Pakistan tour of England and Scotland, 2006 / Commentary

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

26.1

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, 1 run, Afridi also finds some turn, pushed through on the off.

26.2

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

26.3

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, Cook gets on top of the ball and kills the bounce

26.4

Shahid Afridi to Cook, FOUR, wider and too short; Cook gives himself room to cut behind point.

26.5

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, better line and better length.

26.6

Shahid Afridi to Cook, 1 no ball

26.6

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, Cook looks to work that through mid-wicket but checks the shot. And that’s lunch.

England 118/3   Shahid Afridi 1-0-6-0

51.1

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run

51.2

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run, pitched on off, forced a forward defensive.

51.3

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run, a touch more room on the off, but Collingwood can’t get enough purchse on his cut shot.

51.4

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run, better from Afridi who darts that one in; no spin, but a bit of drift.

51.5

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run, again Afridi gets the ball to pitch in an uncomfortable area and Collingwood jams his bat down

51.6

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, 1 run, forced through midwicket.

England 212/3   Shahid Afridi 2-0-7-0

53.1

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, moved away from the lefthander, who left it alone.

53.2

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, guided to cover

53.3

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

53.4

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

53.5

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

53.6

Shahid Afridi to Cook, 2 runs, bit of room with that one, and Cook makes even more room to send that out to the cover boundary

England 222/3   Shahid Afridi 3-0-9-0

55.1

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

55.2

Shahid Afridi to Cook, 2 runs

55.3

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

55.4

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

55.5

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

55.6

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

England 232/3   Shahid Afridi 4-0-11-0

57.1

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, 1 run, drifted in, guided behind square to bring up the 150-partnership for Collingwood and Cook. They shake hands. Bravo, chaps.

57.2

Shahid Afridi to Cook, 1 run, Cook nurdles that through midwicket, but it’s uppish, enough to generate an ‘Ooh’ or two. Finds space, though.

57.3

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run

57.4

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, 1 run, glided to square and the pressure England are exerting is building. An MCC member makes himself useful by moving the sightscreen for Cook. Good man.

57.5

Shahid Afridi to Cook, 2 runs, Cook latches on to Afridi’s googly for two

57.6

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

England 242/3   Shahid Afridi 5-0-16-0

86.1

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, 1 run, lashed through point to bring Cook onto strike

86.2

Shahid Afridi to Cook, 2 runs, Cook drives a full toss down the ground, but he doesn’t quite time it and gets two. He’s still three shy of his hundred; can he get it before the end of the day?

86.3

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run

86.4

Shahid Afridi to Cook, 2 runs, A tight two after Cook works the ball round to fine leg. Just one more for his century

86.5

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, a wobbly moment but Cook stands firm.

86.6

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, turned away from the lefthander again.

England 305/3   Shahid Afridi 6-0-21-0

88.1

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run, Afridi spears that one in but Collingwood digs it out.

88.2

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run

88.3

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, 1 run, drives out through extra-cover; again giving Cook a chance for his ton.

88.4

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, eek. Great bowling from Afridi who beats the bat but can’t find the edge. Tense stuff.

88.5

Shahid Afridi to Cook, no run, more nervous moments as Cook sets off for a single, but it’s not there

88.6

Shahid Afridi to Cook, 1 run, eked out to gully. At last, a deserved hundred for Cook. It’s not been his most fluid batting by any stretch, but they all count and he takes off his helmet to acknowledge the crowd with a gleaming, pearly white smile.

England 308/3   Shahid Afridi 7-0-23-0

101.1

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, 1 run, short and wide and cut powerfully but straight to the deep extra-cover fielder. Bit of a loosener from Afridi

101.2

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

101.3

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run, poked without power to mid-off

101.4

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, FOUR, miles too short and he climbs into it, walloping it off the toe-end of the bat over midwicket for a crunching boundary

101.5

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, FOUR, same again from Collingwood, almost a mirror of the previous ball, but hit with greater timing. Why isn’t Kaneria bowling?

101.6

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run, oh hello! That’s a bit close, no, turned down by Bucknor. Quicker ball from Afridi, raps Collingwood on the pads, perhaps going down leg. Lucky

England 371/4   Shahid Afridi 8-0-33-0

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

103.3

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run

103.4

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run

103.5

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run, wrists whirling, Afridi puts that on a good length

103.6

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood hits that back to the bowler and Afridi takes a casual mock-shy at the stumps without actually releasing the ball. There’s the odd ironic cheer in the crowd for it, but maybe they’re just bored. Time for them, and everyone else, to tuck into their first, or second, beverage of the day anyway – because that’s drinks.

England 379/4   Shahid Afridi 9-0-34-0

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

105.5

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run, Afridi racing through his over here

105.6

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, 1 run, worked to leg and they scamper a quick run.

England 382/4   Shahid Afridi 10-0-36-0

107.1

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run, on the button, defensive shot results

107.2

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run

107.3

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, 1 run, strayed down leg and paid the price, albeit a small one, of a single

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   Shahid Afridi 11-0-38-0

109.1

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run

109.2

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run, the batsmen think about a single as the ball drops into the midwicket area, but a big call of “No” soon puts paid to that idea

109.3

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run, well beaten by the height, and the ball drifts past the outside edge. Totally misread there by Collingwood, who tried to work it to leg.

109.4

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, 1 run, squirted to leg

109.5

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run

109.6

Shahid Afridi to Collingwood, no run

England 391/4   Shahid Afridi 12-0-40-0

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?

142.5

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, no run

142.6

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, no run, a bit of dip, dug out. That’s well bowled again

England 478/7   Shahid Afridi 13-0-45-0

144.1

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

144.2

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, FOUR, a shout for LBW but Hoggard paddles that round through the 45

144.3

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, no run

144.4

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, no run

144.5

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, no run

144.6

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, no run, floated in, but no danger

England 484/7   Shahid Afridi 14-0-50-0

146.1

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run, sent to square

146.2

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, no run

146.3

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, no run, stifled appeals from the fielders as the ball appears to pop to short leg; no bat on it

146.4

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, no run

146.5

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, no run, Afridi gathers the ball and pretends to shy at the stumps, yet there's no hint of England even trying to take a run

146.6

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, no run

England 488/7   Shahid Afridi 15-0-51-0

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

148.3

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, no run, too wide on the off-side to tempt the batsman

148.4

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, no run

148.5

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, no run, jammy inside edge off an attempted work to leg.

148.6

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, no run, sharp bounce – at nearly 74mph – as Afridi brings one down faster. Hoggard bends double over his bat and has a little chuckle to himself at Afridi’s delivery.

England 494/7   Shahid Afridi 16-0-52-0

152.1

Shahid Afridi to Bell, 1 run

152.2

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, FOUR, shot! Slapped on the up through cover with authority

152.3

Shahid Afridi to Hoggard, OUT, got him this time. Quicker ball from Afridi, slight drift into the right-handed Hoggard who was trapped right in front.

MJ Hoggard lbw b Shahid Afridi 13 (36m 37b 2x4 0x6) SR: 35.13

152.4

Shahid Afridi to Harmison, no run, yikes that was quick, 77mph and traps Harmison in front…but it’s just going down leg

152.5

Shahid Afridi to Harmison, no run, prodded away with classical tailend elegance

152.6

Shahid Afridi to Harmison, no run

England 515/8   Shahid Afridi 17-0-57-1

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?

154.6

Shahid Afridi to Harmison, no run, no it’s not – outside off, Harmison ignores it

England 517/8   Shahid Afridi 18-0-58-1

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

156.5

Shahid Afridi to Panesar, no run, solid defence, cheers around the ground! Biggest of the day, in fact

156.6

Shahid Afridi to Panesar, no run, quicker ball and Monty drives it firmly behind square. No worries.

England 526/9   Shahid Afridi 19-0-62-1

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   Shahid Afridi 19.3-0-63-1
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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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