Pakistan tour of England and Scotland, 1st Match: England v Pakistan at Cardiff, Aug 30, 2006
30 August 2006 - day/night match (50-over match)
4.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, a touch short outside off but the ball took off and was taken high above his head by Akmal

4.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, 1 run, unconvincing push into his pad and Trescothick called him for a quick single even though the ball barely went a yard. Good running. Shoaib appears to be limping.

England 19/1   IR Bell 1* (2b)
5.1

Mohammad Asif to Bell, 2 runs, driven through the covers. Shoaib has stopped 15 yards from the boundary leaving the physio looking rather lost, rather like the pimply boy at the school disco

5.2

Mohammad Asif to Bell, no run, better line, left alone

5.3

Mohammad Asif to Bell, no run, and again

5.4

Mohammad Asif to Bell, no run, Shoaib talking to the physio but staying just out of reach. He's clearly not right but seems determined to stay on

5.5

Mohammad Asif to Bell, no run, clipped behind square on the leg and thoughts of a single quashed by a quick pick-up

5.6

Mohammad Asif to Bell, FOUR, driven between cover and extra cover, in the air but quite safe

England 26/1   IR Bell 7* (8b 1x4)
6.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, 1 run, effective tip and run as Bell drops the ball at his feet and runs. Good communication between the two batsmen. Shoaib leaves the field ...

England 30/1   IR Bell 8* (9b 1x4)
7.1

Mohammad Asif to Bell, no run, yorker length but outside the off stump and blocked

7.2

Mohammad Asif to Bell, no run, outside off and an expansive leave

7.3

Mohammad Asif to Bell, 1 run, played down but uncontrolled, but good call from Trescothick means they get a single as the ball rolls a few yards behind square

7.6

Mohammad Asif to Bell, no run, left alone

England 32/1   IR Bell 9* (13b 1x4)
8.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, a hint of swing

8.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, a hint of swing

8.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, played into covers, quick yell of no from Trescothick as Bell pondered a single

8.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run

8.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, proded to cover who races in to prevent the single

8.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, left alone outside off stump

England 35/1   IR Bell 9* (18b 1x4)
10.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, FOUR, that would have been a wide ... but Bell slashed and the ball flew high to Younis Khan at second slip. However, the ball punches through his outstretched hands for four

10.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run

10.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run

10.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, great ball, left Bell and beat him all ends up

10.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, 1 run, steered down to third man all along the ground

England 40/2   IR Bell 14* (23b 2x4)
11.3

Mohammad Asif to Bell, no run, clever stuff. Bell gets down the striker's end and Mohammad Asif bowls him one that leaves him

11.4

Mohammad Asif to Bell, no run

11.5

Mohammad Asif to Bell, no run, straighter and Bell forced to block

11.6

Mohammad Asif to Bell, no run, left alone

England 42/2   IR Bell 14* (27b 2x4)
12.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, the bowler rushes through on his follow-through and Pietersen shoulders arms

12.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, huge swing and that one bends away from the righthander, ever so close to shaving his outside edge. Great ball

12.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, again that one is very accurate and that hurries past the outside edge; he's probing away outside off stump here a treat

12.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, FOUR, poor cricket - although a decent ball. The batsman is squared up and a huge outside edge flies low in front of second slip who misses it completely and it flies through for four

12.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, FOUR, carved away in front of point, a top shot

England 51/2   IR Bell 22* (32b 4x4)
14.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, Bell jabbed firmly at that and was beaten

14.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run

14.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, FOUR, the most convincing shot so far - short and Bell onto it quickly and launched it through midwicket

14.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, angled behind square and an athletic diving stop by Younis Khan at second slip

14.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, 2 runs, this time he found the gap and two to third man

14.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run

England 57/3   IR Bell 28* (38b 5x4)
15.6

Mohammad Asif to Bell, no run

England 60/3   IR Bell 28* (39b 5x4)
16.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run

16.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, Shoaib has now found his line and pace

16.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, super ball, that. angled in at 90mph and Bell sparred at thin air

16.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, FOUR, slightly short, hit on the top of the bounce through the covers

England 70/3   IR Bell 32* (43b 6x4)
18.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, defended off the back foot, Collingwood - alert and eager as ever - tries to scamper through for a run before Bell wisely sends him back

18.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, neatly timed off the back foot but straight to mid-off. He really does look

18.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, 1 no ball, yowzers! Shoaib's slower ball comes out all wrong (for once) and it balloons over Bell's head. That's a terrifying delivery - clearly not intentional from Shoaib - but the umpire rightly warns him nevertheless

18.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, lovely shot! He really climbed into that, driving it with a flourish on the front foot but again straight to a shortish mid-off

18.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, excellent line from Shoaib on middle-and-off with just a hint of away swing. Bell defends it with a straight bat off the back foot

18.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, FOUR, fabulous shot as Bell square cuts with immense power, timing it quite beautifully through cover point. That zinged across the outfield like a tracer

18.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, shorter delivery - slower, too (73mph) - and Bell jumps back into his crease, defending it on his toes. Well, not on his toes you understand...with his bat, obviously

England 75/3   IR Bell 36* (50b 7x4)
20.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, 2 runs

20.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, Bell goes back to defend this but it hurries onto him and he chips it ungainly into the leg side

20.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, lovely length again, in the corridor of uncertainty and Bell shuffles outside his off stump to defend

20.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, just a touch fuller this time from Rana and the batsman comes forward to defend, screaming "no" to his non-striker

20.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, cut with power on the tips of his toes off the back foot but straight to cover

20.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, a bit of shape away from the right hander who squirts this into the covers

England 81/3   IR Bell 38* (56b 7x4)
21.5

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, 1 no ball, outside the off stump but Razzaq oversteps here

21.5

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, 1 run, ooh good line outside the off stump, but Bell adjusts nicely to angle it into the gully

England 84/3   IR Bell 39* (58b 7x4)
22.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, lovely away swing from Rana, gently shaping away from the right hander who nevertheless adjusts well

22.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, Bell chips this with an angled bat past the bowler, but without any power

22.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, 1 wide, Rana was probably hoping that would boom away from the right hander, but it was wide of his leg stump and called as such

22.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, FOUR, fine shot. Rana's slower ball is well read from Bell who crunches it straight, just wide of mid-off, for a fluent four

22.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, FOUR, another attempted slower ball which comes out as a full bunger, Bell again picks it and hammers it over midwicket for another four.

22.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot

22.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bell, no run, better line forcing the defensive shot off the back foot

England 93/3   IR Bell 47* (64b 9x4)
23.2

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, no run, but this time Razzaq pitches it just slightly fuller and Bell can only defend it

23.3

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, 2 runs

23.4

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, no run, down the leg side, Bell misses out here. That was a gimme for four down to fine leg

23.5

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, no run, timed off the back foot to short midwicket, no run there

23.6

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, 1 leg bye, ooh superb ball angling back into the right hander who is beaten, the ball bobbling out into the covers. Super ball, that, and they run a leg-bye

23.6

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, 1 leg bye, ooh superb ball angling back into the right hander who is beaten, the ball bobbling out into the covers. Super ball, that, and they run a leg-bye

England 97/3   IR Bell 49* (69b 9x4)
24.1

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, down the leg side, a non-turner from Afridi and Bell rather misses out here. That was another gimme

24.2

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, short, wide and cut to deep extra cover and there's his fifty. He acknowledges the subdued crowd's applause with a solemn

England 98/3   IR Bell 50* (71b 9x4)
25.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, 1 run, crunched and well timed but straight to long off and they can only grab a single

England 101/4   IR Bell 51* (72b 9x4)
26.1

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, turns away from the right hander but it's too shot, and he is cut to deep point

26.4

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, short this time, and wide, allowing the batsman plenty of time to cut it off the back foot

England 104/4   IR Bell 53* (74b 9x4)
27.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, no run

27.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, 1 run

27.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, 1 run, clunked down to long-on

England 110/4   IR Bell 55* (77b 9x4)
28.1

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, outside off stump and cut off the back foot

28.2

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, defended off the back foot once more

England 111/4   IR Bell 56* (79b 9x4)
29.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, 1 run, premeditated sweep behind square and that's just a single

29.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, FOUR, waits for that one and helps it to third man where it's misfielded by Shoaib Akhtar. That's the first four from seven overs

29.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, no run, pitches on leg, the batsman waits for it and helps it off the hips into midwicket

England 118/4   IR Bell 61* (82b 10x4)
30.3

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, just short of a length and the batsman tries to rush that one out to point but stops on the shot

30.4

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, ooh, interesting. That's right up there and Bell can only get bat on it at the last minute as it keeps low and he has to readjust

30.5

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, chipped out to midwicket

England 120/4   IR Bell 62* (85b 10x4)
31.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, no run, on the money and that's defended forward

31.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, no run, "Good bowling," cries Akmal and it was - right up there and the batsman can only defend

31.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, 1 run, squeezed out just in front of point; a fumble by the fielder but there's no extra run to be had

England 123/4   IR Bell 63* (88b 10x4)
32.1

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, guides that one off the backfoot to cover

32.2

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, brings his bat down beautifully on that one but only finds a fielder at cover

32.6

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, defended

England 126/4   IR Bell 65* (91b 10x4)
33.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, no run, nurdled off the back foot into midwicket

33.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, no run, rocks back on to his back foot but defends. Tidy stuff from the bowler

33.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, no run, tries a sweep, goes down on one knee for it, but pulls out of the shot

33.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, 1 run, clipped off his front foot, aiming for midwicket, but it goes straighter than he had expected, to long-on

England 127/4   IR Bell 66* (95b 10x4)
34.1

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, doesn't get hold of that one and it drops into short midwicket

34.2

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, waits for one which pitches on leg and that goes to midwicket

34.4

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, lovely shot, cut off the back foot and it's collected by the sweeper

34.6

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, oh, that hurts. A low, sharp return chance is shelled by Afridi who jabs his fingertips on it. Shouts of "Catch it" are in vain

England 131/4   IR Bell 68* (99b 10x4)
35.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, 1 run, swept to the man at deep backward square leg

35.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, no run, well bowled again, that's defended

35.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, 2 runs, paddled away to fine leg

35.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, 2 runs, worked to the man sweeping on the leg-side

England 138/4   IR Bell 73* (103b 10x4)
36.2

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, pushes the batsman on to his backfoot

36.3

Shahid Afridi to Bell, FOUR, hits with the drift and lifts that to cow corner where it bounces once

36.4

Shahid Afridi to Bell, FOUR, late cut, very nice indeed, using the pace and bisecting two fielders. This is Bell's highest one-day score - can he convert to a ton?

36.5

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, worked off his backfoot to square

England 148/4   IR Bell 82* (107b 12x4)
37.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, 1 run, squirted out to the cover boundary

37.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, no run, doesn't get hold of that one which pitches outside off and is played off the back foot

37.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, 1 run, helped down to mid-on and they lazily jog a single

England 151/4   IR Bell 84* (110b 12x4)
38.3

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, waits for that and strikes the ball firmly off the back foot, cutting away to deep point

38.6

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, worked off the back foot and that's misfielded at midwicket

England 160/4   IR Bell 86* (112b 12x4)
39.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, no run, swing and a miss

39.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, no run, again, the batsman fails to get hold of that and it veers dangerously near to his edge - good bowling

39.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Bell, 1 run, works that out to mid-on

England 161/4   IR Bell 87* (115b 12x4)
40.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, 1 run, banged in short and that's a cracker of a shot, played down off the back foot

40.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, OUT, direct hit from mid-on. Lightning fielding - a quick two-handed pickup from Afridi and he shies down the stumps, great piece of fielding. The batsman wasn't hurrying and in the end he was way out - no third umpire required here

IR Bell run out 88 (143m 117b 12x4 0x6) SR: 75.21

England 166/5   IR Bell 88 (117b 12x4)
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