Pakistan v England, 3rd Test, Dubai, 2nd day February 4, 2012

Younis' century puts Pakistan in control

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Close Pakistan 99 and 222 for 2 (Younis 115*, Azhar 75*) lead England 141 (Strauss 56, Rehman 5-40) by 180 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The first hundred of this Test series was a long time in coming but it was well worth the wait. It went to Younis Khan, his enduring talent again lifting Pakistan's expectations that they can achieve their first whitewash in a Test series against England.

When Younis came to the crease shortly before lunch on the second day, he was out of form, 22 wickets had fallen for 268 runs and batsmen on both sides were in mental turmoil over a record number of lbw decisions in a three-Test series. Not another wicket fell all day.

By the close, Younis had 115, his third-wicket stand with Azhar Ali was worth 194 in 72 overs and Pakistan's lead was 180. Some Pakistan fans held aloft a banner stating that Pakistan's target was to be the No. 1 Test side in the world. England can confirm it is an uncomfortable place to be.

Whenever mutterings are heard that his Test career is nearing an end, Younis comes up with something special. England tried to bowl straight, seeking to add to the 37 lbws in the series (the record in any length of series is 43) but the pitch was slow and the sound of ball against pad was conspicuous by its absence as Younis worked the ball unflappably through the leg side.

It is only two months since Younis took an unbeaten double hundred off Bangladesh in Chittagong and his serenity flooded back. Both he and Azhar, whose restrained unbeaten 75 again identified him as a talent in the making, read the line confidently, their footwork was crisp and on the rare occasions Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann matched the turn found by Pakistan's left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman, they had the skill to adjust to the ball off the pitch.

England imagined they might have dismissed Azhar lbw, on 70, just before the close when Swann found turn around leg stump. Umpire Simon Taufel said no, England reviewed, more in hope than expectation, but to the consternation of the fielding side Hawk-Eye showed the ball going too high. Pakistan's lead was 168 and England had not got the break they desperately needed. Andrew Strauss, an England captain with no time to waste, even took the new ball two overs before the close.

Younis' second 50 took 60 balls and changed the complexion of the match. His gathering confidence was illustrated when he twice reverse-swept Swann as England's spinners resorted to bowling into the rough outside leg stump. Two short balls from Panesar helped him through the 90s. When he swept Panesar to reach his 20th Test hundred, two greats of India's past, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev, were moved to rise from their seats in the VIP area and applaud.

But the incident that will most trouble England was one of the rare balls Younis missed: a delivery from Panesar that pitched on middle, dislodged a piece of turf as it spun past the outside edge, and cracked Anderson on the left shoulder at first slip. This is a dry pitch and it can be expected to turn extravagantly as the match progresses.

It all possessed a different feel to the pre-lunch session. Six more wickets tumbled on the second morning, with England scraping a first-innings lead of 42 and then removing Pakistan's openers. Taufeeq Umar's technical frailties were again evident as James Anderson bowled one from wide on the crease to have him caught by Strauss at first slip. Mohammad Hafeez, after striking Panesar cleanly for a straight six, fell lbw to an over-ambitious sweep.

England's batting frailties are now so extreme that their average of 17.84 runs per wicket is currently lower than in any completed series since the 19th century, an era when the roller was probably pulled by a horse, if they could find a horse, and the art of groundsmanship extended to little more than pushing the stumps in.

England began the series fretting about the mysterious spin bowling of Saeed Ajmal but they are ending it baffled by the conventional approach of Rehman, who took five wickets for the second successive innings as Pakistan restricted England's first-innings lead. This canny left-arm spinner, enjoying unforeseen riches in his late-blooming career, had performed the sajda on the outfield in Abu Dhabi when he took five Test wickets in an innings for the first time. Once again he fell to his knees.

England, resuming on 104 for 6, lasted 12 overs. Anderson, the night-watchman, propped forward to the last ball of the first over and was bowled through the gate. It was the sort of respectable, turning delivery Rehman has produced on countless occasions and suddenly it looked unplayable.

Stuart Broad hinted at positive intent but he was lbw to Ajmal after Pakistan turned to DRS to overturn Steve Davis' not-out decision. Broad was straight back to the laptop, analysing his dismissal, seeking answers. Another centimetre and he would have been outside the line. Umpires would never give anybody out on such small margins; technology does.

Andrew Strauss' prolonged resistance ended at eight-down, to his most adventurous shot. He had extended his overnight 41 to 56 when he came down the pitch to hit Rehman over the legside and was stumped by Adnan Akmal.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • 5wombats on February 5, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    @SaeedKhanNiazi on (February 05 2012, 05:55 AM GMT) - A VERY FINE POST from you - kudos my friend. Have to say - from an England fans perspective, there have not been many over the top comms from Pakistan fans. Most of the problems are from "fans" of a country that is not involved in this series..... BTW - Brilliant played by Pakistan.

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @G.Sri on (February 05 2012, 02:46 AM GMT) Not trying to stir it there by any chance? Personally I prefer an amicable environment and by and large between the 2 sets of fans it has been that. Obviously neither nation can control how media etc behaves , but unless folk post unconstructive rubbish aimed at England , I see no reason why I shouldn't do try to keep it all cordial.

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @Hodra99 on (February 04 2012, 23:37 PM GMT) Well then begin your celebrations now then if you've already decided that's what will happen

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @gunnerr4life on (February 04 2012, 21:38 PM GMT) Guessing by your user name that you were happy about one result yesterday. It is unfortunate that so many fans from that country have decided to take this course of (a la stalking) action although I'm trying not to tar them all with the same brush. It is generally speaking the same people - 2 from Oz - and the rest from.. There have been a few really nice Indians on Eng related threads. I do agree with your comms by and large. Not sure what would happen when Eng tour Ind. Alot can happen in the forthcoming months. The SL tour will tell us more , whether it's a Pak thing or a SC thing.

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 04 2012, 21:36 PM GMT) Appreciate your comms as I do any that are constructive.I would actually say our bowling unit is better than good. Our batsmen have by and large been scared and had they not have been so feeble in the 2nd inns of the last test I believe - despite Paks decent pressure bowling - that we'd have won that game and going into this game all square might have raised confidence - and I don't mean to take anything away from Pak who fought like tigers. I wouldn't criticise England for desire to win but just that their batsmen seem mentally psyched by Pakistan and the selectors are unwilling to change things in that dept. Continuity can be a great thing but also it can be harmful, Bell was dropped a few years ago and came back a better player. Now Bell and Morgan look to be in that mode and I feel that playing both is more likely to destroy them than anything

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @5wombats on (February 04 2012, 21:00 PM GMT) Thanks for good comms. I literally echo many of yours but they often don't get through.

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 04 2012, 20:25 PM GMT) Barmy Army are mainly test viewers anyway so they almost certainly wouldn't watch the ODIs regardless. England need freshening up for these matches. I would like to have seen Broad and Anderson given a go but I'd rather see them rested as our stupid selectors have put them through too much by not giving them an extra paceman to share the workload. I'm also worried that Morgan's selection when not playing well in the tests might affect his form in the ODIs.

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    @ Peterincanada on (February 04 2012, 16:37 PM GMT) - Not crying in my beer. Not crying at all , but it would take a miracle for England to win from here and even if Pak declared right now I still think they'd win. England need to mentally rebuild and as an England fan I hope that facing a new bunch of players will be akin to starting fresh again and they'll regain some positivity. Right now I feel that If it was a 5 match series , Pak would win all 5.

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    @ darsh127 on (February 04 2012, 16:39 PM GMT) Funny how you're trying to bring India's OD achievements into the equation. It's Pakistan's glory - nothing to do with India or any other side. India are too busy getting trounced in tests away from home. 2 away 4 test Whitewashes in a row , half of them by an innings. England have been awful and I'm ashamed of their form but even in this - the worst form by far under Flower's reign - it is dwarfed by India's away form. If we lose 2-0 to SL as well we'll be 3 tests behind your guys in the rubbish stakes.

  • on February 5, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @G.Sri bang batting better than Paks ??? not sure why you are bigging up india on this article? mate even indias batting was almost always better than Pakistans but we won more tests against them so What does it matter if pakistan dont have the batting its the bowling that wins you matchs and thats our stregnth....we have people goshling for postions even with retirements.... most indian fans have been talking about this series without trying to bring up there team but if it makes you feel better....

  • 5wombats on February 5, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    @SaeedKhanNiazi on (February 05 2012, 05:55 AM GMT) - A VERY FINE POST from you - kudos my friend. Have to say - from an England fans perspective, there have not been many over the top comms from Pakistan fans. Most of the problems are from "fans" of a country that is not involved in this series..... BTW - Brilliant played by Pakistan.

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @G.Sri on (February 05 2012, 02:46 AM GMT) Not trying to stir it there by any chance? Personally I prefer an amicable environment and by and large between the 2 sets of fans it has been that. Obviously neither nation can control how media etc behaves , but unless folk post unconstructive rubbish aimed at England , I see no reason why I shouldn't do try to keep it all cordial.

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @Hodra99 on (February 04 2012, 23:37 PM GMT) Well then begin your celebrations now then if you've already decided that's what will happen

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @gunnerr4life on (February 04 2012, 21:38 PM GMT) Guessing by your user name that you were happy about one result yesterday. It is unfortunate that so many fans from that country have decided to take this course of (a la stalking) action although I'm trying not to tar them all with the same brush. It is generally speaking the same people - 2 from Oz - and the rest from.. There have been a few really nice Indians on Eng related threads. I do agree with your comms by and large. Not sure what would happen when Eng tour Ind. Alot can happen in the forthcoming months. The SL tour will tell us more , whether it's a Pak thing or a SC thing.

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 04 2012, 21:36 PM GMT) Appreciate your comms as I do any that are constructive.I would actually say our bowling unit is better than good. Our batsmen have by and large been scared and had they not have been so feeble in the 2nd inns of the last test I believe - despite Paks decent pressure bowling - that we'd have won that game and going into this game all square might have raised confidence - and I don't mean to take anything away from Pak who fought like tigers. I wouldn't criticise England for desire to win but just that their batsmen seem mentally psyched by Pakistan and the selectors are unwilling to change things in that dept. Continuity can be a great thing but also it can be harmful, Bell was dropped a few years ago and came back a better player. Now Bell and Morgan look to be in that mode and I feel that playing both is more likely to destroy them than anything

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @5wombats on (February 04 2012, 21:00 PM GMT) Thanks for good comms. I literally echo many of yours but they often don't get through.

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 04 2012, 20:25 PM GMT) Barmy Army are mainly test viewers anyway so they almost certainly wouldn't watch the ODIs regardless. England need freshening up for these matches. I would like to have seen Broad and Anderson given a go but I'd rather see them rested as our stupid selectors have put them through too much by not giving them an extra paceman to share the workload. I'm also worried that Morgan's selection when not playing well in the tests might affect his form in the ODIs.

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    @ Peterincanada on (February 04 2012, 16:37 PM GMT) - Not crying in my beer. Not crying at all , but it would take a miracle for England to win from here and even if Pak declared right now I still think they'd win. England need to mentally rebuild and as an England fan I hope that facing a new bunch of players will be akin to starting fresh again and they'll regain some positivity. Right now I feel that If it was a 5 match series , Pak would win all 5.

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    @ darsh127 on (February 04 2012, 16:39 PM GMT) Funny how you're trying to bring India's OD achievements into the equation. It's Pakistan's glory - nothing to do with India or any other side. India are too busy getting trounced in tests away from home. 2 away 4 test Whitewashes in a row , half of them by an innings. England have been awful and I'm ashamed of their form but even in this - the worst form by far under Flower's reign - it is dwarfed by India's away form. If we lose 2-0 to SL as well we'll be 3 tests behind your guys in the rubbish stakes.

  • on February 5, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @G.Sri bang batting better than Paks ??? not sure why you are bigging up india on this article? mate even indias batting was almost always better than Pakistans but we won more tests against them so What does it matter if pakistan dont have the batting its the bowling that wins you matchs and thats our stregnth....we have people goshling for postions even with retirements.... most indian fans have been talking about this series without trying to bring up there team but if it makes you feel better....

  • on February 5, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Superb performance by Y.Khan n Azhar Ali...But I still think Pakistan should include Umar Akmal in Playing 11 coz hes only batsman who can score confidently outside sub continent n even help Pakistan to win there...

  • 5wombats on February 5, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira (February 05 2012, 00:23 AM GMT). Dude - LAUGHABLE comments from you. You state quite clearly; "Take James " Malcolm Marshall " Anderson, Stuart "Michael Holding " Broad and Graeme " Shane Warne " Swann out off the grass bowls and green tops they operate on and they turn into the toothless Jimmy, Broadey and Swanney we all know and love". And then you have the brass balls to claim that; "I (@Gerard Pereira) am not gloating or poking fun at anybody". Absolutely astonishing. Can't you see that when india fans come to Pak V Eng forums; merely by being here india fans drag india into the equation? If England are such an "average" side, how did they put 3 Innings defeats on Australia in Australia, how did they put 4-0 on india last summer, and how have they not lost a series in 3 years? If that's "average" then most England fans would happily settle for being average. Now - time for you to take your excuses, envy and desperation back to Aus V ind forums. Please publish.

  • samirc on February 5, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    The solution to to home advantage is to have international curators with standard pitches.It is mockery of rating otherwisw.

  • on February 5, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    What a stupid idea giving rankings to test teams. Look, No1 test team leading to a 0-3 white wash. England or any other team is better in their back yard. Congrts Pak. wishes from SL

  • SaeedKhanNiazi on February 5, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    As a Pakistani raised in the United States, I am deeply disappointed in some of the pak fans attitude and behavior seen through some of these comments. To read such childish comments in regards to a great sport hurts me deeply and shows us that many speak arrogantly and not have any respect for the sport. To everyone that might have been offended regardless of nationality, my apologies on their behalf. Love and admire these hard workers in both teams or else don't post stupidity..

  • on February 5, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    I think PAKISTAN needs to bat at least two sessions with the Run Rate of 4+.....If they go on slow playing, they might be lose there wickets.......Any one agree with me???

  • on February 5, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Younus wicket will be very crusal, if Eng can't get his wicket before lunch then 3-0 whitewash is certain. Good luck Pakistan, show us some good batting performance on Sunday, make it good for Pakistani viewers, 3-0 victory is around the corner, keep English media mouth shut by your fabulous performance.

  • Larik on February 5, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. Great temperament and patience shown by these two batsmen. I would love to see both of them scoring double century on Day 3...Tough moments for England team and their fans!

  • KillDevil on February 5, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    explorer76, if you truly are a cricket fan, then i'm sure you will know more than just the past 2 away day blues that india have had. you say that england have foughtin this series? i'm sure that most english fans will disagree with you on that. the so called excuse making indian fans aren't a true representation of the real fans. genuine fans know that the current indian team have some real issues, which need to be dealt with and they need to start right at the top, with how the game is being run.

    what most of us had issues with, was the way the english media went about things after the summer series and some of their fans were taken in by all the hype too but it's come back to them in a big way. couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of reporters imo.

  • on February 5, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    not posssible that they may bat till 4

  • M.Y.Ali on February 5, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Here was a plan of ECB, beating IND in IND and show real worth of No. 1 by practicing on PAK and SRI & know conditions. But boy, they never had a clue what's coming. In early 2010 one of my friends during a dinner in MOL - Dubai, asked me which is my favorite team in world and I said ENG. I saw spirit & professionalism in them & they showed it in past and got best spot in rankings. I still believe ENG BAT dept is way too better than PAK. The track has turned to batting, mark my words. I wish the best for PAK being a Paki ( don't confuse Pikey with Paki you Indians which you normally do in your BW movies). However, I still have faith in ENG guts that they can drag themselves out of it. What happened to AUS and IND being No. 1, I swear I do not want PAK to be at No. 1 Position, never. I will be glad to see a team win a test putting less then 100 on board in 1st ING - especially PAK which do not have previous records for such emphatic wins.

  • on February 5, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    How come I have to scroll down toward the bottom of the page to find the link to this ongoing international test match while India's odi is first followed by the sahara sponsorship story and then the ipl auction story. Is this exciting international not as important as the three highlighted on the Cricinfo home page????

  • BravoBravo on February 5, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    @explorer 76: very true what you commented. Just want to say that PAK is proving that they are one of the best as they were always the best in the subcontinent. ENG is a good team and is playing with another good team. ENG may be a bit surprised by PAK prowess as they (ENG) recently whitewashed a spineless, pathetic team IND. I dont know what IND fans are doing here anyway, they should drink some 'moonshine' or some other hard liqour to swallow the shame of two consecutive whitewashes and if that does not help them, they should go puke on AUS vs IND forum.

  • on February 5, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Great batting by younis after some time he is a great test player and must continue to do god for country.A quality senior like him can also teach youngsters around him so Pakistan make best use of him

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 5, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    What a masterclass by Younis bhai. What a class act! An in-depth lesson to all the batsmen of both the teams in this series. Hope he goes on to make a double. Well done Younis bhai. But match isn't over yet. Cook is the one who can come up with one big innings out of the blue after some single digit/low scores. I'm counting on him to take England across the line or at least put up a big fight. Match still very evenly poised but just some more poor cricket by England, they'll be handed over 3-0. I've been waiting for Trott, KP and Bell to show their class. Hope at least they find rhythm in the final inning of the series.

  • K-Shad on February 5, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Finally Mr. Hoops have to admire the great performance of Pakistani team after land mark batting of great Younis Khan otherwise until 2nd test he keep writing in favor of his English team as I was following his daily reports on most days during first two test matches. Instead of giving credit to Pakistani bowling or criticizing English batting failure my dear sports journalist were keep quoting some of the sad events happened during last 2 Pakistani tours to England. I appreciate his review this time and would like to suggest that by considering the basic of journalism keep writing good and bad of both sides and try not to get realize the readers that it is not Pakistani team which is performing great rather it is English team which is not adjusting to Asian conditions Other point I would like to make after this kind of defeat does English side still claim to be No 1 team. I think it should be simple if Pakistan has almost clean swept the series they should be declared No 1 test team

  • criclanka on February 5, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    whats up with the no 01 rank test team. good luck to mibah and co. 3-0 is imminent..

  • dmqi on February 5, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    If pakistan want to win this match, they have to declare before tea. May be an hour before tea. A lead of 300 should be more than enough as English batsmen will not get a chance to score against the 3 pak spinners. As the wicket is playing better, England might try to draw the match by staying at the wicket. So timely declaration will be important. . A quick score today by Younus is expected. If he fails, Misbah will hit few sixes. All these before and after lunch of course.

  • Meety on February 5, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    @Hodra99 - tend to agree, I was thinking England would wrap this one up in TWO days, but that looks like how long Youniz & Ali will bat toogether! == == == Not a good day for England. Even worse for Swann, he is being outbowled by the Paki spinners & Panesar. The question is, out what is the score that the Pakis need to bat England out of this match. On recent trend, they already have enough, however, I would not expect England to fall 2 matches in a row chasing a sub-200 score. I think Pakistan eill need 300 to defend. That still means a bit of work on Day 3 for Younis & co!

  • iMPARTIAL.PAK on February 5, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    thanks david for replacing "kissiing the turf' with sajda :-) England Team is much better than India by a 100 miles, look at there bowling, they are producing such a performance that suits no 1, its only there batting which has failed them, but atleast they are constantly trying to tackle it unlike india.. except a few indian fans, many used to call pakistan's wins as a minnow win over another minnow, they feel themselves a s the only greats. To Younis khan ------- go to the top of List. Pakistan's leading run getter of all times and Max 100s

  • Srini_Indian on February 5, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Lol at England, to Pakistan fans, all this good sportsmanship and good spirit can be seen only when England plays away. I bet if Pakistan tours England, all the Pakistan players would be severely abused by media, ex-players and on-field. There is no good spirit these days, give it back when you complete the whitewash. To back up mu thoughts, do anybody remember the incident between Wahab Riaz and SA export Trott in Lord's?

  • Srini_Indian on February 5, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    To my fellow Indian fans, don't concentrate on this series. We know that India is having a bad time but that's not a permanent thing. IF our youngsters like Kohli, Rohit, Pujara, Rahane, Ashwin, Yadav, Aaron etc settle into the team and get fair exposure into the test arena, we got a solid team to beat anyone in any conditions. Our seniors are very old and its time they retire. After all, we are the world champions and were ranked no.1 in tests not too long ago. If Pakistan can turn around, India would definitely do it. Just hope our youngsters play county season. Pakistan hardly has any world class batters, with the retirement of younis and Misbah, Bang batting looks better.

  • on February 5, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    well done pakistan. well done Misbah elven.

  • Gazatteer on February 5, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    First time I have watched almost an entire day's play after Waqar, Wasim, Inzi days. Great batting from Younis and Azhar. Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev were clapping on Younis's centuary, how good is that? Great Pakistan.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on February 5, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    what an absolute masterclass in batting against spin. younis deserves great praise because he is the only batsman from both sides who has shown how to do it. Now, nobody can hide behind any excuses, pakistani batsmen included, because if you're classy, talented, gritty and have the right technique, there is a way to play quality bowling on this track. and I wont believe it if any Eng fan puts down their bowlers, the truth is they have bowled magnificently throughout the series, this is just an example of what happens when a truly classy batsman turns up to the party. well done younis, this was one of your best innings in years. the reasons are plenty, the primary one being he is the ONLY batsmen from all 22 over 7 innings who has really mastered the opposition. beautifully played. I expect a cricinfo article analyzing his innings and its relevance to this series.

  • on February 5, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    5wombats: I am not gloating or poking fun at anybody, just pointing out what everybody apart from the England supporters, media and commentators already knew that England is an average side no better or worse than any of the top four or five sides in world cricket. All the gloating in the summer came from the England commentators especially Vaughn, Boyks and Botham. I do not know why you always drag India into the equation as I have never brought India up in any of my conversation. While there were mitigating circumstances such as injuries for the way India played in England. I have been very critical of the way they have played in Australia were they largely went down without a fight. Hats off to England if they turn the tables and beat Pakistan but you must realise by now that any team can get whitewashed when playing in alien conditions.

  • babarzia on February 5, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Green Shirts

    To the last innings. To the last over, To the last ball, To the last man,

    we fight, WE FIGHT, we fight, WE FIGHT, we fight, WE FIGHTTTTTTTTTTTT

  • explorer76 on February 4, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    Some indian fans are enjoying england defeats as sort of an indirect revenge and making fun of england. They are also using this as a proof that all teams are bad away from home. As much as we appreciate our indian neighbors turning up in our support, I must say that unlike indian team which seemed to be pretty much spineless in australia, england team has fought hard and have on many occasions come close to dominating the proceedings. Sure every team might have troubles away from home but england have at least acknowledged the issues and seem to be trying fix them. Indian team and some fans seem to have resigned to the idea that "conditions are not suiting them". A more positive attitude will be to try and learn how to perform in such conditions. And of course pakistan is not immune from such weaknesses either, so we will also do well if we don't let these victories get to us and make sure we are ready for high quality fast bowling in eng/sa/aus conditions.

  • Hodra99 on February 4, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    @JG2704...I am fully aware of the ranking system and I never said England had 'officially' lost the number ranking position....blind freddy can see however that they are not the number 1 team in the world with the performances they have dished up in the UAE. The rankings may say so right now, but come June it will officially change to SA with Australia hot on their heels.

  • on February 4, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    Obviously as a Pakistani it's great to see my team doing well, against a top side. But I wouldn't get carried away like a lot of my fellow fans, it's still early days. Pakistan (fans too) shouldn't be concerned about the "number 1" tag. Let us just support our team - also when they don't perform as we expect them to - and by Gods will one day the top ranking will come, also in the process we should not be gloating and bragging, instead being humble as our captain Misbah is. This series has been played in great spirit and let's keep it that way. Remember that cricket is a bonding sport, it's not about demonizing other teams or their fans. Praise your team but don't spread hate. Long live cricket, long live peace.

  • NaniIndCri on February 4, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    @Elanthirayan Jayaraman - Are you kidding Bangladesh plays lot better than this Eng team

  • NaniIndCri on February 4, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    Well played Pakistan!!! Misbah turned the team around with his calmness. Spineless and disgusting performance from England, they should be ashamed to call themselves #1 team.

  • on February 4, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    Whitewash comin' up.. Oh how I'd love an India Pak test series now..

  • on February 4, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    can pak bat till 4th day ?

  • on February 4, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    bowling sannnaaaaaaaaaaaaaat

  • on February 4, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    @albert einstein... At the end of day 2 Pakistan playing their 2nd innings are 222 for the loss of 2 wickets leading the series 2-0. Is there any other 2 that I missed ? you forgot 2 english spinners & 2 fast bowlers tried their best against 2 pakistani batsmen, and pakistan still have 2 umpire reviews remaining.

  • Happy_AusBang on February 4, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    For England, the problem is 3 top order batsmen have not made any contribution: Bell, Peterson, and Morgan; Trott, Prior, Cook and Strauss have contributed only marginally and with a lot of luck particularly Strauss. That is the story of the top 7 batsmen. The bowlers have been good, particularly Broad and Anderson. Panesar has been useful. Swan had been a disappointment. For Pakistan, the middle order has contributed something everytime, at least one batsman has stood out. Azhar and Shafiq are the bright light. Hafeez could have contributed more but suffers from over-confidence. Misbah is never an easy wicket. Younus Khan, one knows, will make a major contribution, at some point. The spin bowlers Rahman, Ajmal and Hafeez have been exceptional and England will not have any answer to them for a while. Gul has been dependable. They did not need the second seamer at all. In fact they could have had an extra batsman instead. There is a huge gulf of difference between the two teams.

  • shoaib on February 4, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    it aint over until it is over....although it is strongly tilted in pakistan's favor, engand is not number 1 for nothing.I think they are fully equipped to come back. massive occasion for pakistan if they can manage to win this.....i hope they do. I strongly believe that england will win in sri lanka and india. because of their excellent bowling attack. england spiners are much better than srilankan and indian spinners.

  • on February 4, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    @spelele the same SA bowler, greats like Steyn were carted arnd by Pakistan on the same pitches,. what you say to that. That was a different series, in different circumstances, Pak were playing there first series under Misbah, and were still recovering from the England affair.

  • salmanatcricinfo on February 4, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    @AlbertEinstein Well done with your figuer I guess the only other 2.. I can think of is Pakistan did not loose wicket for 2 consective sessions.....2 Great legends from India Sunny G and Kapil Dev were in Vip stand to Applause Younis Century....good on you mate

  • on February 4, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    haha 3-0 whitewash guaranteed on the cards for the 'number 1 side' ... couldn't get better than this !

  • Avidcricketlover on February 4, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    If anything, India must learn from England. England is getting massacred and still they are choosing the right words. India is getting most of the flak for the choice of words. England is no means a No.1 ! Lets wait and see ! There will be real power rising soon. Mebbe Pakistan, if they find some good batsmen who can bat in AUS or ENG. It could be Australia with Clarke in there to combat spin and there is so much promise in that squad. Srilanka is a huge worry as of now. Much more than India, Srilanka are going to lose their stars soon but don't have players to replace. Not even a player with much exposure. Atleast a Virat Kohli has ODI exposure. But say, a Dinesh chandimal has very limited experience and still has a long way to go. West indies still looks a spent power. I see SA being so good. But they were always good until they choke ! Then Who's the No.1?

  • on February 4, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    i believe younis do well in last test because he is a complete batsmen ....... well done younis bhai

  • AlbertEinstein on February 4, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    At the end of day 2 Pakistan playing their 2nd innings are 222 for the loss of 2 wickets leading the series 2-0. Is there any other 2 that I missed ?

  • on February 4, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    So what do you say Indians? How about resuming cricket ties?

  • Sal2011 on February 4, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    David, your complaints about DRS lack a shred of logic. On the one hand, you are complaining about a decision made by an umpire on the ground in Pietersen's case of not being overruled by technology and on the other that bowlers are getting marginal LBW decisions because of it. The tweaks you suggest only seem to fit the purpose of keeping a few batsmen who were rightly given out another chance - a rather obvious bias is apparent. The best thing for England is not to find excuses in the DRS and to fight back with the mercurial spirit it has shown versus Australia and on other occasions. I still think Eng can win this match but if Trott, Pietersen and others mope about and curse the DRS then there is little hope for them.

  • BravoBravo on February 4, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Congrats Younis and Azhar! Match is still pretty wide open though PAK has a definite edge now over ENG. Third day will be cracker. Younis has already playing a match defining inning. He is a class like Lara, Yousuf, Ponting and Dravid. Cricket needs btasmen like that not the useless record holders of Mighty Batting Line of IND (excluding Dravid). Seems like ENG may have a tough time in SL. When they will face IND, they will be pretty much used to the subcontinent or similar (UAE) pitches. IND fans may rejoice on the outcome of ENG vs PAK series, but they must not expect the same outcome of the series when ENG arrives in IND. Sorry! PAK has to cash on the edge they have now, they can't be complacent, ENG may still surprise them. It is heartening to notice that Strauss and Co applauded the century of Younis. Really true sportmanship, that whats make the Cricket a gentlemens game. Overall a very gripping test match and it is money's worth.

  • TheBengalTiger on February 4, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    Loving the lack of England fans here. Totally different to the abuse they were spewing a few months ago abut India. Briliant to see Asian teams doing well, well done Pakistan.

  • Vikum72 on February 4, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    I believe Pakistan has the best spin attack in worl cricket today, test or ODI. With a bit more consistancy in the batting department and if they could stay as a unit over a period of time, they could be the no.1 test team.

  • gunnerr4life on February 4, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    @JG2704 That's the spirit mate . Why are all the Indian fans talking about England when they just got 4-0 white wash . Where does this Asia thing come from ? When India won the World cup , they never said that Asia have won the World Cup .. In fact they were arrogant as ever .. So it's Pakistan who deserves the credit and Pak fans are still humble unlike these Indian fans .. And I can bet that England would still white wash India in tests on any surface !

  • on February 4, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    JG2704 on I honestly don't think Eng has been poor they are a professional side and have tried really hard just came across an unrelentless good (not great) bowling attack and determined batting side (again not great). It's all about balance, when we talk about great teams of the past they were great because they had a number of great players who also worked together as a team..a very dangerous combination. Both Eng and Pak to me are good teams with a lot of good talented cricket players but not any great ones. KP and Younus might be the closest and Broad Ajmal not far away. Anyway my point is that Pak has shown here that you don't need to score 500 to win test matches it's about scoring more runs than the opposition and while their bowling has not been great they have constantly asked questions of the batsman and have been rewarded. If you take Azhar/Asad and Azhar/Younus partnerships out the series could well have been 2-1 England, it was that close a series in my opinion...

  • gunnerr4life on February 4, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    @JG2704 That's the spirit mate . Why are all the Indian fans talking about England when they just got 4-0 white wash . Where does this Asia thing come from ? When India won the World cup , they never said that Asia have won the World Cup .. In fact they were arrogant as ever .. So it's Pakistan who deserves the credit and Pak fans are still humble unlike these Indian fans .. And I can bet that England would still white wash India in tests on any surface !

  • on February 4, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    Yeah Once Again, My Projections Proved Right, on first day all out just for 99, Pakistan was having a mysterious planning behind that.I Couldn't have believed for such an exceptional performance by the Pakistani Team. The series has jumped into a very interesting stage. If the Long Waiting Test Matches are appearing to be like ODIs, i believe this will be a good complexion in ODIs, while we will be with Afridi. A tough Competition will be. I think the people who made booking for those days earlier didn't loose even a single penny, because to enjoy such an exciting competition i am also planning to be in the venue RIGHT ON TIME. Long Live Pakistan, Good Luck England.

  • on February 4, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    i feel that the game is poised evenly, actually i am little baffled to say the truth. is it Younis's brilliance or the pitch has eased off...whatever it is (not taking credit out from the great) tomorrow's day will be exciting to watch. Hope Pakistan do make the record of the century to win a test match after being bowled out for less than 100.

  • Ozzbozz on February 4, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Can I just start by saying I've given up making silly pronouncements after just 1 days play, obviously getting it wrong each and every time. What can I say but PAkistan have confounded me again, obviously England have let DRS and spin get in thier heads but now even our batsmen have turned up finally, only took six innings. Hopefully we can grind out another 100-150 runs and wrap up the series. However this does not paper over the cracks in our team, namely Taufeeq Umar seems to have gone backwards and just can't deal with pace. Also Umar Gul needs better help from new ball partner and Cheema dosen't cut it, has to be Riaz, he is pacier, more aggressive and at least he can hold a bat.

  • LastLaugh_PK on February 4, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    What I love about my team and its fans commenting here is that we do not become complacent even in a commanding position. We rarely hate on our opponents and acknowledge their skills and achievements(Broad in 1st innings), unlike our neighbours to the east who have the guts to chest thump after winning a solitary t20 in 17 tries overseas.

  • cleanfox on February 4, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Sixty percent of the runs made by the English side were made by South African exiles. England needs a shakedown.Strauss is becoming predictable.I think England needs identify new talent and nurture the new talent. England are not enjoying this tour and it shows.

  • KMalik on February 4, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Disappointed by English team performance.I always like the English team balance good batting,great fast bowling unit with never die attitude but nothing seem in this series.Put the good fight that all we want.As Pakistani i support my team but on a long run i put my money on Australia and South Africa.England disappoint me.

  • maxximoo on February 4, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    .....and very well played (all series) to PAK! it is wonderful to see you guys rising like a phoenix. perhaps you are in a better position now after last year's drama. It is great to see! cant praise you enough! i tip my hat to Younis. I hope ENG get close to PAK in this test, but i hope PAK wins. To be the best you have to win in ALL conditions, and you should never be white-washed - even away from home. ICC test ratings in a state of flux methinks :)

  • 5wombats on February 4, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. You have shown us how to do it. 3-0 brings you great credit. Bravo. England have the bowlers but we don't have the batsmen, at least not yet. Hopefully England will put up a fight and delay the inevitable here. But this Test is gone. Well done Pakistan. True Spirit. @JG2704 - solid as ever. @jmcilhinney - agreed - a lot of work to be done. But if we know England, then they will do that work. It's been so long since we've been tonked like this, we've forgotten what it was like. Again - well done Pakistan!

  • on February 4, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    Younus showed his class and proved it to the world that he is an asset to Test Cricket. He has once again scored a century in the 3rd/4th inngs of a test match which shows his character. Pakistan clearly has the upper hand in this test match and 3-0 would definitely be the end result in this series. Credit goes to Misbah Ul Haq, whose calm and mature approach has taken Pakistan to another level.

  • Q72941 on February 4, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    That was a great omen, the true gentlemen of the game from Inida: Sunil Gavasker & Kapil Dav to rose up & applaud Younis Khan for his century. Earlier Test was attended by Ranatunga shows the Asian block support to one of their team. With all the Indian constantly praising Pakistan, I reckon the interest in Test cricket still lives in Asia where it was supposed to be dying after the birth of Circus Circket.

  • maxximoo on February 4, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    within 2 years the top 3 test nations will be (not necessarily in this order) SA, PAK, AUS. ENG will be 4th. IND will b e 5th.........just watch

  • LastKnight on February 4, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Most of the time , this series has been amazing.Broad summed it up after day 3 of second test . Day 1 = Team A will win , Day 2 = Team B will win , Day 3 = Team A , and even throuout the day , sessions ends on similar alternating-dominance. We had long forgotten what is test cricket. This exactly is what Test-Cricket is.. Resilience . Thnx to two good teams for playing in good spirit and for gripping contest.

  • 5wombats on February 4, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira on (February 04 2012, 18:33 PM GMT) - you really have provided us with a new low in the art of trolling. Bravo. Do you also post gloating comments and poke fun at Zimbabawe when they lose, or Bangladesh? I bet you do. And all this from an india fan who has nothing whatsoever to gloat about. Incredible. People like you don't give a stuff about the cricket. All they want is the chance to gloat. Spineless and contemptible. And then you complain that the world hates india. Is it any wonder?

  • on February 4, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    Some people are saying that SA and NZ won after getting out under 100 in the first innings. However, they were not playing the 1st innings of the match! They were batting second!

  • 5wombats on February 4, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    @maddy20 on (February 04 2012, 19:30 PM GMT) - I see you are here digging up the dirt on England again. This series has nothing to with india - so don't go claiming victory for india. It's this graceless gloating (based on the 8 straight india away Test defeats) from india fans like you that really spoil the pleasant conversations England and Pakistan fans have been having. Stand by to see hundreds of indians support South Africa in England during the Summer.....

  • on February 4, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    if Pak wins this match... that will be a remarkable effort as they made 99 only in there first non serious innings, but england are making them hotter :P Wellplayed Pakistan, we deserve a lot of wins to show India/England that their stupid conspiracies to demolish Pak cricket is their dreams only... they attacked srilankan bus to stop cricket in Pak etc etc, shame on you now... GoodLuck Pakistan

  • on February 4, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    It was just the other day when England fans were trying to make out that there was this huge gap between "best" and the rest

  • on February 4, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    well the barmy army knew Pakistan's threat.the hundreds cheering 'barmy army' are unlikely to stay on for the odis.england will have new batsmen who have just as abysmal a technique against spin bowling.to compound their problems,Pakistan will have the services of shahid afridi.this is only the beginning for me.if you're not reading a bowler,forget about milking him for singles or hitting him for fours and sixes.Pakistan may not need early wickets to stall england in the odis and t20s.30 overs of spin bowling will put the brakes on scoring and bring wickets.england will need KP and morgan to fire at all cylinders to challenge Pakistan.and indians shouldnt be jumping up with joy since they have been decimated in tests.and india will be a playing Pakistan on 18th March.it's less than a month away and i am sure they wont be considering it a battle between a BMW and a rickshaw.

  • on February 4, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    2 years? more like 2 months

  • on February 4, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    History in the making . Pakistan is poised for a resounding victory against England. it will long be rememebred. if our team can put their heads together , we can do miracles. Division amongst team members is history along with Ijaz Butt, now its all team work. Mohsin is showing a lot of character with Misbah totally dedicated to bring back the glory to Pakistan Cricket. Younus has finally pulled up to show that he is still relevent and can play, his first inning shot was an insult to his talent and experience. AZHAR AND SHAFIQ DESERVE THE CREDIT FOR FIRST INNING PARTNERSHIP, SO DOES REHMAN WELL DONE !!!!!!

  • on February 4, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Great.. This is the one of the rarest moments which gives all Indians a reason to joy on Pakistan's win.

  • on February 4, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    well done pakistan.I think it will be 3-0.English team is due to tour India and they will get thrased there also.No.1 team what a joke couldn't maintain it for even 6 months.Look India maintained it nearly for 2 yrs.

  • MN-USA on February 4, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Nice gesture from two great oldies (Gavaskar & Kapil) applauding Younas Khan with a standiing ovation which is rarely seen these days. Bravo!!! hats off to Younas Khan for his 20th 100 (under difficult conditions) and for mentoring yousters like Azhar Ali as well.

  • on February 4, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Hahaha, did I miss something ? does any one else can see england fans comments on this thread ?!

  • kumarcoolbuddy on February 4, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    This series is good for two reasons. 1. Good light to Pakistan's cricket 2. Exposure ENG's real talent once they are out of their den. ENG's home advantage is more ability to play psychological dramas than favorable pitch. ENG already lost respect when they used lot of ill approach while playing with India. Now nothing left to lose. I think AUS is far better than ENG now in regards of approach. AUS is playing with good spirit though I am disappointed with India's performance. So ENG is the only worst team in this world now in regards of talent and spirit.

  • on February 4, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    It will be good to see Pakistan rout England out 3-0 ... anyways it seems to be raining whitewashes across the globe as far as test cricket is concerned

  • MN-USA on February 4, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    This test is by no means over yet. Looks like no more demons on the pitch anymore though but wait and see when demons reappear (or cracks may be)…third or fourth day. Younas & Azhar played really well but the job is half done…one early wicket can change the whole complexion of the match. A 300+ lead with 2-3 days still to go would only be a psychological advantage to maneuver the bowlers around. These two would need to bat for another session and half and slogging afterwards to set a target of 350-400. England would need to come strong and this will be test of their skills under pressure…which has already shown its toll. I hope t see a good contested match not a one sided affair…Good luck both teams.

  • on February 4, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    what a batting display by younis khan i watched his innings from the start not a single chance given to bowlers by him and very well supported by azhar ali. SWANN expose big time literally the way younis and azhar was smashing him he was looking an ordinary bowler even for the streets in karachi, PAK. lead anywhere around 350+ PAK is winning by big margin. p.s well done PAKISTAN

  • on February 4, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Overnight declaration? They have more than enough to bowl England out again!!!

  • on February 4, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Asad Shafiq needs to play at 3rd number in Test as well ....

  • on February 4, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Well done by Pak. Indian batsmen can learn something here.

  • on February 4, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Pakistan going for the knock out punch. boom.

  • on February 4, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    very well show by pakistan cric team............whitewash is a must now......revenge by asian teams..........take d toll out of them......

  • Mitcher on February 4, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Look I can't be bothered going through all the comments so could someone tell me if Front Foot Lunge has made anymore desperate attempts to use England's likely 3-0 flogging to bizarrely point out how much better they are than Australia. Apparently that makes him feel better.

  • bouncer3459 on February 4, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    The match is not over yet, I sense some drama tomorrow, possibly Pak bundled out with a lead of 250-260 and England winning by 2-3 wickets. Watch out, dont be complacent.

  • on February 4, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    @jamfai: hv u not scene the recent SA VS AUS test ? SA bowled out for 96 n they restricted ausie to 45 something ??????? this is fact

  • maddy20 on February 4, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    @Sohail Khan Good question. I guess they are busy digging up dirt on India on some other forum! I don't know about no.1 test team but all the no.1 running jokes are about them. They have been bowled out for under 200 in all but one occasion this series and they are staring at a 300-350 target(may be even more) right now. What are the odds of them chasing that ? :D

  • AtharMunir on February 4, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Well done team Pakistan. Innings of both Younis khan and Azhar Ali was commendable. They have fought back. Its a worth watching test match. I think Pakistan is now in a commanding position. They can give a 300 plus lead after which England batsmen will be under a lot of pressure. I expect good entertaining test cricket on weekend.English team being the world no. 1 will try their level best to finish this series with dignity and honor.

  • on February 4, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    who is up for historic whitewash

  • JG2704 on February 4, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    @ Zulfiqar Unar on (February 04 2012, 16:46 PM GMT) - I'm an English fan and there's a saying that "It's not over until the fat lady sings" - Well I think I saw a 30 stone diva limbering up her vocal chords outside the ground yesterday. I appreciate your (and most Pakistan fans) respectful comments and whether it is because of Pakistans bowling pressure , fighting spirit and (today) digging in with the bat or England's poor selection policy (not playing 5 bowlers) , batsmanship or whether it's a combination of Pakistan being great and England being poor , your guys deserve all the accolades. Not one team has beaten us in 3 years or so and not one team has looked like they had our number. No excuses , absolute fair play to team Pakistan and the majority of their fans.

  • TheBengalTiger on February 4, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Akber Lakhani- completely agree. As an Indian i am hoping Pakistan win. Countries like England need to learn some respect for Asian countries, and realise that subcontinent countries have proved they can play outside their home conditions, whereas england have never.

  • on February 4, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    God, can't wait for tomorrow morning! Want to see pak. score 350 and "declare". It will be a huge fun if #1 ranked team by fullish ICC ranking gets bowled out in the 4th day of the game!

  • JG2704 on February 4, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    @MeraBharatMahaan on (February 04 2012, 16:36 PM GMT) - You know very well that's not true.

  • on February 4, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    As a pakistani I am really thankful to great Sunil Gawaskar and great all rounder of all time Kapil Dev for thier presencee in the ground today and appreciate younus khan on his century.

  • srijsen on February 4, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    @ jamfai - your stats are wrong...NZ beat India after being bowled out for 94 in the first innings (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64021.html)...so Pakistan is not changing status quo (though they have played well). England has deserved the No 1 spot. They have won outside home also. No one needs to be reminded that Pak gets creamed on the bouncier tracks of the world just as England gets creamed on turning tracks. The difference is Australia where England wins and Pakistan embarasses itself no end.

  • on February 4, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Good day of cricket, yet another comeback from pakistan to sweep out england in tests England well! andrew straus shakes hand with younis at the end of the day play means that they admits their bad performance in batting, not piccking the spinners from their hand leads them to the present situation

  • on February 4, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    I dont think the pitch has totally flatened out complete credit goes to the azjar -younus khan for being able to tackle the english bowlers better. They proved that its all about application and patience and better technique. + English spin attack is still weaker thn the pakistani spin attack, hence anything is access of 150 will still be challenging to English batters. Like Others I also feel Taufiq is the only weak link in pakistani bating line-up, they should still take Imran Farhat in place of him in tests. As Taufiq goes nowhere with his defense, he cant strike the ball, neither he can defend, so he's still a nothing player to me. He is keeping his position only bcz of the double century he scored against srilanka last series I donno how he did that though. He doesnt look convincing at all. This pakistan team could have blown england away had there been Afridi here with his spin and big hitting in the later part. So in ODIs Im expecting big change in batting order.

  • JG2704 on February 4, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    @Hodra99 on (February 04 2012, 16:13 PM GMT) If you go on the ICC website you will find that England are still officially number 1 until South Africa play again , even after we inevitably get beaten by Pak in this test. If SA then win 3-0 vs NZ then they take over the number 1 spot until Eng play SL. If SA only win 2-0 then Eng stay number 1 by a solitary point until Eng play SL which if Eng won 1-0 I believe they would be level on points and if Eng won 2-0 they'd regain the number 1 spot. As an England fan it's not an ideal situation to be in and we'll be hoping that NZ can at least draw one of the test matches and that the Aus drawn series was also a case of NZ improving as much as Oz failing. Time will tell. But I guess you'll have to put the champaigne on ice until SA have played NZ. Sorry to ruin your party there

  • on February 4, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    good going misbah and co......

  • on February 4, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    History is TRULY in the Making. It is now almost evident a Series Whitewash is on the cards. This will be a wonderful achievement for Pakistan Cricket and the Pakistan Nation who's cricket loving people have been deprived for all the wrong reasons. Pakistan has proved all critics wrong. As for England- which is a professional side- lessons will be learned. India and Sri Lanka need not be so elated. England will bounce back. For now, let's wait for History to be Written

  • Spelele on February 4, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    I don't know why many people are saying that the pitch has "gone flat". The pitch was always flat. Pakistan should never have been bowled out for 99, and as for England, oh well......Either way, England's debacle has nothing to do with the pitch. When England were batting, almost all their wickets fell to spin (suprise!), so how exactly has the ball stopped turning since then? Oh wait, it never turned; all their batsmen missed straight ones. That's what you get for prodding around and not playing positively (like Younis has). Mark my words, that pitch will look like an absolute dustbowl once England start batting on it. No excuses! And even worse, ENG has now sent a message to India and Srilanka. I think both might consider playing 4 spinners at this rate. I know people say that neither has spinners of the same class as Ajmal and Rehman, but seriously? The same Ajmal and Rehman were carted around by SA a year ago on the same pitches. ENG is poor against spin. Full stop!

  • oze13 on February 4, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    England are slipping faster from the No.1 than the Jamaican bobsleigh team. Who can they turn to Ravi Bopara?

  • Kreacher_Rocks on February 4, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    @Jamfai, NZ beat India in 2002 (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64021.html) after being bowled out for 94. Of course, the pitches in that series were heavily doctored - the highest team score in the series was 247 and that was the only instance across 8 innings that the score exceeded 200.

  • on February 4, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    well,as we know that Pakistan might be getting close another thrashing victory against England so congratulate all Pakistani fans,and sympathy with english supporters as well.

  • on February 4, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    What does this tell us about the England team that we did not already know. Take James " Malcolm Marshall " Anderson, Stuart "Michael Holding " Broad and Graeme " Shane Warne " Swann out off the grass bowls and green tops they operate on and they turn into the toothless Jimmy, Broadey and Swanney we all know and love. England might still win this match as I still do not rate Pakistan's batting highly and the pitch has turned into a road. However it shows that the Rankings are a sham and chest thumping predictions made by Vaughn, Boycott and Botham that this team was set to rule International cricket for the next ten years is a pipe dream.

  • on February 4, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    @Akber Lakhani Well said i am an Indian and i always love to see pakistan performing well.

  • JG2704 on February 4, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Nightmare day for England and it now looks to be 3-0 for sure. I tried to post something to one of our gloating fans who was saying "Boys are back in town" etc , and that it was pretty ungracious , not to mention the fact that Pak will likely roar back , but unfortunately was unable to. Today was another day which emphasised why they should have tried the 5 man bowling attack. Not only might it have enhanced our chances of taking wickets , but I fear that it is putting an unnecessarily high workload on Anderson and the injury prone Broad. Still , all credit to the Pakistan batsmen and I suppose there are only so many times our 4 man bowling attack can bail out our 6 MAN STRONG?? shoddy batsmen line up.

  • on February 4, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    England will be defeated 3-0

  • WhiteRaven on February 4, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    @ Akber Lakhani - talent should be appreciated, its only the media's separating the hearts of Indians and Pakistanis, just like afridi's comment after WC.

  • pakwin on February 4, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    go pakistan.i hope younis khan will score 200 and azhar ali 150 as well.

  • Stark62 on February 4, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Great knock by Younis!

    But I still don't want to see him in the ODI or T20 squad and would love to see Azhar as the opener for Pak in the ODI's (can be the Amla of Pak) if Jamshed is not picked.

    Also, I believe it's time for Pak to unleash their secret weapon on Eng and show the world that Amir's loss isn't a big issue.

  • on February 4, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Pakistan look all set to win the 3rd Test against England. If they do so, they will be only the 3rd team in Test cricket history to win a Test match after scoring less than 100 runs in the 1st inning. The other two are England and Australia, but this has not been achieved by them also, in the last 100 years (happened last time in 1907 when England beat South Africa at Leeds scoring only 76 in the 1st inning).

  • WhiteRaven on February 4, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Azhar Ali, another Inzy in making!! well played lad, what a temperament and technics he values his wicket. all you Indian youngsters should learn from him. Congrats guys

  • Fahad_Imam on February 4, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    wonderful inning frm legend younus nd well supported by young talent azhar...even younus cld nt perform b4 this inning well bt i was dam sure he will make a big century b/c he is consistent even to score centuries in each series.. at ten sport after end of day play i was watching whole day review b/w rammez raja nd mike athereton .. on younus khan performance m.atherton tld tht" i am confused that whenever the name of gr8 players like tandullkar, dravid , lara ,ponting nd others tke, his name never include , which i dnt understand the bastman who hs 50 plus average nd 20 century nd a master player of playing spinner esp swipe shoots" in my personal opinion inzimam was always the best player among all of spin nd esp swipe shots, Muhmmad Yousuf was also outstanding nd classic bt tere names will never included in the legends player of all time ...why ???????????????????????????

  • on February 4, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    @jamfai....well actually ur wrong about the no team thing.....England have won a test match when they SCORED about 50-70 runs...although that was almost 105 years back.....:D

  • on February 4, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    History in the making. If Pakistan beat England, it will be the first team in 109 year to win a test match after scoring less than 100 in their first innigs. Go Pakistan

  • likeintcricket on February 4, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Pakistan top order batting has showing lot of consistency for last two years as it never failed twice in a row. The worry some part is the long tail and Taufeeq Umer. The bowlers are good enough to be in the team but than they ( and Adnan Akmal ) have to put more time on their batting too. I think it is time for Misbah to move Azhar Ali up the order as an opener and bring in Fawad Alam ( he is immensely talented cricketer like Asad Shafiq) . The argument about keeper slot is finally over as Adnan proved without any doubt that he is #1 in Pakistan. I don't think Pakistan still can say they are #1 team in the world as they have to prove a lot at away series. England is fully capable of reversing the result at their home.

  • aikram on February 4, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Pakistans's comeback is remarkable after losing two world class bowlers. Even though Pak team is doing well it is only in Asian wickets. I love Pakistani team but let's be real, without producing bowlers like Mohammed Amir and Mohammned Asif, and without playing Wahab, chances for Pak to compete in wickets like Australia, England and South Africa are grim. Pakistan cannot always rely on spin bowling they will get whipped real bad on foreign wickets.

  • on February 4, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    this is the third slap but where england will take it. white wash for england

  • on February 4, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    i wouldnt count england out yet and i am sure the pakistan team are not underestimating them either .... in the past i think pakistan always thought they had one and let teams back in...

  • on February 4, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    The title of #1 doesn't mean much, now we know that. India clung on to it for a long time after the fall of the mighty Aussies. I remember that India-SA series in India when a 1-0 win by SA would have resulted in relinquishing the title. Harbhajan came out with a mighty performance, which he attributed to the desire to stay #1. Although it is just a title, it sure is a good motivator. SA-NZ series will be closely watched now. It is good to see that there are a lot of good teams out there challenging the top spot. And if this performance keeps continuing, Pakistan will also join the race very soon!

  • masud2518 on February 4, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    i hope pakistan will win....

  • yakironi98 on February 4, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    This test series has been absolutely magnificent! I would have never expected the Pakistani batsman to turn it up this well. Now, Pakistan are technically at 180-2 with 3 whole days remaining in the game. I reckon they will try to bat all of tomorrow and get the lead to about 400-450 ish and put in England in when the ball will be turning squares.

    England's only chance is to use the new ball like they did in the first innings and restrict Pakistan to less then 300. But that too seems like a mountain to climb because of how clueless the English have been against spin this series.

    For me the odds are 65-35 to Pakistan.

  • on February 4, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Well done, Khan, most deserving. Pakistan should focus on not losing any wickets till lunch, as the new ball is taken. Make sure Azhar gets his ton, then after lunch attack England. With 3 more days to play, Pakistan should plan on batting till the first half of the 4th day, and then declare. State down the Lion on its face before taking it down.

    Obviously, we all know the talent pool in Pakistan in cricket. Sound management and stable leadership. A bit less cricket for Pakistani cricketers in the international circuit is benefitting them, specially in Test cricket. Lot less burn out.

    I think Mohsin Khan should stay as the coach. Bring Dave Whatmore in a new role as the Cricket administratorfor PCCB, so that he understand the Pakistani cricket system.

    Thoughts?

  • on February 4, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    It's not all over yet but when it does, will be most befitting reply to England, whose rivalry to Pakistan is, as I have felt always, more harsh than India's. India and Pakistan are tough rivals but only on fields and never off the fields The greats Sunil Gavaskar and Kapildev, did prove that only on the second day when they gave standing applouds to Yunis's 20th century.

  • shamlaatu on February 4, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Just when you thought the quality of test batting was totally watered down by T20, YK and AA delivered this classic test cricket partnership. I guess this is perhaps the last decade we are enjoying these kinda fast shrinking test batting innings. These DRS and T20 has a drastic effect on Test cricket. I guess I won't be surprised to see test cricket shrinking to 4 innings of 15 odd overs in a day and 20/20 itself becoming 5/5 in our life time.

  • on February 4, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    The pitch become a little slower, however, the pitch will deteriorate by the 4th day. A score of 200-220 is more than competitive. Pakistan spinners are world class and bowl at high speed spin thus the slowness of the pitch shouldn't make much of a difference. Yunus is in his own league on this pitch but the english batsmen are more like Azhar, if Azhar had to face a Doosra bowler, I highly doubt he would still be batting.

  • RohanMarkJay on February 4, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    I always like Younus Khan. Terrific player of Spin bowling when in form. Even though he is from Pakistan, he is like a very skillful Sri Lankan batsman on how he handles spin. He got a touch of Aravinda De Silva or Kumar Sangakarra about him. Congratulations to Younus Khan on his century. I think Pakistan is well on course to win the series 3-0. England look shot, they have run out of gas after losing a test they probably 8 out of 10 times in the past even with the England teams of the 1990s and their batting collapses of that era would have won. I can't see them holding onto their short lived number one status much longer. However they will continue to be a good cricket side, especially in England.

  • on February 4, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    What is happening............england........best team a month ago against india, series white wash their......home stars...away??????????????????????????????

  • on February 4, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Darn! Only if Asif and Amir was still playing! Pakistan are playing this good without them. Had they been, Pak could have had even better momentum. They both were among the best bowlers I have seen. Hopefully they will reduce the ban on Amir!

  • bplusa on February 4, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Well played Pakistan; Remarkable comeback when team got out inside One Hundred on the first day of the test Match and still in controll. Full marks to Experienced Younus Khan & Talented Azhar Ali for bringing the team in a winning position. However First hour of the third day play is vital, since Ball is new and there 'll be some moisture in the air as well. If this pair managed to survive the first hour then Pakistan will definitely be in the Driving Seat. Although the wicket seems flat now still any target in excess of 300 'll be testing one for the Englishmen keeping in view their miserable batting display against Ajmal and Abdul Rehman.

  • sherisha1 on February 4, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Azhar needs to open in ODIs. Only shahid to replace Taufeeq to whitewash in ODIs too

  • jamfai on February 4, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    I don't know if everyone knows this fact, but no team has ever won a match after being bowled out for 99. Time for Pakistan to challenge the status quo and change that. While some might argue that Pakistan will be at sea when they are in Australia,SA or England, whatever the case maybe or not..one thing is for sure. England does not deserve to be the No 1 team and Pakistan shouldnt be the no 5 team. Time for ICC ranking officials to look at the methodology of the ratings and finally do something meaningful with their time.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 4, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    WHY IS THIS SERIES HAS ONLY 3 MATCHES ? PAKISTAN PLAYED A 4 MATCH TEST SERIES IN ENG IN 2010 . ENG SHOULD ALSO HAVE PLAYED 4 MATCH SERIES . A 4-0 WHITEWASH WILL BE GOOD TO WATCH.

  • sherisha1 on February 4, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Azhar needs to open in ODIs

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    hahaha....where r England's fans now....?

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Go paskistan.Make it 3-0.

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    the game is by no means won yet. Pakistan has to have another good day with the bat to put it past England's reach. I predict a close game though, as I think England will come back strongly tomorrow. Cant wait for Sunday morning.

  • darsh127 on February 4, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    well done pakistan! , india and pakistan just proved that england can only play in england. india did a one day whitewash and now pakistand will do the test one. !!

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    @raj239.. well said. pak's real test will be in South africa where they had struggled always. bounce and seam.. pakistani batters got out of equation. overall pakistan has most poor test record against south africa overall in test arena. anywhere in world. if pakistan can only manage to draw that sereis, in my eyes that will be a win. and sri lanka, i think it wont be much difficult for them to beat sri lanka... who knows being number 1 test side now a days is a jinxed!! so if they can reach no.2 in test rankings.. that will be more then enough..

  • Peterincanada on February 4, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    @Mohit Trapathi I suppose the more passionate ones are crying in their beer. Pak. have shown themselves to be extremely resilient, a feature that one doesn't normally associate with their cricket. England have had them pinned for a two count many times but they have always found a man for a crisis. I don't believe the pitch has changed that much. If England can somehow restrict Pak. to about 300 and somehow chase down a target of around 250 then somehow they can win, but that seems like too many somehows.

  • MeraBharatMahaan on February 4, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Haa haa, some commentators even included this average england team among the all-time best test teams like WI-80s & Aus-2000s. What a joke, I've always repeated England is just a normal overhyped team, only looked good 'coz Australia was rebuilding & hence struggling.

  • sheenu on February 4, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    I am a die-hard India fan. But I am very happy that Pakistan is winning. Before anyone starts questioning and frowning, let me make my viewpoint and my loyalty clear: 1) When India plays against ANY team, I want India to win, 2) When England plays against ANY team, I want England to lose, 3) When a subcontinent team plays against ANY non-subcontinent team, I want the subcontinent team to win, 4) When two subcontinent teams (other than India) against each other, may the best win. This is how I support my team and our neighboring teams. Go Pakistan!! Complete the whitewash.

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Excelent performance by Rehman, Ajmal, Younis & Azhar, hope that Pakistani team will inshallah beat England in this test as well... good luck Pakistan..

  • The_big_j on February 4, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Younis is the best batsman in Pakistan at the moment why would anyone doubt his credentials? Pakistan need to solidify a lead of 300+ and take england out of this game completely tomorrow. Great test series sadly coming to an end.

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Masha Allah this Pakistan team played really well. However I think Taufeeq needs to make way for a younger opener as he has technical issues. Bowling was good. Shafiq, Azhar look like bright prospects from this team. Insha Allah they will continue to play well like they are now.

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Pakistan will Definitely whitewash the England by 3-0 .........

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Awesome performance by Pakistan, I think English batsmen must learn from the Pakistani Batsmen how to play at turning wickets.They are going to India so they would be facing some spin, but not obviously of Pakistani class, but i hope after facing Ajmal and Rehman,Indian spinners would not be a big issue for them. But England now start to learn....otherwise another defeat in subcontinent is ready for them,India or Srilanka...

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Welldone!!! Mr. MARDAN....well played Azhar.........both Put Pak on driving seat..

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    well done pakistan !!!!!!!!!

  • azhar_hassan on February 4, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    A fantastic batting effort from the old pro Younis Khan and the relative newcomer to the fray, Azhar Ali. The two really showed how to play on a pitch like this - with all the mayhem of the first two innings, finally some batting to talk about. Great day for Pakistan, hope they can stretch the lead further and set England a big total to chase in the fourth innings.

  • Deepfreezed on February 4, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    So we have a spinning dust bowl and the the supposed worlds #1 bowler spin bowler doesn't have a wicket. Do you now see how overrated Swann is?

  • Zianswati on February 4, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Welldone Mr. Younis Khan And young blood Azhar Ali we proud what you peoples are doing for our country.great job keep it salute to you my Hero,s

  • Hodra99 on February 4, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Where is Front foot Lunge??? Teams would be lining up to take on England at the moment...their mighty reign has lasted a mighty couple of months....perhaps next time wait at least a few more years before claiming to be great you England supporters..

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    shahid atiq, 5 times a team has won after scoring less than 100 in 1st innings of the match. Overall 9 times a team has won when they scored less than 100 in their 1st innings. Last time was when south africa beat Australia in cape town in 2011

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    I think Yonus khan has just nailed England here. What a century, flawless and timely has really put England nearly out of the contest now.If Pakistan batting doesn't collapse in the first session tomorrow then I guess its all over for England. Even 180 lead right now looks quite sufficient for them, keeping their batting form and skills in mind so 100-150 more runs from Pakistani side will seal the fate of England for humiliating white wash.

  • Vindaliew on February 4, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    I hope Azhar Ali goes on to make a nice solid hundred. There's no justice when a man who plays so solidly an anchor role and who has been so reliable in that number 3 position for Pakistan over the last year only has a top score of exactly 100. Younis Khan we can take for granted, but I really want Azhar to make it. If fate smiles on him this is a legend in the making!

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    @Shahid Atiq in my life, i only saw South Africa winning from such moment! They were bowled for 96 in first innings and then bowled out Australia for 42 i guess! then they came back strongly in 2nd innings and won that match! Insha'ALLAH Pakistan will do it now!

  • yasser007 on February 4, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    a lot is said of younis form in this series? or should i say lack of? but the statistics can be misleading? he has had 2 above scores which not brilliant but in context of low scoring affairs were not that bad and he has been out to 2 magnificent deliveries that the best in world would have struggled too...so all in all he wasnt totally out of nick? just not had rub of green so far

  • hasanwadd on February 4, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    yes...great day of cricket for green shirts...sensible batting from younas and ali..now it is the time to witewash england and make history..go green shirts go..and done it for us...lov u all...

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    England's suspicion about in-game innovation and their inability to adapt is nothing new. It took from 1991 to 2005 for them to grasp the fact reverse swing wasn't cheating - it'll take another 15 years for them to decide that developing a "l'ow pitch" spinner might be a good idea as well. Essp while coaches across the land refuse to let anyone with a "kinked" action anywhere near even a village level match for fear of being accused of throwing. "Flexible arms - not here my good man - we won't allow that sort of nonsense at Scunchester Village Cricket Club, sort of cheating eh? None of that here you see? Straight arms, straight back - stiff upper lip... wot wot!"

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    I wish Pakistan victory in this test matcn, and a whitewash first time in history against England!

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    It is mentioned in quite some detail how broad was give out by a centimeter but the writer forgot to mention the fact that the ball went on to hit the middle of the middle stump. Not only that, M. Hafeez was given LBW by the same umpire with the ball hitting him centimeters in line of the stumps and just barely clipping the off-stump and not a word from the cricinfo correspondent. You can't keep your partiality away can you, learn from Ramiz and Waqar.

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Pakistani will white wash INSHALLAH

  • PutMarshyOn on February 4, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Is their a league table for individuals who refer their dismissals? Broad & Pietersen would be near enough top I'd guess.

    Great partnership. Have Eng got anything similar? The previous 5 inns wouldn't suggest they do but there are some fine records in that top 5. Pak have probably got enough already.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on February 4, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    First time any team has batted to expectations in the series, heavy defeat looms for England :( ps Gloating is a sign of personal insecurities

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Where is Front-Foot-Lunge?? Hahaha

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    well done youns khan your hundred at the right time is really a match winning performance. I am sure if Pakistan able to score over 300 runs and target over 250 pakistan will win this match and it will be record victory for any level of cricket where team score 99 in a first inning can win a match. Definately would be a team Pakistan for sure inshalla From A A KHAN * melbourne

  • Guernica on February 4, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    This was always on the cards after England collapsed first innings - they missed the chance to take control. The whitewash now looks inevitable, so congrats to Pakistan who have allied a ruthlessness to the talent they have always had. England clearly have problems against spin but they seem to be mostly in the head. I can't believe Morgan was kept in the side - unfair on Bopara who was never given as many chances.

  • 2.14istherunrate on February 4, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    I thought that the first two tests beggared belief but I see my credulity has had to take aniother bashing. so much for best in the world. Now lets stop the hype and try and change the disaster back into some semblance of normality. Heads will have to roll otherwise. Disgustuing effort by England.

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    To Shahid Atiq, South Africa back in November against Australia at Newlands in Cape Town scored 96 in reply to Australia's first innings of 284. However, Australia replied with their lowest total since 1902 in the second innings of only 47!!! Nathan Lyon, the number 11 top scored with a "massive" 14, coming in at 21 for 9!! South Africa then easily scored the necessary 236 runs to win for the loss of only two wickets. This was only the second time in test history where a side won after being dismissed in an innings for less than 100. Maybe Pakistan, only three months later, will be the third in 135 years of test matches to achieve this???

  • smjr on February 4, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Pakistan needs only to bat full day tomorrow and needs to score 250+ then the target will be 430 for England to chase in the fourth inning on 4th and 5th Day and on such a pitch which is showing sign of wear and tear and low bounce I cant see England to bat very very... great against Ajmal, Rehman and Hafeez to win the match. One thing is sure that there is no draw in this test match.

  • TheBengalTiger on February 4, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    The number one team in the world can only play in familier conditons. Maybe they should think next time before insulting Asian teams, who have proved many times they can play outisde of the subcontinent. England on the other hamd, have never proved they can play in the subcontinent. Pathetic

  • MrBrightside92 on February 4, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Excellent batting from Pakistan and especially Younis...Hafeez was a tad unlucky again but they didn't just block balls they got comfortable and then counter punched! It's a good pitch and this is what they probably should've been scoring on the first day...it was also nice to see the Pakistan batsmen cashing in....it was getting to the stage of which team could bat the least badly (obviously bowl well but you know what I mean)...But a continued good batting performance tomorrow will confirm the total superiority Pakistan have had for this series and a deserved 3-0...well played. My advice is not to push for No1 though...it's a poisoned chalice!!

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Though Pakistan's batting in the first inning was exactly reflecting my apprehensions of a batting collapse, yet its bowling provided it yet another chance to build momentum. And Pakistan's batsmen did it with confidence and grace. Younis Khan's inning was reflecting his maturity and class as an established batsman but the inning having been played by Azhar Ali might be a token of Pakistan's batting genius of the immediate decade. For England, a continuity of productive and smooth batting by Pakistan on day 3 might act as stimulus for English batsmen to start believing in themselves, what they are capable of. If they do manage that, it would be a test match at its best to watch. Conversely, advertisers could seek ICC's intervention to demand restricting a test batch to 4 days or less instead of 5.

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan Will win it Will be 200 by younis and Pak Will score abt 450

  • jmcilhinney on February 4, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    As much as I'd like to see it happen, I don;t really see how England can win this one now. I believe that they are capable but I just don;t see how they can turn their batting form around in time. It must be disheartening for the England bowlers to see the batsmen let them down repeatedly, but I don;t see that changing in this game. Hopefully they can make a decent fist of the second innings but I don;t see them chasing down the 300+ that they'll surely need. Maybe England actually bowled Pakistan out too quickly and would have been better off if they hadn't batted until today. Maybe they still would have found ways to get out though. I hope against hope that the England batsmen can take a leaf out of the Pakistanis' book, but I just don;t see it happening. Already looking ahead to SL and hoping that they can use that as a new beginning and do what needs to be done.

  • M.Y.Ali on February 4, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    @ Shahid Atiq, Not since England beat South Africa in 1907(approx. 104 years ago) has a side been bowled out for fewer than 100 in the first innings of a Test and gone on to win.

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    its the pakistan's day.

  • Long-Leg on February 4, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    @Shahid Atiq: The answer is 5, but the last time was 1907. As an England fan it pains me to say it, but I think a 3 - 0 scoreline now looks certain in this series. Credit must go to Pakistan for their superb team effort. For England it is a real throwback to the 1990s when they used to collapse on a regular basis. Our batting has been woeful in this series with too many players out of form and lacking in confidence. Still it is good for the humility and we always have that series against India at the end of the year to restore our self belief.

  • yasser007 on February 4, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    excellent turnaround of events! whod have thought that after hafeez dismissal? but as a pakistan supporter one is accustomed to the extremes of cricket! i seem to have an issue with all people doubting pakistans ability to play overseas? not long ago pakistan won a test against england in england got close to winning 2ND..but for a great stand by broad and some obvious distractions which i dont want to talk about and they won and lost a test against australia in england aswell won series in n.zealand and drew series in w.indies... i am not making them into world beaters but they have performed better in away conditions then people give them credit for...and they are improving all the time which only bodes well for the future.

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    its the pakistan's day.

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Though Pakistan's batting in the first inning was exactly reflecting my apprehensions of a batting collapse, yet its bowling provided it yet another chance to build momentum. And Pakistan's batsmen did it with confidence and grace. Younis Khan's inning was reflecting his maturity and class as an established batsman but the inning having been played by Azhar Ali might be a token of Pakistan's batting genius of the immediate decade. For England, a continuity of productive and smooth batting by Pakistan on day 3 might act as stimulus for English batsmen to start believing in themselves, what they are capable of. If they do manage that, it would be a test match at its best to watch. Conversely, advertisers could seek ICC's intervention to demand restricting a test batch to 4 days or less instead of 5.

  • shahbazchoudhry on February 4, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    First of all want to appericiate the efforts of the bowler they bowled very well and bowled out the england team on 141 run as it was my expectation specially Abdur Rehman bowled beautifully and and Saeed Ajmal also bowled well

    But the batsmen have done a splended job once again Younus khan proved that he is a best batsman of spin bowling and Azhar is also batted well . According to me that Pakistan is in Strong position with 180 lead lead and 8 wicket in hand , If tomorrow pakistan will play 2 session more they will get near about 350 runs lead . And these runs will be enough for Englang on a spinning track . But any thing can happen

    Never the less Pakistan is in strong position now Once again Congratulaion for pakistan team on their brilliant performance

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Great work by Azher and Younas

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Classical Test Batting....Well Played Green Caps !!! Chasing 250+ target on this track against likes of Ajmals and Rehmans will surely test English batsmen. Specially left handers will have tough time due to rough created, odd ball can skid or rise.... Applause to Younus from great Indian greats shows how important and great inning was played by Younus....Gavaskar might be wondering why this type of committed and focused batting is missing from Indian team...

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    superb job done by both pakistani players.. target will 380 ?

  • khurramsch on February 4, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    well played by rehman younis & azahar. pak in control but they need more runs just to completely put curtains on england. they should extend lead to as much as posible its just the day 2. & give bowlers some rest as asking bowlers to defend 140 or 99 always is not a good thing. so far in this series england managed one 300+ & 4 below 200+ so anything above 250 r 300 will be great task.paksitan need to make some more good runs

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Well well well, where are all the claimants to the throne now? There was so much bantering by some people that England are the true champions and this and that...So much to the true No 1 test team in history.

  • khurramsch on February 4, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    y people are talking about margins in broads & KP dismisals?there are many others of pak players which were marginal ones but nobody talks about them. remeber asad shafiq lbw in one of previous inings where ball just touched the marked inline area on pitch. even today hafez lbw was more marginal as it has 2 yellow. both impact & hitting are marginal but obviously they are pakistans so they were good umpiring decisions but KP & broads are obviouly unlucky.

  • riteshshah07 on February 4, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    The number one test team may be India or England are good in home conditions. England won in Australia but the conditions were much like home and Auzzies were building the team at that time. Nor India or England can rule like the Auzzies did for more than 2 decades

  • Sports4Youth on February 4, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Looks like suddently the pitch has gone to sleep. After all save and except one ball from Monty that jumped and turned from middle stump line and hit Andherson on his shoulder i did not see any thing, even the Eng pace bowlers were not very effective against Younis and Azhar. Or is it just a case of extreamly fine batting display by Y.Khan and Azhar Ali ? Because if the pitch has gone benine then Pak will need a hell lot of runs to defend here. But if it is just that Younis & Azhar made it look so simple, then Eng have a mountain of a problem. We will find out tomorrow. Any way great job Pak boys. Hope you guys can nail it 3-0.

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Overall an excellent day for Pakistan. Pakistan would need at least 300 plus on the board if there is any real chance of winning this match. The pitch has become very slow and flat and English batsman can also take advantage of this.

    Javed Ahmed

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    @Mohit Tripathi, you just took words from my mouth!!:)

  • Sports4Youth on February 4, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Posted by Wajahat Rana on (February 04 2012, 14:44 PM GMT) : -- .. AGREED.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 4, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Very Well Played by Younis & Azhar. Now I am Sure Pakistan will Whitewash England in This Test Series by 3-0!!! Today while Watching the Game I Saw Sunil Gavaskar & Kapil Dav in the Stadium!!! It was Surprising for me because Tomorrow there is an ODI match between Australia and India!!! Than I thought maybe Both are frustrated with the Performance of Indian team on Green top Pitches and Came here in Dudai for Watching an Entertaining Game and Support England & Pakistan!!! I always Say, Indians should Refer Home & International media for Right Information before Making the Stories!!!

  • Sports4Youth on February 4, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Posted by M.Y.Ali on (February 04 2012, 14:42 PM GMT) :- ... AGREED. But what happened to the pitch suddenly ? or is it just a case of a masterly innings from Younis Khan and Azhar Ali. Well i think it could be to a degree, both. The lead is already 180. In this situation you can expect these batsmen and the ones to follow another 100 - 150 runs. That should take the target anywhere between 280 - 330. I don't think the Eng batsmen can achieve that target against the present Pak bowling attack. Suddenly Abdur Rehman has started comming so good that now Hafeez is being under utilised, and the second seamer is being completely ignored. I think tomorow it is going to be an absolute craker.

  • Ghinva on February 4, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Mr.Hoops your analysis is more than hilarious!" Andrew Strauss' prolonged resistance ended at eight-down, to his most adventurous shot" i cannot stop laughing.Live Long Pakistan! we love u,even if u fail! we mean iT!

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    My gut feeling is pakistan will have to bat all of tomorrow to have a chance because although england could fall again i expect them to fight to the end and the pitch does look a lot easier to bat on....have to congratulate younis who has shown class is class... those who were saying m.yousaf should be in the team the guy is way too old and very unfit i am glad they have azhar who does need to get a few more shots in his repitoire... it would be great if we had him around as a batting coach though as i think he would be great for the young guys.... looking forward to an absorbing day tomorrow!

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Great Work done by Younis and Azhar Gud Luck Boys

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    i love to see that pakistani batsman make runs

  • rahulcricket007 on February 4, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    AZHAR ALI REMINDS ME OF YOUNG RAHUL DRAVID DURING ENG & AUS TOUR OF 2002 & 2004 . TEMPERAMENT , PATIENCE , TECHNIQUE AT ITS BEST .

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    These mutterings about bent or flexible arms is almost the exact same thing as the mutterings about reverse swing in 1992. English coaches at all levels refusing to both accept it and teach it. England at the highest level suspicious of it - andf failing over and over again. Get a grip coaches in England! Flex arm spin is here to stay, develop your own or learn how to play it - but whatever you do get your head out of the sand ECB - or prepare to fail again and again as you did with reverse swing 20 years ago

  • Available on February 4, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    As i said Pakistan squeezed England lead to 42 runs and now they are in full control of the game to whitewash the series.

  • on February 4, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    No 1? Really? To put Boycott's view on how india played in England..England are playing like bangladesh in disguise :)

  • desi_picasso on February 4, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Even these series proved that all the current teams are lions at home sheeps outside. I won't be too happy with our team performance in subcontinent. They have to beat Aus/Eng/SA/Ind in their home grounds to prove deserving top spot in ICC rankings.

  • on February 4, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    A classy and gutsy innings from a world class player in pressure.........it was really a crunch time in the match when the premier batsman of pakistan along with young azhar ali got Pakistan in the driving seat with some outclass display of batting...... Its time for all the English player to learn from a great player of spin.....they should watch his feet movementy closely how and the way he maintains the momentum against the spin its realy a pleasure to watch younis khan playing in outstanding flow..............as he has never let down his fans whenever there are pressure times on pakistan .......a hard day for england bowlers but still theyy bowled their heart out...Awsome cricket on display throughout this series by both teas and it was another excellent day for cricket lovers............

  • on February 4, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Nice pakistan can win this match too :-)

  • Mian.Invader on February 4, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    its amazing to see two batsmen bat out two sessions on a pitch where no one could manage to bat through a session... another thriller on hands... amazing series going on...

  • on February 4, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    well played by Younis and azhar.. Good to see younis going at the spinners. I wonder what will be the good target at this pitch??.

  • on February 4, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    BTW, how many times a test team has won a match after scoring less than 100 in the first innings?

  • on February 4, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Where the all poms went,no comments today.

  • on February 4, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Shame on those guys who were telling yesterday that Younis Khan's career has finished

  • on February 4, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    wow what a day PAKISTAN had .....well don both of them ......

  • kazimusman on February 4, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    I must say i had a feeling that if there is any batsman who can make a difference in this match is cook or younis.....well younis delivered for pakistan, now its time for cook to save his country from such horrible humiliation of whitewash.......i think this time Englishmen will deliver and prove their worth in world cricket......But I am not praying for them, Go pakistan Go for a kill......

  • M.Y.Ali on February 4, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    At last the pitch has started to play to it's original potential. However, marks for Younis and Azhar to keep nerve. There isn't much left in pitch i guess for bowlers. My eyes are on two major things, 1st, "A team scoring less than a 100 in 1st inning and winning a match" 2nd "A team chasing a total of 300-400 in 4rth inning. both will be major events in history. Good come back by Pakistan though it looked like the match will be over in 2nd day when England got Taufeeq and Hafeez.

  • samincolumbia on February 4, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Time to celebrate "#1 team" first whitewash in just 4 months!!LOL.

  • Raj239 on February 4, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    If Pakistan can beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka this year they have a chance to get No.1 spot by beating South Africa in South Africa early next year. That will be a 3 match series and a true test for Pakistan especially with the captain Misbah aging. They are capable of winning but it will be hard.

  • Sports4Youth on February 4, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    What happened to the pitch ?? Went to sleep ? Or is it just a case of extreamly fine batting display by Y.Khan and Azhar Ali ? Because if the pitch has gone benine then Pak will need a hell lot of runs to defend here. But if it is just that Younis & Azhar made it look so simple, then Eng have a mountain of a problem. We will find out tomorrow. Any way great job Pak boys. Hope you guys can nail it 3-0.

  • Raj239 on February 4, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Well played Younis. Well played Pakistan but you will have to prove yourself overseas if you want the No.1 spot. This series has made it clear England should be nowhere near it. SA has done well in the Subcontinent and they deserve the number 1 spot. They will get it soon. England will not survive this year, they are completely inept at playing spin in the subcontinent. These pitches were not rank turners by an means.

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  • Raj239 on February 4, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Well played Younis. Well played Pakistan but you will have to prove yourself overseas if you want the No.1 spot. This series has made it clear England should be nowhere near it. SA has done well in the Subcontinent and they deserve the number 1 spot. They will get it soon. England will not survive this year, they are completely inept at playing spin in the subcontinent. These pitches were not rank turners by an means.

  • Sports4Youth on February 4, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    What happened to the pitch ?? Went to sleep ? Or is it just a case of extreamly fine batting display by Y.Khan and Azhar Ali ? Because if the pitch has gone benine then Pak will need a hell lot of runs to defend here. But if it is just that Younis & Azhar made it look so simple, then Eng have a mountain of a problem. We will find out tomorrow. Any way great job Pak boys. Hope you guys can nail it 3-0.

  • Raj239 on February 4, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    If Pakistan can beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka this year they have a chance to get No.1 spot by beating South Africa in South Africa early next year. That will be a 3 match series and a true test for Pakistan especially with the captain Misbah aging. They are capable of winning but it will be hard.

  • samincolumbia on February 4, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Time to celebrate "#1 team" first whitewash in just 4 months!!LOL.

  • M.Y.Ali on February 4, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    At last the pitch has started to play to it's original potential. However, marks for Younis and Azhar to keep nerve. There isn't much left in pitch i guess for bowlers. My eyes are on two major things, 1st, "A team scoring less than a 100 in 1st inning and winning a match" 2nd "A team chasing a total of 300-400 in 4rth inning. both will be major events in history. Good come back by Pakistan though it looked like the match will be over in 2nd day when England got Taufeeq and Hafeez.

  • kazimusman on February 4, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    I must say i had a feeling that if there is any batsman who can make a difference in this match is cook or younis.....well younis delivered for pakistan, now its time for cook to save his country from such horrible humiliation of whitewash.......i think this time Englishmen will deliver and prove their worth in world cricket......But I am not praying for them, Go pakistan Go for a kill......

  • on February 4, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    wow what a day PAKISTAN had .....well don both of them ......

  • on February 4, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Shame on those guys who were telling yesterday that Younis Khan's career has finished

  • on February 4, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Where the all poms went,no comments today.

  • on February 4, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    BTW, how many times a test team has won a match after scoring less than 100 in the first innings?