Pakistan tour of England and Scotland, 2006 / Commentary

Pakistan in England Test Series - 2nd Test

England v Pakistan

England won by an innings and 120 runs

Overs 0-50

Andrew Strauss's pre-match huddle is in progress. We're all set for the start, and it will be Matthew Hoggard to bowl the first over from the Brian Statham End. Kamran Akmal facing.

Three slips, gully, short leg, mid off, mid on, point, long leg. Here we go.

10.50am Harmison and Hoggard are warming up in front of the pavilion, and so we are almost ready to start. Don't forget to send us your feedback. Talking of which, well done to 14-year-old Jake Quinan, who "scored his maiden century for Exiles at Bridge 1st XI against some very strong opposition at the weekend." Well done Jake.

Nasser Hussain's weather-watch 27 degrees and overcast. No rain forecast north of the Watford Gap though, so a full day's play anticipated.

Ian Botham's pitch report He loves it. Absolutely loves it. Grassy covering on a good length, hard, bouncy, juicy. He may have turned 50, but I haven't seen him this eager to take the new ball since Viv Richards retired. Expect some forthright commentary from Beefy if England's bowlers get it wrong this morning.

10.40am "The first hour is crucial." Possibly a candidate for the most over-used cliche in cricket, but today it is very, very true indeed. England have just four bowlers to rotate, including Panesar the spinner who wouldn't be expected to have much impact on the first morning. So it's over to Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard with the new ball, and Sajid Mahmood with the home-ground advantage. They've got the cloud cover to assist them, and a new opening partnership to get stuck into. Early strikes, and a chance to attack Mohammad Yousuf and Inzamam-ul-Haq while the ball is still hard and talking, is what the England strategy requires.

Team news England: Mahmood in, Plunkett out. Pakistan: Younis Khan in, Salman Butt out. Kamran Akmal the wicketkeeper will open alongside Imran Farhat.

Interesting change there for Pakistan, with Akmal thrust up the order and Faisal Iqbal retained at No. 6.

Pakistan win the toss and bat Inzamam-ul-Haq calls correctly and prepares to pad up. He's braced for a bit of swing for the first eight overs, but the pitch is flat and true, and with nine fifties in a row against England, he'll be eager to cash in.

"We expect a bit of pace and bounce early on, so let's hope our bowlers get it right," says Andrew Strauss. There's some lovely cloud cover which has got Ian Botham salivating, so let's wait and see.

Toss build-up The captains, Andrew Strauss and Inzamam-ul-Haq, are out there in the middle, all set for what could be a crucial toss.

10.25am Still no confirmation of the Pakistan team, but just to recap, England have recalled Sajid Mahmood in place of the injured Liam Plunkett, and retained Ian Bell at No. 6.

10.00am An hour til the start, and Andrew Strauss is out in the middle, doing a bit of shadow-batting. Another big day for him, as he takes charge of his second Test as England captain, fresh from a century in the Lord's Test. Two former captains, Ian Botham and David Gower, are strutting their stuff on the outfield.

Travel update Fans who are planning to attend the fourth day's play on Sunday could be affected by a number of roads being closed for the Salford Triathlon, according to Lancashire's communications department.

"The closures will last all day and spectators who normally travel through Salford to reach Old Trafford need to find alternative routes." So, there you have it.
9.40am Gnasher McGlashan, our man on the spot, has just arrived at the ground and reports a steady stream of punters already working their way through the turnstiles. There's not quite the crush of fans that we had for the corresponding Test last summer, when 10,000 people were turned away on the final morning, but Lancashire yesterday reported a sell-out for the first four days so a good atmosphere is anticipated nonetheless. We wonder how many horns the Pakistan fans will be able to squeeze past the Pentagon-style security.

9.36am Good morning and welcome to Cricinfo's live ball-by-ball coverage of the second Test between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford. I'm Andrew Miller, and together with Martin Williamson, we'll be taking you through the twists and turns of this first day.

The forecast, as ever this month, is for heat, heat and more heat, although it's a muggy, overcast morning and there is some unsettled weather scheduled over the next five days, including rain for this afternoon, depending on which Met bureau you want to trust.

The England team is set for just one change, with Sajid Mahmood recalled in place of Liam Plunkett, and Ian Bell retaining his place at No. 6 in the continued absence of Andrew Flintoff. And among England's substitute fielders today is one Gary Pratt, he of the infamous Ricky Ponting run-out at Trent Bridge last summer.

We'll bring you Pakistan team news as and when we hear it, although there is just one change anticipated - Younis Khan will return to the No. 3 slot, probably in place of Faisal Iqbal.

0.1

Hoggard to Kamran Akmal, no run, nice late nip off the seam, slightly short of a length, but no shot offered.

0.2

Hoggard to Kamran Akmal, no run, fuller length, again no shot, again nice shape

0.3

Hoggard to Kamran Akmal, no run, this time right up there, and Kamran lays bat on ball

0.4

Hoggard to Kamran Akmal, no run, a beauty, full and swinging again, beaten outside off

0.5

Hoggard to Kamran Akmal, no run, well, well, well ... that one scuttled. Another perfect length, but it didn't get above ankle-height as it reached Geraint Jones on the second bounce. Raised eyebrows all round

0.6

Hoggard to Kamran Akmal, no run, and beaten again by some late outswing to complete a very, very encouraging first over for England.

Here comes Harmison

End of over 1 (maiden) Pakistan 0/0
Kamran Akmal    0* (6b)      MJ Hoggard    1-1-0-0
Imran Farhat    0* (0b)     

1.1

Harmison to Imran Farhat, no run, short and flashes past Imran's outside edge. A useful sighter

1.2

Harmison to Imran Farhat, no run, there's the wake-up call! Explodes from somewhere just short of a length and Imran turns turtle as Jones grabs above his head.

1.3

Harmison to Imran Farhat, no run, full and on the pads, but clipped firmly to short leg

1.4

Harmison to Imran Farhat, no run, wide outside off, left well alone

1.5

Harmison to Imran Farhat, no run, tighter line, but straight through to keeper

1.6

Harmison to Imran Farhat, no run, and a slower ball to finish. Some discomfort for Imran but the ball bobbles safely back down the pitch. Good start

End of over 2 (maiden) Pakistan 0/0
Imran Farhat    0* (6b)      SJ Harmison    1-1-0-0
Kamran Akmal    0* (6b)      MJ Hoggard    1-1-0-0

2.1

Hoggard to Kamran Akmal, no run, a swinging half-volley, but firmly driven to point where Pietersen gathers

2.2

Hoggard to Kamran Akmal, no run, lovely line, starting on leg, tailing to off and completely squared up

2.3

Hoggard to Kamran Akmal, no run, and again, comprehensively beaten. Hoggard's making the ball talk

2.4

Hoggard to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, and Pakistan are off the mark. A controlled edge through vacant third man, well played with soft hands

2.5

Hoggard to Kamran Akmal, no run, beaten again and a hint of a nibble from Kamran. Perhaps contemplating a repeat of the previous shot

2.6

Hoggard to Kamran Akmal, no run, and shoulders arms to finish. England are on top in these early exchanges, but gritty stuff from the openers

End of over 3 (4 runs) Pakistan 4/0
Kamran Akmal    4* (12b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    2-1-4-0
Imran Farhat    0* (6b)      SJ Harmison    1-1-0-0

3.1

Harmison to Imran Farhat, no run, too short this time, and whistles through to keeper

3.2

Harmison to Imran Farhat, no run, leg-side to the lefthander, no shot offered

3.3

Harmison to Imran Farhat, no run, better line, pushed out to cover

3.4

Harmison to Imran Farhat, no run, pushed into leg-side, but tumbling chase from Harmison himself prevents a run

3.5

Harmison to Imran Farhat, OUT, and there's the breakthrough, and you have to say it was coming. Full and on off stump from Harmison, Imran couldn't resist the drive, and Kevin Pietersen took a comfortable squirted catch low at backward point. Another failure for Pakistan's openers, regardless of the new combination.

Imran Farhat c Pietersen b Harmison 0 (15m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

And as Younis Khan comes into bat, mid-on is taken out and added to the cordon of three slips and two gullies. England on the attack.

3.6

Harmison to Younis Khan, 1 leg bye, full and on the pads, dribbles away for a single

End of over 4 (1 run, wicket maiden) Pakistan 5/1
Younis Khan    0* (1b)      SJ Harmison    2-2-0-1
Kamran Akmal    4* (12b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    2-1-4-0

4.1

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, more of the same from Hoggard, nice shape, well left

4.2

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, Younis drawn into this outswinger, almost topples out of his crease in the process. Good bowling

4.3

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, bat on ball this time, but it's an uncomfortable prod

4.4

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, short and ducked this time

4.5

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, almost a mix-up as Akmal tries to get Younis off the mark, but is rightly sent back as the shy comes in from gully

4.6

Hoggard to Younis Khan, FOUR, he's off the mark this time, but it's an uncertain drive through point that could easily have been a catch. Alastair Cook makes a valiant chase but is just beaten to the rope

End of over 5 (4 runs) Pakistan 9/1
Younis Khan    4* (7b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    3-1-8-0
Kamran Akmal    4* (12b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    2-2-0-1

5.1

Harmison to Kamran Akmal, no run, short and pushed back onto stumps to defend

5.2

Harmison to Kamran Akmal, no run, a looser delivery this time, but cut straight to gully

5.3

Harmison to Kamran Akmal, no run, pushed into the covers

5.4

Harmison to Kamran Akmal, no run, short again and pushed back onto the stumps

5.5

Harmison to Kamran Akmal, no run, full and asking for the drive, but Pietersen's again on hand to clean up at point

5.6

Harmison to Kamran Akmal, OUT, and another one! Akmal caught in no-man's land, feet stuck in the crease and Trescothick at first slip takes an excellent catch as Geraint Jones does his old trick of diving straight across his team-mate. Could easily have got a fingertip to it, but Tresco kept his eyes on the ball&

Kamran Akmal c Trescothick b Harmison 4 (27m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 22.22

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 9/2
     SJ Harmison    3-3-0-2
Younis Khan    4* (7b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    3-1-8-0

6.1

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run

6.2

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, Pakistan really on the ropes now, but the main man, Mohammad Yousuf is in the middle now

6.3

Hoggard to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis works the gap well to bring his team-mate onto strike

6.4

Hoggard to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, leg-stump and swinging, pushed back down the pitch

6.5

Hoggard to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, clipped off the toes, but cleaned up at square-leg

6.6

Hoggard to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, and another good-length delivery to finish. Yousuf is reported to have added extra steel to his style in recent months. This session will be one of his biggest tests.

End of over 7 (1 run) Pakistan 10/2
Mohammad Yousuf    0* (3b)      MJ Hoggard    4-1-9-0
Younis Khan    5* (10b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    3-3-0-2

7.1

Harmison to Younis Khan, no run, lovely tight line on off stump from Harmison. Well-judged leave

7.2

Harmison to Younis Khan, no run, leapt off a good length, uncomfortably fended off his throat but safely negotiated

7.3

Harmison to Younis Khan, 3 runs, attempted yorker, driven down the ground where Monty Panesar fields after a chase for his first cheer of the day

7.4

Harmison to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, wider this time, and left well alone

7.5

Harmison to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, and again. Watchful stuff from Yousuf

three slips, gully, deep gully, backward point, cover, short leg, mid on, long leg

7.6

Harmison to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, and that's the end of the eighth over. Harmison has conceded just those three runs in four overs

End of over 8 (3 runs) Pakistan 13/2
Mohammad Yousuf    0* (6b)      SJ Harmison    4-3-3-2
Younis Khan    8* (13b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    4-1-9-0

8.1

Hoggard to Younis Khan, 2 runs, finds the gap this time through the covers, but not timed

8.2

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, wide and swinging, left alone

8.3

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, fractionally leg-side, but not put away

short midwicket in place for those deliveries

8.4

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, pushed into off-side

8.5

Hoggard to Younis Khan, 1 run, edged but drops well short. Collingwood saves well, goalkeeper-style, at third slip

8.6

Hoggard to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, another genuine edge, but Yousuf is off the mark through the vacant third man

England not too worried about the runs at the moment. Wickets are everything in this first hour

End of over 9 (7 runs) Pakistan 20/2
Mohammad Yousuf    4* (7b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    5-1-16-0
Younis Khan    11* (18b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    4-3-3-2

9.1

Harmison to Younis Khan, no run, outside off, left alone

9.2

Harmison to Younis Khan, no run, tighter line but no shot offered

9.3

Harmison to Younis Khan, no run, and again. Cat-and-mouse stuff

9.4

Harmison to Younis Khan, no run, leg-side but well gathered by Ian Bell at short leg

9.5

Harmison to Younis Khan, 3 runs, pushed through vacant mid-on, and long chase for Bell under the lid, the only fielder in front of square on the leg-side

9.6

Harmison to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

End of over 10 (3 runs) Pakistan 23/2
Mohammad Yousuf    4* (8b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    5-3-6-2
Younis Khan    14* (23b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    5-1-16-0

10.1

Hoggard to Younis Khan, 2 runs, pushed down the ground, picked the gap well

10.2

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, still swinging nicely as the 11th over gets underway

10.3

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, dropped at feet

three slips, gully, point, mid-off, mid-on, short midwicket, long leg, and yes, this time that does add up to 11 England players on the field!

10.4

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, leg-side, can't find the gap

10.5

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, more of the same. Steady stuff from Hoggy

10.6

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, "Lavish swing to finish the over," says Michael Atherton. And he's quite right

End of over 11 (2 runs) Pakistan 25/2
Younis Khan    16* (29b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    6-1-18-0
Mohammad Yousuf    4* (8b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    5-3-6-2

11.1

Harmison to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, leg-side and cannons into pads

Harmison timed at 86.7mph, which with his height and bounce is probably his optimum pace. Anything more brisk, and he can lose his line a touch

11.2

Harmison to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, tight to off stump but well left

11.3

Harmison to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, talking of which, this time he does lose his line. Sprayed down leg

11.4

Harmison to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

11.5

Harmison to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, ooh - inside-edge and away for four past flaying keeper

11.6

Harmison to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, Yousuf keeps the strike, as Harmison completes his sixth over, and possibly his last of this spell. Only three seamers for England to rotate

End of over 12 (5 runs) Pakistan 30/2
Mohammad Yousuf    9* (14b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    6-3-11-2
Younis Khan    16* (29b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    6-1-18-0

12.1

Hoggard to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, clipped off the legs

12.2

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, extraordinary tangle - Younis shaped to pull, then forced into a leaping, groping re-evaluation as the ball swung late. Eventually dropped into the crease with the bat at 45 degrees

12.3

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, more watchful this time from Younis

12.4

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, attempted inswinger, watchfully pushed into the cordon

12.5

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, more uneven bounce from that patch outside off stump. Gathered on the second bounce by Jones

12.6

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, and another attempted inswinger. Held its line nicely and a late chopped defensive shot

And as expected, here comes Sajid Mahmood for his first bowl on his home ground

End of over 13 (1 run) Pakistan 31/2
Younis Khan    16* (34b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    7-1-19-0
Mohammad Yousuf    10* (15b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    6-3-11-2

13.1

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, lovely start for Mahmood - late swing and well beaten

13.2

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, and this one nips the other way! So nearly an edge, and a great start

13.3

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, left alone

13.4

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, bouncer! and a vicious one at that. Spat from just short of a length. Yousuf in real peril as he climbed to protect his visor

13.5

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, watchful stuff from Yousuf

13.6

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, and a maiden to settle Mahmood into his spell. A nice eventful over

The players are having their drinks and Yousuf is getting some treatment from the Pakistan physio after being smacked on the hands by Mahmood in that over. Nothing too serious, just some running repairs and sympathy.

And that's drinks for England and time for a change in the commentary. After the break it will be Martin Williamson to take over for what should prove to be a riveting hour before lunch. Stay tuned!

End of over 14 (maiden) Pakistan 31/2
Mohammad Yousuf    10* (21b 2x4)      SI Mahmood    1-1-0-0
Younis Khan    16* (34b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    7-1-19-0

14.1

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, wide and gently swinging away

14.2

Hoggard to Younis Khan, 2 runs, pushed behind square on the off side

14.3

Hoggard to Younis Khan, FOUR, drifting down the leg side and deftly flicked fine by Younis Khan off his hips

14.4

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, good recovery, one that swung away and beat the batsman as he probed outside off stump

14.5

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run

14.6

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, Hoggard looking slightly tired in that over

End of over 15 (6 runs) Pakistan 37/2
Younis Khan    22* (40b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    8-1-25-0
Mohammad Yousuf    10* (21b 2x4)      SI Mahmood    1-1-0-0

15.1

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short of a length, played well off the back foot

15.2

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run

15.3

Mahmood to Younis Khan, no run

15.4

Mahmood to Younis Khan, 1 wide, now that really was wide, taken by a sprawling Jones to the right of first slip

15.4

Mahmood to Younis Khan, no run, radar readjusted, short just outside off stump

15.5

Mahmood to Younis Khan, no run, same ball but slightly closer to Younis Khan who had to take gentle evasive action

15.6

Mahmood to Younis Khan, FOUR, convincingly driven wide of Harmison at extra cover

End of over 16 (6 runs) Pakistan 43/2
Younis Khan    26* (44b 3x4)      SI Mahmood    2-1-6-0
Mohammad Yousuf    11* (23b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    8-1-25-0

16.1

Hoggard to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, driven firmly and well stopped by Collingwood close in at forward short point. We are debating what that position is called … six yards from the bat, about four yards in front

16.2

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, defensive push

16.3

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run

16.4

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run, Hoggard in a grove just outside off stump

16.5

Hoggard to Younis Khan, FOUR, slightly straighter and effortlessly flicked behind square on the leg

16.6

Hoggard to Younis Khan, no run

End of over 17 (5 runs) Pakistan 48/2
Younis Khan    30* (49b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    9-1-30-0
Mohammad Yousuf    12* (24b 2x4)      SI Mahmood    2-1-6-0

17.1

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, wide and short, timed perfectly through the overs off the back foot

17.2

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, swinging away from Yousuf who reached for the drive and the ball flew hard and wide to Cook in the gully but he couldn’t hold a diving one-handed effort. A loose shot, but it would have been a superb catch had it stuck

17.3

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

17.4

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

17.5

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, plopped down into the gap on the leg side and a comfortable couple

17.6

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, played off the back foot into the covers

A word of thanks to the management for kindly ensuring that the aircon system here cannot cope with anything above mildly warm. Not only can we watch the match but we can also experience the Manchester humidity from the comfort of our desks

End of over 18 (8 runs) Pakistan 56/2
Mohammad Yousuf    20* (30b 3x4)      SI Mahmood    3-1-14-0
Younis Khan    30* (49b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    9-1-30-0

Collingwood into action. The ball is swinging and the conditions may suit him nicely

18.1

Collingwood to Younis Khan, 3 runs, cut to third man

18.2

Collingwood to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, guided through the slip cordon, Collingwood giving too much width at a gentle (73mph) pace

18.3

Collingwood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, much better. On the line and swung late, leaving Yousuf groping at air&

18.4

Collingwood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

18.5

Collingwood to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, again guided to third man where Pietersen is now positioned. At this pace, Collingwood has to be on the spot or it’s runs every time

18.6

Collingwood to Younis Khan, no run

End of over 19 (8 runs) Pakistan 64/2
Younis Khan    33* (51b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-8-0
Mohammad Yousuf    25* (34b 4x4)      SI Mahmood    3-1-14-0

19.1

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short into the body and unconvincingly fended into the leg side

19.2

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, again into the body and again unconvincingly played inches in front of short leg

19.3

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, too much width and steered all along the ground backward of square on the off

19.4

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

19.5

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, fractionally shorter and that allows Yousuf to duck under it

19.6

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, lovely shot, effortlessly stroked through the covers

Anyone at Old Trafford or going along later, keep an eye out for our own Jenny Thompson, who has applied the fake tan and peroxide and is passing herself off as an npower girl. Photos to follow.

End of over 20 (8 runs) Pakistan 72/2
Mohammad Yousuf    33* (40b 6x4)      SI Mahmood    4-1-22-0
Younis Khan    33* (51b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-8-0

20.1

Collingwood to Younis Khan, 1 run, enough width to allow Younis Khan to push square on the off for an easy single

20.2

Collingwood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, getting wider … he couldn’t reach that one

20.3

Collingwood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

20.4

Collingwood to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, driven up to a deep mid off

20.5

Collingwood to Younis Khan, 1 run, Collingwood just cannot get his line, and this is allowing the batsmen to pick off singles at will

20.6

Collingwood to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 wide, horribly wide, and a revolting full-stretch slash which would have left Yousuf facing the wrath of his team-mates had he nicked it

20.6

Collingwood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

End of over 21 (4 runs) Pakistan 76/2
Mohammad Yousuf    34* (44b 6x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-12-0
Younis Khan    35* (53b 4x4)      SI Mahmood    4-1-22-0

21.1

Mahmood to Younis Khan, 1 leg bye, waist-high on leg stump, hipped for a leg bye

21.2

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

21.3

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, slashed at a ball wide and short

21.4

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, into the body and whipped just wide of short leg. Strauss moves short leg a yard squarer

21.5

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

21.6

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, pushed straightish to leg, Yousuf looks for a single but Mahmood slides and retrieves. Like all bowlers, his fielding is sharper of his own bowling

End of over 22 (3 runs) Pakistan 79/2
Mohammad Yousuf    36* (49b 6x4)      SI Mahmood    5-1-24-0
Younis Khan    35* (54b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-12-0

22.1

Collingwood to Younis Khan, no run

22.2

Collingwood to Younis Khan, 1 run, wide and steered to third man. Given how Collingwood is bowling I am cutting and pasting this phrase for future use as I suspect it will be needed again soon

22.3

Collingwood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

22.4

Collingwood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, Collingwood find his line again. When he does, he poses a threat with his awayswing

22.5

Collingwood to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, pushed into the off, started looking for a single but Strauss in from cover quickly

22.6

Collingwood to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, time to use that cut and paste ...

End of over 23 (2 runs) Pakistan 81/2
Mohammad Yousuf    37* (53b 6x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-14-0
Younis Khan    36* (56b 4x4)      SI Mahmood    5-1-24-0

23.1

Mahmood to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, worked into the leg side, Bell chugs from short leg to retrieve

23.2

Mahmood to Younis Khan, FOUR

23.3

Mahmood to Younis Khan, no run

23.4

Mahmood to Younis Khan, no run, Younis forced defensively onto the back foot

23.5

Mahmood to Younis Khan, no run

Monty Panesar warming up for his traditional one over before lunch. Such is the lot of spinners

23.6

Mahmood to Younis Khan, FOUR, punched through the covers, Cook gives chase but is always second best

Massive cheer as the crowd spot Panesar coming on. He might get two overs before the break.

End of over 24 (9 runs) Pakistan 90/2
Younis Khan    44* (61b 6x4)      SI Mahmood    6-1-33-0
Mohammad Yousuf    38* (54b 6x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-14-0

24.1

Panesar to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, on the button from the off

24.2

Panesar to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

24.3

Panesar to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, turned appreciably and kept low. That could be a one off or the pitch is misbehaving early on

24.4

Panesar to Mohammad Yousuf, OUT, trying to run the ball down to third man, Yousuf gets the thinnest of inside edges to Jones as Panesar sets off on his cross-country celebartion. That gives the morning to England and after winning the toss, Inzamam will not be happy to go to lunch three down. He will be even less amused that he has to go to the middle for seven minutes.

Mohammad Yousuf c †Jones b Panesar 38 (84m 58b 6x4 0x6) SR: 65.51

24.5

Panesar to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run

24.6

Panesar to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run

Great start from Panesar who is warmly congratulated by team-mates and applauded by the crowd

End of over 25 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 90/3
Inzamam-ul-Haq    0* (2b)      MS Panesar    1-1-0-1
Younis Khan    44* (61b 6x4)      SI Mahmood    6-1-33-0

Strauss ups the ante by bringing Harmison back to test Pakistan before lunch

25.1

Harmison to Younis Khan, OUT, wide outside the off stump – very much a loosener – and slashed straight to Collingwood in the gully. Five minutes ago Pakistan seemed to have weathered the storm. Two loose shots later, and the balance has completely shifted

Younis Khan c Collingwood b Harmison 44 (100m 62b 6x4 0x6) SR: 70.96

25.2

Harmison to Faisal Iqbal, no run, another looser - England will forgive him a few of those now - down the leg side

25.3

Harmison to Faisal Iqbal, no run

25.4

Harmison to Faisal Iqbal, no run, this ball deserved more … short, swinging away and taken high and rising by Jones

25.5

Harmison to Faisal Iqbal, no run

25.6

Harmison to Faisal Iqbal, 3 runs, leg-stump full toss pushed towards long on as Bell forced to chase from short leg. An all-run four was likely but Inzamam not entirely up for it

Now then, onto more important matters. Anybody out there know of a cricket team that needs a fixture this coming weekend? My team, the Celeriacs, have got a pitch all booked and ready for a match in Berkshire this Sunday, but our dastardly opponents have done the dirty on us.

So, if you live near the Earley/University area of Reading, and know of a team of enthusiastic amateurs who play regularly to a decent standard, and appreciate a good tea, drop Miller a line in feedback

First session A cracking morning's work from England. Excellent use of the new ball from Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard, canny rotation of his bowlers by Andrew Strauss, who has looked much more proactive now that he has got a proper run at leading the side, and most importantly of all, Mohammad Yousuf is in and out again in a single session. Much, as ever, now depends on the ever-green Inzamam-ul-Haq, who has nine fifties in a row against England, but desperately needs a tenth. Join Andrew Miller in 40 minutes for the resumption, and in the meantime, read Will Luke's bulletin for the morning session.

End of over 26 (3 runs) Pakistan 93/4
Faisal Iqbal    3* (5b)      SJ Harmison    7-3-14-3
Inzamam-ul-Haq    0* (2b)      MS Panesar    1-1-0-1

It's Monty Panesar to resume after lunch

26.1

Panesar to Faisal Iqbal, no run, padded up and an "ooh" goes up as Monty extracts some turn

26.2

Panesar to Faisal Iqbal, no run, precisely the same spot and this one scuttles! It's not our imagination. This pitch is doing stuff

26.3

Panesar to Faisal Iqbal, no run, pushed out uncertainty - excellent resumption

26.4

Panesar to Faisal Iqbal, no run, right on the spot again

26.5

Panesar to Faisal Iqbal, OUT, and there it is! Brilliant stuff from Panesar. Landed every ball on a sixpence and left the pitch to do the rest. This one jumped and Faisal's attempted cut is steered into Jones' gloves. England are flying

Faisal Iqbal c †Jones b Panesar 3 (6m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

26.6

Panesar to Abdul Razzaq, no run, Razzaq completes the over

End of over 27 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 93/5
Abdul Razzaq    0* (1b)      MS Panesar    2-2-0-2
Inzamam-ul-Haq    0* (2b)      SJ Harmison    7-3-14-3

27.1

Harmison to Inzamam-ul-Haq, OUT, That. Is. Massive. Inzamam - he of the nine fifties in a row - is gone for a duck and it was a snorter! Leapt off a length, took the splice and looped to Kevin Pietersen at backward point. Pakistan have lost four wickets in a flash and England are rampant

Inzamam-ul-Haq c Pietersen b Harmison 0 (13m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

27.2

Harmison to Shahid Afridi, no run, what a time for Afridi to come to the crease

27.3

Harmison to Shahid Afridi, no run, ducks the short ball

27.4

Harmison to Shahid Afridi, no run, another leave. Afridi has to rein in his natural instincts

27.5

Harmison to Shahid Afridi, no run

27.6

Harmison to Shahid Afridi, no run, end of an immaculate over from Harmison.

End of over 28 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 93/6
Shahid Afridi    0* (5b)      SJ Harmison    8-4-14-4
Abdul Razzaq    0* (1b)      MS Panesar    2-2-0-2

28.1

Panesar to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, Floated up for the drive - and the offer was taken. Panesar won't mind that though

28.2

Panesar to Abdul Razzaq, no run

28.3

Panesar to Abdul Razzaq, no run, still right on the spot from Panesar. He scents blood

28.4

Panesar to Abdul Razzaq, no run, more turn and bite this time. Watchful stuff from Razzaq

28.5

Panesar to Abdul Razzaq, no run, slightly leg-side, bobbles off pads

28.6

Panesar to Abdul Razzaq, no run, and well beaten to finish. Great stuff from Monty

End of over 29 (4 runs) Pakistan 97/6
Abdul Razzaq    4* (7b 1x4)      MS Panesar    3-2-4-2
Shahid Afridi    0* (5b)      SJ Harmison    8-4-14-4

29.1

Harmison to Shahid Afridi, no run, short, has a swing, doesn't connect, through to keeper

29.2

Harmison to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, pushed out to cover for a single

29.3

Harmison to Abdul Razzaq, no run, watchfully pushed straight back down the pitch

29.4

Harmison to Abdul Razzaq, no run, sconed him! Vicious from Harmison, leapt from nowhere and clattered straight into helmet. Razzaq is unhurt though and resumes his stance with a grimace

29.5

Harmison to Abdul Razzaq, no run, short again, and fended off the throat, inches wide of Bell at short leg

29.6

Harmison to Abdul Razzaq, no run, attritional stuff for Pakistan's two strokemakers. They've got their work cut out here

End of over 30 (1 run) Pakistan 98/6
Abdul Razzaq    4* (11b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    9-4-15-4
Shahid Afridi    1* (7b)      MS Panesar    3-2-4-2

30.1

Panesar to Shahid Afridi, no run, pushed out to cover

30.2

Panesar to Shahid Afridi, no run, more of the same, right on the money from Monty

30.3

Panesar to Shahid Afridi, no run, it's cut-and-paste stuff from Monty, but no less riveting for that, as this one turns, bites and is pushed back down the pitch

30.4

Panesar to Shahid Afridi, no run

30.5

Panesar to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, swept this time, and it's a genuine top-edge that flies safe to the fine-leg boundary. Afridi won't be tied down for long

30.6

Panesar to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, better shot this time, picked up from outside off, and there's no-one out at midwicket

End of over 31 (8 runs) Pakistan 106/6
Shahid Afridi    9* (13b 2x4)      MS Panesar    4-2-12-2
Abdul Razzaq    4* (11b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    9-4-15-4

31.1

Harmison to Abdul Razzaq, no run, shoulders arms

31.2

Harmison to Abdul Razzaq, no run, and again. slightly too wide from Harmison

31.3

Harmison to Abdul Razzaq, no run, plays and misses as his feet retreat to square leg. Maybe that blow on the head has shaken him more than it seemed

31.4

Harmison to Abdul Razzaq, no run, left alone again

31.5

Harmison to Abdul Razzaq, no run, leg-side, and steps inside the line

31.6

Harmison to Abdul Razzaq, no run, and another uncertain leave

End of over 32 (maiden) Pakistan 106/6
Abdul Razzaq    4* (17b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    10-5-15-4
Shahid Afridi    9* (13b 2x4)      MS Panesar    4-2-12-2

32.1

Panesar to Shahid Afridi, SIX, well, that's only to be expected, but it was huge nonetheless! Powerful stride, hammered down the ground over long-on for a maximum. Monty won't mind this though ...

32.2

Panesar to Shahid Afridi, no run

32.3

Panesar to Shahid Afridi, OUT, and there it is! Flatter and wider outside off stump, and another massive hoon from Afridi. Whirls his bat twice in his followthrough, but it makes no difference as Pietersen at point clings onto the steepler. Pakistan are in tatters!

Shahid Afridi c Pietersen b Panesar 15 (19m 16b 2x4 1x6) SR: 93.75

32.4

Panesar to Mohammad Sami, no run

32.5

Panesar to Mohammad Sami, 1 run, clipped square for a single

32.6

Panesar to Abdul Razzaq, no run, after that last over against Harmison, Razzaq will be glad to be off strike

End of over 33 (7 runs) Pakistan 113/7
Abdul Razzaq    4* (18b 1x4)      MS Panesar    5-2-19-3
Mohammad Sami    1* (2b)      SJ Harmison    10-5-15-4

33.1

Harmison to Mohammad Sami, no run

33.2

Harmison to Mohammad Sami, no run, full toss and a huge appeal for LBW! Sami didn't see it at all and replays suggest it might have clipped leg. Fair decision from umpire Taufel

33.3

Harmison to Mohammad Sami, no run, pushed elegantly into the covers

33.4

Harmison to Mohammad Sami, no run, left well alone

Harmison's field: three slips, two gullies, point, short leg, mid off, long leg. Attack, attack, attack

33.5

Harmison to Mohammad Sami, OUT, and that's the five-fer! Harmison's first since Lord's last summer, and it was a routine length delivery, steered into Strauss's midriff at second slip. Never quite in line with the ball, and who can blame him?

Mohammad Sami c Strauss b Harmison 1 (5m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

33.6

Harmison to Umar Gul, no run, right behind the ball to end the over. 11 overs, six maidens, five for 15. He won't beat his 7 for 12 against West Indies, but he could come mighty close at this rate

End of over 34 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 113/8
Umar Gul    0* (1b)      SJ Harmison    11-6-15-5
Abdul Razzaq    4* (18b 1x4)      MS Panesar    5-2-19-3

34.1

Panesar to Abdul Razzaq, no run, it's all down to this man now

34.2

Panesar to Abdul Razzaq, no run, pushed away again. How does Razzaq play this? Look for the single or trust his tail?

34.3

Panesar to Abdul Razzaq, no run, watchfully into line

34.4

Panesar to Abdul Razzaq, no run, right on the spot from Monty

34.5

Panesar to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, turned square for a single. Well played. Just one delivery for Gul to negotiate

34.6

Panesar to Umar Gul, no run, and he does

End of over 35 (1 run) Pakistan 114/8
Umar Gul    0* (2b)      MS Panesar    6-2-20-3
Abdul Razzaq    5* (23b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    11-6-15-5

35.1

Harmison to Abdul Razzaq, no run, shoulders arms. Still not quite in line though

35.2

Harmison to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, that's better! A convincing pull, one foot up in the air, and away it sails over square leg

35.3

Harmison to Abdul Razzaq, no run, cramped for room on the legs, and gathered by Bell under the lid

35.4

Harmison to Abdul Razzaq, no run, another pull, this time along the ground to backward square

35.5

Harmison to Abdul Razzaq, no run, well beaten outside off

35.6

Harmison to Abdul Razzaq, no run, ... but that's another over survived

End of over 36 (4 runs) Pakistan 118/8
Abdul Razzaq    9* (29b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    12-6-19-5
Umar Gul    0* (2b)      MS Panesar    6-2-20-3

36.1

Panesar to Umar Gul, no run, pushed back onto the stumps and dropped at the feet

36.2

Panesar to Umar Gul, no run, another hand-grenade negotiated

36.3

Panesar to Umar Gul, no run, zips past the bat to "oohs" all around

Gary Pratt, he off Ricky Ponting run-out fame, is on the field as a sub for Matthew Hoggard

36.4

Panesar to Umar Gul, no run, more perfect flight from Monty

36.5

Panesar to Umar Gul, no run, no freebies here

36.6

Panesar to Umar Gul, no run, and another over negotiated

End of over 37 (maiden) Pakistan 118/8
Umar Gul    0* (8b)      MS Panesar    7-3-20-3
Abdul Razzaq    9* (29b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    12-6-19-5

37.1

Harmison to Abdul Razzaq, OUT, six for Harmison! And the end of an uncomfortable vigil for Razzaq. Always fearing the short ball after that blow to the helmet, he wasn't ready for the full one, which burst through his leaden foot-movement to take out middle-and-leg. Pakistan on the brink here.

Abdul Razzaq b Harmison 9 (40m 30b 2x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

37.2

Harmison to Danish Kaneria, no run, retreating to leg, but gets bat on it

37.3

Harmison to Danish Kaneria, no run, retreating again, and Harmison follows him with a bouncer. Full and straight should do the trick

37.4

Harmison to Danish Kaneria, no run, outside off stump and a swish

37.5

Harmison to Danish Kaneria, no run, wild and woolly. Way down the leg-side

37.6

Harmison to Danish Kaneria, no run, and outside off to finish. Another wicket maiden for Harmison

End of over 38 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 118/9
Danish Kaneria    0* (5b)      SJ Harmison    13-7-19-6
Umar Gul    0* (8b)      MS Panesar    7-3-20-3

38.1

Panesar to Umar Gul, no run, right on the spot again. Monty's loving this

38.2

Panesar to Umar Gul, no run, and again. Flight, bite and turn

38.3

Panesar to Umar Gul, 1 run, elegantly driven, but Pietersen - ever alert - could have had a run-out as he swooped from point. Monty couldn't gather the shy though

38.4

Panesar to Danish Kaneria, OUT, no mistake this time though! Kaneria pushed it behind square, Pietersen swooped again, Gul declined a suicidal single, and Jones gathered at the base of the stumps. Facile finish to a pretty limp effort from Pakistan

Danish Kaneria run out 0 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

And so from 90 for 2, Pakistan lost their last eight wickets for 29 runs, with Steve Harmison right in the thick of things with figures of 6 for 19 from 13 overs. His best return since that legendary performance at Sabina Park two years ago. That's it from me. Join Martin Williamson for England's reply in ten minutes' time

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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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