Pakistan tour of England and Scotland, 2006 / Commentary

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

0.1

Mohammad Sami to Trescothick, no run, little bit of swing, down the leg side

0.2

Mohammad Sami to Trescothick, no run, fuller, swung back prodigiously to Trescothick who left it well alone

0.3

Mohammad Sami to Trescothick, no run, slightly wider, Trescothick jams down on it and nudges it back to the bowler

0.4

Mohammad Sami to Trescothick, no run, firmly struck straight back to the bowler

0.5

Mohammad Sami to Trescothick, 1 no ball, swung back late to the left-hander, no ball

0.5

Mohammad Sami to Trescothick, FOUR, wider one from Sami, shorter too, and bounced onto Trescothick who cleverly got on top of it playing it down to third man for four.

0.6

Mohammad Sami to Trescothick, FOUR, driven on the up through cover, confident shot that. In the air for a while, but perfectly safe. Good start for England.

England 9/0   Mohammad Sami 1-0-9-0

2.1

Mohammad Sami to Trescothick, no run

2.2

Mohammad Sami to Trescothick, no run, quicker, wider, left alone

2.3

Mohammad Sami to Trescothick, no run, defended off the back foot, solidly

2.4

Mohammad Sami to Trescothick, no run, prodigious swing back into Trescothick, well left

2.5

Mohammad Sami to Trescothick, no run, quicker ball into his pads

2.6

Mohammad Sami to Trescothick, no run, easily left alone - good over, the first maiden

England 14/0   Mohammad Sami 2-1-9-0

4.1

Mohammad Sami to Strauss, no run, well wide of Strauss’ off-stump. Conditions suit the bowlers here, but they’re bowling too short

4.2

Mohammad Sami to Strauss, FOUR, ooh there we go, fuller, enticing Strauss into a drive and he edges it past a diving second slip. No chance for him – but where’s the third slip gone?

4.3

Mohammad Sami to Strauss, no run, defended off the back foot

4.4

Mohammad Sami to Strauss, no run

4.5

Mohammad Sami to Strauss, FOUR, driven elegantly to the extra-cover boundary, lovely shot – super, in fact. The first authoritative boundary of the morning

4.6

Mohammad Sami to Strauss, no run

England 30/0   Mohammad Sami 3-1-17-0

6.1

Mohammad Sami to Strauss, no run

6.2

Mohammad Sami to Strauss, no run, quicker, but too wide – his head is falling away slightly, too

6.3

Mohammad Sami to Strauss, no run

6.4

Mohammad Sami to Strauss, 3 runs

6.5

Mohammad Sami to Trescothick, 1 run, confidently nudged into the deep by Strauss

6.6

Mohammad Sami to Strauss, no run, rather wasted bouncer, sails over Strauss’s head

England 48/0   Mohammad Sami 4-1-21-0

8.1

Mohammad Sami to Trescothick, 3 runs, off the back foot, punches this in true Trescothick style although without any real power. 50 partnership from just 51 balls

8.2

Mohammad Sami to Strauss, no run

8.3

Mohammad Sami to Strauss, no run, tries to cut this, ball cuts back on him sharply, cramping him for room

8.4

Mohammad Sami to Strauss, no run, defended off the back foot

8.5

Mohammad Sami to Strauss, no run, well wide, a little drifter – a teaser – but Strauss isn’t interested. I’m dying for another cup of tea

8.6

Mohammad Sami to Strauss, 2 no balls, wide of off-stump for the previous ball, and now he drifts down the leg-side. The Lord’s slope’s playing tricks again for these bowlers

8.6

Mohammad Sami to Trescothick, 1 run, last ball sharp single, nudged to the off side

England 55/0   Mohammad Sami 5-1-27-0

17.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run, tries the short one, but Cook has plenty of time to control his pull shot.

17.2

Mohammad Sami to Pietersen, no run, a big theatrical leave from Pietersen as a good-length, but too wide, ball darts through.

17.3

Mohammad Sami to Pietersen, no run, looks to work the ball through mid-wicket, but stops on the shot.

17.4

Mohammad Sami to Pietersen, no run, good length ball, Pietersen just eases it down with a backfoot defensive.

17.5

Mohammad Sami to Pietersen, FOUR, wow. Pietersen lamps a straight drive down into the ground – the ball bounces and clears the bowler. Evidence, if it were needed, of just how firmly KP strikes the ball.

17.6

Mohammad Sami to Pietersen, 1 run

England 84/2   Mohammad Sami 6-1-33-0

19.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

19.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

19.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

19.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, FOUR, ball moved away from the lefthander who strode confidently into a drive through cover

19.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run

19.6

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run, cracking length delivery.

England 97/3   Mohammad Sami 7-1-38-0

21.1

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run

21.2

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run, fires in a bouncer, but it’s too short to be threatening, and it sails over Collingwood’s head.

21.3

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run

21.4

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run

21.5

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, 1 no ball, delivery kept low, surprising Collingwood who got a bottom edge on it.

21.5

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run, strayed down leg

21.6

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run, decent delivery, but defended without a problem.

England 103/3   Mohammad Sami 8-1-39-0

38.1

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside his off stump

38.2

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, 1 run, short and wide (again), Collingwood misses out here and crunches it hard into the ground but just for a single

38.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, Cook stands tall and gracefully defends with the full face of the bat

38.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 3 runs, intelligently played by Cook, pouncing on a leg-sider from Sami and stroking it past the bowler. Not perfectly timed

38.5

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, FOUR, ah, terrific shot from Collingwood, he really timed that superbly. Short (again), wide (again) and the batsman piles into it, crunching it in front of square.

38.6

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, 2 runs, lovely leg-side flick from the batsman to the deep midwicket boundary, well fielded

England 178/3   Mohammad Sami 9-1-49-0

40.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, big shout from Sami, bowling wide of the crease and angling it into Cook’s pads, but it pitched a touch outside leg stump. Fine decision from the umpire, Simon Taufel

40.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, squirted to cover

40.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

40.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, fuller, attempting a yorker but his line was slightly off, squirted to mid-off

40.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, crisply struck, but straight to the fielder. Cook simply cannot break the off-side cordon at the moment

40.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run, easy for Cook, Sami straying down leg allowing him to flick him fine for another easily run single

England 180/3   Mohammad Sami 10-1-50-0

42.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run

42.2

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, FOUR, stunning, shot of the day/match, rides the bounce and punches it off the back foot - timed to perfection. Brings up a characteristically pugnacious, gutsy fifty. Well done that man

42.3

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run, eye on the ball, defends careully

42.4

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, 1 run, shorter and quicker, too, Collingwood drops it to the off side and Cook calls him through

42.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, left alone, not interested in wide deliveries thanks very much

42.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, languidly driven straight to extra cover

England 187/3   Mohammad Sami 11-1-56-0

44.1

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, 1 run, hustles in, a yelp from the bowler as he lets go of a bouncer and Collingwood pokes it down to third man

44.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

44.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run

44.4

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, 1 run, on leg-stump, Sami’s line has all but disappeared here, Collingwood chips it to mid-on

44.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, smashed hard to extra cover. Still Cook can’t break the off-side

44.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run, crunched past extra cover, finally, but mid-off swoops to prevent two runs

England 192/3   Mohammad Sami 12-1-60-0

71.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, left alone

71.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run, wide delivery, Cook thick-edges it to third man

71.3

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run, that’s better from Sami, straighter and quicker forcing Collingwood into playing a shot

71.4

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, 1 run, cut to third man, bowler lets himself down

71.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, fine shot for no run, Cook driving authoritatively to mid-off

71.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, DROPPED, oh dear oh dear this is atrocious and rather inexplicable. Sami found a touch of movement which Cook feasted his eyes upon, edging him hard straight to Imran Farhat, the lone slip. Quite why Inzamam-ul-Haq isn’t there, we can’t tell you. That was yet another poor miss, and Cook again benefits (dropped on 0, in the 40s and now in the 80s)

England 271/3   Mohammad Sami 13-1-62-0

73.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, full bunger from Sami, so full that Cook’s cover drive wafts the dust and the ball pings through to Akmal

73.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, on the off-stump, moving back a touch into the left-handed Cook who pushes hard at it

73.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, super ball forces a poor shot from Cook who nervously hangs his bat out to dry at a quick awayswinger from Sami

73.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, he nearly left it, but decided to half-cut it (tricky one to describe)

73.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

73.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

England 273/3   Mohammad Sami 14-2-62-0

75.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

75.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, Cook drives it back down the ground, Sami gets a finger on it and deflects it onto the stumps. Half a shout that perhaps Collingwood wasn’t in his crease, but he was, so no alarms there

75.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

75.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, blocks out a much quicker ball, hint of reverse-swing too

75.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, whipped to mid-on

75.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, attempted yorker, Cook digs it out without problem

England 275/3   Mohammad Sami 15-3-62-0

77.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 2 runs, chipped to third man

77.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, defended carefully

77.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, offstump line, blocked out

77.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run, nicely driven without any timing for a single. Controlled shot, though; he’s unflustered and elegant in his strokeplay

77.5

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run, well bowled! Good attempted yorker, touch too wide though, Collingwood jabs his bat down on it

77.6

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run, quicker ball cramps him for room

England 284/3   Mohammad Sami 16-3-65-0

79.1

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run, shoulders arms as one shoots over off-stump

79.2

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run

79.3

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, 1 run, short and straying towards leg, Collingwood works it off his hips

79.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, darted in, at nearly yorker length, but dug out easily

79.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, wafts at one that sails over his bat

79.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

England 287/3   Mohammad Sami 17-3-66-0

81.1

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, 1 run, an uncertain moment for Collingwood, but he manages to land a thick inside edge on the ball

81.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run

81.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 wide

81.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, speared in but strongly defended.

81.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, swung away from the lefthander

81.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, 1 run, commandingly smacked to the cover boundary but scooped just as confidently and returned. Cook enters the nineties, but given his unflappable temperament I wonder how nervous they’ll be for him.

81.6

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run, sharp bouncer, but Collingwood ducked under that without issue.

England 293/3   Mohammad Sami 18-3-69-0

90.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, full and straight, no pace just yet and easily blocked out by Cook

90.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, slightly wider, Cook tries to leave the ball which got onto him slightly quicker, plays it down into the ground

90.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, bit of swing for Sami there, moving away from the left-handed Cook

90.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, cracker from Sami, moves away from Cook off the seam and aided by gentle swing, passes by Cook’s outside edge

90.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, straighter delivery allowing Cook to nudge it on the on-side

90.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, too wide and swinging wider still, Cook leaves it well alone. A good start by Sami and the day’s first maiden

England 309/3   Mohammad Sami 19-4-69-0

92.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, outside off, Cook wisely leaves it well alone

92.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, quicker ball from Sami, zips past Cook who watches it carefully

92.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, Sami forces a back-foot defence from Cook who had no trouble blocking it out

92.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, FOUR, lovely, elegant drive from Cook – fuller and wider from Sami, and Cook pushes it confidently past gully for the first four of the day. Disappointingly wide from Sami.

92.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, not interested in that, far too wide

92.6

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, and again, no need to even think about playing those

England 313/3   Mohammad Sami 20-4-73-0

94.1

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, nippy delivery (86.9mph) on Cook’s offstump who defends it ease

94.2

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, just short of a good length and wide enough to allow Cook a sighter

94.3

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, still too wide; Sami’s intention is clear enough, but Cook so far refuses to be enticed into playing at these

94.4

Mohammad Sami to Cook, no run, much better – fuller, attacking the stumps and forcing Cook to defend them. That’s more like it from Sami.

94.5

Mohammad Sami to Cook, OUT, GONE! Crackerjack from Sami, full, straight and quick, swung back into the left-handed Cook who was too late on it. Cook gone for 105 – terrific start for Pakistan

AN Cook b Mohammad Sami 105 (327m 279b 10x4 0x6) SR: 37.63

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   Mohammad Sami 21-4-77-1

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   Mohammad Sami 22-4-82-1

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

98.6

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run

England 356/4   Mohammad Sami 23-4-89-1

100.1

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run, how’s that? Gone surely, no – huge appeal from Sami and the wicketkeeper. Collingwood edges it behind and, for some reason, Simon Taufel turns it down. That, frankly, was a dreadful decision and Collingwood survives. Inzamam-ul-Haq is currently chewing on his fingernails, and who can blame him?

100.2

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run

100.3

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, 3 runs, nudged through midwicket

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   Mohammad Sami 24-4-92-1

102.1

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

102.2

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, 1 run, driven off the back foot

102.3

Mohammad Sami to Bell, no run

102.4

Mohammad Sami to Bell, 1 run, knocked to midwicket

102.5

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, no run, too wide, oh come on attack the stumps

102.6

Mohammad Sami to Collingwood, FOUR, better ball, fuller, but this time it’s too full and Collingwood punches it down the ground for four. Really well timed

England 378/4   Mohammad Sami 25-4-99-1

136.1

Mohammad Sami to Jones, no run, crunched into the covers, well timed indeed but straight to the fielder

136.2

Mohammad Sami to Jones, no run, Jones comes forward and defends with a straight bat

136.3

Mohammad Sami to Jones, SIX, off the back foot and smashed over cover to deep extra cover, the man is waiting out there on the boundary but he just can’t quite hold on and he parries over the “rope” for six

136.4

Mohammad Sami to Jones, 3 runs, another good, impish shot, timed excellently on the leg-side. Sami really not looking the threat he can be

136.5

Mohammad Sami to Bell, 1 run

136.6

Mohammad Sami to Jones, no run, again, an elegant flick through midwicket, timed nicely

England 464/5   Mohammad Sami 26-4-109-1

138.1

Mohammad Sami to Jones, 1 run, uppish cut off the backfoot down to third man. Toyed with the idea of running two

138.2

Mohammad Sami to Bell, 1 run

138.3

Mohammad Sami to Jones, no run, speared in well, but dug out with ease

138.4

Mohammad Sami to Jones, no run, swung into the righthander, with a bit of nip, but was easily left

138.5

Mohammad Sami to Jones, no run, another aggressive ball, this time a yorker, but kept out by jamming the bat down on it

138.6

Mohammad Sami to Jones, 1 run, sliced away to third man

England 467/5   Mohammad Sami 27-4-112-1

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   Mohammad Sami 28-4-116-1
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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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