England v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Headingley September 12, 2010

Strauss century overhauls Pakistan

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England 295 for 6 (Strauss 126, Trott 53) beat Pakistan 294 for 8 (Kamran 74, Broad 4-81) by four wickets
Live scorecard and ball-by-ball details

This was the game the summer so desperately needed. A tight contest, in front of a full house, fought to the bitter end as England held their nerve, securing a four-wicket victory with three balls remaining to ensure Andrew Strauss's fantastic 126 didn't go to waste. For a while that looked a close-run thing as the middle order stuttered in the final 10 overs, but Michael Yardy and Tim Bresnan retained their composure to keep the home side's winning run going, and hoist them up to No. 2 in the World ODI rankings.

Strauss and Jonathan Trott added 146 for the second wicket to break the back of a stiff 295-run chase after Pakistan's most complete batting display of the tour. England were never in total command of the asking-rate, but the requirement was looking more challenging than they would have liked after some less-than-clear thinking during the batting Powerplay. After 40 overs they were 221 for 3 - exactly the same score that Pakistan had reached - however, Strauss fell lbw sweeping at Saeed Ajmal before Eoin Morgan, England's cool-headed finisher, picked out the only fielder on the off-side boundary at deep point. Ravi Bopara then failed to clear long-off against Ajmal in the penultimate over to keep the punters on tenterhooks.

But Yardy is also proving himself to be a consummate closer of run-chases having twice been in the middle during the Twenty20 internationals, and he collected a pair of vital boundaries off Umar Gul and Ajmal. Needing 13 off the last two overs, all that was required was clear thinking, but Bopara tried to take advantage of the fielding restrictions and failed, which left Bresnan to guide the side home in front of his home crowd. He cut his first ball through the covers then, in the last over from Gul, top-edged a pull off the keeper to level the scores and extinguish the doubts.

Bresnan had shown calmness earlier in the summer against Australia, at Old Trafford, as England nicked a one-wicket win having looked like throwing victory away, but it was fitting that this win was secured in marginally shambolic fashion as Bresnan chanced a non-existent single to mid-off only for Fawad Alam's throw to miss. So after a few deep breaths and nervous moments England could celebrate a 2-0 cushion in the five-match series and it would have been harsh on Strauss if his innings had ended in a losing cause.

There are still those who question Strauss's place in the one-day side because of a concern his style - dominated by square-of-the-wicket shots - won't be so successful on the slower subcontinent pitches England will face during the World Cup. But he can do no more than score a bucketload of runs, which he has done in recent one-day matches with this being his second hundred in three games following the 154 he struck against Bangladesh at Edgbaston.

Strauss's game is also evolving and while he will probably never plunder runs between mid-off and mid-on, they are still viable scoring areas. His swipe for six over midwicket off Shahid Afridi to reach fifty showed how his game has developed against slow bowling since his return to the one-day arena 18 months ago. It was his 21st six in seven years of ODI cricket. Eleven of those have come since June.

Pakistan will rue two moments; firstly when Mohammad Irfan spilled a catch at short fine-leg with Strauss on 23, then when he was on 38 as Kamran Akmal held a superb catch diving down the leg-side off Gul and Pakistan were convinced there was a glove. Billy Doctrove, however, was unmoved. Still, though, the visitors' fielding was poor with too many fumbles and poor arms in the outfield.

Steven Davies had given another eye-catching glimpse of his ability with 26 off 21 balls to help launch the innings positively before edging behind against Shoaib Akthar and then Strauss was joined by Trott in the crucial partnership. Trott continued to bat in the bubble he has occupied all summer, content to work the gaps while his captain was batting so fluently.

His fifty came from 67 balls and progress was serene for England with barely more than a run a ball required over the last 17 overs. That changed, though, when Trott was run out from short third-man having survived an lbw shout only to charge down the pitch for a reaction single. Paul Collingwood again couldn't get his innings going and picked out long-off against Afridi with Pakistan suddenly believing. They couldn't quite pull off a comeback, but there were continued signs of improvement throughout.

Kamran led from the top with a powerful 72-ball 74. That was followed by a maiden one-day fifty from the impressive Asad Shafiq while Mohammad Yousuf contributed a calm 46. England were below their usual high standards especially with the ground fielding, while Stuart Broad's 4 for 81 was the most expensive four-wicket haul in ODI history.

James Anderson was the only bowler to offer early control as Kamran took to Bresnan and Broad in an opening stand of 122 with Mohammad Hafeez - Pakistan's best in any international during their stay in England. Kamran collected his second consecutive fifty, this one at a run a ball, before playing across the line at Collingwood's second delivery.

However, for once the middle order had a platform set for them which allowed Yousuf and Shafiq to consolidate before attacking again. Yousuf, who offered one very tough opportunity on 18 when Morgan couldn't quite make up considerable ground at deep midwicket, fell when he tried to guide Broad to third man, but Shafiq continued to show his talent when he skipped down the pitch and launched Graeme Swann over long-on.

But Pakistan didn't make full use of their Powerplay as Broad, despite being expensive, claimed three wickets in seven balls while Bresnan and Anderson had their yorkers on target. That lack of late ignition meant the total didn't cross 300 and that proved crucial in the final outcome.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • karthikfromchennai on September 17, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    @moddy...ha ha ha why indians lose when umpires think something?... ICC will clarify in few days ...please wait.

  • moddy on September 16, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Umpires thought Amir no-ball was tactical Indians are the losers

  • SLtamilan on September 15, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    @agus2010 I agree with you, yeah it is true, slowly the cricket is changing to be business game, earlier, the players played for their country and played a good cricket and get proud, now it is slowly become a business game and people playing for money, specially after the IPL starts, this is the reason most of the cricketers don't show any interest to play International cricket, even though if they get selected for the team they just play and never think about the result, they play for sometime good cricket to impress the advidiser to get contract from them to make money, once they get selected they play rash cricket and don't worry about the result, the cricket become a money making game, that is the reason lot of bookies involved in cricket they try to control the result and pay more money to the players who involve with them, so, good cricket is slowly dies, who knows teams who involve and play more cricket in IPL will come out in first round and they will tell some stupid reasons

  • SLtamilan on September 15, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    I m a tamilan from Sri.lanka here I want tell something about Mr. Murli, he is a great player from our country and he has done lot of achievement for his team, we are very proud of him, because he has done lot for his community (means Tamil people), he has taken lot of wickets for his country likewise, he has served like a dog for his team and saved lot of tamil people. he never think about money always think about our people and have done lot service to our people and given lot of donation to the innocent tamil people for their food and for their lives. Long live Murli for your service and for your achievement, God call you

  • Agus2010 on September 15, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Honestly after the IPL the cricket get the worst stage, because of IPL most of the International player wanted to resign from International cricket (like Flintoff, Gilly and Hyden did), I am sure sooner or later all the Indian players who involved in IPL will retire from all form of cricket because of IPL, because they already know the taste of money they are getting paid whether they paly or carry water bottle and towel to their playing team mate, they make more money than if they play in international matches, that was the reason player like Tendulkar and Harbajan got rest during the tri nation match in Sri. Lanka also the team wanted the management to reduce the test matches between New zeland and want them more rest to play for IPL, no wonder if they will come during World cup 2011 because they already earn much money through IPL and who care if they win or loose Worl cup, they will tell some stupid excuse "We batted very bad and their bowlers done a good job" lol

  • karthikfromchennai on September 15, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    cricket is clean in any form as long as no pakistan players are playing. god knows why they need so much of money and even a beggar will not sell his country for money

  • karthikfromchennai on September 15, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    veena malik has said that she submitted the evidence to icc about the links asif had with bookies. let us see if this will be proved.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 15, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    @azid perhaps you should tell this to veena malik

  • azid on September 15, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    South Australia pushed the much-fancied Mumbai Indians to the brink of elimination after a pulsating match in Durban, pulling off a massive chase to make it two wins in two and get a toehold on a place in the final four. haaa haaa haaa haaa lollllllllllllllllllllll Mumbai Indians why they lose because these are Indians Mumbai Indians one word Indians gave them dick why they lose because Indian are losers they are big losers i Reade all comments of Indians all Indians behave like small kids my message too all Pakistani fellows dont gave your attention on these rubbish comments they are losers

  • jamrith on September 14, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    @ Hayatsanaye, I agree that the root of the problem has to be eradicated, but it's common knowledge that the Indian bookies are not the root, they are closer to the soil. The root left India in 1993, moved to Dubai, and then to Karachi, Javedbhai knows him well.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 17, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    @moddy...ha ha ha why indians lose when umpires think something?... ICC will clarify in few days ...please wait.

  • moddy on September 16, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Umpires thought Amir no-ball was tactical Indians are the losers

  • SLtamilan on September 15, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    @agus2010 I agree with you, yeah it is true, slowly the cricket is changing to be business game, earlier, the players played for their country and played a good cricket and get proud, now it is slowly become a business game and people playing for money, specially after the IPL starts, this is the reason most of the cricketers don't show any interest to play International cricket, even though if they get selected for the team they just play and never think about the result, they play for sometime good cricket to impress the advidiser to get contract from them to make money, once they get selected they play rash cricket and don't worry about the result, the cricket become a money making game, that is the reason lot of bookies involved in cricket they try to control the result and pay more money to the players who involve with them, so, good cricket is slowly dies, who knows teams who involve and play more cricket in IPL will come out in first round and they will tell some stupid reasons

  • SLtamilan on September 15, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    I m a tamilan from Sri.lanka here I want tell something about Mr. Murli, he is a great player from our country and he has done lot of achievement for his team, we are very proud of him, because he has done lot for his community (means Tamil people), he has taken lot of wickets for his country likewise, he has served like a dog for his team and saved lot of tamil people. he never think about money always think about our people and have done lot service to our people and given lot of donation to the innocent tamil people for their food and for their lives. Long live Murli for your service and for your achievement, God call you

  • Agus2010 on September 15, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Honestly after the IPL the cricket get the worst stage, because of IPL most of the International player wanted to resign from International cricket (like Flintoff, Gilly and Hyden did), I am sure sooner or later all the Indian players who involved in IPL will retire from all form of cricket because of IPL, because they already know the taste of money they are getting paid whether they paly or carry water bottle and towel to their playing team mate, they make more money than if they play in international matches, that was the reason player like Tendulkar and Harbajan got rest during the tri nation match in Sri. Lanka also the team wanted the management to reduce the test matches between New zeland and want them more rest to play for IPL, no wonder if they will come during World cup 2011 because they already earn much money through IPL and who care if they win or loose Worl cup, they will tell some stupid excuse "We batted very bad and their bowlers done a good job" lol

  • karthikfromchennai on September 15, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    cricket is clean in any form as long as no pakistan players are playing. god knows why they need so much of money and even a beggar will not sell his country for money

  • karthikfromchennai on September 15, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    veena malik has said that she submitted the evidence to icc about the links asif had with bookies. let us see if this will be proved.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 15, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    @azid perhaps you should tell this to veena malik

  • azid on September 15, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    South Australia pushed the much-fancied Mumbai Indians to the brink of elimination after a pulsating match in Durban, pulling off a massive chase to make it two wins in two and get a toehold on a place in the final four. haaa haaa haaa haaa lollllllllllllllllllllll Mumbai Indians why they lose because these are Indians Mumbai Indians one word Indians gave them dick why they lose because Indian are losers they are big losers i Reade all comments of Indians all Indians behave like small kids my message too all Pakistani fellows dont gave your attention on these rubbish comments they are losers

  • jamrith on September 14, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    @ Hayatsanaye, I agree that the root of the problem has to be eradicated, but it's common knowledge that the Indian bookies are not the root, they are closer to the soil. The root left India in 1993, moved to Dubai, and then to Karachi, Javedbhai knows him well.

  • Hayatsanaye on September 14, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Funny, some people will jump and point fingers - even if the person the pointed to has been cleared of all acts.

    @karthikfromchennai - what you are trying to say that you are really proudif an Indian Bookie buys a pakistani bowler. Shame on you, som einterrity you are talking about. For your info, what/who bought the Indian bookie?

    To solve a problem, you break its roots. Jail all those bookies.....there are going to be plenty of youngsters who gets excited. Theer shouldn't pride taken in the fact that a country owns the bookies.........

  • on September 14, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    First of all, let the pakistan crickets play honest matches that honours their country, people and cricket. 1.Doping 2.In fighting 3.Ball tampering 4.Bribing 5.Match fixing/spot fixing 6.Bad governance

    If these players continuously corrupt cricket, its a big shame for us, the fans. so lets stop harassing each other and support honest players n teams.

  • on September 14, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    When England cheats, just like Strauss did, it's a mistake but when Pakistan do the same, they are called cheats. This philosophy of cricket looks amazing!

  • karthikfromchennai on September 14, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    Astonished to see Pak fans shouting for honesty, integrity and true sportsmanship when their own cricket players' basic commitment is at stake.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 14, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    @Hassan.Farooqi ...if staruss should learn Integrity from Akmal...what Asif, Amer, Butt and Kamran should learn? from where Afridi learned to bite the ball? please explain in detail mate....

  • karthikfromchennai on September 14, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Everyone jumps for Strauss' sportmanship, he nicked the ball but dint walk out...true its very bad...I understand all frustrations...but why all you guys keep mum for those who sold their country for cheap money...did spot fixes. dont you guys feel bad about what your heroes did to cricket?

  • Meracric on September 14, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    I watched the highlights again and there is no doubt that Umpires helped England won the 2nd ODI. Pakistan will be very lucky if they won any of the remaining ODI. I agreed to one of the earlier comments that Pak team has to beat England, the Umpires and the ICC to win a game which looks very tough at the moment. Right now everything is going against them. England will get their reward in the Ashes and if someone wants to make a note of it please do so ENGLAND WILL NOT WIN THE NEXT WORLD CUP. ITS A GUARANTEEEEEEEEEEE. Cheaters never win. I wish best of Luck to Australia to win the next series.

  • on September 14, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    @moddy-if ur an Indian u wuld nt speak rubbish like dis,sachin n dravid in match fixing,they are regarded as wrld over as sincere,dedicated and honest players,and azaruddin,jadeja were immeaditely banned by the BCCI when there names gt out unlike PCB which is defending its players,IPL has its problems and I agree it needs to clean up n it will.And Dhoni and his team dnt hav to do match fixing becz they can earn much mre legally thrugh endorsments and IPL,that ws a meangless series which players did nt want to play and were hit by so many injuries still India drew the test series and reached the final in oneday series.Ur definitley nt an Indian and even ur,ur one of those whose body lies in India but ur heart is in our neighbouring country

  • on September 14, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    good job guys hope u get fruitfull results in next matches ga pakistan

  • cricpolitics on September 14, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    Andrew Strauss should be greatful to Billy Doctrove who did not give a certain caught behind. The hot spot and the snicko meter proved that Billy Doctrove made a huge mistake which cost Pakistan the game. It will be a mistake to make too much of Andrew Strauss's performance in this match.

  • ApplesVsOranges on September 14, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    England's Sunday Times reported that of the 29 IPL PLAYERS cited by the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption and security unit for suspected involvement in MATCH or SPOT FIXING.********** http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,27696557-23212,00.html***** Do ne one has ne idea how much fortune bookies/players made when India recently lost TWO consecutive ODI matches to ZIMBABWE ??

  • CrickFans007 on September 14, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    Correct line is "Strauss lead England to victory by his cheating" They blame to Pakistan cricketer and he himself cheated in the font of camera and thousands of people in the ground. A big cheater you Strauss need to learn some thing from young pakistan umer Akmal. Leave the ground if u know u are out. Next time England do not talk about honesty and cheating. Teach your player first about the honesty.

  • on September 13, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    Did Stuart Broad step on the ball in this match too?

  • fairopinion on September 13, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    @karthick just tell do u really believe in IPL T20 when team like Pakistan is not playing which played 2 t20 world cup finals consistently having won 1 and qualified for the semi final for third time also,mr they are Badshahs's of T20's @ and for England they believe on politics more than there game.form match fixing propaganda to poor biased and pathatic umpiring every thing is politics not cricket but we have not lost hope we are fighting will carry on till last....................

  • Mustafa7 on September 13, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    I am glad that all my indian friends are so much concernced about Pakistan cricket team that they figure out minutest of things in matches, if you hate a team then just don't watch it playing simple ! rather than concerned about board people, match fixer / spot fixers.

  • Awarahoon on September 13, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    Hey guys. Is strauss nominated for worst sportsman of the year. Thats why he is trying that hard. 3rd time in this series. Atleast now umpires now who is never walking on his own. Great example for the english boys. Gentlemens sport my foot

  • Hassan.Farooqi on September 13, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    38 years old Strauss needs to learn some integrity from 10 year old Umar Akmal.

  • Thirdman3 on September 13, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Well Pakistani players did not wait for umpire's signal and on minor deflection they left the ground theirself but the most successfull captain of this season Strauss on major deflection wait for the signal and cheat all the TV viewers. So it is very similar to match fixing scandal the only difference is, it is real and the other one was setup to caught the corruption.. So corruption is everywhere... But if you want to highlight the Pakistani corruption go ahead ... your corruption will be highlighted naturally as we all saw the BIG DEFLECTION ....

  • Desihungama on September 13, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Mohammad Irfan needs to go back and sell hot dogs.

  • sunnymachoo on September 13, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    Wonderful match! Well played by both teams. But i'm once again disappointed by Strauss's behavior after he edged to the keeper. He did the same in tests when the edge was so thick that it didn't even require slow motion replay to judge! However regarding yesterday's edge, the bowler didn't appeal very well. But, no matter what, Strauss should act like a ""sportsman"" at such occasions, like KP and Akmal do!!

  • salmankhan1234 on September 13, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    @karthikfromchanai I know you love Pakistani as we love Indians. Too much hate turn into a love, so Inshallah that will happened one day.

  • Thirdman3 on September 13, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Well it was Pak and Eng game but we have lots of comments from Indian cricket fans and it is enough to prove that how strong is Pakistan Cricket team and its impact on the international cricket and in the minds of Indian fans. Whenever Pakistan lose Indians national TV channels have to report it and Indians have to pass there comments but the situation is different if Pakistan win.There are very few comments or no comments by Pakistani if you see the results of Indian team playing against any team other than Pakistan in both the cases winning or losing. To Samit Dhar, Yar band to Dhoni ki bhi baj gai thi in the last final vs Srilanka very tiny country as compare to India. He was playing like a ghada just watch his few shorts where was his left foot and where was his bat most earning cricketer of the world playing like bacha.. To Pakistani fans, basic problem with pakistan team is field plan. Throughout the series their field plan was technically wrong. coach and captain is responsible

  • Red37 on September 13, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    This Post Colomial garbage is so tiresome. When are you folks going to get off your crutches and stop using that out-dated, out-moded out everything excuse for your inability to see reality? Umpires make mistakes and (sadly) in the current "sport world" and technology climate we are (sadly again) forced to accept that without that technology the current "spirit" of cricket has taken on the spirit of every other "business/sport" in the modern world. I played all my cricket before the mid-sixties and can only be saddened by the current situation. But please, blame the current world-wide and deplorable reality and not the Colonial mentality for the frailties and weakness of the the once great game. It should be of immense concern to all that when a player exhibits the "OLD" and perhaps now "DEAD" spirit and does the honourable thing, his actions merit praise whereas in my day to not do so would merit oprobrium. For me it reflects the manner in which money and commercialism has taken over

  • abid_anwer10 on September 13, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    Pakistan is experiencing a bad patch but soon pak will flourish in the game of cricket.....

  • karthikfromchennai on September 13, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Hilarious, still pakistan fans take pleasure from saying"IPL matches are fixed" when they know who are real tanited players that sold their country for few pounds...i reiterate again that an Indian bookie bought this Pakistan bowling for a cheap deal.

  • on September 13, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    This website is great! Shame about the viewers!

  • abid_anwer10 on September 13, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    Struass is a cheater......

  • karthikfromchennai on September 13, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    @HayatNaye, what you mean by that you support kiwis 200%? true, even India lose matches and Indian bowlers have a bad run,.....but no bookie owns any bowlers...hope u understand what I mean? No bookie decides when a no ball/wide should be bowled. its a known fact that an Indian Bookie bought your team's captain and the frontline bowlers....buy them back...all you need is money around 150K GBP.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 13, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    @hmia1001 and @Nayee...may be you guys should ask PCB to buy back your famous bowling line up from the Indian bookie ( who is the owner of the two bowlers and the captain...may be the bookie will start his own franchise after buying few more players) and then start thinking of winning. But I am sure these guys will sell your country and your hopes.

  • on September 13, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    I still believe that match fixing allegations against pakistani cricketers are a part of a meliciious and planned conspiracy. The point is that why should they put their own prestige, image and carrier at risk for a monitory gain?. On the contrary it is more likely that bribary tactics may have been used to win the game. Is it not possible that the middleman was first "bribed" by some "interested" persons to bribe some young players?. Is it not possible in this case that the middleman( and also possibly media for planning visual sting operation) was hired by the winning team itself and not by so called bookies?. Is there any one to raise finger at English players? Are they all angels?. I can say that England is the only team expected to accept defeat with the spirit of the game itself, and that too while playing against an asian team(particularly against Pakistan) and on its own soil. If not so why the "Scandle" came out in light only after Pakistan's win in earlier test?.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 13, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    @hmia1001 ...can you list out the dirt in IPL and also in Indian team...if you can? any proof? look at the most disgraced team that makes SPOT Differences in all the matches it played...you will know what i mean. or you better ask Yasir Hameed the pakistan player. its a known fact that IPL does not have any player from Pakistan and hence a super clean tournament.

  • crali on September 13, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Why do the ICC keep going on and on about finding further proof? They already have all the solid clues and they also found the same money in the hotel room. I also think that Asif and salman should be banned but Amear should be forgiven.

  • YorkshirePudding on September 13, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    @Mustafa, the ICC is waiting for the Players to respond to the charges, which i believe is this wednesday or thursday, after that the ICC will decide what the next stage is......I see everyones forgotten that the Butt refused to walk until the umpire gave him not out in the first innings of the Lords test straight after tea, despite the ball hitting the stumps.............

  • Hindh on September 13, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Just because pakistanis r not allowed in IPL they r saying IPL is fixed. what sore losers. If there is fixing in IPL where is the proof? Pakistanis have been caught red handed and sack them to save ur team.

  • guru008 on September 13, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    To all the Pakistani supporters - you are right in feeling cheated and upset that you are all getting the wrong decisions and all are against you including the umpires- BUT BUT - your adminsitartors and people ruling you are themselves to blame. what you need is to accumulate tons of goodwill in all fields of life to erase the tons of bad deeds you have done . Clean up your cricket board , Army , stop playing double game on terrorism, concentrate on your country instead of neighbouring countries - and then you will the difference .

  • ApplesVsOranges on September 13, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    +1 to HayatseNayee. It seems you have hit where it hurts the most .. he he he

  • Mustafa7 on September 13, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    If there are any proofs found then ban these players why are they waiting for ODI series to finish first, just because pak may call-up Aamir (if not found guilty) once again for remainder of the series?

  • demon_bowler on September 13, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Some of these comments are highly amusing and beyond parody. Pakistan is a team whose various players have been accused of spot-fixing, match-fixing, ball-biting, pitch-dancing, recreational-and-performance-enhancing drug using, and ball tampering -- yet it's Andrew Strauss's integrity that is called into question!?!

    However, I would like to end on a positive note -- Kamran Akmal's batting in these two ODI's has been a pleasure to watch. His first two scoring shots at Durham in particular were pure class. Where has he been hiding this talent all summer?

  • on September 13, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Hey y evryones talking only about that strauss catch..what was wrong wen u lost test series getting scores below 100..ya ur amir asif n butt were present den..and what about t20s...ahh ya find a reason for that also..oh wait..blame BCCI n india..we were the reason for ur loss???..and what about the last years australian tour...ur players were biting each others back....accept the defeat n take it on ur chin....go get a life..india or any other country doesnt blame others for der defeat..

  • ArtPakistan on September 13, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Hey, let us compare the level of integrity in both the teams. Umar Akmal is on 74,,,he nicks the ball slightly, keeper takes the catch..Umar Akmal walks away, bevore even Umpire gives his decision.

    And here is Strauss...at 38...nicks the ball straight into the safe hands of wicket keeper....a great catch.... What???? Umpire has not given him out??? and what??? British captain, whom media paints as the most honest man on earth, has not walked away? Decide yourself my friends...Stop calling Brits men of integrity...

  • gudolerhum on September 13, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    even at this point, when many are saying that Pakistan is the 'worst' team in the game they should stop and remember the West Indies. Pakistanis can take comfort that the West Indies can always outdo whatever low point the Pakis achieve!

  • AhmadSaleem on September 13, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Umar Akmal got a faint edge yesterday but he walked straight away. Same was happened to KP in Oval where he nicked one to the keeper. Although it was a faint one but he did the right thing and didn't wait for umpire's decision to come. But this man is absolutely shameless. Not only he stood his ground after getting a BIG edge, he also insisted in press conference later that he didn't knew if he edged it. Come on Mr. Strauss, ball deflected at least a foot and a half after going past the bat. We didn't say anything when trott nicked one and he didn't leave during last match because it was a little edge and many cricketers don't walk. But more than 90% cricketers would walk straight away after getting that big an edge. But England captain is not among them. We are shouting because its third time during this summer that he stood his ground after getting a huge edge.

  • nair_ottappalam on September 13, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    what is the need of speaking abt fixing here? we had a wonderful match which tilted equilibrium in england's favour in the end. Most of the time the teams were locked horns. but the end result was based mainly on fielding and holding on to nerves. it is where the new look english side prevailed. now that it is 2-0 england may look forward for a whitewash. collingwood has to find back his form. morgan didnt look at ease this time round. it was strauss who laid the platform. it is really tricky to opt between keiwsetter and davies. both are flamboyant batsmen but lack keeping abilities.why cant they produce keeper-bastmen?

  • hmia1001 on September 13, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai: First clean up your dirt in IPL and the national team, then think of the rest! It is none of your business though!

  • Hayatsanaye on September 13, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Rohit Ramdey, karthikfromchenna Im not placing or point to Indian bowlers rather being here as a true cricket lover and expressing my view and for your info, I support the Kiwis 200%. Yes Pakistan lost but doesn't' mean Indian team have never lost and the fact that Indian bowlers have had a bad run don't mean they spot fix does it? As for spot fixers, only the ones caught are spot fixers - you get what i mean........now, if people had the decency, they would atleast give Asif, Amir and Butt a chance to prove they are innocent, atleast someone prove them innocent. It appears theer are people here who naturally has hate for these players and they are showing it well.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 13, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    there could be no fixing in IPL..because No Pakistanis in IPL :-)

  • kingkarthik on September 13, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Ha ha, the Pakistani supporters are really showing they are good at clutching at straws...even non existant straws. These guys like to blame everyone else other than themselves for their short comings. These guys are speaking as if they are the most decent players to grace the field of cricket. Please remember the following:- match fixing (Salim Malik, Ater Rehman and so many others), steroid abuse (nandralome - Asif and Akhtar), drug possession (Asif), team sabotage (oath to undermine Younis Khan), team in fighting (Akthar hitting Asif with bat), threatening opposition (Javid Mihandad with bat), hitting fans (Inzamam in Toronto), cheating umpires (main reason for neutral umpires), stupid umpires (Asad Rauf), ball tampering (Afridi eating ball for dessert), terrorists (trying to kill Sri Lankan players) and spot fixing (the three musketeers).

    Please cricinfo post this, non of the above is fabricated. I would like to ask the average fan if Pakistan can take the moral higher ground?

  • Assasinator_007 on September 13, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    ALL PAK's...get this into your head, you dint loose cuz of bad luck...England were really good, knew exactly what they were chasing and in the last 8 overs kept their cool head and won the game. If it was Pakistan chasing on the other hand would have handed wkts...Afridi would have gone for wild slog and out in the boundary. ALL just prepare yourself for WHITE WASH.

  • ApplesVsOranges on September 13, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    "29 cricketers suspected in alleged fixing in IPL2: The Sunday Times"

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/29-cricketers-suspected-in-alleged-fixing-in-IPL2-The-Sunday-Times/Article1-599172.aspx

  • karthikfromchennai on September 13, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    @muhammad2008...hey, chill out man, the truth will be out and justice will prevail and the corrupted/tainted who sold his country will be punished.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 13, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Yasir hameed should clarify the loss...he knows the REAL REASONS :-)

  • karthikfromchennai on September 13, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    Inshallah, the most corrupted and tainted cricket playing country must be dissolved.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 13, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    yes true 100000 generations cant do it for india...but 150000 did for Pakistan...lol

  • karthikfromchennai on September 13, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    @HayatseNayee...why do u target Indian bowling when Pakistan lost a match to England? do u know something that happend few weeks ago? An Indian bookie bought pakistan bowling lineup for 150K british pounds...probably the cheapest deal in the world. Even an IPL bowler who is used only in nets is expensive :-)

  • karthikfromchennai on September 13, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    @ADB1...any doubt? read their comments and the players' performance...esp the SPOT performance, you will understand why Pakistan must be dissolved. An Indian bookie bought pakistan bowling lineup for 150K british pounds...probably the cheapest deal in world. Even an IPL bowler who is used only in nets is expensive :-)

  • on September 13, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    @Hayatsanaye You cannot compare the pakistani bowling attack to India's there is no comparison ..... Indian's are not Spot Fixers / Serial Fixers .....

    However i feel pakistan played good and were competitive.... am sure they wud be bak to winning ways soon which is good for global cricket.....

  • on September 13, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    What a load of hogwash, straus nicked the ball when he was in the 30's and was not given out. Now he is the answer to Englands batting and the greatest thing next to slced bread. Grow up England were lucky.

  • on September 13, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    i think pakistan played very very well some dropped chance ...............bad luck pakistan team now younis khan is need for pakistan

  • on September 13, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    Pakistan you are born losers on the cricket field. You will loose this series 5-0. Even if you are on the verge of winning one of the matches of the remaining 3 someone from your side will surely fix the matcjh and loose. Ha Ha Pakistan you bunch of born loosers

  • saara93 on September 13, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    kudos to both teams for making the match a super odi to watch!well played england and strausy of course!brilliant to know dat england are now no 2 in da world-numero uno here we cum!

  • vichan on September 13, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Hilarious to see so many Pakistani fans bleating on about their team being the best in the world! Where are they getting this from??? As for blaming England for their woes - match fixing, poor fielding, inability to bat, bowl tightly and umpiring errors - pretty pathetic...

  • Happy_AusBang on September 13, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    Look guys, this happens in international cricket! It is sad but what can we do other than make the case stronger than ever about having UDRS in ODIs.

    What irks me most is that they made Strauss Man of the Match. This will just encourage him to continue doing this. There should be a system of post match review (like they have in rugby league) and players fined if they deliberately do the wrong thing. If they didn't want to give Man of the Match to Doctrove, it should have gone to Stuart Broad for some key dismissals at vital stages of the game, otherwise Pakistan would have scored 300+

  • on September 13, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    If a pakistani did the same thing andy did, the ICC wouldve swooped in and suspended everyone.

    This open racism is getting so old.

  • moddy on September 13, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    i am an Indian and proud to be Indian but karthik you know our players like azharudin,ajay jadje,etc and even one time sachin and dravid also involved in match fixing even our ipl darma is based on corruption remember lalit modi and all ipl controversy and you know some resorces inform me that india vs newzland match in srilanka is also fixed by dhoni&co my dear friend karthik dont say anything too others we indians are chotiesss of world our player are also fraud and i beleive pakistani teame is better as compered to indian teame without butt,asif,amir karthik we are choties and you know you are son of pakistani crikter named salim malik ask your mom karthik i am indian and i proud to be indian because we are chuaties

  • on September 13, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    The Score was reasonable, but the team is under pressure from the current spot fixing stories and they Afridi is un-lucky. we request Ijaz Butt to Resign please, you have become older now and give chance to some petriotic person. Imran Nazir, sohail tanvir, Younas Khan, why not encluding in the squad. AMIR can be forgive for his mistake if he tanke oath on Quora'n that he will not repeat it again. Once again for Ijaz butt to resign all cricket fans dont' like you to be the chairman. Javid Miandad where are you, come forward and lead the team. we are waiting from some good deceasion from Ijaz butt. (Resign)

  • surajitkhamrai on September 13, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    @ Imran Hilal Such problem can only be happened in pak cricket.don't you guys have any other work other than comparing with ind.

  • on September 13, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    strauss should have walked when he was caught behind he did this before in test match also and pakistan reviewed it and got decision in their favor. umar akmal and muhammad yousuf walked straight away when they were caught behind.

  • nivek123 on September 13, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    @Imran Hilal... What was that rant aimed at India all about. Perhaps you are oblivious of the fact that it IS your team's fault that "pakistani passion" is facing all these problems. I just can't understand how all of you can support them after all this. Let me guess India/Australia/England/Raw/CIA/Google etc etc are all just out to hurt "pakistani passion" right?

  • BullayBaaz on September 13, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    many comments from Pak fans supporting and praising their play - I get this. It was a good effort by them, but one has to give England credit for the effort and win. Now, what has India to do with this series? why not keep comments to cricket and leave personal attacks at players or countries out of the comments? @Imran Hillal - your comments towards India are silly and nonsensical - why do you need to attack India?

  • Hindh on September 13, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Pakistan r getting a pasting from every team in the world ,Starting from Aus, in Asia cup against India, Sl and now in England. what sore losers. Current indian bowling attack bowled Sl out twice in 3 test in Sl if indian bowlers have english conditions then they will demolish any batting. Some pak fans talking abt Spirit of cricket, What a joke.

  • ABKD on September 13, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    STRAUSS and all the ENGLAND TEAM are CHEATERS. Why didnt Strauss walked by himself when he edged and was caught by Kamran Akmal...And Pakistan is Really badly missing The two A,s Bcoz they both would have put a Full stop on Englands BATTERS and this series would have been a REAL GOODONE but now clearly ENGLAND will beat PAKISTAN bcoz PAK bowling is now VULNERABLE

  • ADB1 on September 13, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Are Pakistani cricket fans the most ungracious losers in the world?

  • on September 13, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    well played pakistan team...i thnk its coz of bad luck they are on the losing side..with all the off field fuss surroundings pak cricket......we shud appretiate the way they raised thr game and played awesome cricket....but few thngs i felt are like.......afridi is too defensive attimes he shud hv more attacking fields and dont gv easy singles,he always hs four men inside the circle with the spinners on i dont thnk this was rite.....again with shoaib in the strt bowling so well he didnt hv a slip aftr few overs ...shoaib has been bowling so well but has been the most unlucky plyr i feel..if he had luck on his side as eng captain had he cud hv had 4,5 wkts....at the end i thnk i shud say well played guys keep trying ...tk catches we wll be winning soon.inshallah..

  • Chapelau on September 13, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Maybe it's the state of the economy or floods or something else but I have rarely seen such a collection of negative and pathetic comments - many aimed at England for no good reason. England are ranked No.2 in the world in ODI - fact. England are T20 world champions - fact. England have beaten Australia twice in recent series in Test cricket - fact. This is a world class team that will get even better. Guys - stop bashing England and think more positively about life.

  • on September 13, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. 100000 generations of india cannot give such performance after such problems it is the pakistani passion which is forcing the team to perform well. winning and loosing is part of game but the way pakistan is fighting is awesome.

  • on September 13, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    hello guyssssssssssssssssssssssssss.................we all sud support team pakistan ate this tough moment....

  • IjazButtsucksballs on September 13, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Pakistan ODI Squad Imran Farhat Mohammed Hafeez Asad Shafiq Mohammed Yosef Umar Akmal Fawad Alam Kamran Akmal Shahid Afridi Sohail Tanvir Saeed Ajmal Shoaib Akhtar Pakistan T20 Squad Imran Nazir Imran Farhat Kamran Akmal Yasir Hameed Asad Shafiq Umar Akmal Shahid Afridi Abdul Razzaq Sohail Tanvir Saeed Ajmal Shoaib Akhtar Pakistan Test Squad Fawad Alam Mohammed Hafeez Younis Khan Asad Shafiq Mohammed Yosef Umar Akmal Kamran Akmal Shahid Afridi Sohail Tanvir Yasir Arafat Saeed Ajmal THESE SHOULD BE THE SQAUDS IJAZ BUTT AND AFRIDI

  • Hayatsanaye on September 13, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, a week into a difficult situation and you still tend to perform well. It would have been a different story if Straus hadnt pretended nothing happened when he was caught behind.

    For all those narrow minded people, England is not the worst team. They are the urrent 20/20 champs and won series agianst Australia which not a normal thing for any team.

    Yes Paistan has a bad bowling attack but they are still better the the current Indian bowling attack.

  • on September 13, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    what a tense game it was in the ending overs. but Pakistan desperately need a proper bowler to chock England's necks in the opening overs, Sami can be handful. but lets see if PCB thinks about any such requirements, as Irfan has failed miserably

  • on September 13, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    we shud appreciate how pakistan played...after all what has been happng around them they playd amazing cricket......it ws just coz of bad luck they wr on the losing side...they really played well....one thing afridi shud hv done is to hv a little more attackn fields...with shoaib bowling so well he didnt evn hd a slip aftr 2 overs..shoaib has been trying so hard but has been the most unlucky bowlr...if shoaib had luck as strauss had he cud hv had 4,5 wkts...we need to improve on catches man..pls tk the chances..........atlast i wud say well played guys........ keep tryn we ll win the nxt one........inshallah...

  • muhammad2008 on September 13, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Pakistan bowling attack clearly lacked any threat, as it could not defend 294. Afridi could have done better in the field by attacking more often instead of taking the match to the last over. Unfortunately Irfan has totally failed to impress. Straus must have been at ease in the absence of Aamir. At least Aamir should come back. Nation is missing him tooo much. Things should be decided at the earliest by ICC and justice should prevail. I am sure things will come in Aamir's favour.

  • topspeed55 on September 13, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    What a game this was I would rather watch a test cricket and one day even if the India is not playing but T20 no way never even if Indian players are playing. 90% of the runs are mis hits in T20 game how can you enjoy a T20 Game.

  • ArtPakistan on September 13, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    Weldone Pakistan Team. You are the best team in the world. You were about to win again. To win a match you dont just need to beat 11 players, you also have to beat two umpires, ICC management, a vast bunch of hostile media,,,,,And you have beaten them allllll. Great Team Pakistan.... 3 rd ODI is yours.

  • on September 13, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    Hi all.. Iread most of the comments from my pakistani friends... C'mon gyus.. now u have to accept that pakistan cricket is at its worst... giving reasons tat strauss should have walked out... just think tat if ne pakistani player not given not out .....he would have not walked out? after asif and amir drama.. i dont think pakistan have bowling attack.. its all ordinary... and that 6'' bowler is fit for nothing....regarding fielding - pakistan is never a good side... they will drop the catches, missfield like its a spot fixing... i think kamran akmal played well after may be 20 innings.. afridi ki to band baj gayee hai... and after all ths how can u accept that pakistan should win... after the spot fixing i'll pray tat pakistan should loose all their matches... and remember well England was never a good side ..i blieve that nw also they are not a good side.. its just pakistan at its worst .. heheh --:-). u can see the the ashesh result for this... aussies are going to get it.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 13, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is performing now :)

  • karthikfromchennai on September 13, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    just weeks ago, they claimed to have the best attack in the world. but today even England can chase down close to 300 runs, Pakistan's the worst attack in the world now.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 13, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    Umar Gul did his job...bowled the wide in the last over and an easy boundary over keeper's head. gul helps English winning on the SPOT again....lol

  • on September 13, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    This match lost by pakistan, not won by england exactly like T20 semi final against Australia

    Shahid Afridi the main problem , has 295 on score board and has made his mind before a ball bowled in england innings that the match will go to 50the over and he will defend score by restricting england that is why no serious effort to out english batsmen

    Total Defensive approach by shahid khan afridi , this man can not do anything for pakistan , bring back Younis khan before world cup

  • on September 13, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    What is the definition of cheating Andy???? Do you have to have a tabloid through clandestine gh Team. Hafeez has added stability to the opening stand-though a bit slow on the strike rate but I believe that does not matter in the long run. Keep it up Akmal and Hafeez. You have won moraaly despite Strauss's meek cheat.

  • on September 13, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    England deserved to win this

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 13, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    LOL ..its very funny to see Pakistains commenting about integrity and gentleman's game! :D

  • Happy_AusBang on September 13, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    Surely such errors by umpires are just too critical to dismiss by saying "umpiring errors even out in the long run". It is definitely not evening but and it would be fair to say Pakistan gets the worst of it. Having said that, and I say this knowing there will be a backlash from our Pakistani friends here, I think Pakistan are to blame as well for this situation. In the eyes of many, including the umpires too I suspect they have lost a lot of crediblity. A nick like that followed by the desperate appeals from the players may have produced a different outcome from the umpire if it was a different team. There must be some recourse other than rely on one umpire entirely when the umpire makes such a crucial mistake. But what about Strauss's reaction? Remember Kamran Akmal walked earlier in the day when he could have stood his ground and let the umpire figure it out.

  • Meracric on September 13, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    People please try to understand unfortunately Pakistan Team has to loose either by controversies or by Empires. After Pakistan won the 3rd test I knew something will go wrong and Pak team will not be able win the 4th test. If Pakistan had lost the 3rd test things would have been different. The set-up works from Top to the Bottom. Some people will not like my comments but its true. The Gora teams don"t want to loose a game in their own country from us so they will keep finding different ways to beat us. Look at the history what happened during the last tour. If we guarantee them before the start of the series that we will loose all games then trust me nothing will happen and the series will end peacefully. Good Luck Pak Team and well played the 2nd ODI.

  • Zahidsaltin on September 12, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    AFRIDI lost them both single handedly. In T20's and now in both ODIs, Afridis bowling is getting worse and his batting is so bad that I would prefer Gul to bat above him. Pakistan has always been to score quick runs in last few overs but in both the ODI Afridi and others low order batsmen could'n accelerate.

  • sharprider on September 12, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    I firmly believe that Afridi must stop putting blind faith in Umar Gul, especially due to the fact that the latter is too expensive nowadays and the opposing batsmen know that his bowling has become innocuous, possibly as result of his recent injuries. It's time to move on and plan a different strategy for the death overs since there is loose control being witnessed at that crucial stage for the two games.

  • on September 12, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    wow..good to see a fight back from a side which was down n out...afridi is wasting his talent need to realise it soon...irfan shud play more first class cricket height doesnt make him a good bowler...talking about strauss catch thing...common guyz international cricket me yeh sab hota hai ...n no need to blame him for not leavin the ground all the players hope for decision to be given in der favor..be it from india pak aus...watevr...hope pak atleast wins the next.....assalam alaikum

  • on September 12, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    If it was a Pakistani player not voluntarily walking away after being caught, we Pakistani would have heard it till the fat lady sings, ofcourse English does it and so blately gets away with it. No Lets not talk about match fixing in IPL.....its a holy cow of cow's.....need we say more

  • gudolerhum on September 12, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    it is a shame that Strauss continues to demonstrate why he is one of the more dishonest batsmen/players in the current game. This is at least the third time this summer that he has failed to acknowledge when he has been clearly dismissed. On one occasion it was a clear edge which the keeper caught . He stood his ground evidently considering a referral until he realised that it would have wasted one of his teams referral opportunities before he trudged sheepishly off. Even the TV commentators at that time remarked on how poor his action was. It is time he demonstrated what a Captain's position means - show some integrity!

  • on September 12, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    Great sportsmanship from andy there... Done like a true brit.

  • on September 12, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    A gr8 game of cricket unfurtunately some bad decissions by the empires put it rather a bad impression, I don't know why the rules not implemntated now for remedes the human errors, any how it is a good fighting between bad and bolls, Pakistan must improve there fielding I don't know what the coaches and specially fielding coach is doing there was some easy catches were drop.

  • Pakipower786 on September 12, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    the umpite was rubbish -pak crowd were awesome!

  • on September 12, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Biggest difference between these two sides - by far the field setting. I couldn't believe how freely Pakistan let England take singles. By far the most ridiculous strategy I've ever seen. Not at any point did Afridi look to use an attacking field in this game. Biggest difference in the match though - that woeful call from the umpire, not sending Strauss on his way. How can that ball deviate that way without having touched glove or bat? What an idiot. But back to my first point, Pakistan should have walked through this game winning it easy, but instead they allowed England to bide their time taking ones and twos at will, and failed to exert any pressure thanks to this inept tactic. Hopefully they go over this before the next game and re-think their strategy, otherwise Afridi should throw away his captaincy in this format too.

  • djarian1 on September 12, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    Well played Billy! Shame that Strauss didn't walk. That's two in a row as Trott also stood his ground in the 1st ODI which was confirmed to be a caught behind. Bring UDRS in ODIs!

  • cricket_fan_1980 on September 12, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Great game! Pakistan would've won if Strauss had done the decent thing and walked ... That gloved caught behind was so blatantly clear ... Whatever happened to spirit of the game eh? haha ;-)

  • on September 12, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    I knew the result almost 3 weeks ago that first two matches are fixed, why people dont believe it now the same man Majeed got Amir, Salman, Asif trio ousted. He said Pakistan already agreed to lose two 50 over matches. It has repeated many times in newspapers, So I had no desire to watch this match as I knew the results.I am not stupid to waste my time.

  • JacksDad on September 12, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    So nice to see the Pakistan fans blaming the umpires for the loss of yet another cricket match.

    Sure, Doctrove made a major error in not giving Strauss out. But there is no guarantee that England would have lost had Strauss walked or been given out. Events play out differently according to preceeding events. Who really knows the outcome of the match had Strauss been given out?

    Well played both teams, it was a good ODI and an exciting finish.

  • Kula_Bowls_Inswing on September 12, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    Billy Doctrove was hardly the difference between the 2 sides. Swings & roundabouts. Yes, Strauss wasn't given out on 38 but England were denied several LBW shouts, one, off Bresnan, that the TMS commentators agreed was plumb. To claim Doctrove handed England victory is ungracious.

  • AhmadSaleem on September 12, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    @Agus2010: Because the majority of Cricinfo staff is patriotic to say the least. Dhoni, Harbhajan and two other Indian players were reportedly involved in match fixing not even spot fixing against England and West Indies during ICC t20 world championship.(reported by times of India's 17th June 2009 edition but cricinfo didn't had any news on it so is the case with corruption in IPL.

  • MoAfi on September 12, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    For the first time in ages pakistan team seems stable. It was a very good decent batting performance but lacked that extra factor which u need against the top teams. For me I think the following changes should be made in order for pakistan team to challenge in the world cup: 1. Replace Mohammed Hafeez wih Imran Nazir Thought Hafeez scored sum runs bt his slow strike rate doesnt allow pakistan 2 put a lot of pressure on the opposition wit Imran Nazir u kw you would get quick runs which could be the difference between da teams in the end as today game shows a quick 30-40 runs 4rm sum1 could have allow pakistan to win. 2. Replace Mohammed Ifran with Razzaq or Rana Naved I feel Mohammed Ifran is far to unexperience wit bowling or fieldling should be replaced by an proven allrounder such as razzaq or rana naved. wit both of them u know u can gt few quick runs down da order 2 put pressure on oppsition. Plus da umpring decsion was v poor and Strauss seems to av no self respect.

  • Toughguy on September 12, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    Pak lost again. Pak team is really consistent in losing; nevertheless good game. I only can't understand, if Pak don't use Fawad Alam as bowler then how can he be used as specialist batsman........ He really can't get the ball away from the fielders and i think we need the one extra player who can control his hemet and bat as these get disbalanced when ever he hit the ball hard (though in the hand of fielders).

  • allblue on September 12, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    An excellent game that was encouraging for both sides. Pakistan showed that despite all their recent travails they are still a top quality team, and the way they kept battling to the end shows the team spirit is there when they want it to be. England showed the toughness they have developed in recent times, first by keeping Pakistan to under 300 when it looked like they would get 320+ and then keeping their nerve to see the game home. As to the Strauss 'catch', come on, marginal decisions are marginal decisions. Sometimes they go for you sometimes they don't, and with Bresnan at 8, Swann at 9 and Broad at 10 the one thing this England team doesn't lack is plenty of batting.

  • Agus2010 on September 12, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    There was a match fixing allegations about IPL players in Indian news paper called "Hindustan Times" Cricinfo always gives the match fixing Flash news about Pak. trio, why there is no news about this Spot-fixing??????

    Twenty nine cricketers, including two Australians are suspected to be involved in spot-fixing at last year's Indian Premier League in South Africa, a leading London newspaper claimed on Sunday. According to a secret dossier compiled by the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit, the list includes some high-profile names but nobody from England or Pakistan, whose players did not take part due to security issues, The Sunday Times claimed."Some betting patterns were very suspicious at IPL 2," the report said quoting a source. Despite long-standing concerns about the integrity of the IPL -- whose commissioner Lalit Modi is suspended amid corruption allegations -- England players are expected to be available for the entirety of next year's IPL for first time.

  • Agus2010 on September 12, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    It was 15th over second ball bowled by Umar gul and the commentary from Cricinfo here

    14.2 Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, 144.5 kph, what a take from Kamran Akmal! A massive deflection, Akmal dives full-stretch to his right, clings onto a blinder, but it's not given out! How it went in that direction without bat, we'll never know ...

    Now the Umpire also involved in "Ground fixing" with England batsmen, there should be a brief investigation needed to improve the world cricket, otherwise it will go always one sided game, come ICC WAKEUP AND Investigate about this "Ground fixing"

  • Agus2010 on September 12, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    Twenty nine cricketers, including two Australians are suspected to be involved in spot-fixing at last year's Indian Premier League in South Africa, a leading London newspaper claimed on Sunday. According to a secret dossier compiled by the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit, the list includes

    Some high-profile names but nobody from England or Pakistan, whose players did not take part due to security issues, The Sunday Times claimed. "Some betting patterns were very suspicious at IPL 2," the report said quoting a source. Despite long-standing concerns about the integrity of the IPL -- whose commissioner Lalit Modi is suspended amid corruption allegations -- England players are expected to be available for the entirety of next year's IPL for first time.

  • Agus2010 on September 12, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Flash News for Cricinfo

    29 cricketers suspected in alleged fixing in IPL2: The Sunday Times Press Trust Of India London, September 12, 2010First Published: 14:17 IST(12/9/2010) Last Updated: 16:28 IST(12/9/2010)

    Twenty nine cricketers, including two Australians are suspected to be involved in spot-fixing at last year's Indian Premier League in South Africa, a leading London newspaper claimed on Sunday. According to a secret dossier compiled by the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit, the list includes

  • on September 12, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Hey Andrew...

    Don't you think your comment "..in the penultimate over to keep the punters on tenterhooks." should probably be rephrased in context of all the off-field incidents this summer? :)

    Devendra

  • on September 12, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    billy doctrove was the difference between the two sides and should have been the man of the match

  • on September 12, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    the match was simply awesome and breathtaking........:) Pakistan showed a good batting performance after a long time............ and cheers! England are no.2 in the ICC rankings...........:))

  • ali14pakistani on September 12, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Strauss should have walked!!!!!!

  • Agus2010 on September 12, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    There is a news in Sunday Times that ICC anti corruption unit reportedly saying that 29 cricketers including 2 Australian players found suspected that they have done match fixing in IPL season II, the IPL was approved by ICC and involved lot of money, why Cricinfo never given a splash news regarding this matter, IS IT BECAUSE ITS OWNER ALSO INVOLVED IN IPL ISN'T IT?

  • ali14pakistani on September 12, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Very good for England, but that ceratin catch not given by the umpire certainly helped them a lot; Strauss should not have looked to happy with given a life at 38, strange it was not mentioned again and again during the rest of the match (as is usual with such a big miss?? which everybody saw except one who mattered most unfortunately) - you know one innings make a match!!!! Bad luck Pakistan, bu ..............

  • AhmadSaleem on September 12, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Irfan is the weak link in the bowling. Should be replaced by Riaz if he's available otherwise Razzaq should come in. Afridi also didn't have a good game. Rest performed well without a lot of luck. Strauss should have been caught, should have been given out. In fact, he should have walked like Akmal did but he built an inning on those chances and played very well. In the end, his performance was the difference b/w two teams.Gul is getting better so as whole team.

  • on September 12, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Desperatly needed win for Pakistan may not have come but knowing what they have, they did there best. Good luck in game 3. The difference today was surely fielding. Few catches had pakistan held (strauss etc.), things would have definetly different.

  • on September 12, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    The visitor's fielding was poor? Are you kidding me? I have NEVER seen Pakistan field as well as they did today. The catch Irfan dropped, at the speed it was coming, it was far tougher than it looked. We stopped so many boundaries and attacked the wickets, even got a run-out that way. HAD Strauss been given out to what was too obvious to be considered a 'mistake', England would have definitely lost this one. It's sad time and time again Pakistan have to bowl the same batsmen twice and thrice because of the umpires retarded mistakes.

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  • on September 12, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    The visitor's fielding was poor? Are you kidding me? I have NEVER seen Pakistan field as well as they did today. The catch Irfan dropped, at the speed it was coming, it was far tougher than it looked. We stopped so many boundaries and attacked the wickets, even got a run-out that way. HAD Strauss been given out to what was too obvious to be considered a 'mistake', England would have definitely lost this one. It's sad time and time again Pakistan have to bowl the same batsmen twice and thrice because of the umpires retarded mistakes.

  • on September 12, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Desperatly needed win for Pakistan may not have come but knowing what they have, they did there best. Good luck in game 3. The difference today was surely fielding. Few catches had pakistan held (strauss etc.), things would have definetly different.

  • AhmadSaleem on September 12, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Irfan is the weak link in the bowling. Should be replaced by Riaz if he's available otherwise Razzaq should come in. Afridi also didn't have a good game. Rest performed well without a lot of luck. Strauss should have been caught, should have been given out. In fact, he should have walked like Akmal did but he built an inning on those chances and played very well. In the end, his performance was the difference b/w two teams.Gul is getting better so as whole team.

  • ali14pakistani on September 12, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Very good for England, but that ceratin catch not given by the umpire certainly helped them a lot; Strauss should not have looked to happy with given a life at 38, strange it was not mentioned again and again during the rest of the match (as is usual with such a big miss?? which everybody saw except one who mattered most unfortunately) - you know one innings make a match!!!! Bad luck Pakistan, bu ..............

  • Agus2010 on September 12, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    There is a news in Sunday Times that ICC anti corruption unit reportedly saying that 29 cricketers including 2 Australian players found suspected that they have done match fixing in IPL season II, the IPL was approved by ICC and involved lot of money, why Cricinfo never given a splash news regarding this matter, IS IT BECAUSE ITS OWNER ALSO INVOLVED IN IPL ISN'T IT?

  • ali14pakistani on September 12, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Strauss should have walked!!!!!!

  • on September 12, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    the match was simply awesome and breathtaking........:) Pakistan showed a good batting performance after a long time............ and cheers! England are no.2 in the ICC rankings...........:))

  • on September 12, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    billy doctrove was the difference between the two sides and should have been the man of the match

  • on September 12, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Hey Andrew...

    Don't you think your comment "..in the penultimate over to keep the punters on tenterhooks." should probably be rephrased in context of all the off-field incidents this summer? :)

    Devendra

  • Agus2010 on September 12, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Flash News for Cricinfo

    29 cricketers suspected in alleged fixing in IPL2: The Sunday Times Press Trust Of India London, September 12, 2010First Published: 14:17 IST(12/9/2010) Last Updated: 16:28 IST(12/9/2010)

    Twenty nine cricketers, including two Australians are suspected to be involved in spot-fixing at last year's Indian Premier League in South Africa, a leading London newspaper claimed on Sunday. According to a secret dossier compiled by the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit, the list includes