by now....pakistan batsman must score 400 runs to give their bowlers sometin to bowl for BUT it looks impossible task for such a poor batting line up..good luck pak batsmen.

  • smjr on August 7, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    Pakistan will loose this test match, only rain can saved them or some body dig out the pitch remember (Aust v Eng 1975 Leeds). What we are facing today is all due to dirty politics and mismanagement of Lahori group in the PCB and Tour management. How could you defer a player of Younus class who has won T-20 World cup to Pakistan, averaging above 50, a highest score of above 300 in Test. How a player of Yousaf averaging above 50 and most centuries not selected in first instance. Why Fawad Alam being the first Pakistani to score debut hundred in overseas test having played just 3 test (repeat 3 test) with test average of 41 and first class average of 55 is not in the team. Why Malik, Akmal, Amin, Farhat being tried test after test despite failures, after all they can be dropped during the series no matter they were initially selected for touring party, ( example is Kaneria) at least for the sake of Pakistan. The reason is simple the Lahore group wants to be there by hook or by crook.

  • Mukarram.Pasha on August 7, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    I think that Pakistan can't win this match because it requires patience, experience and skills and Pakistan don't have any of these.

  • inzisaloos on August 7, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    What a shame about the inept fielding display from Pakistan. Had they held on to their catches they would be right in this game. Nonetheless, it was heartening to see Imran Farhat and Azhar Ali battle well at the end of the day to at least give Pakistan a glimmer of hope going into the 4th day. They will need to make 300 though in order to put England under any pressure. However, the likelihood of that is about on par with Marilyn Manson becoming a regular presenter on "Songs of Praise." Still, strangers things have happened. After all, the strange things are what Pakistan cricket does best.

  • on August 7, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    pakistan still going to win

  • on August 7, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    it should have been at most a 100 run lead but the batsman did on the field exactly what they did with the bat, gifted England the game. These guys can't bat, can't field and can't sledge so what can they do? At least Amin can bowl. Was it a double agent planted by the ISI who chose this team? Apart from the obvious missing YoYo's, no Fawwad Alam, no Khurram Manzoor and while they were bringing young guys over why not Azeem Ghumman? he is the best emerging batsman apart from Umar Akmal we have.

  • wfaizi on August 7, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    well...what can we say...fielding is as usual pathetic..bowlers again did quite well despite easy drops..now we are back to square one which is can Pakistan bat? and bat for a long time with a lot of runs.....i think i' dreaming....:).

  • pk_cric_rox on August 7, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    pakistan batting doesnt sound too bad if u consider drop catches . its like england team got to play two innings within an innings. lol i think bowlers r doing really good.in this match so far england's batting is just a bit better then pakistan's but huge difference are the catches taken n catches dropped.

  • AhmadSaleem on August 7, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Has anyone noted that all marginal decisions are going against Pakistanis. Even luck is not favoring them in such sorry state

  • vikramreddytric on August 7, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Finally Pakistan has to say Thanks to the Weather because of bad light, the play has stopped earlier than expected. But nothing is going to stop this match Pakistan losing the match by an Innings defeat. Not sure what is Pakistan team upto? There current net RR in 2nd innings is almost equal to 1 run per over. I am sure Azhar Ali will play for another 6-7 overs and will get out by scoring a single digit by playing almost 3 digit number of balls.. Ridiculous Pakistan's middle order is.. Anyways I am waiting for PCB what action they going to take against this team after this series which will be a comedy track.. Common PCB, whats the fine that you going to impose on the players??? And who will be the new captain for the team??? Please wait and watch.. It will be damn fun.

  • SaeedKhanNiazi on August 7, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    first off credit to saeed ajmal for his five for. Gave pakistan a little relief from all the pressure piled up on their shoulders. Doing a much abtter job than Danish kaneria ofcourse. Kind of worries about Umar Gul though. Doesn't sound liek good news, hopefully he will recover and the damage isn't much. What I am really dissapointed in hearing( sadly is the truth and truth hurts) the cricinfo staff writing about how Pakistani batsmen are falling on a consistant basis to the England's great fast bowlers in the same manner: swing bowling. I mean at some point the batsmen should have figured out something to help deal with this situation. I understand at times you cant even play with such enormus swing coming at you, but really this is a great oppurtinity for pakistan batsmen. You can learn to take your time read the ball stay at the crease and try to figure out each ball if possible. If they can do that, Im sure they will settle adjust and put up great partnerships.

  • khurramsch on August 7, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    come on guys, "we will build team by sticking together" this is not PRACTICAL thing. how wil these guys get better by performing like these? u have to perform to stay in team & make wining combination. no batting no fielding(10 missed chances in england 1st inings of 251). whats the point of using Amir & Asif so excessively when top order dnt bat, fielders dont field. Poor GUL is injured now & i just hope same dont hapen with Amir & Asif.

  • khurramsch on August 7, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    so 5 drop chances on day 1 & 5 on day 2? how will pakistan stay in this game. that seems to be a million $ question.they allowed more than 120 runs by these chances in england total. & in batting again they r just trying to survive BUT question is for how long? if its last day than strategy could have worked but on eve of day 2, surviving is not the option.19 runs in 17 overs?????? 1st butt made a mistake to bat 1st with this bating, while he had similar experience in last week & knew how good england bowlers are.

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  • khurramsch on August 7, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    so 5 drop chances on day 1 & 5 on day 2? how will pakistan stay in this game. that seems to be a million $ question.they allowed more than 120 runs by these chances in england total. & in batting again they r just trying to survive BUT question is for how long? if its last day than strategy could have worked but on eve of day 2, surviving is not the option.19 runs in 17 overs?????? 1st butt made a mistake to bat 1st with this bating, while he had similar experience in last week & knew how good england bowlers are.

  • khurramsch on August 7, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    come on guys, "we will build team by sticking together" this is not PRACTICAL thing. how wil these guys get better by performing like these? u have to perform to stay in team & make wining combination. no batting no fielding(10 missed chances in england 1st inings of 251). whats the point of using Amir & Asif so excessively when top order dnt bat, fielders dont field. Poor GUL is injured now & i just hope same dont hapen with Amir & Asif.

  • SaeedKhanNiazi on August 7, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    first off credit to saeed ajmal for his five for. Gave pakistan a little relief from all the pressure piled up on their shoulders. Doing a much abtter job than Danish kaneria ofcourse. Kind of worries about Umar Gul though. Doesn't sound liek good news, hopefully he will recover and the damage isn't much. What I am really dissapointed in hearing( sadly is the truth and truth hurts) the cricinfo staff writing about how Pakistani batsmen are falling on a consistant basis to the England's great fast bowlers in the same manner: swing bowling. I mean at some point the batsmen should have figured out something to help deal with this situation. I understand at times you cant even play with such enormus swing coming at you, but really this is a great oppurtinity for pakistan batsmen. You can learn to take your time read the ball stay at the crease and try to figure out each ball if possible. If they can do that, Im sure they will settle adjust and put up great partnerships.

  • vikramreddytric on August 7, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Finally Pakistan has to say Thanks to the Weather because of bad light, the play has stopped earlier than expected. But nothing is going to stop this match Pakistan losing the match by an Innings defeat. Not sure what is Pakistan team upto? There current net RR in 2nd innings is almost equal to 1 run per over. I am sure Azhar Ali will play for another 6-7 overs and will get out by scoring a single digit by playing almost 3 digit number of balls.. Ridiculous Pakistan's middle order is.. Anyways I am waiting for PCB what action they going to take against this team after this series which will be a comedy track.. Common PCB, whats the fine that you going to impose on the players??? And who will be the new captain for the team??? Please wait and watch.. It will be damn fun.

  • AhmadSaleem on August 7, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Has anyone noted that all marginal decisions are going against Pakistanis. Even luck is not favoring them in such sorry state

  • pk_cric_rox on August 7, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    pakistan batting doesnt sound too bad if u consider drop catches . its like england team got to play two innings within an innings. lol i think bowlers r doing really good.in this match so far england's batting is just a bit better then pakistan's but huge difference are the catches taken n catches dropped.

  • wfaizi on August 7, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    well...what can we say...fielding is as usual pathetic..bowlers again did quite well despite easy drops..now we are back to square one which is can Pakistan bat? and bat for a long time with a lot of runs.....i think i' dreaming....:).

  • on August 7, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    it should have been at most a 100 run lead but the batsman did on the field exactly what they did with the bat, gifted England the game. These guys can't bat, can't field and can't sledge so what can they do? At least Amin can bowl. Was it a double agent planted by the ISI who chose this team? Apart from the obvious missing YoYo's, no Fawwad Alam, no Khurram Manzoor and while they were bringing young guys over why not Azeem Ghumman? he is the best emerging batsman apart from Umar Akmal we have.

  • on August 7, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    pakistan still going to win

  • inzisaloos on August 7, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    What a shame about the inept fielding display from Pakistan. Had they held on to their catches they would be right in this game. Nonetheless, it was heartening to see Imran Farhat and Azhar Ali battle well at the end of the day to at least give Pakistan a glimmer of hope going into the 4th day. They will need to make 300 though in order to put England under any pressure. However, the likelihood of that is about on par with Marilyn Manson becoming a regular presenter on "Songs of Praise." Still, strangers things have happened. After all, the strange things are what Pakistan cricket does best.