England v Pakistan, 3rd npower Test, The Oval, 1st day August 18, 2010

Riaz's five gives Pakistan edge but Prior fights back

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Pakistan 48 for 1 (Hameed 36*, Riaz 0*) trail England 233 (Prior 84*, Broad 48, Riaz 5-63) by 185 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

This series isn't doing much good for batsmen's averages and on this occasion it was England's top order that crumbled as Wahab Riaz enjoyed a debut to remember at The Oval with 5 for 63 to help remove the hosts for 233. Even that represented riches after they'd crashed to 94 for 7 with Matt Prior, one of the few batsmen to show consistent form, and Stuart Broad adding 119 for the eighth wicket to give the total some respectability before James Anderson struck in the final over of the day.

Yasir Hameed's positive strokeplay, in his first Test for two-and-half years, was a complete contrast to Pakistan's static approach in the previous match and it looked like they would survive without loss until Anderson found Imran Farhat's inside edge. The visitors, though, can reflect on their best day of the series. Mohammad Asif played his part with three wickets while Pakistan were much improved in the field with the only blot being Mohammad Yousuf's late drop off Prior but the innings finished next ball. Kamran Akmal also held four chances and although all were regulation that hasn't always made them certainties.

However, there was no doubt over the star performer. Riaz was drafted in as a replacement for Umar Gul, who injured his hamstring at Edgbaston and, despite not having any match practice after the Worcestershire tour game was hit by rain, posed a major threat to England with his skiddy pace. During the previous Pakistan domestic season he only managed 14 wickets at 40 and never took more than two in an innings.

After one morning of Test cricket he'd managed more than that by removing Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen before lunch then he added Eoin Morgan shortly after the interval. He tired as the day wore on - his lack of recent action playing its part - but claimed his fifth when he ended the recovery by trapping Broad lbw with a full slower ball.

The fightback led by Prior was an impressive effort as he and Broad added England's best eighth-wicket stand since Phil DeFreitas and Darren Gough combined for 130 against New Zealand, at Old Trafford, in 1994. Prior once again showed his class as a batsman following the hundred he made at Trent Bridge - and his innings will no doubt fuel the debate of him batting at No. 6 in Australia - and Broad passed 30 for the first time since the final Ashes Test, on this ground, last year as he threw the bat in productive manner.

Still, their efforts can't disguise a lacklustre performance from the top order and it began in predictable style with the early departure of Alastair Cook. He was always going to be under the microscope after a Test season which had brought 100 runs in seven innings and it didn't take long for Asif to work him over when he was caught on the crease and edged through to Kamran. The squad and selectors will continue to back their man, but at some point a major decision will have to be made regarding the Ashes series.

That, though, is for the future and Cook wasn't the only England batsman to struggle during the morning Mohammad Amir struggled to control the swing during his first spell but Asif was outstanding. Strauss has looked in decent form throughout the series without converting into a major score and this time was undone by a good ball from Riaz which grazed the outside edge to Kamran. However, initially umpire Tony Hill said not out and Strauss stood his ground as Pakistan reviewed, but there was clear evidence of an edge, both to the naked eye and on Hotspot, so Strauss was soon back in the pavilion.

Trott had again looked compact at the crease but didn't adjust to the more slingy style of Riaz and drove at a ball that was wide and edged to second slip where Hameed dived to his right behind third slip and held a superb catch. Yet Trott also stood his ground as Pietersen approached him, having kept his eye on the front line and noticed Riaz was close to a no-ball, but his foot had landed just behind the line.

Paul Collingwood, so often the man to bail England out of a hole, played on against Amir and Pakistan's outstanding morning was capped off when Pietersen got a thin edge against Riaz. He claimed his fourth shortly after the break when Morgan's uncertain innings ended with another scalp for the Riaz-Kamran combination and again it was Riaz's extra pace and bounce which brought success.

Graeme Swann has had other issues on his mind in recent days and, after a couple of boundaries, edged to third slip where Umar Akmal held a sharp catch as the visitors continued to snaffle everything. Pakistan probably thought they were through England at 94 for 7, but Prior was already looking in good touch and Broad started to find the middle of the bat.

Saeed Ajmal couldn't settle on a consistent line as both batsmen played the sweep with good effect and when the sun came out the ball started to do much less. Prior reached his fifty from 82 balls and when Anderson collected another duck he was 24 short of a ton with Finn for company. In the first Test the No. 11 had seen him to the landmark, but on this occasion couldn't see off Ajmal.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY PAK-92 on | August 19, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    @Usman Aziz. First and formost im not from karachi or sind and how did racism come in to this. And i didnt even mention Faisal Iqbal, Khurram Manzoor or Khalid Latif who i think are better than Farhat . They would have struggled in england but i would have anyone in the team other than farhat. He and Malik have been given many chances and failed. Time to give others a chance. Fawad Alam should definetly be in the team ahead of Farhat and I would think everyone would agree with me on this! And as far as Asim Kamal goes, i would prefer him in the team other than Umar Akmal who lacks temprement for test cricket. Believe me I am a big fan of Umar Akmal but i think his batting in tests will worsen his average even further. He needs to sort his temprement out in first class cricket and hopefully in the near furure when players like Yousuf can PROPERLY retire, he can fill the void in the middle order but not right now. So Usman Aziz read others comments properly before commenting on them!!!!

  • POSTED BY Q72941 on | August 19, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Like some of my Pak friend says, the perchi system should be eradicated from PCB for the players and the officials as well.

    Hope to see Asim Kamal in the middle line up.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Imran Farhat has to be banned life time to play any level of Cricket & Mohammed Ilyas from any position in Pakistan. Any other local domestic boy can play better then him. Where is Asim Kamal, call him....

  • POSTED BY FIPL on | August 19, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    @FaisalAsghar: Imran Farhat it laying on eggs and trying to get Batsman out of them. @ Usman Aziz: You have to accept the truth Imran Farhat is playing just because of his father-in-law not on Merit. Fawad Alam should be in the test team he has the stamina to stay @ crease and score runs. Mr Mohsin Hassan Khan said in his interview to a local TV channel "Mazi mein Karachi ki aik selector ne meri peath mein chura ghompa tha" Mean Some selector in the past from Karachi put Axe on my back. But it doesn't mean you do the same for Karachi cricketers. For Pakistan, inshahAllah they will WIN. Go Pakistan GO

  • POSTED BY shakkw on | August 19, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    It's time to say goodbye forever to Mr. Imran Farhan....

  • POSTED BY WaqasBajwa on | August 19, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    pakistan have a fare chance to win this test match

  • POSTED BY Mustfeez on | August 19, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    Salaam! I back here the comments of Mr. Amir Hanif, which are really worth talking. English players are not showing true sportsmen ship especially their Captain Strauss, who retains crease in any case. This is not good message. This shows that they are frightened, though dominating at the moment, but frightened of something :P. I bet it will cost Pakistan only one innings and England will be washed away. If they make a score of 400+-, these English batsmen will never recover from there. I hope Pakistan win this game. Congrats for Wahab Riaz for his debut.

  • POSTED BY cric.info. on | August 19, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    brilliancy continues with Pak bowling..... but what about their batting... they are showing hugeeee lack of footwork.... in the last test, zulqarnain was only one to use footwork to stay confident in playing swing and in this inning yasir hameed is following the suit.. dnt know why all others are playing in a tense way.. they are not playing their natural cricket..

    wat i think is that they need to play it out like a one day... thats their way... they will be going to make 300 atleast,,, All the best for team Pakistan...

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    @PAK-92 Spoken like a true racist from Karachi.. I agree that some of the selections do not make much sense but the players for whom you people have been creating the commotion for are as worthless as Farhat and Malik etc.... How even in one's dreams can anyone beg to think that crap like Faisal Iqbal, Khurram Manzoor and Khalid Latif had performed better on English pitches than Farhat and co did?????????? Fawad Alam and Sami are the only players who definitely deserve to be in the team..... As for the worn out crap of YK and Yousuf; they were initially kicked out for NON-CRICKETING REASONS and a strong and non-political management would have never given them another chance... Do remember what Aussies did to Symonds for merely missing a single team practice session... No one is bigger than the game and the country!

  • POSTED BY Lashariz on | August 19, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Yeah this is right that Imran Farhat has strong back in the PCB as well as in Govt. PCB and dummy selection committe is continously ignoring Fawad Alam in test matches, he has played 3 test matches with an average of 41 and he also made a century on debut against Srilanka. why PCB is not giving chance to this opening batsman. Shame on PCB...... Salman Butt is also underpressure after getting captaincy, which is shown in his recent performance against England.

    May ALLAH give us the right and honorable persons in the top management of all Govt. organizations including PCB. Aamin

  • POSTED BY PAK-92 on | August 19, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    @Usman Aziz. First and formost im not from karachi or sind and how did racism come in to this. And i didnt even mention Faisal Iqbal, Khurram Manzoor or Khalid Latif who i think are better than Farhat . They would have struggled in england but i would have anyone in the team other than farhat. He and Malik have been given many chances and failed. Time to give others a chance. Fawad Alam should definetly be in the team ahead of Farhat and I would think everyone would agree with me on this! And as far as Asim Kamal goes, i would prefer him in the team other than Umar Akmal who lacks temprement for test cricket. Believe me I am a big fan of Umar Akmal but i think his batting in tests will worsen his average even further. He needs to sort his temprement out in first class cricket and hopefully in the near furure when players like Yousuf can PROPERLY retire, he can fill the void in the middle order but not right now. So Usman Aziz read others comments properly before commenting on them!!!!

  • POSTED BY Q72941 on | August 19, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Like some of my Pak friend says, the perchi system should be eradicated from PCB for the players and the officials as well.

    Hope to see Asim Kamal in the middle line up.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Imran Farhat has to be banned life time to play any level of Cricket & Mohammed Ilyas from any position in Pakistan. Any other local domestic boy can play better then him. Where is Asim Kamal, call him....

  • POSTED BY FIPL on | August 19, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    @FaisalAsghar: Imran Farhat it laying on eggs and trying to get Batsman out of them. @ Usman Aziz: You have to accept the truth Imran Farhat is playing just because of his father-in-law not on Merit. Fawad Alam should be in the test team he has the stamina to stay @ crease and score runs. Mr Mohsin Hassan Khan said in his interview to a local TV channel "Mazi mein Karachi ki aik selector ne meri peath mein chura ghompa tha" Mean Some selector in the past from Karachi put Axe on my back. But it doesn't mean you do the same for Karachi cricketers. For Pakistan, inshahAllah they will WIN. Go Pakistan GO

  • POSTED BY shakkw on | August 19, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    It's time to say goodbye forever to Mr. Imran Farhan....

  • POSTED BY WaqasBajwa on | August 19, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    pakistan have a fare chance to win this test match

  • POSTED BY Mustfeez on | August 19, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    Salaam! I back here the comments of Mr. Amir Hanif, which are really worth talking. English players are not showing true sportsmen ship especially their Captain Strauss, who retains crease in any case. This is not good message. This shows that they are frightened, though dominating at the moment, but frightened of something :P. I bet it will cost Pakistan only one innings and England will be washed away. If they make a score of 400+-, these English batsmen will never recover from there. I hope Pakistan win this game. Congrats for Wahab Riaz for his debut.

  • POSTED BY cric.info. on | August 19, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    brilliancy continues with Pak bowling..... but what about their batting... they are showing hugeeee lack of footwork.... in the last test, zulqarnain was only one to use footwork to stay confident in playing swing and in this inning yasir hameed is following the suit.. dnt know why all others are playing in a tense way.. they are not playing their natural cricket..

    wat i think is that they need to play it out like a one day... thats their way... they will be going to make 300 atleast,,, All the best for team Pakistan...

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    @PAK-92 Spoken like a true racist from Karachi.. I agree that some of the selections do not make much sense but the players for whom you people have been creating the commotion for are as worthless as Farhat and Malik etc.... How even in one's dreams can anyone beg to think that crap like Faisal Iqbal, Khurram Manzoor and Khalid Latif had performed better on English pitches than Farhat and co did?????????? Fawad Alam and Sami are the only players who definitely deserve to be in the team..... As for the worn out crap of YK and Yousuf; they were initially kicked out for NON-CRICKETING REASONS and a strong and non-political management would have never given them another chance... Do remember what Aussies did to Symonds for merely missing a single team practice session... No one is bigger than the game and the country!

  • POSTED BY Lashariz on | August 19, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Yeah this is right that Imran Farhat has strong back in the PCB as well as in Govt. PCB and dummy selection committe is continously ignoring Fawad Alam in test matches, he has played 3 test matches with an average of 41 and he also made a century on debut against Srilanka. why PCB is not giving chance to this opening batsman. Shame on PCB...... Salman Butt is also underpressure after getting captaincy, which is shown in his recent performance against England.

    May ALLAH give us the right and honorable persons in the top management of all Govt. organizations including PCB. Aamin

  • POSTED BY Wazzi on | August 19, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    CONGRATS!!! to Wahab Riaz for such a fantastic start to his international career.

    Pak's bowling has been exceptional throughout this tour but they are looking good for the first time with the bat, hope they won't give it away.

    Replacing Umer Amin & Shoaib Malik with yasir Hameed & M.yousuf was the right decision but Pak should make two more changes to strengthen their batting. They should drop Imran Farhat & Umer Akmal and call Younis Khan and Asim Kamal specially for Test squad. Batting order should be like this..

    1) Salman Butt 2) Yasir Hameed 3) Younis Khan 4) Azhar Ali 5) M. Yousuf 6) Zulqarnain 7) Saeed Ajmal 8) M.Amir 9) Gul or Wahab 10) M. Asif 11) Kaneria (if playing) If Kaneria is not playing then Pak can add Asim Kamal at no. 6 and bring down Zulqarnain at no.7. Keep Umer Amin & Umer Akmal for backup if any batsman got unfit or injured.

  • POSTED BY Ray24 on | August 19, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    I can't believe when someone above says Farhat played the encor (ahchor) role and allowed Yasir Hameed to score - what a joke - LOL If you had heard what the commentators (guys who actually know about cricket) were saying, they were astounded why Yasir was not in the team earlier. If you have a decent idea about technique, you can see why Yasir is clearly a superior player than most of the lousy Pakistani batsmen. The only commentator who was cautious with any praise was our Rameez Raja as he has been a vocal critic of Yasir in the past. No wonder he was disappointed. Hopefully this politics will stop and players will make it in on merit. Wonder if Asim Kamal is still playing - 8 scores of over 50 in 12 tests.

  • POSTED BY ik81 on | August 19, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Critics have come hard on Imran Farhat for getting favours because of his father-in-law and his position in the board. The left hander has failed to impress at the international arena despite being given a plethora of chances time after time. Farhat has failed to score in the recent past. He may have been impressive in the domestic format of the game but his international career is going nowhere. Farhat was surprisingly picked up for first test match against Australia and the only reason for his selection can be put down to the MCC's spirit of the game tournament despite failing to score in the warm-up matches. Yasir Hameed was dropped in place of Farhat despite the fact that Yasir scored an unbeaten 58 against Leicestershire while Imran scored 3 runs on 33 deliveries.

  • POSTED BY ik81 on | August 19, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Imran Farhat's selection in team remains the most controversial decision on the Tour to England as yet as he has no performances behind him to back him claim in the Pakistan line-up for the first Test against Australia. One would wonder how it all came about and many media reports suggest that his father-in-law Mohammad Ilyas has a lot to do with it as he is currently serving in the national selection committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

  • POSTED BY semab on | August 19, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    Weldone Pakistan at the day first... good to see Yasir Hameed back in 11 side. I think There's no place for Imran Farhat, he always let the team down. hopefully selectors think next time about him. Prior did very well for his side and shows a good temprament and there team reach on a good total. at the end cong to Wahab raiaz and yasir.

  • POSTED BY Desi_In_US on | August 19, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Great work from Pakistani bowlers and (finally) some decent support from fielders today. Lets celebrate with caustion though. Hopefully batsmen will bat sensibly and put on healthy score for bowlers to work with. Too many fumbles to count and false starts in recent times to remember. Lets win for one for the people back home who dont even have enough to raise a smile.

  • POSTED BY outspoken on | August 19, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    until and unless merit is maintained and nepotism and politics are eradicated Pakistan team can not deliver. Just by winning one match or by giving good performance in one or two matches does not prove that Pakistan team is a world class team and people who think that Pakistan team is, even now, a world class team are just the enemies of Pakistan cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    why english players r not showing spirit of cricket? as strauss, k.peterson & trott stood in the middle waiting for umpire decision. surely they knew they have gone.

  • POSTED BY Aslam_Khan_Varanasi on | August 19, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    Very good start by Wahab Riyaz, another very good left arm fast bowler after Tanvir & Aamer. Pakistan bowling future is so bright but problem in batting, specially opener & no. 3, 4 batsman, these are not doing well for Pakistan in test cricket from last year, Pakistan still needed experience batsman in middle order including Yousuf, Yunus & Misbah.

  • POSTED BY zeepolo on | August 19, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    I agreed what PAK-92 said, i have looked into the IMRAN FARHAT records i didnt find a single match winning inning except for one where he scored hundred against india in 2004 tour. I hardly find him getting man of the match he is truly playing not on merit but on his contacts in PCB. We should give chance to Ahmed Shahzad he has the technique and attitude may be we see him playing in ODI's

  • POSTED BY shigarr on | August 19, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    Everyone has seen enough of Mohd. Sami. He is good at times but ordinary at most of the time. I still wonder when PCB review his policy of keeping a very very ordinary batsman like IMRAN FARHAT at a very important opening position. I am sure even if these were SubContinent pitches he would not have done any better.....he just doesn't want to score....can't play any ball on merit.....so low on confidence that can't put away lose balls for runs....and always leave Pakistan team in difficult position....HE DOESN'T DESERVE ANY MORE CHANCES.....please PCB officials for the sake of one you love most, I am sure it's not GOD!!!!!!!, take him out of the team

  • POSTED BY N1ZaMaN1 on | August 19, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    FINALLY Pakistan is playing like an actual international cricket team. Thank god for the new selections of Yasir Hameed and Mohammad Yousuf. Why on earth did they give Umar Amin so many chances?! Where were these two in the first two tests? On the other hand... Wahab Riaz, a one man show with a brilliant 5fer and amazing economy.

    Pakistan is showing some signs of REAL cricket, but there's stillone more thing they need to do...GET RID OF THE MAN WHO LED PAKISTANI CRICKET INTO RUINS- IJAZ BUTT!!!

    Inshallah Pakistan will win this one and earn their respect back. :D

  • POSTED BY aminMuqaddim on | August 19, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    well, Had it been taken Prior, by Kamran Akmal behind the wicket on Asif bowling; an inside edge eventually a boundry, situation would have been way better for Pakistan. It is salute to him though that he made sure not dropping more.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2010, 2:08 GMT

    finally pak fielded like they should do in international matches...hopeng tis 1 will b cracker of match...all d best to both teams

  • POSTED BY CSpiers on | August 19, 2010, 1:42 GMT

    good to see that pakistans batting order makes more sense than it did. Butt coming at 3 is a much better idea.. don't put him against the very new ball, he is clearly weak in that department at times. with Yousuf to bolster the could actually make 350+ for once.

  • POSTED BY PAK-92 on | August 19, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    i wil try and answer the same old question: why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team? maybe its because his father in law is in the selection comittee. i am 100% certain if he did not marry who he did, he wouldn't even get in the pakistan B team. it is a disgrace and should be looked at. players like fawad alam, younis khan, asim kamal are being overlooked because of him. he has no style or class and has failed most of the time and certainly can't field at 1st slip! might aswell bring back imran nazir in test team. atleast he can get quick runs even if he doesn't play a big inning. malik has rightly been dropped and u akmal should be dropped if his poor form continues. test xi should be: butt, hameed, y khan, yousuf, azhar ali/asim kamal, fawad alam, zulqarnain, gul/wahab, amir, ajmal, asif. 12th, 13th and 14th men: u akmal, k akmal and malik. u akmal so if anyone onfield is injured he can field abit, k akmal if the keeper is injured and malik for the fun of it and as drinks boy!

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | August 19, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    Every one knows that Pakistan is under par in batting and fielding departments. But England, even if they win all 4 matches, should be worried of their performances leading to Ashes. Not even once in 5 innings England top order managed a decent score against pakistan bowling.

  • POSTED BY cric_lover_4ever on | August 18, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    Pakistan need to bat till lunch of the third day..... stay at the crease......... and runs will come as all pakistani batsman are prolific scorers. Let's hope for sunny skies coz we all know what anderson can do with the swinging ball. Time for Salman Butt's century and another from Mohd. Yousuf and the pressure's off the Akmal's that haven't batted well since New Zealand.

    Pak need's a long batting performance not only to tilt the match in Pak favour but also to give the bowlers some rest. Even the young Mohd. Amir is feeling some fatigue now.

    Great teams do all three departments of the game well, Pak's done 2 today. Good luck on the third for tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | August 18, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    No-one has bothered to say how dreadful Englnd were before Prior and briefly Swann then broad rectified the situation. I want to put that right. England were spinechillingly grotty and in typical throwing victory away the series mode so that they might draw it. It takes real 'class' to do that! Congrats.

  • POSTED BY PakistanicrickFan on | August 18, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    Weldone Wahab Weldone Yasir You Both Desrve Better now from PCB. and i hope to God they will certainly acknowledge their perfomces so far...

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    @Naveed Khan: its not exactly about the 'Spirit of the Game', there is no such thing outside the Sunday leagues, its about common sense, KP knew if he stood his ground and the Umpire gave him not out, Pakistan would have immediately reviewed it. Strauss thought he could get away with it.

  • POSTED BY amynrehimi on | August 18, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    Great day for Pakistan. TWahab Riaz performed very well, lets see if can carry this on.Excellent batting by Yasir. Farhat tried to stick around did not play and delibrate harsh shots but was not middling the ball as well. Could have done better.Pakistan have a good chance to wing this one. With a lead of 150+, will put a lot of pressure on England. The Pakistani middle order has to comethru now. With Salma Butt, Shoiab, Yusuf, both Kamals and Azhar Ali to come 350-375 does not look like too big for them. Goodluck Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY crictonite on | August 18, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    You know that a change needs to be made when all fans unanimously approve or disapprove of a player's selection. Now that Yasir Hameed has finally made the team, Imran Farhat should be making his way out.

    Also, the PCB should consider bringing back Taufeeq Umar, he's a much better left-handed batsman than Farhat.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    fasal asghar be pashint there is no choice, in this ining he was just playing as encor roll and give all chance to Yasir Hamid for scoring and Yasir done it.any way the opners somewhat done there job, and it is time for Mohed Yousef and companyto show themself, I hope Pakistan will manage notonly to take lead and there are chnces that going to win this match. Paitent is the order of the day from our so called star batsemen. This time Akmal ha e good time with the govles and he already took four catches and the second ining is remain. I hope both brothers will good time with bats also and will play with consinteration, and play like a test ining not like ODA or 20/20 games. Good Luck for Wahab Riaz for his best performance on debut for test.Pakistan always produced best fast bowlers, but we r a bit unlucky our bating side not that good, all the best tomorow morning one our is very critical for both sides

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    Cricket Spirit or values were at two odd ends in the first of Third Test. KP walked without waiting for the umpire's decision. Strauss stood his ground when even a naked eye could see that he had edged the ball, until a review was called by Pakistan and replay showed that he is Out. I believe that he should have walked. Well done KP!

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    It was a gud performance from another young bowler but we need gud Batsman as well it not only just bowling who win games for you its batting as well . We have high hope in Mohammad yousuf that he will play his part to grom these young boys to become the next , Javed and Inzimam ...but they need time ...

  • POSTED BY FaisalAsghar on | August 18, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???...why is IMRAN FARHAT still in the team???

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    I hope that pakistan team shows good performance throughout the test match, although we cannot rule out the chances of pakistan's batting great collapse which are a trademark of their team nowadays .. btw BEST OF LUCK TEAM PAKISTAN !!

  • POSTED BY Dr.Raza on | August 18, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    Traditionally at The Oval, you win the toss and bat first and post good score. Today was a very good day of Test Cricket. Pakistan bowled well. England Fought back. Now everything is in Pakistan's hand. They have the edge. They have got a set batsman in Hameed and A good batting line up to follow. They should not blow this opportunity. Wahab Riaz is the find of this series in the bowling department.

  • POSTED BY hasan.cheema on | August 18, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    Hope there will be no clouds in next two days.. and pak will score over 500 with yasir hameed 100 and M Yousaf 200+

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    Wahab Riaz look like an pakistai doung Bollinger---- with his bowling acton.

  • POSTED BY K.A.K on | August 18, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Also, seems like Yasir Hameed inclusion has given some backbone to Pakistan's batting. He played very well this eveing.

  • POSTED BY Passion_4_Cricket on | August 18, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    Best day of the Series So far for Pakistan.. Hope they will keep dominating tomorrow as the 1st innings lead will be so vital to find out the winner...

    Wahab did so well, Still looked like not 100% fit..

    Lets see how they apply themselves tomorrow... GoodLuck..

  • POSTED BY K.A.K on | August 18, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Great Debut for Wahab Riaz! and what a comeback from Prior and Broad. It seemed Pakistani bowlers had no clue what to do with the old ball. It was a very exciting test cricket today. Money's worth. Was it a good decision to send Wahab Riaz as the nightwatchman? He struggled through the last 3 deliveries.

  • POSTED BY Jessica_Clark on | August 18, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    James Anderson struck with the final ball of the day? Which match were you watching?

  • POSTED BY Hummi on | August 18, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Welldone Wahab And all bowlers and Yasir HAmeed for his 36 run stand!

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | August 18, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    I wish they had picked Hameed earlier. Overall i m happy with Pak's performance. But after reducing England for 94-7 they should have bowled them before 150. I know Prior was good but Broad should have been out. For Kamran Akmal i will say he will now try his level best as seen in this match because of Haider's emergence. Haider's absence and presence both are great.

  • POSTED BY W2NTED on | August 18, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Excellent cricket from pakistan, this is what happens if pak hold on to their catches, you can put teams under pressure. Also special note to wahab riaz excellent debut bowling and hopefully if he can keep this up he will special. I just love the way he goes about, beaming smile, oozing with confidence and in your face attitude. We need a few more players like him. Imagine if he keeps it up the bowling attack will look scary: Amir, Asif, Gul, Riaz.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    i cant blve farhat got out in the last over of the day!!! Hope pakistan wins they played well today but england still fought back

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  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    i cant blve farhat got out in the last over of the day!!! Hope pakistan wins they played well today but england still fought back

  • POSTED BY W2NTED on | August 18, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Excellent cricket from pakistan, this is what happens if pak hold on to their catches, you can put teams under pressure. Also special note to wahab riaz excellent debut bowling and hopefully if he can keep this up he will special. I just love the way he goes about, beaming smile, oozing with confidence and in your face attitude. We need a few more players like him. Imagine if he keeps it up the bowling attack will look scary: Amir, Asif, Gul, Riaz.

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | August 18, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    I wish they had picked Hameed earlier. Overall i m happy with Pak's performance. But after reducing England for 94-7 they should have bowled them before 150. I know Prior was good but Broad should have been out. For Kamran Akmal i will say he will now try his level best as seen in this match because of Haider's emergence. Haider's absence and presence both are great.

  • POSTED BY Hummi on | August 18, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Welldone Wahab And all bowlers and Yasir HAmeed for his 36 run stand!

  • POSTED BY Jessica_Clark on | August 18, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    James Anderson struck with the final ball of the day? Which match were you watching?

  • POSTED BY K.A.K on | August 18, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Great Debut for Wahab Riaz! and what a comeback from Prior and Broad. It seemed Pakistani bowlers had no clue what to do with the old ball. It was a very exciting test cricket today. Money's worth. Was it a good decision to send Wahab Riaz as the nightwatchman? He struggled through the last 3 deliveries.

  • POSTED BY Passion_4_Cricket on | August 18, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    Best day of the Series So far for Pakistan.. Hope they will keep dominating tomorrow as the 1st innings lead will be so vital to find out the winner...

    Wahab did so well, Still looked like not 100% fit..

    Lets see how they apply themselves tomorrow... GoodLuck..

  • POSTED BY K.A.K on | August 18, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Also, seems like Yasir Hameed inclusion has given some backbone to Pakistan's batting. He played very well this eveing.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    Wahab Riaz look like an pakistai doung Bollinger---- with his bowling acton.

  • POSTED BY hasan.cheema on | August 18, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    Hope there will be no clouds in next two days.. and pak will score over 500 with yasir hameed 100 and M Yousaf 200+