Pakistan v England, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi, 2nd day

Day of mixed reviews

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the second day of the second Test between Pakistan and England in Abu Dhabi

George Dobell in Abu Dhabi

January 26, 2012

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Alastair Cook made 94 before falling to Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan v England, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi, 2nd day, January 26, 2012
Alastair Cook selflessly walked off after being given out lbw, not wasting a review for his team © AFP
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Moment of the day
Jonathan Trott had just 22 and his partnership with Alastair Cook was worth 44, when Saeed Ajmal spun an off-break sharply and caught the batsmen in the crease. The lbw appeal was turned down and, after a quick chat, Pakistan decided not to use one of their reviews. Had they done so, Trott would have been out. To rub salt in the wound, Pakistan later wasted two reviews - also against Trott - for further lbw appeals that were declined. Trott and Cook went on to add 139.

Decision of the day
It is not often the most impressive moment of an innings comes in the moment of dismissal. In Cook's 94, perhaps it did. Make no mistake, Cook was rightly adjudged lbw. But there are many international batsmen - one or two who share the same dressing room - who would have struggled to show the restraint demonstrated by Cook and would have insisted on calling - and wasting - a review. To show such selflessness six short of a century speaks volumes for Cook's character.

Strike of the day
Resuming on 256 for 7, Pakistan still had the opportunity to stretch their first innings score past 300. As it was their last three wickets lasted 16 balls. The key wicket was Misbah-ul-Haq. After his innings the previous day, Misbah was only half forward to another fine delivery from Stuart Broad that nipped back off the seam and would have gone on to hit middle stump. It was the 13th time since his recall to the side that Misbah had passed 50. Only once has he gone on to register a century.

Near miss of the day
The first ball Saeed Ajmal bowled to Trott was a perfect doosra: it spun away sharply and left the batsman groping at fresh air. Put simply it was too good to edge. Perhaps had Ajmal bowled the same delivery in Dubai, where there was less turn and his doosra seemed to skid on, he would have found the edge.

Ball of the day
The partnership between Trott and Cook added 139 runs in 50.4 overs in increasing comfort when Abdur Rehman produced a beautiful delivery that drifted into Trott, pitched on middle and turned to clip the top of the off stump. Perhaps Trott might have negated the spin had he played further forward but it was a tremendous ball from an underrated bowler.

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Posted by sawifan on (January 27, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

@Sageevan Sivarasa... it was special because he was so close to a century. Many players would get caught in the moment and ask for a review straight away. Granted its not an 'exceptional' play of the day, but it shows great team awareness and presence.

Posted by Raja.Khurram on (January 26, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

See, thats the beauty of DRS - now the teams have got ONLY themselves to blame for the situation they find themselves in. Thats why I really love DRS because it puts 100% responsibility of the match results on the teams instead of umpires.

Moreover, it also balances the "benefit of the doubt" principle in favour of bowlers. Batsmen wont get benefit of the doubt unless the fielding side agrees :)

Posted by   on (January 26, 2012, 21:28 GMT)

@decision of the day, yeah I agree there are many batsman who just waste reviews, but there are many more who just leave it like Cook, so whats so special mentioning this???

Posted by jackiethepen on (January 26, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

I'm even more full of admiration for Cook than praising his 'selflessness' now he has honestly admitted he wanted to review the decision but took the advice of Kevin Pietersen not to. But do we need the kind of herd like mentality of the media all following Atherton's praise of Cook's 'selflessness' on Sky? Atherton has an agenda. He has been over critical of Cook and he likes to have digs at other batsmen as well. But Atherton didn't even bother to check with the footage. Thank goodness Cook is not a hypocrite.

Posted by Desihungama on (January 26, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

If you push Pakistan a little, they are prone to mistakes be it mental.

Posted by MitenD on (January 26, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

Glad to see Pakistan fighting and doing so successfully. Not so long ago you may have seen them dejected when things weren't going their way. If they restrict England to 300, they should fancy their chances with Ajmal on a Day 4 or 5 turning track.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

england would love to bat till unch atleast and take it to some where near arround 300 to 320...however, pakistan needs to restrict them from doing so , as a lead of 70plus runs on this track during the second innings would be a great benefit for england to start with .... having said so .. this one will be a cracker for sure ,only if pakistan can set a target for atleast 250plus for england to get in the second inning with atleast a day and a quarter to bowl at them ....one more thing ....Younis Khan Needs to learn from Trott and misbah lolz

Posted by   on (January 26, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

cook is my fav english player , i think the character he showed today was exceptional especially being in nineties at that time.i think eng will have a good leader in him in the future,dont know is it just me or what but i couldn't help my self comparing cook with gambhir,s press conference,two young cricketers with two different mindsets.

Posted by voyager on (January 26, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

Next area of improvement for Pakistan. Renew their resolve at every 25 run increment to go for next 25. In this innings all batsmen had good starts only two converted them to 50s and none converted to 100, and are now 100 runs short. Positive thing is that they have not given up and not demoralized by the mistakes in reviews etc. This will turn out to be a fascinating see saw match

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