Pakistan in England Test Series - 1st Test

England v Pakistan

England won by 354 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

10.55am Here come the England openers, and it could be a testing little period first up against the swinging ball. Mohammad Aamer to open up.

Now then, this is the sixth Test in a row in which Pakistan have bowled first, notes Osman Samiuddin. Who also says this is their first Test at Trent Bridge since 1967.

10.40am Ian Botham in his toss report says the decision was a no-brainer. It's dry and perfect for batting - despite the cloudy conditions overhead.

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For all the excitement generated by Pakistan's pacemen, the real stand-out bowler in the recent Australia series was, incongruously, Shane Watson -which suggests that Jonathan Trott might be a trump card for England at some stage of this game. Daniel Norcross was musing about this affront to Test history in his recent blog.

10.30am Now then, the toss must only be seconds away. Meanwhile, we have confirmation that England's side is as predicted. No room for Tim Bresnan.

1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn.

England have won the toss and will bat. Andrew Strauss thinks the pitch looks good for batting and getting runs on the board is the best way to put pressure on Pakistan, despite the overcast conditions. I wonder if he watched the Headingley Test last week.

Interestingly, Salman Butt says Pakistan would have batted first as well, on a dry-looking pitch. And there are no changes to the Pakistan team that beat Australia in Leeds.

1 Salman Butt (capt), 2 Imran Farhat, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Umar Amin, 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Kamran Akmal (wk), 8 Mohammad Aamer, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Danish Kaneria, 11 Mohammad Asif.

From England's point of view this series is about building momentum for the Ashes later this year. And our friends at The Wisden Cricketer are also preparing for the series by pulling together a feature with your stories of following England down under. For example, they want to know about people who have re-mortgaged their home to travel, any odd methods of transport to get there, things that have gone wrong on the way and anyone who has fallen in love with cricket having been reluctantly dragged along for the ride. If anyone has such a story, email the miniature Daniel Brigham on daniel.brigham@wisdencricketer.com

10.25am It's also worth noting that the Pakistan flag is at half mast, after the air crash in Islamabad that killed 152 people yesterday.

10.13am Well, the toss is just over 15 minutes away but there are some factors to consider in the meantime. Firstly, the much-discussed UDRS is going to be used in this series, and will hopefully cut out any contentious decisions.

Nagraj Gollapudi, ever a man for a conspiracy, has a hunch that Shoaib Malik has been dropped for this match. He's not been taking part in fielding drills, and seems to be a man apart at the moment. We shall see soon enough. Yasir Hameed could be coming in instead.

Now, while we wait for the toss, why not check out Andrew McGlashan's preview, Andrew Miller's view on the England team, and Nagraj's thoughts on the Pakistan batting line-up. Maaarvellous team effort, that.

10.00am Good morning, good morning. Welcome to the first Test of the series, which is really the third Test of the English summer for both England and Pakistan after their games against Bangladesh and Australia, respectively. Pakistan drew their series 1-1 with Australia with a tense win at Headingley - now, what can they do against the home team?

Andrew Miller is at Trent Bridge and he reports the following: "It's fairly overcast so far this morning, so plenty for the captains to ponder before the toss. The pitch is one you'd want to bat first on in ordinary circumstances, but I dare say whoever loses the toss will be quite relieved."

0.1

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, angled in first ball, doesn't swing, and Strauss pushes to midwicket

Three slips in place

0.2

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, this one swings away, but Aamer's line is wrong, well outside off stump and Strauss leaves

0.3

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, too wide again, no way Strauss is going to nibble at that

0.4

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, wide, swinging away, and left alone. And worryingly for the bowlers, there's not much bounce there

0.5

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, 2 runs, there are the first runs for England, Strauss gets a thickish edge away along the ground through gully

0.6

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, wide again, swinging away and left alone

With that sort of line from Aamer, I'd say it was Mitchell Johnson bowling - except the ball was swinging

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0
AJ Strauss    2* (6b)      Mohammad Amir    1-0-2-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

1.1

Mohammad Asif to Cook, 1 run, Asif finds some swing immediately, but it's straying onto the pads and Cook clips a single down to fine leg

1.2

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, FOUR, nicely done from Strauss, just a simple flick off his pads through midwicket for a boundary, neither of the Pakistan bowlers have got their line right yet

1.3

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, 2 runs, more leg side bowling, and Strauss clips it through square leg

"What's all this fuss about the Pakistan attack?" McGlashan pipes up. "Fancy getting bowled out for 88."

1.4

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, and here's the first appeal of the day! Asif pitches the ball in line, it curves back a remarkable amount and in fact so much that it would have missed leg, Tony Hill decides. And he's right

1.5

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, 3 runs, clipped through mid on this time, Kaneria chases it down as best he can and they pick up three

1.6

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, left alone outside off, a teasing line curving back in to the left-hander

End of over 2 (10 runs) England 12/0
AN Cook    1* (2b)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-10-0
AJ Strauss    11* (10b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    1-0-2-0

2.1

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, Aamer starts wide of off again, swinging further away, and Strauss lets it go

2.2

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, better line now, straighter and swinging away, but still Strauss is able to leave it alone

2.3

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, there we go! Aamer has gradually got closer to off stump and this one tempts Strauss, who just gets his bat out of the way, well left in the end but pretty good bowling also

2.4

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, no shot offered - Strauss hasn't had to use his bat at all this over

2.5

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, and again he doesn't - outside off, moving away, let to sail through to Kamran

2.6

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, left alone once again - no need for Strauss to use his bat at all

So Aamer hasn't quite got his line right just yet. He needs to be on off stump to make the batsman play.

End of over 3 (maiden) England 12/0
AJ Strauss    11* (16b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    2-1-2-0
AN Cook    1* (2b)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-10-0

3.1

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, pushed across Cook, who cuts to point

3.2

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, half a shout from Asif, but again this was swinging well down leg

Two slips in place for Asif, but the first is very wide of the wicketkeeper

3.3

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, swinging in and clipped to midwicket

3.4

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, Cook pushes down into the turf and out to point, covering the inswing

3.5

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, solid in defence again, Cook pushes to mid-off

3.6

Mohammad Asif to Cook, 2 runs, nicely played by Cook, this one swings into his pads and he clips it through the gap at midwicket

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 14/0
AN Cook    3* (8b)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-12-0
AJ Strauss    11* (16b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    2-1-2-0

4.1

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, 4 leg byes, this time Aamer strays to leg, and Strauss gets some pad on it to pick up a boundary

4.2

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, FOUR, well, that's a boundary but Strauss is pretty fortunate. Aamer was trying to tempt Strauss outside off with an outswinger, the batsman looks to drive and then tries to get his bat out of the way - it runs off the toe of the bat down through gully for four

4.3

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, dropped! Kamran, what have you done? Perfect outswinger from Aamer, Strauss edges and Akmal puts down the simplest of chances. Kamran kept so well against Australia - relatively speaking, anyway - but this is the worst possible start for him against England

4.4

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, flicked to midwicket, can't beat the field

4.5

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

4.6

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, solid in defence this time

What a let-off for Strauss. I simply cannot believe a Test wicketkeeper - any Test wicketkeeper - could drop that catch. It looked as if he got his hands in the wrong position and it bounced off his wrists.

End of over 5 (8 runs) England 22/0
AJ Strauss    15* (22b 2x4)      Mohammad Amir    3-1-6-0
AN Cook    3* (8b)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-12-0

5.1

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, left alone by Cook

5.2

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, no shot offered outside off

5.3

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, angled across Cook, who defends to mid-off

5.4

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, that's the line Asif will attack, a full length on off stump swinging in, Cook drives to mid-on

5.5

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, this one doesn't swing, and Cook leaves it outside off

5.6

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, and once again Cook leaves one that's wide of off

End of over 6 (maiden) England 22/0
AN Cook    3* (14b)      Mohammad Asif    3-1-12-0
AJ Strauss    15* (22b 2x4)      Mohammad Amir    3-1-6-0

Rajkamal has a question for Kamran: "Did you just drop the series?"

6.1

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, swinging away, left alone outside off

6.2

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, 1 run, Aamer attacks the stumps now, but it's too far onto the pads and Strauss flicks away to fine leg for a single

6.3

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, Howzat? Aamer wants an lbw against Cook but Asoka de Silva quickly shakes his head. To the naked eye that looked to be going over the top, and HawkEye agrees.

6.4

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, Cook defends to mid-off

6.5

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, straight ball now, Cook nudges it away to midwicket

6.6

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, oops, Cook looks to play and then leave, but doesn't get his bat out of the way and ends up accidentally nudging a low ball down into the pitch. Sort of a reverse periscope, that

End of over 7 (1 run) England 23/0
AN Cook    3* (18b)      Mohammad Amir    4-1-7-0
AJ Strauss    16* (24b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-1-12-0

7.1

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, FOUR, easy pickings for Strauss, swinging down leg side and it's comfortably clipped through square leg and Aamer running around from fine leg has no chance of cutting that off

7.2

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, 1 run, edgy, inside edgy, as Strauss just squeezes some bat on that inswinger to get a single to fine leg

7.3

Mohammad Asif to Cook, FOUR, edgy, outside edgy, this time, as Cook plays on off stump and sees his thick edge fly into the ground and away to third man

There is no bounce in this pitch, it could be hard work for the bowlers

Asif comes around the wicket now

7.4

Mohammad Asif to Cook, 4 byes, oye, swinging way, way down leg side and it runs away for four byes, Akmal had no chance of reaching that one, although he didn't actually try to dive

7.5

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, better line from Asif, swinging in and Cook pushes outside off and it beats the edge

7.6

Mohammad Asif to Cook, 1 run, curving in again, Cook pushes to cover and presses for a quick single, good running

"With bowlers like Aamer and Asif, who needs a world-class keeper?" asks Vivek. "Kamran will have loads of chances to make amends." Hmm ... c Marsh b Lillee, c Knott b Underwood, c Gilchrist b Warne ...

End of over 8 (14 runs) England 37/0
AN Cook    8* (22b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    4-1-22-0
AJ Strauss    21* (26b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    4-1-7-0

8.1

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, Aamer goes for the yorker now, Cook keeps it out and pushes to mid-on

8.2

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, Cook guides this one to point, no swing from Aamer there

8.3

Mohammad Amir to Cook, no run, oops, Aamer sprays this one down leg side, Akmal takes it

8.4

Mohammad Amir to Cook, 5 wides, horrid! That's the worst ball Aamer has bowled in a long while. Full and a long, long way down leg side, that has gone so wide it's hit the return crease

8.4

Mohammad Amir to Cook, OUT, this time Pakistan make no mistake! Aamer gets his wicket as Cook is square up by a good ball on off stump, a thick edge is snapped up by Imran Farhat at first slip

AN Cook c Imran Farhat b Mohammad Amir 8 (36m 26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 30.76

So Aamer gets some reward after having Strauss dropped. To that end, Nadeem Ahmed growls: "If we lose the match Akmal brothers are responsible." Eh? What's Umar done wrong so far?

Now then, how will Trott handle Aamer?

8.5

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, ooh good ball! Aamer nearly gets through Trott's defence first up. It's full, swinging in and almost yorker length, Trott just gets an inside edge into his pad to keep that from crashing into his stumps

8.6

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, left alone outside off

That was the sort of over that sums Pakistan up, really. The good, the bad and the ugly.

End of over 9 (5 runs) England 42/1
IJL Trott    0* (2b)      Mohammad Amir    5-1-12-1
AJ Strauss    21* (26b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    4-1-22-0

9.1

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, defended away safely

9.2

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, swinging in a little, Strauss drives to mid off

9.3

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, good ball, that's Asif's offcutter and it beats the bat of Strauss

9.4

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, well now, Strauss walks down the pitch a la Matthew Hayden, although he only prods it to midwicket

9.5

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, left alone by Strauss, no swing in that time and Kamran Akmal takes it cleanly

9.6

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, lovely delivery, Asif pitches it on off and instead of swinging in it nibbles away just a touch, and beats the bat of Strauss

End of over 10 (maiden) England 42/1
AJ Strauss    21* (32b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    5-2-22-0
IJL Trott    0* (2b)      Mohammad Amir    5-1-12-1

10.1

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, Aamer hustles in and pushes it across Trott, who leaves it alone

Three slips and a gully in place

10.2

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, angled across and no swing - Trott lets it go

10.3

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, beaten! Quick and straight, forcing Trott to play as it was just on off stump, and beats the bat

10.4

Mohammad Amir to Trott, 1 run, a little too short, Trott is able to squeeze it away through square leg to get off the mark

10.5

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, 1 run, oops, Salman Butt misfields at mid-off there to hand Strauss a single where there should not have been one

10.6

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, teasing line outside off, but Trott is not tempted and lets it go

End of over 11 (2 runs) England 44/1
IJL Trott    1* (7b)      Mohammad Amir    6-1-14-1
AJ Strauss    22* (33b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    5-2-22-0

Time for Mohammad Asif to have a rest. Here's Umar Gul from the Radcliffe Road End. Hmmm, and Gul misses his run-up at the first attempt. Not a good sign.

11.1

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, well wide of off, short and wide and left alone by Strauss

11.2

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, half a shout from Gul and Kamran as there's a noise as that ball goes down leg, but it sounded thuddy like it came off the thigh pad

11.3

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, wide of off again and left alone, some good carry through to Akmal, at least

11.4

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, and down leg again, Gul is alternating between wide of leg and wide of off

11.5

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, true to form, this one is outside off and swinging in just a touch, left alone

11.6

Umar Gul to Strauss, 1 run, finally a decent ball from Umar Gul, making Strauss play just outside off, and it squeezes away behind square leg

"Not a great innings that from the Essex left-hander, he looked like the Cuprinol Man," writes Dave.

End of over 12 (1 run) England 45/1
AJ Strauss    23* (39b 3x4)      Umar Gul    1-0-1-0
IJL Trott    1* (7b)      Mohammad Amir    6-1-14-1

Asif has switched ends.

12.1

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

12.2

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, walking down the pitch and Strauss defends, Asif is not the sort of pace that will frighten a batsman off doing that

12.3

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, probing on off, Strauss defends to cover

12.4

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, on off stump now, no real swing for Asif, and Strauss defends

12.5

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

12.6

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, 1 run, easy runs for Strauss, flicks it away off his pads again

End of over 13 (1 run) England 46/1
AJ Strauss    24* (45b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    6-2-23-0
IJL Trott    1* (7b)      Umar Gul    1-0-1-0

13.1

Umar Gul to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads again, Strauss glances down to fine leg

13.2

Umar Gul to Trott, no run, swinging away a little, Trott pushes aggressively towards the off side

13.3

Umar Gul to Trott, 1 run, good running there from Trott, he nudges to cover and hares through for a quick single

13.4

Umar Gul to Strauss, FOUR, good shot, Strauss leans into a well-timed off-drive that races away through mid-off, that was a half-volley there to be driven

13.5

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, solid in defence now as Gul targets the stumps, he's not found as much swing as Aamer and Asif

13.6

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, a thick inside edge from Strauss there, onto his pad

So, that will be drinks and here's Liam to take you through until lunch.

End of over 14 (6 runs) England 52/1
AJ Strauss    29* (49b 4x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-7-0
IJL Trott    2* (9b)      Mohammad Asif    6-2-23-0

Thanks Brydon. This match has made for interesting - if slightly frustrating, for Pakistan fans - viewing so far.

14.1

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, looping down leg, the ball brushes Trott's pad but Kamran tumbles to his left and cuts it off...

14.2

Mohammad Asif to Trott, FOUR, floated up outside off, swinging away but much too full and Trott latches on with a crunchy, well-balanced cover drive

14.3

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, Asif pulls the length back a touch and straightens up as well, but not close enough to the stumps to interest Trott, who leaves well alone

14.4

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, good delivery, on a length again and this time Trott is almost drawn into the stroke, just pulling his bat inside the line to leave as the ball reaches him

14.5

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, full, just outside off, and defended to extra cover

14.6

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, similar ball, again Trott shuffles across to off with his weight forward and defends under his eyes

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 56/1
IJL Trott    6* (15b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    7-2-27-0
AJ Strauss    29* (49b 4x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-7-0

15.1

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, nice line from Gul, just outside off, but Strauss has got his head right this morning and just plays the line as the ball seams towards the slips

15.2

Umar Gul to Strauss, FOUR, short, and the ball sits up to be cracked through square leg. Aamer got round in time to cut it off but just tumbled over the ball as it got to him, letting it through to the boundary much to the amusement of the crowd near the boundary

15.3

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, much better, fuller from Gul on off stump. Strauss keeps his bat inside the line again, not pushing at it and lets the ball through

15.4

Umar Gul to Strauss, 1 run, some swing, but the line is wrong and Strauss clips off his pads out to Aamer at long leg. This time he fields cleanly, with a backdrop of ironic cheers

15.5

Umar Gul to Trott, no run, just short of a good length, nibbling away off the seam but Trott is back and across to defend firmly back down the track

15.6

Umar Gul to Trott, 3 runs, Gul has not found his rhythm today, as he slips one into Trott's pads and is flicked firmly through midwicket

End of over 16 (8 runs) England 64/1
IJL Trott    9* (17b 1x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-15-0
AJ Strauss    34* (53b 5x4)      Mohammad Asif    7-2-27-0

The second change of the morning, as Danish Kaneria replaces Asif. It'll be interesting to see if this pitch takes spin. There has been some swing this morning, but disappointingly not much bounce in the wicket. A slip and a short leg are in, but the field has a defensive look to it with men out on the cover and square leg boundaries

16.1

Danish Kaneria to Trott, no run, well, there is some turn, but a wild start from Kaneria, who dishes up a short, wide long hop

16.2

Danish Kaneria to Trott, 1 run, too short, too wide again. Trott pushes the ball out to cover for a single

16.3

Danish Kaneria to Strauss, no run, sharp turn from Kaneria, as the ball lands just outside off and spins down past leg stump. But the length was all wrong, and Strauss was in no danger

16.4

Danish Kaneria to Strauss, 1 run, fuller, Strauss bends down and sweeps to short fine leg

16.5

Danish Kaneria to Trott, no run, full, on the toes, and Trott clips the ball into the man at short leg

16.6

Danish Kaneria to Trott, no run, full again to finish the over, and driven back to the over

Interesting first look at spin in the match. There's definitely some grip and turn, but Kaneria looks as though he'll need a few overs to get his rhythm

End of over 17 (2 runs) England 66/1
IJL Trott    10* (21b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    1-0-2-0
AJ Strauss    35* (55b 5x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-15-0

17.1

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, on a length on off stump, Strauss goes back and across and defends back to the bowler

17.2

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, good line from Gul, if still just slightly too short. Strauss thought about playing at this as it seamed away from him, pulling his bat inside the line just in time

17.3

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, more back-of-a-length stuff, and pushed defensively to cover from the crease

17.4

Umar Gul to Strauss, 2 runs, Gul pitches it up and immediately draws something of a false stroke from Strauss, who aims to drive through cover but the ball takes the inside edge and rolls to midwicket

17.5

Umar Gul to Strauss, FOUR, frustrating stuff from Gul, who just hasn't got it right today. Short, wide and the gift is gleefully accepted by Strauss, who slaps a cut through backward point. Gul needs to realise quickly that this is not a bang-it-in wicket

17.6

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, fuller, but outside off and easily left alone by Strauss

End of over 18 (6 runs) England 72/1
AJ Strauss    41* (61b 6x4)      Umar Gul    4-0-21-0
IJL Trott    10* (21b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    1-0-2-0

18.1

Danish Kaneria to Trott, (no ball) 2 runs, wow, this must have slipped out! A chest-high full toss from Kaneria takes Trott by surprise, and he can only tap it to midwicket. That was a shocker

18.1

Danish Kaneria to Trott, no run, and he follows that up with an unplayable ball that pitches full on middle and off and rips across the face of the bat. Sharp turn!

18.2

Danish Kaneria to Trott, 1 run, just slightly too full, and Trott clips off his toes to midwicket

18.3

Danish Kaneria to Strauss, no run, full again, tapped watchfully back to the bowler

18.4

Danish Kaneria to Strauss, no run, ditto, same ball, same result

18.5

Danish Kaneria to Strauss, 2 runs, positive stuff from Strauss, who looks to disrupt what little rhythm Kaneria has worked up by shimmying down the track and pushing a checked-drive down the track

18.6

Danish Kaneria to Strauss, 1 run, pitching middle and leg, the turn takes it further in that direction and Strauss glances to short fine leg

End of over 19 (7 runs) England 79/1
AJ Strauss    44* (65b 6x4)      Danish Kaneria    2-0-9-0
IJL Trott    13* (24b 1x4)      Umar Gul    4-0-21-0

19.1

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, on a length, a hint of shape back in to the left-hander through the air but it's nothing more than that and Strauss defends solidly back to the bowler

19.2

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, some width offered outside off, not quite enough for the cut but Strauss looks to force off the back foot. An chopped inside edge rolls towards gully

19.3

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, fuller on off stump, Strauss presses forward and drops the ball towards cover. He looks for the quick single but it's not on

19.4

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, on a length, pitching off and seaming away slightly. Strauss pushes to cover from the crease

19.5

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, Gul has kept things relatively tight so far, and continues to do so, landing one on a length on off stump and drawing a defensive stroke from Strauss

19.6

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, good finish, and Gul completes a maiden with another length off stump delivery

End of over 20 (maiden) England 79/1
AJ Strauss    44* (71b 6x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-21-0
IJL Trott    13* (24b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    2-0-9-0

With the turn in the wicket, it would be nice to see Salman Butt taking a slightly more attacking approach here. This game is just starting to drift...

20.1

Danish Kaneria to Trott, no run, this one rushes straight on to strike Trott on the pad, huge appeal from Pakistan and de Silva agrees! Trott asks for the review straight away... And replays show a big inside edge, so the decision is over-turned and Trott stays

20.2

Danish Kaneria to Trott, no run, a little short, but Trott can only push to mid-on

20.3

Danish Kaneria to Trott, FOUR, leg-stump half-volley, this time Trott doesn't miss out and glances firmly through midwicket, picking the gap and finding the boundary!

20.4

Danish Kaneria to Trott, no run, beaten outside off stump! This landed on off stump and turned away sharply to elude Trott's defensive push

20.5

Danish Kaneria to Trott, no run, straighter, Trott lunges out to smother the turn and defend

20.6

Danish Kaneria to Trott, 2 runs, just too short again, Trott whips through midwicket and Asif escorts the ball two-thirds of the way to the boundary before hauling it back in...

End of over 21 (6 runs) England 85/1
IJL Trott    19* (30b 2x4)      Danish Kaneria    3-0-15-0
AJ Strauss    44* (71b 6x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-21-0

21.1

Umar Gul to Strauss, 1 run, just short of a good length, landing on off stump and going towards the slip off the seam and with the angle. Strauss punches to cover off the back foot, beating extra cover but the man at cover runs round to cut it off

21.2

Umar Gul to Trott, no run, full outside off, Trott leans into a checked-drive but finds extra cover

21.3

Umar Gul to Trott, no run, Gul gets this one to bend back in to Trott, who pushes forward in defence and inside-edges onto his front pad

21.4

Umar Gul to Trott, no run, this one shapes away through the air, again it is nice and full and Trott is drawn into a drive, but picks out the cover fielder

21.5

Umar Gul to Trott, no run, full again, but this time too wide of off stump to interest the batsman, who raises his bat above his head to leave

21.6

Umar Gul to Trott, 1 run, full, on off stump and swinging in. Trott drives firmly down the ground, but Salman Butt charges across from mid-off and does really well to cut it off. Good cricket all round

End of over 22 (2 runs) England 87/1
IJL Trott    20* (35b 2x4)      Umar Gul    6-1-23-0
AJ Strauss    45* (72b 6x4)      Danish Kaneria    3-0-15-0

22.1

Danish Kaneria to Trott, no run, tossed up very full outside off, Trott watches it closely, covering his stumps as the ball grips and turns towards the slip sharply

22.2

Danish Kaneria to Trott, no run, closer to off stump this time, but again Trott leaves alone as the ball spins away from him

22.3

Danish Kaneria to Trott, FOUR, loose from Kaneria, and whatever pressure had been built over the last over or two evaporates as he dishes up a low full toss on leg stump and is cracked through midwicket for four

22.4

Danish Kaneria to Trott, no run, variation from the bowler, as this one rushes straight on after pitching, but it's speared down the leg side

22.5

Danish Kaneria to Trott, no run, left alone outside off

22.6

Danish Kaneria to Trott, 1 run, nudged to midwicket for a quick single that also brings up the fifty partnership between these two batsmen

End of over 23 (5 runs) England 92/1
IJL Trott    25* (41b 3x4)      Danish Kaneria    4-0-20-0
AJ Strauss    45* (72b 6x4)      Umar Gul    6-1-23-0

With 15 minutes to go till lunch, Mohammad Aamer comes back into the attack

23.1

Mohammad Amir to Trott, 1 run, full, swerving in through the air but Trott leans forward and pushes firmly back down the track. Well-fielded again by mid-off

23.2

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, immediately Aamer is making things happen here, hooping one away through the air to beat Strauss's defensive poke outside off. He's a special young bowler, and so important to Pakistan's cause

23.3

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, slightly fuller and straighter, this one doesn't swing and Strauss presses forward to drive to mid-off

23.4

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, OUT, gone! Kamran holds the edge! Aamer landed one just short of a length, the ball swung away and bounced more than Strauss expected, taking a thick top edge as he shaped to cut. Kamran didn't look totally comfortable in taking the catch, but - vitally - he held on and Pakistan break through before lunch!

AJ Strauss c †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Amir 45 (107m 75b 6x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Kevin Pietersen comes out with a tricky 12 minutes to negotiate before the interval. He hasn't batted in a first-class match since June 4, against Bangladesh.

23.5

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, no run, full, but well wide of off stump. KP thrusts his front leg forward and across and raises his bat to leave

23.6

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, no run, nipping past the outside edge! Cries of anguish from the slips as Aamer pushes one across Pietersen, just eluding the outside edge on the way through to the 'keeper

End of over 24 (1 run) England 93/2
KP Pietersen    0* (2b)      Mohammad Amir    7-1-15-2
IJL Trott    26* (42b 3x4)      Danish Kaneria    4-0-20-0

There's a double change in the attack, as Shoaib Malik replaces Kaneria.

24.1

Shoaib Malik to Trott, no run, grip and turn first up, but it's too short and Trott has time to nudge defensively to midwicket

24.2

Shoaib Malik to Trott, FOUR, short outside off, this one doesn't turn and Trott flashes a cut down to third man. That was a bit edgy, but well wide of the slip fielder

24.3

Shoaib Malik to Trott, no run, landing on leg stump, kicked away by Trott

24.4

Shoaib Malik to Trott, 1 run, full on leg stump again, Trott flicks to square leg

24.5

Shoaib Malik to Pietersen, no run, full and straight, Pietersen somehow gets himself into a very awkward position, tripping over his own feet as he pushes to mid-on. No major damage done...

24.6

Shoaib Malik to Pietersen, no run, nudged defensively to midwicket

End of over 25 (5 runs) England 98/2
KP Pietersen    0* (4b)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-5-0
IJL Trott    31* (46b 4x4)      Mohammad Amir    7-1-15-2

25.1

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, on a length, going across Trott on the angle and left alone

25.2

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, fuller, shaping back in through the air and Trott is quickly into a firm forward defensive to cover

25.3

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, close to a yorker, but wide of off. Dug out to mid-off

Aamer comes round the wicket now, two slips and a gully in place

25.4

Mohammad Amir to Trott, FOUR, off the outer half of the bat, but well-played by Trott, who played with soft hands and kept the ball down, picking the gap between the slips and gully to pick up four to third man

25.5

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, struck on the pad, huge appeal from Aamer! But that hit him above the knee roll, and may well have been shooting down the leg side with the angle from round with wicket. Replays suggest that would have hit the top of leg, and if Pakistan had reviewed that it would've been out! Didn't look like it on the first viewing though...

25.6

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, full, and defended firmly to cover

End of over 26 (4 runs) England 102/2
IJL Trott    35* (52b 5x4)      Mohammad Amir    8-1-19-2
KP Pietersen    0* (4b)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-5-0

Just one over to go before lunch, and Pakistan look to attack the new batsman by bringing Asif back. Good move, I say. He's certainly a more daunting prospect than Shoaib Malik...

26.1

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, full, swinging away and defended awkwardly to gully

26.2

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, nice and full, driven with far more conviction towards mid-off this time

26.3

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, this one snakes back in to the right-hander, but it lands wide of off and Pietersen leaves well alone

Pietersen has been walking down the pitch at Asif, and so Kamran Akmal is now coming up to the stumps to keep him crease-bound

26.4

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, on a length, defended to cover

26.5

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen is off the mark, defending an inswinging delivery on middle and off towards midwicket and stealing a quick single

26.6

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, on a length, outside off and left alone by Trott

And, as Trott re-marks his guard and scrapes away at what is already a miniature canyon on leg stump, the umpires call lunch and the players amble off. It's been an interesting first session. England had the better of it until Aamer found the edge of Strauss's bat before the break, and the interval comes with the teams just about level. Pakistan have Aamer to thank for that, he's been inspirational with the ball once again and whenever he's brought on something happens. The rest of the attack has been somewhat disappointing, however, and Aamer cannot carry everything on his 18-year-old shoulders.

Strauss looked in fluent touch before he got out, and with the way this pitch has played so far his decision to bat first looks to be a good one. There hasn't been all that much in it for the quicker bowlers, and the bounce has certainly been slightly on the low side. There were encouraging signs for the slower bowlers, although Kaneria couldn't quite strike a rhythm in his four overs. Anyway, Andrew McGlashan has been diligently working away at his lunchtime bulletin, and you should have a look at that for a more detailed account of the morning's play.

End of over 27 (1 run) England 103/2
IJL Trott    35* (53b 5x4)      Mohammad Asif    8-2-28-0
KP Pietersen    1* (9b)      Mohammad Amir    8-1-19-2

Welcome back after lunch, Brydon with you again. I wonder if we'll see more of the decision review system in this session. I can't look at the abbreviation UDRS without seeing the word 'udders'. Oh well, at least Jonathan Trott milked the UDRS for all he could this morning. Boom boom.

Anyway, Aamer to start up. Gosh he's an impressive young bowler.

27.1

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, no run, ooh, half a shout, or perhaps only a quarter of one, as Piertsen extravagantly leaves a ball angled across him. It clipped his front leg on the way through but well outside off

27.2

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, swings down leg and Pietersen works it away through square off his pad

27.3

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, full and angled across Trott, who drives to mid-off

27.4

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, no swing from Aamer here, it's pushed across Trott, who leaves it alone

27.5

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, straighter ball now, and it;'s defended solidly back down the pitch

Two slips in place, and again the first is wider than you'd normally see. That's putting a lot of faith in Kamran

27.6

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, left alone again, angled across the batsman

End of over 28 (1 run, maiden) England 104/2
IJL Trott    35* (57b 5x4)      Mohammad Amir    9-2-19-2
KP Pietersen    1* (11b)      Mohammad Asif    8-2-28-0

Mohammad Asif from the Pavilion End now. Two slips and a gully

28.1

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, a warm-up ball outside off, very slow pace from Asif and Pietersen defends

28.2

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, oh, well bowled, Asif probes outside off and nibbles the ball away, beating the edge from Pietersen as he pushed forward

28.3

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

28.4

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, ooh, howzat for lbw? Not out says de Silva but Pakistan are confident and the ask for a review! Pietersen was walking at the bowler and tried to clip a straight one through leg, it hit him below the knee roll. That looked very tight at first view, but HawkEye shows it clipping the bails in the zone of uncertainty - so it goes back to the decision of the umpire on field

Pietersen is lucky there - it was very tight and had de Silva given it out on field that would not have been overturned either. So, Pakistan are down to one review

28.5

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, worked to midwicket

28.6

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 29 (maiden) England 104/2
KP Pietersen    1* (17b)      Mohammad Asif    9-3-28-0
IJL Trott    35* (57b 5x4)      Mohammad Amir    9-2-19-2

29.1

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, angled across Trott, who drives at a fuller ball and misses, and the straightforward ball is fumbled by Kamran Akmal

29.2

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, defended away safely by Trott

29.3

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, angled across him again and this one stays low, Trott pushes it away to the off side

29.4

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, worked away to leg, not much swing there for Aamer

29.5

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, he's attacking the stumps again, Trott watchfully nudges it towards mid off

29.6

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, left alone outside off, this time Kamran takes it cleanly

Greg from South Africa emails in: "I still agree with a past comment that calling it the Third Umpire Review Decision System would lend itself to a far better abbreviation."

End of over 30 (maiden) England 104/2
IJL Trott    35* (63b 5x4)      Mohammad Amir    10-3-19-2
KP Pietersen    1* (17b)      Mohammad Asif    9-3-28-0

30.1

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, defended towards leg as Asif targets the stumps

30.2

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, good ball, swinging away and fullish, tempting Pietersen into the drive, but he just nudges it with soft hands towards cover

30.3

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, and Pietersen really reaches at this one, quite a way outside off to work the ball to point

30.4

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen is gearing up for a drive, you can just feel it - this time he's forward and prodded the ball to mid off

30.5

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, FOUR, and there is the boundary that he wanted, a bit of width from Asif and Pietersen gets a long step across and helps the ball on its way through cover, nice shot

30.6

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, Pakistan are confident again! An outswinger flies past the outside edge and Asif is confident, utterly convinced that has hit the edge. Asoka de Silva says no, and Pakistan want a review. There was a noise, no question, but Hot Spot shows nothing on the side of the bat and it looks like his bat has flicked his pad. Pietersen survives again!

So, Pakistan have lost both their reviews trying to get rid of Pietersen

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 108/2
KP Pietersen    5* (23b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    10-3-32-0
IJL Trott    35* (63b 5x4)      Mohammad Amir    10-3-19-2

31.1

Mohammad Amir to Trott, 1 leg bye, off the pad and a half-hearted shout from Aamer

31.2

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, no run, angled across and that was left alone

31.3

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, no run, pushed to mid-off and there's no run

31.4

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, no run, a big windy drive from Pietersen as this one is angled across him, the ball clunks off the under edge and through to Kamran

31.5

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, FOUR, oh, down leg side and it beats Kamran to run away to the boundary. Asoka de Silva has called that as runs off the bat, but I don't think Pietersen made contact with it

31.6

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, no run, beaten outside off, he's tempting Pietersen out there

End of over 32 (5 runs) England 113/2
KP Pietersen    9* (28b 2x4)      Mohammad Amir    11-3-23-2
IJL Trott    35* (64b 5x4)      Mohammad Asif    10-3-32-0

32.1

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, left alone outside off as Asif finds some outswing

32.2

Mohammad Asif to Trott, 3 runs, well played by Trott, he's helped that fullish outswinger on its way through cover and Umar Amin chases it down, slides and reels the ball in - good thing it was Amin and not Kaneria chasing

32.3

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, OUT, gone! No review needed this time. Asif has been hammering away on that good length just outside off stump and this one kept straight, finding the inside edge from Pietersen and the ball crashed into the top of middle stump

KP Pietersen b Mohammad Asif 9 (38m 29b 2x4 0x6) SR: 31.03

That was a well-deserved wicket for Asif, who has bowled well today. Now then, how will Paul Collingwood do?

32.4

Mohammad Asif to Collingwood, 2 runs, runs immediately for Collingwood as Asif tries to find a way through the defence again, but it's straight enough that the batsman can work it easily through midwicket

32.5

Mohammad Asif to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off stump this time

32.6

Mohammad Asif to Collingwood, no run, left alone once again, and that was a fine over from Asif

Faisal Muqeet emails in with one of the sensiblest comments I've read today: "Teams still have to learn on how to use UDRS. The purpose of this is to avoid 'POOR' decisions rather than 50-50 ones. With Pakistan losing their both, the worse decision may get through!"

End of over 33 (5 runs) England 118/3
PD Collingwood    2* (3b)      Mohammad Asif    11-3-37-1
IJL Trott    38* (66b 5x4)      Mohammad Amir    11-3-23-2

33.1

Mohammad Amir to Trott, OUT, Aamer strikes again! Trott pads up to a ball angled across him and after a good hard think, Tony Hill gives him lbw. Trott asks for a review, though he doesn't look entirely convinced, and HawkEye shows it pitching in line and clipping the top off of stump, so the decision stands

IJL Trott lbw b Mohammad Amir 38 (114m 67b 5x4 0x6) SR: 56.71

So, more review drama and another good decision from the on-field officials. Now then, Eoin Morgan, what are you made of? Let's find out

33.2

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, no run, Morgan's first ball is a prober outside off, and he defends solidly

Three slips and a gully in place

33.3

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, no run, swinging away from the left-hander, who leaves it

33.4

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, no run, oops, this one goes the wrong way from Aamer, almost as if he held it the wrong way around, swinging down leg

33.5

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, 1 run, good ball, but Morgan gets off the mark by working to fine leg off a ball that jagged back and bounced

33.6

Mohammad Amir to Collingwood, no run, pushed across Collingwood, who lets it go

End of over 34 (1 run) England 119/4
PD Collingwood    2* (4b)      Mohammad Amir    12-3-24-3
EJG Morgan    1* (4b)      Mohammad Asif    11-3-37-1

Andrew Miller: I reckon the umpire deserves a lot of credit for how he handled that appeal. A flat not-out would have given Pakistan no right of appeal because they had used up their two chances. So he thought long and hard, and put the onus on Trott to challenge it if he felt it was wrong."

34.1

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, past the outside edge there, Morgan wasn't really playing though, just watching it carefully

34.2

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, pushed away towards mid-off

34.3

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, FOUR, well played by Morgan, he's got a straight ball and flicks it with ease through midwicket and away to the boundary

34.4

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, solid in defence this time

34.5

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, left alone outside off, no swing there

34.6

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, and left alone again as the ball angles across him

Mohammad Asif has now dismissed Kevin Pietersen five times across all formats, which is as many times as he's got anyone else out.

End of over 35 (4 runs) England 123/4
EJG Morgan    5* (10b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    12-3-41-1
PD Collingwood    2* (4b)      Mohammad Amir    12-3-24-3

35.1

Mohammad Amir to Collingwood, no run, pushed across Collingwood, who leaves it

35.2

Mohammad Amir to Collingwood, no run, same again - no swing and Collingwood isn't tempted

35.3

Mohammad Amir to Collingwood, 1 run, on the hips now, it's worked away to square leg

35.4

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, no run, Morgan is watchful again, defending towards cover

35.5

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, no run, looking for a way through to the stumps, Aamer bowls a straight one and Morgan defends

35.6

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, no run, is this out? There's an edge behind from Morgan and Kamran Akmal moves forward to take the catch but has it carried? Kamran believes that he has, and the umpires ask for help from Marais Erasmus upstairs. Replays show that has definitely bounced short of the gloves

End of over 36 (1 run) England 124/4
EJG Morgan    5* (13b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    13-3-25-3
PD Collingwood    3* (7b)      Mohammad Asif    12-3-41-1

36.1

Mohammad Asif to Collingwood, no run, swinging away from Collingwood, who leaves it alone

36.2

Mohammad Asif to Collingwood, no run, not much bounce there, and Collingwood punches it away to the off side

36.3

Mohammad Asif to Collingwood, no run, lovely bowling, that is a great outswinger from Asif and there's a noise as it passes the bat but no appeal from Pakistan - indeed that was bat striking pad

36.4

Mohammad Asif to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood walks across and pokes it to cover

36.5

Mohammad Asif to Collingwood, no run, driven to mid-on and Collingwood can't find the gap

36.6

Mohammad Asif to Collingwood, no run, Asif drags this one down a little and it's well wide of off, left alone by the batsman

There have been plenty of replies to Miller's comment. Here's one from Ian: "Miller is missing the point somewhat. The umpire gets credit for making the correct decision. It's not his job to consider whether Pakistan have any appeals left; he shouldn't even be considering that."

End of over 37 (maiden) England 124/4
PD Collingwood    3* (13b)      Mohammad Asif    13-4-41-1
EJG Morgan    5* (13b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    13-3-25-3

Oh right - Umar Gul. I'd nearly forgotten he was playing.

37.1

Umar Gul to Morgan, 1 run, pushed down the ground by Morgan, who gets a single

37.2

Umar Gul to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off, no real swing there for Gul

37.3

Umar Gul to Collingwood, no run, better line now, making the batsman play on off stump and Collingwood defends, clunkily

37.4

Umar Gul to Collingwood, no run, swing and a miss - Collingwood swipes outside off looking for a drive through cover and it's stayed low and beaten the bat

37.5

Umar Gul to Collingwood, no run, on the back foot, Collingwood defends

37.6

Umar Gul to Collingwood, no run, very good ball, that's a searching yorker from Umar Gul and Collingwood is up to it, jamming the bat down to keep it out

End of over 38 (1 run) England 125/4
PD Collingwood    3* (18b)      Umar Gul    7-1-24-0
EJG Morgan    6* (14b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    13-4-41-1

Here's Asif again - he runs in so casually that it seems like he could bowl all day and barely get tired

38.1

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, Morgan defends towards mid off

38.2

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, angled across Morgan again, he defends

38.3

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, pushed across Morgan and there's no swing - he leaves it

38.4

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, ah, this one does tempt Morgan - the other balls had been straightening slightly and this one moves away, teasing the batsman, who plays and misses

38.5

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, squared up now, a thick edge hits the ground on the way to second slip

38.6

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, moving away from Morgan, who again leaves it alone

End of over 39 (maiden) England 125/4
EJG Morgan    6* (20b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    14-5-41-1
PD Collingwood    3* (18b)      Umar Gul    7-1-24-0

Drinks taken and it's been a great post-lunch hour for Pakistan. They've been accurate and probing and picked up two wickets. We've used the break to switch comms - Sahil here.

"I agree that the umpire should base his decisions solely on the merit of the appeal," says Andrew Miller, "but the use of UDRS changes everything, especially for marginal decisions - because if his instinct is wrong, he has no hiding place. Imagine the stink if he'd turned that appeal down, as he could have been justified in doing, only for Pakistan to discover that it was hitting the stumps. Safer, surely, to put the onus on the batsman, and if he is reprieved, then the system has done its job."

39.1

Umar Gul to Collingwood, no run, Gul starts after the break with a half-tracker outside off stump, Collingwood can't quite latch on to it, mistiming his cut to cover. Important job for Gul to do here, The Mohammads need back up...

39.2

Umar Gul to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood looks like he's in his block mode here to ride the storm, good ball from Gul, full and swinging in a touch Collingwood defends

39.3

Umar Gul to Collingwood, no run, once again Gul has found a good length and line, Collingwood blocks

39.4

Umar Gul to Collingwood, no run, the bowler is lucky to get away with this, but when you string dot balls together and build pressure, bad balls tend to go unpunished, short and wide and crashed straight to point

39.5

Umar Gul to Collingwood, no run, better delivery here, back of a length, on off stump and the batsman hurries into a defence

39.6

Umar Gul to Collingwood, no run, swing here, but from a widish line and Collingwood nonchalantly lets it go by

End of over 40 (maiden) England 125/4
PD Collingwood    3* (24b)      Umar Gul    8-2-24-0
EJG Morgan    6* (20b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    14-5-41-1

Change of bowling here - Shoaib Malik is on for a trundle with his offbreaks... Morgan is a decent player of spin. Reverse-sweep anyone?

40.1

Shoaib Malik to Morgan, no run, not this time, left alone outside off stump

40.2

Shoaib Malik to Morgan, 1 run, nicely bowled here, touch wide and airy, inviting a drive which Morgan plays gently through to deep cover

Slip and short leg lurk...

40.3

Shoaib Malik to Collingwood, 1 run, nicely played, edging down the wicket and clipping it to the deep-set mid on fielder for a swift single

40.4

Shoaib Malik to Morgan, no run, Morgan looking typically calm as he pats this back to the bowler

40.5

Shoaib Malik to Morgan, 1 run, dragged down a touch too short from Shoaib, Morgan happily cuts down to deep point and collects a single

40.6

Shoaib Malik to Collingwood, no run, decent over, but nothing more than that, Collingwood on the back foot and defending carefully

End of over 41 (3 runs) England 128/4
PD Collingwood    4* (26b)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-8-0
EJG Morgan    8* (24b 1x4)      Umar Gul    8-2-24-0

"Pakistani fast bowling is a treat to watch!" writes an excitable Amin. "On the Aamer, Asif & Gul Show you have swing, pace, bounce, yorkers and of course dropped catches. Test cricket is good." Test cricket is good isn't it. Not sure Gul is a Test bowler, we'll get another look here...

41.1

Umar Gul to Morgan, no run, good stuff from the bowler but well played too, on a length in that channel outside off that Morgan could be a touch suspicious in, but he's compactly over the ball and defending

41.2

Umar Gul to Morgan, no run, carefully played again under his eyes around off stump, good probing bowling from Gul, he needs to hold his line there

41.3

Umar Gul to Morgan, no run, fuller length and Morgan is just hanging back and leg side of the ball, it means his drive is slightly mistimed and trickles to cover

41.4

Umar Gul to Morgan, no run, a touch straighter from Gul, attacking the stumps looking for an lbw perhaps, trying to get Morgan to play around his front pad, as it is Morgan defends comfortably enough

41.5

Umar Gul to Morgan, no run, this time it's outside off stump and Morgan indulges in an expansive leave

41.6

Umar Gul to Morgan, no run, fired across the left hander from over the wicket again, Morgan happily leaves alone, decent maiden over that from Gul. England still under the cosh a touch

End of over 42 (maiden) England 128/4
EJG Morgan    8* (30b 1x4)      Umar Gul    9-3-24-0
PD Collingwood    4* (26b)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-8-0

15 overs for 25 since lunch...

42.1

Shoaib Malik to Collingwood, 1 run, single here though, too short from Shoaib, Collingwood cuts gently for a single behind square on the off side

42.2

Shoaib Malik to Morgan, 1 run, the bowler gets away with a full toss here, Morgan probably should have done more with this but it was well fielded at mid off as Morgan drove crisply

42.3

Shoaib Malik to Collingwood, 1 run, this time it's quietly nurdled into the midwicket region

42.4

Shoaib Malik to Morgan, no run, Shoaib switches to round the wicket and flights this up on a length, Morgan defends

42.5

Shoaib Malik to Morgan, no run, flighted once more, Morgan drives very carefully into the off side

42.6

Shoaib Malik to Morgan, no run, more intent on this drive, Morgan giving himself a bit of room and freeing his arms, but picks out cover

Sham Ashraf writes in with a story that is equal parts sweet, amusing, and slightly unnerving: "My nephew has locked himself in and I have managed to climb up the roof and slipped thrpough the window.. now reading the live commentary while the locksmith is on his way... Also trying to keep the little one entertained!"

End of over 43 (3 runs) England 131/4
EJG Morgan    9* (34b 1x4)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-11-0
PD Collingwood    6* (28b)      Umar Gul    9-3-24-0

43.1

Umar Gul to Collingwood, no run, Gul lands this outside off stump on a length and Collingwood has nothing to do with it

43.2

Umar Gul to Collingwood, FOUR, finally Collingwood gets one of these away, he's been given enough practice from Gul and this time makes the bowler pay. Short and wide, Collingwood crisply punched it through square cover for four

43.3

Umar Gul to Collingwood, FOUR, and again, not very smart from Gul, short and wide again, Collingwood helps himself to four more with a repeat shot

43.4

Umar Gul to Collingwood, no run, much better length, full, Collingwood is hanging on the back foot which means he ends up slicing a drive to point

43.5

Umar Gul to Collingwood, (no ball) 1 run, oops, lots wrong with this from Pakistan, firstly it was a no ball from Gul, then a routine leg-side clip was missed at square leg by Asif, who seemed to pounce straight over the ball

43.5

Umar Gul to Morgan, 1 no ball, Gul struggling here, another no ball, this is not what Salman Butt needs, Morgan lets it go by outside off

43.5

Umar Gul to Morgan, FOUR, Gul is now wearing a very ugly expression, screwing up his face, but he can only blame himself, the first of the extra deliveries is floated up full on leg stump, Morgan flicks it powerfully, and a touch airily it must be said, in straight of midwicket for a boundary

43.6

Umar Gul to Morgan, no run, the over finally ends with Morgan leaving a widish ball outside off

End of over 44 (15 runs) England 146/4
EJG Morgan    13* (37b 2x4)      Umar Gul    10-3-39-0
PD Collingwood    15* (33b 2x4)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-11-0

44.1

Shoaib Malik to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood forward and defending carefully

44.2

Shoaib Malik to Collingwood, no run, sun coming out at Trent Bridge, Collingwood celebrates by poking this to mid on

44.3

Shoaib Malik to Collingwood, no run, bit shorter from the bowler, punched off the back foot to mid off

44.4

Shoaib Malik to Collingwood, no run, fuller and more flighted from Shoaib, Collingwood clips it firmly to square leg

44.5

Shoaib Malik to Collingwood, no run, fired down the leg side, where Akmal skips across and spills the take

44.6

Shoaib Malik to Collingwood, no run, good ball to finish, a touch quicker and flatter, Collingwood squeezes out a defensive block

End of over 45 (maiden) England 146/4
PD Collingwood    15* (39b 2x4)      Shoaib Malik    4-1-11-0
EJG Morgan    13* (37b 2x4)      Umar Gul    10-3-39-0

Change of bowling, inevitably after that poor Gul over, and here's Danish... There's something in the pitch for him. Slip and a short leg in place..

45.1

Danish Kaneria to Morgan, FOUR, good start, outside off stump and finds the outer-half of Morgan's bat as he looked to defend, played with soft hands but it runs away quickly to third man for four

45.2

Danish Kaneria to Morgan, no run, similar ball, similar shot, but it spins into the middle of Morgan's defensive bat

45.3

Danish Kaneria to Morgan, FOUR, Kaneria a touch impatient at the moment, looping this up well outside off and inviting a drive that Morgan happily strokes through extra cover for four

Deep point in place now...

45.4

Danish Kaneria to Morgan, no run, good ball this time, and Morgan pats it away

45.5

Danish Kaneria to Morgan, no run, once again Kaneria inviting a drive from Morgan, who is happy to oblige, playing crisply to cover

45.6

Danish Kaneria to Morgan, no run, solid defence to finish the over, Pakistan just struggling a touch with their back-up bowlers

End of over 46 (8 runs) England 154/4
EJG Morgan    21* (43b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    5-0-28-0
PD Collingwood    15* (39b 2x4)      Shoaib Malik    4-1-11-0

46.1

Shoaib Malik to Collingwood, no run, Shoaib finds a good line and length, drawing Collingwood into a solid forward block

46.2

Shoaib Malik to Collingwood, no run, this time the batsman is on the back foot and defending comfortably

46.3

Shoaib Malik to Collingwood, 1 run, neatly played this time, edging down the wicket and clipping through midwicket for a single

46.4

Shoaib Malik to Morgan, FOUR, Morgan on the sweep, and playing it well, getting down on one-knee early and dinking a fine paddle round the corner for four

46.5

Shoaib Malik to Morgan, FOUR, oooh, Morgan purring now, lovely shot, overpitched from the bowler but Morgan's drive was free-flowing and timed perfectly, It sped through straightish cover for four. Good to see that, shows he can take his natural game into the five-day format

46.6

Shoaib Malik to Morgan, no run, calmly blocked away to finish the over

"Umar Amin must bowl," insists Sami "He is the Saturday clubs trundlers hero!" Good call really, Pakistan need some more effective back up to the Mohammads

End of over 47 (9 runs) England 163/4
EJG Morgan    29* (46b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    5-1-20-0
PD Collingwood    16* (42b 2x4)      Danish Kaneria    5-0-28-0

47.1

Danish Kaneria to Collingwood, no run, Kaneria lands it on a length and line and Collingwood blocks

47.2

Danish Kaneria to Collingwood, FOUR, cripes, Kaneria really struggling, this is a real problem for Pakistan, another full toss, Collingwood clips the gift through square leg for four

47.3

Danish Kaneria to Collingwood, 1 run, overpitched once more, Collingwood flicks it firmly to deep midwicket and takes one to bring up a very good 50 partnership

47.4

Danish Kaneria to Morgan, FOUR, shot! Morgan happy to attack here and he unveils his powerful reverse sweep, nailing it through third man for four

47.5

Danish Kaneria to Morgan, no run, follows up the boundary with a careful defence

47.6

Danish Kaneria to Morgan, no run, another forward block to finish but Morgan has done very well here, arresting the momentum

End of over 48 (9 runs) England 172/4
EJG Morgan    33* (49b 7x4)      Danish Kaneria    6-0-37-0
PD Collingwood    21* (45b 3x4)      Shoaib Malik    5-1-20-0

48.1

Shoaib Malik to Collingwood, no run, this burrows through quite low, Collingwood jabs a defensive bat down in time

48.2

Shoaib Malik to Collingwood, 1 run, worked into the midwicket region for another single

48.3

Shoaib Malik to Morgan, no run, slightly quicker from Shoaib, Morgan defends

48.4

Shoaib Malik to Morgan, 1 run, far too short from Shoaib, Morgan is back in a flash and cutting firmly to the deep point

48.5

Shoaib Malik to Collingwood, 1 run, speared a touch down the leg side, Collingwood deflects it on its way round the corner for one

48.6

Shoaib Malik to Morgan, no run, outside off stump, Morgan shoulders arms to finish the over

End of over 49 (3 runs) England 175/4
EJG Morgan    34* (52b 7x4)      Shoaib Malik    6-1-23-0
PD Collingwood    23* (48b 3x4)      Danish Kaneria    6-0-37-0

Kaneria continues...

49.1

Danish Kaneria to Collingwood, no run, much quicker and flatter here, but at least the length and line is good

49.2

Danish Kaneria to Collingwood, no run, too short, luckily for the bowler it keeps very low and creeps under Collingwood's cut

49.3

Danish Kaneria to Collingwood, no run, good ball here, spinning quickly past Collingwood's outside edge

49.4

Danish Kaneria to Collingwood, no run, another quickish ball, Collingwood dead bats

49.5

Danish Kaneria to Collingwood, 1 no ball, no ball this time, very poor indeed from the legspinner, Collingwood defends

49.5

Danish Kaneria to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed through quicker once more, but it's short enough to allow Collingwood to cut to deep point for a single

49.6

Danish Kaneria to Morgan, no run, good ball to finish the over, outside off stump, spinning into the left hander who defends comfortably

End of over 50 (2 runs) England 177/4
EJG Morgan    34* (53b 7x4)      Danish Kaneria    7-0-39-0
PD Collingwood    24* (54b 3x4)      Shoaib Malik    6-1-23-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
Series Results
England v Pakistan at Lord's - Aug 26-29, 2010
England won by an innings and 225 runs
England v Pakistan at The Oval - Aug 18-21, 2010
Pakistan won by 4 wickets
England v Pakistan at Birmingham - Aug 6-9, 2010
England won by 9 wickets
England v Pakistan at Nottingham - Jul 29-Aug 1, 2010
England won by 354 runs
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Alimuddin at the Lord's cricket ground,

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Imran Farhat began the Pakistan slide on the fourth morning when he edged James Anderson behind, England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Trent Bridge, 1 August 2010

Imran Farhat began the Pakistan slide on the fourth morning when he edged James Anderson behind

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