Pakistan v England, 1st Test, Dubai, 2nd day January 18, 2012

Trott has bowlers scratching their heads

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the second day of the first Test between Pakistan and England in Dubai
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Surprise of the day
With tea beckoning and England's fast bowlers unable to coax any swing - reverse or conventional - out of a ball that was nearly 70 overs old, the decision to bring Jonathan Trott into the attack was probably made more in hope than expectation. Yet six balls into his spell Trott persuaded one to nip back sharply and trap Younis Khan, who until that point had oozed class, leg before. England were naturally delighted but Trott's much-vaunted bowling colleagues were scratching their heads, wondering why Trott was able to gain movement they could not.

Impact of the day
After keeping his side in the game with a battling half-century on the first day, Matt Prior showed what a fine all-round cricketer he has become by pulling off an excellent catch and displaying excellent judgement on when to utilise the DRS system. Diving in front of first slip, Prior clung on to a very tough chance offered by Asad Shafiq to help England claw their way back into this game. He flung himself to his right and held a one-handed catch. He might not be the finished article standing up to the stumps but standing back Prior is a fine keeper. Just as importantly, he was a key voice calling for England to utilise the DRS for the delivery that dismissed Misbah-ul-Haq.

Contrast of the day
The shot only went for three, but there was one stroke from Younis Khan that typified the difference in cricket played on these pitches from cricket in England. Confronted by a good length ball from James Anderson that would have hit off stump, Younis flicked across the line and sent the ball on its way through square leg. On an archetypal English pitch it would have been a high-risk stroke. Here, on a true wicket with very little assistance for the bowlers, it rendered England's attack far less potent and opened up more scoring opportunities for batsmen.

Drop of the day
With England fighting back after tea, Adnan Akmal joined his captain with the match just about still in the balance: Pakistan led by 39 runs but had lost five wickets and have a somewhat fragile tail. So had Kevin Pietersen, at cover, been able to cling on to the tough chance offered by Akmal off Tremlett when he had nine, England might have been able to limit Pakistan's lead to little more than 60. As it was, Akmal and Misbah-ul-Haq stretched the lead to 91 before they were parted. It sustained Pakistan's excellent opportunity to build a match-defining position on day three.

Review of the day
They may not have utilised it very well on the first day but the wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq showed that England are learning when to use their DRS options. At first impression, it appeared Misbah had moved his pad outside the line and the ball might have been turning too much. But Graeme Swann, Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior consulted and struck what might turn out to be a vital blow.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • NaniIndCri on January 19, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    @Nutcutlet wow!!! what a battle by England. Oh I got the term "toe to toe" fight out from England. Hilarious. If this is how England battle toe to toe, cannot imagine their worst loss. Have a sleep now.

  • on January 19, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    @nutcutlet. The term poms is widely used in England and the subcontinent primarily to denote Australians. Do you imply that it can be used only between australia/newzealand?

  • on January 19, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    hmm.. atlast it happened.. this is wt, i was expecting for a long time.. A debatable DRS decision against English.. Last one I rem was whn Laxman ruled notOUT and v knw the reactions of Broad and co.. Bt, it didnt hurt thm much since they were dominating thn.. Wud b interesting to c their reactions on Strauss dismissal, if Eng loses this match.. Though, they got one on their favor earlier today(Ajmal's wicket)...

  • on January 19, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Gotta feel for Ajmal: Bowden's on-field decision (Ajmal caught off his glove via his pad) was clearly wrong, yet was not overturned by Steve Davis, the 3rd umpire, as - apparently - "The evidence was not conclusive enough to overturn the decision of the on-field umpire". But, hold on! Every single TV viewer who witnessed the event cannot fail to have concluded that there was clear daylight between Ajmal's glove & the ball - which only goes to prove that a system such as DRS, alas, is only as foolproof as the fools who administer it...

  • satish619chandar on January 19, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas : No place for sanity here.. England fans ll be happy as this is why they need DRS as they can use it to their advantage.. Pakistan fans wont speak as it ll break away from their till now stance against BCCI.. DRS ll eliminate howlers but it also creates howlers.. Surely as a cricket fan, i ll live with howlers from umpires rather than from DRS..

  • on January 19, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Is it only me who feels that subcontinent teams r always @ wrong end of DRS marginal decisions.. I hv never seen such inconsistencies against Eng/Aus.. I thought, Misbah's decision shud stay on Umpire's decision.. The ball is definitely not hitting the pad in line wid stumps.. Since its marginal and also the element of doubt shud b ruled in favor of batsman.. Am i wrong..??

  • on January 19, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    There seems to be a deep well of ignorance on this thread from certain Pakistani & Indian fans re the LBW law. Just to clarify, here's the Wikipedia entry on how, when & why a batsman can be given out LBW *even if* - as in Misbah's case - the ball happens to have pitched outside the line of Off stump: "The ball must hit the batsman in the region directly between the two wickets. An important exception is that, if the impact is outside the off stump, the batsman can be out LBW if he does not make a genuine attempt to play the ball (that is, if he does not "play a stroke")." C'mon, guys: it's hardly rocket science, is it? Misbah brought his bat down about two feet from where Swann's ball pitched! He clearly made no attempt whatsoever to play the ball. It was as clear an example of a batsman being giving out LBW after not playing a shot as you're ever going to see.

  • mutley89 on January 19, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    @Nabeel Ameer It doesn't matter if the ball pitches outside off. To be out LBW the ball must pitch not outside leg stump. If the batsman is playing a shot it also needs to hit his pads in line with the stumps.

  • maddy20 on January 19, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    @Nutcutlet Logically England battling hard is virtually impossible. If they cannot handle spinners on a day1 track, they definitely cannot handle them on day3/day 4 tracks. England will be bowled out for under 250 and Pakistan will win by 5 wickets (may be even more).

  • maddy20 on January 19, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. The Poms are in for a sound thrashing. The claims that they can play spin on turning tracks turned out to be a big joke! @Yevghenny We are not as cocky as the Englismen especially under the current circumstances!

  • NaniIndCri on January 19, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    @Nutcutlet wow!!! what a battle by England. Oh I got the term "toe to toe" fight out from England. Hilarious. If this is how England battle toe to toe, cannot imagine their worst loss. Have a sleep now.

  • on January 19, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    @nutcutlet. The term poms is widely used in England and the subcontinent primarily to denote Australians. Do you imply that it can be used only between australia/newzealand?

  • on January 19, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    hmm.. atlast it happened.. this is wt, i was expecting for a long time.. A debatable DRS decision against English.. Last one I rem was whn Laxman ruled notOUT and v knw the reactions of Broad and co.. Bt, it didnt hurt thm much since they were dominating thn.. Wud b interesting to c their reactions on Strauss dismissal, if Eng loses this match.. Though, they got one on their favor earlier today(Ajmal's wicket)...

  • on January 19, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Gotta feel for Ajmal: Bowden's on-field decision (Ajmal caught off his glove via his pad) was clearly wrong, yet was not overturned by Steve Davis, the 3rd umpire, as - apparently - "The evidence was not conclusive enough to overturn the decision of the on-field umpire". But, hold on! Every single TV viewer who witnessed the event cannot fail to have concluded that there was clear daylight between Ajmal's glove & the ball - which only goes to prove that a system such as DRS, alas, is only as foolproof as the fools who administer it...

  • satish619chandar on January 19, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas : No place for sanity here.. England fans ll be happy as this is why they need DRS as they can use it to their advantage.. Pakistan fans wont speak as it ll break away from their till now stance against BCCI.. DRS ll eliminate howlers but it also creates howlers.. Surely as a cricket fan, i ll live with howlers from umpires rather than from DRS..

  • on January 19, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Is it only me who feels that subcontinent teams r always @ wrong end of DRS marginal decisions.. I hv never seen such inconsistencies against Eng/Aus.. I thought, Misbah's decision shud stay on Umpire's decision.. The ball is definitely not hitting the pad in line wid stumps.. Since its marginal and also the element of doubt shud b ruled in favor of batsman.. Am i wrong..??

  • on January 19, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    There seems to be a deep well of ignorance on this thread from certain Pakistani & Indian fans re the LBW law. Just to clarify, here's the Wikipedia entry on how, when & why a batsman can be given out LBW *even if* - as in Misbah's case - the ball happens to have pitched outside the line of Off stump: "The ball must hit the batsman in the region directly between the two wickets. An important exception is that, if the impact is outside the off stump, the batsman can be out LBW if he does not make a genuine attempt to play the ball (that is, if he does not "play a stroke")." C'mon, guys: it's hardly rocket science, is it? Misbah brought his bat down about two feet from where Swann's ball pitched! He clearly made no attempt whatsoever to play the ball. It was as clear an example of a batsman being giving out LBW after not playing a shot as you're ever going to see.

  • mutley89 on January 19, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    @Nabeel Ameer It doesn't matter if the ball pitches outside off. To be out LBW the ball must pitch not outside leg stump. If the batsman is playing a shot it also needs to hit his pads in line with the stumps.

  • maddy20 on January 19, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    @Nutcutlet Logically England battling hard is virtually impossible. If they cannot handle spinners on a day1 track, they definitely cannot handle them on day3/day 4 tracks. England will be bowled out for under 250 and Pakistan will win by 5 wickets (may be even more).

  • maddy20 on January 19, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. The Poms are in for a sound thrashing. The claims that they can play spin on turning tracks turned out to be a big joke! @Yevghenny We are not as cocky as the Englismen especially under the current circumstances!

  • TheRealRockNRolla on January 19, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Younis should have reviewd it was NOT OUT...

  • on January 19, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    An interesting test on offer. Good to see both teams pushing for their game plans in a battle of attrition. For England, the challenge definitely is to get through Pak spinners. English media's doubts abt Ajmal's actions left a sour taste in mouth though.

  • on January 19, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    Matt Prior could be in team for his batting alone. It's a bonus that's he's a great keeper too. He's a shoe in for 100 tests, easily, possibly a few more, particularly as he doesn't have to worry about ODIs as well.

  • Harry_Kool on January 19, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    @Nutcutlet. Well said. By the way, it is only abusive if preceded by an adjective (Grins) Your guys are showing fight. That, my friend is what makes up a top team, not capitulating with little or no fight. I am enjoying this series already.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 19, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    Why was Misbah's decision over-turned? I thought the umpire's decision should have stayed.

  • Meety on January 18, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    @Stark62 - I agree 100% with you. I thought Alam was a star in the making during the ill fated tour of Oz. I am amazed he is constantly overlooked! == == == Strong fightback from England. I am not convinced that England can score 300 at the moment, so they will need to mop up the tail for a deficit around 100. Surprisingly I don't think this match will go into the 5th day. I think the first hour tomorrow will go a long way towards indicating what will happen.

  • on January 18, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    @Snick_To_Backward_Point and aaron dore im not so miffed about hafeez's dismissal i think that was a fair call but Misbahs looked a bit suspect... he may not have been playing a shot and may have been given rightly out in that instance however the replay showed and my main concern was there was 3 reds when i dont think the impact should have been red! i reckon there may be a problem of when the ball actually impacts the pad as the cameras do pick up the line of the ball but do the pick up exactly where the impact is?

  • cricket_pak419 on January 18, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Pakistan and Engaland both have performed very responsiblly. WOW thats test cricket, but the match in my opinion will be a draw

  • Nutcutlet on January 18, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    @king_lion.FYI, If you're not an Australian or a Kiwi, then the mildly abusive/ faintly affectionate term Poms is not one you should be using! Look it up and you will see that it is to do with our joint history (they're our cousins, like the Pakistanis are Indians' cousins). I bring this to your attention so that you can understand where the words you use really come from! Cricket is good for education! As for the match - expect the English team to battle it out, toe to toe (look that one up too, if you're not sure), unlike the Indians who largely seem to have thrown in the towel!

  • Patchmaster on January 18, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Matt Prior has to be the best keeper in the World at present ? Haddin must be watching every tape of Prior and thinking he has a lot of work to do. He caught brilliantly, batted superbly and showed exactly how to use the DRS. Great days for him, all based around hard work and a good cricketing brain.

  • khurramsch on January 18, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    i think in the end it will come to batting of teams. england batting so deep that thy managed 200 after 5 down for43. pakistan lost benifit upto some extent but only 2nd inings of england will show it. about drs decision i think its hard but ok for me no problem.but the match report & other article are all english biased. swan tok 2 wickts after giveng almost doubl runs than ajmal but in report writer wrote ajmals 5 wickets were gifted. ok but what about swan's 2? misbah & hafez?arent they gifted?biased articles. yes england bowled deciplined but still they are way behind pakistan bowling which by english writers was gifted.

  • MWaqqar on January 18, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    There is no doubt about DRS now. Nine cricket boards and ICC want it and are ready to use it if available. BCCI insists on its stand probably because they dont want to eat humble pie.

  • Pacelover on January 18, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    That was a ood day of test cricket, Pakistan look a more solid Batting unit than they did in the reverse series in 2010. The England seamers were great today in not very helpful conditions and i will give some credit to Swann, it would have been easy for him to try too hard and look to bowl too aggressively because of the pressure to match Ajmals figures but he too kept it tight and got two absolutely crucial wickets.

    Younus Khan will be kicking himself getting out to Trott. Pakistan are still strong favourites and will probably get 150 or so lead but if England bat better second time around it could be an awesome test match. Pakistan chasing 250 would be a thrilling conclusion.

  • on January 18, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    even on hafeez review the ball pitched just outside off stump but it stays umpire's call........i think this drs technology can go wrong by adjusting 1 frame so i think the person who is handling this software may manipulate the result of decision ....thats why BCCi is not supporting DRs.......

  • chasman62 on January 18, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Silly comments about the UDRS. It actually demonstrated today that even the best umpires occasionally get one wrong. Misbah's front leg clearly moved after the ball struck the pad which sowed the seed of doubt in Bowden's mind and he (correctly as the onfield umpire) gave the benefit of the doubt to the batsman. Review showed that it did strike Misbah in line with the stumps which was the only thing in question about the decision.

    Personally I dont think he made any attempt to play a shot and should have been given out irrespective of whether it struck in line but that is a different argument althogether.

    Excellent day for England in view of the last 2 wickets....177 for 7 after the opening stand is outstanding work by the bowling unit. Roll the last three over in the morning and the game is right back in the balance. An England lead of 230-250 going into the last day would make for a great finish, let's hope we get it.

  • on January 18, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    England fought back really well today and are still in the game. Pakistan need a lead of at least 150 runs if they are going to challenge England. Very disappointed with Pakistani batting performance and in particular Azhar and Shafiq. I do not think this is the best Pakistani batting line up. Somehow PCB Chairman needs to sort out the reason for Yusuf's exclusion from the test team and IMMEDIATELY fly him out to UAE so he can play in the remaining two tests. Pakistan also need to include their most promising young batsman, Umar Akmal in the test XI. Furthermore, Cheema should be replaced by either Wahab or Junaid and Rehman with either Kaneria, Yasir Shah or even Afridi. Is there any reason why Afridi cannot be part of the test team as a bowling all rounder? Surely he is better than Rehman in all three departments. Pakistan will have a chance of winning the test series provided these changes take place, otherwise it will be England.

  • Dan1981 on January 18, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    I don't think with a 150 lead the match is saved for Pakistan, they will be overwhelming favourites no doubt. If England can knock over the final 3 wickets pretty quick and bat 4 sessions it will be game on for me. It will all depend on where they are as you would not expect a declaration in that scenario until into the last day but if Pakistan were to bowl them out for say 370 plus in around 4 sessions they could be facing a chase of 250 plus, the bulk of which will be on a day 5 pitch. I still fully expect to see Pakistan win this test but as an England fan that is me trying to put a positive spin on things :)

  • AtifFazal11 on January 18, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Agree with Abdul Rehman Tariq . Something off with hawk eye, Misbah lbw should of been umpires call on outside the line of off stump.

  • AtifFazal11 on January 18, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Agree with Abdul Rehman Tariq . Something off with hawk eye, Misbah lbw should of been umpires call on outside the line of off stump.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on January 18, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    The DRS LBW review process is easy to understand it depends on 1) What the umpire's original call was; 2) Whether the review shows the ball to be either hitting or PARTIALLY hitting the stumps. If the ump gives an LBW shout, and the batsman reviews, the DRS has to show the ball only clipping any part of the stumps for the original decision to stand. If the umpire turns an LBW shout down and the fielding side reviews, DRS has to show over 50% of the ball hitting the stumps for the decision to be overturned. Since DRS is the same for both sides, quite how anyone can say the DRS is unfair is beyond me.

  • king_lion on January 18, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    @Yevghenny: here i am if you are missing us so much. infect i can bet that the whole india is currently backing pakistan believe it or not. we would love to see poms failing against spin. no matter how intense india-pakistan rivalry is, we do have some common enemies.

  • Zahidsaltin on January 18, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    LIKE ALWAYS, marginal umpiring decisions always go against lowly ranked teams and specially if they are Asian. Misbah was struck out side the line of stumps as every one saw it on the tele.

  • ajith.kartha on January 18, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    @AR Tariq- yes, thats why i feel the DRS again is not foolproof, it is dependant on umpires call, which then leads to it being as good as the umpire on field. They are supposed to rule out bad decisions, they do not and is inconsistent. By the way, I do not work for the BCCI @Yevghenny- good try mate!

  • on January 18, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Yevghenny on (January 18 2012, 14:47 PM GMT) Indian can claim anything....they have the right after all, they have the best batsmen in the world!!!

  • Stark62 on January 18, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    I don't think Shafiq should have been in the squad to begin with!

    Compare his FC average to Alam, Umar, Yasin and Sohail.

    Shafiq= 41.55, Alam= 57.94 (outstanding), Umar= 47.93, Yasin= 46.19 and Sohail= 46.70

  • MostCulturedAussieSirLesPatterson on January 18, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    @Yevghenny - bad luck!Nobody''s interested!

  • malepas on January 18, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Good allround cricket from both sides today,I think this is high time that Pakistan should rethink thier line up,Asad needs more time to be in the first eleven,they must play Umer who has class and talent to lift the batting from no6 position which is now very important as with Misbah,someone needs to lift the tempo of the innings ad Umer is the ideal choice for this, he can counter attack and he can consolidate,,Pakistan badly missing him, with Asad,,the innings just nosed dived and he has not proven to be fit for this position,,scoring against weaker teams doesn't count, 2nd, selection of Cheema baffled me,,why when you have Junaid sitting outside,,he has proved himself an asset and he been ignored??on what grounds??Cheema is not incisive against top class teams yet.Pakistan must bring these changes,,Good to see a very improved batting work from Adnan,,looks like he is working hard on his batting. Good luck Pakistan, they need 150 lead.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on January 18, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    poor decision on misbah, but that's fine, no reason to cry about stuff, lets pull up our socks and keep fighting. we've got a match to win here! and it wont be easy, if Eng gets adnan akmal early they could reduce the lead to just 110 - 120, and end up with at least 4 hours of day 3 batting. if they really put their minds to it and improve their batting effort of the 1st innings by about 100-fold, then Eng have a chance at using day 3/day 4 to push for a 300 - 350+ score. The lead will still just be about 200 odd, so they will need a big batting performance. my personal feeling is ajmal + hafeez + rehman are way too classy and well-adapted to these conditions to allow Eng to do that, but then the top 6 batsmen in Eng all have the ability to make a big 2nd innings score. poised as a cracker of a game!

  • on January 18, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    For all the Misbah LBW doubters, the reason why he was given out on review was quite rightly that Billy Bowden decided that Misbah was NOT playing a shot, and it's fairly clear to see why, he played well outside the line of the ball looking to use his pads to defend if the ball turned, it's the laws of cricket I'm afraid chaps!....

  • ajmal1988 on January 18, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    If England is nr 1, then they should win all the matches and clean the series.

  • van_hauz on January 18, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    I'm not sure India is capable of bowling anyone out these days..

  • Phillisco on January 18, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    @ Abdul - DRS is there to correct any decisions that are clearly incorrect. Where the decisions are borderline, the original deision made by the on field umpire is upheld. It can work both ways. As we are seeing, more and more correct decisions are being made and more LBW's are given these days so DRS can be considered a success in bringing a fairness to the game.

  • No1_Jon on January 18, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    There will be a few twists and turns in this match and I suspect that a result is on the cards. Although the pitch is flat and history suggests wickets are hard to come by in the second innings in Dubai, one bowling performance or a batting collapse of the highest order could ensure that the series gets off to a positive start; for one side anyway. Enthralling stuff!

  • on January 18, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    I will definitely back my team after this performance.It could have been better but we know England came back and played some good cricket but they haven't yet taken 10 wickets.I believe Pak can take this lead to 150 at least as Adnan is there and Ajmal has already scored 50 against England in England.Umar Gul can hit a few too. So 150 lead should be enough i guess.

  • on January 18, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Well clearly it wasn't hit outside the line, otherwise it would have been given NOT OUT on review... Seriously, give it a rest!

  • Peterincanada on January 18, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    I feel those two late wickets have brought England back into the game. There are no demons in the pitch and surely England won't bat as badly in the second innings. Pakistan still have a lot of work to do with bat and ball. I can't agree with Rakim. With three days left, I don't think it will be a draw.

  • on January 18, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Pakistan needs to play slightly more aggressive as i can bet england will be sniffing a victory on 5th day providing their batsment put up a competitive total in 2nd innings. I still reckon england can win, good luck to pakistan

  • KashifMuneer on January 18, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    I am absolutely shocked at the results of the 2 referrals today. Hafeez was hit outside the line of off. I would say 99% of the ball (if not 100%) was outside the line of the stumps at impact. Upmire gave it out so that was extremely marginal and even if 1% of the ball was in-line with the stumps you can understand why the decision would stand. Misbah's LBW decision was a disaster for DRS technology. The line of the ball in the actual replay was clearly different to the hawk-eye line of the ball. Super impose the two and you will see what I mean. The ball clearly hit 100% outside the line of stumps in the actual replay but hawk-eye had moved the ball a bit to the right and even then most of the ball was outside off stump at impact. It is totally unfathomable how that can be "hitting in-line" and not even umpire's call. I won't question the integrity of Steve Davis (the TV umpire) but he made a mistake and it reminded me of that Tendulkar lbw decision during the WC 2011 semi final.

  • on January 18, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    @ Abdul Rehman Tariq, Broad was a long way forward and there was enough doubt taht the ball would miss therefore it stayed with the umpires call. Misbah's dismissal showed the ball definately hitting, where's your point?

    @Yevghenny, I shouldn't worry about the Indian supporters they're all in hiding!

  • nogginthenog on January 18, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Number one status is a bit of a red-herring really and doesn't guarantee anything -India showed that. England should fight hard, but hats off to Pakistan for playing proper, serious Test cricket and doing what it takes to win in that form of the game.

  • NaniIndCri on January 18, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    @Yevghenny , don't worry too much about that, Pakistan is a fine team and if it was England we could have claimed that :P.

  • khalid7l on January 18, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Amigo, so all positives went to England and negative to Pakistan .. I think bit biased assessment. What about almost 100 run lead and 3 wicket in hand. Were you watching game in English bar ?

  • on January 18, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    sorry to say but against india pak might have scored 300\0 loking at the indian attack

  • SirEngland on January 18, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    What Abdul Rehamn Tariq said is very true that 'Yesterday broad had a similar let off, and the ball was hitting exactly the way it was hitting today! Broad was given not out on Umpires call, Misbah was given out. The ball hit Misbah outside the line and should have been a "umpires call" decision'. The umpires will make sure that England either draw or win this match. Cricinfo please post.

  • on January 18, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Crazy Pakistan batting .... Now I fell that Pakistan do these things on purpose from winning position they become loosing side .... I am sure eng will win this match very easily ... U guys will see that tomorrow .... And all thanks to our mighty captain

  • SKKhan on January 18, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    @Rakim, my thoughts exactly, Pakistan have squandered (again) the advantage from Day 1, due to their batting, if Pakistan doesn't get a lead of 150 then it's England game, as I am pretty sure, second time around we won't get Peterson and Bell for a combined of 2 runs, and England will defiently score around 350 runs and anything around 200 for Pakistan in the second innings will be too much for us.

  • on January 18, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    I can see why the Indians don't like DRS. That decision on Misbah looked very suspect indeed. It looked to have hit his pad outside the line of off stump even when ball tracking was used. But Billy was still asked to overturn his decision and looked visibly miffed. Another example was when Hafeez decided to review. There was no attempt to check for an inside edge from the other angle using hot spot. Very weird indeed. Anyway England will feel relieved and Pakistan will feel satisfied too. 100 runs lead with Ajmal bowling on a wicket taking some turn - still seems ominous for the English batsmen especially in light of their first innings performance. Come on you greens!

  • wnwn on January 18, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Amazing bowling by Broad and Anderson to get so much life out of a Dubai pitch. They are better than Steyn and Morkel.

  • Ross_Co on January 18, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    I thought they were scratching their heads because they were trying to work out what nationality Trott was.

  • on January 18, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    The DRS call was rubbish. Yesterday broad had a similar let off, and the ball was hitting exactly the way it was hitting today! Broad was given not out on Umpires call, Misbah was given out. The ball hit Misbah outside the line and should have been a "umpires call" decision.

  • Yevghenny on January 18, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    I'm sure Indian supporters will be on here soon enough claiming India would have bowled Pakistan out for 50 in these conditions.

  • Rakim on January 18, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Misbah's LBW was not 100% LBW. It was doubtful. Anyways match is pretty open. If Pak gain ~150 lead then match is saved(draw or win) from Pak's perspective. But lets be honest, Eng are no. 1 team and they ain't gifting anything to Pak.

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  • Rakim on January 18, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Misbah's LBW was not 100% LBW. It was doubtful. Anyways match is pretty open. If Pak gain ~150 lead then match is saved(draw or win) from Pak's perspective. But lets be honest, Eng are no. 1 team and they ain't gifting anything to Pak.

  • Yevghenny on January 18, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    I'm sure Indian supporters will be on here soon enough claiming India would have bowled Pakistan out for 50 in these conditions.

  • on January 18, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    The DRS call was rubbish. Yesterday broad had a similar let off, and the ball was hitting exactly the way it was hitting today! Broad was given not out on Umpires call, Misbah was given out. The ball hit Misbah outside the line and should have been a "umpires call" decision.

  • Ross_Co on January 18, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    I thought they were scratching their heads because they were trying to work out what nationality Trott was.

  • wnwn on January 18, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Amazing bowling by Broad and Anderson to get so much life out of a Dubai pitch. They are better than Steyn and Morkel.

  • on January 18, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    I can see why the Indians don't like DRS. That decision on Misbah looked very suspect indeed. It looked to have hit his pad outside the line of off stump even when ball tracking was used. But Billy was still asked to overturn his decision and looked visibly miffed. Another example was when Hafeez decided to review. There was no attempt to check for an inside edge from the other angle using hot spot. Very weird indeed. Anyway England will feel relieved and Pakistan will feel satisfied too. 100 runs lead with Ajmal bowling on a wicket taking some turn - still seems ominous for the English batsmen especially in light of their first innings performance. Come on you greens!

  • SKKhan on January 18, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    @Rakim, my thoughts exactly, Pakistan have squandered (again) the advantage from Day 1, due to their batting, if Pakistan doesn't get a lead of 150 then it's England game, as I am pretty sure, second time around we won't get Peterson and Bell for a combined of 2 runs, and England will defiently score around 350 runs and anything around 200 for Pakistan in the second innings will be too much for us.

  • on January 18, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Crazy Pakistan batting .... Now I fell that Pakistan do these things on purpose from winning position they become loosing side .... I am sure eng will win this match very easily ... U guys will see that tomorrow .... And all thanks to our mighty captain

  • SirEngland on January 18, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    What Abdul Rehamn Tariq said is very true that 'Yesterday broad had a similar let off, and the ball was hitting exactly the way it was hitting today! Broad was given not out on Umpires call, Misbah was given out. The ball hit Misbah outside the line and should have been a "umpires call" decision'. The umpires will make sure that England either draw or win this match. Cricinfo please post.

  • on January 18, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    sorry to say but against india pak might have scored 300\0 loking at the indian attack