England v Pakistan, 3rd npower Test, The Oval, 3rd day August 20, 2010

Amir and Ajmal turn Test around after Cook ton

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England 233 and 221 for 9 (Broad 6*, Finn 0*, Amir 4-51, Ajmal 4-71) lead Pakistan 308 by 146 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Alastair Cook ensured his Test future with a gutsy 110, but Pakistan gave themselves an outstanding chance of a victory that will keep the series alive after an inspired performance from Mohammad Amir and Saeed Ajmal. The pace and spin pairing shared eight wickets, sparking a dramatic post-tea collapse as England lost their last 6 for 26 to leave their lead on a precarious 146 when bad light ended play.

When Cook was flowing for the first time this season on the way to his 13th Test century - and his most important - adding 116 for the third wicket with Jonathan Trott, England were on course to set a very testing fourth-innings run chase, but for all the failings of this current Pakistan team they still possess the ability to spark rapid collapses. Australia found that earlier this summer, while even in their two victories in this series England's batting has suffered swift losses.

England's demise began shortly after tea when Kevin Pietersen was bowled through the gate by a beauty from Ajmal, although the batsman had left a huge gap. In the next over Trott, having faced 130 balls, cut a wide ball low to gully and then Paul Collingwood also played a loose cut as he top edged to the keeper. Ajmal continued to mesmerise with his doosra as Eoin Morgan, who has faded badly since his debut hundred, was beaten on the inside edge and also collected Graeme Swann.

It was like watching the great Pakistan attacks of the 1990s with reverse swing complemented by mystery spin and it was impossible not to draw further comparisons between Amir and Wasim Akram. That was especially true when he removed Matt Prior from around the wicket with one which straightened late and took the edge; it was only because Prior is in such fine form that he edged it.

Few would have imagined that half of England's runs would come from a man who had managed just 106 in eight previous innings this season. Cook threw off the shackles as he emerged from a career-threatening slump with a mixture of stylish strokes and a fair degree of luck, but his attacking mindset deserved some fortune. His hundred was raised in bizarre circumstances when he blocked the ball back to Mohammad Asif who then hurled it over the batsman and keeper for four. Cook removed his helmet, raised his arms and smiled rather apologetically but deserved every minute of the standing ovation given to him by a full house.

He gained an early confidence-booster when he flicked Amir's first ball of the day past mid-on, but it wasn't long before he was getting the slips interested. Twice in two balls he pushed away from his body against Asif and edged between second and third slip; neither chance carried but it highlighted the problems Cook was facing. Yet, like Collingwood did against South Africa at Edgbaston in 2008, he battled hard and emerged stronger.

He presented a clear-cut opportunity on 23 when he flashed an edge between first and second slip with neither Imran Farhat or Yasir Hameed moving a muscle as the ball flew to third man. Salman Butt's scowls towards his fielders made his feelings clear. Wahab Riaz was the bowler to watch the ball sail between the stationary slips and couldn't replicate his first-innings performance as he sprayed the ball too wide. Cook continued to score at a good rate and when Riaz returned for a second spell Cook tucked into a series of wide deliveries with strong cuts.

A sign that his game was returning came with a couple of flowing cover drives. Even when he scored his impressive hundred against South Africa, in Durban, late last year he shelved the drive after regularly edging to the slips, but on this occasion there was no holding back. He was never quite so confident against Ajmal, although twice back-cut the offspinner to third man to move through the 90s. Having worked so hard to revive his summer it was a disappointment when he was caught down the leg side off Riaz but was able to walk off with his head held high.

Cook dominated the partnership with Trott that erased the deficit and pushed England ahead and Trott batted in his own bubble. He wasn't concerned about playing away a host of dot balls as he spent 20 overs in the twenties before picking up consecutive boundaries off Ajmal, but while he had more aggressive partners in Cook and Pietersen he was doing a decent job.

Pietersen was again scratchy, especially against his nemesis Asif who tested him with reverse swing, but when he went to tea with a flurry of boundaries England were set for a final session of accumulation against a tiring attack. Pakistan, though, had other ideas and less than two hours later had set themselves up for a victory that, a few days ago, would have been barely believable.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on August 21, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Why these Indians always underestimate Pakistan.

  • Desihungama on August 21, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Guys! Would you please stop referencing India negatively one way or another? There's been nothing but true support from them. It's time it's enough. Sit back and have a treat from Aamir.

  • salman.mani.01 on August 21, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    AoA hi every body! this is an exciting day of cricket specially for pakistanis because team is going good at the moment hope they will win this match quite easily in the end, Inshallah.Team is excellent at the moment no doubt but we need a few changes in current test team specially bring back imran nazir as a regular opener on for farhat because with these enough chances (10 innings) to farhat he(imran) could have performed better the problem is our selectors only give him a few chances to prove himself and he even gets a good start but unfortunately gets out in the middle of his innings but in mine view hes a great opener no doubt about his talent and ability and his timing,also bring back Younas Khan only in test matches and i dont understand why we are missing a legendary all rounder like razzaq?if u see he opens the innings and open the bowling attack as well when playing with different IPL or county teams but unfortunately our selectors are keep ignoring him.

  • on August 21, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    I think pakistaan needs to improve in their batting a lot..... They need batsmen like Yonis khan and Misbah... If the batting line up comprises of Salman butt, yasir hameed,mohd yusuf,yonus khaan misbah ul haq, kamraan akmal and shoib malik they can be orld champions in tests as welll....! Experience in needed in test matches for batting and the players like yusuf yunus misbah can do tht............

  • MASQ on August 21, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Pakistan, all the time fight back. It is a very good response after getting 2 Consecutive loss. Well-done Pakistan

  • AK47_pk on August 21, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    68\2..pakistan should win easily from here....play attacking cricket boys nd put them under pressure for next match...congrats in advance.

  • shujaro on August 21, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Kunwarjit Singh u might feel ashamed of your remarks now

  • shoarthing on August 21, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    . . . at long last there's a competitive Test this summer, due to some superb Pakistan bowling & good captaincy from Salman Butt. Let's hope there really is to be a new & positive generation of Pakistan Test-players, capable of working together to beat any team, anywhere.

  • on August 21, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Do your best but beleive me Pakistan is stil going to loose this test match and the test series 4-0 simply because Pakistanis are still not upto it and Salman Butt is neither a good captain nor a good batsman.

  • on August 21, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Do your best but beleive me Pakistan is stil going to loose this test match and the test series 4-0 simply because Pakistanis are still not upto it and Salman Butt is neither a god captain not a good batsman.

  • on August 21, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Why these Indians always underestimate Pakistan.

  • Desihungama on August 21, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Guys! Would you please stop referencing India negatively one way or another? There's been nothing but true support from them. It's time it's enough. Sit back and have a treat from Aamir.

  • salman.mani.01 on August 21, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    AoA hi every body! this is an exciting day of cricket specially for pakistanis because team is going good at the moment hope they will win this match quite easily in the end, Inshallah.Team is excellent at the moment no doubt but we need a few changes in current test team specially bring back imran nazir as a regular opener on for farhat because with these enough chances (10 innings) to farhat he(imran) could have performed better the problem is our selectors only give him a few chances to prove himself and he even gets a good start but unfortunately gets out in the middle of his innings but in mine view hes a great opener no doubt about his talent and ability and his timing,also bring back Younas Khan only in test matches and i dont understand why we are missing a legendary all rounder like razzaq?if u see he opens the innings and open the bowling attack as well when playing with different IPL or county teams but unfortunately our selectors are keep ignoring him.

  • on August 21, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    I think pakistaan needs to improve in their batting a lot..... They need batsmen like Yonis khan and Misbah... If the batting line up comprises of Salman butt, yasir hameed,mohd yusuf,yonus khaan misbah ul haq, kamraan akmal and shoib malik they can be orld champions in tests as welll....! Experience in needed in test matches for batting and the players like yusuf yunus misbah can do tht............

  • MASQ on August 21, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Pakistan, all the time fight back. It is a very good response after getting 2 Consecutive loss. Well-done Pakistan

  • AK47_pk on August 21, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    68\2..pakistan should win easily from here....play attacking cricket boys nd put them under pressure for next match...congrats in advance.

  • shujaro on August 21, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Kunwarjit Singh u might feel ashamed of your remarks now

  • shoarthing on August 21, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    . . . at long last there's a competitive Test this summer, due to some superb Pakistan bowling & good captaincy from Salman Butt. Let's hope there really is to be a new & positive generation of Pakistan Test-players, capable of working together to beat any team, anywhere.

  • on August 21, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Do your best but beleive me Pakistan is stil going to loose this test match and the test series 4-0 simply because Pakistanis are still not upto it and Salman Butt is neither a good captain nor a good batsman.

  • on August 21, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Do your best but beleive me Pakistan is stil going to loose this test match and the test series 4-0 simply because Pakistanis are still not upto it and Salman Butt is neither a god captain not a good batsman.

  • on August 21, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    pakistani bowler doing a great job alwaz 4 pakistan ....... n this attack mohammad amir n mohammad asif n saeed ajmal ..... change anytime the match .... n he do on 3rd test ....now time to prooof pakistani bating we wish u play honest n cleen inning 4 pakistani nation .......

  • Manoj_Achan on August 21, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Salaam.. @Cook batted brilliantly [must have been tips from Gooch], but he just did what was asked of him, "Score a century and you will be in the team for the ASHES". @Ajmal: He is carrying forward the MASTERY OF DOOSRA {invented by SAQLAIN}. He should also concentrate on batting now, he made a 50, means he can improvise on his batting. His off-spin is natural talent, he can bowl anytime. @Aamer: He is carrying forward the legacy of left-arm REVERSE-SWING bowling{invented by GREATS WASIM/WAQAR}. He was down in 1st innings, and that feeling took over him even in 2nd innings while bowling with new ball. But, during tea break, I am sure Waqar must have given some useful tips to him and others on how to wrap up an opponent's innings. @Yousuf: He is no doubt the BACKBONE of this team when batting, he should guide all others like he did to Azhar. He can pass tips with the water/drinks-12th man and give tips to Imran/Yasir/Butt, guide them how to play sensibly [like him]. What a player!!!

  • on August 21, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Pakistani Bowlers r doing fabulous job ! & InshAllah Pak is gonna win this match, i appeal from the selectors that bring back younis khan & Imran Nazir in the squad!

  • on August 21, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    WoW pakistani players Rocked! in this squad only IMRAN NAZIR is missing , plz Pakistani selectors bring him back, he will rock the floor!

  • on August 21, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    You said it my dear Sri Lankan friend-Balumekka. In Pakistan, Cricket is less played by cricketers and more ''PLAYED" by Cricket BOSSES. Not only you, any body and every body with even a little ABCD like knowledge of the game will understand what I mean by that and certainly agree to it. Unfortunately, the cricket bosses are following foot steps of those who are at the helm of national affair and are doing everything in their individual capacities to improve their own (and not the country's) status. Cricket in Pakistan is more a politcal mess rather than a game of gentry. Had it not been so, Pakistan also had "A Sachin Tendulkar in Great legendary Jawed Miandad " and perhaps even more resourceful than the former. All followers of the game would agree with me that poor Miandad was not an outdated commodity when he opted to say "Good bye cricket". The real spirit of the game in him was gagged and finally butchered by the then Political cricketers and their bosses.

  • on August 21, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    o c'mon british commentatorz stop this non sense of ajmal's doosra being illegal.when we gave away runs we are poor in field but when we get wicketz suddenly the speculation being araised against us...please stop this thing now....

  • mwaseem.khan on August 21, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    What took Wahab Riaz'z color off yesterday? And what was wrong with umpires to take the field off, despite of full blooming Floodlights? Come on Guys, the game should've continued yesterday, and we would've witnessed 5 wicked haul either for Aamir or S Ajmal. . Anyways, well played Pakistani bowlers, but we are yet to witness a composed chase from the batters....! . Best of luck guys...!

  • ahsan_tariq on August 21, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    :-) Pakistan have great great talent...come on guyz if u beat AUS then u can also do all this to ENG...and THE WORLD never under-estimate Pakistan...

  • Nizam1949 on August 21, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Cricket is a funny game, indeed! It is not over until it is over. It would be premature to write off England even if with a paltry lead hovering around 150 runs, or below 200 runs. And, Oval does have a history and record of 2nd Inning chases not quite having been on a winning streak with paltry total targets!

    While Pakistan has shown "balls of fire" in the form of Amir and Ajmal turning the game on its head by destroying England's formidable batting line up, Pakistan's freak batting trail does not either, and understandably so given the immediate past results of the last two Tests in this Series, generate the confidence or the conclusion of a fait accompli win.

    The trio of Swan, Anderson and Broad have already proved to be the nemesis of Pakistan's batting line up, what with the 4th Inning pitch more likely playing the tune of the English bowlers. Pakistan's batting is not eminently known to have had successes in chasing either! Let's wait and see how it all turns up at the end.

  • Wazzi on August 21, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Important thing is many people still criticizing and saying Pak will still loose this game. So for all those people I say, yes Pak has struggled with the bat in these conditions but it's not only Pak, English batsmen also struggled in these conditions even though they are used to of these conditions and they are far more experienced than Pak batsmen but they have had a hard time against such quality bowling by Pak. People should realize that there are many youngsters playing in this team and they will learn with the passage of time and it doesn't matter Pak win or loose all 4 games, Pak has played great cricket throughout this tour and provided great piece of entertainment to the fans who love test cricket.

    IT'S NOT LIKE THOSE INDIA-SRILANKA BOARING TEST MATCHES.

  • Wazzi on August 21, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Good comeback by Pak, well done Saeed Ajmal & Amir.

    Once again our bowlers showed the world that they are one of the best in the business.

    Batting & fielding also started to look better now as compared to past performances. let's hope they do it with consistency.

  • on August 21, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    It was like watching the great Pakistan attacks of the 1990s with reverse swing complemented by mystery spin and it was impossible not to draw further comparisons between Amir and Wasim Akram. That was especially true when he removed Matt Prior from around the wicket with one which straightened late and took the edge; it was only because Prior is in such fine form that he edged it - Thanks Waqar Younis 4 remindidng us of the Good Old Dayz!!!

  • Goochu on August 21, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    You see Mr. Salman Butt how the inclusion of Yousuf made a difference.He not only scored himself but also boosted Azhar's confidence.

  • pakip on August 21, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    boyz palyed well insullah we will win

  • on August 21, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Pakistani bowlers are doing tremendous job throughout the england tour but it was mainly Fielding and Bowling which caused damage. And now wonderful job by fielders and strong middle order with the inclusion of Muhammad Yousaf. Hope the results would differ from previous two matches. Inshallah.

  • Q72941 on August 21, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Light was not that bad at all. Umps should have used their common sense as it was a full house as stated by one of the commentator.

    I think there was a lack of judgement from the Ump that saved Eng from Pak aggression.

  • on August 21, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    We will win INSHALLAH...... Welldone PAKISTAN I am always a lover of u and will be....

  • Balumekka on August 21, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan and I am so glad that Pakistan performing really well.I still believe that throughout the cricket history, Pakistan produced most talented teams with respect to individual performances. The problem was on their consistency, which I think due to bad management of player skills. I see Great Wasim, Imran and Waquar within the youngster Aamir and Asif. Pakistani Cricket management must take care of these valuable players. They haven't got the best out of Akthar (Who I think is the best and most lethal bowler by a great margin compared with his peers) and they did the same to Saqlain (Who could have been a great competitor to Murali or even a better one). Sri Lanka Cricket took care of Murali and protected him at any expense, So Pakistan could have done the same for Saqlain. See how India is struggling with a pathetic fast bowling line up, Pakistan has been blessed with continuous production of fast bowlers. Come on. Lets raise the Subcontinental Cricket!!!!!!

  • on August 21, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    Well done boys!

    I wish you all the best and make sure you draw the series thanks!

  • jagatr on August 21, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    Am I the only Indian who loves to watch Pakistan turn it on ... :D What talent in this team - such potential...if only they did this with consistency, they'd be #1

  • shramiac1 on August 21, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    After Australia's terrible performance against them in the 2nd test, I hope Pakistan follow it up with a win against the cocky South Afr...sorry English team! 2 must be Pakistan's lucky number! Well done.

  • on August 21, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    @Tahir! You have made a great point. During the last session Atherton was alluding to Ajmal's doosra as being an illegal delivery & were raising questions that how did it start to swing all of a sudden after the tea break... It will be very unfortunate if these baseless allegations are surfaced once again...

  • on August 21, 2010, 0:34 GMT

    Enjoy the A-team's bowling while you can guys. Because the next series will be in Dubai. Familiar slow and dusty pitches. Just enjoy Aamer's swing and Asif's seam here because we aren't going to see it for a bit.

  • goodman4504 on August 20, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    WELL DONE SALMAN BUTT & TEAM! AWESOME CRICKET FROM THEM IN TIME. MATCH UMPIRES SHOULD BE IMPARTIAL & NEUTRAL.... PL... DONT TARGET ONE TEAM AS MAKING THE OTHER TEAM 13..... ICC SHOULD LOOK ON THIS MATTER. WHERE HAVE THEY GONE? YOU MANAGE ALL CRICKET PLAYING NATIONS IMPARTIALLY. MAKE THE CRICKET AS UNITING TOOL......

  • on August 20, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    WHAT A TURN AROUND...man would england not be feelin like they just got mugged on the field or what !!!

  • Desihungama on August 20, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    Any smart Captain would look at the playing 11 and shuffle the batting order if some players are not performing. Obviously, Kamran is not scoring. He should be brougt to open. How much worse he could do? We all know he is a solid hitter of new ball. Why can't they ust ask Farhat to sit out to bring Kamran up the order to get both of theirs confidence back? Butt, so far is vocally resourceful but he needs to become decisive and also act on it.

  • on August 20, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    When Yousuf, Ali and Akmal were batting, all the commentators, Botham, Gower etc. kept saying Batsman's wicket, what about that now?

  • Mr.Allien on August 20, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    The Worlds most UnPredictable team...... They can do anything.... Well England can fold Pakistan under 80's. You can bet on Pakistan.

  • AK47_pk on August 20, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    once again its pakistan fielding...just imagine yasir or farhat had taken the catch ov cook, game wouldve been over by now...well bowling ajmal nd aamir...love the way ajmal used his doosra...SOON PPL WILL BE TALKIN ABOUT HIS ACTION LOL.

  • on August 20, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    One good player in the team and that boosts the confidence of all. A tremendous change in the body language of the batsmen and now the bowlers also know their hard work wont go in vain. Go Team Pakistan!

  • on August 20, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    Amir is pretty special. He did something very similar in the second test against Australia -- that time in the first innings.

  • on August 20, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    Post Tea performance by Pakistani team was amzaing..... I just stopped watching match but suddenly got shocking SMS from friend about the disaster of English team..... Great work ...surely Aamir is very intellgent bowler and he will discover many horizons in Cricket.. well done Saeed Ajmal as well. We are proud of PAKISTANI team .. Great work .. Tomorrow will be great day to watch :)

  • Bilal_S on August 20, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    barely believable for you. I knew they would come back. Whether they win the test is another story...

  • usman_nile1994 on August 20, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Pak should open with Ajmal and Aamer. They could frustate the bowlers (better than Butt and Farhat) and then should send Yasir Hameed and Imran Farhat.

  • on August 20, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    pak gonna win this matc. we need 20 30 runs from openers and yousaf azhar 50 50

  • on August 20, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    @Nabell - I don't think the bowlers made 300 -.- ... Its not the Pakistani bowling again, its the all of the team together this time!

  • on August 20, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    no doubt amir and saeed experienced bowlers.

  • 0wais on August 20, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    Great Bowling From Young Amir.. Equally Well Supportes By Ajmal.. If Pakistan Win this match, Whith They Must Do Now - This Will Be A Remarkable Turn Around From The Pakistanis Because Last Week They were All Over In The Bad Newz!!

  • Cric_PasntLvr on August 20, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    Welcome back Wasim Akram........in the form of Mohd. Amir....he was owesome....i hp frm hr onwards...pak dont need to look back and too many would b thinking ........why was Saeed Ajmal not picked for all these years....it would have make a huge diff ....hwever now....batting needs to b done in professional manner....good luck.........(well its my first comment on Cricinfo ..though i am a big of Cricinfo since so many years......:))

  • on August 20, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    well done Alastair big man knock under pressure

  • rajputs on August 20, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    well done SALMAN BUTT AND COMPANY u people can turn it on but with responsibility please, can anyone reply y umpires offered light? lights were on and umpires did`not even checked from light meters before offering, see what botham, holding and gower said,if it had been continued PAKISTAN`s momentum must have been more courageous.and also look for daives the australian umpire giving no balls, which are not. WAT GOING ON, WHERE IS ICC?

  • HamzaDGr8 on August 20, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    I have faith in the Pakistani team that they will surely gift the match to England

  • Majid-hsc on August 20, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    Pakistan's recent form shows that it's difficult for them to go beyond 100 in 2 innings in a row. So my odds are with England. Though I support Pakistan.

    @ Tahir Shaikh

    Come on mate, you can't accuse England for what Hair or his colleague did. Nor you can accuse Australia. Btw. Hair has a point when he asks why only he was targeted. His West Indian colleague was also involved.

  • Desi_In_US on August 20, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    This game is in the face of people who thinks Test Cricket is boring!!! Some awesome game of Cricket was on display today. Great shots by Cook followed by some brilliant piece of bowling by Triple A's - Amir, Asif and Ajmal. I am jealous of folks who will be at the Oval tomorrow. Lets hope Pakistan batting doesn't make anymore interesting as they did against Australia few fews ago. Best of luck!!!

  • on August 20, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Common PAK beat England now-after beating Australia! Gr8 gm so far hope it ends with PAK victory.

  • on August 20, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    Well done Salman Butt for being assertive for once. Yasir Hameed and Imran Farhat regardless of Pakistan's subsequent feat need to be spanked. Imran Farhat's contribution in slips or with the bat is very poor. He by no means deserves more chance unless he proves it tomorrow with the bat.

    As for you Salman Butt--while batting you should stop thinking as a captain and only focus on your batting. Your series aggregates are also quite poor. Prove it on the field that you can lead from the front.

    Its high time time you get Hafeez or Taufiq to replace Heavyweight Imran Farhat as he never was or never will prove to be a Test Player. Look at his averages vis-a-vis opportunities provided. Does Mr Ilyas still hold strong clout in PCB????.

  • on August 20, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Awesome performance by Amir and Ajmal

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhEV3ES9kWM&feature=player_embedded

  • on August 20, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    superb twist after tea. I hope they only had tea .. :p anyways great bowling performance by Ajmal and Amir. Also Wahab is the perfect alternative of Umar Gul. The thing is Pak bowling is very impressive in any format but batting doesn't click most of the time. Azhar Ali played flawlessly because he gets support from the senior end. A few quick suggestions for the selectors. 1- Come up with Hamid and Butt 2- Farhat must replace by Younus Kamran Akmal should remain in the team as he is the senior level cricketer and should not criticize on one bad day because it should be understood that we are human beings. We know we all make mistakes in our daily life. Some make on the spot and some off. He should be motivated by the people of Pakistan in spite of criticizing. As far as i am concern this team has the potential to go on the top. INSHALLAH

  • voyager on August 20, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    maximum6, England seems to be getting right this time for your proposed Olympic event "Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory". The current number 1 team Pakistan left England with no choice in the first two tests:) This time England looked determined, though you still cannot rule out world champions Pakistan;)

    This will prep England very well for their tour downunder ;-)

  • on August 20, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    Awesome bowling. I am starting to become a fan :) Cmon Pak better bat well.

  • Nabeell on August 20, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    Its again Pak bowling doing the trick for the team, i hope the batsmen don't take this opportunity for granted!!!!!!

  • junaidusmani on August 20, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    Obvious that Pakistan has lot of talent. Give them chance and they prove their worth. Aamir, Asif, Saeed Ajmal and now Wahab Riaz on bowling side only. Any question, any doubt?

  • usman_nile1994 on August 20, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    Well played Pak. But i still doubt if Pak will able to chase 150 total. Farhat really has to play well. I hope Younis Khan come backs in the next test and Farhat is kicked. Then we would become a good batting line-up. And for all foolish people who are saying that England has better bowling than Pak i would say please shut up. They have only Swann as a great bowler. Anderson Broad and Finn could only work in the swinging conditons. Pak's bowlers have to bowl 7 English batsmen in which 6 have established careers (except Morgan) and they have to also bear the bad fielding + poor keeping of Akmal. While England bowls 7 Pak batsmen in which 5 have establish career (except Yousuf Kamran). Yesterday English pacers were looking help less against the class batsman Yousuf. + Their bowlers drop very few catches and keeper never drops.

  • BoomBoom_Khan on August 20, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    If Pakistan has to chase 170 runs, it won't be easy to get it from anderson and Swan. I recon if England has to win the game it will be purely based on Swan's performance in the last inning. Good game so far.

  • on August 20, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    amir & ajmal bowl well, i hope in the morning amir get his 5th wikket,, bcz he is the only nain bowler who didnt take that.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, go pak boy go 4 great victory Inshallah

  • mkissb on August 20, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    No comments on Pakistan brilliant display even under worst management (PCB). But I would mention the poor level of cricket from well organized nations like Australia and now England. It was only bottom level weak batting display from Pakistan in first test against Australia and in both test against England that was cause Pak to defeat ….. I never found any potential in Australia in both departments its only Northern and Watson who did some thing . Eng bowling did better but batting is not as good cricketing Nation that have recent five test record as WWWWW…..

  • on August 20, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Alhamdulilah oh god tahx, i think Pakistan will be win this match INSHALLAH.....

  • ReverseSweepIndia on August 20, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Ahhh! once again the bowlers from our neighbours did it. I have said it earlier too an now I believe that this Pak attack is best in the world. Not as individual bowler but as a group and they compliment each other very well too. But I am still not sure whether they can win this match with the batting they have (one exception of moyo). I am trying to find little support about the idea someone presented on Cricinfo little while ago. Take 2-3 guys like Cheteshwar Pujara and give 2-3 bowlers to us half as good as Aamir. Believe me only Ind-Pak will fight for 1-2 position in ICC ranking.

  • on August 20, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    feels so gud to see the other team collapsing against pakistan... reminds me of last month's test against aussies wen the latter were bowled out for only 88... :). for this match,pakis r back in it.. moment of rejoicing for pakis ...i so want to see azhar ali winning the man of the match award.. difficult for now... GO PAKISTAN!! :)

  • on August 20, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Amir & Ajmal are bombing england batting line up! very well I hope this performance continues for pakistan will be win a test

  • 4thelement on August 20, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    In this so much of excitement we must not forget Yasir Hameed as he also deserves a mention for his fine innings of 36 and i hope he will deliver again in the second innings, actually it was he who gave others the confidence and every one started delivering.... go pak go win the game and square the series!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 20, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Who said test match could not match t20 in terms of excitement. Well done Pakistan great comeback. Loving foward to the conclusion

  • on August 20, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    I knew Pakistan would bounce back :)

  • sharprider on August 20, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Indeed, it looks pretty rosy sitting from afar. However, this game will not be over so soon, believe me. Nevertheless, a commendable comeback for Pakistan against all odds (crowds, ground and atmospheric conditions, and now the Umpires, who didn't continue with the game under playable light.....why?), and contrary to a lot of expectations. It must surely be pocketed at the Oval, if not for anything else, for the sake of redemption from the fiasco of 2006 at the same ground (remember the ball-tampering controversy ?) from Pakistan's point of view.

  • muhmmad7676 on August 20, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    i just love the way in which amir celebrates his wicket.much the same way like wasim akram used to do. running straight on with arms stretched.

  • sarosh_siddiqui on August 20, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Yousuf's presence made a big difference in Pakistan middle order. Salam and Farhat keep failing both are left hander and you can see lack of technique on both of them. Now middle order is set but we still have issues in opening pair. Replace Imran Farhat with Abdul Razak. My team for fourth test would be: 1)Salam Butt, 2)Kamran Akmal, 3)Yasir Hameed, 4)Muhammad Yousuf,5)Azhar Ali, 6)Umer Akmal, 7)Abdul Razak, 8)Muhammad Amir, 9)Riaz Wahab,10)Saeed Ajmal, 11)Muhammad Asif 12th Umer Amin.

  • AhmadSaleem on August 20, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Aamer did ball tampering for sure. Am I right?

  • on August 20, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Well done pakistan team......

  • K.A.K on August 20, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    Though Pakistan is in advantage, they should not celebrate too early. Let the fat lady sing first. England is still batting and as in the first innings, the tail can linger on. And England bowling (combined with Pak batting) is capable of getting pak out on 72!

  • on August 20, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    I have two thing to say.... 1) No matter what, Pakistan should win this match from here on. 2) No matter how good Amir-Asif are, I will never stop loving Wasim-Waqar pair. I love this pair from the bottom of my heart. But Shoib, well he has under-achieved and mostly due to his own behavior, he might be good at heart but who can look into heart, all of us see what someone show us or speek to us.

  • doosra_inventer on August 20, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    i wish pak will end it on high nod,hope the small target wont be a problem for pak's improving batting line up...wish all the best...n hope pak will come back in Test matches strongly...

  • krajeev on August 20, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Pakistan will still manage to loose this game. Just watch....

  • on August 20, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Good bowling attack by Ajmal & Aamir...

  • Zahidsaltin on August 20, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Firstly I must admire Waqar Younis for working with our bowlers. Pakistani cricket fans are positively surprised to see Wahab bowling at speeds between 90 and 92. He needs to spend a little more time with waqar and surely will be a good back up bowler. Secondly, Pakistan might have lost two matches badly and going by their records they can possibly still lose the third BUT one thing is sure that England couldn't ask for more to test their batting. Pakistan bowling has really tested english batsmen and its been very occasionally that some one was spared. Pakistan only needed Younis, Yousef and Yaser playing it from the start and could have needed Fawad Alam and surely umar Akmal in a better form. England must learn a few things about their batting before the Ashes. Had pakistan not dropped those 19 catches in last two matches, England batting could have been very near to be at par with Pakistan.

  • Toshack629 on August 20, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    I bet Strauss is trying not to think about having dropped Asif last night.

  • on August 20, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    Good work aamir, ajmal, asif, ali... Pak deserves this win... M.aamir Rocks... Yet another wasim akram

  • on August 20, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan Will Win This Test Match and Hopefully the next as well to Tie the Series.....

  • on August 20, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    Very well done Amir ! He is never tired. Good thing is that he uses his mind once bowling like Wasim. He never gives up till end... Well supported by Saeed Ajmal as well. Inshallah Pakistan will win this match...

  • on August 20, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Good bowling attack by Aamir and Ajmal...

  • on August 20, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Good bowling attack by Aamir and Ajmal...

  • on August 20, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Aamer & Ajmal gr8 bowling...

  • on August 20, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Why are the umpires not accusing pakistan for ball tampering, jut like they did EXACTLY four years a go did, it was almost the same situation ENGLAND is about to loos a test match. They can still avoid the loos by doing it. I still believe Inzi did the right thing not coming out to play.

  • on August 20, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    Mohammad Aamir reminds me of Wasim Akram of the 90's! Wish you all the best Aamir! I hope Pakistan will tie the test series.

  • on August 20, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    Game on! As you never know with Pakistan involved!

  • on August 20, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    great bowling pak bowlers and great work waqar younis,,,,,,,,,,,keep it up!!!

  • Coobair on August 20, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    Well Done! Cook. What a comeback it could be for Yosuf, already a Half-century on a comeback and a possible win for Pakistan! Well done Amir & Ajmal!

  • khurramsch on August 20, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    once again PAK bowlers brought game in pakistan's way. now its for top order to do some work. I still think 1st inings lead was not enough they should have made more but problem with pakistan is that they score too slow. in 1st inings thy reached 233 in 80th over with 5 down and new ball due next over & then rest of them fell quickly. thanks to last wicket 38 which gave them 75 lead. and today again they missed couple of chances: specialy that no movement by Farhat & Hameed in slips for that catch. that proved very costly.

    Hope they will get last wicket quickly to keep lead below 150. & still need to bat wel to win coz 4th inings + Weather + Swan & England Pacers: It will be tricky chase if clouds pop out.

  • on August 20, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan will WIN this . . .

  • SanketGandhare on August 20, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    well done aamir-ajmal-asif its like......wasim-saqlain-waqar only shoiab akhtar stuff missing ..if riaz can do that bowling above 145 stuff paf attack will be most fearsome...loke 1990s ....also in present scenario ...only eng,SA and pak are having the best bowling attack.......surely hunting in pairaa has also worked ....amir-asif for pak,styen-morkal for SA,Anderson-Broad for eng,....unfortunately ZAHEER cant find one......go pak go ..........win it!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 20, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    thats not surprise for pakistan

  • AhmadSaleem on August 20, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Great performance by Aamer and Ajmal. Aamer has once again proved his maturity, talent and skills to bowl at a batting pitch. Ajmal has not been equally impressive as Swann in this series.

  • amir-test-cricket on August 20, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    whatever the outcome ..... i dont care .... but man ..... JUST LOVE WHAT I SAW IN POST TEA SESSION ..... THEY ARE NO BETTER SCENES IN WORLD CRICKET THAN WATCHING THESE PAK BOWLERS GOING FOR A KILL ..... it's amazing these kinda performances keep comings from paki bowlers for so many years now ....

  • kashi9870 on August 20, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    By now every one should get to know that Pakistan has the best bowling attack in the world ..the consistency of bowling side out is just amazing with hell lot of drop catches…..they have been showing amazing maturity with every passing game….amir-asif- ajmal.gul .just amazing for badly managed Pakistan cricket. People are seeing the best possible seam bowling ever on every tour-starting from Newzaland.australia.and now in England….i hope Pakistani batters can take a leaf out of it…..

  • on August 20, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    Wel done Aamir and Ajmal. The only thing to do for the next test is to get rid of Farhat and bring Younis back in the team. I have no idea why is he in the team.

  • 2.14istherunrate on August 20, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Are England practising for an Olympic event called "Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory."? I cannot think that we do not have a WorldXI for this great event, even if we are playing the other best side around at this event. Great stuff England. Or were we trying to win this game?

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  • 2.14istherunrate on August 20, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Are England practising for an Olympic event called "Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory."? I cannot think that we do not have a WorldXI for this great event, even if we are playing the other best side around at this event. Great stuff England. Or were we trying to win this game?

  • on August 20, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    Wel done Aamir and Ajmal. The only thing to do for the next test is to get rid of Farhat and bring Younis back in the team. I have no idea why is he in the team.

  • kashi9870 on August 20, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    By now every one should get to know that Pakistan has the best bowling attack in the world ..the consistency of bowling side out is just amazing with hell lot of drop catches…..they have been showing amazing maturity with every passing game….amir-asif- ajmal.gul .just amazing for badly managed Pakistan cricket. People are seeing the best possible seam bowling ever on every tour-starting from Newzaland.australia.and now in England….i hope Pakistani batters can take a leaf out of it…..

  • amir-test-cricket on August 20, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    whatever the outcome ..... i dont care .... but man ..... JUST LOVE WHAT I SAW IN POST TEA SESSION ..... THEY ARE NO BETTER SCENES IN WORLD CRICKET THAN WATCHING THESE PAK BOWLERS GOING FOR A KILL ..... it's amazing these kinda performances keep comings from paki bowlers for so many years now ....

  • AhmadSaleem on August 20, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Great performance by Aamer and Ajmal. Aamer has once again proved his maturity, talent and skills to bowl at a batting pitch. Ajmal has not been equally impressive as Swann in this series.

  • on August 20, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    thats not surprise for pakistan

  • SanketGandhare on August 20, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    well done aamir-ajmal-asif its like......wasim-saqlain-waqar only shoiab akhtar stuff missing ..if riaz can do that bowling above 145 stuff paf attack will be most fearsome...loke 1990s ....also in present scenario ...only eng,SA and pak are having the best bowling attack.......surely hunting in pairaa has also worked ....amir-asif for pak,styen-morkal for SA,Anderson-Broad for eng,....unfortunately ZAHEER cant find one......go pak go ..........win it!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 20, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan will WIN this . . .

  • khurramsch on August 20, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    once again PAK bowlers brought game in pakistan's way. now its for top order to do some work. I still think 1st inings lead was not enough they should have made more but problem with pakistan is that they score too slow. in 1st inings thy reached 233 in 80th over with 5 down and new ball due next over & then rest of them fell quickly. thanks to last wicket 38 which gave them 75 lead. and today again they missed couple of chances: specialy that no movement by Farhat & Hameed in slips for that catch. that proved very costly.

    Hope they will get last wicket quickly to keep lead below 150. & still need to bat wel to win coz 4th inings + Weather + Swan & England Pacers: It will be tricky chase if clouds pop out.

  • Coobair on August 20, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    Well Done! Cook. What a comeback it could be for Yosuf, already a Half-century on a comeback and a possible win for Pakistan! Well done Amir & Ajmal!