Pakistan tour of England and Scotland, 2006 / Commentary

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

94.6

Mohammad Sami to Bell, FOUR, ooh dear oh dear, that was a shade lucky. Bell’s iron feet fail to move, and an uncertain poke at the ball sends it wide of the slip cordon down to the vacant third man boundary

England 325/4   IR Bell 4* (1b 1x4)

96.1

Mohammad Sami to Bell, no run, good bounce there, rising on Bell who gets his hands up and drops the ball down ala Geoff Boycott

96.2

Mohammad Sami to Bell, no run, too short – no need for Pakistan to get over-excited here, they must pitch the ball up and look for the outside edge

96.3

Mohammad Sami to Bell, FOUR, and there we go, drifts down leg and Bell whips him away. Far too easy, no pressure for the new batsman&

96.4

Mohammad Sami to Bell, no run, Bell swings and misses to a fuller ball. That’s more like it, Sami; ball swings away a touch

96.5

Mohammad Sami to Bell, no run, quicker (87mph) but, yet again, too short, too wide and Bell watches it zip past

96.6

Mohammad Sami to Bell, 1 run, neatly played from Bell, although again without any foot movement, playing it down to third man rather like Mike Atherton would have done

England 342/4   IR Bell 9* (7b 2x4)

97.1

Umar Gul to Bell, FOUR, poor cricket from Pakistan. Collingwood tucks one off his legs to deep midwicket and Danish Kaneria, not the quickest in the outfield, gets his feet in a tangle and knocks it in the back of the net for four

97.2

Umar Gul to Bell, 1 run, on Bell’s middle stump, as it were, and he whips it down to fine leg for an easy single

97.6

Umar Gul to Bell, 1 run, leg-side, yet again. Bell has no trouble in flicking this away for a single

England 349/4   IR Bell 15* (10b 3x4)

98.1

Mohammad Sami to Bell, no run, left alone, no, not interested in that thanks

98.2

Mohammad Sami to Bell, 2 runs, shorter ball, punched off the back foot and that’s England’s 350 up. Marvellous effort, that

98.3

Mohammad Sami to Bell, FOUR, ahh, that’s a crowd-pleaser. And a Cricinfo pleaser too. Cries of “ahhh” as Bell cover-drives with consummate elegance. Lovely shot – shot of the day, in fact

98.4

Mohammad Sami to Bell, no run

98.5

Mohammad Sami to Bell, 1 run, another 87mph leg-side drifter from Sami. Such a shame – he’s a far better bowler than this

England 356/4   IR Bell 22* (15b 4x4)

99.1

Umar Gul to Bell, no run

99.2

Umar Gul to Bell, 1 run, jags back on Bell but, with soft hands, he nudges it carefully on the on-side

99.6

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, rubbish. Sorry but that really is poor, miles down the leg-side, almost into the English Channel.

England 358/4   IR Bell 23* (18b 4x4)

100.4

Mohammad Sami to Bell, no run, back foot, solid defensive shot

100.5

Mohammad Sami to Bell, no run, defended solidly

100.6

Mohammad Sami to Bell, no run, driven without timing to mid-off

England 361/4   IR Bell 23* (21b 4x4)

101.2

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, short and wide, this time down the leg-side

England 363/4   IR Bell 24* (22b 4x4)

102.1

Mohammad Sami to Bell, 1 run, too straight, whipped down to fine-leg

102.3

Mohammad Sami to Bell, no run

102.4

Mohammad Sami to Bell, 1 run, knocked to midwicket

England 374/4   IR Bell 26* (25b 4x4)

103.1

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, premeditated sweep

103.2

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, drifted in, Bell took that off his legs and tapped it through midwicket

England 379/4   IR Bell 27* (27b 4x4)

104.1

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, no run, lovely languid run-up from Razzaq who casually releases the ball which sails down the channel outside off-stump

104.2

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, no run, nearer to off-stump this time, forcing Bell to defend, still a good length

104.3

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, no run, another tight ball on the money

104.4

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, 1 run, just drops short and Bell swats that into space on leg.

England 380/4   IR Bell 28* (31b 4x4)

105.1

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run

105.2

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, flighted in on leg

105.3

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, this time a good-length ball pitches on the off-stump

105.4

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, an easy single as Bell pushes to the mid-off region

England 381/4   IR Bell 29* (35b 4x4)

106.4

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, no run, Bell crouches over the ball to defend a good line-and-length delivery

106.5

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, no run, a wider one, steered to cover

106.6

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, no run

England 383/4   IR Bell 29* (38b 4x4)

107.4

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, didn’t quite get hold of the cut

107.5

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run

107.6

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, dragged down just short, plenty of time for Bell to get over it and work it to leg.

England 385/4   IR Bell 30* (41b 4x4)

108.1

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, no run, moved in to the righthander on a good length in front of off-stump

108.2

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, no run, a quicker one, attempted cut flies to point where it’s scooped easily

108.3

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, 1 run, cheeky single to midwicket, England taking advantage of a slightly deep-set field which is allowing the ones to come.

England 386/4   IR Bell 31* (44b 4x4)

109.5

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run

England 391/4   IR Bell 32* (45b 4x4)

110.1

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, 1 run, gave the batsman room to cover-drive that one

England 392/4   IR Bell 33* (46b 4x4)

111.6

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, a few fielders crowding round Bell on the offside; he simply defends a decent ball

England 402/4   IR Bell 33* (47b 4x4)

112.4

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, no run

112.5

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, no run, moves away off the seam, but wide enough for Bell to shoulder arms

112.6

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, no run, Bell fishes at one which has a touch of movement and just fails to shave his outside edge. The batsman stands there, nodding his head in acknowledgement of the decent delivery. And he’s still there a few seconds later, holding that pose. Lovely ball from the threatening Razzaq

England 403/4   IR Bell 33* (50b 4x4)

113.3

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run

113.4

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, allows some room on the off; helped to point where it’s easily picked up

113.5

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, better ball, tucking up the batsman who defends on the backfoot

113.6

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, well flighted and the batsman smothers that with a sleek defensive

England 404/4   IR Bell 33* (54b 4x4)

114.4

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, no run, a hint of aerial movement as the ball swings away

114.5

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, 1 run, a huge shout but Simon Taufel not interested, believing the batsman edged it. Replays show there was no bat but, while the ball pitched on middle, it would have just gone over.

England 408/4   IR Bell 34* (56b 4x4)

115.1

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run

115.2

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run

115.3

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, makes room for a clean cut to point

115.4

Danish Kaneria to Bell, 1 run, jumps onto one which he helps to leg

England 409/4   IR Bell 35* (60b 4x4)

116.1

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, 2 runs, chops down to third man

116.2

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, no run

116.3

Abdul Razzaq to Bell, 1 run, worked into midwicket

England 412/4   IR Bell 38* (63b 4x4)

117.4

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run

117.5

Danish Kaneria to Bell, FOUR, half-volley, a firm drive off the legs, against the spin, brings up the 100 partnership

117.6

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run

England 422/4   IR Bell 42* (66b 5x4)

119.3

Imran Farhat to Bell, 1 run, helped round behind square

England 425/4   IR Bell 43* (67b 5x4)

121.1

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, nicely flighted on leg stump, turning away a touch, Bell defends

121.2

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, straighter and greater loop, batsman comes forward solidly

121.3

Danish Kaneria to Bell, 1 run, short and Bell cuts it without great timing to deep extra cover for a single

England 430/4   IR Bell 44* (70b 5x4)

122.3

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, no great pace, Bell cuts him straight to cover

122.4

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, excellent length at last, attacking Bell’s offstump who produces a textbook forward-defence with a pleasing “clunk” of the bat

122.5

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, batsman slightly caught in two minds there, wasn’t sure whether to cut or drive. In the end, it was a bit of both…a cutive if you will. Or a drut

122.6

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, driven to mid-off

England 432/4   IR Bell 44* (74b 5x4)

123.2

Danish Kaneria to Bell, 1 run, well flighted, single down the ground

123.5

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, lovely straight bat from Bell, both these batsmen look quite settled against Kaneria

123.6

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, quicker ball on leg stump, turns to middle and Bell tucks it comfortably away

England 435/4   IR Bell 45* (77b 5x4)

125.1

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, lovely delivery, if you like watching legspin that is – flighted, bounced a little and turned. Good drift in the air, Bell defends

125.2

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, touch quicker, more drift into the right-hander

125.3

Danish Kaneria to Bell, 1 run, ah, a little bit of a dribbly drifter from Kaneria there, allows Bell to knock him away for a single

125.5

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, on middle stump, pushed past silly-mid-off

125.6

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, full and straight, defended

England 437/4   IR Bell 46* (82b 5x4)

127.1

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, straight bat from Bell, defends off the back foot&

127.2

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, googly, turns sharply into Bell who reads it, and plays it, very well indeed

127.3

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, back to legbreaks, mixing it up now Kaneria, Bell up to the challenge so far, playing with a straight bat

127.4

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run

127.5

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, on middle-and-off, perfect line and length, this is terrific to watch. Kaneria really keeping it tight

127.6

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run

England 437/4   IR Bell 46* (88b 5x4)

128.3

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, bouncer, too short and misdirected, Bell ducks underneath

128.4

Umar Gul to Bell, no run

128.5

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, good length, defended solidly

128.6

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, quicker ball (86mph) swings into his pads, a stifled yelp of an appeal

England 438/4   IR Bell 46* (92b 5x4)

130.1

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

130.2

Umar Gul to Bell, 1 run, swung into Bell who nudges it for a single on the leg-side

130.6

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, inswinger, but Bell can only find the man at mid-off

England 441/4   IR Bell 47* (95b 5x4)

132.1

Umar Gul to Bell, no run

132.2

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, dreadfully wide again, he’s not going to get any wickets bowling so short and wide. Bell can hardly reach the ball, but does manage to cut it

132.3

Umar Gul to Bell, 2 runs, inswinger driven elegantly past backward point and he’s moved on to 49

132.4

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, jammed down on the back foot, thinks about a single but chooses against it. Never run off a misfield

132.5

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, straighter and defended off the back foot

132.6

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, hit to mid-off

England 443/5   IR Bell 49* (101b 5x4)

134.1

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, defended firmly

134.2

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, drifting down the legside, Bell leaves it, Akmal collects it

134.3

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, booming swing there into the right-handed Bell who jams it out

134.4

Umar Gul to Bell, FOUR, lovely way to bring up his fifty, flicking a middle-and-leg delivery off his pads to midwicket for four. Good fifty, that

134.5

Umar Gul to Bell, 2 runs, bounced on him, plays it neatly down to third man. Boycott will love that shot.

134.6

Umar Gul to Bell, no run

England 453/5   IR Bell 55* (107b 6x4)

136.5

Mohammad Sami to Bell, 1 run

England 464/5   IR Bell 56* (108b 6x4)

137.1

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, flatter legbreak, very flat actually, Bell leaves well alone

137.2

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, ha, this one goes straight on and Bell reads it well, lovely straight bat

137.3

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run

137.4

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, outside leg and enticing the batsman to sweep. He doesn’t

137.5

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, tossed up on middle stump

137.6

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, played back to the bowler

England 464/5   IR Bell 56* (114b 6x4)

138.2

Mohammad Sami to Bell, 1 run

England 466/5   IR Bell 57* (115b 6x4)

140.1

Mohammad Sami to Bell, no run

140.2

Mohammad Sami to Bell, no run, Sami tries a quicker one, Bell tries to latch on to it with a pull shot, but miscues

140.3

Mohammad Sami to Bell, FOUR, classic on-drive, a lovely shot by Bell, just walks into that with great balance, using his timing to decent effect. There wasn’t much wrong with that delivery, you know.

140.4

Mohammad Sami to Bell, no run, another change of pace by Sami, this time the slower one.

140.5

Mohammad Sami to Bell, no run, doesn’t get as much lift as Bell was expecting, but he shouldered arms and leapt away from the ball, as if he’d had a shock.

140.6

Mohammad Sami to Bell, no run, decent ball, checked to cover.

England 473/6   IR Bell 61* (121b 7x4)

142.1

Shahid Afridi to Bell, FOUR, waited and opened the face, late-cutting through third man

142.2

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run

142.3

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run

142.4

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, single through mid-wicket. This will be a massive test for Bell now; can he bat with the tail?

England 478/7   IR Bell 66* (125b 8x4)

143.1

Danish Kaneria to Bell, 1 run, big loop but Bell walks into that well and steers it out to cover

England 479/7   IR Bell 67* (126b 8x4)

144.1

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, nudged onto the offside

England 480/7   IR Bell 68* (127b 8x4)

145.1

Danish Kaneria to Bell, 1 run, pushed out to cover

145.4

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run

145.5

Danish Kaneria to Bell, 1 run, picked the wrong’un and swivelled the ball off his hips to square

England 487/7   IR Bell 70* (130b 8x4)

146.1

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, sent to square

England 488/7   IR Bell 71* (131b 8x4)

147.1

Danish Kaneria to Bell, 1 run, single to midwicket

147.3

Danish Kaneria to Bell, 1 run, easy single, just jogged through - England are playing for tea, here

England 491/7   IR Bell 73* (133b 8x4)

148.1

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run

148.2

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, dropped his hands and just helped that into space on the on-side

England 494/7   IR Bell 74* (135b 8x4)

149.1

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run

149.2

Danish Kaneria to Bell, 1 run

England 495/7   IR Bell 75* (137b 8x4)

150.1

Umar Gul to Bell, 2 runs, again he starts with a wider ball, and Bell pushes for two but Mohammad Sami, down at fine-leg, was half asleep and allowed them an easy two

150.2

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, oooh, Bell inside edges which could so easily have smashed his stumps, Akmal dived to retrieve the ball and threw down the stumps for an attempted run-out. It’s gone to the third umpire but he’s safely home

150.3

Umar Gul to Bell, FOUR, short and wide, Bell showing positive intent immediately after tea, pulling Gul powerfully through deep midwicket to bring up the 500

150.4

Umar Gul to Bell, 2 runs, cleverly cuts this down to third man

150.5

Umar Gul to Bell, 2 runs, even shorter, even wider, Bell gets on top of the bounce and pulls it wide of mid-on for another couple

150.6

Umar Gul to Bell, 1 wide, quicker bouncer, oh, it’s called a wide. Bit unfair really, mind you, it was miles above his head and threatening to down a pigeon. “Gul downs a pigeon,” might be the headline (sorry)

150.6

Umar Gul to Bell, 1 run, scampered single, this is excellent and positive batting from Bell

England 507/7   IR Bell 86* (143b 9x4)

151.1

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, right on the money, albeit a non-turner, Bell defends

151.2

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, wide of the offstump, the top-spinner and Bell fails to connect with it

151.3

Danish Kaneria to Bell, 1 run

151.5

Danish Kaneria to Bell, 1 run, with a straight bat, Bell punches him down to long-on - and that's his 1000th run in Test cricket

England 510/7   IR Bell 88* (147b 9x4)

152.1

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run

England 511/7   IR Bell 89* (148b 9x4)

153.1

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, defends it on the back foot

153.2

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, cuts a shorter and wider delivery straight to point

153.3

Danish Kaneria to Bell, 1 run, elegantly drives this without power to mid-off

England 516/8   IR Bell 90* (151b 9x4)

154.1

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, defended

154.2

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, slower ball, driven back to the bowler

154.3

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, lovely bowling, tossed it up and it turned significantly, misses outside edge. Bounce, too – and this is day two.

154.4

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, driven to short extra cover

154.5

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, leg-side punched to mid-on, leaving Hoggard to face just the final delivery. Will it be the quicker one?

England 517/8   IR Bell 91* (156b 9x4)

155.1

Danish Kaneria to Bell, 1 run, down the pitch comes Bell, punching it to mid-on

155.3

Danish Kaneria to Bell, 1 run, Bell comes down the pitch, mis-times a chip which falls just short of long-off

155.6

Danish Kaneria to Bell, 1 run, last ball of the over, Bell aware of needing to retain the strike and intelligently nudges it into the gap. Good batting

England 522/8   IR Bell 94* (159b 9x4)

156.1

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 2 runs, chipped to long-off for a single, but Harmison calls Bell through for two – long-off half asleep and can’t prevent two

156.2

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, OUT, this time the fielder pings in a much better return to the waiting hands of Afridi. Harmison’s impressive dive was a valiant effort, but was inches short

SJ Harmison run out 2 (12m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

156.3

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, 76mph legbreak, or rather “legbreak,” from Afridi. That was seriously quick. Bell cuts it like he would a seamer

156.4

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, and he nudges it easily for a single, leaving Monty to face two balls. Lots of cheers and clapping around the ground, tinged with irony and sarcasm

England 526/9   IR Bell 98* (163b 9x4)

157.1

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, comes forward and defends

157.2

Danish Kaneria to Bell, 1 run, rocks back and drives to deep extra cover, just a single though. 99. Leaves Monty to face four balls

England 527/9   IR Bell 99* (165b 9x4)

158.1

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, on the on side, no run!

158.2

Shahid Afridi to Bell, no run, outside off, cut to the close-in cover fielder

158.3

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, and he’s done it, a hundred at Lord’s from 168 balls. And there’s the declaration from Andrew Strauss

England 528/9   IR Bell 100* (168b 9x4)
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Series Results
England v Pakistan at The Oval - Aug 17-21, 2006
England awarded the match (opposition refused to play)
England v Pakistan at Leeds - Aug 4-8, 2006
England won by 167 runs
England v Pakistan at Manchester - Jul 27-29, 2006
England won by an innings and 120 runs
England v Pakistan at Lord's - Jul 13-17, 2006
Match drawn
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Jul 17, 2006

Mohammad Yousuf during the warm-up, England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's, July 17, 2006

Mohammad Yousuf during the warm-up

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Jul 17, 2006

Liam Plunkett just beats Abdul Razzaq's throw, England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's, July 17, 2006

Liam Plunkett just beats Abdul Razzaq's throw

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