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England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's, 5th day

Inzamam guides Pakistan to draw

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

July 17, 2006

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Pakistan 445 and 214 for 4 (Inzamam 56*, Yousuf 48, Iqbal 48) drew with England 528 for 9 dec and 296 for 8 dec (Strauss 128)
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How they were out



Monty Panesar created a few alarms but didn't have enough time to work through Pakistan © Getty Images
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In the end, the Lord's pitch proved too flat and England's approach too negative to launch the series with a positive result. Despite a few tense moments, as England dug out enough wickets to keep the interest alive, Pakistan had plenty to spare as they negotiated 73 of the 80 overs that Andrew Strauss offered them. Monty Panesar kept spirits alive with two key wickets before tea, but Inzamam-ul-Haq was immovable with his second half-century of the match.

Pakistan never showed any interest in the target of 380, and this approach reduced England's chances of taking ten wickets. Richie Benuad was one who used to talk about 'closures' instead of 'declarations' and Strauss's decision to call his batsmen in after half-an-hour of the final morning was definitely the former. There will have been memories of Nagpur floating around the England dressing-room, when India gave them a brief scare after being set 368 in day. In reality, though, India ended 100 runs short and Pakistan would have done well to get much closer if they'd been set the overnight target of 342.

There was clearly a sense of two-fold fear in the England camp. The first was that Shahid Afridi could produce one of his big-hitting masterclasses and the second that, if one member of England's four-man attack wilted, they would be left short of options. Throughout the build-up, and even during the match, Strauss has made it clear that he is only keeping the captaincy seat warm for Andrew Flintoff. His declaration smacked of wanting to ensure no nasty surprises, such as a 1-0 deficit, for Flintoff's return.

However, a bit of faith can go a long way. There were enough signs during the last couple of days' play that the pitch would do enough to keep the bowlers interested. The key with giving themselves only 80 overs was that England removed the option of a final crack with the second new ball; one of their prime wicket-taking opportunities. They wasted the first one, despite Matthew Hoggard's first-ball dismissal of Salman Butt, as he and Steve Harmison struggled with their lines.

With Hoggard taking two in his first spell, Panesar's introduction was delayed until the second over after lunch. On a dry and wearing fifth-day pitch he was always going to be an important weapon, but had to be given enough time to take wickets. His first ball got the close fielders jumping as it spun past Faisal Iqbal's outside edge. Iqbal, though, after overcoming a nervous start settled down, while Mohammad Yousuf, arriving in the middle with his team tottering on 33 for 2, was quickly into his stride and the pair added 83 in 23 overs. It was an impressively measured stand, particularly from the under-pressure Iqbal who out-performed his inexperienced colleagues in the top three, and it took the sting out of England.



Salman Butt walks off after falling first ball to Matthew Hoggard © AFP
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Panesar enlivened the contest, removing Yousuf for 48, offering no shot to a delivery that pitched on leg stump. He also ended Iqbal's 143-ball resistance, inducing a thick edge to gully. If England wanted to create a real opening they needed Inzamam but, after surviving a close call as a ball bobbled past his off stump, he was rarely shifted from his comfort zone.

The problem for England was that they couldn't strike in clusters and their pacemen were ineffective for large periods. Harmison only cranked himself up once, in an impressive post-lunch burst, and tested Yousuf and Iqbal with a barrage of short-pitched bowling. A couple of edges landed short of the slips and a well-directed bouncer nearly brought the breakthrough. Yousuf ducked, leaving his bat above his head, and the ball looped backward of square out of anyone's reach.

When Panesar finally shifted Yousuf, Inzamam eased past another half-century to make it nine innings on the bounce against England with at least a fifty. The England bowlers certainly can't say they haven't had enough time to work out how to dismiss the pair, but are still largely clueless against two of the world's finest batsmen. Strauss went through all his options and Kevin Pietersen's offspin again proved more worthy than just the occasional over. Even Paul Collingwood tried some spin, which he has been developing in the nets, but by then the match had ended as a contest.

As both captains shook hands they appeared equally content, but when reflection takes place Inzamam will edge the satisfaction stakes. After conceding 528 a visiting team is quite happy to escape unscathed, especially given such a long injury list. However, following a 5-0 thrashing in the one-day series to Sri Lanka the match has shown Strauss to be a capable, if cautious, captain. The feeling is, though, that this contest really starts next week in Manchester.

How they were out

England - overnight 258 for 7


Liam Plunkett c Akmal b Razzaq 28 (296 for 8)
Thick edge to a big flash

Pakistan


Salman Butt lbw b Hoggard 0 (0 for 1)
Inswinger, went across his stumps, would have probably just clipped leg

Imran Farhat c Collingwood b Hoggard 18 (33 for 2)
Back-foot push, comfortably held at third slip

Mohammad Yousuf lbw b Panesar 48 (116 for 3)
Pitched on leg, straightened, no shot offered and taking middle

Faisal Iqbal c Cook b Panesar 48 (141 for 4)
Thick outside edge to gully

Andrew McGlashan is editorial assistant of Cricinfo

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Andrew McGlashan Assistant Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo via Manchester and Cape Town, after finding the assistant editor at a weak moment as he watched England's batting collapse in the Newlands Test. Andrew began his cricket writing as a freelance covering Lancashire during 2004 when they were relegated in the County Championship. In fact, they were top of the table when he began reporting on them but things went dramatically downhill. He likes to let people know that he is a supporter of county cricket, a fact his colleagues will testify to and bemoan in equal quantities.
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