Pakistan in England Test Series - 2nd Test

England v Pakistan

England won by 9 wickets

Overs 0-50

10.59 Right! Here we go - James Anderson to kick things off from the Pavilion End.

10.55 Here's Keith Bennett to kick off the feedback: "While I understand Mohammad Yousuf hasn't had much of a chance to practice lately, look at the Pakistan batting! Even if Yousuf hadn't played for two years, he should be in the side."

"Extremely glad to see Kamran Akmal out of the team!" gushes Ibaad. "Good decision ... Shocked to see Umar Amin still playing! That's extremely unfair to Yaseer Hameed! Saeed Ajmal in place of Danish is 50-50."

And Tofeeq has been writing some poetry about Yousuf. "PCB fired, he was retired. PCB hired, he is tired."

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10.45 Ian Botham and Shane Warne in their pitch report suggest that the pitch is a little soft and while it will be slow, there should be plenty of chance for seam movement.

Now then, both teams in this match are also supporting the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal to raise funds for the millions of people affected by the floods in Pakistan. Red Cross volunteers will be collecting at Edgbaston on the first three days and you can show your support by donating at www.dec.org.uk.

10.35 Salman Butt has won the toss and Pakistan will bat. He says it's the positive thing to do - put a total on the board. Butt says resting Yousuf was the sensible decision given that he hasn't had much chance to practice back home. Shoaib Malik has also been listed at No. 4, which is a change from No. 6 in the first Test.

Andrew Strauss says he would have batted as well, but he's expecting some benefits for his bowlers this morning.

10.30 Salman Butt has just walked out with a piece of paper in his hand, the drama is palpable. The team is confirmed, as exclusively revealed last night by Cricinfo as Andrew Strauss walks out for the toss. England are unchanged, as expected.

England 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

Pakistan 1 Salman Butt (capt), 2 Imran Farhat, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Umar Amin, 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Zulqarnain Haider (wk), 8 Mohammad Amir, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Mohammad Asif

10.10am Good morning and welcome to the second Test. And what a cracker it should be - Pakistan have already made things interesting by dropping Kamran Akmal and Danish Kaneria. The toss is 20 minutes away, but for now Andrew Miller at Edgbaston reports plenty of grey clouds but, crucially, the weather is dry. It may well be another good toss to lose.

I'm sure you're all up with the news that Mohammad Yousuf has joined the squad but is not going to play. Saeed Ajmal will come in for his sixth Test and Zulqarnain Haider will make his Test debut behind the stumps. I'd say he has big gloves to fill but, frankly, he doesn't. Kamran has missed 34 chances in his past 28 Tests.

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0.1

Anderson to Imran Farhat, no run, short of a length to start, on the hips and it's nudged down by Farhat

0.2

Anderson to Imran Farhat, no run, there's an appeal, swinging in and on the leg-stump line and Steve Davis calls not out. But here we go, an early review! Gee, it didn't look a terribly convincing appeal but in fact it has pitched just in line, ah, but it's going over the top! England are already down to one review.

0.3

Anderson to Imran Farhat, no run, left alone outside off, there's some inswing

0.4

Anderson to Imran Farhat, no run, worked to leg

0.5

Anderson to Imran Farhat, no run, angled across Farhat, who lets it go

Two slips and a gully in place. Not a lot of pace in the wicket.

0.6

Anderson to Imran Farhat, no run, left alone once more, and that's a maiden

End of over 1 (maiden) Pakistan 0/0
Imran Farhat    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0
Salman Butt    0* (0b)     

Now it's Stuart Broad from the City End. Three slips, gully and short leg in for Broad to Butt.

1.1

Broad to Salman Butt, no run, right on target immediately, Butt defends on off stump

1.2

Broad to Salman Butt, no run, shortish and wide of off and left alone by Butt

1.3

Broad to Salman Butt, 1 run, there's the first run of the match, swinging onto the pads of Butt, who gets something on it and picks up a single to short fine leg

1.4

Broad to Imran Farhat, 1 leg bye, runs in the same direction - swinging in and Farhat glances it to fine leg

1.5

Broad to Salman Butt, no run, off stump and swinging in, Butt defends

1.6

Broad to Salman Butt, 1 run, full and swinging in, inviting the drive and it's clunked away through midwicket, not timed at all

The Pavilion End looks rather shambolic at the moment as it's in the process of being redeveloped. It makes the ground look about as complete as the Colosseum.

End of over 2 (3 runs) Pakistan 3/0
Salman Butt    2* (5b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-2-0
Imran Farhat    0* (7b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0

2.1

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, pushed away defensively

2.2

Anderson to Salman Butt, FOUR, good placement, Butt simply opened the face and guided that one down into the ground and through the gap between gully and point and it ran away for the first boundary of the match

2.3

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, pushed to point this time

2.4

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, that one goes the other way, and swings waaay across Butt, and it's taken by Prior above his left shoulder - some swing and bounce there

2.5

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, swinging in this time, defended

2.6

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 3 (4 runs) Pakistan 7/0
Salman Butt    6* (11b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-1-4-0
Imran Farhat    0* (7b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-2-0

3.1

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, defended once again - really no pace in this pitch at all

3.2

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, this one swings down leg and it's taken by Prior

3.3

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, angled across and straightening, the batsman lets it go

3.4

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, forward to defend once more

3.5

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, defended towards cover, there is some definite swing here for both bowlers, though Broad hasn'f found as much of it as Anderson

3.6

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, left alone outside off

Testmatchsofa's Daniel Norcross reckons that UDRS teaches us a lot about human nature. What then we can read into a botched second-ball referral?

End of over 4 (maiden) Pakistan 7/0
Imran Farhat    0* (13b)      SCJ Broad    2-1-2-0
Salman Butt    6* (11b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-1-4-0

4.1

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, good ball, swinging in and nearly getting through the defences, but Butt manages to defend

4.2

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, left alone this time, it goes on with the natural angle

4.3

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, Butt closes the face and works it away to square leg

4.4

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, straight-bat defence again from Butt

4.5

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, wobbles across Butt, that one swung early and then bounced sharply through to Prior

4.6

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, attacking the stumps agian, Butt defends

Khalid isn't so sure about Pakistan's team selection for this game: "Totally unfair with Yasir Hameed. There is no fair thing in PCB. I don't understand why Yasir or Fawad has to sit out while Farhat, Malik, Akmal, Amin are still playing." Nor is Tanveer: "Whoever selected this side, he is a big big mad man including all committee."

End of over 5 (maiden) Pakistan 7/0
Salman Butt    6* (17b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-2-4-0
Imran Farhat    0* (13b)      SCJ Broad    2-1-2-0

Here's Broad to continue - it was here that he picked up 8 for 52 in the County Championship just last month.

5.1

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, on the stumps again, defended

5.2

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, left alone outside off

5.3

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, swinging in and met with a solid defence by Imran Farhat

5.4

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, beaten - this one moves across Farhat, who pushes tentatively and doesn't make contact

There's a false start as a photographer gets in the eyeline of the batsman

5.5

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, watchfully, Farhat leaves one just outside off - he's being extra judicious today

5.6

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, angled across him again, and left alone again

End of over 6 (maiden) Pakistan 7/0
Imran Farhat    0* (19b)      SCJ Broad    3-2-2-0
Salman Butt    6* (17b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-2-4-0

6.1

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, what a good ball - that one swings late from leg to just outside off and comprehensively beats the bat of Butt

6.2

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, same again! Anderson is starting it outside leg and the ball swings so far across Butt that it beats the bat outside off. Watch out slips.

6.3

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, similar, but a shorter ball and Butt gets in behind it to defend

6.4

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, there's the inswinger, but Butt is watching out for it and he defends

6.5

Anderson to Salman Butt, 1 no ball, again he's beaten with the ball swinging from leg to off - great bowling

6.5

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, once more it beats Butt outside off

Anderson comes around the wicket now

6.6

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, angled in and moving away, it's beaten him outside off

End of over 7 (1 run) Pakistan 8/0
Salman Butt    6* (24b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-2-5-0
Imran Farhat    0* (19b)      SCJ Broad    3-2-2-0

7.1

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, swinging down leg, no contact made

Short leg and a catching midwicket in place

7.2

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, beaten outside off, Broad swings across Farhat on a fullish length

7.3

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, on the pads, defended

7.4

Broad to Imran Farhat, no run, fullish length, driven to cover

7.5

Broad to Imran Farhat, OUT, gone! First wicket falls as Farhat tickles a catch through from a ball that simply pitched on line, angled across the left-hander and was full enough to make him play - an easy catch for Prior

Imran Farhat c †Prior b Broad 0 (30m 24b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

So that's a 24-ball duck for Imran Farhat.

"So Broad's recent first-class figures on this ground are now 9 for 54," notes Andrew Miller. Michael Holding chips in on TV: "That has got to be one of the worst ducks I've seen in Test cricket."

7.6

Broad to Azhar Ali, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 8 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 8/1
Azhar Ali    0* (1b)      SCJ Broad    4-3-2-1
Salman Butt    6* (24b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-2-5-0

Three slips and a gully in place for Anderson around the wicket

8.1

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, left alone outside off, swinging away

8.2

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, half played, half left by Butt, who is trying to ignore the outswingers

8.3

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, again swinging away, again left alone

Anderson is working up to the inswinger here

8.4

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, banged in a bit shorter and left alone once more

8.5

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, ripper! Swinging in and full enough to make Butt play, it beats his bat outside off but just wasn't quite straight enough to be seriously dangerous

8.6

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, beats the bat again! What a good delivery, full and swinging away, Prior takes that one above his headSo,

The Pakistan run-rate is 0.88. I think you'd call that a cautious approach.

End of over 9 (maiden) Pakistan 8/1
Salman Butt    6* (30b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-3-5-0
Azhar Ali    0* (1b)      SCJ Broad    4-3-2-1

Raza wants a more attack mindset from Pakistan: "Pakistan is way too defensive. They need to play normal cricket. There is nothing extraordinary about English bowlers. The batsmen should not let the English bowlers dictate."

9.1

Broad to Azhar Ali, no run, left alone outside off, swinging away

9.2

Broad to Azhar Ali, no run, same again - swinging away, left alone

9.3

Broad to Azhar Ali, no run, no shot offered once again

9.4

Broad to Azhar Ali, no run, again Broad probes outside off, again Azhar shoulders arms

9.5

Broad to Azhar Ali, no run, Azhar uses his bat for the first time, guiding defensively into the turf and towards third slip

9.6

Broad to Azhar Ali, no run, another outswinger, another leave

"Stuck on 8. Come on guys, rotate the strike. Keep things moving," implores Sharma.

End of over 10 (maiden) Pakistan 8/1
Azhar Ali    0* (7b)      SCJ Broad    5-4-2-1
Salman Butt    6* (30b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-3-5-0

10.1

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, pushed away to point, Anderson has stayed around the wicket

10.2

Anderson to Salman Butt, no run, angled in and moving away, Butt leaves it

10.3

Anderson to Salman Butt, 1 run, runs! Well, one at least. Butt glances to fine leg and that's the first run off the bat since the third over

10.4

Anderson to Azhar Ali, no run, left alone outside off

10.5

Anderson to Azhar Ali, no run, swinging away, left alone

10.6

Anderson to Azhar Ali, no run, sharp swing from Anderson, jagging in to the right-hander Azhar, who closes the face and works it to midwicket

End of over 11 (1 run) Pakistan 9/1
Azhar Ali    0* (10b)      JM Anderson    6-3-6-0
Salman Butt    7* (33b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    5-4-2-1

Time for a change. It's Steven Finn to see what he can do in these conditions.

11.1

Finn to Salman Butt, no run, right on target immediately, Butt defends

Three slips and a gully in for Finn

11.2

Finn to Salman Butt, no run, squared up - on leg stump and moving towards off, Butt works it away to point

11.3

Finn to Salman Butt, no run, on the hips, Butt tries to glance but doesn't make contact

11.4

Finn to Salman Butt, no run, moves across the left-hander, who leaves it

11.5

Finn to Salman Butt, no run, shorter and nibbling across Butt, who leaves it

11.6

Finn to Salman Butt, no run, pushed away to point and, surprise surprise, that's a maiden

End of over 12 (maiden) Pakistan 9/1
Salman Butt    7* (39b 1x4)      ST Finn    1-1-0-0
Azhar Ali    0* (10b)      JM Anderson    6-3-6-0

"I think its more important to get through this initial spell without losing another wicket," writes Mani. "It's not easy out there in these swinging conditions."

12.1

Anderson to Azhar Ali, no run, Azhar is not keen to play outside off - he lets another one sail by

12.2

Anderson to Azhar Ali, no run, angled in and tries to make the batsman play, he does punch it back to the bowler

12.3

Anderson to Azhar Ali, no run, left alone once more

12.4

Anderson to Azhar Ali, no run, bouncer, ducked, and that's a sign of the slowness of the pitch, it really didn't get up much and Prior takes it low to the ground

12.5

Anderson to Azhar Ali, no run, full and straight, Azhar drives back to the bowler

12.6

Anderson to Azhar Ali, no run, curling away from Azhar, who - wonder of wonders - leaves it

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End of over 13 (maiden) Pakistan 9/1
Azhar Ali    0* (16b)      JM Anderson    7-4-6-0
Salman Butt    7* (39b 1x4)      ST Finn    1-1-0-0

13.1

Finn to Salman Butt, OUT, there's the wicket, Finn gets rid of Butt. A good length angled across Butt, who drives rather limply, really, and it's a thick edge easily taken at second slip

Salman Butt c Swann b Finn 7 (55m 40b 1x4 0x6) SR: 17.50

It's all well and good to be watchful, but becoming tied down can be dangerous. Pakistan have to find ways to turn the strike over. Now they're 9 for 2 and in big trouble.

Shoaib Malik is No. 4 in this match and he's got a big task ahead of him.

13.2

Finn to Shoaib Malik, no run, left alone, that one rises sharply and Prior takes it at head height

13.3

Finn to Shoaib Malik, 3 runs, there's some intent from Malik, he gets a fullish one just outside off and drives hard through cover, that's well played

13.4

Finn to Azhar Ali, no run, angling in to off, Azhar defends

13.5

Finn to Azhar Ali, no run, pushed away defensively towards point

13.6

Finn to Azhar Ali, no run, full and straight, Azhar drives back to Finn

And after that gripping hour, here's Liam Brickhill to take you through until lunch

End of over 14 (3 runs) Pakistan 12/2
Azhar Ali    0* (19b)      ST Finn    2-1-3-1
Shoaib Malik    3* (2b)      JM Anderson    7-4-6-0

Thanks Brydon. England are well on top after the first hour...

14.1

Anderson to Shoaib Malik, no run, shaping away a touch, but wide of off and so left alone

14.2

Anderson to Shoaib Malik, OUT, what a catch from Prior! Pitched up by Anderson, drawing Malik forward and swinging away late to take a thick edge. The ball flew towards first slip, but was dipping and wouldn't have reached him... and so Prior leapt across to snatch the chance inches from the ground. Another one bites the dust...

Shoaib Malik c †Prior b Anderson 3 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

In walks Umar Akmal. He, at least, should be positive here. Pakistan need something magical to get themselves out of this hole.

14.3

Anderson to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, very full and swinging away, Umar pushes to cover point to get off the mark straight away

14.4

Anderson to Umar Akmal, FOUR, this one swings back in and is flicked away off the legs out to deep square leg. Finn slides round on the boundary, but pushes the ball back in with his foot touching the rope. Six in two balls from Umar, after just nine runs in the first hour!

14.5

Anderson to Umar Akmal, no run, Umar pushes well away from the body and angles down to third slip. He was out in very similar fashion in the last Test...

14.6

Anderson to Umar Akmal, 1 leg bye, hooping in towards leg stump, Umar tries to glance it away but is struck on the pad. Appeal from Anderson, but it always felt an optimistic one. Swinging down the leg side

End of over 15 (7 runs) Pakistan 19/3
Umar Akmal    6* (4b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-4-12-1
Azhar Ali    0* (19b)      ST Finn    2-1-3-1

15.1

Finn to Umar Akmal, no run, Finn goes for the yorker, but doesn't quite get his length right. Umar clips the low full toss to square leg

15.2

Finn to Umar Akmal, no run, Umar pushes away from his body yet again to guide the ball down towards gully/third slip. It's all very well playing your shots, but if he keeps pushing at these deliveries outside off it's just a matter of time before he offers a chance to the men behind the wicket

15.3

Finn to Umar Akmal, no run, beaten outside off! This was closer to off stump and nibbled away slightly. Umar pushed inside the line, playing from the crease, and is lucky not to edge that

15.4

Finn to Umar Akmal, no run, on a length, pitching middle and off and tucked defensively to leg

15.5

Finn to Umar Akmal, no run, on a length, in the channel just outside off. Umar defends with his weight coming forward

15.6

Finn to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, Finn digs one in short but the ball really didn't get up much at all, and Umar wasn't at all hurried as he tucked through midwicket off the back foot. There's certainly movement on offer for the bowlers, but this isn't a 'bang it in' wicket by any means

End of over 16 (2 runs) Pakistan 21/3
Umar Akmal    8* (10b 1x4)      ST Finn    3-1-5-1
Azhar Ali    0* (19b)      JM Anderson    8-4-12-1

Broad replaces Anderson at the Pavilion End. Pakistan barely played a shot off his bowling in his first spell...

16.1

Broad to Azhar Ali, no run, on a length, but just slipping slightly down leg first up. Ali nudges to leg without much attacking intent, just a little tentative. That should've been runs

16.2

Broad to Azhar Ali, no run, Broad pulls his length back slightly, and re-adjusts to an outside-off line. Ali raises his bat to leave

16.3

Broad to Azhar Ali, no run, fuller, and Ali comes nicely forward to defend towards cover. Safe-looking defensive stroke

16.4

Broad to Azhar Ali, no run, fantastic yorker! Ali does well to keep this out, it was full, fast and swinging in. The ball landed right in the blockhole and almost knocked Ali off his feet as he jammed the bat down just in time to keep it out

16.5

Broad to Azhar Ali, no run, leg-stump half-volley, but Ali is in a very defensive mindset here and just pushes gently to mid-on

16.6

Broad to Azhar Ali, no run, well wide of off, and Ali isn't interested in playing any sort of shot

End of over 17 (maiden) Pakistan 21/3
Azhar Ali    0* (25b)      SCJ Broad    6-5-2-1
Umar Akmal    8* (10b 1x4)      ST Finn    3-1-5-1

Ali and Farhat's combined contribution to the match so far: 49 balls faced, zero runs scored

17.1

Finn to Umar Akmal, 1 run, on a length on middle and off, angling in off the seam. Umar shuffles across to off and whips the ball off a length and down to fine leg. Finn won't mind him swishing across the line like that

17.2

Finn to Azhar Ali, no run, full and straight, Ali leans forward to defend

17.3

Finn to Azhar Ali, no run, beaten outside off. It was full again, slightly wider at off and Ali just lunged slightly at the ball in defence. Lucky not to edge that, he was well beaten

17.4

Finn to Azhar Ali, no run, full again, landing on leg stump and Ali clips neatly to square leg... but straight to the fielder! And the wait to get off the mark continues

17.5

Finn to Azhar Ali, no run, full, wide but left alone. Finn is bowling a tempting length here, but Ali isn't biting

17.6

Finn to Azhar Ali, no run, well bowled! Finn pulled the length back, just surprising Ali who had been camped on the front foot. The ball landed on the seam and jagged towards the slips, zipping just past the outside edge of a defensive poke

There are a few drops of rain falling now

End of over 18 (1 run) Pakistan 22/3
Azhar Ali    0* (30b)      ST Finn    4-1-6-1
Umar Akmal    9* (11b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    6-5-2-1

18.1

Broad to Umar Akmal, SIX, all timing from Umar, an elegantly clipped six over square leg as Broad dishes up a leg-stump half-volley. He just flicked his wrists at the ball and lifted it cleanly over the boundary, without trying to hit it too hard

18.2

Broad to Umar Akmal, no run, on a length, just outside off and punched to cover

18.3

Broad to Umar Akmal, 1 run, dropped defensively into the gap at cover, this time they take a quick single

18.4

Broad to Azhar Ali, no run, on a length, outside off and left alone by Ali

Ali has done some good work to survive in testing conditions. But the pressure is just building on him now

18.5

Broad to Azhar Ali, OUT, Broad gets one to jag back sharply off the seam to strike Ali on the front pad, big appeal, and Steve Davis gives him out! Ali briefly thinks about referring it, consulting with Umar but then trudging sadly off for a 32-ball duck. Even if he had referred it, the decision would have stood. He was struck on the line of off stump, and the so the umpire's call could not be over-turned

Azhar Ali lbw b Broad 0 (53m 32b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.6

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, just short of a length, angling away off the seam and Amin just about manages to whip his bat inside the line as the ball scoots past the outside edge

"Another wicket or two and we're into the decent batsmen," Rob Davis reckons.

End of over 19 (7 runs) Pakistan 29/4
Umar Amin    0* (1b)      SCJ Broad    7-5-9-2
Umar Akmal    16* (14b 1x4 1x6)      ST Finn    4-1-6-1

19.1

Finn to Umar Akmal, 1 run, dropped close in, just to the right of point. The call for a single comes quickly, though, and they scramble through for a well-run one

19.2

Finn to Umar Amin, no run, landing on a length, and moving away from the left-hander. Amin steps back and across and guides the ball down to gully

19.3

Finn to Umar Amin, 2 runs, Amin is off the mark, nudging a leg-stump delivery down to the man at long leg

19.4

Finn to Umar Amin, no run, pushed fuller and angling across the batsman, who keeps a close eye on the ball and raises his bat to leave

19.5

Finn to Umar Amin, no run, very tempting line and length, right up to the batsman and just wide of off stump. But Amin won't be tempted, and covers his off stump as he shoulders arms

19.6

Finn to Umar Amin, no run, back of a length to finish, but the result is the same: Amin leaves

End of over 20 (3 runs) Pakistan 32/4
Umar Amin    2* (6b)      ST Finn    5-1-9-1
Umar Akmal    17* (15b 1x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    7-5-9-2

20.1

Broad to Umar Akmal, no run, close to the edge! The ball was full of length and quite wide of off, but Umar just thrust the bat out at it as it reached him and looked very awkward and ungainly in doing so. A moment of alarm for him, but he survives

20.2

Broad to Umar Akmal, no run, fuller, and straighter too. Umar isn't quite in position to play the straight drive and just bunts it back to the bowler

20.3

Broad to Umar Akmal, no run, that's gone like a leg break! It wasn't the cutter from Broad, it was the seam-up delivery but it just curved towards the slips and then exploded off the surface, really moving away very sharply. Umar's prod is beaten by a foot, and Broad wanders down the wicket to ask him if he's having fun

20.4

Broad to Umar Akmal, no run, this one goes on straight, but Umar is behind it and defending

20.5

Broad to Umar Akmal, no run, wider of off, on a length and Umar pushes away from his body to guide the ball down to gully

20.6

Broad to Umar Akmal, no run, beaten on the outside edge to finish the over! Great bowling from Broad, who pulled the length back and got the ball to move just enough to beat the bat

End of over 21 (maiden) Pakistan 32/4
Umar Akmal    17* (21b 1x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    8-6-9-2
Umar Amin    2* (6b)      ST Finn    5-1-9-1

21.1

Finn to Umar Amin, no run, good leave from Amin, leaving on length really

21.2

Finn to Umar Amin, no run, straighter, good bounce off a full length from Finn, and Amin hops to defend back down the track

21.3

Finn to Umar Amin, no run, Amin defends from the crease once again

21.4

Finn to Umar Amin, 1 run, Finn aims for the lbw, sending one down full and fast. Amin is hurried in the shot, but manages to lay bat on ball and pick up a single to short fine leg

21.5

Finn to Umar Akmal, no run, full, wobbling in towards off stump and Umar pushes forward in defence

21.6

Finn to Umar Akmal, no run, half-volley on off stump, nicely driven by Umar but he can't quite pick the gap, and cover slides into a stop

End of over 22 (1 run) Pakistan 33/4
Umar Akmal    17* (23b 1x4 1x6)      ST Finn    6-1-10-1
Umar Amin    3* (10b)      SCJ Broad    8-6-9-2

Strauss has just gone off the field, not sure for what, and so 12th man is on

22.1

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, Amin is nicely back and across to defend under his eyes

22.2

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, fuller from Broad, Amin defends watchfully back down the track. He looks solid in defence

22.3

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, very full, dug out towards mid-on

22.4

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, full again, curving away slightly through the air and Amin squirts a flat-footed drive to cover

22.5

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, Amin defends a length delivery to leg, the ball just striking the inner half of the bat

22.6

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, back of a length, outside off and Amin whips his bat away to leave

End of over 23 (maiden) Pakistan 33/4
Umar Amin    3* (16b)      SCJ Broad    9-7-9-2
Umar Akmal    17* (23b 1x4 1x6)      ST Finn    6-1-10-1

23.1

Finn to Umar Akmal, no run, tapped defensively towards extra cover. The run is turned down immediately and emphatically by Umar, with a loud shout

23.2

Finn to Umar Akmal, no run, testing delivery! Full from Finn, and coming in towards the pads off the seam. But Umar watches the ball onto the bat as he presses forward in defence

23.3

Finn to Umar Akmal, no run, probing line once again, and Umar defends back towards the bowler

23.4

Finn to Umar Akmal, no run, Umar is somewhat squared up as he hops back to defend. The ball squirts off the outside edge towards gully, but goes straight down

23.5

Finn to Umar Akmal, no run, just short of a length, tucked defensively to point

23.6

Finn to Umar Akmal, OUT, this one keeps low and moves sharply in off the seam to hit Umar on the back pad. He's given out lbw, and decides not to refer the decision. Why? He was hit well outside the line, and though the ball would've hit the stumps the referral would've saved him. He did look plumb first up, but surely they should at least have tried the referral. Too late now, he's gone

Umar Akmal lbw b Finn 17 (45m 29b 1x4 1x6) SR: 58.62

Re "Strauss has just gone off the field, not sure for what". To get his pads on?," suggests Stephen Battersby. Better hurry now.

End of over 24 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 33/5
     ST Finn    7-2-10-2
Umar Amin    3* (16b)      SCJ Broad    9-7-9-2

Zulqarnain Haider comes out, on Test debut. But it'll be Amin to face

24.1

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, full, landing on or around off stump and Amin punches a drive to mid-off

24.2

Broad to Umar Amin, 3 runs, another punchy defensive push off the front foot, this one finds the gap through mid-off, where the fielder is quite square, and they run three as the ball is pulled up short of the boundary

24.3

Broad to Zulqarnain Haider, OUT, Haider goes first ball! Back of a length from Broad, the ball didn't move too much but the line and length were spot on. Haider just pushed at it tentatively, got a little feather to it, and Prior snaffles the regulation chance. Pakistan in disarray! Haider just walks off, not even considering the referral. He must've known that he hit it. Carnage!

Zulqarnain Haider c †Prior b Broad 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Here's Mohammad Amir, who's been in early almost every innings. Third time this tour that Pakistan have been six-down for less than 50

24.4

Broad to Mohammad Amir, no run, full, Amir defends off the front foot

Yet again, Pakistan are threatening to surpass their record for lowest total in Test matches.

24.5

Broad to Mohammad Amir, no run, full, and watchfully defended again

24.6

Broad to Mohammad Amir, no run, he pulls the length back slightly, and the ball shoots past the outside edge!

End of over 25 (3 runs) Pakistan 36/6
Mohammad Amir    0* (3b)      SCJ Broad    10-7-12-3
Umar Amin    6* (18b)      ST Finn    7-2-10-2

25.1

Finn to Umar Amin, no run, full of length, but landing well wide of off and going even further on the angle across the left-hander. Left alone

Four slips and a gully are waiting for the edge behind now. England are on top and they know it!

25.2

Finn to Umar Amin, no run, defensive push is beaten on the outside edge! That just died on its way through though, bouncing well infront of Prior

25.3

Finn to Umar Amin, no run, Finn pulls the length back, Amin steps back and defends to the bowler

25.4

Finn to Umar Amin, no run, a touch of unexpected bounce as Finn lands the ball back of a length again, but well-negotiated by Amin, who just took the bottom hand off the bat and played it down with soft hands

Finn comes round the wicket now

25.5

Finn to Umar Amin, 1 leg bye, full, angled into the pads and Amin picks up a leg-bye

Last ball before lunch coming up

25.6

Finn to Mohammad Amir, no run, full, wide and Amir leaves well alone

And that's lunch on a day that has been entirely, overwhelmingly England's so far. Salman Butt tried to be positive in choosing to bat first, but his batsmen's approach didn't back up that positive intent. They just went totally into a defensive shell, letting England's bowlers build a really good rhythm. Once the wickets started to fall, Pakistan's defensive approach just dug them further into a hole and now, at 37 for 6, they are practically out of this match and we're only one session in! Read all about it in Andrew McGlashan's lunchtime bulletin. It's not for the faint of heart, mind, especially if you're a Pakistan fan!

Meanwhile, over in Colombo, the contest between India and Sri Lanka is shaping up to be a real cracker. It just goes to show what absorbing viewing Test cricket can make when it's played on a sporting pitch!

"If it had been Bangladesh or Zimbabwe with the scores from these recent Pak batting performances - we'd be questioning if they belonged in test cricket or even ODI's!" writes Amit. "Lambs to the slaughter - methinks!"

Naveed is benumbed by the trauma: "It doesnt even hurt now. For the first time in 22 years of supporting Pakistan It doesnt hurt." Jeroen: "After a 24-ball duck, a 32-ball duck and a golden duck, I guess they will be serving fois gras at lunch? (Yes, 3 ducks = 1 goose)."

Zulqarnain Haider's debut could have gone better - he was out for a first-ball duck - but he's done well to make it to this level. Nagraj Gollapudi caught up with him ahead of his first Test and spoke to him about his road to the Pakistan national side, and it's a really interesting read.

Brydon Coverdale will pick up commentary when play resumes, which should be very soon.

End of over 26 (1 run, maiden) Pakistan 37/6
Mohammad Amir    0* (4b)      ST Finn    8-3-10-2
Umar Amin    6* (23b)      SCJ Broad    10-7-12-3

Thanks Liam. Now, can Pakistan show a bit more in this session? First things first - they'll want to get past 53, their lowest Test total of all time.

26.1

Broad to Umar Amin, 1 run, runs immediately to open the session - Amin clips it off his hips for a single to fine leg

26.2

Broad to Mohammad Amir, no run, on the pads, Amir turns it to square leg

26.3

Broad to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, Amir's off the mark with a single driven through midwicket

26.4

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, good line, outside off and straightening, the batsman lets it go

26.5

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, a big step forward from Amin, who defends

26.6

Broad to Umar Amin, 1 run, and there's a run on a misfield - Amin jams down on a fullish ball outside off, it's a bump ball that isn't grasped cleanly by Collingwood at third slip

End of over 27 (3 runs) Pakistan 40/6
Umar Amin    8* (27b)      SCJ Broad    11-7-15-3
Mohammad Amir    1* (6b)      ST Finn    8-3-10-2

27.1

Anderson to Umar Amin, no run, thickish outside edge to the slips

27.2

Anderson to Umar Amin, no run, good ball, stays low and right on line but Amin is good enough to keep it out

27.3

Anderson to Umar Amin, no run, left alone outside off, that one angles across him and doesn't swing

27.4

Anderson to Umar Amin, no run, shoulders arms once again

27.5

Anderson to Umar Amin, 2 runs, not convincing from Amin, Anderson tried to get it through the gate and a thick inside edge flies away through square leg

27.6

Anderson to Umar Amin, no run, defended back down the pitch

End of over 28 (2 runs) Pakistan 42/6
Umar Amin    10* (33b)      JM Anderson    9-4-14-1
Mohammad Amir    1* (6b)      SCJ Broad    11-7-15-3

Three slips and a catching man at midwicket

28.1

Broad to Mohammad Amir, no run, full face of the bat as Amir defends to cover

28.2

Broad to Mohammad Amir, no run, nudged away to the off side again

28.3

Broad to Mohammad Amir, 2 runs, good running, on two counts, it's a nudge to cover and they take off for a quick single, and the throw to the keeper's end is backed up by Finn at fine leg but not before the batsmen pick up an overthrow - very good work from Amir and Amin

28.4

Broad to Mohammad Amir, no run, defended back down the pitch

28.5

Broad to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, good, positive cricket from Amir, who pushes just wide enough of cover to pick up a run

28.6

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, a big backlift from Amin, as he defends

Danny writes in: "Wow! just read Zulqarnain's story and its truly fantastic! Such a hard life and so much determination! Truly fantastic! I hope he has a long prosperous career! With that attitude he deserves it!"

End of over 29 (3 runs) Pakistan 45/6
Umar Amin    10* (34b)      SCJ Broad    12-7-18-3
Mohammad Amir    4* (11b)      JM Anderson    9-4-14-1

29.1

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

29.2

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

29.3

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, no run, Amir goes for a big cover drive this time, it's beaten the bat

29.4

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, no run, on the pads, Amir nudges to midwicket

29.5

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, no run, swinging across Amir, who defends

29.6

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, no run, prodded away towards the off side again

End of over 30 (maiden) Pakistan 45/6
Mohammad Amir    4* (17b)      JM Anderson    10-5-14-1
Umar Amin    10* (34b)      SCJ Broad    12-7-18-3

30.1

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, pushed away defensively by Amin

30.2

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, a probing off-stump line, and Amin defends

30.3

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, dropped! Broad swings one from leg to off and a thick edge from Amin flies to second slip, where Graeme Swann puts down what he certainly should have taken.

A rare mistake, that, from the England cordon

30.4

Broad to Umar Amin, FOUR, and another lucky edge from Amin! This one has really taken off and bounced more than everyone expected, it has flown off the shoulder of the bat between the keeper and first slip, but just a touch too high for either of them

30.5

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, full face of the bat this time as Amin defends

30.6

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, punched off the back foot to mid-off

End of over 31 (4 runs) Pakistan 49/6
Umar Amin    14* (40b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    13-7-22-3
Mohammad Amir    4* (17b)      JM Anderson    10-5-14-1

31.1

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, no run, pushed away towards cover defensively

31.2

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, no run, angled across Amir, who leaves it alone

31.3

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, no run, on the back foot, Amir guides towards point

31.4

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, no run, gone! Or is it? Amir has been given lbw by Marais Erasmus, it was a confident shout from England. Amir asks for a review and Hot Spot shows an inside edge on that. It wasn't obvious to the naked eye, but it was clear as day on Hot Spot. The system works!

31.5

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, no run, defended towards leg

31.6

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, FOUR, and a much-welcome boundary from Pakistan, it was a somewhat agricultural off-drive, not exactly textbook but effective as it beats mid-off and brings Pakistan to level with their all-time lowest Test innings

End of over 32 (4 runs) Pakistan 53/6
Mohammad Amir    8* (23b 1x4)      JM Anderson    11-5-18-1
Umar Amin    14* (40b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    13-7-22-3

32.1

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, punched away to mid-off, well saved by Anderson diving to his right, excellent fielding

32.2

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, good yorker, right on line but Amin jams the bat down toe keep it out

32.3

Broad to Umar Amin, FOUR, that's a lovely shot, a good, positive off-drive from Amin, all the way along the ground and well placed between the bowler and mid-off

32.4

Broad to Umar Amin, 1 run, nudged towards midwicket and they pick up a single

32.5

Broad to Mohammad Amir, no run, that ball stayed low, and it was a toe-edge from Amir, bounced well short of the keeper

32.6

Broad to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, straight ball, Amir dabs it towards cover and hares through for a run

End of over 33 (6 runs) Pakistan 59/6
Mohammad Amir    9* (25b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    14-7-28-3
Umar Amin    19* (44b 2x4)      JM Anderson    11-5-18-1

33.1

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, no run, an attempted leave from Aamer, but he ends up accidentally striking it along the ground to third slip

33.2

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, no run, driven to mid-off

Anderson must be getting tired now, he's done a lot of bowing today. He does seem to have dropped a yard of pace now.

33.3

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, no run, swinging across Amir, who defends

33.4

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, no run, on the back foot, punching to point

33.5

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, no run, swinging well across Amir, who is happy to leave that

33.6

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, no run, there's a windy swipe from Amir, he's really launched everything at an attempted slog and Anderson has a few words to him after he missed it

End of over 34 (maiden) Pakistan 59/6
Mohammad Amir    9* (31b 1x4)      JM Anderson    12-6-18-1
Umar Amin    19* (44b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    14-7-28-3

34.1

Broad to Umar Amin, no run, defended by Amin

34.2

Broad to Umar Amin, FOUR, what a good stroke, Amin got some width from Broad and he's really cut hard at that ball, into the ground and safely away behind point for a boundary

34.3

Broad to Umar Amin, OUT, oh dear, Amin has gone! He was starting to look positive, but a thick edge is really well snapped up by Collingwood hurling himself to his right at third slip, great catch

Umar Amin c Collingwood b Broad 23 (69m 47b 3x4 0x6) SR: 48.93

So, that's four wickets for Stuart Broad, who has bowled well today. And now, England have a great chance to finish Pakistan off quickly with the last of the specialist batsmen gone. Although Umar Gul did bat well at Trent Bridge - here he is now.

34.4

Broad to Umar Gul, no run, yikes, that has really surprised Gul, a ball jagging back in and bouncing much more than expected, Gul quickly releases his hand from the bat as he gets the ball away

34.5

Broad to Umar Gul, no run, defended more comfortably this time

34.6

Broad to Umar Gul, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 35 (4 runs) Pakistan 63/7
Umar Gul    0* (3b)      SCJ Broad    15-7-32-4
Mohammad Amir    9* (31b 1x4)      JM Anderson    12-6-18-1

35.1

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, oops, some hesitation there as Amir drives to cover, Gul calls no but Amir wants the run, eventually Gul takes off and makes it home, there was always a single there

35.2

Anderson to Umar Gul, no run, nearly gets through! Nipping back in to Gul, who gets a thick inside edge back onto his pad and the ball drops at his feet

35.3

Anderson to Umar Gul, no run, left alone outside off

35.4

Anderson to Umar Gul, no run, fullish and tempting Gul to drive outside off, he mistimes it

35.5

Anderson to Umar Gul, no run, stays low and Gul defends

35.6

Anderson to Umar Gul, OUT, and there's another one! Anderson was just pitching it up, tempting Gul to drive and he's gone after it, with a thick edge flying away to Pietersen at gully

Umar Gul c Pietersen b Anderson 0 (5m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Well, that was pretty straightforward stuff. Anderson has his second, and Pakistan may well struggle to score more than the 80 they made at Trent Bridge.

End of over 36 (1 run) Pakistan 64/8
     JM Anderson    13-6-19-2
Mohammad Amir    10* (32b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    15-7-32-4

36.1

Broad to Mohammad Amir, no run, Amir wants runs while he's got the chance, he's driven hard outside off and missed

36.2

Broad to Mohammad Amir, no run, worked off his hips to square leg

36.3

Broad to Mohammad Amir, no run, driven to point, Amir can't find the gap

36.4

Broad to Mohammad Amir, no run, nudged away to cover

36.5

Broad to Mohammad Amir, no run, short ball, but too wide of off and Amir doesn't have to play

36.6

Broad to Mohammad Amir, 2 runs, in the air - and, safe! Amir swings hard, driving over mid-off but he's mistimed it, the ball lobs into the outfield like he's chipped it with a pitching wedge

End of over 37 (2 runs) Pakistan 66/8
Mohammad Amir    12* (38b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    16-7-34-4
Saeed Ajmal    0* (0b)      JM Anderson    13-6-19-2

37.1

Anderson to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, Ajmal is off the mark with a push to cover, he takes off for a quick run

37.2

Anderson to Mohammad Amir, OUT, wonderful catch! Amir tries for the big aerial off drive again, but doesn't time it and Cook runs back from mid-off with the flight of the ball, keeps his eye on the ball all the way and eventually has to dive to complete the catch, really well done

Mohammad Amir c Cook b Anderson 12 (56m 39b 1x4 0x6) SR: 30.76

Well, well, well. 67 for 9. Who'd have thunk they could bat worse than they did in the last Test.

37.3

Anderson to Saeed Ajmal, no run, beaten outside off

37.4

Anderson to Saeed Ajmal, 1 leg bye, swinging down leg, and Ajmal gets some pad on that to pick up a leg bye

Anderson comes around the wicket to Asif

37.5

Anderson to Mohammad Asif, no run, defended towards the leg side

37.6

Anderson to Mohammad Asif, no run, swinging in, he's tried to attack the stumps but Asif gets enough bat on that to work it to point

End of over 38 (2 runs) Pakistan 68/9
Mohammad Asif    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    14-6-20-3
Saeed Ajmal    1* (3b)      SCJ Broad    16-7-34-4

Now then, can Stuart Broad pick up his fourth Test five-for ?

38.1

Broad to Saeed Ajmal, no run, Ajmal gets forward to defend

38.2

Broad to Saeed Ajmal, no run, left alone outside off

38.3

Broad to Saeed Ajmal, no run, short and wide of off, Ajmal thinks about playing and then drags his bat out of the way

38.4

Broad to Saeed Ajmal, no run, beaten! Broad drags Ajmal outside off and it beats the outside edge

38.5

Broad to Saeed Ajmal, no run, left alone outside off - make him play, Stuart, if you want that fifth wicket

38.6

Broad to Saeed Ajmal, FOUR, Ajmal gets a boundary! Broad angled a fuller ball in towards off stump, Ajmal wound up for an on-drive and got enough on that to beat mid-on

End of over 39 (4 runs) Pakistan 72/9
Saeed Ajmal    5* (9b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    17-7-38-4
Mohammad Asif    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    14-6-20-3

39.1

Anderson to Mohammad Asif, no run, bouncer - Asif ducks under it

39.2

Anderson to Mohammad Asif, no run, Asif defends, prods the ball to mid-off

39.3

Anderson to Mohammad Asif, OUT, There it is - Anderson finishes with four. A straight bouncer was too much for Asif to handle, it lobbed off the shoulder of the bat to Pietersen at gully

Mohammad Asif c Pietersen b Anderson 0 (4m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Oh dear, oh dear. Pakistan are all out for 72. It's their lowest Test total ever against England, bearing in mind the previous record was set only last week when they crumbled for 80 at Trent Bridge. Stuart Broad and James Anderson have finished with four wickets each, and they did bowl very well in helpful conditions. So, what can Pakistan's swing attack do? We'll find out soon enough.

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Jonathan Trott and Andrew Strauss shared an undefeated stand of 111 to take England over the line, England v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Edgbaston, August 9, 2010

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Saeed Ajmal was unlucky when his fielders could not take a tough chance offered by Andrew Strauss, England v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Edgbaston, August 9, 2010

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