Pakistan v England, 1st Test, Dubai, 3rd day January 19, 2012

Gul full of joy at gormless Pietersen

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the third day of the first Test between Pakistan and England in Dubai
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Gift of the day
They say it is good manners to bring your hosts a gift. Perhaps that is what Kevin Pietersen was thinking when he launched into a pull shot and picked out the man at deep square leg so obligingly that he was barely required to move. Pietersen receives much criticism, much of it undue, but, in the circumstances and on this pitch, this was a remarkably gormless, irresponsible piece of cricket that even his most ardent admirer could not defend.

Bamboozle of the day
Saeed Ajmal's doosra to dismiss Ian Bell was a truly beautiful piece of cricket. Coming into this series, Bell could claim, with some justification, to be England's best player of spin. But the manner in which he was bamboozled by one that just held its line and struck him on the back pad highlighted England's bafflement against the subtle spin of Ajmal. Bell's decision to review his dismissal and then "walk" as soon as he saw it replayed on the big screen only underlined his confusion.

Shot of the day
After losing Umar Gul early in the day, the momentum of the game seemed to be sliding towards England. Adnan Akmal arrested the slide with a half-century, every run hammering another nail in England's coffin. Akmal's first reverse sweep for four off Graeme Swann, dripping with impudence and confidence, added insult to injury and sped the game away from England.

DRS moment of the day
Prodding forward at a Graeme Swann delivery, Saeed Ajmal was adjudged caught off the glove by Alastair Cook at short leg. Replays suggested - though arguably not 100% convincingly - that the ball had come straight off the pad but Hot Spot was unusable as Ajmal's forward lunge was out of the frame of the camera. As a result, Billy Bowden's on-field decision - that looked highly dubious - was upheld as the third umpire, Steve Davis, did not see unequivocal reason to overturn it. Those - such as the BCCI - who suggest that the game does not currently have the technology to support a DRS system could be forgiven for saying "I told you so".

Milestone of the day
Umar Gul claiming his 150th Test wicket. Perhaps, in another era, an era of Wasim and Waqar or Amir and Asif, Gul might have struggled to hold down a regular spot in the Pakistan Test team. Certainly he would not have seen much of the new ball. But he is a fine cricketer and was at his best today. Responding to the flat pitch with a hostile spell, he claimed the key scalp - that of Jonathan Trott - to reach the 150-Test-wicket milestone. It was hard not to warm to his unaffected joy.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 21, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    In the case of Saeed Ajmal's dismissal, that was a terrible piece of umpiring. The replays quite clearly showed the ball missing the glove so the decision should have been overturned. Steve Davis, however, saw differently and relayed his thoughts to Billy Bowden. This was the umpires fault, so you can't blame the DRS. The technology, itself was not flawed, but rather the use of it was, in my opinion.

    Generally speaking, it is laughable to refuse the use of Hawkeye (or Hotspot) because it isn't 100% accurate. Last time I checked, the whole LBW rule is based on predicting whether the ball would go on to hit the stumps. As such, any LBW decision made is questionable.

  • mikey76 on January 21, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    @Mervo. Yet more drivel from an Australian. You and Jonesy2 make a right pair.Recruiting from South Africa and Ireland? We have 2 SA players who came up through the county circuit and its not as if someone as talented as Morgan is going to play the rest of his career for Ireland, get real. You conveniently forget Uzman Khawaja is Pakistani. Andrew Symonds was born in England and Dirk Nannes is dutch so get off your high horse and accept that most nations do this.You say there are no all time greats in this Eng side, well why dont you wait until their careers have unfolded first. Matt Prior is well on his way to becoming a great keeper/batsmen. Cook will eclipse what Hayden did and Pietersen and Bell will no doubt score as many runs as many of the past Aus greats. Your current team would love Broad or Swann in it or Trott at No.3 You aussies really have shown your true colours in defeat. Sore sore losers.

  • RasCric on January 21, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    @AbdullahShaikh, again, we don't need your advice on DRS. Please keep it to yourself.

  • on January 21, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Half in jest @ gormless Pietersen. Waiting for the SA tour of England. If Kevin gets out, caught by Alviro, to the bowling of Robin -- the score card can show:" PIETERSON (c) PETERSON (b) PETERSON" ! for whatever Sehwagian output he may deliver for his employer.

  • on January 21, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    @5Wombats."Why are Indian Cricket fans here?" For the same reason, English bloggers post their comments on the India-Australia matches. Because they all love cricket, expected good cricket, played by all nations with good cricket teams -- even when some of them field with 40% imported mercenaries! Got it!!

  • 5wombats on January 20, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    @Precioustar84 on (January 20 2012, 07:23 AM GMT) - OMG cricinfo has published a post where you describe yourself (india fan) as "unbiased"...... by what definition? We don't get it - why are india fans here? Is it because they don't want to participate anymore in yet another unfolding disaster of an away india tour? - you know - the one in Australia. Suppose it is only human nature to jump off a sinking ship..... @RasCric - bravo. Time for india fans to get off of the Pakistan bandwagon. Pakistan beat England fair and square. Well played Pakistan. Please publish.

  • Mohammadnumair on January 20, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Congradulations Pakistan, Saeed Ajmal & Umar Gul for this excellant victory over England, we pray that Pakistani team may continue to together such victories in this way...

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 20, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    @ Siddharth_Pandit .. i absolutely agree with you regarding DRS. After all cricket was played like this for close to 150 years. Moreover now with the ICC panel of elite umpires the Umpiring standard has definately improved by miles. The ICC has at its disposal some great umpires like A.Rauf, Ian Gould, Billy B., and more. I understand that the best among thme have an accurate rate of about 97-98 percent. Instead of wasting money on such useless & expensive technology we must invest improving and trainning of umpires and compensate generously to the good ones so that there should be competition and improvement in umpiring.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 20, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    @ Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed .. Fantastic comment DRS - Donkey Review System. These guys want us to pay heavily for a completely flawed technology. Also they will get unlimited/Tyranical powers to bully us with. BCCI is right this DRS is nonesense but some how Pak is falling into it. I understand that some of the senior Indian players have resonable relation with Pak seniors, they should try to explain the ills of DRS to them. It is a draconian system.

  • unclemarlers on January 20, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Fantastic performance by Pakistan - I was particularly impressed with Misbah's captaincy throughout the match, not to mention Ajmal's flight! This could be a cracking series if England can get their act together and manage to post a competitive 1st innings total AND play 2 spinners! Roll on the 2nd test!

  • on January 21, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    In the case of Saeed Ajmal's dismissal, that was a terrible piece of umpiring. The replays quite clearly showed the ball missing the glove so the decision should have been overturned. Steve Davis, however, saw differently and relayed his thoughts to Billy Bowden. This was the umpires fault, so you can't blame the DRS. The technology, itself was not flawed, but rather the use of it was, in my opinion.

    Generally speaking, it is laughable to refuse the use of Hawkeye (or Hotspot) because it isn't 100% accurate. Last time I checked, the whole LBW rule is based on predicting whether the ball would go on to hit the stumps. As such, any LBW decision made is questionable.

  • mikey76 on January 21, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    @Mervo. Yet more drivel from an Australian. You and Jonesy2 make a right pair.Recruiting from South Africa and Ireland? We have 2 SA players who came up through the county circuit and its not as if someone as talented as Morgan is going to play the rest of his career for Ireland, get real. You conveniently forget Uzman Khawaja is Pakistani. Andrew Symonds was born in England and Dirk Nannes is dutch so get off your high horse and accept that most nations do this.You say there are no all time greats in this Eng side, well why dont you wait until their careers have unfolded first. Matt Prior is well on his way to becoming a great keeper/batsmen. Cook will eclipse what Hayden did and Pietersen and Bell will no doubt score as many runs as many of the past Aus greats. Your current team would love Broad or Swann in it or Trott at No.3 You aussies really have shown your true colours in defeat. Sore sore losers.

  • RasCric on January 21, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    @AbdullahShaikh, again, we don't need your advice on DRS. Please keep it to yourself.

  • on January 21, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Half in jest @ gormless Pietersen. Waiting for the SA tour of England. If Kevin gets out, caught by Alviro, to the bowling of Robin -- the score card can show:" PIETERSON (c) PETERSON (b) PETERSON" ! for whatever Sehwagian output he may deliver for his employer.

  • on January 21, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    @5Wombats."Why are Indian Cricket fans here?" For the same reason, English bloggers post their comments on the India-Australia matches. Because they all love cricket, expected good cricket, played by all nations with good cricket teams -- even when some of them field with 40% imported mercenaries! Got it!!

  • 5wombats on January 20, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    @Precioustar84 on (January 20 2012, 07:23 AM GMT) - OMG cricinfo has published a post where you describe yourself (india fan) as "unbiased"...... by what definition? We don't get it - why are india fans here? Is it because they don't want to participate anymore in yet another unfolding disaster of an away india tour? - you know - the one in Australia. Suppose it is only human nature to jump off a sinking ship..... @RasCric - bravo. Time for india fans to get off of the Pakistan bandwagon. Pakistan beat England fair and square. Well played Pakistan. Please publish.

  • Mohammadnumair on January 20, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Congradulations Pakistan, Saeed Ajmal & Umar Gul for this excellant victory over England, we pray that Pakistani team may continue to together such victories in this way...

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 20, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    @ Siddharth_Pandit .. i absolutely agree with you regarding DRS. After all cricket was played like this for close to 150 years. Moreover now with the ICC panel of elite umpires the Umpiring standard has definately improved by miles. The ICC has at its disposal some great umpires like A.Rauf, Ian Gould, Billy B., and more. I understand that the best among thme have an accurate rate of about 97-98 percent. Instead of wasting money on such useless & expensive technology we must invest improving and trainning of umpires and compensate generously to the good ones so that there should be competition and improvement in umpiring.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 20, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    @ Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed .. Fantastic comment DRS - Donkey Review System. These guys want us to pay heavily for a completely flawed technology. Also they will get unlimited/Tyranical powers to bully us with. BCCI is right this DRS is nonesense but some how Pak is falling into it. I understand that some of the senior Indian players have resonable relation with Pak seniors, they should try to explain the ills of DRS to them. It is a draconian system.

  • unclemarlers on January 20, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Fantastic performance by Pakistan - I was particularly impressed with Misbah's captaincy throughout the match, not to mention Ajmal's flight! This could be a cracking series if England can get their act together and manage to post a competitive 1st innings total AND play 2 spinners! Roll on the 2nd test!

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 20, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    @ Venkatapathi Raju Tirumalaraju .. from what i had read before the start of this UAE seriies is that if England loose more than one match in this series they will be in trouble in the Rankings. Though they have 125 points in the rankigs, sometimes i dont undertand how these rankings are calclulated.

  • Truemans_Ghost on January 20, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Surely the point about the two dubious DRS decisions- Ajmal and Strauss- is that the decisions were not overturned. Thus with DRS they were both given out (rightly or wongly). If there had been no DRS they would STILL have both been given out. Thus use of the DRS did no harm. Just in this instance, it did no good.

  • on January 20, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    what the fault of drs they were given out anyway drs made many decision right which were wrong . in ajmal and strauss case drs didnt show any thing so we went with the umpires decision if there was no drs in the match we could end up with 5,6 wrong decisions so drs limmited the 6 wrong decision to 2

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 20, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gravitas .. fully agreed with your comments about DRS, BCCI . The same here. Regarding KP & Bell i think they might come back hard in the next couple of games. The show put on by the entire top order was shoking and that is being polite.

  • kam_uk on January 20, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Classic case of DRS overturing a marginal decison- DRS may well have got it wrong- strong case for increase use of umpires call. Aus v NZ Aus Dec 2011 2nd innings End of over 60 (7 runs) Australia 211/9 NM Lyon 2* (13b) 60.3 Southee to Lyon, no run, yorker length and Lyon tried to turn the face on that one, big appeal and it's given but did he nick it? Llong gave it out, and the batsman's called for a review. Replays show the ball makes contact with the back leg. Did it hit leg? Was it missing it? Will it be the umpire's call? All down to ball-tracking now. Incredible tension here, ball-tracking shows the ball pitched outside leg, only just. The match will go on. Hit the back leg. It did not swing back in enough either, Llong has to reverse his decision. Eagle-eye showed that it pitched outside leg. To the naked eye in real time, it seemed it pitched in line and appe

  • on January 20, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    I won't blame the DRS even after those two errors.Unfortunately with Ajmal's Dismissal the hot spot was not available as it didn't get any frame.So third umpire could not turn over the on-field umpire's decision.I think they can solve this error.It looked as the hot spot cameras were zooming in a little too much.Though I believe Andrew Strauss should not have been given out as hot spot was available and it did not catch anything on the bat, so why give him out? But full credit to my team (PAK).In Next match bring in either Junaid or Wahab if Cheema is not fully fit.If he is fit should be given another go. Umar Akmal should wait.Misbah should give Asad Shafiq another chance.He failed in one innings as there was no need for him to bat in 2nd.

  • on January 20, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    I won't blame the DRS even after those two errors.Unfortunately with Ajmal's Dismissal the hot spot was not available as it didn't get any frame.So third umpire could not turn over the on-field umpire's decision.I think they can solve this error.It looked as the hot spot cameras were zooming in a little too much.Though I believe Andrew Strauss should not have been given out as hot spot was available and it did not catch anything on the bat, so why give him out? But full credit to my team (PAK).In Next match bring in either Junaid or Wahab if Cheema is not fully fit.If he is fit should be given another go. Umar Akmal should wait.Misbah should give Asad Shafiq another chance.He failed in one innings as there was no need for him to bat in 2nd.

  • kam_uk on January 20, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    DRS -http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/548069.html A very interesting article about DRS by the owner of DRS technology. His statement really puts the cat among the pigeons about the accuracy of DRS. A an appropriate use of DRS should be that DRS is only be used to reverse "howlers" - marginal decisions should not be reversed eg LBW given out should only be reversed if the ball is significantly missing stumps- more then a ball's width and likewise a not out decision should only be reversed if the ball is hitting part of middle stump. This allows for the inaccuracy of DRS and placing of cameras. There is a case to increase the "Umpires Call" margin. DRS should not be used for players to "chance their luck" for a decision, quite often this is done and margin decisions are overturned eg Ajmal to Tendulkar LBW w/s semi final.

  • RasCric on January 20, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas, Neither England nor Pakistan is against DRS. Worked in favour or not, no one wants to live in dark ages like india. Would you mind leaving Pakistan and England alone?

  • on January 20, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    well i think every team at present is struggling to find its feet outside its homegrounds...this pak team is untested outside subcontinent but they wont get thrashed like srilanka,india because they have a good bowling attack and they can perform much better...the only team which i feel is capable of performing outside its homeground is south africa....well of course they choke...but they have the best record outside their home in the past 5 years...and they have done well in subcontinent too....if they stop choking they can be a good contender for number one in tests

  • on January 20, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    yep gotta agree with @freddyforprimeminister over here, over all technology only stands to improve the game. nothing is ever going to be perfect, there will always be a margin for error, and a complete REFUSAL to use the drs, is just irrational. It helps to make the game more fair in the long run. Technology will improve over time

  • Precioustar84 on January 20, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    @ JG2704 - "Even in our darkest times we don't feel the need to go on the threads of other countries to find a second international team to support. Still I suppose when your own side is so pathetic at the moment you have to try and find joy elsewhere." - So it was OK for Pak and some SL/BD fans to support ANY team who played against India to find joy during their dark moments but its not ok for some Indian fans to support another international team? There may be issues between India and Pakistan outside of cricket but there are PLENTY Indian viewers that will support their favorite INTERNATIONAL players if not the entire team regardless of what Team India is doing. Indians know why we lost in Eng and now in Aus but BCCI's lack of understanding of that is beyond the fans control and Supporting a deserving team surely does not mean unbiased fans like me went elsewhere but good for you if you don't do that. Cricinfo please publish

  • Raj_pandian on January 20, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    @ Me_A_Gemini Full credit to BCCI and ICC who made it impossible for Pakistan to arrange cricket in Pakistan?? Ha ha.. you gotta be kidding man… wonder why everyone are blaming BCCI if something happened wrongly in cricket… Australia won because of BCCI, England lost because of BCCI, Pakistan won because of BCCI…….he he he very funny. Pakistan played very well and they have won. That's it

  • DoctorHawk on January 20, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    I saw the DRS decsion on fox sports last night and by using the replay button a few times, was able to confirm that the ball ABSOLUTELY DID NOT hit the glove or bat, based on the two camera angles provided. From the front on view, there was only one frame where there was NOT a visible gap between the ball and glove, this same frame also showed the ball hitting the batsman's pad (therefore it should have been concluded that this was the only moment where the ball could have hit the glove). Then by looking at the angled view, it could be seen that the batsman's gloves were almost a foot in front of his pads were not even close to the ball when it struck the pad, thus ruling out the possibility of the ball hitting the glove and pad at the same time. I was actually staggered that none of the commentator's at the time could not pick this up.

  • here2rock on January 20, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    The results show that ICC need to control the preparation of pitches. All teams are good at home and poor overseas. Test matches will die if that keeps happening.

  • othello22 on January 20, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    I can't work out what the fuss about UDRS is all about. The original outcomes weren't changed as there was insufficient evidence to do so. So what's the problem? In the absence of UDRS the result would have been the same. I'm more baffled by this sudden craze of giving a batsman out (raised finger - You're out) waiting for him to leave the pitch and the fielding team to complete their celebrations and high-fives - And then suddenly deciding to check for a no-ball. This ridiculous practice makes no sense at all and must be ceased immediately. Either call it a no-ball or don't. Why do they only check for no-balls when a wicket has fallen? If they're so concerned about it why not send every ball upstairs? Imagine the volume of runs England probably missed out on there with all the oversteps that were let go and not reviewed because a wicket wasn't taken! What kind of lunacy is this? It has been happening all summer back in Oz as well and it's driving me insane!

  • on January 20, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    Pakistan//well done//would love to see the reaction in the English media

  • Meracric on January 20, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    TO: Wasiq Nisar: If Indian fans are speaking in favour of Pakistan, we should appreciate that. We all love the game of Cricket and should applaud all the good performances by any team. Pakistan played very well and deserve the victory. Well done Pak team. I hope India will do better in ODIs.

  • dunger.bob on January 20, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    @CricketDiwana: I agree with you, a tiny little bit. A very tiny little bit. What I believe is that truly great players can adapt to any conditions, and even more than that it has always been the lifeblood of cricket that almost every pitch in the world of cricket is just that little bit different from any of the others. Your jibe at Aust. for preparing 'bowler friendly pitches' is totally misplaced because Australian pitches have always had their own distinctive flavours, 140+ years of cricket history will back that up. ..... The place were I agree with you is that it is somewhat adolescent to call India, Pak, SL etc Flat Track Bullies. Pitches are created by the ambient conditions, and people should just accept that Sub-Con pitches are just as much a part of crickets tapestry as a green top in Brisbane or Jo'Burg. ..... Very few players can master all, that's why there are very few truly great players.

  • on January 20, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    English cricketers were commenting on india about their underperformance atleast india played 4 day test in england england was beaten in 3 days this shows how good num.1 team they are....

  • EddyEhmed on January 20, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    NeoTheSaviour :::: UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS A HOME SERIES BUT UNFORTUNATELY PAKISTAN IS PLAYING AWAY NOT AT HOME... SO MY TEAM DESERVES APPRECIATION FROM ODDS...

  • EddyEhmed on January 20, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    ALHAMDULILLAH, We had won!! but i still think that we should not close our eyes, our bowlers has won this match.. and batting could let us down in the next two... Request Pak players to please value your wickets...

  • dunger.bob on January 20, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    @Me_A_Gemini : You make an excellent point. Pakistan have been forced to become "all-court" players. I hadn't really considered that before, and it is no small thing currently. ... @ Front-Foot-Lunge : That's it mate, keep the faith. BTW, if Aust. hadn't played like dogs in the last Ashes, they would have won. .... @ Dravid_Gravitas .. Done properly, DRS is a good backstop to prevent the howler. I think what it has shown is that the Umpires truly are very good at their job. They are every bit as skilled as the players. ... @USAPakCricFollower : England destroyed the Aussies in Australia. On face value that looks great. The actual truth is that they met the worst Aussie team in 20 years, and the Aussies were still on the way down to their eventual low point. A good result for Eng. but not as meritorious as it may have looked.

  • badboynj on January 20, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    on hotspot being not conclusive on Strauss caught behind decision, even though there was no spot on the bat but there was a spot on the ball as it passed the bat. I am not sure why the commentators or third umpire didn't pick that.

  • Marcio on January 20, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    The only people who are against DRS are Indians, and only because their cricket board refused to allow it. Imagine if some tennis federation refused to allow technology for line calls. People would think they were a bunch of luddites. Since everyone supports DRS but Indians, it is clear that Indians are not swayed by the facts, but by nationalism. One nation should not be permitted to stand over other nations in an international game, especially not one as poorly organised and prepared as the one on display in Australia at present.

  • mysay on January 20, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    I would like to first say that I'm a neutral fan. Losing one match does not mean England do not deserve to be No. 1. Eng have been dishing out good cricket. It's also good to see Pakistan playing the brand of cricket which lot's think they can. About the pitch talk, each country prepares a pitch which supports their strength. Aus, Eng, SA pitches are fast & bouncy, and sub conti's are for spinners, which is why each country is hard to beat on home soil. So to heck with the excuse of losing matches based on different pitch conditions. I also like the fact that some countries deny using the DRS, these countries do not need it as it does not make any difference, to the outcome of the game.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 20, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    @JG, I agree with you completely. You in particular never said it will be a walk in the park for England. I opined that England will win a hard fought series. It so happened that England got smacked in the first test. Tough luck. Two more to go, as you rightly said. Good luck for the next test.

  • on January 20, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    Kevin Pieterson is the Virender Sehwag of English team. Both, plays for themselves.

  • Belltower on January 20, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    How are Australia Green Pitch Bullies, we beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka and produced some sporting pitches in Australia, which resulted in 1-1 with NZ and now a thrashing of India. The Pitch in Sydney was dead but we batted better and won the match, melbourne moved a bit but it was hardly unplayable and Perth is Perth, bounce and swing caused the collapses not the pitch. Are india spinning pitch bullies because they have hardly won outside the subcontinent?? India have the best home town advantage of any team due to the wickets prepared and have not lost a series since Oz beat them in 2004. Australia were the dominant team of the last 15 years but still have only beat india once in India, doesnt that show who is the country that doctors the pitches for their benefit.

  • cricket_lover777 on January 20, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    @CricketDewana "Making bowler friendly pitches make the test matches dull" .. LOL what are you talking about bro..Bowler friendly wickets make the test matches interesting, unlike flat Indian pitches where 2 out of 3 matches end up in a DRAW ! You gotta work hard for your runs.

  • wrenx on January 19, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan, comprehensive win in this test, they should be given full credit for playing to their potential. England, however, did not play to theirs, and we can expect them to regroup and do better next time. All the same, it's refreshing to see Pakistan playing the way we know they can. That is, good enough to beat any side in the world, in any country, when they get it right. Looks like Misbah's been paying attention to Strauss - you need the discipline and the spirit to back up the natural talent in your team if you're going to win consistently. Even when Pakistan lose, we're happy as long as we know they show some fight every step of the way.

  • alfredmynn on January 19, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. People here seem to love flying off the handle though - there are two tests to go and already some are ready to write England off. I must say though, this pathetic performance gives some credence to the words of those who questioned England's ability to perform on spinning pitches. @indianzen - had your team recently played a 4-test series against Pak, you'd be supporting England right now (yes, you'd have lost 4-0 to pak because they are a much better team than yours and have always been). So I doubt the Pakistan fans would care for your "support", especially after the arrogance and swagger you guys typically show on these forums.

  • shillingsworth on January 19, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    @CricketDiwana - England's bowlers actually performed creditably to dismiss Pakistan for around 300 on a decent pitch. Similarly they did well to bowl India out cheaply on pitches which were not 'green tracks'. The difference here was the abject failure of the batting, suggesting that the Pakistan bowling attack is way ahead of India's. You state that bowler friendly pitches make for dull test matches. I disagree - flat pitches offering no prospect produce dull cricket.

  • Mervo on January 19, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    England's spell at No 1 will be short lived as this shows. It is a statistical positioning of their team and reflect the level of recruiting from South Africa and Ireland that they have undertaken. They are not supermen and all time greats as many in the former West Indian and Australian teams were with Border, Gilchrist, hayden, the Waughs, Mc Grath and Warne. There are no all time greats in the UK team. They are a well drilled and coached unit who must always play to their full potential to do well.

  • Favell on January 19, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Diwana, cricket is about giving the batsmen and bowlers an equal chance. Dull cricket is watching batsmen belt the long suffering bowlers into submission in sub-continent heat on wickets that more resemble roads. Nothing is more spectacular than watching wickets fall. It's about time the bowlers, who are most susceptible to injury on unforgiving pitches, were given a fair go. It's also about time the sub-continent push got over their aversion to DRS. This is 2012, not the Dark Ages. The game has to move on, the available technology must be implemented. It can only improve and uniformity in the use of DRS is what the world game needs.

  • on January 19, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    @FreddyForPrimeMinister on (January 19 2012, 19:36 PM GMT) totally correct the drs system improved results...However it was human error that caused a few glitches i.e no conclusive evidence and its interpretation...overall though had we not had drs the decision would be the same....

  • alex100024 on January 19, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    LOVE IT ITS A SWEAT REVENGE ........CRICKET SPEAK ITSELF..........AFTER IST DAY THEY WERE SHOUTING AND RAIS QUESTIONS ABT AJMAL'S ACTION BUT NOW WHAT HAPPEND IN THE SECOND INNING .....S UMAR GUL ACTION S ALSO IN DOUBT R WILL THEY WILL NOW START TO BLAME DRS????????????????????

  • LillianThomson on January 19, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    It's funny seeing some embittered Indian criticisms of DRS here. Outside India the rest of us care only that DRS improves accuracy, not whether it gives a 100% accurate answer to every question all the time. I listened to the Test Match Special commentary, and both Boycott and Vaughan commented that the DRS era is the hardest to bat against spin, because defensive "shots" with bat hidden behind pad can be reviewed, and off-spinners are far more likely to get lbw decisions. This has led Swann and Ajmal to get 30% of their wickets lbw, which Ashwin and India cannot. In other words, India are so busy protecting Tendulkar that they undermine their own ability to dismiss opposition batsmen.

  • on January 19, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    @JimDavis. Yeah I'm not sure how a ridiculously huge lunge forward by Ajmal makes the results of technology wrong.

    @JG2704. Absolutely right, well played Pak but there are still 2 more matches and Eng are still 6 humiliations behind Ind atm. However, I think the great Aus team of last decade are now the benchmark of a no.1 team and I couldn't stop thinking that when Eng were 4 down in the second inning with Trott and Morgan batting that that great Aus team would find a way to win a test from that situation. Until Eng start winning from losing positions there will always be debate, and fairly, over whether they are really the best team going around.

  • Podatik on January 19, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    @CricketDiwana: Really mate? You have a handle that proclaims your love of cricket yet you display rank ignorance of the sport. I reckon, thanks to the T20 format, batsmen have sent their technique and patience for a full toss. The future looks bright for good bowlers. At least so long as curators don't pander to the likes of CricketDiwana and gift a flat, heavily rolled, batting paradise for a wicket! Most Indian wickets are far from fair. I'd argue that the wickets India encountered in England last summer and are currently facing in Australia have something for all cricketers of reasonable skill and application -- batsmen AND bowlers. Too bad the (Indian) batsmen failed to show up. Can't blame the wicket for that!

  • ROXSPORT on January 19, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Precisely the point what BCCI & I have been trying to make all along. Even after investing so heavily, if we do not get it all right, then it is no use investing so much in technology. Better put some robots with mechanical eyes (ultra slow motion cameras) in place of umpires & let the referee oversee.

  • MWaqqar on January 19, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    This English team like the Indians before them are No 1 because they have the most rating numbers among the teams. True champions and No 1 were the Windies of Lloyd and Richards and Aussies of later years of Border, Taylor, Waugh and early years of Ponting. These teams could beat any team anywhere on any surface, not fall like nine pins like England today.

  • CricketDiwana on January 19, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    It clearly shows, England are Green-Pitch Bully. They have won all the matches against india on the pitches which helped their fast bowlers without puting any efforts. Give them neutral pitches where both batsmen and bowlers need to work hard to get the result, this is what happens. Australia has done the same thing now. Making bowler friendly pitches make the test matches dull. Full credit to Pakistan. England will loose their No 1 spot very soon.

  • JG2704 on January 19, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    @indianzen on (January 19 2012, 15:51 PM GMT) - Most of us have been fairly balanced in our views but sometimes you have to point a few home truths out as there is only so much garbage a man can take. Most of us have said that this will be a tough series against a form cricket side and although I (and others were confident we would win - and let's not forget there are still 2 tests to play). Even in our darkest times we don't feel the need to go on the threads of other countries to find a second international team to support. Still I suppose when your own side is so pathetic at the moment you have to try and find joy elsewhere.

  • JG2704 on January 19, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    @xuberie on (January 19 2012, 15:44 PM GMT) - Indeed . Swann went on to contribute the majority of the runs , so thankyou Mr Gul. As embarrassing a display as it was from England's batsmen at least to lose by 10 wts looks better than by an inns

  • on January 19, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Its hilarious to see Indians speaking in favour of pakistan when they leave no chance spare to insult pakistani/pakistan on any international forum..Anyways this stuff apart..the match was amazing..England vs Pakistan deserves to get an iconic status..i mean the hype for it was tremendous in Pakistan at least..i dont know about England obviously..Thanks to the english team for showing sportsman spirit and playing without creating any controversy but Thumbs down to the english media which always whines whenver their team loses.. However, Cheers to the Pakistani team amazing performance you guys made us Proud..PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

  • PACERONE on January 19, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Did Steve Davis have to use Hot Spot to see that the ball had gone past the bat and only hit the pad? This was a ridiculous decision...what is he going to do if a batsman gets and edge and Hot Spot does not pick it up? Does he use Hot Spot when he is standing to give a batsman out caught? He uses his eyes and ears. Strauss should not feel hard done...he celebrated when Ajmal was given out.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on January 19, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Whatever it is, England will now know how difficult it was for India to hold the #1 position.

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on January 19, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    I see the negative comments about the DRS system here. The truth is that there were two examples where possibly it might have been resulted in a different outcome, and perhaps another 3rd umpire would have overturned the decision of the on-field umpire. However, both these cases Steve Davis decided that there was no CONCLUSIVE evidence to overturn the decisions of Billy Bowden, so the on-field decision remained. For those Indian fans who are claiming this is vindication of the BCCI's stance, let's be clear - with or without DRS, the outcome would have been the same! Earlier in the match however, incorrect decisions were reversed by the DRS so the overall result is that the DRS yet again IMPROVED the accuracy of the umpiring decisions. Please bear this in mind before making ill-conceived comments. Jem

  • on January 19, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Well Done pakistan!.. Got to teach them a lesson.. Tough times ahead for England.. Test series against Pakistan, SriLanka then followed by South Africa.. and then in India.. They would definitely lose their Test No.1 by Mid 2012.. Aus, SA & Pak deserve to be No.1,2 &3

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 19, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    @JimDavis, please take off your pro-DRS goggles and you would see it easily.

  • Patchmaster on January 19, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Peterson maybe a 'big match player' but this was a big match, and he indeed looked gormless. Bell is in danger of losing every bit of confidence he ever had.

  • yorkshirematt on January 19, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    I suggest plonker pietersen changes nationality again and moves to indian where that sort of brainless batting is encouraged.

  • phoenixsteve on January 19, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Great play and a well deserved win by Pakistan. England DO seem to be lacking in confidence against this attack and it is highly improbable that 5 days will see them turn fortunes around. The chief difference between the 2 sides was in the batting and it can be argued that England outbowled Pakistan but that Pakistan completely outbatted England? Whatever your opinion it has to be a major worry for England and their aspirations to stay the number 1 ranked test team. Congratulations to Pakistan and a well executed team plan. England need to wake up and surely 1 or 2 of Bell, Pieterson or Morgan needs to make room for Bopara and Monty? Being an England fan I am naturally gutted by this showing but I have faith..... Naive? Maybe.... but.... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

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

    @JimDavis - You didn't get the point. Technology takes its fair share of money. Even after investing so much, if you can't guarantee the correct outcome it's better to keep this game in its original form as soccer has kept it.

  • on January 19, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    the proponents of DRS have clearly stated that it does away with the glaring errors.it cannot right every wrong but it will not overturn a right decision.it is sheer folly to take the line of the BCCI that it should be 100% right

  • bajwa_rulez on January 19, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    DRS IS GOOD OPTION TO HAVE ,, IF ITS NOT 100% RIGHT BUT STILL IT HELPS A LOT ONLY INDIA HAS PROBLEM WITH IT ?

  • Zeus777 on January 19, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Despite couple of blips..DRS and technology is the way forward.

  • jackiethepen on January 19, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    I think Vishnu should remember Bell was 23 at the time (owned by Warne) and Bell hit back in the second dismal 2006 Ashes and there are still some lovely YouTube videos of Bell and Cook punishing Warne at Perth. So if history repeats itself Bell will take on Ajmal and he's 29 now and among the best batsmen in the world.

  • JimDavis on January 19, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    I struggle to see how it could be I told you so with the DRS. It is not as if they reversed a right decision with a wrong one. If India was playing it would have still been given out, unless you are implying that Bowden would have said not out if there was no DRS. There were a couple of decision on the first two days that were correctly overturned, so in that respect DRS has worked.

  • TheBengalTiger on January 19, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    I love when Karma bites England right where they deserve it. Moan about DRS, and you will be proved wrong.

  • AMUSMANI on January 19, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Very good bowling by ajmal,gul, abdul rehman, hafeez and cheema. Best of luck for the rest of the series

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on January 19, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    DRS - "Donkey" Review System !!!!! .... BOOOOOOOOOO

  • KYZA on January 19, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    I am very happy to see Pakistan win against England, English media is a problem as everyone has mentioned today or yesterday. Pakistan throughly deserved this win, they were magnificent, as much as England were poor they played bad shots, but Pakistani bowling was far superior in both seam and spin as highlighted by Umar Gul and he early morning burst, the confidence has built with our boys over the oast 12 months probably the worst time for England to play us, what if Amir & Asif were playing, we even have Junaid and Wahab on the bench they woudl get in to most teams internationally at the momnent, come on Pakistan forgot all this bad media on you, you know what they are like, win and stay in this habit, Inshallah we will win again

  • USAPakCricFollower on January 19, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Two things come to mind: 1) Perhaps the english team was psyched out by the pre-match talk of Ajmal's teesra and the best spin attack in cricket, though there is no doubting that it is. 2) or maybe the english team was flying so high after winning against australia that they did not take this pakistani team as seriously as they should have. For all the talk of the slow batting by pakistan, their run rate was faster than both of the england innings. Go figure! Misbah is looking like a genius. I have a big fan of his, and for pakistan he is every bit worth his weight in gold.

  • Sayedgee on January 19, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal catch off swan was 100% convincing that he did not glove it. Not only was it a DRS folly by the third umpire's lack of common sense arguing that the hot-spot frame was not available.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 19, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    As far as Gul is concerned he does not deserve to be in the Team. The ideal fast pair for this match would have been Junaid & Cheema and also the tall M.Talha would not be a bad choice. But still the youngster is waiting for his opportunity.

  • Vishnu27 on January 19, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Just as SK Warne owned Ian Bell, it appears another crafty spinner is about to put Bell back into the padded cell that he got to know so well.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Just perfect showoff cricket.. congratulations Pakistan. we want 3.0 Inshallah.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Eat your words Bob Willis

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    It is a emphatic victory by Pakistan. Lets hope they dont relax and take this no 1 England team lightly in the next test. Best of Luck Pakistan.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 19, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    KP and Bell certainly disappointed me. When does KP learn to step back and respect the passage of play? What's happening to Bell, undoubtedly, the best negotiator of spin in the English team? IMO, KP is the best overall player of spin - both attack and defend. DRS - oh that's an expensive poor joke you have to buy for boatloads of money. I thought even the best of jokes are free of cost. I'm proud of my BCCI (though I'm no big fan of BCCI).

  • indianzen on January 19, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Dear english fans............ where are your mouths now? Pak brothers.... you are truly great... This is Ram from India...

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 19, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    A rusty England made an embarrassing attempt at upping the tempo in their 1st innings and paid for it dearly. You've gotta feel for Swann: if the top six had averaged just 30 each 1st up, and his catches had been taken off his bowling he would've ended up with a six-fer. Easy to see a turnaround for the 2nd, as England have long proved they can do.

  • NeoTheSaviour on January 19, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    LOL.. Wellcome phony World No1.. Guess who ever plays more at home would be number 1 in the world.

  • xuberie on January 19, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Umar Gul's 5th Wicket on No Ball should also be mentioned here. If that would not be a No Ball Pakistan would have won by an innings as swan scored 30 odd vital runs

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    PAKISTAN won the test 3-0 in UAE VS ENGLAND

  • Mourian on January 19, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Excellent performance from Pakistan

  • Me_A_Gemini on January 19, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Full credit to BCCI and ICC who made it impossible for Pakistan to arrange cricket in Pakistan. That made our players able to play in all sorts of conditions and give their 100%. This huge win is a reward for the hard work that Pakistani players have been putting in by playing outside Pakistan all the time. Great play by team Pakistan. I wish them a crashing series win against England. Go Pakistan Go!!

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  • Me_A_Gemini on January 19, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Full credit to BCCI and ICC who made it impossible for Pakistan to arrange cricket in Pakistan. That made our players able to play in all sorts of conditions and give their 100%. This huge win is a reward for the hard work that Pakistani players have been putting in by playing outside Pakistan all the time. Great play by team Pakistan. I wish them a crashing series win against England. Go Pakistan Go!!

  • Mourian on January 19, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Excellent performance from Pakistan

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    PAKISTAN won the test 3-0 in UAE VS ENGLAND

  • xuberie on January 19, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Umar Gul's 5th Wicket on No Ball should also be mentioned here. If that would not be a No Ball Pakistan would have won by an innings as swan scored 30 odd vital runs

  • NeoTheSaviour on January 19, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    LOL.. Wellcome phony World No1.. Guess who ever plays more at home would be number 1 in the world.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 19, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    A rusty England made an embarrassing attempt at upping the tempo in their 1st innings and paid for it dearly. You've gotta feel for Swann: if the top six had averaged just 30 each 1st up, and his catches had been taken off his bowling he would've ended up with a six-fer. Easy to see a turnaround for the 2nd, as England have long proved they can do.

  • indianzen on January 19, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Dear english fans............ where are your mouths now? Pak brothers.... you are truly great... This is Ram from India...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 19, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    KP and Bell certainly disappointed me. When does KP learn to step back and respect the passage of play? What's happening to Bell, undoubtedly, the best negotiator of spin in the English team? IMO, KP is the best overall player of spin - both attack and defend. DRS - oh that's an expensive poor joke you have to buy for boatloads of money. I thought even the best of jokes are free of cost. I'm proud of my BCCI (though I'm no big fan of BCCI).

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    It is a emphatic victory by Pakistan. Lets hope they dont relax and take this no 1 England team lightly in the next test. Best of Luck Pakistan.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Eat your words Bob Willis