Hollioake lifts England after devastating spell by Waqar

Stephen Lamb

June 17, 2001

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A dashing half-century from Ben Hollioake restored some of England's battered pride at Headingley after a sensational spell of fast bowling by Waqar Younis had reduced the home side to 58 for 7. England eventually recovered to 156 all out.

Already eliminated from the NatWest Series, England were put in to bat by Waqar, who then took the wicket of Marcus Trescothick with the first ball of the innings. The delivery was a loosener at 77mph, but it spread-eagled the Somerset left-hander's stumps after he appeared to have trouble seeing it.

The chilly, overcast conditions early on suited Waqar and Fazl-e-Akbar, whom Pakistan had included for the first time in the series in place of the injured Shoaib Malik. While Akbar bowled at a lively pace from the Football Stand end and troubled Nick Knight around leg stump, it was Waqar who eventually accounted for the left-handed opener.

In the seventh over of the morning, Knight (9) offered a leading edge to a ball he intended to steer through mid-wicket and it looped to Shahid Afridi at backward point. Waqar should have picked up another wicket when Michael Vaughan, on his home ground, drove uppishly into the covers but Yousuf Youhana failed to hold on to a straightforward chance. Vaughan had just one at the time. The miss proved to be inexpensive as Waqar had his man in his next over. A ball outside the off stump found the outside edge of Vaughan's bat and was taken by Younis Khan at third slip.

There was further trouble for England in the 12th over when the outstanding Waqar claimed his fourth wicket. Owais Shah (3) had to play at a ball on off stump that left him and bounced. Again it took the outside edge for Inzamam to hold on to the catch, despite wicket-keeper Rashid Latif diving across his line of sight.

Paul Collingwood quickly followed in similar fashion without scoring. Waqar was again the bowler, and enjoyed seeing Collingwood push firmly forward for Younis Khan to take the catch low down at third slip. Alec Stewart, who had hung on grimly at the other end, then top-edged an attempted pull to a ball from Waqar which was caught by Abdur Razzaq at mid-off. Stewart (18) was soon followed by Dominic Cork, who was caught behind by Rashid Latif without scoring as he aimed to hit Waqar through mid-wicket.

After Waqar had bowled himself out with figures of 7-36, Ben Hollioake gave the crowd some relief with some delightful drives on either side of the wicket, including three fours in a row off Azhar Mahmood. He found the partner he needed in Darren Gough, who survived an appeal for a catch by Azhar Mahmood at slip off Saqlain Mushtaq, after the replay showed that the ball had scraped the ground as the fielder took it. Hollioake's 50 came off just 51 balls and included nine boundaries.

Hollioake and Gough had added 67 when Hollioake was out for 53 as he drove over a straight ball from Shahid Afridi. Andrew Caddick then fell to a brilliant, one-handed diving catch by Latif off Azhar Mahmood, and when Mullally was run out without scoring England were all out for 156, with Gough left unbeaten on 40. Waqar Younis finished with best-ever one-day figures of 7-36 in a spell which has given Pakistan a strong chance of a hat-trick of wins over England in this tournament.

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