Pakistan tour of England and Scotland, 2006 / Commentary

Pakistan in England Test Series - 4th Test

England v Pakistan

England awarded the match (opposition refused to play)

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Three slips and a gully, and a forward short-leg

Mohammad Asif to open the bowling to Marcus Trescothick

Nearly ready to get going here, just five minutes to go. Enough time for you to make a cuppa. Pakistan are out on the pitch in the huddle but...worryingly, the rain is already falling. It's only spitting, but the umbrellas from the crowd are already showing up. Andrew Strauss and Marcus Trescothick are striding out

Pakistan have won the toss and will bowl first

Team news England remain unchanged while Mohammad Asif replaces Mohammad Sami. Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Farhat are the two openers when Pakistan bat

10.28am Monty Panesar - known throughout the Cricinfo office as Parmesan Tony (© Will Luke) - is practising his pull shots out in the middle and, thankfully, the covers are off the pitch. There's a steady stream of people shuffling their way from the Tube and up the road to the ground, and we should have a really brilliant atmosphere (as well as a prompt start) come 11am. Andrew Miller, our man at the ground, is locked in a tussle with his laptop and wifi - neither giving an inch - but should be around for some news very shortly.

10.00am Good morning and welcome to Cricinfo's live ball-by-ball coverage of the fourth and final Test between England and Pakistan, from The Oval. I'm Will Luke and along with Jenny Thompson, we'll be taking you through the next five days. Actually, I'm only here for the first two days - godson's christening and all that - but we have an exciting replacement to fill in at the weekend. So then, let's get the bad news out of the way: the weather. The breezy, muggy conditions and sunshine this morning belie the threatening forecast of torrential downpours at midday. The weather bods expect we'll get a reasonable amount of play, though, and it should clear up in the afternoon.

It's all a bit exciting to say the least. We have a whole pile of things to show you, including another caption competition and we'll have news from the ground as soon as we get it. Drop us a note with your thoughts, if you wish.

0.1

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, outside his offstump and Trescothick just pulls inside the line, passing the outside edge and through to the wicketkeeper. Excellent start

0.2

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, brilliant line mere inches away from Trescothick's offstump who shoulders arms

Good news the players are back out, jogging to the pitch. It's pretty dark out there though, but at least we have some play for you.

A pleading Gareth from the dark and shadowy corridors of the MOD says "If possible can we have a mention for Louise in my office, she is waltzing around with a red wig on today...............not sure why!" Well why not. Rock on, Louise - we do need evidence, though, so send in a photo.

"To help your rain interrupted commentary musings," Ken proffers, "please accept this cyber cake. It's chocolate with chocolate cream icing and has been cyber baked this very morning. Perhaps you'd care for a cyber slice during the delay." Very kind, although it's rather bland and tasteless, Ken. All this talk of cake is making us decidedly peckish - anyone got any real muffins, as it were, to send us?

11.17am Good news - the covers are coming off, which is great news for all of you as I'm fast running out of things to say. Play to start at 11.35am BST which is in 20 minutes time. Well done the weather gods I say. Good news - the covers are coming off, which is great news for all of you as I'm fast running out of things to say. Play to start at 11.35am BST which is in 20 minutes time. The covers protecting the bowler's run-ups have also been removed, and they're all generally getting themselves ready again.

11.11am More covers coming onto the pitch I'm afraid, not a pretty sight but we remain confident it's just a passing shower. And no sooner had I written that last sentence, the rain stopped. The umpires are ambling out onto the ground to have a chat with the groundsman, so...we'll keep you up to date.

In the meantime, has anyone heard of the Australian equivalent of the Barmy Army known as the Fanatics?

"Thank you very much for excellent text coverage," Andrew from South Africa says. "I remember in the good old days listening to Radio 3 commentators chatting when it rained. Do you think you could do the same?" Well, we can certainly do our best Andrew, although can't promise to match, or indeed re-enact the famous Test Match Special chortler between Brian Johnston and Jonathan Agnew. We'll keep you amused though, or at least try. You can amuse us, too, by emailing your musings.

And that's it for now. Two balls, that's all we can give you as the rain starts falling quite heavily. Looks like it's a short shower, so we shouldn't be delayed too long. Pakistan's fielders aren't yet leaving the pitch, clearly waiting to see if the rain will pass...but they eventually decide to seek cover.

0.3

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, outside Trescothick's offstump who shoulders arms, very little bounce there and Akmal collects by his toes

0.4

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, massive appeal from the wicketkeeper and two of the three slips, and the bowler too, as Asif cuts this back into Trescothick - a very good appeal as it raps him on the pad, but it's a good decision from the umpire as replays suggest it was going over

0.5

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, slightly too wide of the offstump this time and left comfortably alone by the batsman

0.6

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, what a cracker, a tighter line from Asif this time forcing Trescothick to play but it cut away markedly, passing his outside edge

Umar Gul to share the new ball. Three slips, a gully and a short leg

End of over 1 (maiden) England 0/0
ME Trescothick    0* (6b)      Mohammad Asif    1-1-0-0
AJ Strauss    0* (0b)     

1.1

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, on Strauss's leg stump who clips his first ball of the innings back to the bowler

1.2

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, a beauty, enticing Strauss forward into a defensive prod and it nips through passing his inside edge to the wicketkeeper Akmal

1.3

Umar Gul to Strauss, 3 runs, lovely stroke clipped behind square off his legs, but Asif runs round from fine leg to prevent a boundary

1.4

Umar Gul to Trescothick, no run, and he's hit him; short of a length rising into Trescothick's neck who can't quite get out of the way, chesting it like a footballer into the gully. Sharp pace and bounce there

1.5

Umar Gul to Trescothick, no run, fabulous ball - outside the offstump, hit the seam and spat up once again, jagging back into the batsman

1.6

Umar Gul to Trescothick, no run, solidly defended this time with a roar of "no" from Trescothick

Fine opening over from Gul. Here's Asif

End of over 2 (3 runs) England 3/0
ME Trescothick    0* (9b)      Umar Gul    1-0-3-0
AJ Strauss    3* (3b)      Mohammad Asif    1-1-0-0

2.1

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, well pitched up from Asif but too wide of Strauss's offstump and he leaves it well alone

2.2

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, better line this time and inch or so outside his offstump, Strauss leaves this alone on length alone but it really wasn't far away from his stumps. Asif roars his disapproval and frustration

2.3

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, FOUR, strays down the legside this time and Strauss simply tickles it down to fine leg for four

Asif took 25 wickets in seven matches for Leicestershire this season...he's in form

2.4

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, full on middle stump and clunked back to the bowler

2.5

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, slightly too short and Strauss gets into a bit of a muddle, the ball hitting him on the thigh and bobbling back down to his feet

2.6

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, 2 runs, on the leg stump, Strauss neatly turns it away - without any timing, though - for a couple

It's Sky's 100th Test match today. Well done them

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 9/0
AJ Strauss    9* (9b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-1-6-0
ME Trescothick    0* (9b)      Umar Gul    1-0-3-0

3.1

Umar Gul to Trescothick, no run, just short of a good length and Trescothick comes forward, shapes to play but he probably just about (!) left this one alone. Hard to tell with Trescothick...

3.2

Umar Gul to Trescothick, no run, too wide and wisely left alone

3.3

Umar Gul to Trescothick, no run, straighter and on middle stump, Trescothick rocks back and plays it off the back foot

3.4

Umar Gul to Trescothick, no run, defended solidly on the front foot this time

3.5

Umar Gul to Trescothick, 1 run, inside-edges this and scampers through for a quick single

No swing for the bowlers here today. And it's a very subdued, quiet atmosphere around the ground

3.6

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, what a ball! Far, far too good for Strauss - on offstump and cutting away severely and it somehow misses his outside edge. Akmal skips across in front of first slip to take it, such was the movement

End of over 4 (1 run) England 10/0
AJ Strauss    9* (10b 1x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-4-0
ME Trescothick    1* (14b)      Mohammad Asif    2-1-6-0

4.1

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, outside edge but Trescothick plays it with soft hands and landed in front of third slip

4.2

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, fuller on middle stump, pushed down the ground but without any timing

4.3

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run

4.4

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, 1 run, the wrong line, on legstump and he simply nudges it away. You can't bowl there, especially with just three men on the leg side. Lucky to just get away with a single there

4.5

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, that's much better, forcing the batsman to decide whether to play it or leave. Just a few inches outside the offstump and left alone

Short leg drops back to square leg

4.6

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, good ball on offstump and defended off the back foot

A big-up to Lingfield Cricket Club who are at The Oval today, writes Neil, who will be dazzling the crowd with their skills during the lunch interval. Well done them

End of over 5 (1 run) England 11/0
AJ Strauss    9* (12b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-1-7-0
ME Trescothick    2* (18b)      Umar Gul    2-0-4-0

5.1

Umar Gul to Trescothick, no run, cut firmly, fine, short of third slip

5.2

Umar Gul to Trescothick, 1 run, Trescothick drops this on the offside and scampers through for a single. Well run

5.3

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, plays this very solidly off the back foot with the straightest of bats

5.4

Umar Gul to Strauss, FOUR, shot. Driven powerfully, elegantly, in front of square for four. Commandingly struck indeed

5.5

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, oooh inside edge, a much better delivery right on middle stump and on a full length, causing indecision from Strauss who clunks it into his right pad. Stifled appeal

5.6

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, short, Strauss shapes to pull it but sways out of the way

The rain's threatening to come down again I'm afraid. But we're ok for now, so fingers crossed

End of over 6 (5 runs) England 16/0
AJ Strauss    13* (16b 2x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-9-0
ME Trescothick    3* (20b)      Mohammad Asif    3-1-7-0

6.1

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, 1 run, the wrong line again and Trescothick nudges it to the leg side for a single. Oh, no, Strauss wants a second and Gul's torpedo-throw comes firing into Akmal who whips off the bails, but Strauss dives to make his ground

Forward short leg has moved to just behind square

6.2

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, FOUR, outside off and too full this time, Strauss drives it with a flourish - a fabulous shot past mid-off; although not timed to perfection it nevertheless raced for four

6.3

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, pushed to the legside, but no run on offer

6.4

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, 1 run, defended solidly and pushed to the offside, Strauss calls Trescothick through for a quick single

6.5

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, an absolute cracker! The perfect length from Asif, for once, enticing the drive from Trescothick who never moves his feet, swishing his bat ungainly and it somehow misses his outside edge.

6.6

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, pushed to leg

End of over 7 (6 runs) England 22/0
ME Trescothick    4* (23b)      Mohammad Asif    4-1-13-0
AJ Strauss    18* (19b 3x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-9-0

7.1

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, very good line and length forcing Strauss forward, who shows a textbook forward defensive stroke

7.2

Umar Gul to Strauss, FOUR, no, wrong length - just too short and Strauss is very quick to pull this through midwicket with great authority. Very neatly played

Oh no, it's raining again. Drizzling...

7.3

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, shoulders arms outside the offstump

7.4

Umar Gul to Strauss, 1 no ball, very wide indeed and ought to have been called as such. The umpire, Billy Doctrove, thinks about it but lets the bowler off

7.4

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, good length but it's well left from Strauss who lets it go

7.5

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, a touch fuller this time forcing Strauss to defend, which he does with ease

The drizzle has now become heavier...it's almost officially raining, I think we can say. Up go the umbrellas

7.6

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, left alone

Here come the players. If you want to sample the scene at The Oval, have a look at the webcam. Due to the rain, the hours have been revised and tea will be taken at 16.10pm BST

Afternoon all. Will here. Marvellous to be with you for this afternoon session. Now then, apologies for our tardiness in showing any photos of the (intermittent) day's play so far. The chaps at Getty have had all sorts of problems but they're finally filtering through, so check those out. I think Jenny mentioned the caption competition so, have a go at that too. We're nearly ready to get going again - hopefully for a full session this time, too.

12.30pmBST We've just heard that the players will take an early lunch, very wise, with play due to re-start at 1.30pm.

In the meantime, we've got a little something for you ... it's the return of the caption competition... and this week it features the Sugababes as snapped by Will Luke at the weekend's Twenty20 fest at Trent Bridge. Get your thinking caps on and enjoy!

12.25pmBST The rain has stopped at The Oval and the umpires are locked in deep discussions just around the edge of the covers. Darrell Hair is scrunching up his nose and gesturing to the ground staff. Ah, they're walking back to the pavilion now; they're not looking very optimistic it has to be said - but we'll let you know ASAP, of course. And although the rain's stopped, there are still plenty of gloomy clouds hanging around.

12.20pmBST Thanks Will. Hello everyone. While we're busy drumming our fingers and waiting for this rain to cease, why don't you have a read about a potential future England star, Ravi Bopara? Worth reading ... especially because there's something you may not know about him...

Also, now may be a good time to thank those of you who've sent in an eclectic, but nevertheless welcome, mix of goodies... we've had biscuits, tequila and there are even fags promised (though not for me, I hasten to add). So thanks Dan and Paul!

12.15pmBST Oh what a pain in the backside this weather is. The players are going off and Strauss looks a bit cheesed off. Inzamam leads Pakistan off the pitch and on come the covers. It's that time again, folks; time to talk nonsense. We'll wade through your emails and see what comments you've been saying. Keep them coming and we'll have news, or just inane thoughts, shortly. Over to Jenny Thompson who will keep you amused until lunch.

End of over 8 (5 runs) England 27/0
AJ Strauss    22* (26b 4x4)      Umar Gul    4-0-14-0
ME Trescothick    4* (23b)      Mohammad Asif    4-1-13-0

8.1

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, leaves this wide ball well alone

8.2

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, ever so slightly fuller but wide enough for Trescothick to leave it alone

8.3

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, fabulous ball! The perfect length, just a couple of inches short of driving length but Trescothick has a go anyway, swishing wildly at it and missing it comfortably. Very, very close to his outside edge

8.4

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, shoulders arms here, no need to play at that but this is a good opening over from Asif

8.5

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, on middle stump this time, Trescothick defends it with a thud of the bat into the leg side

8.6

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, a cracking ball but extremely well left by Trescothick who keeps his eye on the ball, takes a lunge down the pitch and shoulders arms with a flourish. Bit of movement back into the left armer

Three slips and a gully for Umar Gul

End of over 9 (maiden) England 27/0
ME Trescothick    4* (29b)      Mohammad Asif    5-2-13-0
AJ Strauss    22* (26b 4x4)      Umar Gul    4-0-14-0

9.1

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, down the leg side, much too wide, Strauss attempts to flick it fine but misses. Akmal somehow makes a mess of it behind the stumps

9.2

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, better line this time, Strauss comes forward but raises his bat to leave it outside his offstump

9.3

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, wide down the leg side. Poor bowling, Strauss again misses out but Akmal collects it without alarm this time

9.4

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, an improved line on his middle stump and bouncing rather more than Strauss expects who, stuck in his crease, allows it to hit him in the midriff

9.5

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, good length again from Gul, jarring into Strauss's bat who turns it to leg uncomfortably

9.6

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, quicker ball but too wide of Strauss's offstump to trouble him. Wayward over

Quiet, subdued atmosphere out there once again.

End of over 10 (maiden) England 27/0
AJ Strauss    22* (32b 4x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-14-0
ME Trescothick    4* (29b)      Mohammad Asif    5-2-13-0

10.1

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, Trescothick jams down on this shorter delivery, clunking it out into the offside

10.2

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, excellent length forcing Trescothick to push it away off the back foot, into the gully, and he roars “no” to Strauss. Certainly no run on offer there

10.3

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, perhaps Trescothick’s most confident stroke of the day so far as he check-drives it back to the bowler. No run on offer though, but it was cleanly hit

10.4

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, cracking line from Asif but very well left by Trescothick

10.5

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, on off stump and just angling back into the left hander who takes a big stride forward, stroking it cleanly to mid-off. Cleanly struck again

10.6

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, defends this and gets an inside edge, the ball bobbling down to his feet

Excellent over. Can Gul maintain the pressure?

End of over 11 (maiden) England 27/0
ME Trescothick    4* (35b)      Mohammad Asif    6-3-13-0
AJ Strauss    22* (32b 4x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-14-0

11.1

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, on middle stump, cutting back into Strauss who nudges it to the leg side

11.2

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, down the legside, very wayward and Akmal snaffles it very neatly indeed, tumbling to his right

11.3

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, defended off the back foot

11.4

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, outside Strauss’s offstump and too wide for him to consider playing it, although he might so easily have torpedoed it through the covers. As it was, he left it well alone

11.5

Umar Gul to Strauss, 3 runs, wrong line, on leg stump and Strauss nudges it through midwicket. Kaneria gives chase, rather slowly, and nearly makes a complete hash of fielding it…before sending in a good throw as the batsmen run three

11.6

Umar Gul to Trescothick, 1 run, Trescothick eyes a juicy half-volley, but it’s too full to be driving and he gets a fortunate inside edge

End of over 12 (4 runs) England 31/0
ME Trescothick    5* (36b)      Umar Gul    6-1-18-0
AJ Strauss    25* (37b 4x4)      Mohammad Asif    6-3-13-0

12.1

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, what a crackerjack from Asif, a real jaffa and snorter rolled into one. A jafforter, if you will. Trescothick fishes at it, passing mere millimetres from his outside edge – good bounce too, from Asif

12.2

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, 1 run, defends this off the front foot and steals a quick single. Nicely played

12.3

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, oooh a teasing line from Asif, who has bowled excellently after lunch, but Strauss isn’t tempted and leaves it alone very wisely

12.4

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, and again an excellent delivery outside his offstump, Strauss hints at playing it before shouldering arms once more

12.5

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, FOUR, a cracking shot, really exceptionally driven through cover for four. Asif straightened his line here, bowling it a touch fuller and Strauss – so cautious in the over so far – pounced on it, creaming it for four

12.6

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, defended with a pleasingly straight bat

Very cleverly played over by Strauss who waited and waited for the bad ball before pouncing on it. It wasn't that bad a ball, either, but full enough to drive. Fascinating cricket. At the other end, Trescothick is scratching around - he's struggling, this series, and is really fighting hard out there

End of over 13 (5 runs) England 36/0
AJ Strauss    29* (41b 5x4)      Mohammad Asif    7-3-18-0
ME Trescothick    6* (38b)      Umar Gul    6-1-18-0

13.1

Umar Gul to Trescothick, no run, well left outside the off stump

13.2

Umar Gul to Trescothick, no run, nudged to leg but he misses out here

13.3

Umar Gul to Trescothick, no run, fuller and pushed off the back foot but without any timing. He’s wearing gravity boots today…really struggling to move them at all

Trescothick's moving the sight screen. Well, he's not moving himself, but is asking for it to be adjusted.

13.4

Umar Gul to Trescothick, no run, left alone outside the offstump

Faisal Iqbal is chirping away at Trescothick at short leg, giving him some stick. Trescothick responds in kind, inferring that when Iqbal has played 75 Tests, then he can have a go at him. Fair point

13.5

Umar Gul to Trescothick, OUT, and the chirping has worked! Played off the back foot and Mohammad Hafeez takes a superb catch at gully, taking it inches off the turf

ME Trescothick c Mohammad Hafeez b Umar Gul 6 (61m 43b 0x4 0x6) SR: 13.95

Well that's the end of a decidedly ugly vigil from Trescothick who looks increasingly unhappy and out of form. Here's Alastair Cook, the veteran of nine Tests who averages 53.17

13.6

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, and he leaves his first ball well alone

Note to aspiring batsman: don't rise to short-leg's bait. Note to aspiring fielders: don't be afraid to chirp at the batsmen

End of over 14 (wicket maiden) England 36/1
AN Cook    0* (1b)      Umar Gul    7-2-18-1
AJ Strauss    29* (41b 5x4)      Mohammad Asif    7-3-18-0

14.1

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, Strauss leaves this alone

14.2

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, outside off, swinging back just a touch but Strauss again leaves it alone

Send us an email if you're in the post-lunch afternoon lull

14.3

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, tries to cut this but it bounces awkwardly on him, and he can only chop it away without much power

14.4

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, very good delivery so nearly tempting Strauss into driving at it, but he won’t be lured…yet….

14.5

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, left alone

Apologies for the mistake regarding the wicket. Mohammad Hafeez took the catch, not Asif. I mean, as if I didn't know that...

14.6

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, raps Strauss on the pad but it’s down the leg side

End of over 15 (maiden) England 36/1
AJ Strauss    29* (47b 5x4)      Mohammad Asif    8-4-18-0
AN Cook    0* (1b)      Umar Gul    7-2-18-1

15.1

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, solidly defended

15.2

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, ouch, Cook tries to pull this but expected it to bounce more than it did and it hits him, well, how should I put it? Between the knee rolls.

Faisal Iqbal is still chirping away

15.3

Umar Gul to Cook, FOUR, aggressively pulled with authority this time over midwicket, fine shot

15.4

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, back in his crease, Cook plays this off the back foot with a straight bat

Short leg has moved to square leg

15.5

Umar Gul to Cook, no run

15.6

Umar Gul to Cook, 1 run, plays this off the back foot but it rushes onto him rather more than he expected

"I'm not an england supporter," cries Mayank, "but i think this 'chirping', as you call it, is something that must be removed from cricket. Where's the gentleman's game going to? Umpires need to be stricter on this." Nah. It's all under control. It's as old as the hills, Mayank

End of over 16 (5 runs) England 41/1
AN Cook    5* (7b 1x4)      Umar Gul    8-2-23-1
AJ Strauss    29* (47b 5x4)      Mohammad Asif    8-4-18-0

16.1

Mohammad Asif to Cook, 2 runs, clipped off his legs through midwicket

16.2

Mohammad Asif to Cook, 1 run, excellent running from Cook who, playing it off the back foot, scampers through for a single. Very well fielded by Shahid Nazir who throws down the stumps but Cook is home

16.3

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, Strauss rides the bounce and cuts it down in front of gully

Only two fielders on the leg side now

16.4

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, well bowled, in the corridor of uncertainty and Strauss squirts it to gully, taking his left hand off the bat

16.5

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, FOUR, ah, superbly played from Strauss - just short of a length and Strauss spoons it over midwicket for four

16.6

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, attempts to nudge this to leg, gets a leading edge but straight to mid off

"I just bought myself a tuna and sweetcorn sandwich," Sam from London proudly tells us, "and, after closer inspection, it contained exactly 17 pieces of sweetcorn." Thanks for that.

End of over 17 (7 runs) England 48/1
AJ Strauss    33* (51b 6x4)      Mohammad Asif    9-4-25-0
AN Cook    8* (9b 1x4)      Umar Gul    8-2-23-1

17.1

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, takes a big stride forward and shoulders arms

17.2

Umar Gul to Cook, 1 run, really neatly played off the back foot by Cook for a well-run single

It’s as quiet as a mouse out there

17.3

Umar Gul to Strauss, 1 run, turned down to fine leg for a single, and that’s the fifty up for England. Strauss has made 34 of them

17.4

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, Cook rocks back into his crease and plays this on the tips of his toes into the covers

17.5

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, slower ball which Cook reads and he nudges it into midwicket who dives like a salmon on Red Bull, leaping to his right to save a run. Well done that man

17.6

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, clipped off his legs but no run on offer

End of over 18 (2 runs) England 50/1
AN Cook    9* (14b 1x4)      Umar Gul    9-2-25-1
AJ Strauss    34* (52b 6x4)      Mohammad Asif    9-4-25-0

18.1

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, FOUR, pulls this around the corner powerfully, Asif roars “catch it!” but the only man even remotely near the torpedo is the umpire Doctrove at square leg who shimmies out of the way with a skip of the feet. Cracking boundary

18.2

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, a predictable bouncer, Asif runs through his follow through but Strauss walks away, ignores it

18.3

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, fuller, outside the offstump; Strauss totally disinterested in both the ball and the subsequent eyeballing from Asif

18.4

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, very well bowled on offstump, Strauss forced to defend it off the back foot

18.5

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, OUT, GONE! Strauss prods forward without conviction, not moving his feet enough, takes the outside edge and Akmal dives in front of first slip to take a really fine catch. Well bowled Asif.

AJ Strauss c †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Asif 38 (86m 57b 7x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Andrew Miller, Cricinfo's man on the spot, says "rather a stunned silence greeted that wicket, Strauss had been looking inpregnable". Here comes Kevin Pietersen, another veteran of 18 Tests

18.6

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, OUT, goddim! Golden duck for the golden boy who drives at a full-pitched ball and edges it behind to Akmal. Pakistan are buzzing now

KP Pietersen c †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Asif 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

And well done Wendy for calling that wicket. Asif is on a hat-trick for his next over

End of over 19 (4 runs) England 54/3
     Mohammad Asif    10-4-29-2
AN Cook    9* (14b 1x4)      Umar Gul    9-2-25-1

19.1

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, down the leg side, Cook flicks and misses

19.2

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, Cook comes forward, without much conviction, but nevertheless plays it solidly enough on the front foot

19.3

Umar Gul to Cook, FOUR, driven very firmly with a closed bat down the ground for four. Good shot

19.4

Umar Gul to Cook, 1 run, pulled without timing through midwicket

19.5

Umar Gul to Collingwood, no run, defended solidly

19.6

Umar Gul to Collingwood, no run, oooh Collingwood shapes to play but wisely leave it alone

Now then, now then, now then. Asif is on a hat-trick. Three slips and a gully

"It took a sharp pair of umpire's eyes to deny KP a first-baller on his last visit to The Oval," murmurs Andrew Miller

End of over 20 (5 runs) England 59/3
PD Collingwood    0* (2b)      Umar Gul    10-2-30-1
AN Cook    14* (18b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    10-4-29-2

20.1

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, reasonable ball on offstump but Cook blocks out the hatrick delivery, defending it on the front foot

20.2

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, very wild and woolly bouncer, Cook would've needed a telescope to hit that. Or a crane. Or a giraffe. Anything tall, really

20.3

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, nudged to the leg side like the nudging nurdler that he is

20.4

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, wider of the crease but Cook comes forward to defend it solidly

20.5

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, on middle stump and pushed back to the bowler

20.6

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, nudged to the leg side. I need a new word for nudged. Suggestions please.

In fact, it's high time Jennifer Thompson did some work - so here she is.

Thanks Will. No, thanks! Anyway, it's not just me doing some work at last ... here's Nazir for a first dart of the day

End of over 21 (maiden) England 59/3
AN Cook    14* (24b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    11-5-29-2
PD Collingwood    0* (2b)      Umar Gul    10-2-30-1

21.1

Shahid Nazir to Collingwood, no run, good start, spot on and that’s squared the batsman up, the ball hitting him just above the kneeroll, but it would have strayed down leg

21.2

Shahid Nazir to Collingwood, 1 run, looks to drive that to mid-off and a ricochet allows the batsmen to scamper through for a single

21.3

Shahid Nazir to Cook, no run, defended

21.4

Shahid Nazir to Cook, no run, leaves him and moves away from the lefthander

21.4

Shahid Nazir to Cook, no run, leaves him and moves away from the lefthander

21.5

Shahid Nazir to Cook, no run, tried to squeeze that one out on the on-side

21.6

Shahid Nazir to Cook, no run, A huge call and that’s very close. Billy Doctrove had to think about that one for a while, pitching just outside the line of off-stump and wasn’t coming back enough. In the end that would have just missed both height- and width-wise, but not a bad shout at all

Handy first over there from Nazir, with two shouts in it

End of over 22 (1 run) England 60/3
AN Cook    14* (28b 2x4)      Shahid Nazir    1-0-1-0
PD Collingwood    1* (4b)      Mohammad Asif    11-5-29-2

22.1

Mohammad Asif to Collingwood, no run, bends that one right in at the righthander and the bowler goes up for a lone appeal. An optimistic call, given that there was a big inside edge off that one

22.2

Mohammad Asif to Collingwood, FOUR, ooh! Well bowled: a huge edge flies safely past the slips in the end. Asif runs his hands through his hair, he can’t believe it and indeed that was close. That’s 1000 runs in Test cricket from Collinwood, at an average of 41.71. Not bad.

22.3

Mohammad Asif to Collingwood, OUT, got him this time. Trapped on the backfoot, and Collingwood bends right over his bat in trying to play that one which pitched just outside off, came in and would have hit middle and leg. Darrell Hair didn’t need long to think about one and that’s three wickets for the deserving Asif.

PD Collingwood lbw b Mohammad Asif 5 (17m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

This in from Andrew Miller, as Ian Bell walks to the crease. "There's a contented burble around the ground now. Those wickets have livened things up, and there's even some blue sky around too."

22.4

Mohammad Asif to Bell, 1 run, good confident start, pushing that to mid-wicket

Incidentally, we've got plenty of new words for nudge now, so thanks to all who emailed in!

22.5

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, a touch wide, left alone

22.6

Mohammad Asif to Cook, 1 run, slammed in from wide of the crease, pitched on leg and that’s just nudged into the short midwicket region

Another huge over for Pakistan who have England nailed down here at 66 for 4. Time for Cook and Bell to do some rebuilding. Here's Mr Miller with a note: "Bell's had some cosy situations to score his runs this summer. His previous hundreds have begun with the score at 321 for 4 at Lord's, 288 for 4 at Old Trafford and 192 for 4 at Headingley. This is a bit of a test of his new resolve." Quite.

End of over 23 (6 runs) England 66/4
AN Cook    15* (30b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    12-5-35-3
IR Bell    1* (1b)      Shahid Nazir    1-0-1-0

23.1

Shahid Nazir to Cook, no run, offers the full face of the bat as he bends to defend on the front foot

23.2

Shahid Nazir to Cook, 1 run, tickled away

23.3

Shahid Nazir to Bell, no run, solid defensive

23.4

Shahid Nazir to Bell, no run, Bell jabs the ball out to mid-wicket and looks for the quick single. “Waiting! No!” Cook cries, not interested

23.5

Shahid Nazir to Bell, FOUR, lovely shot, eased away with a sweetly timed cover-drive

23.6

Shahid Nazir to Bell, no run, tried to find the gap through mid-wicket but it’s quickly scooped by the fielder

End of over 24 (5 runs) England 71/4
IR Bell    5* (5b 1x4)      Shahid Nazir    2-0-6-0
AN Cook    16* (32b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    12-5-35-3

24.1

Mohammad Asif to Cook, 1 run, short down the leg side and that’s easily nurdled away to square leg

24.2

Mohammad Asif to Bell, no run, fired right up there and Bell holds the pose of a forward defensive guided towards mid-off

24.3

Mohammad Asif to Bell, no run, speared in a touch short and Bell looks for a run towards gully. Cook shouts a firm “No!”

24.3

Mohammad Asif to Bell, no run, speared in a touch short and Bell looks for a run towards gully. Cook shouts a firm “No!”

24.4

Mohammad Asif to Bell, 1 run, jams bat down on that and finds the gap at cover for a quick single

24.4

Mohammad Asif to Bell, 1 run, jams bat down on that and finds the gap at cover for a quick single

24.5

Mohammad Asif to Cook, 2 runs, stride forward and a firm push sends the ball out through extra-cover

24.6

Mohammad Asif to Cook, no run, harmless one flies away from the lefthander

And that's drinks

End of over 25 (4 runs) England 75/4
AN Cook    19* (35b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    13-5-39-3
IR Bell    6* (8b 1x4)      Shahid Nazir    2-0-6-0

25.1

Shahid Nazir to Bell, no run, ooh, interesting. The batsman is tucked right up there and the ball flies through to Kamran Akmal who had to change direction before putting it down. But it wasn’t a chance - that was deflected off the thigh. Either way, he had Bell in trouble there

25.2

Shahid Nazir to Bell, no run, tried to squirt that to leg, but rather rushed the shot and played it too early

25.3

Shahid Nazir to Bell, no run, very solid defence on the backfoot and the pose is held

25.4

Shahid Nazir to Bell, no run, shouldered arms to a rising ball which swung away at the last minute. Lots of movement here under overcast conditions

25.5

Shahid Nazir to Bell, 1 run, nice shot for one. An elegant bump of a leg-flick moves to square leg

25.6

Shahid Nazir to Cook, no run, jams the bat down on that one for a forward defensive

Umar Gul back into the attack here. He's already got one wicket today, can he get another one?

End of over 26 (1 run) England 76/4
AN Cook    19* (36b 2x4)      Shahid Nazir    3-0-7-0
IR Bell    7* (13b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    13-5-39-3

26.1

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, comes forward and defends that one on the front foot with ease

26.2

Umar Gul to Bell, no run, shoulders arms as that one rises on its way down the channel outside off-stump

26.3

Umar Gul to Bell, 1 run, tries to drive that one to cover, but it came off the inside edge and flew behind square

26.4

Umar Gul to Cook, FOUR, cheeky little dink off the backfoot and the ball fairly rockets to the cover boundary for what’s probably the biggest cheer of the day. Sami slides after the ball but crashes into the rope instead – a good pursuit nevertheless

26.5

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, quiet defence off the backfoot

26.6

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, shouldered arms as that one veered near-ish his outside edge

End of over 27 (5 runs) England 81/4
AN Cook    23* (39b 3x4)      Umar Gul    11-2-35-1
IR Bell    8* (16b 1x4)      Shahid Nazir    3-0-7-0

27.1

Shahid Nazir to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot

27.2

Shahid Nazir to Bell, 1 run, speared in at leg stump and that’s helped into the midwicket region. Inzamam strokes his beard, perhaps thinking about a bit of a field change

27.3

Shahid Nazir to Cook, no run, shapes to move that into the midwicket region but the cry of “No!” comes in

27.4

Shahid Nazir to Cook, no run, solid defence this time

27.5

Shahid Nazir to Cook, 3 runs, pitches on leg and that’s solidly worked into the midwicket region where it’s chased down

27.6

Shahid Nazir to Bell, no run, forward defence, solid again

End of over 28 (4 runs) England 85/4
IR Bell    9* (19b 1x4)      Shahid Nazir    4-0-11-0
AN Cook    26* (42b 3x4)      Umar Gul    11-2-35-1

28.1

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, pitches well wide outside leg and Cook shoulders arms easily to that, not interested

28.2

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, looks to flick that one easily off his legs

28.3

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, a touch short and pitches on off-stump. The batsman thinks about driving off the backfoot, but stops on the shot

28.4

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, nudges that into the short midwicket region

28.5

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, helped into cover

28.6

Umar Gul to Cook, FOUR, swatted away through the off-side off the backfoot and the two men in pursuit nearly hunted the ball down

End of over 29 (4 runs) England 89/4
AN Cook    30* (48b 4x4)      Umar Gul    12-2-39-1
IR Bell    9* (19b 1x4)      Shahid Nazir    4-0-11-0

29.1

Shahid Nazir to Bell, no run, forced onto his backfoot

29.2

Shahid Nazir to Bell, 1 no ball, leaves that one at the last minute as it swings away from him a touch

29.2

Shahid Nazir to Bell, no run, works that one to midwicket

29.3

Shahid Nazir to Bell, no run, forced on to his back foot, defends

29.4

Shahid Nazir to Bell, no run, aimed towards middle stump, swings in and it’s just defended down

29.5

Shahid Nazir to Bell, no run, Bell misses out on that one which sails in at his pads and he just mistimes the flick off his legs and it rolls to a fielder

29.6

Shahid Nazir to Bell, no run, comes down the track looking to drive that off the front foot, but again doesn’t quite get hold of it

Danish Kaneria comes into the attack, and Inzamam stands with him at the end of his run-up, discussing tactics

End of over 30 (1 run) England 90/4
IR Bell    9* (26b 1x4)      Shahid Nazir    5-0-12-0
AN Cook    30* (48b 4x4)      Umar Gul    12-2-39-1

30.1

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, thinks about cutting that one, leaves it at the last minute and it bounces over his top edge&

30.2

Danish Kaneria to Cook, 1 run, whipped out to mid-wicket, doesn’t quite time it

30.3

Danish Kaneria to Bell, no run, pitches on leg, moves in and it’s defended on the front foot

30.4

Danish Kaneria to Bell, OUT, And Kaneria has struck just four balls into his first over. He pitches that one on leg, Bell shapes to defend and his thin inside edge pops up to silly mid-off. Easy catch, as catches go. There's a huge appeal all around and Hair nods before raising the finger to confirm. Good captaincy from Inzamam, that

IR Bell c Faisal Iqbal b Danish Kaneria 9 (42m 28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 32.14

30.5

Danish Kaneria to Read, no run, down the leg side

30.6

Danish Kaneria to Read, no run, easy defence this time

End of over 31 (1 run) England 91/5
CMW Read    0* (2b)      Danish Kaneria    1-0-1-1
AN Cook    31* (50b 4x4)      Shahid Nazir    5-0-12-0

31.1

Shahid Nazir to Cook, 1 run, pitched on middle and off and that’s taken over to the leg-side with an easy punch-drive

31.2

Shahid Nazir to Read, no run, left alone

31.3

Shahid Nazir to Read, 1 leg bye, nudged down to fine leg off his legs

31.4

Shahid Nazir to Cook, no run, worked into the midwicket area

31.5

Shahid Nazir to Cook, 1 no ball, overstepped and that’s defended off the back foot

31.5

Shahid Nazir to Cook, no run, defended again off the back foot

31.6

Shahid Nazir to Cook, FOUR, slightly leg-side and Cook punches that away through mid-wicket, one of his batting strengths for sure

End of over 32 (7 runs) England 98/5
AN Cook    36* (55b 5x4)      Shahid Nazir    6-0-18-0
CMW Read    0* (4b)      Danish Kaneria    1-0-1-1

32.1

Danish Kaneria to Read, no run, gets good flight on that one and Read is forced to defend right over the ball. Fielders crowding the bat here

32.2

Danish Kaneria to Read, no run, defended again

32.3

Danish Kaneria to Read, no run, looped that one up and Read’s interested: he comes down the track but stops on the drive

32.4

Danish Kaneria to Read, 1 run, dug out and there’s a quick single. Asif at mid-off picks up and shies down the stumps at the non-striker’s end, but the batsmen are in comfortably

32.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, good bowling. Pushed through a little bit flatter, just running across the lefthander at 53 mph

32.6

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, defended that one down

End of over 33 (1 run) England 99/5
AN Cook    36* (57b 5x4)      Danish Kaneria    2-0-2-1
CMW Read    1* (8b)      Shahid Nazir    6-0-18-0

33.1

Shahid Nazir to Read, no run, wide and that’s lashed to cover where it’s stopped, not cleanly, but there’s no run

A conventional field here: three slips, gully, point, mid-off, mid-on, square leg, fine leg

33.2

Shahid Nazir to Read, no run, defended in the blockhole, on off-stump. Well bowled

33.3

Shahid Nazir to Read, no run, leaves that one as it sails down the channel and is still rising as it reaches Akmal

33.4

Shahid Nazir to Read, no run, a funny old shot from Read, who thinks about attacking a short one on the off-side. In fact, it’s fuller than he expected and he whirls his bat round, like a majorette, and eventually pulls it out of the way

33.5

Shahid Nazir to Read, no run, a more conventional leave this time

33.6

Shahid Nazir to Read, no run, dug in and that’s driven to mid-on

End of over 34 (maiden) England 99/5
CMW Read    1* (14b)      Shahid Nazir    7-1-18-0
AN Cook    36* (57b 5x4)      Danish Kaneria    2-0-2-1

34.1

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, ooh, asking the questions again. Very close to the outside edge, Cook stabs his bat down on an attempted forward defensive which spins past his edge and on to Akmal

34.2

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, defended

34.3

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, pads that one away to silly mid-off

34.4

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, defended

34.5

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, bends that one in at the lefthander; it pitches just outside and moves into him and it’s defended

34.6

Danish Kaneria to Cook, no run, speared in on middle and that’s well defended. A good maiden, there

End of over 35 (maiden) England 99/5
AN Cook    36* (63b 5x4)      Danish Kaneria    3-1-2-1
CMW Read    1* (14b)      Shahid Nazir    7-1-18-0

35.1

Shahid Nazir to Read, no run, fired in and Read tries to drive that through mid-on off the off-stump, but he doesn’t connect cleanly

35.2

Shahid Nazir to Read, FOUR, Read tries to play a forceful defensive but edges it away off the back foot and it runs down through the slips and gully region

35.3

Shahid Nazir to Read, no run, whips a cut straight to backward point

35.4

Shahid Nazir to Read, 1 run, squeezed out

35.5

Shahid Nazir to Cook, no run, another firmly struck cut but that’s collected cleanly and there’s a mock-shy back to the keeper

35.6

Shahid Nazir to Cook, no run, doesn’t quite get hold of the drive

End of over 36 (5 runs) England 104/5
AN Cook    36* (65b 5x4)      Shahid Nazir    8-1-23-0
CMW Read    6* (18b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    3-1-2-1

36.1

Danish Kaneria to Read, no run, gentle defence

36.2

Danish Kaneria to Read, no run, pitches on off and veers wildly away from the righthander, who leaves it

36.3

Danish Kaneria to Read, no run, pitches on middle and that’s defended

Here's the latest weather, by the way: There are high clouds, still some blue sky, no guarantee it wouldn't rain again ... but looking good for now

36.4

Danish Kaneria to Read, no run, defended once more

36.5

Danish Kaneria to Read, no run, pitches on middle and the batsman jams his bat down on it

36.6

Danish Kaneria to Read, 1 run, nicely played up on his feet and worked for a single off the final ball of the over

End of over 37 (1 run) England 105/5
CMW Read    7* (24b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    4-1-3-1
AN Cook    36* (65b 5x4)      Shahid Nazir    8-1-23-0

37.1

Shahid Nazir to Read, no run, flashes that one through, finds a hint of swing, Read shoulders arms

37.2

Shahid Nazir to Read, 3 runs, swings in the air, pitches on middle and that’s well worked out to wide long-on

37.3

Shahid Nazir to Cook, no run, comes wide of the crease and angles that one at the lefthander, who defends it

37.4

Shahid Nazir to Cook, no run, sends that one wide down the off-side

37.5

Shahid Nazir to Cook, FOUR, forced off the back foot and the ball runs away through cover

The sun is now shining brightly at The Oval

37.6

Shahid Nazir to Cook, OUT, a huge, huge shout as Umpire Doctrove thinks long and hard about that one, before giving it. Pitches just outside off on yorker length, with Cook bringing his bat down too late. Great bowling, it would have gone on to hit middle, low. In short, that was plumb.

AN Cook lbw b Shahid Nazir 40 (119m 69b 6x4 0x6) SR: 57.97

My, Pakistan are bowling well here and England are in all sorts of trouble just before tea. Saj Mahmood walks to the crease

End of over 38 (7 runs) England 112/6
     Shahid Nazir    9-1-30-1
CMW Read    10* (26b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    4-1-3-1

38.1

Danish Kaneria to Read, no run, defends that one

38.2

Danish Kaneria to Read, no run, crouches over that one to snuff out any danger

38.3

Danish Kaneria to Read, 1 run, pitches on leg and that’s squirted out to leg

38.4

Danish Kaneria to Mahmood, no run, sails in low and he bends right over that one to defend

38.5

Danish Kaneria to Mahmood, no run, again, the batsman is over that one and defends it low

38.6

Danish Kaneria to Mahmood, no run, didn’t pick the wrong’un, there, but manages to get bat on that late

End of over 39 (1 run) England 113/6
SI Mahmood    0* (3b)      Danish Kaneria    5-1-4-1
CMW Read    11* (29b 1x4)      Shahid Nazir    9-1-30-1

39.1

Shahid Nazir to Read, no run, sails that one down the channel, on a good length but wide enough to leave easily

39.2

Shahid Nazir to Read, 1 no ball, sails down the channel

39.2

Shahid Nazir to Read, no run, rising ball leaves the batsman and swings a touch away

39.3

Shahid Nazir to Read, no run, theatrical whirling leave on the backfoot as the ball again takes a hint of swing

39.4

Shahid Nazir to Read, no run, pitches outside off and moves away off the seam a touch, nicely gathered by Akmal behind the stumps

39.5

Shahid Nazir to Read, 3 runs, speared in on the stumps, a touch of reverse swing, but Read waited for it and forced it through midwicket

39.6

Shahid Nazir to Mahmood, no run, just going down the leg-side, thinks about working it to leg, but digs it out in the end

End of over 40 (4 runs) England 117/6
SI Mahmood    0* (4b)      Shahid Nazir    10-1-34-1
CMW Read    14* (35b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    5-1-4-1

40.1

Danish Kaneria to Read, 1 run, drops that short, it spins away from the righthander and that’s forced into cover

40.2

Danish Kaneria to Mahmood, no run, defended on the front foot

40.3

Danish Kaneria to Mahmood, 4 byes, ah, should have been out. Mahmood came down the wicket aiming to hoick that over mid-on; instead he completely missed it and should have been stumped by yards but Akmal didn’t even move and the ball flew past his gloves really easily

40.4

Danish Kaneria to Mahmood, no run, a huge shout for lbw. Quicker delivery, straightening, but that might have been a touch high perhaps. In fact, Hawk-Eye has it hitting middle stump easily. The batsman was lucky there

40.5

Danish Kaneria to Mahmood, 1 run, a nice shot. The ball dropped short and bounced low and the batsman waits for it, before driving off the back foot

40.6

Danish Kaneria to Read, 1 run, worked to leg

End of over 41 (7 runs) England 124/6
CMW Read    16* (37b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    6-1-7-1
SI Mahmood    1* (8b)      Shahid Nazir    10-1-34-1

41.1

Shahid Nazir to Read, no run, a strangled appeal for one which pitches outside and moves in off the seam, but it struck a jumping Read high on the thigh and would have cleared the stumps by inches

41.2

Shahid Nazir to Read, no run, that can only be described as a windy whoosh. Horrible shot but he pulls out of it and the ball sails through to Akmal

41.3

Shahid Nazir to Read, no run, driven out to backward point

41.4

Shahid Nazir to Read, 2 runs, wide, and Read moves forward to make that into a half-volley which he drives out to point and that’s fluffed in the field – sloppy effort from Mohammad Yousuf

41.5

Shahid Nazir to Read, FOUR, reaches into that one and it’s an easy four, driven out to cover. Very well timed indeed

41.6

Shahid Nazir to Read, FOUR, helped off the back foot through third man, nice shot

Here come Pakistan, into the obligatory huddle and the two batsmen are not far behind. The Oval is looking a picture now; still a few clouds, but it's a bright and sunny final session which is great news for all. Mohammad Asif, the pick of Pakistan's bowlers, to resume

Welcome back one and all to the final session – a marathon one at that, which could go on until about midnight (well, 19.30 BST anyway). England are really struggling today thanks to incisive Pakistan bowling. And the sun is out, he’s nearly got his hat on and they’re all coming out to play (sorry). Chris Read and Sajid Mahmood to continue

Andrew Miller pipes up: "Never mind Bell's body language. Kaneria's a man transformed so far. In the previous first innings of the series, he's had to wait until the 39th, 36th and 29th overs to get his first wicket. Today he struck with his fourth ball, and has been a menace ever since."

Well, that's been Pakistan's session all right, grabbing 6 for 107. Not bad. They were well led by Mohammad Asif, who now has three wickets: boy, are they glad to have him back and firing. The other three bowlers used by Inzy have also all struck in what has been a polished display from Pakistan and they are now down to England's tail, pretty much. Chris Read, though, has been trying to marshall the troops into something resembling respectability yet England still have a long way to go to achieve that. That's it from me for now, join Will Luke after the tea break.

The weather has stayed fine this afternoon and play will now continue through to 7pm to make up some of the lost time.

End of over 42 (10 runs) England 134/6
CMW Read    26* (43b 3x4)      Shahid Nazir    11-1-44-1
SI Mahmood    1* (8b)      Danish Kaneria    6-1-7-1

42.1

Mohammad Asif to Mahmood, 1 leg bye, down the leg side, hits the pad and they jog through for a single

42.2

Mohammad Asif to Read, no run, a well-directed bouncer but Read ducks underneath it easily

42.3

Mohammad Asif to Read, 1 run, this hurries Read but he rocks back and turns his wrists neatly, picking up a single on the leg side

42.4

Mohammad Asif to Mahmood, no run, short, too short really, and Mahmood sways out of the way

42.5

Mohammad Asif to Mahmood, no run, oh dear, an utter rabbit-shot from Mahmood who backs away and attempts to flick this into first slip’s hands. Completely misses it

42.6

Mohammad Asif to Mahmood, 1 run, gets behind the line this time, pushing it into covers for a very quick single to steal the strike

End of over 43 (3 runs) England 137/6
SI Mahmood    2* (12b)      Mohammad Asif    14-5-41-3
CMW Read    27* (45b 3x4)      Shahid Nazir    11-1-44-1

43.1

Danish Kaneria to Mahmood, no run, right on middle, batsman comes forward and defends solidly

43.2

Danish Kaneria to Mahmood, FOUR, short outside the offstump and Mahmood backs away but this time connects with it, rocketing it through the covers for four. Fine shot

43.3

Danish Kaneria to Mahmood, no run

43.4

Danish Kaneria to Mahmood, 1 no ball, pumps this but straight to mid-on

43.4

Danish Kaneria to Mahmood, no run

43.5

Danish Kaneria to Mahmood, 1 run, short and Mahmood angles this away into the off side, very neatly played

43.6

Danish Kaneria to Read, no run, the wrong’un but it’s well read by the batsman who defends off the back foot

End of over 44 (6 runs) England 143/6
CMW Read    27* (46b 3x4)      Danish Kaneria    7-1-13-1
SI Mahmood    7* (18b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    14-5-41-3

44.1

Mohammad Asif to Mahmood, 1 run, a short ball flicked off his legs which flew past short-leg who really ought to have taken that, or at least had a go

44.2

Mohammad Asif to Read, no run, wide enough outside the offstump for Read to ignore it

44.3

Mohammad Asif to Read, 1 run, angles into Read’s pads who inside-edges to fine-leg, they consider two runs but the fielder cleans it up quickly

44.4

Mohammad Asif to Mahmood, 1 run, firmly clunked to mid-off

44.5

Mohammad Asif to Read, no run, good line outside the offstump, left well alone by the batsman

44.6

Mohammad Asif to Read, no run, even tighter to the off stump, Read again ignores it and shoulders arms

End of over 45 (3 runs) England 146/6
CMW Read    28* (50b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    15-5-44-3
SI Mahmood    9* (20b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    7-1-13-1

45.1

Danish Kaneria to Mahmood, no run, well flighted on leg stump, turning away slightly but defended with ease

45.2

Danish Kaneria to Mahmood, no run, ooh a quicker ball drifting into the right hander who is hurried into a defensive poke

45.3

Danish Kaneria to Mahmood, FOUR, lovely shot, flicking a leg-side drifter over mid-on for four. Very elegantly played indeed

45.4

Danish Kaneria to Mahmood, 1 run, neatly turned to leg with a flick off his wrists

45.5

Danish Kaneria to Read, no run, chips this to short mid-on

45.6

Danish Kaneria to Read, no run, a shorter ball, no turn again and he plays it off the back foot

Mohammad Asif bowling around the wicket

This is the best partnership of England's innings. 39 from 50 balls

End of over 46 (5 runs) England 151/6
CMW Read    28* (52b 3x4)      Danish Kaneria    8-1-18-1
SI Mahmood    14* (24b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    15-5-44-3

46.1

Mohammad Asif to Mahmood, 1 run, pulled, or rather paddled to leg with a raised left leg in the style of Desmond Haynes. Or very nearly, anyway

Over the wicket to Chris Read

46.2

Mohammad Asif to Read, 2 runs, played to midwicket where Kaneria trundles in, eventually reaching the ball and sending in a rather weak throw, so limp that the batsmen pick up two

46.3

Mohammad Asif to Read, no run, excellent line outside off stump and jagging back into the right hander who leaves it alone

46.4

Mohammad Asif to Read, no run, Read rides the bounce, getting right up on his toes and stroking it into the covers

46.5

Mohammad Asif to Read, no run, defended off the back foot into the leg side

46.6

Mohammad Asif to Read, 2 runs, expertly stroked through the covers off the back foot for two. Compactly played

Danish Kaneria is to be replaced by Umar Gul

End of over 47 (5 runs) England 156/6
CMW Read    32* (57b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    16-5-49-3
SI Mahmood    15* (25b 2x4)      Danish Kaneria    8-1-18-1

47.1

Umar Gul to Mahmood, 1 no ball, cracked off the back foot but straight to extra cover; he really belted that

47.1

Umar Gul to Mahmood, no run, very wide, Mahmood simply raises his bat and thinks about the next ball

47.2

Umar Gul to Mahmood, no run, better delivery – much straighter but Mahmood’s defence is rock-solid here, playing with a pleasingly straight bat

47.3

Umar Gul to Mahmood, no run, Mahmood shoulders arms

47.4

Umar Gul to Mahmood, no run, quick, nasty bouncer but Mahmood again plays it well, keeping his eye on it and keeping out of its way. It was misdirected, frankly, down the leg side

47.5

Umar Gul to Mahmood, 1 no ball, another no ball as Mahmood mistimes this to mid-off

47.5

Umar Gul to Mahmood, OUT, 'goddim. Very full and a sharp delivery which swung back into the right hander before jagging yet further into Mahmood and, ultimately, into his stumps. A swing of the bat but he was comprehensively beaten there

SI Mahmood b Umar Gul 15 (43m 32b 2x4 0x6) SR: 46.87

Here comes Yorkshire's finest

47.6

Umar Gul to Hoggard, no run, wild and woolly, Hoggard leaves it well alone

End of over 48 (2 runs) England 158/7
MJ Hoggard    0* (1b)      Umar Gul    13-2-41-2
CMW Read    32* (57b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    16-5-49-3

48.1

Mohammad Asif to Read, 1 leg bye, drifting down the leg side – Asif looks a bit weary and tired here – Read attempts to flick it but misses, and they pick up a leg-bye

48.2

Mohammad Asif to Hoggard, no run, biggish shout for lbw but it was going down the leg side by about 17 miles

Three slips, gully, point, mid-off, mid-on, square leg, fine leg

48.3

Mohammad Asif to Hoggard, 2 runs, driven with Boycott-esque assurance through the covers

48.4

Mohammad Asif to Hoggard, no run, clunked to mid-off

48.5

Mohammad Asif to Hoggard, no run, outside off but too short and Hoggard leaves well alone

48.6

Mohammad Asif to Hoggard, 1 run, well defended on the front foot into the covers

End of over 49 (4 runs) England 162/7
MJ Hoggard    3* (6b)      Mohammad Asif    17-5-52-3
CMW Read    32* (58b 3x4)      Umar Gul    13-2-41-2

49.1

Umar Gul to Hoggard, no run, bouncer but it’s misdirected down the leg side and is easily evaded

49.2

Umar Gul to Hoggard, no run, too wide of the offstump this time

49.3

Umar Gul to Hoggard, no run

49.4

Umar Gul to Hoggard, no run, pulls his bat inside the line to a shorter ball. Pakistan really must pitch it up here, these are wasted on tailenders

49.5

Umar Gul to Hoggard, 1 leg bye, another short ball down the leg side, the batsmen scamper a leg-bye

49.6

Umar Gul to Read, no run, ooh, excellent inswinger and Read is forced to jab his bat down on it in a hurry

End of over 50 (1 run, maiden) England 163/7
CMW Read    32* (59b 3x4)      Umar Gul    14-3-41-2
MJ Hoggard    3* (11b)      Mohammad Asif    17-5-52-3
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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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