Somerset v Pakistanis, Tour Match, Taunton September 2, 2010

Hasan and Alam script Pakistan win

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Pakistanis 264 (Hasan 105, Alam 97, Gregory 4-49, Turner 3-52) beat Somerset 256 for 9 (de Bruyn 122, Compton 50, Ajmal 3-40, Afridi 2-47) by eight runs
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While attention was firmly focussed on the trio of players at the Pakistan High Commission in London, the rest of the squad managed victory against Somerset in the tranquil setting of Tauunton but ended with barely 11 first players.

Though hardly a panacea to the ongoing woes off the field, Shahzaib Hasan's century allowed Pakistan to overcome a difficult start to their innings, and a career-best 122 from Zander de Bruyn, to wrap-up a much-needed win. However, just to add to their problems Umar Akmal suffered a concussion before play after a blow in the nets, Abdul Razzaq pulled out of the match with a back strain and is doubtful for the Twenty20s while both Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz picked up niggles.

The victory was built on a 169-run stand for the fourth wicket between Hasan and Fawad Alam, who himself fell three short of a century. They came together with Pakistan wobbling at 43 for 3 but hauled their side into a position of strength before Somerset fought back with England Under-19 bowler Lewis Gregory taking 4 for 49 as Pakistan lost their last seven wickets for 53 runs.

The Pakistan batting has been prone to collapses all summer and was weakened further by Umar Akmal being ruled out after taking a blow to the face in practice. But the fight showed by the fourth-wicket pair will do the under-fire tourists no end of good ahead of the upcoming limited-overs series against England.

The innings began with Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali lasting just 10 balls between them before Mohammad Yousuf arrested the decline with a flurry of boundaries. Since his return from ICL-inspired exclusion, Yousuf has been unable to convert his undeniable class into substantial scores and having looked well set, he again contrived a way to fall needlessly, attempting a single too swift for his ageing legs to cope with.

It left Alam, who made a century in the first of his three Tests just over a year ago, with plenty of time to rebuild the Pakistan innings. In partnership with Hasan the pair began slowly before increasing the rate as the innings went on.

Hasan went on to reach his hundred from 117 deliveries to take Pakistan to a commanding 211 with ten overs remaining. However, his dismissal soon after reaching the landmark proved the catalyst for the collapse as Shahid Afridi became Gregory's first wicket. Fawad then fell for 97 and the remaining Pakistan batsmen could not resist Gregory's pressure as the tourists were bowled out 2.3 overs short of the allocated overs.

Chasing 265 looked well within Somerset's grasp even in Marcus Trescothick's absence but Craig Kieswetter, recently dumped out of England's ODI squad, fell to Umar Gul for 5. After the early loss, Somerset rallied as Shoaib Akhtar suffered a luckless and expensive opening spell.

Nick Compton and de Bruyn profited against the pacemen but get bogged down by the spinners and after reaching a patient fifty from 71 balls, Compton offered Afridi a return catch.

de Bruyn slowly built his confidence and alongside James Hildreth, the pair threatened to build a matchwinning platform but Afridi struck again to remove Hildreth for 31 and Somerset could not quite recover. Saeed Ajmal picked up three wickets and it was only de Bruyn who kept the home side in the game. He reached a century from 132 balls but could not find the support at the other end to keep the required rate in check.

With the off-field issues still unravelling it was a relief for the tourists to get the right result against Somerset ahead of the first Twenty20 against England on Sunday, now their challenge is find an XI to put on the field.

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  • karthikfromchennai on September 6, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    did you find the spot difference between the two teams?

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 6, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    I just found that Pawar is a powerful person who can control the Sctolandyard too!. I thought he was a failed politician, but from Paki's comments He is a man with lot of powers to do all the trick aganist Pakistan.LOL..... My dear friends, you have to accept your fault and do necessary to punish the players, otherwise you have suffer and humiliate more from these 'fixing players'. Or just cry and blame India for everything - thats so easy. :P

  • Tansah on September 4, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Oh yeah... I forgot. We won... yay!

  • karthikfromchennai on September 4, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Indian bookie bought pakistan for 150000 pounds

  • Tansah on September 4, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Everyone loves money in their pocke more than they love the sport or their country. Looks like Amir, Asif, and Salman Butt are gonna be banned. They ain't geting out of this one.

    Pakistan needed the win but it was only against a county team, to be honest, so they should have won anyway.

  • cricpolitics on September 4, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    This is ICC's best chance to show their muscles on a soft target so they will do anything they can. We all know ICC's track record and how they bow to the strongest. These three players may have been involved this time but they are not the only ones, there are other players and teams involved as well. Cricket corruption does not start and end with Pakistan. You just need to look around and you will find many instances, latest one being the IPL and Lalit Mody. It is just hard to believe the land e.g. India where cricket's biggest bookies come from would have sit quitely during the IPL. ICC was so quick to give a clean sheet to the last IPL and everyone knows why. It's all easy to go around and bash Pakistan and her team but the fact is there are many other dirty eggs out there who are just operating under the covers of big money. You may ban few players for good and destory their whole career but it is not going to have any effect on the bookies.

  • sahir786 on September 4, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    I can understand ur sentiments karthikfromchennai, u people in india dont know where to get fast bowlers soo u being jealous is understandable & by the way ur players have sold their country to money,in ipl for money sehwag in worldt20, zaheer was not fit to play fro country but he will be fit to play for mumbai indians lols ,tendulkar wanted a breakfrom cricket & choose country to suffer in srilanka but he needs no break from playing in cash rich ipl. Ur cricketers are bringing shame to ur country by putting their franchises overthere country soo shameful. Now who is selling his country lols??? U will not accept bcoz u people are shame less. We are not like u we know our players are innocent & they will come through this with their & our head held high in pride... U praise ur franchise lols............

  • lvlr.Cricket on September 4, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Whoever did stage dis drama, have achieved what they wanted...Our best bowling pair is out and the best opener is gone. First 7 players were alleged and den suddenly all the cannons turned towards the best three. IF ANYONE HAS GOT A HINT OF IQ HE CUDVE EASILY SORTED OUT THAT VIDEO WAS SO FAKE. ONLY ONE SOFA AND TABLE WAS COVERED THRU THE CAM. THEY DIDNT EVEN KNOW WHERE TO PUT THE CAM. WHEN SOMEONE IS CAUGHT IN HOTEL ROOMS THE CAM COVERS WHOLE OF THE ROOM AS CAM IS PUT ON ANY ONE OF THE CORNERS OF THE ROOM SO WHOLE OF THE VICINTY CAN BE COVERED. BUT ALL THEY WANTED TO SHOW WAS MAZHAR MAJEED TALKING WID THAT ANONYMOUS GUY AND THE AMOUNT BEING DELIVERED.WHAT IF MAZHAR WUD HAVE SEATED WITH THE BOOKIE ON OTHER SOFA OR ANY OTHER PART OF THE ROOM. AND TO MY AMAZEMENT SINCE WHEN BOOKIES HAVE STARTED DELIVERING CASH????

  • ZsZs on September 3, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Plus, there was no chain of custody for the video(s) in question. The chain of custody is very important in admissibility.

  • ZsZs on September 3, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Great Job Afridi. I feel bad for Amir. I know the rule of law must prevail. He is an awesome bowler just burgeoning. The video is inadmissible in court as it was not sanctioned by law, warrant, and was an outcome of a non-governmental commercial transaction. Best of Luck to Amir.

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