England tour of United Arab Emirates, 1st Test: England v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Jan 17-19, 2012
Pakistan won by 10 wickets
Played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (neutral venue)
17,18,19 January 2012 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
0.1

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, back of a length to start off, and the Kookaburra carries through nicely. No movement off the seam as Strauss leaves.

0.2

Umar Gul to Strauss, 1 run, this one straightens into the pads, and Strauss tucks it round the corner to score the first run.

0.5

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, angled across Strauss at a lively clip, and the captain shoulders arms to let it through.

0.6

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, Gul ends an over where he was generally short of a length, with another one that doesn't draw the batsman forward. Strauss leaves from the crease as it angles across harmlessly.

England 2/0   AJ Strauss 1* (4b)
1.3

Aizaz Cheema to Strauss, no run, shortens the length to Strauss, who covers the line and defends quietly to the off side.

1.4

Aizaz Cheema to Strauss, no run, beaten! Cheema snakes one across Strauss and leaves him playing down the wrong line. This is the perfect length for Cheema's line of attack, and this time Strauss was playing from the crease.

1.5

Aizaz Cheema to Strauss, 2 runs, an shortens it this time, and Strauss tries to crack it square. Doesn't middle it, but plays it well enough to get two.

1.6

Aizaz Cheema to Strauss, no run, curving across from outside leg, Strauss covers the line late from the crease, and defends down the track. Good start from Cheema.

England 5/0   AJ Strauss 3* (8b)
3.1

Aizaz Cheema to Strauss, 3 runs, nudged away off a full length through vacant square leg and they trot back for a third as long leg comes round

England 8/0   AJ Strauss 6* (9b)
4.3

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, more effort in that ball, closer to off stump and straightening with good carry. But the length still allows Strauss to stay in the crease and leave.

4.4

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, beaten. Strauss plays down the wrong line, over-estimating the inward nip on a ball that barely held its line as it went across. Strauss fences from the crease and misses.

4.5

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, appeal for lbw, my gut feel is that it pitched outside leg. Gul runs in and goes fuller, catches Strauss on the crease as he looks to tuck to square. Pakistan don't review it, they reckon it pitched outside leg too. HawkEye confirms it.

4.6

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, angled across to end the over, and Strauss leaves.

England 10/0   AJ Strauss 6* (13b)
6.1

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, Gul continues to angle them across the left hander, and Strauss leaves this time.

6.2

Umar Gul to Strauss, 1 run, straightens from a length on off stump, and Strauss drops it to the off side for a single.

England 11/1   AJ Strauss 7* (15b)
7.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, length fare straightening outside off, Strauss goes back and blocks.

7.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, lovely bowling, tosses it up with a hint of loop and gets the ball to straighten. Strauss should have come forward, but defended from the crease.

7.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, lets one go half a foot outside off, again piqued by the lack of spin as Hafeez skids this through.

7.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, Strauss gets nicely behind the line now and defends towards mid-on.

7.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, fuller and quicker, aimed at Strauss' pads, but his bat comes down decisively to defend it.

7.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, this is probing stuff. Another maiden for Hafeez, who attacks the stumps and gets Strauss to defend to the leg side.

England 11/1   AJ Strauss 7* (21b)
8.3

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, length ball outside off, Strauss covers the line well and defends.

8.4

Umar Gul to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss pinches another single, staying in the crease and tapping into the turf with soft hands. Younis charges in from the covers, but the single is taken.

England 17/1   AJ Strauss 8* (23b)
10.1

Aizaz Cheema to Strauss, no run, pitched up on leg and middle, Strauss covers the line and defends down the track.

10.2

Aizaz Cheema to Strauss, 1 run, opens up Strauss to a degree with his nip across from the middle and leg line. Strauss stays in the crease and gets it away towards mid-off for a single.

England 21/1   AJ Strauss 9* (25b)
11.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, 1 run, the first run off Hafeez comes as he slides one into the pads and Strauss works it behind square from the crease.

England 30/1   AJ Strauss 10* (26b)
12.6

Aizaz Cheema to Strauss, no run, bumper and ducked

England 32/2   AJ Strauss 10* (27b)
14.1

Aizaz Cheema to Strauss, FOUR, full and squeezed out past gully and it races away to third man. Just a little jab drive an it squirted off a bit of an outside edge, safely though

14.2

Aizaz Cheema to Strauss, no run, length and Strauss is a little squared up and gets an edge into the offside. He's been just a touch unsure on a length on middle and leg so far with the ball sliding across him

14.3

Aizaz Cheema to Strauss, no run, more decent bowling but a slightly back of a length and easier to defend into offside

14.4

Aizaz Cheema to Strauss, 2 runs, full and pushed into the legside, Strauss doesn't time it through midwicket and mid-on goes back to field

14.5

Aizaz Cheema to Strauss, no run, ooo angles into the left hander and catches him high on the pad but probably too high. There is an enquiry but turned down and not referred

14.6

Aizaz Cheema to Strauss, 1 run, too straight from that angle and worked into the legside off the back foot

England 39/2   AJ Strauss 17* (33b 1x4)
15.1

Abdur Rehman to Strauss, no run, skids onto Strauss who works into the legside playing forward

15.2

Abdur Rehman to Strauss, no run, a step down the track and driven, well timed, but only to mid off

15.3

Abdur Rehman to Strauss, 1 run, step down again but dropped in from the bowler and Strauss adjusts and tucks into the legside past short leg

England 40/2   AJ Strauss 18* (36b 1x4)
16.1

Aizaz Cheema to Strauss, 1 run, turned around the corner to long leg from a good length

England 41/2   AJ Strauss 19* (37b 1x4)
18.1

Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, no run, forward and blocked on off stump

18.2

Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, no run, pushed on a touch quicker and a hurried defensive stroke

18.3

Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, no run, fuller and driven to short extra cover

18.4

Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, no run, length ball and defended with a good stride forward

18.5

Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, no run, went for the paddle sweep and missed a length ball outside off stump. Just tried to pat it down behind square

18.6

Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, OUT, Strauss goes for the pull to a ball never there for the stroke, the delivery skids on and the England captain loses his off stump. Much too full to pull and it skidded on to leave Strauss nowhere with his attempted pull, he was miles away from it

AJ Strauss b Saeed Ajmal 19 (85m 43b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.18

England 42/3   AJ Strauss 19 (43b 1x4)
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