Pakistan in England Test Series - 3rd Test

England v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 4 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

10.58am Right, the wait is over. The players are on the field, Mohammad Amir is marking out his run at the Pavilion End and Andrew Strauss will be on strike first up. Three slips and a gully in catching.

"Surely Face has to be Mark Ramprakash - the best looking man in cricket!" writes an excitable Doors27, while Colin adds: "Rod Marsh has gotta be BA I pity the fool that disagrees!"

"Sheesh amazing how many gadgets come with cricinfo commentary now," writes Dean. "Twitter, widgets, chrome extensions, mobile apps - when will the chip in the brain be coming so the wickets can be beamed straight to me?" Soon, Dean. Soon...

Charles has some A-Team ideas to share: "Sadly no photoshop on my work pc, but Tuffers just has to be Murdock... and David Gower is a shoe in for "Face".... possibly Devon "You boys are history" Malcolm as BA..."

10.40am Cricinfo has widgets, and you can get them too. That's right, we've got widgets for all the places on the internet which you frequently visit - your blog, iGoogle home page, Facebook profile, and even your desktop. We've got mobile widgets, so you need never be without your favourite widget. The Oval pitch is not known for being overly helpful to the fast men, but in overcast conditions Pakistan's new-ball pair of Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif could well be a handful, and you can be updated on every wicket they take through Cricinfo's Twitter wicket alert.

10.35am Will Luke, who regular readers will doubtless remember as a peerless commentator, has been inviting people to Photoshop their best cricketing A-Team. Richie Benaud as Hannibal is an inspired choice. Anyway - have a look on Facebook and supply your own by uploading.

10.33am England have won the toss and, unsurprisingly, will have a bat. "That was a toss that Pakistan really needed to win," writes Mark Kidger. "Now it is just a matter of seeing how ruthless Andrew Strauss can make England. If he wants the Ashes challenge to be taken seriously there has to be no easing-up, no let-up: foot on throat and leave it there."

I am sure that a lot of English fans want to see Pakistan do well (there is a lot of respect for them out there for the amazing players that they have brought to the game), but not in the next two Tests, please!

10.26am And here are the teams: Pakistan: 1 Yasir Hameed, 2 Imran Farhat, 3 Salman Butt (capt), 4 Mohammad Yousuf, 5 Azhar Ali, 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Kamran Akmal (wk), 8 Mohammad Amir, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Mohammad Asif

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

10.25am Andrew Miller is at The Oval, and offers this weather update: "Slightly cloudy so far, but dry as a bone." Good to hear. Meanwhile, we have ticket news. There are still 5000 tickets up for grabs today, and 3000 for tomorrow. Days three and four are sold out. So, if you're bored roll up, roll up. And in a tremendous show of faith in the longevity of this contest, Surrey are pre-selling day five for £15 adults and £7.50 kids. Which could just be a bargain

10.23am While we wait for team news and the toss, it's worth having a look at Andrew McGlashan's preview. Nagraj Gollapudi has also been hard at work at the Kafka-esque task of unravelling Pakistan's likely team selections and line-up changes, and you can read his good work here.

10.10am Hello, and a warm good morning on the first day of the third Test between England and Pakistan at The Oval. It's a fine, sunny morning in London and play is just under an hour away. I'm Liam Brickhill, and together with Andrew McGlashan, Brydon Coverdale and Sahil Dutta will be bringing you all manner of awesomeness today, including live commentary, bulletins, a match gallery and much more besides.

0.1

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, swing for Amir straight away, but he starts well wide of off stump and the movement takes it further away

0.2

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, this one's gone the other way! Jagging back in to the left-hander quite sharply to beat the bat and hit him on the thigh pad

0.3

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, 2 byes, well, first fumble for Kamran... It wasn't the easiest take, the ball died infront of him and bounced just before him as Strauss left well alone

0.4

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, on a length and well outside off once again. Strauss shoulders arms, and this time the ball carries through at a good height through to the keeper

0.5

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, that's the spot! Slightly full of length, aimed at middle stump and swinging away towards the slips. But Strauss is in good nick, and gets solidly forward in defence

0.6

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, fuller still, Strauss is slightly slow to move his feet and taps to mid-off

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

Mohammard Asif is sporting a neat haircut, a real short back and sides affair that makes him look about 20!

1.1

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, loosener to start, pushed across Cook who leaves alone

1.2

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, straighter, curving in towards leg stump as Cook props forward in defence

1.3

Mohammad Asif to Cook, FOUR, edged! Cook was caught on the crease and just thrust his bat out uncertainly. The ball took a thick edge and flew right between third slip and gully...

1.4

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, sharp movement back in to the pads! Cook is struck above the right knee roll, but that's high and slipping down leg and Umpire Davis is not interested in the appeal

1.5

Mohammad Asif to Cook, 1 no ball, full and straight on middle and leg, tucked defensively towards mid-on

1.5

Mohammad Asif to Cook, 2 runs, more runs for Cook, but again he doesn't look at ease in getting them. The ball curved in through the air to take the inner half of a hopeful jab and squirt towards square leg

1.6

Mohammad Asif to Cook, OUT, Cook's misery continues! He's undone by some regulation swing bowling from Asif, and Kamran's pouched the edge easily. Asif had swung the last few back in to the left-handed batsman but got this one to just hold its line on off stump. A little nick, a regulation catch, and first blood to Pakistan!

AN Cook c †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Asif 6 (8m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

End of over 2 (7 runs) England 9/1
     Mohammad Asif    1-0-7-1
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      Mohammad Amir    1-1-0-0

2.1

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, just short of a good length, Amir is still just a touch too wide of off stump however and Strauss leaves alone easily

2.2

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, decent nip from Amir, who's slowly adjusting his line closer to the off stump. Still not close enough to get Strauss playing though

2.3

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, Amir seams one back in to Strauss, who was playing for the outswinger and is struck high on the thigh pad. There's certainly been some movement with the new ball

2.4

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, wafty slash from Strauss as Amir pushes one very wide once again. And the ball has just died on its way through to Kamran, already this pitch seams a touch on the slow side...

2.5

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, speared down the leg side this time, Amir still struggling to find his line and settle on a rhythm

2.6

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, jagging extravagantly away off the seam, but again a good foot outside off and no shot offered by Strauss

End of over 3 (maiden) England 9/1
AJ Strauss    0* (12b)      Mohammad Amir    2-2-0-0
IJL Trott    0* (0b)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-7-1

3.1

Mohammad Asif to Trott, FOUR, confident start from Trott! That's the first ball he's faced, but it's a gentle half-volley outside off and he just leans into a drive to send the ball racing through the covers

3.2

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, great comeback from Asif! He pulls the length back and gets one to spit away from the bat off the pitch and beat Trott's backfoot defence

3.3

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, again appreciable movement towards the slips, but well wide of off stump

3.4

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, Asif gets one to snake the other way through the air! An inside edge strikes thigh pad and falls safely

3.5

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, neither opener has quite found their line yet, and once again Asif pushes one well wide of off and is left alone

3.6

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, tempting length... but too wide again, and Trott whips his bat out of the way

End of over 4 (4 runs) England 13/1
IJL Trott    4* (6b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-11-1
AJ Strauss    0* (12b)      Mohammad Amir    2-2-0-0

4.1

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, 2 runs, speared in to the pads, Strauss tucks through midwicket and Yousuf chases the ball down and flicks it back to another fielder, who hurls it back in to keep them to two. Yousuf's first touch on his comeback to Test cricket...

4.2

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, very full on off stump, drilled to extra cover

4.3

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run

4.4

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, shoulders arms to hint of width

4.5

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, left alone again as Amir continues to be a touch wide

4.6

Mohammad Amir to Strauss, no run, and another leave to finish off the over

End of over 5 (2 runs) England 15/1
AJ Strauss    2* (18b)      Mohammad Amir    3-2-2-0
IJL Trott    4* (6b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-11-1

5.1

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, outside off, swings way and left alone

5.2

Mohammad Asif to Trott, 1 run, dragged down short and Trott is nicely into a pull shot which finds long leg...really isn't much pace in this pitch

5.3

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, loses his line down the leg side and swings further as Kamran skips across to take

5.4

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, better line on middle, more swing and Strauss doesn't make contact as he is taken on the pad

5.5

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, big appeal for lbw but it looks as though that has pitched outside leg...but replays show it was in line although would have been an umpire's call as it was clipping leg stump

So a wise decision from Salman Butt not to review it, but that was very close

5.6

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, defended into the covers

End of over 6 (1 run) England 16/1
AJ Strauss    2* (22b)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-12-1
IJL Trott    5* (8b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    3-2-2-0

Stephen Fry is in attendance at The Oval today, as is Sir Trevor McDonald. If that's not a reason to head down to this Test, I don't know what is

6.1

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, some late swing back in has Trott defending awkwardly into the leg side

6.2

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, pushed further towards off stump this time, Trott gets right across his stumps and defends to leg

6.3

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, more swing for Amir, but it takes the ball down past leg stump as Trott shuffles across to off and tries to flick to leg

6.4

Mohammad Amir to Trott, 2 runs, inside edged! But, fortunately for Trott, that's snuck between the batsman and his wicket and bounced down to fine leg. That wasn't too far from the stumps though

6.5

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, sharp yorker! Amir's giving Trott a hard time here, as the batsman digs out a quick, inswinging yorker

6.6

Mohammad Amir to Trott, FOUR, glanced down to fine leg for four. Good pace and appreciable movement for Amir, but it's just swung a bit too much and Trott just had to get a touch on the ball to send it very fine down to the boundary

End of over 7 (6 runs) England 22/1
IJL Trott    11* (14b 2x4)      Mohammad Amir    4-2-8-0
AJ Strauss    2* (22b)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-12-1

7.1

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, FOUR, clipped crisply through square leg for four! In the last over an identical delivery resulted in a very tight lbw call, but this time Strauss was ready for it and slaps the ball away with ease

7.2

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, another 'hit-me' delivery, short and wide outside off, but Strauss carves straight to the man at backward point

7.3

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, 1 run, effort ball from Asif, but it slips in to leg stump and he's easily nudged down to fine leg

7.4

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, with a dexterous flick of the wrist Asif alters the path of the ball and gets this one to nip devilishly back in off the seam to strike Trott on the front pad! There was an appeal, but that simply moved too much and was heading down the leg side

7.5

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, floated up temptingly outside off, but Trott leaves alone

7.6

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, on a length, outside off, and Trott watches the ball closely as it goes by

End of over 8 (5 runs) England 27/1
IJL Trott    11* (17b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    4-0-17-1
AJ Strauss    7* (25b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    4-2-8-0

Right, first bowling change of the morning, and it'll be Amir for Wahab Riaz, the debutant.

8.1

Wahab Riaz to Strauss, no run, decent start, on a length on off stump and Strauss is drawn forward in defence

8.2

Wahab Riaz to Strauss, no run, good pace, and a touch of wobble in to the left-hander

8.3

Wahab Riaz to Strauss, no run, banged in halfway down and outside off stump, Strauss's eyes lit up but he slapped it straight to point

8.4

Wahab Riaz to Strauss, FOUR, cracking straight drive from Strauss, stepping forward and presenting the full face of the bat in a well-balanced straight drive to send the ball speeding back past the bowler

8.5

Wahab Riaz to Strauss, no run, punched with some intent into the covers

8.6

Wahab Riaz to Strauss, FOUR, leg-stump half volley on the toes, and neatly tucked away by Strauss

Wahab Riaz resembles Mitchell Johnson in both build and bowling action, a slingy left-armer with decent pace

End of over 9 (8 runs) England 35/1
AJ Strauss    15* (31b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    1-0-8-0
IJL Trott    11* (17b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    4-0-17-1

9.1

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, swerving away through the air, landing on the seam and going further away. But too wide of off to get Trott playing...

9.2

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, much better line, Asif goes wider on the crease but aims right at off stump and Trott - who had shaped to push to mid-on - is slightly squared up

9.3

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, Trott stands at the crease and dead-bats into the offside

9.4

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, wonderful bowling, Asif lopes in and flings down an outswinger landing on off stump. Trott looks solid in defence, however

9.5

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, appeal for a catch behind! That was, perhaps, more for the quality of the ball than the legitimacy of the appeal as Trott is well beaten feeling for the ball outside off

9.6

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, on a length, swinging away and angled to gully

End of over 10 (maiden) England 35/1
IJL Trott    11* (23b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    5-1-17-1
AJ Strauss    15* (31b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    1-0-8-0

10.1

Wahab Riaz to Strauss, no run, just short of a good length, but a decent line just outside off and the ball carries nicely through to Kamran at throat height as it's left alone

10.2

Wahab Riaz to Strauss, no run, swinging in a touch through the air from a fuller length, and Strauss presses forward to defend

10.3

Wahab Riaz to Strauss, OUT, huge appeal for a catch behind! Is that a maiden Test wicket for Wahab Riaz? Umpire Hill says no... but they think about it and refer it. Well, he's got a huge edge on that so the decision's over-turned and that's out! Great moment for the young bowler. And despite the fairly lifeless wicket England have lost both openers

AJ Strauss c †Kamran Akmal b Wahab Riaz 15 (50m 34b 3x4 0x6) SR: 44.11

Kevin Pietersen strides out. Like Cook, he's looking for some form and some runs. He's got three hundreds at The Oval and would be delighted with a fourth

10.4

Wahab Riaz to Pietersen, no run, bouncer to start! It's great to see a young, inexperienced bowler asserting himself like this. It wasn't the greatest ball, but the attitude behind it was correct

10.5

Wahab Riaz to Pietersen, no run, back-of-a-length on off stump, KP stands tall in defence

10.6

Wahab Riaz to Pietersen, no run, flung full and wide, Pietersen steps right across and then leaves alone

End of over 11 (wicket maiden) England 35/2
KP Pietersen    0* (3b)      Wahab Riaz    2-1-8-1
IJL Trott    11* (23b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    5-1-17-1

11.1

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, first misjudgement by Trott! And another great piece of bowling from Asif. Again with that flick of the wrist he gets the ball to jag back in unexpectedly, Trott was expecting the outswinger and raised his bat to leave only to be struck on the inner thigh. Too high for an lbw call

11.2

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, Trott, who has taken guard outside the crease, walks down the pitch and defends back to the bowler. Good thinking by him, that'll just give the ball less time to swing and upset the bowler's rhythm

11.3

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, and Asif, trying to keep Trott back in the crease, bangs in a bouncer! Trott sways easily out of the way though, and won't mind that as the ball's not going to swing from that length!

11.4

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, much fuller on off stump, again Trott walks down and then jabs defensively back to the bowler

11.5

Mohammad Asif to Trott, no run, ooh, that's a tight leave! This one looked to be shaping away but then just held its line from a wide angle and scooted just a couple of inches past off stump

11.6

Mohammad Asif to Trott, 4 byes, Trott has succeeded in upsetting Asif's plans a touch, again walking down the track and this time the bowler responds with a short ball that goes miles down the leg side and easily has the beating of a diving Kamran Akmal

End of over 12 (4 runs, maiden) England 39/2
IJL Trott    11* (29b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    6-2-17-1
KP Pietersen    0* (3b)      Wahab Riaz    2-1-8-1

12.1

Wahab Riaz to Pietersen, no run, just on a good length, but pushed down the leg side as KP shuffles across to off

Wahab Riaz looks a good prospect, a strong action and he's generating good pace.

12.2

Wahab Riaz to Pietersen, no run, beaten outside off! It was that good length again, but this time the line was right too and Pietersen's airy drive was beaten by a good few inches

12.3

Wahab Riaz to Pietersen, no run, much more solid from KP, lunging forward in defence

12.4

Wahab Riaz to Pietersen, no run, back-of-a-length at good pace, Pietersen defends from the crease towards mid-off

12.5

Wahab Riaz to Pietersen, no run, good, tempting line and length. This time, however, Pietersen will not be tempted and leaves well alone

12.6

Wahab Riaz to Pietersen, no run, spicy short ball from Wahab Riaz! But it's just a touch mis-directed down leg and Pietersen shuffles out of the way

That's the first hour down, and out come drinks. When we come back, Brydon will take over comms duties

End of over 13 (maiden) England 39/2
KP Pietersen    0* (9b)      Wahab Riaz    3-2-8-1
IJL Trott    11* (29b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    6-2-17-1

Thanks Liam. Good start for Pakistan, and for Kamran Akmal. And KP isn't off the mark yet - I sense a risky single coming up...

13.1

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, pushed across Trott, who gets down on a ball that doesn't rise much

So it's a change of ends for Amir

13.2

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, edged and on the bounce to second slip, Trott just about suffered whiplash looking back nervously at the cordon

13.3

Mohammad Amir to Trott, no run, controlled this time by Trott, who angles the bat and works it to point

13.4

Mohammad Amir to Trott, 1 run, straighter ball, flicked off the pads and down to fine leg

13.5

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, no run, and there is Pietersen trying for the single! Short ball, nudged towards point and he took off, but the fielding was sharp and Trott sent him back

13.6

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

End of over 14 (1 run) England 40/2
KP Pietersen    0* (11b)      Mohammad Amir    5-2-9-0
IJL Trott    12* (33b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    3-2-8-1

14.1

Wahab Riaz to Trott, OUT, what a good catch! Wahab Riaz gets his second wicket and Trott is gone. A thick edge flew quickly to the cordon and Yasir Hameed at second slip has dived to his right to take a sharp chance

IJL Trott c Yasir Hameed b Wahab Riaz 12 (61m 34b 2x4 0x6) SR: 35.29

Now then - the batsmen confer and here's something interesting. Pietersen thinks it's a no-ball. The replays confirm KP at the non-striker's end was watching Riaz's front foot and it is very tight, though just a legal delivery. Trott decides not to ask for a review in any case.

14.2

Wahab Riaz to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

14.3

Wahab Riaz to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood gets off the mark with a punch wide of cover

14.4

Wahab Riaz to Pietersen, no run, no shot offered to a ball angled across him

14.5

Wahab Riaz to Pietersen, 1 run, and Pietersen gets off the mark with a nudge towards mid-off, an easy enough single in the end

14.6

Wahab Riaz to Collingwood, no run, straight-bat defence from Collingwood

End of over 15 (2 runs) England 42/3
PD Collingwood    1* (3b)      Wahab Riaz    4-2-10-2
KP Pietersen    1* (13b)      Mohammad Amir    5-2-9-0

15.1

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, 1 run, oh, good ball, Amir swung it back in and a thick inside edge saves Pietersen, who picks up a single towards square leg

15.2

Mohammad Amir to Collingwood, no run, angled across Collingwood and this one doesn't swing, so he lets it go

15.3

Mohammad Amir to Collingwood, FOUR, ah, what a good stroke, Collingwood gets a half-volley on off stump and meets it with a straight drive that was little more than a punch, but timed well enough to find the boundary

15.4

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

15.5

Mohammad Amir to Collingwood, OUT, oh, Collingwood has played on! He's chopped down on a ball angled across him and it's bounced into the off stump, removing just the one bail

PD Collingwood b Mohammad Amir 5 (7m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Collingwood threw his head back in disappointment there and a muted celebration from Pakistan as the players worked out what had happened. But this is a big opportunity for Pakistan - England are four down already! Here's Eoin Morgan.

15.6

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, 1 run, nice start from Morgan, he flicks through square leg from a half-volley on the pads

End of over 16 (6 runs) England 48/4
EJG Morgan    1* (1b)      Mohammad Amir    6-2-15-1
KP Pietersen    2* (14b)      Wahab Riaz    4-2-10-2

"Got a good feeling for Pakistan this game!" writes Danny. "It's a flattish pitch and they finally look like they can catch! You'd be suprised the impact catching makes on the outcome."

16.1

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, short ball and well directed, Morgan sways out of the way

16.2

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, shortish and angled in towards the ribs, Morgan defends

16.3

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, oh, beats the bat as Morgan drives away from the body

16.4

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, 1 run, again targeting the body of Morgan, who just works it down into the ground and away to square leg

16.5

Wahab Riaz to Pietersen, no run, on the pads, Pietersen can't get it away

16.6

Wahab Riaz to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen strides forward and pushes back to the bowler

End of over 17 (1 run) England 49/4
KP Pietersen    2* (16b)      Wahab Riaz    5-2-11-2
EJG Morgan    2* (5b)      Mohammad Amir    6-2-15-1

17.1

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, no run, swings away from Morgan, but too wide and it's left alone

17.2

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, no run, straighter, not swinging, but left alone safely again

17.3

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, no run, beaten outside off this time, straightish and moving away just a little bit

17.4

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, no run, oh, nearly had him! It was wide and swinging away, but fuller and tempting Morgan into an attempted cover drive, he didn't quite get to it

17.5

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, 2 runs, pushed through cover this time, waited on it and found the gap, they pick up two runs - Morgan is struggling but Amin the substitute can't get it back to Kamran in time

17.6

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, no run, down leg side and no shot offered

End of over 18 (2 runs) England 51/4
EJG Morgan    4* (11b)      Mohammad Amir    7-2-17-1
KP Pietersen    2* (16b)      Wahab Riaz    5-2-11-2

Mohammad Asif comes back into the attack

18.1

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, ooh, tentative leave from Pietersen. He walked forward towards the ball and looked to be playing at it but then whipped his bat over his head

18.2

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, 1 run, again, walking aggressively down the track towards the bowler, who bangs it in short by way of response. Hooked out to long leg

18.3

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, curving back in to Morgan through the air, the batsman presents the full face of his blade in defence

18.4

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, great bowling! A subtle tweak of the wrist and this one shoots across the left hander, who is left poking at fresh air outside off stump

18.5

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, again past the outside edge! This one was fuller and wider and Morgan pressed forward to drive. But the ball just held its line, possibly scooting towards the slips a touch, and Morgan is lucky not to edge that

18.6

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, that's the way to play, Morgan watches the ball closely and plays it nice and late, right under the eyes, as he defends to gully

End of over 19 (1 run) England 52/4
EJG Morgan    4* (15b)      Mohammad Asif    7-2-18-1
KP Pietersen    3* (18b)      Mohammad Amir    7-2-17-1

19.1

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, no run, beaten outside off stump! These two are a potent fast-bowling pair, as they've shown all summer and continue to do.

19.2

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, 2 runs, angled down past the diving gully fielder for a couple

19.3

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, no run, met with the full face of the bat, driven towards mid-off

19.4

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, no run, angled across Pietersen, who drives to mid-off again

19.5

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, 1 wide, pushed waaay across the batsman this time and that is too wide, in fact it has been called as such

19.5

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, 1 run, short and straight, Pietersen hooks from shoulder height and got it away, but the ball was on him a but quicker than he expected

19.6

Mohammad Amir to Morgan, FOUR, good shot, Morgan gets one on the pads and flicks it along the ground through midwicket, it's important to put those away when you're often being beaten

End of over 20 (8 runs) England 60/4
EJG Morgan    8* (16b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    8-2-25-1
KP Pietersen    6* (23b)      Mohammad Asif    7-2-18-1

20.1

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, oh, lovely delivery! Swings away and Pietersen walks at the bowler only to be thoroughly beaten

20.2

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, straighter ball and there's an lbw appeal, but Pietersen was walking at the bowler again so there's no way the umpire could be confident enough to give that

And HawkEye shows it sailing well over the top

20.3

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, 1 run, clipped away through square leg

20.4

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, and again Pietersen is beaten, this time on the inside edge as a ball nips in just a touch, and once again KP was on the move

Kamran asks for the helmet and he's up to the stumps to keep KP in his crease.

20.5

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, and immediately Kamran takes a nasty one on the fingers, can't glove that one

20.6

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, no run, left alone and gloved cleanly this time

End of over 21 (2 runs) England 62/4
KP Pietersen    6* (28b)      Mohammad Asif    8-2-19-1
EJG Morgan    9* (17b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    8-2-25-1

21.1

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, Riaz strays down leg side, Morgan tries to glance but can't get bat on ball

21.2

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, FOUR, this time Morgan does get bat on that, a glance very fine and away to the boundary, that ball was swinging in and on the pads

21.3

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, swinging away this time and Morgan leaves it

21.4

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, 1 run, swinging in and bouncing in to the midriff, Morgan squeezes the bat down on that to get a single to fine leg

21.5

Wahab Riaz to Pietersen, OUT, Riaz gets another one on debut! That ball was on off stump and just nipping away a touch, Pietersen got a thin edge through to Kamran and KP was walking before the umpire gave his decision

KP Pietersen c †Kamran Akmal b Wahab Riaz 6 (59m 29b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.68

Wahab Riaz, take a bow, he's taken three wickets in his first session of Test cricket

21.6

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, sharpish bounce and beats the bat!

End of over 22 (5 runs) England 67/5
MJ Prior    0* (1b)      Wahab Riaz    6-2-16-3
EJG Morgan    14* (21b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    8-2-19-1

"I would imagine that anyone over 65 at the Oval today, watching Asif bowl with the keeper up, might be reminded of Alec Bedser," writes Keshava. "Shame that Kamran is no Godfrey Evans or Arthur McIntyre."

22.1

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, 2 runs, on the pads, Morgan clips through square leg and good running picks him up two runs

22.2

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, another one sails past the outside edge, angled across Morgan and not straightening as he expected, this is very fine bowling

22.3

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, straight ball this time, Morgan defends

22.4

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, pushed across Morgan, who leaves it alone

22.5

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, no run, probing outside off, Morgan drives defensively towards mid-off

22.6

Mohammad Asif to Morgan, 1 run, worked off his pads towards square leg

End of over 23 (3 runs) England 70/5
EJG Morgan    17* (27b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    9-2-22-1
MJ Prior    0* (1b)      Wahab Riaz    6-2-16-3

Interesting - Salman Butt has brought in a leg slip here

23.1

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, bouncer, Morgan gets out of the way

23.2

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, swings in towards off stump and Morgan defends

23.3

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, wide of off and moving away, it's left alone

23.4

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, on the off stump, Morgan drives and can't beat mid-off

23.5

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, shortish but wide of off and Morgan can easily evade it

23.6

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, too wide of off and left alone

That's lunch. Well, what a good session for Pakistan, the three pacemen have all bowled well, finding swing and really testing England's batsmen. And just as importantly for Pakistan, they have caught well - three catches in the session for Kamran Akmal is all the proof you need! But Wahab Riaz was the star of the session with 3 for 16 on debut. It's a fine effort considering that he didn't take any more than two wickets in an innings during the 2009-10 Pakistan first-class season. While you enjoy the break, why not chat about the morning's play at our Facebook page.

End of over 24 (maiden) England 70/5
EJG Morgan    17* (33b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    7-3-16-3
MJ Prior    0* (1b)      Mohammad Asif    9-2-22-1

Afternoon all, Sahil here for the next hour or so. I suspect lunch will not have tasted very good for the England players, they've finally had an unforgettable morning in the worst way. We have an intriguing situation now with two counter-attacking players - Eoin Morgan and Matt Prior - trying to dig England out of a mighty hole. Another Pakistan huddle to greet the new session, no doubt some wise and calmly delivered words from Salman Butt...

24.1

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, swing first up for Asif, who is sporting a very swish new haircut for this Test, left alone outside off stump

24.2

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, top bowling, in the spot already, bending away late and forcing an uncomfortable forward block from Prior

24.3

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, more uncertainty for the batsman, it's the length Asif is bowling which is causing the trouble, dragging Prior forward

24.4

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, this is more securely players, driven to mid off

24.5

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, ooh, Prior made a late decision to leave alone and it's probably good he did, he swung away late begging for an edge

24.6

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, Asif jumps wide of the crease and spears one into Prior, who defends very carefully to end an excellent over

End of over 25 (maiden) England 70/5
MJ Prior    0* (7b)      Mohammad Asif    10-3-22-1
EJG Morgan    17* (33b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    7-3-16-3

Wahab Riaz will get things going, what a spell he had before lunch...

25.1

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, on the money straight away, slightly back of a length, probing the channel outside off stump, Morgan calmly defends

25.2

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, similar length but this time the line is a touch wider and allows Morgan the luxury of a leave

25.3

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, this comes in with the angle from over the wicket, Morgan tries to flap it away into the leg side but misses and it thuds into stomach

25.4

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, touch fuller, drawing Morgan forward and forcing a careful defence

25.5

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, this is dug in short, Morgan has never really been tested with a consistent short-ball attack yet, this is easily negotiated though - swaying out of the line

25.6

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, two maidens to begin the new session, it's a real role reversal between these two teams at the moment, Riaz is bounding and bristling, full of beans

End of over 26 (maiden) England 70/5
EJG Morgan    17* (39b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    8-4-16-3
MJ Prior    0* (7b)      Mohammad Asif    10-3-22-1

26.1

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, sun beaming down on The Oval now, which will please the England boys, but Asif is still finding some away movement here and Prior very carefully defends

26.2

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, once again Asif jumps wide, trying to accentuate the away-swing angle, Prior is up to the task, defending quietly

26.3

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, good discipline from Asif, holding a full length and off-stump line but good discipline from Prior too, defending solidly

26.4

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, this is outside off stump and Prior gleefully shoulders arms

26.5

Mohammad Asif to Prior, FOUR, lovely shot this time, really well played, Prior loves a drive and he timed this so well that it could ricochet off the stumps at the non-striker's end and still run away for four. Stylish way to get off the mark

26.6

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, another drive, Asif won't be rocked off his full length, but the crisp stroke finds mid off this time

End of over 27 (4 runs) England 74/5
MJ Prior    4* (13b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    11-3-26-1
EJG Morgan    17* (39b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    8-4-16-3

27.1

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, good ball, this really bounced on Morgan who ended up riding the bounce and playing with his hands well away from his body as he defended

27.2

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, zippy bowling from Riaz, he's been brisk all day and this climbs through to Akmal but is too wide to interest Morgan

27.3

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, no run, once again the line is a fraction too wide from Riaz and Morgan gets to leave

27.4

Wahab Riaz to Morgan, OUT, great bowling! Got him this time! The line was closer to off stump, just a fraction of movement away off the pitch and Morgan could only fence an edge through to Akmal! England in huge trouble and Calamity Kamran has caught everything on offer today!

EJG Morgan c †Kamran Akmal b Wahab Riaz 17 (54m 43b 2x4 0x6) SR: 39.53

Cat-loving Graeme Swann is the new man and for once there is no trace of grin on his face. Serious business this.

27.5

Wahab Riaz to Swann, no run, Swann negotiates his first ball by blocking in a hurry

Meanwhile, Miller is still chuckling to himself: "Wahab you been all this time?"

27.6

Wahab Riaz to Swann, no run, solid defence from Swann but what a day Wahab is having

End of over 28 (wicket maiden) England 74/6
GP Swann    0* (2b)      Wahab Riaz    9-5-16-4
MJ Prior    4* (13b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    11-3-26-1

28.1

Mohammad Asif to Prior, FOUR, Prior looks like he might have a dash here, this time swishes a drive off a thick outside edge, flying airily past point for four

28.2

Mohammad Asif to Prior, 1 run, nicely played by Prior, driving with more control this time to cover, who dives over the ball and allows a single

28.3

Mohammad Asif to Swann, FOUR, pitch up to Swann and he'll punish you, he's one of the sweetest drivers (and the quickest - guffaw) in the England side, this is stroked through mid off for four

28.4

Mohammad Asif to Swann, no run, nicely behind this forward block, but Asif is still finding away-movement

28.5

Mohammad Asif to Swann, no run, this is a very well-judged leave from Swann, shouldering arms to a ball swinging away past off stump

28.6

Mohammad Asif to Swann, no run, probing stuff from Asif but I reckon Wahab banging it in short at Swann from the other end might be more of a challenge

End of over 29 (9 runs) England 83/6
GP Swann    4* (6b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    12-3-35-1
MJ Prior    9* (15b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    9-5-16-4

29.1

Wahab Riaz to Prior, 1 wide, this is very short from Wahab, Prior tucks under it but he could have jumped and it would have still been well over him

29.1

Wahab Riaz to Prior, 1 no ball, Wahab powering in and this time oversteps. Wasn't a great delivery either, shoved well outside off

29.1

Wahab Riaz to Prior, 1 wide, oops, this is even worse. Suddenly Wahab has lost it, this barely hits the cut strip outside off stump

29.1

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, better but still not ideal, thrown across outside off stump, Prior leaves alone

29.2

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, there we go, it's taken five deliveries but Wahab has relocated his length and line and Prior has to defend in a hurry

29.3

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, he's just eased his approach to the wicket and it appears to have worked as he lands it on a length and line and forces Prior to defend

29.4

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, good ball this, just jagging away off the pitch and Prior defends uneasily off the back foot

29.5

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, back of a length from Wahab and calmly defended from Prior

29.6

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, Prior misses an attempted leg-side fiddle which brings an end to a marathon over

End of over 30 (3 runs) England 86/6
MJ Prior    9* (22b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    10-5-19-4
GP Swann    4* (6b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    12-3-35-1

30.1

Mohammad Asif to Swann, no run, Asif continues to test Swann outside off stump and it's guided towards gully

30.2

Mohammad Asif to Swann, no run, Swann is eager to go through the off side but this is a touch too short for the drive and he can't time it

"Thank God Pakistan can't bat. Otherwise we might have been in a bit of a mess," notes Arthur

30.3

Mohammad Asif to Swann, 4 byes, this will help England, Kamran allows four byes as Asif swings one down the leg side

30.4

Mohammad Asif to Swann, no run, back to a solid line and length from Asif and Swann can do nothing but defend

30.5

Mohammad Asif to Swann, FOUR, very nicely played, great timing from Swann, it was full and he leant on an on-drive, sending it past mid on for four

30.6

Mohammad Asif to Swann, OUT, gone this time! Swann departs and Asif has a second wicket! Lovely bowling, so simple, touch of away movement, finds a thickish outside edge and there is nothing as solid as Pakistan's slip catching at the moment!

GP Swann c Umar Akmal b Mohammad Asif 8 (17m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 31 (8 runs) England 94/7
     Mohammad Asif    13-3-39-2
MJ Prior    9* (22b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    10-5-19-4

Stuart Broad is the new man and Amir is back into the attack

31.1

Mohammad Amir to Prior, 2 runs, good first ball, swinging in a touch and Prior works it away towards square leg for a couple

31.2

Mohammad Amir to Prior, 3 runs, good stuff from Prior, he knows he has to find all the runs he can before the tail departs and here he aims a back-foot forcing shot through cover for three

31.3

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, Broad gets a sighter first ball, and for a man in no form that's ideal, left alone outside off

31.4

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, this time he's forced to play as Amir finds the right length and line and Broad gets half-forward to block

31.5

Mohammad Amir to Broad, FOUR, Broad's away and the England 100 is up, but not in convincing fashion, full and swinging away, Broad laced a drive but it flew off the edge through where a second gully could have been for four

"Are the Pak players using some kind of glue to ensure that the ball doesnt come unstuck?" asks Vijay. "This seems so unlike their 'normal performance'. Just goes on to prove how devastating their bowlers can be if only they can get support from the fielders. This makes for very interesting viewing!"

31.6

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, quieter end to the over, left alone outside off. Touch too wide from Amir

End of over 32 (9 runs) England 103/7
SCJ Broad    4* (4b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    9-2-34-1
MJ Prior    14* (24b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    13-3-39-2

Syed has a reply for Arthur: "If you don't make more than 150 you are in bit of a mess. Oval suits Pakistan's batting and usually good catching and good batting goes together." Wahab is back...

32.1

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, good ball here, angling across Prior who aims a drive but it whistles past the edge

32.2

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, slightly shorter this time, Prior leaves alone in a hurry

32.3

Wahab Riaz to Prior, no run, touch shorter again from Wahab, Prior gets into position very early to defend

32.4

Wahab Riaz to Prior, FOUR, top shot! Prior gets one in his half and drives sweetly through cover for a boundary. Played it on the up as well, this should be a fun little innings from him

32.5

Wahab Riaz to Prior, 1 run, worked round the corner this time for a single, Prior looking very busy

32.6

Wahab Riaz to Broad, FOUR, very good intent from Broad and the execution isn't bad either! Banged in short outside off, Broad waited on the back foot and slapped an upper-cut over point for four

End of over 33 (9 runs) England 112/7
SCJ Broad    8* (5b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    11-5-28-4
MJ Prior    19* (29b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    9-2-34-1

33.1

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, Amir glides in and fires it across the right hander, Prior has none of it

33.2

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, good delivery this time, forcing Prior to play defensively back down the wicket

33.3

Mohammad Amir to Prior, 1 no ball, this time Amir loses his line and swings it down the leg side, no ball as well

33.3

Mohammad Amir to Prior, FOUR, lovely shot this, really dreamy on-drive, effortless push and it sped back past the bowler

33.4

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, Amir comes round the wicket but lands it too far outside off stump to interest Prior

33.5

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, solidly blocked towards mid off

33.6

Mohammad Amir to Prior, FOUR, four more for Prior here but not nearly as convincing as his last, this found a thick outside edge but went down and wide of the slips for four through third man

End of over 34 (9 runs) England 121/7
MJ Prior    27* (36b 5x4)      Mohammad Amir    10-2-43-1
SCJ Broad    8* (5b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    11-5-28-4

34.1

Wahab Riaz to Broad, no run, good short ball from Wahab here and Broad hurries into a back-foot defence

34.2

Wahab Riaz to Broad, no run, few words here from Wahab at Broad, and why not, Broad has dished out a few this series, short again and Broad jerks out the line

34.3

Wahab Riaz to Broad, 2 wides, cripes, I don't think he'll have a word after this delivery, it was shocking, slung with a very very low arm well wide of off stump

34.3

Wahab Riaz to Prior, 1 run, short again, it might be time for a change from Wahab's end, Prior works it away for a single

34.4

Wahab Riaz to Broad, 3 runs, very short from Wahab, Broad is camped on the back foot and slaps a leaping back-foot drive over mid off, doesn't time it well but there are no fielders there and he collects three

34.5

Wahab Riaz to Prior, 1 leg bye, this is a touch leg-sided from Wahab, poor over really, Prior tries to flick it away and misses but it thuds off the pads for a single

34.6

Wahab Riaz to Broad, no run, swing and a miss to finish the over, full outside off, Broad tries to lace it through cover but misses it entirely

End of over 35 (7 runs) England 128/7
SCJ Broad    11* (9b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    12-5-34-4
MJ Prior    28* (38b 5x4)      Mohammad Amir    10-2-43-1

35.1

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, good delivery this from Amir, following Prior from round the wicket and finding an inside edge as the batsman aimed a drive

35.2

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, Prior lifts the bat out of harms way and allows this to pass outside off stump

35.3

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, once again Prior leaves well alone outside off

35.4

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, good delivery this, much better, Pakistan need to sit in on a good length and line for a while, Prior can only defend

35.5

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, too wide this time from Amir and Prior happy to shoulder arms

35.6

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, this is left alone again outside off stump

A nugget of stat gold from Andrew Miller: There is a distinct lack of lustre to the list of Pakistan bowlers with five wickets on debut. And you can ponder that over the drinks break. Brydon will be back after for the next hour...

End of over 36 (maiden) England 128/7
MJ Prior    28* (44b 5x4)      Mohammad Amir    11-3-43-1
SCJ Broad    11* (9b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    12-5-34-4

Thanks Sahil. Marvellous stattage from Miller. Now for the first time in the match it's time for some spin - Saeed Ajmal from the Pavilion End. Slip, leg slip and silly mid-off in place.

36.1

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, there's an lbw shout first up, but that pitched a long way outside leg, and there was an inside edge too

36.2

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, again pitching outside leg and turning a touch, Broad lunges forward and it strikes him on the pad

And now leg slip moves out and short leg comes in

36.3

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, FOUR, a clever shot from Broad, they had just removed leg slip so he got down to paddle sweep fine through the newly-created gap for a boundary

36.4

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, 2 runs, was that a replay? No, because this one is cut off by fine leg, but it was an identical fine sweep from Broad as Ajmal targeted leg stump

So extra cover now moves to leg slip

36.5

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, 1 run, worked wide of leg slip this time, safely into the ground

36.6

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, 1 run, there's more sweeping than you'd see at a curling championship as Prior this time goes down on one knee and paddles it around the corner

End of over 37 (8 runs) England 136/7
MJ Prior    29* (45b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-8-0
SCJ Broad    18* (14b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    11-3-43-1

And it's a double change with Mohammad Asif returning.

37.1

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, swinging away immediately but Prior mistimes his back foot drive, done by the lack of pace there

37.2

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, defended solidly this time

37.3

Mohammad Asif to Prior, 4 leg byes, and that one's dropped, but a very tough chance for Kamran. You can't expect him to take that - it's an inside edge onto the thigh and then sneaking past the stumps, Kamran dives and just gets his left fingertip to the ball as it runs away towards fine leg for a boundary

Steve Davis has called that leg byes, but there was an inside edge on it, no question

37.4

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

37.5

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, swinging away and left alone

37.6

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, defended safely towards point

End of over 38 (4 runs, maiden) England 140/7
MJ Prior    29* (51b 5x4)      Mohammad Asif    14-4-39-2
SCJ Broad    18* (14b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-8-0

Ajmal comes around the wicket now, he was too leg-sideish in his first over

38.1

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, 2 runs, Broad sweeps once more, this one is off the top edge but safely bounces short of deep backward square

38.2

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, Ajmal slows the pace down now and it's not spinning outside off, left alone

38.3

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, down leg side and there were shouts of catch it, Akmal couldn't do that, but hard to say if there was any bat on that

38.4

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

38.5

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, 1 run, tossed up outside off and Broad drives, inside edges it away towards square leg

38.6

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, FOUR, wrong line there as Ajmal strays down leg and Prior simply helps it along its way behind square leg to bring up the 50-run partnership

End of over 39 (7 runs) England 147/7
MJ Prior    33* (52b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-15-0
SCJ Broad    21* (19b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    14-4-39-2

39.1

Mohammad Asif to Broad, FOUR, great shot! Broad gets some width and lashes a cover-drive through the gap and away to the boundary, that was a very good-looking stroke

39.2

Mohammad Asif to Broad, no run, oh my word! How has that not bowled Broad? He's shouldered arms but at the last minute realised the ball was straightening and thought about playing, he was too late and was saved only because the ball bounced millimetres over the off bail

39.3

Mohammad Asif to Broad, no run, gets the bat down to defend this one

39.4

Mohammad Asif to Broad, 1 run, well, that was a horrible looking shot, Broad wound up for a straight drive and somehow it's edged in the air towards deep point

39.5

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, Prior slashes outside off and it beats the bat

39.6

Mohammad Asif to Prior, 1 run, on the back foot, Prior punches forward of point and beats the field

End of over 40 (6 runs) England 153/7
MJ Prior    34* (54b 6x4)      Mohammad Asif    15-4-45-2
SCJ Broad    26* (23b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-15-0

40.1

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, 1 run, turns down leg side and Prior helps it on its way for a single

40.2

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, 1 run, thick inside edge flies away between short leg and leg slip, Broad didn't know much about that one

40.3

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, tossed up on off, Prior defends

40.4

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, turns in to the right-hander, who defends

40.5

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, tries to cut through point but can't beat the field

40.6

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, 1 run, Prior gets outside off to sweep back over his shoulder, just lobs away into the gap at leg slip

End of over 41 (3 runs) England 156/7
MJ Prior    36* (59b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-18-0
SCJ Broad    27* (24b 4x4)      Mohammad Asif    15-4-45-2

41.1

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, Asif still finding some outswing, Prior blocks it away to off

41.2

Mohammad Asif to Prior, 1 run, straighter ball this time and Prior drives wide of mid-on for a single

41.3

Mohammad Asif to Broad, no run, swinging down leg side, possibly trying for the inswinging yorker there but just a touch misdirected

41.4

Mohammad Asif to Broad, FOUR, well played, Broad gets forward and punches a well timed drive through mid-on for a boundary

41.5

Mohammad Asif to Broad, 1 run, swinging down leg again, this time Broad glances it away to fine leg

41.6

Mohammad Asif to Prior, no run, curving away well wide of off, Prior leaves it

This has become a very useful partnership for England, at one point it looked like they'd struggle to reach 120. Now they can set their sights firmly on 200-plus. Now here's Mohammad Amir.

End of over 42 (6 runs) England 162/7
MJ Prior    37* (62b 6x4)      Mohammad Asif    16-4-51-2
SCJ Broad    32* (27b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-18-0

42.1

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, pushed away to point

42.2

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, Amir probes outside off without getting much swing, Broad defends

42.3

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, again Broad defends with a straight bat

42.4

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, and this one beats the bat with some genuine outswing, very good ball

42.5

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, driven to mid-on, can't find the gap

42.6

Mohammad Amir to Broad, 1 run, squared up by a fullish ball on off stump, Broad picks up a single with a thick edge through backward point

End of over 43 (1 run) England 163/7
SCJ Broad    33* (33b 5x4)      Mohammad Amir    12-3-44-1
MJ Prior    37* (62b 6x4)      Mohammad Asif    16-4-51-2

Ajmal is switching ends, he's on now from the Vauxhall End. And he's coming around the wicket with a slip, leg slip and short leg.

43.1

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, there's a confident lbw shout as Broad gets down to sweep, but Steve Davis says no, that one has clipped the gloves on the way to the pad

43.2

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, Broad leans forward to defend this time

43.3

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, watchful in defence again

43.4

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, off the pads to leg slip

43.5

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, 1 run, Broad sweeps again and gets a single this time

Ajmal stays around the wicket to the right-hander

43.6

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, pitching on off and straightening, Prior defends

End of over 44 (1 run) England 164/7
MJ Prior    37* (63b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-19-0
SCJ Broad    34* (38b 5x4)      Mohammad Amir    12-3-44-1

44.1

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, swinging away from well wide of off, Broad has no interest in that

44.2

Mohammad Amir to Broad, FOUR, good shot, Amir targeted the stumps and Broad flicked it confidently through midwicket, where it beats the chasing Mohammad Yousuf

44.3

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, teases Broad outside off, he looks for a cut but can't get bat on ball

44.4

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, and again Broad looks for a big flash outside off, again it beats the bat

44.5

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, this time Broad resists the urge to play and leaves one outside off

44.6

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, Broad can't get hold of that one outside off, Amir tempting him with some wide outswingers

End of over 45 (4 runs) England 168/7
SCJ Broad    38* (44b 6x4)      Mohammad Amir    13-3-48-1
MJ Prior    37* (63b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-19-0

45.1

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, turning down leg, Prior can't get it away

45.2

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, solidly defended by Prior

45.3

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, FOUR, tossed up on the pads and Prior gets hold of this one with a lovely clip off his toes through midwicket, that's a very good shot

45.4

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, Prior gets forward and defends

45.5

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, flighted well down leg, Prior can't get bat on that - perhaps they were trying for a leg-side stumping as it was a very, very wide ball

45.6

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, defended easily once more

End of over 46 (4 runs) England 172/7
MJ Prior    41* (69b 7x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-23-0
SCJ Broad    38* (44b 6x4)      Mohammad Amir    13-3-48-1

46.1

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, swinging down leg and Broad misses his attempted glance

46.2

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, short of a length and moving away from Broad, who once more is beaten as he tries to drive

46.3

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, oh dear, once again Amir gets some outswing, Broad drives and it beats the bat

46.4

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, this one moves in to the left-hander, and Broad works it to mid-on

46.5

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, Broad defends this one, prods it away to cover

46.6

Mohammad Amir to Broad, no run, driven with the full face of the bat, can't beat mid-off

End of over 47 (maiden) England 172/7
SCJ Broad    38* (50b 6x4)      Mohammad Amir    14-4-48-1
MJ Prior    41* (69b 7x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-23-0

Ajmal stays around the wicket to Prior

47.1

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, tries to work it to leg, can't get bat on that one

47.2

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, defended safely back down the pitch

47.3

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, safely pushed away by Prior

47.4

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, straight ball, defended

47.5

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, tries to punch through cover, can't beat the field

47.6

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, defended once more on off

Ajmal is getting zero spin from around the wicket and isn't posing much threat - I wonder if it would be worth coming back over the wicket to Prior

End of over 48 (maiden) England 172/7
MJ Prior    41* (75b 7x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-1-23-0
SCJ Broad    38* (50b 6x4)      Mohammad Amir    14-4-48-1

48.1

Mohammad Amir to Broad, 1 run, Broad looks for the cover drive, it clunks off the bat through point, not timed well but it gets him a single

Amir comes around the wicket now

48.2

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, tries to angle the ball in and have it straighten back the other way, Prior defends

48.3

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

48.4

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, and that's what Amir was hoping for, an expansive drive from Prior to a ball that nibbles away, it's beaten the outside edge

48.5

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

48.6

Mohammad Amir to Prior, no run, shorter this time and Prior defends comfortably

End of over 49 (1 run) England 173/7
MJ Prior    41* (80b 7x4)      Mohammad Amir    15-4-49-1
SCJ Broad    39* (51b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-1-23-0

49.1

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, 1 run, swept from off stump, Broad gets a single to deep backward square leg

49.2

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, straight ball and it's defended

49.3

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, 1 run, on the pads, Prior drives confidently to long-on for a single

49.4

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, that was much quicker, 70mph from Ajmal, Broad works it to leg

49.5

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, shapes up to sweep this one, then changes his mind and defends

49.6

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, tossed up on off, Broad drives to mid-on

And that's tea. That's a much better session for England, they lost just the two wickets and put on 105 runs. Matt Prior and Stuart Broad have sparked the fightback with an 81-run partnership that has put England within sight of their 200. During the break, why not sign up for Cricinfo's Twitter wicket alerts. Or just immerse yourself in our Facebook page.

End of over 50 (2 runs) England 175/7
SCJ Broad    40* (55b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-1-25-0
MJ Prior    42* (82b 7x4)      Mohammad Amir    15-4-49-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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Umar Akmal cuts through the off side as he took Pakistan to victory, England v Pakistan, 3rd Test, The Oval, August 21, 2010

Umar Akmal cuts through the off side as he took Pakistan to victory

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Umar Akmal and Mohammad Amir hauled Pakistan over the winning line, adding 16 runs in eight overs, England v Pakistan, 3rd Test, The Oval, August 21, 2010

Umar Akmal and Mohammad Amir hauled Pakistan over the winning line, adding 16 runs in eight overs

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