England v Pakistan, 2nd npower Test, Edgbaston, 4th day August 9, 2010

Strauss and Trott secure nine-wicket victory


England 251 and 118 for 1 (Strauss 53*, Trott 53*) beat Pakistan 72 and 296 (Haider 88, Ajmal 50, Swann 6-65) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott hit unbeaten half-centuries to guide England to an emphatic nine-wicket win in the second Test at Edgbaston to give them a 2-0 lead in the series. Both batsmen finished on 53 with the second-wicket pair making light work of a potentially testing surface as the hosts completed their sixth consecutive Test victory midway through the afternoon session.

England did the hard work before lunch and when they resumed 47 were needed with the bite gone from Pakistan's attack. Strauss went to his fifty from 108 balls then Trott brought up the same milestone, his second fifty of the match, with a powerful cover drive which levelled the scores. Strauss secured victory via a rather inglorious inside edge but he'll be highly satisfied by another successful outing,

The day began with thoughts of Pakistan continuing their resurgence from the third evening, but in the end it proved a stroll for England. The visitors had left themselves far too much ground to make up after crumbling for 72 on the opening day and they couldn't create enough opportunities to defend the low target. Two more chances did go begging off Strauss, both to the hero of the previous day Zulqarnain Haider, although the first was very difficult and the second came with less than 50 needed.

It took England just 11 balls to wrap up Pakistan's innings as Stuart Broad, lighter in the wallet after his fine for throwing the ball at Haider yesterday, had Mohammad Asif taken in the gully. However, Pakistan managed the early breakthrough they desperately wanted when Cook's poor run continued as his stumps were demolished by Mohammad Amir. Cook's footwork was nowhere and he is becoming a serious concern, although with Ian Bell still injured and the England selectors not keen on major structural changes he is likely to have the remainder of the series to revive his season.

Amir's eight-over opening spell was another eye-catching display from the 18-year-old and he could easily have collected a second scalp as he beat the outside edges of Strauss and Trott. Saeed Ajmal was introduced for the eighth over and nearly followed Graeme Swann's lead by striking straight away, but Haider couldn't gather Strauss's thick outside edge. It was a tough chance, but the type of opportunity that needed to stick if Pakistan were to stay in the contest.

The pitch was also offering uneven bounce for both the spinner and the quicks. Trott was beaten by consecutive shooters outside off stump, while Strauss received a grubber from Ajmal that just missed the timber. However, the two batsmen displayed impressive watchfulness and rotated the strike well with regular quick singles.

Boundaries were hard to come by, but both Strauss and Trott timed the ball nicely when the opportunity came. Trott produced the shot of the morning when he flicked Asif through midwicket, and he continues to develop into an increasingly reassuring figure at No. 3, while Strauss produced a sweet cover drive off Ajmal shortly before the break.

Much had been expected of Ajmal after his five-wicket haul in the first innings, but he wasn't able to provide the same threat as Swann. He couldn't quite find the right pace for the surface to extract the optimal turn and, tellingly, couldn't send down a maiden until his tenth over. Once again England proved far too strong for inexperienced opposition and Pakistan will have to show more of their second-innings spirit to avoid a whitewash.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on August 11, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Since not good enough, Pakistan cricket (Batting) has taken a backward step. Some credit need to be given to the bowlers who have at least givent the team a chance, yet only a chace

  • sabar on August 11, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    hey karthikfromchennai...look..don't criticize anyone caz i just play cricket fun.......... By the way India lost to New-Zea land by 200 runs........oops that is bad isn't it but i enjoyed watching every game....so chill out dude.

  • Sahil on August 10, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    After India's performance against New Zeland today maybe the Indian fans need to look at their own team before pointing fingers at pakistan!!

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    the selection of team is poor players like umer amin and azhar ali do not desreve to be international cricketers as they just ordinary 1st class players, secondly the reserve includes yasir hameed who is anotjer faliure at this level, pakistan is missing their back up players like khuram manzoor, faisal iqbal as both are a blend of eperiance and talent as well, shoib malik and imran farhat are also a spent froce relaying on them is just a disaster, umar akmal must be dropped from all formats that he can get a lesson to be responsible, if he thinks he is star then he must play like a star and putting too much sun block on his face will not make him play like english players it needs comitment and hardwork.

  • umar on August 10, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    r the moderatorson here biased its alright for indians to write anything were as i cant say anything.you lot are set of jokers on here .indian lovers

  • salman on August 10, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Indian supporter will always be on the mercy of Pakistan team to keep winning against Australia. Champions trophy they were on the mercy of Pakistan. Last test they prayed that Pakistan win so India retain their position. And now praying that they win against RSA in Dubai.

  • Syed on August 10, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    I respect ray-jay proposal but I cant agree entirely. I think there should be some procedure where teams are not divided on league or tier basis rather the low performing teams should play less with high performing team. Teams may be divided into two groups but they should be allowed to play each other. The relegation and promotion system should also be in place. In this way we bring interests for public and competitive cricket will be seen. The other thing which needs to be seen is the current ICC test ranking system where the position is determined on the basis of time span which I think is bit unfair. For example a team is performing better for some time cant be labeled as best team.The ranking should be based on all test played since given test status for each country.

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    hey u indian mates!!! dont forget...PAKISTAN on their day r the Best team in the WORLD..!!! its just the mis-management that is causing problems for the team!! let the new staff come and then see!! We'll get our previous status back!! just wait and watch buddy!! Slow and steady always wins the race!! ;) who knows the next WORLD CUp winners might be Pakistan!! I thyink u have forgotten the campions trophy defeat!! :P learn from ur past rather than pointing to others!!

  • karthik on August 10, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Recently Asif Zardari said all the problems with England sorted out...may be he forgot to sort out their problems in cricket filed. Hello England ..please have some mercy on Pak

  • karthik on August 10, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    they say sania mirza disturbed shoib malik's cricket...should be the other way round ;-)

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