Pakistan v England, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi, 3rd day January 27, 2012

Azhar and Shafiq fight but England hold edge

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Pakistan 257 and 125 for 4 (Azhar 46*, Shafiq 35*) lead England 327 (Cook 94, Trott 74, Broad 58*, Ajmal 4-108) by 55 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

For the first time in their notional home series, Pakistan had a crowd to strengthen their resolve. They came in their thousands after Friday prayers and sat on the grassy banks at the Sheikh Zayed stadium. What they witnessed was Test cricket at its most attritional but they also witnessed a clue to Pakistan's batting future.

Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq came together at 54 for 4 with Pakistan still 16 runs in arrears and England's bowlers coming to terms with the rigours of playing Test cricket in Asia. It is a rare sight to see England with two spinners bowling to an attacking ring. With Pakistan faltering, they were even beginning to think they might like it.

This time Azhar and Shafiq did not have Misbah-ul-Haq at the non-striker's end learnedly chiding them to be patient but they were patient all the same. They ground out 71 at barely two an over and when the third day closed they had drawn the fire from England's attack. Shafiq treated Pakistan's supporters to two successive boundaries off Monty Panesar, Azhar offered a couple of serene drives and a skip down the pitch to loft Graeme Swann over long-on but it was stern-minded stuff.

Their response was essential. Much was made of England's flimsy top-order batting during their 10-wicket defeat in Dubai; Pakistan's looked just as brittle. Panesar and Swann have not been as magical as Saeed Ajmal, nor have they turned the ball as sharply as Abdur Rehman, but in their first Test together for two-and-a-half years they laid down a challenge.

Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar fell to nothing more substantial than artfully-pitched straight balls; a substantial sandstorm could blow through the gap between Taufeeq's bat and pad. Younis Khan got a beauty from Panesar which turned to uproot his off stump. Then the old fox, Misbah, fell: a third wicket for Panesar. Misbah looked for a reprieve on DRS but the dispassionate conclusion had to be that the third umpire, Billy Bowden, was right to conclude that the ball had hit pad before bat.

The growing quality of pitches in the UAE has contributed to two engrossing Tests. It was widely anticipated that this could be a tedious series on unresponsive pitches. Instead, there has been enough life for bowlers to relish an even contest. For those watching from England, whichever side they have been rooting for, it has been well worth an early alarm call.

But the main benefits have come from the advent of DRS. Technology is rapidly making defensive pad play a thing of the past as umpires grant lbw decisions where once they would have looked askance. The game is different now: livelier, more combative and eminently more watchable. The downside is that lbw decisions are at an all-time high but with the future of Test cricket in such doubt, technology has provided a timely shot in the arm.

That England were able to put the squeeze on Pakistan owed everything to Stuart Broad, whose enterprising, unbeaten, 58 from 62 balls gave them a 70-run first-innings lead. England made 116 runs in the morning session at a rate of nearly 4.5 runs an over as Broad poured his frustration with England's careworn batting in the series into every shot. He had made some mildly provocative remarks about his England batting colleagues after Pakistan had been bowled out for 257, remarking on Twitter that it would make no difference if the batsmen did not frame themselves.

When Ajmal had broken England's dominance with three quick wickets on the second evening, frustration had been etched into Broad's face as he watched from the boundary edge. At such times there is something endearing about his unabashed desire to win a cricket match.

He batted like a man on a mission. If it was up there he would hit it, old ball and new. He needed good fortune on 33 when he survived the narrowest of run out decisions by the third umpire Bowden. Azhar pounced on the ball from cover and threw down the stumps as Broad chanced a single off Junaid Khan. As he dived for the crease it was debatable whether his bat was grounded. But he brought up England's 300 by slog-sweeping Abdur Rehman's left-arm spin for six into the Knocking Area - a sanctuary perhaps for the England batsmen he had previously chided.

The old ball was 84.5 overs old at start of play but Misbah entrusted the task of dismantling England's lower order to his spinners. Matt Prior was intent on playing them off the back foot whenever possible but Ajmal had his measure. He was badly dropped at deep square-leg by Junaid and then spared from an lbw decision by the tiniest inside edge. By the time Ajmal had him lbw on the back foot, a decision upheld after an England review, it was apparent he needed to be put out of his misery.

Ian Bell was also dropped, a rasping return catch to Rehman which flew through his hands for four, and was also beaten several times by Rehman's sharp turn. His tremors against Ajmal's doosra were less apparent but he fell to Gul and the second new ball, England failing with DRS for the second time.

Pakistan finally parcelled up England's innings one over into the afternoon as Hafeez, an increasingly redoubtable all-round cricketer, took two wickets in three balls. Panesar, whose last Test innings had been a heroic rearguard action against Australia in Cardiff, this time managed a more prosaic second-ball duck. Panesar, lbw, signalled that he had hit it, but England had omitted to save a review for him.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 28, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    @HumanhHoneyBadger on (January 27 2012, 08:40 AM GMT) i firstly would like to say that talking big usually a funny way of biting ur backside... secondly something tells me your not an england fan because most england fans on here have a sense of humour and are usually honest and very rarely make sniping comments at the opposition... please publish

  • JG2704 on January 28, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @reality_check on (January 27 2012, 14:16 PM GMT) - Come on man - "Average Team?" Why are they an average team just because they've not won in recent years in the SC ? From 1995-2001 Australia lost 3 series in India and were they average? Agree there's a long way to go but right now we're at worst very competitive vs the best SC team.

  • JG2704 on January 28, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @richardror on (January 27 2012, 11:01 AM GMT) - Think you mean due to strength rather than lack of tailenders. Otherwise your comm. Makes no sense

  • JG2704 on January 28, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    @HumanhHoneyBadger on (January 27 2012, 08:40 AM GMT) - Come on man - be fair. Pakistan annihilated us in the 1st test and while we are probably slight favourites in this match Pakistan are still extremely competitive. What I'd suggest is to aim such comments at the person/people who have been lording it rather than the majority of Pakistan fans who have been very respectful. Please show their fans un general respect

  • wnwn on January 28, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Time for Umar Akmal to be brought in to replace his brother Adnan. I've seen Umar keep in ODI's and he's on a par with Adnan. He will strengthen the batting significantly and batting at 7 should give him plenty of rest between innings. Sri Lanka did it with Chandimal and the result was amazing.

  • shahzebkhaan on January 28, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    this game is turning out to be a perfect test battle between two very best test playing nations the spirits of test cricket was retained by these two teams as many other teams failed to do so like ind vs aus good luck for both the teams 150+ would be a difficult task for england as broad underestimated our attack by saying that they would easily chasing around 250 odd

  • richardror on January 28, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Now Pakistan are 198/7 I can't see them winning this, however can see how they will be a very complete side soon, once the youngsters gain experience and Misbah becomes less defensive as a captain and they will become (even more so) a side to be reckoned with.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    TARGET OF 150 OR 160 in this Track are quite handy.England have to play realyy well if they chase visibly small but tricky Target.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    There's absolutely no space for Pakistan to win this match as far as logic is concerned; Yes, teams lose, even the good ones. Pakistan has to very hard for some respect attainment for which it has no great bowlers, except Ajmal and Rehman. Gul, who hasn't been observed on the best of forms. A slender lead as such is of almost nothing to defend against titans like England.

  • 4thslip on January 28, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    good luck Pakistan! lets have a good day of test cricket

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    @HumanhHoneyBadger on (January 27 2012, 08:40 AM GMT) i firstly would like to say that talking big usually a funny way of biting ur backside... secondly something tells me your not an england fan because most england fans on here have a sense of humour and are usually honest and very rarely make sniping comments at the opposition... please publish

  • JG2704 on January 28, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @reality_check on (January 27 2012, 14:16 PM GMT) - Come on man - "Average Team?" Why are they an average team just because they've not won in recent years in the SC ? From 1995-2001 Australia lost 3 series in India and were they average? Agree there's a long way to go but right now we're at worst very competitive vs the best SC team.

  • JG2704 on January 28, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @richardror on (January 27 2012, 11:01 AM GMT) - Think you mean due to strength rather than lack of tailenders. Otherwise your comm. Makes no sense

  • JG2704 on January 28, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    @HumanhHoneyBadger on (January 27 2012, 08:40 AM GMT) - Come on man - be fair. Pakistan annihilated us in the 1st test and while we are probably slight favourites in this match Pakistan are still extremely competitive. What I'd suggest is to aim such comments at the person/people who have been lording it rather than the majority of Pakistan fans who have been very respectful. Please show their fans un general respect

  • wnwn on January 28, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Time for Umar Akmal to be brought in to replace his brother Adnan. I've seen Umar keep in ODI's and he's on a par with Adnan. He will strengthen the batting significantly and batting at 7 should give him plenty of rest between innings. Sri Lanka did it with Chandimal and the result was amazing.

  • shahzebkhaan on January 28, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    this game is turning out to be a perfect test battle between two very best test playing nations the spirits of test cricket was retained by these two teams as many other teams failed to do so like ind vs aus good luck for both the teams 150+ would be a difficult task for england as broad underestimated our attack by saying that they would easily chasing around 250 odd

  • richardror on January 28, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Now Pakistan are 198/7 I can't see them winning this, however can see how they will be a very complete side soon, once the youngsters gain experience and Misbah becomes less defensive as a captain and they will become (even more so) a side to be reckoned with.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    TARGET OF 150 OR 160 in this Track are quite handy.England have to play realyy well if they chase visibly small but tricky Target.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    There's absolutely no space for Pakistan to win this match as far as logic is concerned; Yes, teams lose, even the good ones. Pakistan has to very hard for some respect attainment for which it has no great bowlers, except Ajmal and Rehman. Gul, who hasn't been observed on the best of forms. A slender lead as such is of almost nothing to defend against titans like England.

  • 4thslip on January 28, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    good luck Pakistan! lets have a good day of test cricket

  • Sports4Youth on January 28, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    Finally endi of day 3 125/4. Wow that was great comeback, and especially from the yonsters. It is not only the runs that is hearning, but also the say these boys have played. They were positive but carefull. it wase graceful and stylish specially Azhar. But both were good. If these boys stay on the wicket till lunch atleast and then Say Adnan, A.Rehman, Ajmal, Gul can add something useful, then probably the lead should cross 200 which should be a good lead on this pitch.

  • on January 28, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Laxman + Sachin + Dravid = 000

  • cricket_fan_1980 on January 28, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Also guys lets not get carried away with the umpiring decisions. Its part and parcel of the game. I noticed that Amir Sohail seemed very upset when Broad wasn't given run out. The truth is, back in the good ol' days, when there was no DRS and tele replays were slowly being introduced, people went with the decision of the umpire and moved on, showing sportsmanship. One bad decision here can be an equally bad one for the opposing team later, its cricket, thats the way it was always meant to be. I like that the tech helps, but when its ambiguous, trust the umpire and move on. Some of the best test cricket I've watched in a while. Very closely fought out, but Eng definitely took the initiative with Broads wonderful knock

  • MadKingGeorge on January 28, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    Haha, this 'RandyOZ' chap is excellent value. Very amusing comments. Apparently whitewashing a team is 'below par', and the team which just lost to the mighty New Zealand and only just avoided the humiliation of registering the lowest ever Test score is guaranteed the next Ashes. Brilliant! I applaud you, sir. No one writes jokes like that anymore.

  • jmcilhinney on January 28, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    As an England fan it's good to see the team coming to terms with the UAE conditions. The batsmen were poor in Dubai but looked better here. Still some worries (Strauss, KP, Morgan) but the others looked much better. Bell looked much better playing aggressively and, even though he didn't make a big score, looked much more confident. As for the "tail", they wagged the dog again. I must applaud the England bowlers too. They did a decent enough job in Dubai and weren't aided by basically only getting one bite at the cherry. They've looked really good here and the Monty-for-Tremlett trade looks a master stroke. They have been aided by the Pakistani batsmen playing with less discipline than in the first match but they've still done well. Pakistan are fighting back well but England are in a strong position. Long live Test cricket!

  • on January 27, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    Some people are too conceited that Pakistan would be easily able to defend a total of 170-180. I say no! Anything under 250, and its pretty much England's game! Fifth day would not be like a typical 5th day with lot of cracks. This wicket is getting easier and easier to bat!

  • on January 27, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    Can't remember the last time I saw such an enthralling spin duel. On an individual level, Ajmal's the most dangerous of the lot - which is why I fear any target above 120 in the 4th innings - but Swann & Monty, in tandem, tend to 'strangle' the batsmen more effectively than the Pakistani spinners. Morgan seems to have temporarily shot his bolt, so - despite Bopara's well-catalogued vulnerabilities against top-class spin - I'd play him at Dubai on the basis that we now *have* to play Monty, we need a third seam option as back-up, & he's hardly likely to score fewer runs than the current incarnation of Morgan.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on January 27, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    One important observation to add. Excellent bowling from Monty!! I supported his inclusion in the team even before the 1st test match. And now he is showing everyone why he is an incredibly important member of this English side in about half the pitches in the world. A good test side should have players for different occassions. The same way they do for different formats. Broad though has been the real star for England in this game. Come on Azher and Asad, do us proud!

  • on January 27, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    England is still favorite but fight from Azhar and Shafiq made my day.....Pak seamers were very big disappointment.

  • Chirs-Cry on January 27, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    It may sound ironic to some people but I am preferring to watch Pak-Eng match over Aus-Ind. India, as usual, flops overseas and leaves no excitement towards test cricket. I read the same headlines over and over again, at times i think we are watching a replay after another.We Australians hammer Indians like there is no tomorrow and even Dhoni CHICKENED out because of "SLOW OVER RATE" but can't deny the WhiteWash. But come to the mark, Pak and Eng brought that excitement back and I really appreciate it. Can't wait for Pak vs Aus later this year, that would be super exciting. But for now i want Pak to build the lead to atleast 150+ and so then on final day (Eng 2th inning) it would be exciting to watch and let see how they can see off Ajmal, or can they ?

  • A.z.f.a.r on January 27, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    another cracker of a match. Lets just hope Asad and Shafiq hold their head tomorrow as well, and Pakistan bat at least until lunch. Something tells me a target of 180+ would be interesting :D

  • Itchy on January 27, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    David, what makes you think that "the future of Test cricket in such doubt". Some of the best test matches have been played in the last couple of months! Aus chasing down 300+ vs SA in SA, India VS WI where all four results were possible on the final ball of the test, NZ beating Aus in Hobart despite a ton by Warner carrying the bat through the innings. I'm not sure where you are coming from but it is wrong, wrong, wrong!

  • babarzia on January 27, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Bravo to Broad (and Swan) for a big hearted display. Bravo to Azhar and Asad for their discipline. The most telling stat yesterday was the average of the English numbers 6 to 11 in 2011. It is 50 something and miles apart from all other test playing nations.

    Lastly congratulations to all CRICKET fans for such educated and delightful comments. Everyone seems to be enjoying cricket at its best. Test cricket is not hit and giggle 20 20 for idiots, this is cricket for real men.

    May the best team win. A hearfelt thanks for both teams for providing heart attacks and desperate, disciplined, and sincere cricket for us.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on January 27, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    I have always had the utmost respect for Pakistan as a cricket force with so many talented bowlers and the likes of Javed, Zaheer and even Inzaman. Historically Pakistan are the real power house in Asian cricket, maybe not financially but in the sporting context.This has been a quality test match of bat against ball with so much swaying from one side to another, I think England will win but to be honest I wouldn't be totally gutted if we lost, cricket is the winner in tight matches like this. England have at least shown they have the ability to adapt to different conditions and fight,we are not a truly great side but we are a very good side and still evolving. the This series is a pleasure as the majority of Pakistan fans on here and the ones I have known in the UK are real cricket fans, gracious in defeat as well as when victorious unlike those empty vessels from India and Jonesy2 (what is it with his obsession with England has some fine English beau stolen his woman or something?)

  • SirViv1973 on January 27, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    @Omarrz, Don't have a go at Junaid Khan. Of the 4 seamers on show in this game Broad is the only one who has really shone and that's because since the start of the series with India last year he's been as good as any fast bowler in World Cricket. Before this series began the majority of Pak fans on here were calling for Junaid to play you can't judge him on a hand full of overs on an unhelpful pitch he clearly has a bright future. I doubt Riaz would have done any better these are tough conditions for seamers to perform in.

  • on January 27, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    Pakistan cannot win this test match it is impossible. Well. Congrats to all English friends (in advance) our batsmen can only bat on flat track. Pakistan cannot give target more than 100 lols

  • SirViv1973 on January 27, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    @Naveed Khan,why post a comment like that, this is a great test match,the type of match which makes true fans of test cricket love the game, surely you should be commenting about the match not umpiring decisions. As far as Broad was concerned the slow mo before the ball hits the stumps his bat is in the air but on the next slow mo after the bails come off the bat is grounded as this is solely the 3rd umpires decision as it was referred to him by the onfield umpire and he had to give the batsmen the benefit of the doubt as he couldn't be sure his bat wasn't grounded when the bails came off. regards Misbah although there had been some doubt as to if there was an edge the on field umpire gave him out & BB could not overturn his decision unless he was 100% sure there was an edge. If he had been given not out and Eng referred it then it would have stayed not out because there was doubt & you go with the onfield umpires decision, this is how DRS works! BB got both decisions right

  • on January 27, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    I Look, It will turn into an interesting DRAW. But This will prove a first wrong Capitancy Decision from Pakistani Captain. Regardless of the Pitch, once you have a decision power you must used it correctly, Having Weaker Batting Side & then decision of Batting First is quite not understandible, I believe Pakistan Should Avoid Such Poor Capitancy decisions in future if they want to stay alive in this series.

  • on January 27, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Great match & brilliant test of character this. As a SA'can on the sideline I am enjoying this match thoroughly & looking for another stern test on day 4! Test cricket as it should be!

  • richardror on January 27, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    @Xiyad.kahn, Graeme Swann actually made his debut around 10 years ago however failed to make his place permanent which would have spoilt his record a little. However he has been without question the best spinner in the world since 2009.

  • hhillbumper on January 27, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    stuart Broad keeps getting better and better.He seems to have got the message about how to bowl and he keeps on improving.he can go as far as anyone else doing the rounds at the moment.When he bats well he is a sweet timer and his bowling has come on.He can certainly kick on a bit more and wonder what his record will look like by the end.You can't fault his will to win and frankly it is good to see someone who cares that much for his country. Good stuff Broady

  • rivernile on January 27, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    I think that Pakistan should have score more in their first inning. They were in a great position to. Well bowled England! I hope that Ali and Shafiq can hold on for a decent lead. Hopefully by that time, the pitch would have deteriorated further, making Ajmal the menace that he was in game 1!

  • RandyOZ on January 27, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    England have very, very average spinners. Graeme Swann is a shadow of his former self and combined with the pathetic batting line up held together by a couple of South Africans and a waining bowling lineup the next Ashes is effectively already Australia's. Their win in England against India looks well below par now.

  • SirViv1973 on January 27, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Another fantastic days test cricket. Credit to Pak yesterday when Trott/Cook were batting it looked like Eng wld take the game away from them and again today at 54-4 it looked like they were out of it. I still really fancy Eng, you kind of feel that Azhar and Asad will still need to bat for quite a while as you can't expect more than the odd cameo knock from the other 5 guys. I think If eng can get the break thru early then they probably won't need much over a hundred to win if that! I think Pak need a minimum of 180 lead to be in with a shout of winning.

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

    @Nadir Rahim: You are spot on mate. Whatever the actual result of the match, Cricket is the true winner here. In fact there has been several true test matches recently that have helped ensure that - and I've been too busy to really follow it :-( Although I expect England to win this one, I am far, far from sure. Game on!

  • on January 27, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    @ Elliott_Tree lol no ..why should be they drop? Most of the posters here are of intolerant youth having no patience for the new comers. Good tight series like this will make them stronger. What ever the result will be, they should stay and experience the same first hand and good luck to England. They are looking good, no wonder they are number one position in test cricket. Btw mate, we will beat u in ODIs and 20-20 for sure :P

  • Desi_In_US on January 27, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    This is turning out to be an excellent match. At the moment it looks like Pakistan will have to play extremely well to save the test, however I dont think they are down n out. A lead of about 200 (which may seem little ambitious right now) will really put England to test. If Monty is creating issues for batsmen on 3rd day, then Ajmal and Rahman will be more than handful on 5th day to negotiate. 1st session will be critical for both teams. If these two can survive morning session, then I will feel Pakistan has better than average chance to get a defendable lead. BTW, those who were mouthing off at the end of 1st Test.... this is a sweet reminder that a single test is not an end of a trip, its the begining of a journey. Same goes to English fans, don't be too complacent - there is more to come.

  • on January 27, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    priceless temperament from both of them(azhar and asad) ever classy ever solid.... umer is also in the line to join the team in near future they are pak heros for today as well as for future....

  • 5wombats on January 27, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    We think this fine match will have a few more twists and turns yet! At 4/54 we thought that England will roll Pakistan up. Not so! Pakistan have other ideas! Batsmen Azhar & Shafiq are showing the brilliant true spirit of do-or-die Test match resistance. Fantastic! Pakistan fans seem so pessimistic! But wombats absolutely not confident. We have seen England screw up games like this before and the occasions when we do not screw it up stand-out. We think especially of Trent Bridge 2005, for example. Here is one from the hearts; unfortunately, someone is going to lose this match. Whoever loses this Test match will never be disgraced. BOTH sides have given everything. Hail Pakistan! Hail England! Hail Test Match Cricket! What a great game!

  • sirvivfan on January 27, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Bad batting performance from Pakistan. Particularly from the senior players. I had predicted this in my writings that Panesar would make the difference. I am Pakistani supporter... Hats of To Panesar. Despite poor treatment from Endland this guy gives his all. I am sure this memory like the last time will be short , Panesar will be dropped as soon as he does not deliver. This is how England selection works.... Unless you happen to be south african. Mark my word! He was dropped despite saving the game for England.... Nobody fought for his inclusion! Yet for the moment he is getting the praise from English supporters. Was he allowed the lead the team in to pavilion close of play no...... Arrogant people!

  • Dr.Hasan on January 27, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    With every passing day England have tightened their grip on this match...now they are definitely ahead by 65/35, Asad and Azhar will have to do something extra special to swing it back in Pak's favour. plus the tail will have to wag quiet a bit. England would be comfy chasing anything below 150..anything more will give Pak bowlers a sniff and (although highly unlikely) anything above 200 would make the match dead even again BUT Pak should not forget that they have gotten this same english batting line-up all out twice for under 200 in just the last test. Hope for a great day's play tomorrow and best of luck to both teams .. with extra prayers for Pakistan :)

  • cric.info. on January 27, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Fantastic day of cricket, tomorrow will be more fascinating though. for a moment it felt like Pak still have its classic tendency to collapse, but this time u got to admire English bowlers. This episode version of cricket is more interesting than shorter ones, lets see next.... wish that thrill to continue with Pak partnership, which i guess will be the last solid hope, u can leave maximum of 70 runs for wickets after this one, but predicting Pakistan is predicting unpredicta...

  • oze13 on January 27, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Great comeback by Monty. Broad has been awesome. This will be great victory if they can pull it off!

  • hstrawson on January 27, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    what a match and, after last summer, i can safely say pakistani supporters are delightful compared the indian ones!

  • on January 27, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    after a long time we have a test series of highest quality,entertainment and drama probably after ashes 2005,pakistan,s batting future surely does look bright when the likes of umar akmal have to sit on the bench.This is test cricket at its best.and even the crowds proved it today that quality test cricket can still attract supporters even in the age of 20-20

  • on January 27, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Fascinating tussle on! If Panesar and Swann can, will Ajmal and Rehman lag behind? Pak is likely to win albeit after some excitement...

  • on January 27, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    What i match first of all I must give credit to both the teams, both have shown tremendous fighting spirit and exceptional temperament, winner is test cricket in the end of the day, Now i was reading few of the comments about Abdul Rahman being ordinary bowler compared to Saeed Ajmul, Saeed Ajmal got more armoury under his belt i agree, but you cannot deny it is because of Abdul Rahman pakistan was able to break Cook-Trott partnership and he out bowled Ajmal on day 3. Now the conditions are not easy to bat on so kindly can people stop criticising Pakistani bating especially when the ball is spinning and Monty is bowling his very best. it would be really exciting test match if Pakistan put on some lead and give something to their bowlers to defend. England must try and get the 6 wickets before lunch in order to win this match comfortably. I think still patience and and resilience to pressure will be the key here.

  • big_al_81 on January 27, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Terrific test match. Who needs the T20 junk for enthralling spectacles? This article remains a strange exercise in damning with faint praise, however. Clearly England's day and match so far. That doesn't mean they'll win necessarily but why is the first half all about a partnership of 71 (it's a good one of course) and then so much about Pakistan's promise elsewhere rather than on England turning on what we know they're capable of. I don't understand the desire of the designated Cricinfo correspondents for this series to praise every tiny note of optimism for Pakistan and leave England's achievements as a marginal note. Balance would be great and doesn't seem too much to ask. Let me posit a theory: some obsevers, with maybe a smidgen of justification, think there's been a bit TOO much excitement about England's ranking and want to singlehandedly redress the balance. Well, the last Test allowed that, this doesn't. England have acquitted themselves very well thus far. Fair's fair

  • on January 27, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    england got the edge at the moment but pakistan is still in the match and can give us win.azar and asad was look comfortable to day if they manege to avoid first half an hour tomarow then 200 plus is psible and that will be enough for england.come on pakistan d,t let us down.

  • VIVz_forearm on January 27, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Regardless of whatever happens, pakistan must drop one pacer (likely J. Khan) for next test and include U. Akmal (extra batter). how they did not see that change is beyond me!!! just for next test at least...Gul, Ajmal, Rehman & Hafeez are enough to take 20 wicets at least here for the next test when you know what Dubai will offer...

  • on January 27, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Nadir: I like your comment. Cricket has won here and after the terrible year that Pakistan cricket has had, it can hold its head up. This is riveting cricket at its absolute best! This Pakistan generation if managed well, will become world class.

  • on January 27, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    PAK hav a tough task to do..Wud be surprised if they can survive tomorrow..but Good battling against Number one Side...Wud luv to see Pak batsmen scoring big 100s or 200s...with ths batting, hard to beat Eng..PAK still hav a long way to go in TEST cricket..good luck...

  • on January 27, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    I hope that tomorrow Omer Gul will make a century :)

  • landl47 on January 27, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    It's interesting that the first half of each day has belonged to England and the second half to Pakistan. On day 1 England had 4 Pakistan wickets down for just over 100 until Misbah took them to 256-7. On day 2, England got the last 3 for one run and by tea had lost only one wicket. Then Pakistan got 5 wickets in the last session. On day 3 England's tail got 116-3 in the morning, Pakistan struggled to 54-4, then Azhar and Shafiq played out the entire last session. This is probably because England had such a long lay-off and as any cricketer will tell you, you can't duplicate a seven-hour day in the middle no matter how much you train. For Pakistan, Azhar and Shafiq are the future, but Junaid looks lost. He can't bat, can't field and the captain clearly has no confidence in his bowling. Not surprising, because he isn't that quick or accurate and doesn't do much with the ball. If England gets early wickets tomorrow they'll win, but I wouldn't fancy chasing more than 150 on this pitch.

  • on January 27, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    @NutCutLet: I completely agree with you. It's been a fantastic display of cricket from both sides, individuals have batted/bowled their hearts out. This is a true contest regardless of the result, this is all test cricket is about. As a Pakistani I'm definitley proud of our young guns, and the character they have shown. The future looks bright. Even if we lose to England, there would be no shame as England too have played superbly as a number 1 team should. Long live test cricket.

  • Tlotoxl on January 27, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    @Xiyad.khan: it's all very well having great stats after a few matches when your opponents have no idea how you bowl, the real test is years later when they know exactly what type of bowler you are and you can still do it, look at Mendis, hailed as the perfect replacment for Muali but fell away badly and as only played 1 test in the last year, against England - the so-called weakest players of spin - and got 1-66.

  • finch88 on January 27, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Great Test match. It's interesting to see Pakistan fans more confident of an English win than many English fans! I would not be comfortable if we had to chase anything over 150. Much will depend on breaking this partnership between Azhar and Shafiq, who have both been excellent so far. England do have a knack for getting early breakthroughs though, and I think this test might be won or lost by how well the current batsmen settle in the morning. If they go cheaply, it's difficult to see the Pakistan tail wagging. Cook and Trott will be the ket wickets in the chase. I almost expect Strauss and Morgan to fail by default. Would trade Morgan for some Collingwood steel any day, especially given the match situation! I'd like to see James Taylor replace Morgan in the long run.

  • zaf100 on January 27, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    England ahead at the end of day three but Pakistan 5 aces hold the key. Azher, Asad, Adnan, Ajmal and Abdur Rehman. If tomorrow batsmen play well and some how manage a lead of around 175 to 200 than pressure will be on England batsmen because facing Ajmal, Rehman and Hafiz on turning pitch wouldn't be easy, but Pakistan will have to bat well first. Misbah's captaincy was tested by England and I think he was touch clueless at times. Field placing wasn't great and above all seems like there was communication gap between him and bowlers. Too many lose deliveries were bowled outside the off stump rather bowling straight. As a spinner if you bowl straight on that type of wickets you will have four chances of getting wickets. Bowled, LBW, catches and stumping chances. Tomorrow Pakistan will face old ball for nineteen overs in the morning which will be easier to bat against on evidence and hopefully if both batsmen survive that period Pakistan's chances will increase of winning. Good luck.

  • MartinC on January 27, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Great game of proper test cricket - a contest between bat and ball. Credit to both sides for some intense cricket played in the right spirit.

    Advantge England but they will not want to chase much over 200 .......

  • on January 27, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    i think pakistan has great chance of winning this test... if they can score 300+ in 2nd innings... still a long way 2 go...but still a chance

  • axfar on January 27, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    shafiq is complete pakacge with good techniquesss !!!

  • on January 27, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    This DRS has changed the game in the bowlers favour... and if pakistan manage to save the game, mohsin's and misbah's scolding off shafiq and azhar a few days ago will say a lot

  • cricket_fan_1980 on January 27, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    what a great game. great spirit from both teams and an amazing advertisement for test cricket. this one game has been more exciting than the entire T20 tournament and about 50% of the WC tournament! haha. well, England on top for a magnificent and disciplined performance. This has become a test where each session can belong to either team, and the last few other than Asad and Azher's defiance have belonged to England. If Pakistan can post a lead of over 180 they are still in the game. If not, well, it'll be incredibly tough to limit England. But fourth innings pressure is unlike any other. And everybody is physically and mentally tired and stretched to the max. It is then that the true character shows. This is really setting up to be a cracker of a game. If Pakistan do not bat with their brains tomorrow morning, the tougher side would have been determined

  • AKUSA on January 27, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Great game! I am loving it! I would rather watch this kind of battle any day than spend a day to see individual records being chased and batsmen hitting triple centuries. England has the upper hand but it's not over. Hope Pakistani batsmen can post a good total and make it an exciting 5th day.

  • on January 27, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    PAKISTAN LOSE THE MATCH,WHY TAUFIQ UMEER IN THIS TEAM ,WHY PAKISTAN NOT TRY NEW OPNERE ,

  • saadfarrukh1 on January 27, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    no matter who wins i like the spirit shown by both teams.it iis also nice to see fans of both sides posting balanced comments and rspecting each other.as a pakistani fan hope these 2 go on to score hundreds but even if pakistan dosent win there is no problem.

  • Cricket_Master_Mind on January 27, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    I would Love to see these two player's perform like Ponting & Clark. Really no guess's for this situation but if you ask who is in power at the moment no doubt its England. Its Pakistan who is climbing the rock after being push down. Dont expect any thing from Pakistani Tail. They are just useless when it comes to Bat. If Pakistan had to win These two had to make another 100 partnership and Akmal had to score fast 50 like he did in last test. Best of Luck Pakistan- Be Brave, because Luck favors the Brave

  • JG2704 on January 27, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    England are now favourites but I'm certainly not counting my chickens. Broad was superb. It's good to see him playing his natural game and it's helping push the game forward too. Maybe Morgan could take a leaf out of his book as he seems to be too much in his shell which is not natural. When we had them 4 down I felt that we were in complete control but absolutely fair play to the 5th wicket pair for putting on a great stand under immense pressure. I'd say chasing anything over 150 could be very tricky if Ajmal gets into his rhythm.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on January 27, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Pleased with the young guns contrubuting well without the senior Younis and the senior Misbah. Azhar is indeed the future " Younis Khan ", but he needs to combat the feeling of being nervous after making a half century. He has amazing potential of making double tons!! I don't blame Asad in the squad, although, he should be hitting singles when possible. Even Misbah isn't this defencive! Didn't understand why Umar Akmal wasn't included, he can accelarate and that's important. My advice is to include Azhar in the ODI squad in places where Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat are kicked out. This way, Azhar can learn to play for singles rather than punching bounderies. Heck, he looks like a potential test captain in the future :D

  • PACEGUY on January 27, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    I didn't watch the match but i wish i did because we can all by the score and commentary that the situation has been tough out there for both the teams, enjoyable, high-class game of a Gentlemen's sport. Absolutely Brilliant Well Done to both of these extremely talented teams. Looking forward to tommorrow Best of luck to both Pakistan and England.

  • pietrojackson on January 27, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Great to see 1] UAE becoming a genuine cricketing location with tracks that encourage batsmen and bowlers 2] Pakistan showing definite progress in adding discipline and steel to their undoubted talent 3] A balance in the competitive landscape rather than the utter dominance of 1 side. This can only add to the lustre of Test Cricket. 'All' that is needed is to get the respective cricketing boards manned by folks with cricketing and commercial competance - and without overweaning political/control interests and we'll be set for a good future.

  • dmqi on January 27, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Pakistan has very little chance to win as the tailenders can not score, that is what the records show. But cricket is a match of glorious uncertainity. A lead of 150 plus can give some ray of hope to Pak but England has found way to bat against Ajmal. Gul and Junaid are average bowlers. Whatever happens, both sides supporters should accept with grace and give credit to all payers as they have presented a true Test match worth watching every single minutes. An England victory will make it even more interesting and competitive 3rd match. MAKE DUBAI AND SARJAH HOME OF TEST CRICKET FOR ALL NATIONS. We need neutral venue,better than home ground.

  • on January 27, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Test Cricket at its best. PAK and ENG, great teams to watch!

  • ctavare on January 27, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Another day of ebbs and flows As batsmen come and then they go Misbah's boys were on the ropes Till Azhar, Asad lent some hope...

  • Stark62 on January 27, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Pak management need to be brave and get Umar in the line up.

    Shafiq had the best technique against the spinners in this match but Umar is the best Pak player in the squad against spin.

    Also, like I said many times that we need SADAF HUSSAIN!

    The guy can swing the ball both ways and isn't too far off Amir talent wise.

  • Long-Leg on January 27, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    As an England fan I am 90% certain we will win tomorrow. However, I would not want to see this partnership go on for too much longer. Pressure does funny things when you have to bat last, especially when facing a mystery spinner. Whatever happens we should thank both teams for providing us with such a hard fought and enthralling match. Test Cricket is still the finest form of the game and (in spite of India's best efforts to devalue it) always will be.

  • on January 27, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Whattay game_Cricket has surely won here.The trauma of last year`s scandal is forgotten,and all focus is now on the game.England in a better position right now,but I`m hoping for Azhar and Shafiq to play well tomorrow,they`ve been splendid uptil now.A good 200+ lead is what Pakistan should be aiming at.And all of those who`re criticizing Pakistan batting,did u guys like it when we got bowled out for under 100s last year?...At least we`re putting up a good fight here!Looking forward to an excellent 4th day.

  • Xiyad.khan on January 27, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    I am loving Smart Stats About Saeed Ajmal..

    Saeed Ajmal is playing his 19th Test, and has taken 97 wickets at 27.92. After 19 matches, Graeme Swann had taken 85 wickets at 30.84.

  • on January 27, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    what a match!!!!! Pakistans chance of winning rest on these two young guns. England bowled beautifully. Brittle pak batting seriously exposed. Need to drop umar and let Ali open. Push Younis at 3 followed by umar akmal, shafiq, misbah etc. Sadly, Gul isnt test quality, cheema isnt international standard, riaz + junaid need time to develop before judged. Pace attack is looking seriously weak. Spin department is good.

  • 2929paul on January 27, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    It's a humdinger of a match this. I still think it will be tough to score more than 150 batting last, especially against Ajmal. Also, isn't it nice to see (mainly) balanced and respectful opinions from both sets of supporters on here, rather than the ridiculous comments and rants we get from other parts of the world!

  • on January 27, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    hey guys! Be cool! Dont hit the panic button so quickly! it is the same team that won the Dubai test. England is number one side. We cant white wash them. [can we?]. Enjoy test cricket at its best[at least better than wts happening in Australia]. Pakistan team is going in right direction. We have to give credit to england bowlers. They bowled very well, and remember this match isnt finished yet. U never know about Pakistan.

  • Yevghenny on January 27, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Pakistan have battled to stay in this match just when it looks like it's about to slip away from them, fair play to them they are showing a lot of guts. It's still a very difficult position, but even a low total of 120 can produce crazy results.

  • Nutcutlet on January 27, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    So many Pakistan supporters seem to think that this match is lost. Well, it's true that England goes into the 4th day with an advantage, but let me assure all of you Pakistani pessimists that the fat lady hasn't so much as cleared her throat yet! No sane England supporter regards this match as in the bag - and it is absolutely certain that the England team doesn't either. I said t'other day that his match was going to be a stern test of character. So it is proving to be. If Broad and Panesar have shown spirit and bottle for England today, then so have Asad and Azhar for Pakistan, shoring up a calamitous start to the Pak. 2nd innings. They have proved their test match credentials with their battling character and if I were a Pakistani, I'd be very proud of them. If they add another 80 -100 runs, and the tail contributes as well, this is still anybody's match. Anything beyond 200 will not be at all easy for Eng. batsmen. This is a cracker, played in the best spirit! (cf. Adelaide!)

  • smjr on January 27, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Only something dramatic can save Pakistan from defeat now.The problem is that Pakistan won their matches on the heroics of one or two individuals as well as their number 8 to 11 are very poor batsman. The batting of tail enders are very critical in low scoring and on turning pitches.Moreover I found that most of the England batsman play on the front foot and on the back foot by judging the flight of delivery,meaning that if delivery is slightly short they play back foot or just stay on the crease and if the delivery is on good length they play on the front foot.The dismissal of all four Pakistani batsman today are due to the fact that they commit themselves on the front foot very early which give them less time to see the delivery. However Asad and Azhar both plays late and on the backfoot as well on the front foot. Unless Azhar Ali, Asad shafiq and Adnanl score heavily I cant see Pakistani tail to have a better technique to cope the spinners. To me 70% chance of England win.

  • on January 27, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Very tense and hard fought match. This what test cricket is all about. No one is playing extravagant shots but its excellent bowling which is getting them out. Although, I am Pak supporter but loving this contest where the main contest is contest of the "nerves". From Pakistan's perspective, Broad's run-out and Misbah's LBW has costed heavily. In both of these occasions benefit of doubt is given to England anyway best of Luck to both teams.

  • KarachiKid on January 27, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    I think as Pakistani fans we should not ponder too much on the end result, which in all probability would be in England's favor. What keeps impressing me is the fighting and gritty nature of team Pakistan post 2010 debacle. These guys are showing fight in every condition, every situation. 2 Years ago we would already have lost the match. Yesterday late 3rd session and today 3rd session reminded us that Pakistanis are playing as a team. Mind you we are up against number 1 team and UAE is not Pakistan, so we are actually playing home series away from home. Keep it up Azhar and Asad. P.S.: what disappoints me more is our batsmen's inability to score big hundreds, the feebleness of our loooong tail and gradual reduction in quality of Umar Gul. They should have brough Tanvir Ahmed.

  • mazhar1 on January 27, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    love watching t20 and odi's .. but as a proper cricket fan , nothing beats an absorbing test match like this.. no question england the superior side, but my fellow pakistani's shouldn't get too down, it was just the other day that our team was torn apart on/off the field. we have lost a super opener and a world class young bowler and despite all that we are still doing ok against the no.1 side in the world... Trott Lbw when he was on 22 and Broads super counter this morning pivotal moments of this game.. England to wrap it up by tea .. what a fantastic test match... love it.

  • cricketeria on January 27, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Great test cricket. Eng finally giving Pak a real challenge. I hope Azhar and Asad bat all day tomorrow. The last day should be enough for Ajmal and Co. to bowl Eng out. Go Pakistan!

  • topeleven on January 27, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Still the game is in balance considering the England's weakness to play spin. If they allow Pakistan a lead of 130 to 150 its tough to get. Anthing less than 100 is manageable. I am an English Supporter but I like the way pakistan played the final session. Azhar Ali and Shafiq should teach our Indian batsman how to graft an innings in tough conditions..... Hope the better team wins.

  • cricket0007 on January 27, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    wow what a match if these two azhar ali and asad shafiq can save the game by scoring big runs.. they can become instant heros.. may be its time for pakistani tail to score some runs for a change.. i think this is the weakest lower order in the world... but i believe if pakistan can score 100 more runs and bats til lunch and then england gets 2 sessions to chase those runs on spinning wicket.. wow it wud be extremely interesting game... and wud test the nerves of both the teams... thank GOD this is not another one sided series with one team dominating :)

  • on January 27, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Nice to see fight back from Pakistan's Youngsters but I still think England will easy win this match from this position...coz it will be very difficult for shafiq n azhar to start over their innings tomorrow morning and post a big total considering their previous records...

  • on January 27, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Very much England's day today. They had a slender advantage at the start of play but were able to build upon it with arguably the best lower order in the world. I think England would have wanted a greater lead but a 70 run lead is hard to argue with. With Pakistan 4 down and holding a 55 run run lead the game is England's to lose from here. The 70 run partnership however highlights the fact that Pakistan are not going down without a fight and are not the pushovers India were last summer. Ideally we can get them all out for roughly a target of a 100. Any thing more than 150 would be challenging and a potential mine field.

  • cric_monster on January 27, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    I think the last two days of test cricket has proved that selection needs to be on merit which means choosing players based on form rather than past reputations. Azhar and Asad performance has shown the virtues of playing young aspiring talent who are trying to prove their credentials rather than seniors who don't seem too pushed. Virat Kohli in the current Aus-India test is also a good example. I think Pakistan should drop Younis in the next test and bring in Umar Akmal. I know younis has a good average, but if you look at the record, you will find that 9/10, when the pressure is on, younis khan fails.

  • TaylorSwift on January 27, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    I had pegged Broady for stardom back when he first started playing at the international level. His performances of late have proved me right. His 58 runs, more so than his bowling, could be the difference here. English bowlers also deserve a lot of credit for giving them the edge after Day 3. Azhar, Shafiq and Adnan must bat on for two sessions tomorrow to give Pakistan a fighting chance. These three young men can determine Pakistan's fate tomorrow after the four senior batsmen failed under pressure again. In my opinion, 200 will be a defendable target on this 4th and 5th day pitch. Gripping stuff! Best of luck to both sides.

  • KMalik on January 27, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Great cricket.Both team fighting for every inch of ground.I am Pakistani but i want England to win this match so we can see more intense fighting in 3rd test as well.Congrats to both team for such good match and God save us the agony of watching one sided matches

  • Zahidsaltin on January 27, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Nedd 130 runs more then I am sure its pakistan's match

  • YorkshirePudding on January 27, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    ITs a nicely balanced game at the moment and could go either way, England wont want to chase anything over 150-180 on a day 4/5 pitch with ajmal and co bowling, in a similar way Pakistan will want to push the score up as far as possible to give the bowlers a chance of taking 10 wickets.....Its certainly living up to its promise, thankfully for the right reasons this time. In effect this is a meeting of the two most consistant teams in Test cricket at the moment, and both have a lot to prove to the world, Pakistan after the events of 18 months ago, and England being the #1 team.

  • on January 27, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    The wicket is taking spin & batting is getting difficult. Fingers Crossed tomorrow INSHALLAH if Pakistan gets 200+ then it has a good chance of bowling England out for a win. However formulating and executing the strategy of getting to 200 would be the key. A challenge for Misbah & Mohsin. However this is the chance for Azhar & Asad to become Stars like Inzi yousuf and Younus.

  • Zahidsaltin on January 27, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Is there a need for Junaid. Playing a game to bowl 8 over? 3 spinners and a fast bowler should be good enough as bulk of the bowling comes from the two main bowlers. Umar Gul was never an attack bowler as when we had Asif and Ammer, he was only the third option. I never saw him being lethal. Sure he got 4 wickets in the first match but most of them was gifted by the batsmen on there leg stump glance. I feel that Pakistan should play Aizaz and Wahab instead of Gul and Junaid. Talha could have been handy with Wahab but he got unfit. Pakistan needs to accomodate Umar Akmal. Their batting is too slow. If a batsman with better flow was to stay at the crease as Azhar and Asad did, we could have been 100 runs ahead.

  • tjsimonsen on January 27, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    @Jonesy2: Try and have a look at the stats for teh first choice attack over the last two years (when England has had a serious claim for the throne): Anderson: 88 wkts @ 23.43; Broad: 62 wkts @ 26.69 (40 @ 22.27 over the last year); Bresnan: 38 wkts @ 22.92; Swann: 92 wkts @ 26.98. Trott and Cook may not be the most attractive to look at but over the past two years they have scored 1755 runs @ 62.67 and 2174 runs @ 67.93, respectively. So I don't think England (or thier fans) think themselves unlucky to have them. Oh yes, during the same period Bell scored 1603 @ 84.36, Prior scored 1142 runs @ 51.9, and the presumably "weak link" Pietersen scored 1553 runs @ 53.55! Add to that the strongest lower order in the world (Broad: 575 runs @ 35.93; Bresnan: 309 @ 51.5; Swann: 363 @ 17.38). Perhaps that answers your (rethorical) question? I'm sure I don't have to remind you that those two years included the worst hammering Australia have suffered at home for generations?

  • Omarrz on January 27, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    I don't get why Junaid was picked for this match. He is a useless bowler with 0 body language. I mean did anyone see him while fielding? So lethargic, so lazy. And he bowled like a 10 year old. No swing, no seam movement. No wonder Misbah didn't give him much to bowl. I was hoping for a Wahab Riaz inclusion for this match, hope he gets a chance in next. He is a handy batsman and can provide some resistance down the order.

    As far as this one goes, it seems to be over for Pakistan. They need atleast 130-170 more which is impossible.

  • on January 27, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Being a fan of test cricket, i would like Pakistan to win the series . This test seems to be going in englands favouR..!!But few things i want to add Umer Gul is Fantastic bowler for limited over cricket only,even pakistan is way behind in this match , Asad & Azhar are the postives so far.!

  • on January 27, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Great game so far...England again have edge at the end of day esp coz of Broad but very good fight back from shaifq n azhar in pressure situation from Pakistan...Good to see both teams fighting hard and making this match alive...

  • on January 27, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    well don't be soo happy ,,brits fellaz..batting on this pitch is difficult..am 100% sure that Pak will cross the lead of 200 runs..and it will be immpossible for england to stay on this pitch against top class pakistani bowlers.

  • iRaihan on January 27, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    England to work hard.Go England Go.

  • Elliott_Tree on January 27, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    @Salman Zahidi on (January 27 2012, 13:33 PM GMT): well, best of luck to Azhar & Asad - a legendary rearguard action here would be a fine way to silence their critics (I've read a few posts suggesting they should be dropped). As as an Eng fan I hope they are out early in the morning; as a cricket fan I hope one battles on to a 100!

  • KashifMuneer on January 27, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    I don't know why but I have a feeling that Asad Shafiq will score a century tomorrow.

    Oh what fun it would have been if England had picked a pacer rather than Monty :)

  • on January 27, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Test cricket at its Best....

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    England is surely on top but if Pakistan manage to score something around 250 tomorrow, it will be seriously tough for the English batsmen to play the spin in the fourth innings. England played superbly and justify their rankings!!!

  • Dannov747 on January 27, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    top class performance by broad

  • dmqi on January 27, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    THE MATCH IS GOING TO ENGLAND AND THEY ARE CLEARLY THE BETTER SIDE. ONE C. BOARD IS BETTER THAN 3/4 PAK PLAYERS,THAT IS THE MAIN DIFFERENCE.ALSO, ENGLISH BATSMEN CAN PLAY AND SCORE, PAK CAN NOT. YOUNUS IS A TOTAL FAILURE IN THIS TEST. MISBAH AND OTHERS FAILED THIS TIME TOO. AJMAL'S FAKE TESRA HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE BY ENGLISH. BE READY FOR A 2-1 ENGLAND SERIES UNLESS PAK CAN BAT TO SCORE AND ENSURE A 3RD TEST DRAW.

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Oh boy, i dont think Pakistan could possibly pull that game from here.. unless they give target at-least 200+... good to see resistance from youngsters - lets see how far we can survive in first session tomorrow.. England did superb job today.

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Pak has the reputation to wrap up this england fragile batting line up in one session only,team which already lost his 20 wkts in six session in last test match ,how they can chase the target of 170,its look so impoosible,if they are asked to chase 170 in 4th inning then i hope in the end every pakistani will celebrate the series victory...Go Pakistan

  • KashifMuneer on January 27, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    No doubt that England are still ahead but a similar first session on Day 4 to the last session on Day 3 will mean Pakistan are 125/5 effectively. That should enable them to take the lead to 200 and set up a nice finale.

    IF (big if) Pakistan can set 250+ then I don't think England can chase that but we are a long way away from that. A target of 250 in 4th innings will mean the teams are back on even terms in this game. A target of 200 and England will still be favourites. Basically Pakistan need to bat past tea somehow to challenge England.

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    @ jonesy2 Yet Australia (aka the best team in the world) suffered 3 innings defeats to such poor batting and bowling. You are probably right about Morgan though, he is not yet good enough for tests. If Bresnan had been fit, Morgan would have been dropped for Panesar for this game. As for the Pakistan fans still insisting that their team will win easily, surely this game has show that England, even in conditions which do not suit them, will not make things easy for you. They are not the pushovers the first game may have led you to believe, and they are not no.1 without reason.

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    This is a brilliant match of real i.e. Test cricket. Who would want to watch the dross that is ODIs and T20 when they could see this? Good solid hard fought stuff with swings both ways and sub-plots everywhere. What a shame the majority of international cricketers are so dumbed down they can't defend their wickets well enough to give us more of this.

  • voyager on January 27, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    @Azilur, it is easier to win this test match then to save it. At this time draw is the least likely result of this. 4th day would be either decisive or attritional. The difference b/w this test and previous is some missed chances and unintelligent use of DRS

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    If Azhar and Asad take This Lead to 200 or around 200 and if rest of tail Score just 80 or 70 than No one can take From Pakistan....

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    anything above 170 will defiantly lead the series toward 2-0,all english man thoes are saying this is third rate attack then go and check stat of your world class batsman against pakistan,every time these batting line up blighted so Badly by pakistan attack,ur tail is far batter then ur batsmn thoes are saving u from heavy dfeats,Junaid khan is palying his first match after recovery and english batsmn will face the muzik in 4th inning in front Gul,Junaid,Ajmal,Rehman and Hafeez..just think in front of which bowler u can survive...This is Pak match

  • azhar_hassan on January 27, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    As many of us expected after the 1st Test, Englnd have come back strongly in this match. Credit to them. As for Pakistan, they seemed to have lost a bit of focus. The first innings performance was at least 50 short of par. Then in England's 1st innings, after having them six down, Pakistan again seemed to have lost the plot. Good to see some resilience from Azhar Ali and Asad Shafeeq in the second innings but what were the first four batsmen doing. Younis Khan especially has been very disappointing. Being the senior player that he is and given his record, a lot more is expected from him. But the important thing now is to continue fighting and put as many runs on the board as possible. Even a traget of 200 in the fourth innings could prove challenging for England.

  • joynal693 on January 27, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Whatever.....PAK will definitely save this test.....Man come on... dont be crazy...PAK should try to accept the defeat but they only can try to a marginal defeat what may give them to some sort of courage in the final test to decide the series.

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Congratulations to the two young Pakistani batsmen who batted heroically for the last session of the day. Chasing 175 won't be easy on this pitch, with Saeed Ajmal in full flow and defensive fields. Will call it after an hour tomorrow morning but at present still have England ahead 60/40. England's increasingly panic striken middle order appear to me extremely vulnerable - 2 early quick wickets will change the viewpoint with that sort of a target. But at least a genuine well fought text between two well balanced sides is an enjoyment - there really are only 4 'quality' test sides AT PRESENT - each of whom could beat the others home and away at any time - in (English) alphabetic order - Australia, England, Pakistan, South Africa. Alarm call 5:45 again tomorrow

  • voma on January 27, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Its good to see Stuart Broad improving all the time , his batting in this match has given England a chance . There is nothing special about this Pakistan team at all , England are a far better all round team .

  • Pak_Guru on January 27, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Azhar & Asad undoubtedly will not get a better opportunity to answer their critics. Already 55 ahead, aim for 200 target and see the englishmen dancing to the tune of Ajmal, rehman & hafeez. I really miss Umar Akmal, with Adnan u dont have the confidence. Best of luck Pakistan. Play attacking cricket.

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Well if Pakistan build a good partnership between Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, it might be pakistan can win this game otherwise its in the hand of England. Earlier Broad played great inning for England that cause to lead for england. Pakistan should pull out Junaid Khan and Umar gul for coming test, Wahab Riyaz and Sadaf Hussain should be replaced. Though it was expected Younus will play a big inning but it could'nt, may be Azhar and Shafiq can play the big inning for pakistan in this test match, they should need / require patiency as well as concentrate on foot work. Atleast pakistan should give 250+ target in the hands of england then only it can be expected good result for pakistan.

  • wrenx on January 27, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    @GreatWhitePathan I agree about Afridi - remember when he would open the batting? He was devastating, and his bowling has come so far in the last few years. With Kaneria out, and Tahir in South Africa, Afridi's the main man for legspin bowling in Pakistan. He says he doesn't have the temperament for test cricket, but that's with the added burden of captaincy. Under Misbah. I think he would flourish. Also, it's essential that we have fearless batsmen in the team - Afridi's not be intimidated by the pitch nor the bowlers.

  • Guernica on January 27, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    What a cracking game. England to win by one wicket? Monty to hit the winning runs? Or a tie maybe? I'd rather it wasn't so close but think it is going to come down to the wire. Promising for Pakistan that their younger bowlers are doing it.

  • Elliott_Tree on January 27, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    @haq33 on (January 27 2012, 13:01 PM GMT): couldn't agree more - Ali & Shafiq are doing a great job, fighting hard and not giving up, even though it looked all over when Misbah was out (India should watch this match on video!). Could be a very tense day tomorrow...

  • reality_check on January 27, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    @HumanhHoneyBadger. You are very funny with your tall claims and predictions. It ain't over until it's over. Even if Eng win this test they still have to win in Dubai to win the series then after that it's Sri Lanka then India who are itching for a payback. England are just an average team UNTIL they conquer the sub-continent.

  • iBilal on January 27, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    abysmal performance by Pakistan... Azhar and Shafiq have to bat really long to have any plausible chance of winning or drawing. England's game so far, unless they fail to take wickets or Pakistani tail hold firm. Stuart Broad the man... he certainly is the next super star

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    i want pakistan to win, but at the end I am enjoying test cricket at its best.. wonder who thinks test cricket should be eliminated.. my money is on England but it will be not as easy as India- Australia series.. England will have to fight to win. however as a devoted pakistani supporter, i hope pak will manage to put 150+ lead and bowled England to win.

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Once Again Pakistani Batting Failed to Deliver and i Have strong feeling tht Pakistan won' be able to Save this Test.

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    still a fan of test cricket

  • khurramsch on January 27, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    @stumps: englands game un;ess pak produce something special. new ball due in 19overs & these two if they survive 1st session & put on 40/50 with old ball still had to fight hard with new ball.& still nobody knows what is good score on this pitch.& a question mark how to reach there. pakistans tail is simply not scoring. adnan is not a good batsman specialy for new ball.asad also has problems with new ball.even thay make lets say 150 ajmal need much more support from gul & junaid who are doing anything. broads inings is proving critical. & also the poor decision of DRS by pakistan is hurting them now.

  • khan978 on January 27, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    No matter whats the result of this match, there are a few things which are important if Pakistan want to improve as a team. Misbah should be using Hafeez more with the ball, get rid of Abdur Rehman, he is just an average bowler, get rid of Umer Gul as well and find a suitable replacement. Play Asad Shafeeq in place of Azhar and bring in Umer Akmal for Younis Khan. @ HumanhHoneyBadger you sound more like party pooper than a fan, your remarks are always out of context. And why according to the commentators here, if Younis is bowled by monty, its a beauty and if Trott is bowled by Abdur Rehman to a more brilliant delivery, its Trott's laziness ...

  • uk2009 on January 27, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Pakistan has lost this match!

    Pathetic performance from Pakistani fast bowlers and batsmen. In the last match ,England players were not used to the conditions and that's why they lost. Now we know where Pakistan actually stands! Our fast bowlers (Umar Gul and Junaid Khan) should be ashamed as they couldn't get Broad out.

    Pakistan should bring back Mohd. Yousuf to provide more stability to the batting and groom youngsters like Asad Shafiq & Azhar Ali. They should consider playing Wahab Riaz (in place of junaid khan) & Umar Akmal (in place of taufiq umar) in the next match.

    I also feel England will also win the next match due to the weak Pakistan batting lineup.

  • cric_fan__ on January 27, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    AT THE END OF THE DAY , ENGLAND ARE AHEAD. PAKISTAN SHOULD TRY TO POST A MINIMUM TARGET OF 200.I DONT THINK THAT WOULD BE POSSIBLE IF THIS PAIR GET SEPARATED EARLY IN THE MORNING TOMORROW......

  • peshawarwazir on January 27, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    i am posting one thing again and again...this pakistani bowling attack has no quality with rare of Saeed Ajmal..other bowlers have no capabilities to put England in danger...the other bowlers like Gul take one or 2 wickets due to pressue exerted by ajmal..Gul i do'nt recommend him anymore a quality bowler but he is just loosened bowler with loose deliveries..Other thing needed to take in mind is Taufeeq umar..though he made runs but he has no defensive techniques..Two things to be thought deep..Taufeeq omer inclusion..Why not Some young openers should be tested and groomed who are reliable..Other thing Pakistani Fast Bowlers are no more Match winners..Rest team is balanced...these 2 guys should be taught well or should improve their cricket or selectors should observe their reliability...Wahab riaz is good choice but he just needs accuracy..pakistani spinners are awesome to watch..

  • on January 27, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    In the Sub-continent you use two spinners. Swann and Panesar complemented each other wonderfully. Don't want to make predictions. All depends on the first hour to ninety minutes of the morning play. Whoever wins that session of play will win the Test Match. Bravo England on a fight back. Bravo Pakistan for a similar fight back under more difficult circumstances. We wanted a competitive Test. We got it. Test Cricket is the Winner

  • on January 27, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    I m Indian but i praise Pakistan for their tremendous fighting spirit Pakistan are effectively 55-4 and now Two set batsman at the crease,These inexperience Pakistan batting unit are much better than the Indian Playing Australia at the moment in terms of Application and putting High Price on their Wickets.Even though Pakistan scored almost 2 run per over but they still manged to hang their and make English bowler to earn their wickets rather than gifting them away even England know if they set a target around 170-180 They English batsman have to play very well to score under Turning deck against th World Class Pakistani bowlers

  • wrenx on January 27, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Good to see some fight from the younger players in the Pakistan side; we never mind when Pakistan lose but go down fighting. Some of the old frustrations returned though, particularly the feeling that Pakistan are a side that can do the work to take 13 wickets, yet somehow still find themselves bowling. Needed a bit of luck to go their way with Broad's run-out, but they didn't get it, and they need to be smarter with the DRS - should have had both Trott and Anderson. And Junaid's fumble was worrying; it's the second time I've seen him fumble a sitter (the other was in the Ireland ODI back in May).

  • on January 27, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    this is real cricket, the gripping and going down and still able to get up and punch back cricket, that's why its called TEST CRICKET. at this juncture a win or lose is immaterial , both teams have shown the real fighting abilities and able to deliver when it was required most for their teams. I as a Pakistani salute to the resolution, fighting spirit and determination to knock opposition down, shown by both the teams...

  • Purple-Patch on January 27, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    My personal opinion is that Pakistan are tactically naive most of the times, especially in the field and that's down to the captain and management. They produce arguably the best raw talent in the world when it comes to bowling and every so often will unearth batsmen with great potential but very rarely is it nurtured or harnessed to full effect. Again that's down to the leadership and senior management, the mentality of the players as individuals and as a team never seems to be right, rush of blood come to mind when the word should be disciplined. Will they turn it around, God only knows but the players have the ability to do so providing they show discipline and patience.

  • A.B.Saeed on January 27, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Come on Pakistan. Insha-Allah you can do it. We are resilient and thats in our blood. We have been in the worst.

    Good Luck and well played England so far in this match!

  • on January 27, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Match result is clear there are minor chances in favor of pakistan but apart from match result these two batsmens asad shafiq and azher ali having a great chance to make great impact on team pakistan.

  • Harvey on January 27, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    @jonesey2 - I can understand why you think Trott and Cook are "horrible to watch." I'm sure you must have found it particularly horrible to watch them flaying your pop-gun bowling attack to all corners during the last Ashes!

  • on January 27, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Its all about the tail isn't it? Pakistani lower order is totally hopeless while England last 3-4 can add 70-80 which makes such an impact. England are definitely on top and its a matter of just one wicket to run thru remaining Pakistani feeble batting line up. On the other hand, there is NO better opportunity then this, for these young two Azhar, Asad to put a stamp on international test cricket. They some how has to survive and make Pakistan cross 200 lead mark and the tail has to hang in at every cost, else it will be an easy job for England to chase down anything close to 125. If, let me say it again "if" Pakistan gets a lead closer to 200 then momentum will shift towards them and early wickets by Gul can put Pakistan on a charge but so far its just a very optimistic thought by a passionate Pakistani supporter :( Have to praise England's strong come back and not such a bad performance by Pakistan either, they are some how hanging in there. All in all a good test match.

  • on January 27, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Billy Bowden definitely gave England upper hand in the Test.

  • wnwn on January 27, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Monty Panesar is an ugly but effective bowler. He just goes for the LBW every ball. He should bowl the arm ball more often.

  • Azilur on January 27, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Whatever.....PAK will definitely save this test....!! Mark my words to all ENG fans...!! PAK will still lead and finally win the series......!!

  • Iftikhar.Uddin.Khattak on January 27, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Worries still continues as Pakistani Batting has once again failed to deliver,What i am postin every day that Our batsmen should take responsibility now but again unable to control the match from even first ings. I think England has got hold of the game as they are in drivin seats thanks to some poor performance by Pakistani batting line up, If we did t score on high run rate will be unfair to accept coz we lost too many early wickets but it is v danger sign of pakistan Cricket coz bowlers can t win every match for the teams but v sham full performance once again by Snr Batsmen at the end of the day. If Pakistan wants to make sure they still in the game then lead of at least 200 can only give them chance as one can expect some big turn later in the last batting and more importantly on 4th and 5th day of the pitch. Now huge responsibility is on young blooded shoulders they should not attack 2marrow morning bt even 2 runs per over might done the track for Pakistan.Wait till tea then bang

  • Badgerofdoom on January 27, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Really tense stuff, every run is precious. I'd rather be in England's position but it could still go either way. Who knows whats a winning score with the ball turning in the forth innings. Really good to see Panesar and Swann bowling in tandem. England still have trouble batting against quality spin but at least we can respond in kind.

  • on January 27, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    @HumanhHoneyBadger r u kiddin .ajmal + rehman+hafiz da best attack in da world....cricinfo plz publish

  • eng_mdkhan on January 27, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    If the first Test match was more about England losing rather than Pakistan winning then this one would be Pakistan losing rather than England winning.

  • on January 27, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    All hail to Pakistan for carrying it into the fourth day. A better performance than England's!

  • haq33 on January 27, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Excellent test match with fine examples of FIGHTING shown by both teams, esp Broad (England's MVP). We don't even mind so much if Pak lose to this strong unit, as long as every last one of them fights hard, in the way Asad and Azhar have shown. If the desire to win for your country exists and supercedes all other incentives, then the desperately needed technical improvements in the batting will come with time as we continue to rebuild this team. England still clear favourites for this match but they will have to grind out their victory - there will be no capitulation this time.

  • on January 27, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Its the taking of new ball when england were 250 for 6 , made all the difference. They should never have taken the new ball as tail enders in these seam unfriendly conditions, can always have better chance against the new ball by hitting out. Broad did exctly tht. I would not have been surprised if they had a lead of over 100. Misbah makes small blunders in defensive field placing at times, now he did this blunder, now its all up to the batsmen to put up a strong show. But naturally they failed due to their lack of aggression. They really need someone like razzak or Afridi or Umar akmal in the later order in tht respect.

  • RedRoseMan on January 27, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    This was looking all over when Misbah was out but Pakistan still in there fighting. England will be hoping for another wicket tonight and hope to roll the Pakistan tail over in the morning. But if Pakistan can squeeze out another 100+ runs, it could be a nasty little chase for England - the nerves will be jangling if they lose an early wicket or two.

    Another great Test match in the making!

  • jonesy2 on January 27, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    I find it amazing that England can be number one in the world when their "best" bowlers average over 30. Surely bell, Morgan , broad and Anderson are not test match standard. strauss only there because he is captain, obviously. cook and trott are just horrible batsmen to watch but unfortunetly for england they are the best they have.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 27, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    The pitch maps of England's bowlers are incredible. Accurate and hostile bowling.

  • Rahu007uk on January 27, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    India should request ECB to lend Month Penesar to join the Indian squad in the future test. I am sure he will revieve the fortune of Indian test cricket.

  • Elliott_Tree on January 27, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    @factual on (January 27 2012, 08:48 AM GMT): I wouldn't bite at your trolling post - but the umpires have had a really good match, and they deserve praise, not dodgy accusations.

  • Elliott_Tree on January 27, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    I'd have backed Prior to get the bulk of the mid-lower runs, but what do I know? Eng playing just like they have done for the last year or two - keeping the pressure up and someone always standing up when required (today it was Broad with the bat and Panesar with the ball).

  • HumanhHoneyBadger on January 27, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    @Usman Khawaja no Panesar in world cup. Swann + Panesar = best spin attack in the world right now.

  • GreatWhitePathan on January 27, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    None of the Pakistani batsmen apart from Hafeez and Misbah have the ability to attack the bowlers, especially when a few wickets have fallen. They are all too defensive and scared to play attacking shots. This is why Umar Akmal must play in this team. And in my opinion, someone must convince Afridi to return to test cricket. His legspin and lower order batting would be crucial. At no 8 he would have no pressure on him to play his natural game but his legspin is now world-class and he can make a real difference.

  • on January 27, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    out of 14 PAK dismissals so far 13 have been lbw and bowled...blocking every delivery wont work all the time. must show some aggression.

  • on January 27, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    The reason for Pakistan England series are exciting at the moment as Both the team got Bowlers who got the ability to take 20 wickets in any condition.This is what India are missing at the moment they dont have the bowling attack who can able to take even 10 without conceeding too many

  • Purple-Patch on January 27, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    @HumanHoneyBadger, I'm a Pakistani fan and I'm happy to comment and believe that England have the best batting line up in the world and that includes a very strong tail. I will also go as far as saying that England have an incredibly strong bowling attack and is possibly one of the best if not the best. However I will also say that Pakistan don't have and historically have never had the strongest batting line up and that we have always relied on our bowlers and given the fact that we are missing 2 in Asif & Amir we still boast in my opinion a class attacking line-up. It's such a shame that they can't be supported by the batsmen. All credit to England but the Pakistani Batsmen need to step up.

  • 5wombats on January 27, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    @Sports4Youth on (January 27 2012, 10:15 AM GMT) - india fans need to keep their comments to themselves. Time to ask you nicely to go away. @HumanhHoneyBadger - you are new on cricinfo, and I doubt you are an England fan. Calm down.

  • on January 27, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    HumanhHoneyBadger mayn u have serious fantasy issues... best spin attack in the world lolz.... where was ur best spin attack in the world cup????

  • hhillbumper on January 27, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    factual. Do you think maybe your paranoia is getting the better of you.Also when have you ever heard of an Aussie helping a pom. Maybe it is an imperilaist plan to derail your country's pride.Maybe you need to get in touch with someone to sort out your issues

  • richardror on January 27, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    One of the main reasons England are best in the world is due to their lack of tailenders. On home turf Bresnan will probably take the place of Panesar which leaves England having Bresnan at 8, Broad 9, Swann 10 and Anderson 11 which is undoubtedly the best bottom order in the world.

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Broads innings was the most crucial in this match. It turned the match on its head. This is why Prior and Broad can be so dangerous in Test matches.

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Thats the problem with Pak. At Tea they are 3 down and still trailing by 17 runs. Somehow these guys just cannot bat in the second innings.

  • 5wombats on January 27, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    3/54 @tea - you get the impression that Misbah is the key to this. He showed his class in the 1st dig - if he does it again you'd have to fancy Pakistan. A lead of more than 150 has to be their target. Gripping match!

  • HumanhHoneyBadger on January 27, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Doubt we'll get many comments from Pakistani fans after this. Been really shown up by the best tail in the world and the best spin attack in the world. England with dominate the sub-continent this year mark my words!

  • SohailKhan01 on January 27, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Pakistan need a good partnership and game will be On

  • SohailKhan01 on January 27, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Youngster is making his mark.

  • Purple-Patch on January 27, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Just as I predicted, Pakistan in big trouble.

  • on January 27, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    O dear bring yousuf back in team, also farhat and ahmad shahzad are much batter than toufeeq umer, rest of the team is good, but these two changes make you best in world.

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Someone please ask Bob Willis if he is happy with the action of Panesar and Swann because now Swann and Panesar are looking more dangerous than Ajmal.

  • richardror on January 27, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    If England don't win now, they have really thrown it away. Pakistan are 2 down and are not level with England's score yet.

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    These comments take a long time to update. my comment during lunch time is still not posted. Now, Eng have opened their account of wickets. and i feel now there will be no stopping .

  • iRaihan on January 27, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    England are well ahead.They have to work hard as they will bat at fourth innings.

  • 5wombats on January 27, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    8/323 Lunch. Very good from Broad and England. We reckon the game is now even. Any additional runs from here will be a bonus. Still have to bat last remember. Impressive work from Umar Gul. Great battle!

  • factual on January 27, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    what is is with Australian umpires and pakistan cricket. First Hair, and now these two australian umpires are any thing but accurate: i.e. most wrong decisions are going against pakistan, Trott given not out when he was plumb, then anderson not given LBW when plumb to quote two examples. If England wants to square the series like that, with the help of ( Australian) umpires, be my guest. But the fact is Pakistan is much better team than England, and the fact clearly shows.

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Day 3, Lunch. At this point we can fairly say the now Eng have the fairly in their grip. From here on Eng will not allow pak to get into the game, nor to pak have the batsmen to get back in the game. Eng pacers are good, especially broad. in the spin department Swann is good and well supported by Monty. So that this point of the game we can easily say that Pak have already lost the game. Now pak may blame it on dropped catches (which they are always guilty of) and lack of luck but frankly speaking by now they also know it. Traditionally Pak are very bad 2nd innings batters. If we take a look at all the games of Pak they invariably loose any game where they have conceded a lead of above 50 in the first innings.

  • HumanhHoneyBadger on January 27, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Oh dear the wheels are coming off. Say hello Pakistan the one of the GREATEST tails in history! Your problem is you only have 1 half-decent bowler, and if he doesn't fire there's nothing. Saw someone say that Pakistan are second best team behind Aus. LMAO!! You're average at best at home, outside of UAE much worse.

  • khurramsch on January 27, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @lunch: with this lead england have bigger edge but at the end it will come to batting of both teams now.any 2 big partnerships for any of two teams can win it now. pak have to bat realy well as their batting is not that strong & tail is clearly ineffective with adnan akmal as well. this may be very close. problem for pakistan gul & junaid very much ineffective (junaid cant even field)& not much support for ajmal. umpiring in this match by steve is not according to standard of this series.& have to say that misbahs captaincy is not good enough in this match.specialy today & with referals whaich now proving vital.

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  • khurramsch on January 27, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @lunch: with this lead england have bigger edge but at the end it will come to batting of both teams now.any 2 big partnerships for any of two teams can win it now. pak have to bat realy well as their batting is not that strong & tail is clearly ineffective with adnan akmal as well. this may be very close. problem for pakistan gul & junaid very much ineffective (junaid cant even field)& not much support for ajmal. umpiring in this match by steve is not according to standard of this series.& have to say that misbahs captaincy is not good enough in this match.specialy today & with referals whaich now proving vital.

  • HumanhHoneyBadger on January 27, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Oh dear the wheels are coming off. Say hello Pakistan the one of the GREATEST tails in history! Your problem is you only have 1 half-decent bowler, and if he doesn't fire there's nothing. Saw someone say that Pakistan are second best team behind Aus. LMAO!! You're average at best at home, outside of UAE much worse.

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Day 3, Lunch. At this point we can fairly say the now Eng have the fairly in their grip. From here on Eng will not allow pak to get into the game, nor to pak have the batsmen to get back in the game. Eng pacers are good, especially broad. in the spin department Swann is good and well supported by Monty. So that this point of the game we can easily say that Pak have already lost the game. Now pak may blame it on dropped catches (which they are always guilty of) and lack of luck but frankly speaking by now they also know it. Traditionally Pak are very bad 2nd innings batters. If we take a look at all the games of Pak they invariably loose any game where they have conceded a lead of above 50 in the first innings.

  • factual on January 27, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    what is is with Australian umpires and pakistan cricket. First Hair, and now these two australian umpires are any thing but accurate: i.e. most wrong decisions are going against pakistan, Trott given not out when he was plumb, then anderson not given LBW when plumb to quote two examples. If England wants to square the series like that, with the help of ( Australian) umpires, be my guest. But the fact is Pakistan is much better team than England, and the fact clearly shows.

  • 5wombats on January 27, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    8/323 Lunch. Very good from Broad and England. We reckon the game is now even. Any additional runs from here will be a bonus. Still have to bat last remember. Impressive work from Umar Gul. Great battle!

  • iRaihan on January 27, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    England are well ahead.They have to work hard as they will bat at fourth innings.

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    These comments take a long time to update. my comment during lunch time is still not posted. Now, Eng have opened their account of wickets. and i feel now there will be no stopping .

  • richardror on January 27, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    If England don't win now, they have really thrown it away. Pakistan are 2 down and are not level with England's score yet.

  • Sports4Youth on January 27, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Someone please ask Bob Willis if he is happy with the action of Panesar and Swann because now Swann and Panesar are looking more dangerous than Ajmal.

  • on January 27, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    O dear bring yousuf back in team, also farhat and ahmad shahzad are much batter than toufeeq umer, rest of the team is good, but these two changes make you best in world.