Pakistan tour of England and Scotland, 2006 / Commentary

Pakistan in England T20I Match

England v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 5 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)

Finally some cricket! After the debacle that has overshadowed the great game in the last few weeks - no, in fact, it's only a week, it just seems much longer - and the wash-out at Uxbridge mid-week, the tour resumes... on the pitch. A bit of hit-and-giggle is just what we all need to get us all back in the mood, isn't it, and boy have we got a cracker for you at Bristol as Pakistan play their first official Twenty20.

Welcome to the match, I'm Jenny Thompson and, with Will Luke, we'll be bringing you all the thrills and spills from The County Ground with Pakistan becoming the seventh country to officially play the game. This is England's third official stab at the game and so far they've won one, lost one.

But Pakistan's players have had a dart at the domestic stuff before, so they know what to expect and the side turned out against an International XI at The Oval in July, where Shahid Afridi was in simply blistering form and Inzamam-ul-Haq similarly punishing, as they won a rain-reduced ten-ten match. It was top cricket, I tell you.

I'll bring you the team news as soon as I've got it, but in the meantime I can tell you some really exciting stuff - the teams are playing under the new ICC regulations today. Ooh! This involves five minutes longer in playing time, with a 20-minute break and if there's a tie, then there's a bowlout (which are actually harder than you may think, as West Indies and New Zealand know all about...). Blink-and-you-miss-it stuff, but in the interests of putting the info into Cricinfo... I'll be quiet.

Ooh, the England team is in and there's a debut for the lefthander Mike Yardy and for top bowling talent Stuart Broad, too. We've all been quite excited about Broad and for good reason - he's a strike bowler of great promise and the passion to match (yes, he gets that from his dad). And he was named the Cricket Writers' Club Young Cricketer of the Year on Friday night. "I've dreamt about this for a long time," said Broad just now. Well done that whippersnapper. From the young to the old... Darren Gough is back in the England colours and he's been doing quite well for Essex in the Twenty20s. Steve Harmison is rested; interesting.

England's team in full is: Marcus Trescothick, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Strauss (capt), Paul Collingwood, Jamie Dalrymple, Mike Yardy, Chris Read (wkt), Sajid Mahmood, Darren Gough, Stuart Broad.

I'll let you have the Pakistan team as soon as I've got it.

2.30pm Andrew Strauss won the toss and chose to bat on a good wicket. "We back ourselves to get a good score," he said, "and put the Pakistanis under pressure."

Pakistan's team is in: Shoaib Malik, Mohammed Hafeez, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Inzamam-ul-Haq (capt), Kamran Akmal (wkt), Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naved, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif.

What's interesting about it is that the big guns are all back fit and firing: Shoaib Akhtar is fit, Shoaib Malik is back after a shoulder injury and Rana Naved is back, too. That's one line-up of awesome power, all right, and the explosive Shahid Afridi and the fiery Abdul Razzaq are back after missing the last two Tests.

"I'm pretty fit," Akhtar confirmed. "I think I'm ready for it. I've missed this game. It's just nice to get my rhythm going, that's important for me." And is he going to bowl as quick as he can, we wonder? "As Imran advises me always just run in and bowl as fast as you can." Thought as much. Great stuff.

There's a palpable sense of excitement now that cricket is back on the agenda and the weather matches the mood: it's bright and breezy out there. Bring it on!

2.50pm Pitch report: it's the international pitch which means there's a bit more grass on it and it will go through relatively for Bristol. It's not a big ground, this one, with 75 yards the longest boundary - so expect the 4 and 6 cards to be getting a regular workout out there.

The players are wearing black armbands, which we assume are for Wasim Raja who died this week while playing for Surrey Over-50s. We'll confirm that for you soonest.

Meanwhile, Shoaib Akhtar to take the first over. He has a best of 5 for 2 in his nine Twenty20 matches.

0.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, 1 run, a short one which Trescothick jabs down off his hips for a quick single to midwicket

Pietersen in at number 3 Strauss in at number 4

0.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, ooh, interesting amounts of away swing already and Bell thinks about chasing that one, fishing with a straight bat, but pulls it away at the last minute

0.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, 1 run, a thick outside edge gets Bell off the mark and the crowd roar their appreciation

0.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, 1 run, Trescothick walks across to his off stump to jam that one down into short midwicket and they shuffle a run

0.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, a good length on off stump and that's dinked into the covers

0.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, Brilliant bouncer - a snorter which pitches short and bends away just past Bell's shoulder. Bell was completely undone there on the back foot and he got out of the way just in time

It's like Shoaib has never been away; great over first up

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
IR Bell    1* (4b)      Shoaib Akhtar    1-0-3-0
ME Trescothick    2* (2b)     

1.1

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, 1 run, opens the face and guides that down to third man

1.2

Mohammad Asif to Bell, no run, speared right in, Bell tries to straight drive that and Trescothick has to dive back over the line at the non-striker's end as the ball cannons back to the bowler

1.3

Mohammad Asif to Bell, no run, plays that early and dinks it down in front of him, looking for the quick single

1.4

Mohammad Asif to Bell, 1 run, intelligent quick single, run through as the batsman just jabs his bat down on that

1.5

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, FOUR, short-arm bunt over midwicket to bring up England's first boundary. Just a jab off the bottom third of his bat and that races across a lightning outfield. Lovely

1.6

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, right up in the blockhole and there are loud cries of "No!"

Decent over first up from Mohammad Asif there. England will have their work cut out

End of over 2 (6 runs) England 9/0 (RR: 4.50)
ME Trescothick    7* (5b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-6-0
IR Bell    2* (7b)      Shoaib Akhtar    1-0-3-0

2.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, good slower ball at 70mph, pitched up and bounces just outside off stump and the batsman hastily defends

2.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, 1 run, another quick single, dropping the ball at the feet and rushing through

2.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, no run, typical Tresco, I'm afraid, his feet welded into the crease and he fishes at that off the back foot with no movement as the ball bends over his outside edge

2.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, FOUR, short ball and Trescothick pretty much deliberately edges that one over the slip cordon and it flies away

2.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, FOUR, top shot - Trescothick bothers to move his feet this time, moving backwards and lamps that through cover off the back foot. Beautiful

2.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, FOUR, another slower ball but Trescothick picks it and straight-drives that back past the diving bowler. Good stuff

That over had more of the pacey feel about Twenty20 about it. First signs of aggression for England. Here's Asif again

End of over 3 (13 runs) England 22/0 (RR: 7.33)
ME Trescothick    19* (9b 4x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    2-0-16-0
IR Bell    3* (9b)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-6-0

3.1

Mohammad Asif to Bell, 1 run, a cheeky single into covers, the drive not quite timed

3.2

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, 1 leg bye, a bit of a long hop but Trescothick's attempted tickle to fine leg fails and it's quickly scooped up. England missed out there

3.3

Mohammad Asif to Bell, FOUR, classical square drive through point, on the up. Just a flick of the wrists, all timing, a beautiful shot

3.4

Mohammad Asif to Bell, 1 run, helped off the back foot into gully

3.5

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, ooh, good bowling and that was nearly the end for Trescothick, whose inside edge just eluded the stumps

3.6

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, FOUR, slower ball and helped round the corner by Trescothick, who's hitting himself back into form here. He'll be enjoying this dart

End of over 4 (11 runs) England 33/0 (RR: 8.25)
ME Trescothick    23* (12b 5x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-16-0
IR Bell    9* (12b 1x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    2-0-16-0

4.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, flick of a drive to mid-off

4.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, FOUR, strayed down leg and that's forcefully timed off his hips, a scorcher - and four all the way

4.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, no run, moved away off the seam and Bell pulls away from that on the back foot

4.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, 1 run, defended off the back foot and an edge flies behind point

4.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Trescothick, 1 run, Trescothick looked to give himself room but nearly got yorked, managing to get it away to the gully region in the end, just about. Well bowled

4.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Bell, OUT, grabbed at first slip at the second attempt. Bell stands his ground - oh no, not more controversy! - and the umpires have a chat before making a decision... which is to radio for the third umpire who doesn't hesitate in calling that out. That's an excellent catch, with a low dive to his right. Bell was looking to late cut that past the vacant second slip area but Khan was superb in hanging on to that one.

IR Bell c Younis Khan b Shoaib Akhtar 14 (21m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 82.35

Kevin Pietersen is in now - interesting that he's so high up the order, but probably the right decision

End of over 5 (6 runs) England 39/1 (RR: 7.80)
     Shoaib Akhtar    3-0-22-1
ME Trescothick    24* (13b 5x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-16-0

5.1

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, 1 leg bye, guided out to point

5.2

Mohammad Asif to Pietersen, OUT, cleaned up first ball. Great, great ball from Asif at 85mph; perfect pitch, nipping back and taking middle stump as Pietersen swishes a would-be cover-drive and that wicket brings up huge cheers from the large Pakistan contingent. Beauty

KP Pietersen b Mohammad Asif 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

5.3

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, no run, watchfully defended first up

5.4

Mohammad Asif to Strauss, OUT, edged and gone! That's three wickets in five balls for Pakistan whose tails are more than up. That ball was another offcutter going across Strauss who chased it, before edging through to Akmal for a fine catch, low to his left.

AJ Strauss c †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Asif 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

5.5

Mohammad Asif to Collingwood, no run, jabbed into the covers and that's quickly underarmed back to the bowler

5.6

Mohammad Asif to Collingwood, no run, a good line but slightly too short and that's helped into midwicket

That's the first ever maiden in international Twenty20 cricket and it's a double wicket maiden, too; that's impressive to say the least.

The Pakistan strike force just keep on coming - it's Rana Naved now

End of over 6 (1 run, wicket maiden) England 40/3 (RR: 6.66)
PD Collingwood    0* (2b)      Mohammad Asif    3-1-16-2
ME Trescothick    24* (14b 5x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    3-0-22-1

6.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Trescothick, 1 run, slower ball induces a horrible shot from Trescothick, reaching out to help that to a wide third man; his bottom hand flies off the bat in the process. That wasn't controlled at all

6.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Collingwood, no run, shuffles into line to play that one outside the off stump but it's too good; he misses it and it flies through to the keeper

6.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Collingwood, no run, on a good length and the batsman can only defend on the back foot

6.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Collingwood, no run, a touch of room and that's viciously cut to backward point off the back foot, but it's scooped up easily

6.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Collingwood, no run, a beauty; that pitches on a good length and moves away from Collingwood who goes fishing, misses and then nods his head in appreciation

6.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Collingwood, 1 no ball, oversteps with that one; the ball moves in off the seam and the batsman defends

6.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Collingwood, 2 runs, Collingwood drags that right onto his stumps, unleashing his arms, safe in the knowledge that that's a free hit. The batsmen scramble through

End of over 7 (4 runs) England 44/3 (RR: 6.28)
PD Collingwood    2* (8b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    1-0-4-0
ME Trescothick    25* (15b 5x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-1-16-2

7.1

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, defended

7.2

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, no run, comes down the track and has a fresh-air waft, failing to connect

7.3

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, 1 run, whipped off the hips forcefully down to fine leg

7.4

Mohammad Asif to Collingwood, no run, defended off the back foot. Great bowling, this

7.5

Mohammad Asif to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, comes down the wicket and just manages to get pad on that one and it jumps to gully

7.6

Mohammad Asif to Trescothick, FOUR, onto that one early, sends it over the top and that beats mid on

End of over 8 (6 runs) England 50/3 (RR: 6.25)
ME Trescothick    30* (19b 6x4)      Mohammad Asif    4-1-21-2
PD Collingwood    2* (10b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    1-0-4-0

8.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Collingwood, OUT, gone, a soft dismissal, trying to run that down to third man. A decent delivery but that's a simple edge through to Akmal. Pakistan's bowlers are really running riot here, turning the screw on England

PD Collingwood c †Kamran Akmal b Naved-ul-Hasan 2 (10m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 18.18

8.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Dalrymple, 1 run, drops that one short and that's helped out to square leg

8.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Trescothick, 1 run, guides that to third man off the back foot

8.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Dalrymple, 1 run, worked into midwicket to get Trescothick back on strike

8.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Trescothick, FOUR, lovely lofted drive through the vacant mid-off area flies flat and straight

8.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Trescothick, no run, good reply, a decent bouncer which Trescothick just sways away from. Akmal throws the stumps down

Afridi into the attack now, providing a slower option for Inzamam

End of over 9 (7 runs) England 57/4 (RR: 6.33)
ME Trescothick    35* (22b 7x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    2-0-11-1
JWM Dalrymple    2* (2b)      Mohammad Asif    4-1-21-2

9.1

Shahid Afridi to Dalrymple, 1 run, fairly flat leg spinner tossed up and that was rushed out to the on-side area

9.2

Shahid Afridi to Trescothick, no run, quicker offspinner at 62.9mph and that beat the batsman

9.3

Shahid Afridi to Trescothick, 1 run, dug out and worked into the off side

9.4

Shahid Afridi to Dalrymple, no run, a huge appeal but Peter Hartley is quick to shout "Not out". Ooh, it w as close one, perhaps just hitting leg stump as it raps the batsman on the pad, moving onto his back foot

9.5

Shahid Afridi to Dalrymple, no run, a beauty and that beats the batsman again

9.6

Shahid Afridi to Dalrymple, 1 run, single behind backward point

End of over 10 (3 runs) England 60/4 (RR: 6.00)
JWM Dalrymple    4* (6b)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-3-0
ME Trescothick    36* (24b 7x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    2-0-11-1

10.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Dalrymple, no run, pitches short and moves away from the righthander who chases that one. Good piece of bowling, that

10.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Dalrymple, 1 run, dropped by Afridi out in the deep. Ouch, that was an easy one, driven high out to the cover boundary and Afridi should have had that; he had plenty of time to sight that one

10.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Trescothick, 1 run, worked into short midwicket and there's an attempted shy but the batsmen are already through

10.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Dalrymple, 2 runs, worked off the back foot but that's swept up on the cover boundary

10.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Dalrymple, 2 runs, slower ball, well watched and that's helped to midwicket. That's quickly returned and Dalrymple dives smartly back into his crease at full stretch

10.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Dalrymple, FOUR, a one-bounce four to fine leg. Dalrymple was surprised by the bouncer but did well to hook that round and it bounces just inside the rope

End of over 11 (10 runs) England 70/4 (RR: 6.36)
JWM Dalrymple    13* (11b 1x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    3-0-21-1
ME Trescothick    37* (25b 7x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-3-0

11.1

Shahid Afridi to Trescothick, 1 run, worked into the covers off the back foot

11.2

Shahid Afridi to Dalrymple, 1 leg bye

11.3

Shahid Afridi to Trescothick, FOUR, whipped into the legside to the furthest boundary

11.4

Shahid Afridi to Trescothick, FOUR, smashed away through midwicket - you can take that risk against Afridi because he's not a big turner of the ball

11.5

Shahid Afridi to Trescothick, no run, ooh, he nicked that one off the back foot but Akmal fluffed it

11.6

Shahid Afridi to Trescothick, 1 wide, tries to work that one to fine leg

11.6

Shahid Afridi to Trescothick, 1 run, single off a languid pull

England have recovered for the time being - can Pakistan get another breakthrough? There's a change of bowling, bringing the medium pacer Abdul Razzaq on

End of over 12 (12 runs) England 82/4 (RR: 6.83)
ME Trescothick    47* (30b 9x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-14-0
JWM Dalrymple    13* (12b 1x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    3-0-21-1

12.1

Abdul Razzaq to Trescothick, 1 run, worked off the back foot to mid-on

12.2

Abdul Razzaq to Dalrymple, no run, wide and that's cut to backward point but it's picked up

12.3

Abdul Razzaq to Dalrymple, 1 run, worked off the back foot to mid off

12.4

Abdul Razzaq to Trescothick, 1 run, picked up off the hips and that bounces just in front of the fielder, Rana, at deep backward square

12.5

Abdul Razzaq to Dalrymple, 1 run, short and Dalrymple flashes a drive to mid-off

12.6

Abdul Razzaq to Trescothick, 1 run

End of over 13 (5 runs) England 87/4 (RR: 6.69)
ME Trescothick    50* (33b 9x4)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-5-0
JWM Dalrymple    15* (15b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-14-0

13.1

Shahid Afridi to Trescothick, 1 run, pulls that straight through the leg-side and the batsmen decide not to take the second run, probably wisely

13.2

Shahid Afridi to Dalrymple, FOUR, Rrverse sweep tickled away. Cheeky shot, nice

13.3

Shahid Afridi to Dalrymple, 1 wide, leg-side wide, which Afridi questions, to no avail, of course

13.3

Shahid Afridi to Dalrymple, no run

13.4

Shahid Afridi to Dalrymple, no run, another reverse sweep falls forward on the on-side but it just trickles there

13.5

Shahid Afridi to Dalrymple, 1 run, a reverse sweep again

13.6

Shahid Afridi to Trescothick, 2 runs, a tight two from an on-drive

End of over 14 (9 runs) England 96/4 (RR: 6.85)
ME Trescothick    53* (35b 9x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-23-0
JWM Dalrymple    20* (19b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-5-0

14.1

Abdul Razzaq to Dalrymple, 1 run, casual drive

14.2

Abdul Razzaq to Trescothick, OUT, gone this time and that was an excellent delivery, moving a touch away from the lefthander who sent a little nibble through to Akmal. That's an important wicket and England will now need to rebuild

ME Trescothick c †Kamran Akmal b Abdul Razzaq 53 (56m 36b 9x4 0x6) SR: 147.22

One of the two debutants comes in now - here's Michael Yardy

14.3

Abdul Razzaq to Yardy, 1 run, short ball and that's worked off the hips behind square

14.4

Abdul Razzaq to Dalrymple, 1 run, easy late cut run down to third man

14.4

Abdul Razzaq to Dalrymple, 1 run, easy late cut run down to third man

14.5

Abdul Razzaq to Yardy, 1 run, did well to squeeze that out on the leg side and that brings up England's 100. There are cheers but their total is so far looking too small on a small pitch

14.6

Abdul Razzaq to Dalrymple, 1 run, off-drive

End of over 15 (5 runs) England 101/5 (RR: 6.73)
JWM Dalrymple    23* (22b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    2-0-10-1
MH Yardy    2* (2b)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-23-0

15.1

Shahid Afridi to Dalrymple, 1 run

15.2

Shahid Afridi to Yardy, 1 run, reverse sweep to the man on the 45

15.3

Shahid Afridi to Dalrymple, 1 run, rushed to fine leg

15.4

Shahid Afridi to Yardy, 1 run, offspinner and that's late cut away

15.5

Shahid Afridi to Dalrymple, 1 run, another reverse sweep

15.6

Shahid Afridi to Yardy, no run, the batsman misses a chance to cut and that dot ball rounds off a decent over from Afridi

End of over 16 (5 runs) England 106/5 (RR: 6.62)
MH Yardy    4* (5b)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-28-0
JWM Dalrymple    26* (25b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    2-0-10-1

16.1

Abdul Razzaq to Dalrymple, 1 leg bye, comes down the track and goes for a big whoosh but only gets a bottom edge on that and it jumps down to short midwicket

16.2

Abdul Razzaq to Yardy, FOUR, huge edge through the vacant slips area and that rushes through to third man. A good ball, that, all the same

16.3

Abdul Razzaq to Yardy, 1 run, slashed aerially into the off-side but not near a fielder

16.4

Abdul Razzaq to Dalrymple, 1 run, a huge appeal as the batsman twirls around, trying to pull that, and gets rapped on the right thigh. That was given as runs, so there must have been an edge, but HawkEye had the ball coming on and hitting off-and-middle

16.5

Abdul Razzaq to Yardy, 1 run, steps across to cut that off the back foot to point

16.6

Abdul Razzaq to Dalrymple, OUT, slower delivery chipped into the leg-side and that's a good catch from Shoaib Akhtar, making good ground from deep mid-on running forward and taking that low, with a little roll at the end. Good stuff and England are looking deep in trouble here, although there is a glimmer in that they they know they've got a long batting line-up

JWM Dalrymple c Shoaib Akhtar b Abdul Razzaq 27 (29m 28b 2x4 0x6) SR: 96.42

End of over 17 (8 runs) England 114/6 (RR: 6.70)
     Abdul Razzaq    3-0-17-2
MH Yardy    10* (8b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-28-0

17.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Read, no run, forced on to the back foot to defend

17.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Read, 1 run, dropped on a good length and that's dribbled out to cover for a tidy run

17.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Yardy, 1 run, tried to work that out straight but the ball flew awkwardly off the bat square; not quite what he had intended

17.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Read, no run, defended, jumping, off the back foot

17.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Read, 2 runs, driven straight down the ground but it's picked up by Afridi

17.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Read, 1 run, slower delivery, Read waits for it and carves a neat cut to point

Shoaib Akhtar is back for his final over

End of over 18 (5 runs) England 119/6 (RR: 6.61)
CMW Read    4* (5b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    4-0-26-1
MH Yardy    11* (9b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    3-0-17-2

18.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Read, no run, extra pace from Akhtar and there's a windy whoosh as the batsman creates room but the ball flies through to Akmal

18.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Read, FOUR, short, wide and got the treatment with a deliberate flash off the back foot over the vacant slip area

18.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Read, 1 run, pushed on to the back foot and that's driven forward

18.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Yardy, 1 leg bye, good bowling - the batsman looked to come down the track, and wide, to that but Shoaib sent the ball at his feet

18.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Read, FOUR, overshoots that ball and Read times that low full toss off his toes between mid-off and midwicket

18.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Read, 1 bye, the batsman chases that with an attempted hook; he misses but the pair scamper a cheeky bye as the ball runs through to the keeper

Razzaq will have the final over

End of over 19 (11 runs) England 130/6 (RR: 6.84)
CMW Read    13* (10b 2x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    4-0-31-1
MH Yardy    11* (10b 1x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    4-0-26-1

19.1

Abdul Razzaq to Read, OUT, a huge heave high into the air and that does straight down the throat of Rana Naved on the square leg boundary who waits for it and takes a good catch in the end

CMW Read c Naved-ul-Hasan b Abdul Razzaq 13 (9m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 118.18

Mahmood comes in for a last-minute dart

19.2

Abdul Razzaq to Yardy, 1 run, doesn't get hold of an aerial straight drive and that's just a single

19.3

Abdul Razzaq to Mahmood, 1 leg bye, rushed into the covers

19.4

Abdul Razzaq to Yardy, SIX, Yardy beasts that one over midwicket for the first six of the innings

19.5

Abdul Razzaq to Yardy, FOUR, crashed off the back foot through the off-side for four; there was a lot of power in that shot indeed

19.6

Abdul Razzaq to Yardy, 2 runs, hit high into the air and that drops between long-off and long-on and they come back for two

And a big cheer goes up for Darren Gough, who last played against Bangladesh and Australia for England last year. It'll be Shoaib Malik facing Gough

So then, we're nearly ready to get going again. An absolutely packed crowd out there, some in fancy dress - I spy a couple of thirsty Red Indians out there actually - and here come the England players in their rather more sedate red-and-blue kit. And they're straight into the huddle, discussing tactics and the state of the economy and so forth. Here come the Pakistani openers

G'afternoon, Will here. Marvellous to be with you both. So then, Pakistan are chasing 145 - at what is a rather pea-sized ground. Ergo, it ought not to be too tricky for them, thanks to an underwhelming and stuttering performance from England's batsmen. However, all eyes will be on Stuart Broad - the 20-year-old Leicestershire beanpole making such an impression on everyone - who is making his debut. Pakistan's line-up though is imposing, to say the least. There is a 20-minute innings-break before Pakistan's explosive openers get going, so stick the kettle on or feed the cat in the meantime.

End of innings (England) So that's that, then. Yardy did well there to boost England to 144 late on, but Pakistan will be very happy indeed with their restrictive bowling and the fact that their big guns are back in this run-out before the one-dayers begin. Pakistan will be favourites to win here now, especially given the short boundaries and the big hitters in their stable. That's it from me today, it's been a thriller so far! Over to Will now and he will guide you through Pakistan's innings.

End of over 20 (14 runs) England 144/7
MH Yardy    24* (14b 2x4 1x6)      Abdul Razzaq    4-0-30-3
SI Mahmood    0* (1b)      Shoaib Akhtar    4-0-31-1
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England v Pakistan at Bristol - Aug 28, 2006
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Aug 28, 2006

Michael Yardy celebrates an awesome flying catch, England v Pakistan, Twenty20, Bristol, August 28, 2006

Michael Yardy celebrates an awesome flying catch

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Abdul Razzaq and Inzamam-ul-Haq walk off after a job well done, England v Pakistan, Twenty20, Bristol, August 28, 2006

Abdul Razzaq and Inzamam-ul-Haq walk off after a job well done

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