England v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Chester-le-Street September 10, 2010

Davies sets England up for comfortable 24-run win

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England 274 for 6 (Davies 87, Ajmal 4-58) beat Pakistan 250 (Kamran 53, Anderson 2-35) by 24 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

England's winning momentum showed no signs of abating as they took the opening one-day international at Chester-le-Street by 24 runs, but at least they were made to work a little harder by Pakistan. Steve Davies led the batting effort with a powerful 87 off 67 balls, his first international half-century, and was backed up by a composed 69 from Jonathan Trott as England piled up 274 for 6 in a match reduced to 41 overs by a wet outfield. For once the visitors' batting didn't implode as some spirited contributions kept them alive but they couldn't find the major stand required.

There are 12 ODIs between now and the start of the World Cup for England to finalise their plans but conditions in Durham during early September are a million miles away from anything they'll face in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. However, this is a strong one-day unit being put into place and one of the few areas still containing some uncertainty, the wicketkeeper-opening batsman, was a success here with Davies' impressive effort.

His only previous ODI came as an emergency replacement for Matt Prior at last year's Champions Trophy when he faced Australia in the semi-final at Centurion. Here he timed the ball beautifully all around the wicket and was especially strong square through the off side whenever he was offered width during a lively 37-ball fifty. Unlike Craig Kieswetter, who often looked hyperactive at the crease and lost control of his shots, Davies remained still and composed until he fell cutting at Saeed Ajmal.

In their current frame of mind it would have taken a monumental effort from Pakistan to chase down the runs, but they at least gave themselves half a chance. Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal added 62 for the first wicket, Pakistan's best opening stand in any international since the Headingley Test against Australia, before Graeme Swann's usual party trick of a first over wicket when Hafeez was well caught at deep-square leg.

Despite all the allegations circulating in recent weeks players have insisted the matches will be played in the right spirit, but for a moment tensions nearly boiled over during Stuart Broad's second over. Kamran pulled out of his stance and pointed angrily towards Trott at mid-on then Andrew Strauss became involved before Billy Doctrove stepped in. The heated moment appeared to pass by the end of the over, but feelings were clearly running fairly high.

England's fielding wasn't quite at its best as Kamran was given two lives in two balls when he was missed by Strauss at point and Trott at long-off. This time the home side had breathing space, but Andy Flower and Richard Halsall, the fielding coach, will have noted the errors. Michael Yardy reasserted England's control when he had Mohammad Yousuf lbw coming too far across the crease and Swann won his duel against Kamran when the wicketkeeper couldn't clear long off having made his first half-century of the tour.

Umar Akmal hit 43 off 33 balls before trying to scooping Broad over the keeper and Asad Shafiq showed some spirit as he clubbed Tim Bresnan for four boundaries. But Shahid Afridi could barely middle the ball during a painful 25-ball innings and when he carved to cover it really was the end for Pakistan's slim chances.

It was England's efficient batting display which set up the victory and they'd been led off in style as the new opening duo of Davies and Strauss who added 78 in 12 overs. Mohammad Irfan's much-anticipated introduction into international cricket didn't quite go to plan as his first over was dispatched for 15. However, it was still a touch harsh when he was whipped out of the attack after one over and his replacement, Umar Gul, didn't do any better as his two-over burst cost 22 and he finished with 67 off six overs.

Shoaib Akhtar was the only paceman to offer any control and was unlucky not to claim success in an opening five-over burst that cost just nine runs. He received very little support, however, and despite his parsimonious efforts England had 63 on the board at the end of his opening spell. Davies was dropped at short cover on 21 when Afridi could hold a stinging drive and Strauss continued to show impressive intent - no doubt aware that scoring heavily off the spinners will be key in the World Cup - as he launched Ajmal over long-on for his second six, Ajmal, though, claimed revenge when Strauss missed a mighty sweep and he was given a send-off by the bowler for his troubles.

With Trott playing himself in and working the ball for ones and twos the onus was on Davies to keep the tempo high which he did successfully until he tried to cut Ajmal 13 short of his hundred. Pakistan were unlucky not to strike again shortly afterwards when Doctrove failed to spot Trott's edge off Ajmal on 26 and then lost the services of Irfan who limped off midway through his sixth over.

Paul Collingwood fell trying to take advantage of the batting Powerplay and Eoin Morgan edged a cut off Afridi, but Trott registered his first boundary off his 54th delivery when he back-cut Shoaib.

Trott then brought up his fifty from 64 balls and immediately stepped on the gas with the confidence of a man who is in the form of his life. A few lusty blows from Ravi Bopara ensured the momentum was all England's and they never really looked liked losing. It says everything about the last two weeks that there was even a sense of gratefulness just for something resembling a contest.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on September 13, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    Dont talk about Indian team. they are not in controversy right now. the fablous trio of pak is in trouble. so keep quite until pak play with honours for their country.

  • crikkfan on September 13, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Azka Ali are you dreaming? pakistan is languishing at the bottom of the table and a couple of more series on the subcontinent would have made it to #1 ?? you guys like to live in a fairly tale world i guess. India is #1 bcoz they have won more test series than they have lost over the last few years wherever they have played. granted they lost in SA - but who has won there barring Aus? and they lost in Aus under controversial circumstances, but they have beaten Eng in Eng, SL in SL (not the most recent one) , NZ in NZ - none of which pak can ever claim.

  • on September 12, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    @dineshcc it is very nice of you to support pakistan in these crisis i think india and pakistan are actually neck to neck india has tendulkar dravid dhoni laxman but we have amir asif umar gul(though he was dreadful in this match)and many more fast bowlers india is higher in rankings because thay get to play in their country and on their pitches in these recent years when they came on the south african surfaces their batsmen flopped miserably having great difficulty in handling the short ball but pakistan has been away from subcontinent they have played on the european and australian tracks and their batsmen struggled like india did in T20 world cup i am sure if we would have been playing in srilanka we would have won the series as our bowlers are world class and dreaded by every batsman pakistan team is going through a tough time they need support from not only their own nation but also from the whole sub continent isnt is heartbreaking to see a great cricketing nation like that

  • DINESHCC on September 12, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Karthik please extend your support when your neighbours are in problems. Don't criticize them. One or two pakistani players may be inovolved in match fixing. For which entire team cannot be blamed. I agree with Mustafa7. You see the statistics for the last 50 years. In 80s it was West Indies. In 90s it was Pakistan (nodboy would forget the deadly duo of Wasim and Waqar), In late 90s it was Australia in top of their form. Now India and South Africa. It is a cycle. Once Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Zaheer retire, India too would face similar problems. I also agree with Mustafa7 despite the lean patch, Pakistan is producing talented players every now and then. But they could not sustain due to the policies of the Board. Even today I could not digest the exit of BASIT ALI from Int'l cricket. He is the player of Dravid's calibre. Even after this doldrums, they almost chased the target of 275. Give some more time to Pak players to show their calibre.

  • on September 12, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    @AhmedSaleem I havent said anything untoward about Pakistan here.Yeah majority of Pakistanis think the current spot-fixing fiasco as a conspiracy against them and I cant help but criticize this attitude from some section of the cricketing audience.Sure if any Indian Cricketer if caught red-handed like that will not get any backing whatsoever from the general public here as we even tore our cricketers apart literally when they play like they did in 2007 world cup.I was particularly enraged at someone mentioning Tendulkar involvement in match-fixing which is such nonsense as of now.Look if Tendulkar is involved in any wrong-doing then Cricket is almost dead and buried here.A huge chunk of fans would leave the game if such thing ever comes to light.

  • myaqoob on September 11, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    I dont understand why a player like razack is dropped and players like hafeez,fawad alam are playing .they cant hit the ball .razack is better batesmen then afridi .he is always made scape goat.waqar younis should go to high school for some education .

    1)kamran 2)hafeez 3)razack 4)yousuf 5)umer akmal 6)afridi 7)fawad alam 8)asad 9)umer gul 10)ajmal 11)akther

  • on September 11, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    sohail tanvir has had a surgery he isnt even playing domestic cricket afridi was struggling and his frustration got him out in the end well pakistan lost the match the moment asad shafiq got out but they fought well

  • AhmadSaleem on September 11, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    Everyone, Please ignore all the comments which are spreading hatred. Don't use a pure cricketing forum to throw bad words at each other.@Asis Rout: Didn't expect this from you.

  • AhmadSaleem on September 11, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Afridi and Gul were dismal yesterday. Rest of them were pretty good but key players like Afridi and Gul had to step up to inspire a victory. But at least they are getting out of nerves. Akmals, Alam, Hafeez, Asaad and Ajmal played well. But Akhter was special. After a long time, I have watched him bowl with such skill. Unfortunately, he didn't get the reward. And in the end, Eid mubarik to all muslims and everyone.

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on September 11, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    i dont know why this blog system becomes indo pak sl war, come on grow up why play the blame game, each and every team is good, good times and bad times are there dont criticize india pak for that matter learn from bopanna and kureshi the indo pak express, coming back to cricket i dont know may i ask my pakistani friends where is sohail tanvir is he injured or what? why dont u play him he was a revelation earlier and afridi please dont play those shots which may get u out... i love to see u, sehwag batting u r match turners,,,all the best pakistan team

  • on September 13, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    Dont talk about Indian team. they are not in controversy right now. the fablous trio of pak is in trouble. so keep quite until pak play with honours for their country.

  • crikkfan on September 13, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Azka Ali are you dreaming? pakistan is languishing at the bottom of the table and a couple of more series on the subcontinent would have made it to #1 ?? you guys like to live in a fairly tale world i guess. India is #1 bcoz they have won more test series than they have lost over the last few years wherever they have played. granted they lost in SA - but who has won there barring Aus? and they lost in Aus under controversial circumstances, but they have beaten Eng in Eng, SL in SL (not the most recent one) , NZ in NZ - none of which pak can ever claim.

  • on September 12, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    @dineshcc it is very nice of you to support pakistan in these crisis i think india and pakistan are actually neck to neck india has tendulkar dravid dhoni laxman but we have amir asif umar gul(though he was dreadful in this match)and many more fast bowlers india is higher in rankings because thay get to play in their country and on their pitches in these recent years when they came on the south african surfaces their batsmen flopped miserably having great difficulty in handling the short ball but pakistan has been away from subcontinent they have played on the european and australian tracks and their batsmen struggled like india did in T20 world cup i am sure if we would have been playing in srilanka we would have won the series as our bowlers are world class and dreaded by every batsman pakistan team is going through a tough time they need support from not only their own nation but also from the whole sub continent isnt is heartbreaking to see a great cricketing nation like that

  • DINESHCC on September 12, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Karthik please extend your support when your neighbours are in problems. Don't criticize them. One or two pakistani players may be inovolved in match fixing. For which entire team cannot be blamed. I agree with Mustafa7. You see the statistics for the last 50 years. In 80s it was West Indies. In 90s it was Pakistan (nodboy would forget the deadly duo of Wasim and Waqar), In late 90s it was Australia in top of their form. Now India and South Africa. It is a cycle. Once Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Zaheer retire, India too would face similar problems. I also agree with Mustafa7 despite the lean patch, Pakistan is producing talented players every now and then. But they could not sustain due to the policies of the Board. Even today I could not digest the exit of BASIT ALI from Int'l cricket. He is the player of Dravid's calibre. Even after this doldrums, they almost chased the target of 275. Give some more time to Pak players to show their calibre.

  • on September 12, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    @AhmedSaleem I havent said anything untoward about Pakistan here.Yeah majority of Pakistanis think the current spot-fixing fiasco as a conspiracy against them and I cant help but criticize this attitude from some section of the cricketing audience.Sure if any Indian Cricketer if caught red-handed like that will not get any backing whatsoever from the general public here as we even tore our cricketers apart literally when they play like they did in 2007 world cup.I was particularly enraged at someone mentioning Tendulkar involvement in match-fixing which is such nonsense as of now.Look if Tendulkar is involved in any wrong-doing then Cricket is almost dead and buried here.A huge chunk of fans would leave the game if such thing ever comes to light.

  • myaqoob on September 11, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    I dont understand why a player like razack is dropped and players like hafeez,fawad alam are playing .they cant hit the ball .razack is better batesmen then afridi .he is always made scape goat.waqar younis should go to high school for some education .

    1)kamran 2)hafeez 3)razack 4)yousuf 5)umer akmal 6)afridi 7)fawad alam 8)asad 9)umer gul 10)ajmal 11)akther

  • on September 11, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    sohail tanvir has had a surgery he isnt even playing domestic cricket afridi was struggling and his frustration got him out in the end well pakistan lost the match the moment asad shafiq got out but they fought well

  • AhmadSaleem on September 11, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    Everyone, Please ignore all the comments which are spreading hatred. Don't use a pure cricketing forum to throw bad words at each other.@Asis Rout: Didn't expect this from you.

  • AhmadSaleem on September 11, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Afridi and Gul were dismal yesterday. Rest of them were pretty good but key players like Afridi and Gul had to step up to inspire a victory. But at least they are getting out of nerves. Akmals, Alam, Hafeez, Asaad and Ajmal played well. But Akhter was special. After a long time, I have watched him bowl with such skill. Unfortunately, he didn't get the reward. And in the end, Eid mubarik to all muslims and everyone.

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on September 11, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    i dont know why this blog system becomes indo pak sl war, come on grow up why play the blame game, each and every team is good, good times and bad times are there dont criticize india pak for that matter learn from bopanna and kureshi the indo pak express, coming back to cricket i dont know may i ask my pakistani friends where is sohail tanvir is he injured or what? why dont u play him he was a revelation earlier and afridi please dont play those shots which may get u out... i love to see u, sehwag batting u r match turners,,,all the best pakistan team

  • swat1999 on September 11, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    What happen to Afridi,He can't connect with bat-ball!!, Rest of the batsman looks impressive.... Omar Gul can't find his line/lenth since comeback from injury....

  • on September 11, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    i am happy for pakistan i knew they would be very lucky to win but watching them fight like that was satisfying there is a definite improvement in the batting if amir asif and salman butt would have been playing the match would have been ours because pakistan only lost due to their poor pace bowling batting has improved and i hope umar akmal continues his good form through out the series asad shafiq was good he should have been brought in place of fawad alam umar gul was lacking luster shoaib akhtar was back with a bang really if only afridi would have played sensibly he could have been the winning capt.the US open final was a treat to watch too bad aisam and boppana didnt win they were also good but the fought well hope to see you excelling i future aisam best of luck Pakistan

  • safwan_Umair on September 11, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    "It says everything about the last two weeks that there was even a sense of gratefulness just for something resembling a contest" ....... Andrew your words are so uplifting, suddenly the entire nation feels better......we really have had our noses rubbed in dirt, but i think this misery will not end soon, cause journalist like yourself will keep rubbing salt into our wounds for the next decade!!

  • koldmeat on September 11, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    hi mr. karthikfromchennai!! hope u r well. u should immediately see a mental doctor. reason i say this because india will be knocked out from the 1st round of 2011 world cup. poor u and ur team india who never wins anything. :-)

  • on September 11, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    afridi desperately needs to play his natural game and stop taking the pressure of captaincy when he's batting. he should take some inspiration from the way he himself batted in WC T20 2009, his century against SL n BD in Asia Cup 2010. he definitely needs to play as a captain and lead by example. but it was good to see some effort from our batsmen, if only Yousuf could put around 30-40 on the board, we could have won the match. but 24 run is not that bad margin to lose from. keep it up. we can make it happen in probably next matches. INSHALLAH we will win. Pakistan Zindabad

  • on September 11, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    I dont know when match-fixing allegations against Sachin ever surfaced which some of the posts here are suggesting.I have read the whole CBI report and there is no mention of Sachin in any wrongdoing.But I think some of the Pakistani fans only want to square up if you take the words of Justice Qayuum who was lenient on Wasim Akram in his own admission.Cant blame the Pakistanis for it as they believe world has no other business except creating propaganda and conspiracy against them.So you want toothlesss ICC to take action against the betting syndicates of sub-continent allegedly run by Dawood Ibrahim operating from Karachi.Good luck to them.

  • Mustafa7 on September 11, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    @Mr. Karthik - with all due respect, the reality of this World that every team faces good times and bad times, we all know Indian team is on high for quite some years because of the emergence of their talent and smart captain Dhoni, PCB has not made a system where we can groom the youngsters (as depicted from the fact that Pak U19 cricket team always qualify for the final), but even without having any system Pakistan produces the talent which catches the eye of everyone all over the World etc M Amir, U Akmal, Hammad Azam etc

  • Apache_Indian on September 11, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    Yesterday was a bad day for both Indian and Pakistani Cricket & Tennis fans. Pak lost by 24 runs. Mumbai Indians lost by 9 runs. And even in grand slam @ US open, Indo-Pak express i.e. Bopanna-Qureshi's jodi lost by 6-7, 6-7 :| ! Man, that was a close match. Bryan brothers were awesome. But Bopanna- Quershi gave them a real tough fight. It was neck to neck.

  • landl47 on September 11, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    A good effort from Pakistan. They always looked to be a little too far behind to win, but they fought hard. Irfan was a disappointment; he's tall, but he didn't move the ball at all and his fitness level is not up to international standard. After 4 overs his pace had dropped off and he only lasted 5.3 overs before having to leave with cramp. He needs a lot of strength and conditioning work before he can play at this level. Great innings by Steve Davies, he looks the real deal both behind the stumps and with the bat.

  • Meety on September 11, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    Pakistan will be better off for the series, a chance to blood more new talent. I disagree with Asher Khan re: Yousuf, I think he should bat @ 6 ala Hussey,Bevan & Lehman have done in the past for Australia. At the top of the innings I would try Afridi, the only question is whether he will play proper shots or not. Pace bowling will be competitive, Ajmal seems to be a really good ODI spinner, + Akmal bros, Alam & Shafiq, they will do well at the World Cup - I bet they finish higher than England.

  • Zahidsaltin on September 11, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    CAN someone make AFRIDIi play for some rolling shots before that shamefull cricket he is trying to play in every match. A batsman would normally look at balls length and its line before trying to hit it out, but afridi knows nothing when he just swings his bat. Its like closing ur eyes and give it ago. His bowling getting worse. Umar GUL grow up and plan your bowling.

  • Zahidsaltin on September 11, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    Umar Gul is a strange bowler. He can play all his life but even then you will never know how bad or how good he's gona bowl. Its a shame when the bowlers who have played so mush cricket and still don't have any control over their length. AFRIDI is making a lot of bad decisions and has lost that touch in bowling and batting which we could see in the past. This was a batsmans paradise and he should have batted first after winning the toss. He is bowling very poorly and can not control it at all. I wonder what Waqar and Aqib are doing if they cant even make them think before bowling every single ball.

  • fisher2 on September 10, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    nothing new from the english media they branded wasim&waqar as cheats too,relax guys let them win some matches here'n'there nothing is proved against amir&asif they bee back

  • on September 10, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    hmmm shoaibs spell was a welcome sign..i wish pak keep up der come back fight..n my dear indian frnds..guyz we shudnt critcize pak dey have been a top cricketing side for years...if tomorrow our countrys situation becomes like dis den we wud have no where to hide....hmmm n coming to the fixing thing..nothings prooved so wait...and yes i pray india wins dis world cup...peace...

  • vichan on September 10, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    England had this match under control from the very first over, though I think a better pacer to Bresnan will need to be found between now and the World Cup. England's record in all international matches this calendar year now stands at 28 wins to only 7 losses (and 3 draws).

  • faizy112 on September 10, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    Really happy to see a decent effort by the Pak cricket team after a long time!! Also the batting looked quite better even the opening pair delivered a decent performence...which is a welcome change!!! but the bowlers need to bowl in line!!

  • Rohit66 on September 10, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Karthik anna,

    Take some butter milk and lie down for an afternoon siesta, okay. Looks like you had too much of curry in your morning sambhar.

    Peace out. Rohit

  • ICCexpert.... on September 10, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    NOW ANOTHER SCANDAL, CANT BELIEVE SACHIN IS BEING BLAMED BY A NEWSPAPER IN SOUTH AFRICA OF FIXING THE FIRST MATCH WHICH MUMBAI INDAINS LOST, IF ITS TRUE SHAME ON SACHIN.

  • hassamkafeel on September 10, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    cant see pak winning any of 5 games....

  • on September 10, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    First thing that Pakistan showed a much better & matured approach in batting. Something to cheer for Pakistan fans. Secondly, Mohammad Yousuf should be batting at his ideal position i.e. no. 4. At no. 3 it should be Fawad Alam as he requires some time to set & can occupy the crease for a longer period. I wish Azhar Ali gets a chance. No regrets with Razzaq out as he his turning useless with both bat & bowl. Umar Gul should be bowled after 10 overs. He has always failed bowling within 10/15 overs of a 50-over innings. Hope Pakistan does well in the remaining matches.

  • MAD-1 on September 10, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Yes thats true Sachin Tendulkar has never been reported for match fixing or spot fixing yet. But than after 20 years plus of experience even if he was involved it would be pretty hard to spot now wouldnt it.

  • barwankhilardi on September 10, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    the difference was FIELD PLACING. Affridi should act mature now and place fielders according to the batsman and try to use his brain. A batsman should earn a boundary not the way pakistan gave it away.. totally brain less captaincy

  • sharprider on September 10, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    Well well! What a turnaround this has been for Pakistan. After the thrashing that they got at Cardiff in the (2) T20s recently, it was no less an achievement for a demoralised side to come back so strongly and nearly win an ODI. In the end, however, it was just too many runs on the board for the later batsmen to notch up. The captain and the bowlers were not up to the mark in this game. The decision to bowl first (with a clearly depleted fast bowling unit) followed by the dismal performance in the last 10 overs of the England innings (leaking 85 runs as compared to their earlier average of around 6 an over) were the crucial points where the Pakistanis faltered. The overall performance smells of a revival in the spirit, which will hopefully be maintained throughout the remainder of the series.

  • long_handle9 on September 10, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Karthikfromchennai, no disrespect managed to Sachin who is a tremendous player, but it gets kinda tiring hearing the old "he's played longer than most players' lives" line. NOTHING I repeat NOTHING against Amir has been proved. That said Pakistan is weak, no doubt. Here's a nice article about it: http://blog.cricdb.com/archives/83

  • le_stephenois on September 10, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    apart from the fact that both Afridi but especially Gul were poor and Shoaib Akhtar was unlucky not to have at least two wickets in his first spell, I think the batting was not responsible. Kamran Akmal, Fawwad Alam and Umar Akmal all threw away their wicket and the game by playing terrible and irresponsible shots. Pakistan should have won this comfortably looking at how easy the pitch was and England's bowling line up but whenever a partnership started to bloom the batsman threw away their wickets.

  • bharath74 on September 10, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    arthikfromchennai, U can make any funny comments about Pak now that they are down, u must remember that this is the country that produced, Imran Khan, javid miandad, abdul qadir, Z abbas,INZ haq, w yunus, s akther,, w akram etc. i am pretty sure they are down but they are not out yet, they will bounce back once the dust is settled.

  • y2kshaq on September 10, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    karthikfrom chennai i do not know what you are talking about. tendulkar has been accused of match fixing before. so i wouldnt say he was never caught in conspiracy where amir is not proven guilty as of yet. and that to for only spot fixing which does not change the game. unfortunately the mecca for match fixing is in india so icc should start cleaning in india first. Love Indias cricket team to me one of the best in the world but i believe if pcb should punish someone its the senior member and team management for not been able to keep a handle on this issue.

  • on September 10, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    As expected England with the 1st ODI, here we have to notice one thing except Soaib Akhtar and Ajaml others bowled poorly specially the T20 special bowler Umar Gul, what happend to him, he bowled like he has forgotten his bowling, what happened his Yorkers and reverse swings? his economy rate is 11.16, when your strike bowler (like Amir and Asif) is not in your squad the other bowler should take responsbility and have to bowl according to the situation, he bowled like he has forgot everything and he has playing with kids team and the batting of Afridi?????? if you don't have interest to play better you resign and go back Mr. Afridi, i think Umar maybe scare the Scotland police will inquire him if he bowl well,hey don't worry many do your best for your team

  • on September 10, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    You can not blame irfan or any one else except afridi and gul, pakis batting was way matured then we saw last time. Good sign from young asad and akmals. WHy razzaq was not playing?? afridi needs to come in uper order other wise it will be hard for pakistan to win any match. Yousuf is good at middle order rather then playing at number 3. We should give chance to irfan even he went for 15 runs in his first over his economy rate was less then gul and afridi.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 10, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    was there any SPOT difference in this match????

  • karthikfromchennai on September 10, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Pakistan players must learn from the current Indian legends who are still playing Sachin, Dravid, VVS Laxman. Look at the kid Amir...Sachin's exp is more than Amir's age...Sachin never involved in any controversies since 21 years of playing Intl cricket, the kid Amir who is barely a teen ager spoiled his career by involving in Spot fixing...

  • karthikfromchennai on September 10, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    Pakistan is no match to any team in the world...Amir's career should be over...

  • karthikfromchennai on September 10, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    this is expected...even a B team from China will beat this pakistan.

  • on September 10, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    EID MUBARAK TO EVERY FELLOW HUMAN BEING AND ESPECIALLY TO BUTT, ASIF, AMIR!!!

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  • on September 10, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    EID MUBARAK TO EVERY FELLOW HUMAN BEING AND ESPECIALLY TO BUTT, ASIF, AMIR!!!

  • karthikfromchennai on September 10, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    this is expected...even a B team from China will beat this pakistan.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 10, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    Pakistan is no match to any team in the world...Amir's career should be over...

  • karthikfromchennai on September 10, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Pakistan players must learn from the current Indian legends who are still playing Sachin, Dravid, VVS Laxman. Look at the kid Amir...Sachin's exp is more than Amir's age...Sachin never involved in any controversies since 21 years of playing Intl cricket, the kid Amir who is barely a teen ager spoiled his career by involving in Spot fixing...

  • karthikfromchennai on September 10, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    was there any SPOT difference in this match????

  • on September 10, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    You can not blame irfan or any one else except afridi and gul, pakis batting was way matured then we saw last time. Good sign from young asad and akmals. WHy razzaq was not playing?? afridi needs to come in uper order other wise it will be hard for pakistan to win any match. Yousuf is good at middle order rather then playing at number 3. We should give chance to irfan even he went for 15 runs in his first over his economy rate was less then gul and afridi.

  • on September 10, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    As expected England with the 1st ODI, here we have to notice one thing except Soaib Akhtar and Ajaml others bowled poorly specially the T20 special bowler Umar Gul, what happend to him, he bowled like he has forgotten his bowling, what happened his Yorkers and reverse swings? his economy rate is 11.16, when your strike bowler (like Amir and Asif) is not in your squad the other bowler should take responsbility and have to bowl according to the situation, he bowled like he has forgot everything and he has playing with kids team and the batting of Afridi?????? if you don't have interest to play better you resign and go back Mr. Afridi, i think Umar maybe scare the Scotland police will inquire him if he bowl well,hey don't worry many do your best for your team

  • y2kshaq on September 10, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    karthikfrom chennai i do not know what you are talking about. tendulkar has been accused of match fixing before. so i wouldnt say he was never caught in conspiracy where amir is not proven guilty as of yet. and that to for only spot fixing which does not change the game. unfortunately the mecca for match fixing is in india so icc should start cleaning in india first. Love Indias cricket team to me one of the best in the world but i believe if pcb should punish someone its the senior member and team management for not been able to keep a handle on this issue.

  • bharath74 on September 10, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    arthikfromchennai, U can make any funny comments about Pak now that they are down, u must remember that this is the country that produced, Imran Khan, javid miandad, abdul qadir, Z abbas,INZ haq, w yunus, s akther,, w akram etc. i am pretty sure they are down but they are not out yet, they will bounce back once the dust is settled.

  • le_stephenois on September 10, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    apart from the fact that both Afridi but especially Gul were poor and Shoaib Akhtar was unlucky not to have at least two wickets in his first spell, I think the batting was not responsible. Kamran Akmal, Fawwad Alam and Umar Akmal all threw away their wicket and the game by playing terrible and irresponsible shots. Pakistan should have won this comfortably looking at how easy the pitch was and England's bowling line up but whenever a partnership started to bloom the batsman threw away their wickets.