Pakistan v England Test Series - 1st Test

England v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 10 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Cook and Strauss are out there. Misbah gees up the boys in a spirited huddle. Umar Gul will open the bowling.

David "Bumble" Lloyd looks at the pitch and points out cracks that he expects to open through the course of the game. He also anticipates the bounce to be slow. Waqar Younis thinks Pakistan have missed a trick by thinking of the end of the game and going in with two spinners. He wonders how this will pan out now. Cheema and Gul could be used in short, sharp bursts.

"17 degrees is a "chilly morning"? What madness is this?" Welcome to Asia, Nineteenineteen!

A bit radical from Ali Afridi and his colleagues: "In the office reading commentary here and surprised that Wahab is not playing! Asad Shafiq should have been rested and Wahab should have played as he can bat too!"

"Confiscating water is nothing. The last time I went to a Test at the Dubai Sports City stadium they tried to confiscate my sunscreen. I thought maybe they sold it inside but they said they didn't, so I protested vociferously, especially as I had my 8 year old daughter with me, and after many phone calls to some mystery man, they relented and let me take it in. They may have an amazing stadium (and it certainly is that), but they need to get a little more acquainted with the ins and outs of cricket spectatorship." Dave, my commiserations. Clearly, the Dubai stadium officials haven't heard Baz Luhrmann's speech. On a more serious note, this is a problem all around Asia.

9.40 am George Dobell lets us know that the 20-odd people who have braved the chilly morning and miles on the Sheikh Zayed Road have had their water confiscated by the security guards. Watching cricket in Asia is a rewarding experience, especially if you are thirsting for the action.

Toss: Nasser Hussain does the drill, and Javagal Srinath is the match referee. Not the biggest crowd you will see. Andrew Strauss wins the toss and England will bat. Three seamers and one spinner - Tremlett is in. Strauss touches upon patience as the most important virtue for his batsmen on slow and low tracks. He expects Pakistan's good form to pose his side with a very real challenge.

Misbah says he wouldn't have minded batting since Pakistan are playing two spinners and two seamers - Cheema and Umar Gul will handle the new ball, unless Hafeez nicks it from one of them, while Ajmal and Rehman are the spinners. "It is not like playing at home here, but it is second to home," says Misbah with the hint of a smile breaking across his face.

In the light of the run-in he had with Trott in England in that 2010 tour, it is significant to note that Wahab Riaz is not in the playing XI. That takes out a bit of the needle!

The latest news from Dubai is that Chris Tremlett has tried his run-up from both ends, so he is most likely to take that fourth bowler's spot. We are minutes away from the toss.

8.50 am Hello all! Time to usher in a Test series that has sneaked upon us slowly, and without the hype that has accompanied some of the other action in recent times. But expect this to be much more closely-contested than the series currently being played in Australia and South Africa. The Pakistan v England contest has traditionally carried a sharper needle than most other head-to-heads, and it all boiled over in the 2010 English summer. Both teams have earnestly spoken about moving on, and Pakistan have actually managed to do that on the field, where they have enjoyed a joyously successful 2011. But can they stand up to the world No. 1s, albeit in conditions that they have begun to master in the recent past? I am Nitin Sundar joining you for the action today, and will be sharing commentary duties with Alex Winter through the day.

A new start for Pakistan in the new year, a new start for the world No. 1 Test side, and in a way it is appropriate that we have a new-look UK team covering the action. Senior correspondent George Dobell writes that this tour gives England a chance to start mending their sub-par record in Asia. UK Editor David Hopps previews the game as an opportunity for Pakistan to move on from their painful recent history against England. The series could well be decided by how well England front up to the pehla, the doosra and potentially, the teesra. Mohammad Hafeez, opening batsman and at times, opening bowler, says his side has the best spinners in the world. Think Pakistan will play three spinners (counting Hafeez as one) on this track? Tim Bresnan's injury leaves a spot open for England in the bowling line-up - Finn or Tremlett? Onions or Panesar? Here's Dobell's analysis of the contenders.

Meanwhile, the most intriguing piece of action that unfolded on match eve, came unwittingly from Graham Gooch's fling with a 'dog-thrower', that ended up hitting Ian Bell on the wrist. All's well though, and Bell has been cleared after a scan.

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.

Three slips and short leg.

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.

0.3

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, that straightened rather more drastically down the line, and Cook let it go on length. This man leaves better than most, and the ball clips his thigh pad on the way to the keeper.

0.4

Umar Gul to Cook, 1 run, Cook's away by tapping a length ball on the pads to the leg side.

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.

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0
AJ Strauss    1* (4b)      Umar Gul    1-0-2-0
AN Cook    1* (2b)     

"I'm more interested in this contest than my own RSA vs SL match. Am I a bad person?" Alan Gakson, 1 billion cricket fans in India will say no, you aren't a bad person. Here's Cheema.

1.1

Aizaz Cheema to Cook, no run, pitched well up, that's more like it. Angling in from wide of the crease and Cook defends from the crease.

I daresay, there'd be more Indians supporting Pakistan in this series than in any of their series before this.

1.2

Aizaz Cheema to Cook, 1 run, a bit of a leading edge as Cook turns the face early from the crease. Cheema does this well, getting the big swing into the right hander, and across the left handers, going from wide of the crease.

1.3

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

"Hey Nitin, any idea how many guys r out there in stadium... just a rough guess," asks Addicted. By my rough estimate, eight.

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.

End of over 2 (3 runs) England 5/0
AJ Strauss    3* (8b)      Aizaz Cheema    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    2* (4b)      Umar Gul    1-0-2-0

2.1

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, short of a length outside off and angling across Cook. Another leave.

2.2

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, angled across again, not much lateral movement for Gul. Another easy leave.

2.3

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, goes fractionally fuller and gets the ball to straighten now. Cook opens the face as he defends. He is always reluctant to come forward, early in the innings.

2.4

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, better from Cook, gets a proud forward press into play to meet a good length ball before it angles across. Defended down the track.

2.5

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, this holds its line after landing on a length around off stump. Cook doesn't bother interfering with it.

"So, what are your odds on Cook beating Warner's 69 ball hundred?," asks Jambo. Hahaha!

2.6

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, and another leave from Cook to end the last over. Signs of a flat pitch where the batsmen can cash in once they get in.

End of over 3 (maiden) England 5/0
AN Cook    2* (10b)      Umar Gul    2-1-2-0
AJ Strauss    3* (8b)      Aizaz Cheema    1-0-3-0

So England winning the toss and should they get past the first hour when the groundsman thought it may seam around, there should be plenty of runs available...

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

3.2

Aizaz Cheema to Cook, no run, well wide of off stump and left

3.3

Aizaz Cheema to Cook, no run, strikes the batsman on the pad, a cry for leg before from the bowler, but pitching way outside leg stump and hit Cook outside the line of leg stump to boot

3.4

Aizaz Cheema to Cook, no run, wide and left again

3.5

Aizaz Cheema to Cook, no run, length ball on middle and off, angled into the offside and the single into point is turned down

3.6

Aizaz Cheema to Cook, 1 run, full and tucked in-between midwicket and mid on

End of over 4 (4 runs) England 9/0
AN Cook    3* (15b)      Aizaz Cheema    2-0-7-0
AJ Strauss    6* (9b)      Umar Gul    2-1-2-0

A pretty photographer lady walks around the ground, and in front of the sightscreen, creating a bit of a delay.

4.1

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, angled across Cook, who leaves once more.

4.2

Umar Gul to Cook, 1 leg bye, straighter, ends up on the pads and Cook tries to work it square. It goes off the pad for a legbye.

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.

"I cannot believe they dropped Junaid after his unbelievable performances against Sri Lanka. Swung the ball late and bowled superbly to right handers from around the stumps. You need that on these pitches. Cheema is gonna get a royal beating at the hands of KP," says HamzaAk. Close call, I agree.

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.

End of over 5 (1 run, maiden) England 10/0
AJ Strauss    6* (13b)      Umar Gul    3-2-2-0
AN Cook    3* (17b)      Aizaz Cheema    2-0-7-0

Early bowling change, and an interesting one. Mohammad Hafeez is on, and he has created endless torment for left-hand openers around the world over the last year. Ended Devon Smith's career for the moment, and reduced Tamim Iqbal to a shuddering bunny. What can Cook-Strauss do?

5.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, leading edge straight away. Tossed up on middle and leg, and the ball straightens as Cook looks to work it square.

Slip and short leg.

5.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, flat and quicker through the air, Cook isn't forward soon enough but keeps it out.

5.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, OUT, Hafeez does it again, with the most golden of arms doing the rounds! Cook is gone. Short of a length outside off, it skids and hurries through Cook without spinning as much he would have expected - typical new ball sort of turn. Cook looks to cut, has no room and gets a thin edge. Adnan Akmal holds on, using the wrists and the thighs to assist him. If you are a left-hand opener, go hide, since Prof. Hafeez is in the house! Cook is mighty frustrated, and bangs the bat on the turf as he walks back.

AN Cook c †Adnan Akmal b Mohammad Hafeez 3 (26m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 15.00

Trott trots out to the middle. England are 10 for 1. #Trottsfault

5.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, watchfully defends his first ball, from the crease and down the track.

5.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, touch of turn into Trott from over the stumps, he nudges with the angle to the leg side.

5.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, a maiden for Hafeez as he lands the last ball full on off stump, and Trott digs it out. Hafeez smiles and shares a thought with Billy Bowden, also smiling.

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) England 10/1
IJL Trott    0* (3b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-1-0-1
AJ Strauss    6* (13b)      Umar Gul    3-2-2-0

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.

Three slips and gully. Gul won't mind bowling at a right hander.

6.3

Umar Gul to Trott, no run, good ball, straightens from a length around off, and Trott has to adjust and open the face as he defends to the off side.

6.4

Umar Gul to Trott, no run, Trott shuffles across and gets into line to defend a length ball towards the leg side.

"I literally jumped off my office chair as i read Cook is gone ! (worth to mention my indian colleague sitting in front me was utterly happy as me) btw We are working in Dubai! Yahooo Cook is gone!" India-Pakistan bhai bhai, eh Fahad! Good to know.

6.5

Umar Gul to Trott, no run, whistles across at good pace, and Trott watches closely and shoulders arms.

6.6

Umar Gul to Trott, no run, makes him play from the crease with a probing length around off stump. Trott defends to the off side.

End of over 7 (1 run) England 11/1
IJL Trott    0* (7b)      Umar Gul    4-2-3-0
AJ Strauss    7* (15b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-1-0-1

Slip, silly point and short leg now. Hafeez is in the business, round the stumps.

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.

End of over 8 (maiden) England 11/1
AJ Strauss    7* (21b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-2-0-1
IJL Trott    0* (7b)      Umar Gul    4-2-3-0

8.1

Umar Gul to Trott, FOUR, Trott at his best. The walking clip through square that he plays with a swagger that is more subcontinental than English. Gul angled this into the pads, helping Trott work it around and he played it uppishly, but away from the man at square leg.

8.2

Umar Gul to Trott, 1 run, length ball, Trott's feet and moving well and early. He drops the ball softly into the off side for a quick single.

8.3

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

"There was no one in the stadium even before Jonathan Trott came out to bat. Honestly" - interesting tweet from @Danquarrell

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.

8.5

Umar Gul to Trott, no run, angled into the pads, Trott consciously keeps it down as he gets across the stumps.

8.6

Umar Gul to Trott, 3 runs, over-pitched wide of off stump, Trott doesn't get the feet right across to the length, but drives reasonably fluently into the covers for a couple.

End of over 9 (9 runs) England 20/1
IJL Trott    8* (11b 1x4)      Umar Gul    5-2-12-0
AJ Strauss    8* (23b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-2-0-1

Slip and short leg now.

9.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, tossed up on off stump, Trott leans across to defend to the off side.

9.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, goes back in the crease now to cover the turn and defend from the crease.

9.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, that kept a few inches lower than Trott expected, but he keeps it out off the back foot, all the same.

9.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, looks to press forward now, and times the on-drive well but mid-on is in the way.

9.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, on the front foot again, drives back to the bowler.

9.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, The Professor has bowled three maidens on the trot. Ends with a nicely tossed up offbreak that Trott defends carefully.

End of over 10 (maiden) England 20/1
IJL Trott    8* (17b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-3-0-1
AJ Strauss    8* (23b)      Umar Gul    5-2-12-0

Cheema comes back on now. Over the stumps to Strauss.

10.1

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

"What is the purpose of playing Aizaz Cheema if your not giving him the new ball and not relying on him? It would have been better if Wahab Riaz was picked, atleast the pace and the angle would have made Misbah think of giving him few more overs," wonders Ali.

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.

10.3

Aizaz Cheema to Trott, FOUR, edged, but controlled well and Trott gets four through the gully. Cheema hits a shorter length and gets the ball to hold its line. Trott went back and looked to ride the bounce, but edged it. He softened the grip and the ball went down immediately.

10.4

Aizaz Cheema to Trott, FOUR, inside edge now, and it misses the stumps. Top-class stuff from Cheema, produces the inward swerve now, accentuated by his wide of the crease angle. Trott was sucked forward into a cover drive, but the inward movement produced the inside edge, and it burst past the furniture. Close.

10.5

Aizaz Cheema to Trott, no run, lets this one go through outside off, and Adnan collects it.

10.6

Aizaz Cheema to Trott, no run, ends with one back of a length, and Trott hops across to defend to the leg side. Impressive comeback over from Cheema, who is outbowling Gul easily at the moment.

End of over 11 (9 runs) England 29/1
IJL Trott    16* (21b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    3-0-16-0
AJ Strauss    9* (25b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-3-0-1

Three men plus the keeper around Strauss. Here's Hafeez.

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.

11.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, tossed up, Trott sizes up the length in a trice and eases forward to play it back to the bowler.

11.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, goes straighter now, and Trott works it with the angle to midwicket.

11.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, good length, Trott doesn't cover the flight, but covers the line well to defend solidly.

11.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, Trott again leans forward and defends with control.

11.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, 1 run, drifts onto the pads, Trott looks to whip it round the corner and gets a single behind square.

End of over 12 (2 runs) England 31/1
IJL Trott    17* (26b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-3-2-1
AJ Strauss    10* (26b)      Aizaz Cheema    3-0-16-0

12.1

Aizaz Cheema to Trott, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Trott moves across his stumps and shoulders arms.

12.2

Aizaz Cheema to Trott, no run, whangs it in short of a length at 137 kph and gets the ball to straighten. Another leave from Trott.

12.3

Aizaz Cheema to Trott, OUT, Trott's gone now, tickling a ball that was sailing harmlessly down the leg side! Pakistan have made two huge blows within the first hour. He shuffles across a short of length ball that bustled through, possibly faster than he expected, and bounced a touch extra as well. Trott looked to glance it, but ended up edging it too fine and a prancing Adnan takes a good tumbling catch. Who said the Akmals were butter-fingered? England have lost their Ashes heroes for very little, but there's plenty left in the cylinder.

IJL Trott c †Adnan Akmal b Aizaz Cheema 17 (29m 29b 3x4 0x6) SR: 58.62

Drinks in Dubai, and Pakistan will enjoy the break. Barring Gul, they have bowled splendidly, and have two wickets to show for their efforts. To tell you more, here is Alex Winter, logged in and ready to go.

So now it's KP to the crease with Pakistan delighted with their early strikes...

12.4

Aizaz Cheema to Pietersen, no run, well wide of off stump and left, not carrying through

12.5

Aizaz Cheema to Pietersen, 1 run, length ball on middle and off, turned just past the right hand of midwicket and Pietersen is able to get himself away with a sharp single

12.6

Aizaz Cheema to Strauss, no run, bumper and ducked

End of over 13 (1 run) England 32/2
AJ Strauss    10* (27b)      Aizaz Cheema    4-0-17-1
KP Pietersen    1* (2b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-3-2-1

Well Pakistan will be very pleased. The tactic of using Hafeez worked an absolute treat, then a bonus wicket. Now we have Abdur Rehman into the attack. Trial by spin for England...

13.1

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, full on middle and blocked back to the bowler

13.2

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, full and played forward into the legside

13.3

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, defended off the front foot again

13.4

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, he just plods forward does KP with the bat out in front of the pad, defends again

13.5

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, and once more, plodding forward to block

13.6

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, this time a touch shorter in length allows Pietersen to feel for the ball and push into the off side but no run on

End of over 14 (maiden) England 32/2
KP Pietersen    1* (8b)      Abdur Rehman    1-1-0-0
AJ Strauss    10* (27b)      Aizaz Cheema    4-0-17-1

The Jacksons from Durham are in the ground, their flag in the picture as ever. Hardcore cricket fans those Jacksons...

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

Round the wicket...

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

End of over 15 (7 runs) England 39/2
AJ Strauss    17* (33b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    5-0-24-1
KP Pietersen    1* (8b)      Abdur Rehman    1-1-0-0

Not too many members of the Barmy Army in the ground. No Jimmy Saville, then again he died recently so he'd do well to get there...

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

15.4

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, defended coming forward from middle and off

15.5

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, touch of back of a length to work with and Pietersen is back trying to punch into the offside but finds the fielder

15.6

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, gets a touch caught on the crease and in the end jabs into the legside as again the new ball skids on

End of over 16 (1 run) England 40/2
KP Pietersen    1* (11b)      Abdur Rehman    2-1-1-0
AJ Strauss    18* (36b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    5-0-24-1

16.1

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

16.2

Aizaz Cheema to Pietersen, no run, full outside the off stump and left alone

16.3

Aizaz Cheema to Pietersen, no run, full on off stump and defended into the offside playing forward

16.4

Aizaz Cheema to Pietersen, no run, a little wider of off stump and shouldered arms this time

16.5

Aizaz Cheema to Pietersen, no run, just a touch tighter to off stump and Pietersen well forward defending, more confident from KP

16.6

Aizaz Cheema to Pietersen, 1 run, length and Pietersen uses the angle to work down to long leg to keep the strike

End of over 17 (2 runs) England 42/2
KP Pietersen    2* (16b)      Aizaz Cheema    6-0-26-1
AJ Strauss    19* (37b 1x4)      Abdur Rehman    2-1-1-0

A well-travelled Bexley flag is also in the ground. Hardcore Kent fans on the England circuit...

17.1

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, full and KP defends on middle and leg with this prod forward of his

17.2

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, doesn't pick the bat up playing the spinner, pushes out into the offside

17.3

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, plodding forward again and defending a long way in front of his pad

17.4

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, more played with bat and pad together and tucked into the legside

17.5

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, stands a little bit taller to defend a length ball from middle and off

Interference behind the arm...

17.6

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, a skip down the track, not to the pitch of the ball, so just tucked up on the legside

End of over 18 (maiden) England 42/2
KP Pietersen    2* (22b)      Abdur Rehman    3-2-1-0
AJ Strauss    19* (37b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    6-0-26-1

Now his Saeed Ajmal. The leading wicket-taker in world cricket in 2011 Tests...round the wicket to Strauss...

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

End of over 19 (wicket maiden) England 42/3
     Saeed Ajmal    1-1-0-1
KP Pietersen    2* (22b)      Abdur Rehman    3-2-1-0

Pakistan, what a start to the series for them. Three wickets in the opening 90 minutes of play...

19.1

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, defended forward

19.2

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, tries to manufacture some length put pushed into the offside rocking back

19.3

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, played forward and blocked

19.4

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, length and KP tries to cut the arm ball and nearly follows Cook and Strauss...

19.5

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, defended carefully forward into the legside

19.6

Abdur Rehman to Pietersen, no run, pressed forward and tucked into the legside

End of over 20 (maiden) England 42/3
KP Pietersen    2* (28b)      Abdur Rehman    4-3-1-0
IR Bell    0* (0b)      Saeed Ajmal    1-1-0-1

Superb spin bowling from the Pakistanis. Subtle variations of flight and length, nothing off the pitch but they've done England so far in the air...

20.1

Saeed Ajmal to Bell, OUT, oh out again! This is wonderfully bowled. The doosra, Bell doesn't pick it and gets a feather-edge behind. A beautiful length brings Bell forward and the ball just grips enough to straighten away from the forward push of Bell. It's the faintest of edges and a simple catch to the keeper. Great stuff from Ajmal

IR Bell c †Adnan Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 0 (5m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

20.2

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, no run, played forward into the offside

20.3

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, 1 run, middle and leg and edged past short leg and Morgan's away

20.4

Saeed Ajmal to Pietersen, OUT, more drama as this squeezes past the outside edge of Pietersen, runs away for leg byes, now there's a review This could well be out. Looks very straight. It's out! Slips past Pietersen's forward prod, strikes him on the back pad on the roll bending forward and the replays have the ball going on to hit middle and leg half way up

KP Pietersen lbw b Saeed Ajmal 2 (39m 29b 0x4 0x6) SR: 6.89

This is remarkable. England are being spun away on a flat, first-day pitch with no turn. Superb spin bowling.

Now Matt Prior...

20.5

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, 1 run, full ball and flicked into the legside

20.6

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, 2 runs, premeditated paddle sweep behind square on the legside

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 46/5
EJG Morgan    3* (3b)      Saeed Ajmal    2-1-4-3
MJ Prior    1* (1b)      Abdur Rehman    4-3-1-0

21.1

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, full and played forward back to the bowler

21.2

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, goodness Prior plays back and only an inside edge saves him from being plumb in front

21.3

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, played from the crease, pushed firmly into the offside

21.4

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, played forward, pushed into the legside from middle stump

21.5

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, carefully tucked past short leg off the front foot

21.6

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, length and Prior's back and across

End of over 22 (maiden) England 46/5
MJ Prior    1* (7b)      Abdur Rehman    5-4-1-0
EJG Morgan    3* (3b)      Saeed Ajmal    2-1-4-3

7 overs from Rehman and Ajmal and just 5 runs coming from them, it's a real stranglehold from Pakistan

22.1

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, no run, defended forward

22.2

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, no run, sliding into leg stump, Morgan tries to defend back and gets hit on the pad

22.3

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, no run, played from the crease and tucked into the offside

22.4

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, no run, full and straight and Morgan gets in a right ol' pickle, trying to flick it into the legside, the ball hurries through to the keeper and it's a missed stumping but a very tough chance as Morgan falls out of his ground

22.5

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, no run, flatter and pushed into the covers

22.6

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, no run, kicked away outside off

End of over 23 (maiden) England 46/5
EJG Morgan    3* (9b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-2-4-3
MJ Prior    1* (7b)      Abdur Rehman    5-4-1-0

It's been absolutely static from England. But what can they do? Go on the counterattack?

23.1

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, defended forward

23.2

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, and blocked once more playing forward

I wouldn't like to be the one to try using my feet/sweeping here, could end up looking very foolish...

23.3

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, defended back on middle and off

23.4

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, middle and leg length ball and pushed to the bowler's right hand

23.5

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, outside off and defended square on the offside

23.6

Abdur Rehman to Prior, 3 runs, hint of turn outside off and Prior adjusts and pushes it past slip and running it away to third man to at least put some runs on the board

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 49/5
MJ Prior    4* (13b)      Abdur Rehman    6-4-4-0
EJG Morgan    3* (9b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-2-4-3

24.1

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, driven quite firmly and it runs to point

24.2

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, full and pushed back to the bowler

24.3

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, full and down the legside, Prior tries to swing it away but misses

24.4

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, a full ball and again it's not really picked by Prior who blocks from the crease, just

24.5

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, full on off stump and pushed back to the bowler

24.6

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, defended from middle stump back to the bowler

End of over 25 (maiden) England 49/5
MJ Prior    4* (19b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-3-4-3
EJG Morgan    3* (9b)      Abdur Rehman    6-4-4-0

Putting a partisan hat on, this is not what I got up for...but Pakistan have been very impressive in piling the pressure on with this barrage of spin bowling...

25.1

Abdur Rehman to Morgan, no run, full and pushed to point

25.2

Abdur Rehman to Morgan, 1 run, another premeditated sweep and he meets the ball on the full and paddles it behind square

25.3

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, middle and off and pushed back towards the bowler

25.4

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, pushed to short leg, who fires at the stumps, Prior was alert and back

25.5

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, length and Prior is forward to defend in front of silly point

25.6

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, full ball on middle and off, defended with a good stride

End of over 26 (1 run) England 50/5
MJ Prior    4* (23b)      Abdur Rehman    7-4-5-0
EJG Morgan    4* (11b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-3-4-3

26.1

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, no run, length on middle and played down the ground, the bowler fields

26.2

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, no run, off stump and defended into the offside

26.3

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, no run, length and pushed forward into the offside

26.4

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, 1 run, full on middle and worked into the legside through midwicket

26.5

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, length ball defended

26.6

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, and a repeat to end the over

End of over 27 (1 run) England 51/5
MJ Prior    4* (25b)      Saeed Ajmal    5-3-5-3
EJG Morgan    5* (15b)      Abdur Rehman    7-4-5-0

Last over before lunch and England have some regrouping to do over a chicken salad. It's a change back to Hafeez...

27.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Morgan, no run, full on off stump and blocked forward

27.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Morgan, no run, an exact replica

27.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Morgan, no run, a little straight and pushed back up the pitch

27.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Morgan, 1 run, just dragged down slightly and it allows Morgan to go back and work into the legside wide of mid-on

27.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Prior, no run, just backward of length on off stump and Prior goes back and across to defend

27.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Prior, no run, across his stumps once more to push into the offside and that's lunch

Well we've seen England Lions struggling against spin in Bangladesh recently and now the senior team has struggled just as much. Not what Andrew Strauss was hoping for after winning the toss. It was a great session. Wickets tumbling in the face of some canny spin bowling from Pakistan. England need a partnership after lunch...give us half an hour for a bowl of shreddies...

End of over 28 (1 run) England 52/5
MJ Prior    4* (27b)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-3-3-1
EJG Morgan    6* (19b)      Saeed Ajmal    5-3-5-3

I'm not happy at all. My large skinny latte is luke warm. This is awful, it's minus 2 in London! England with plenty to do as the afternoon gets underway. They need at least one stand here to get 250 on the board and at least a score.

28.1

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, 1 run, full on leg stump and pushed into the legside, England away immediately

28.2

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, across his stump, pushed into the legside

28.3

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, scrambled seam brings Prior forward and beats him past the outside edge, fine delivery

28.4

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, tucked into the legside from a full length

28.5

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, good length on middle stump and pushed into the legside

28.6

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, full and driven to mid off

End of over 29 (1 run) England 53/5
MJ Prior    4* (32b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-3-6-3
EJG Morgan    7* (20b)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-3-3-1

A little bit of seam still exists in this attack. Umar Gul changes ends to bowl to Morgan...

29.1

Umar Gul to Morgan, no run, good length outside off and left alone

29.2

Umar Gul to Morgan, no run, wider and left again

29.3

Umar Gul to Morgan, no run, a good length has Morgan feeling outside off stump. Billy Bowden has a little word with Gul about his feet...

29.4

Umar Gul to Morgan, no run, fuller and outside off stump and left once more

29.5

Umar Gul to Morgan, no run, tight line on off stump and Morgan defends from the crease

29.6

Umar Gul to Morgan, no run, short and down the legside, Morgan pulls out of a pull stroke

End of over 30 (maiden) England 53/5
EJG Morgan    7* (26b)      Umar Gul    6-3-12-0
MJ Prior    4* (32b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-3-6-3

That coffee was nothing short of disgusting. I'll make my own Bovril next time...

30.1

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, 1 leg bye, hint of turn into the right hander, strikes the pad and runs behind square on the legside

30.2

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, 1 run, flatter into offstump and moved into the leg side off the front foot

30.3

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, 2 runs, full length outside off and a good stride forward and driven away past mid off

30.4

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, length and blocked from the crease

30.5

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, fuller but again defended forward from the off stump

30.6

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, a big prod forward produces an inside edge whistling past short leg, it was short of the fielder though

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 57/5
MJ Prior    6* (37b)      Saeed Ajmal    7-3-9-3
EJG Morgan    8* (27b)      Umar Gul    6-3-12-0

31.1

Umar Gul to Morgan, FOUR, oh I say, driven for four! First of the match. Bit of a squirted outside edge but four to third man past point

31.2

Umar Gul to Morgan, 1 run, and now tucked off the back foot into the covers

A third of the world's cranes are in Dubai Sports City, says David Lloyd. They're not doing anything though...

31.3

Umar Gul to Prior, no run, full and pushed away into the offside off the front foot

31.4

Umar Gul to Prior, 2 runs, nicely nudged away through the covers off the front foot, wasn't overly full but Prior came forward well

31.5

Umar Gul to Prior, no run, bumper and ducked

31.6

Umar Gul to Prior, no run, length outside off and left

End of over 32 (7 runs) England 64/5
MJ Prior    8* (41b)      Umar Gul    7-3-19-0
EJG Morgan    13* (29b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-3-9-3

Vijay says... "Looks like your frustration is more because of England batting than your coffee which I understand. We in India have not been enjoying our coffee for last so many months..." I would imagine Indian coffee is tasting like a completely different beverage at the moment.

32.1

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, no run, full outside off and played forward in defence

32.2

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, no run, full and Morgan tries to play from the crease...dangerous game with what's gone before today

32.3

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, FOUR, wasn't all that short but Morgan uses his crease well and gets back deeply to late cut past backward point and gets a boundary

32.4

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, no run, now defends on off stump from the crease into the offside

32.5

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, no run, tossed up on offstump and blocked back to the bowler

32.6

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, no run, similar delivery and a similarly defensive stroke

End of over 33 (4 runs) England 68/5
EJG Morgan    17* (35b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-3-13-3
MJ Prior    8* (41b)      Umar Gul    7-3-19-0

33.1

Umar Gul to Prior, 1 run, tucked to midwicket from a length

33.2

Umar Gul to Morgan, no run, leg stump line strikes Morgan on the pad

Round the wicket comes Gul...

33.3

Umar Gul to Morgan, 2 runs, pushed off the backfoot straight to cover and that's a stinker by the fielder, straight under him from a gentle pace. Right through the legs...get down old boy...

33.4

Umar Gul to Morgan, no run, full and angled in, driven up to mid on

33.5

Umar Gul to Morgan, 1 run, hook stroke and Morgan wasn't in control, it was off high on the bat, two men out on the rope but the ball lands in front of long leg

33.6

Umar Gul to Prior, 1 run, nicely dropped into the legside by Prior from a good length, they take a quick single

End of over 34 (5 runs) England 73/5
MJ Prior    10* (43b)      Umar Gul    8-3-24-0
EJG Morgan    20* (39b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-3-13-3

So far so good for England after luncheon...

34.1

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, 1 run, waited for and tucked into the legside off the back foot

34.2

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, no run, Morgan shuffles back and cuts to point, it brought a boundary in the previous over

34.3

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, 1 run, full on middle and leg and pushed into the legside with soft hands, allowing them to take one

34.4

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, middle stump line and Prior forward and edged past short leg to square leg

34.5

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, flatter and Prior defends from the crease

34.6

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, a good stride forward and a drive on the bounce to short extra cover

End of over 35 (2 runs) England 75/5
MJ Prior    11* (47b)      Saeed Ajmal    9-3-15-3
EJG Morgan    21* (41b 2x4)      Umar Gul    8-3-24-0

"It should have been 46/6 and into the England tail if we did not have an Akmal for a keeper," says Farhan, at least he's better than the other one, flapper of the century...

35.1

Umar Gul to Morgan, no run, left alone outside off

35.2

Umar Gul to Morgan, 1 run, dropped into the legside for a sharp single

35.3

Umar Gul to Prior, no run, good length just outside off and Prior was having a feel. I don't think Gul has operated enough in that type of area

35.4

Umar Gul to Prior, 1 run, full and Prior defends into the legside and is able to pick up a single

35.5

Umar Gul to Morgan, 1 run, back of a length and Morgan gets on top of it nicely and drops it down to long leg

Just finding ways to score now England. They were horribly strangled in the morning session

35.6

Umar Gul to Prior, no run, length outside off and left

End of over 36 (3 runs) England 78/5
MJ Prior    12* (50b)      Umar Gul    9-3-27-0
EJG Morgan    23* (44b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    9-3-15-3

(Steady) Eddie says: "Morgan, I still think, is the key wicket here. Pakistan needs to keep the pressure up. Looks like a reasonable partnership forming here between Prior and Morgan. They are still the number 1 team for a reason." Quite, Morgan is a very good player of spin and perhaps the kingmaker here. But England do bat very deep, a great strength of theirs...

36.1

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, no run, Morgan goes back and defends into the legside

36.2

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, 1 run, this is turned round the corner past short leg

36.3

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, full and pushed into the offside with a good forward lunge

36.4

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, leg stump line and played back to the bowler off the front foot

36.5

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, a little flatter and Prior looked to drive it away outside off, a play and a miss, safely in his ground as Akmal whips off the bails

36.6

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, 1 run, leg stump and moved for one through square

End of over 37 (2 runs) England 80/5
MJ Prior    13* (54b)      Saeed Ajmal    10-3-17-3
EJG Morgan    24* (46b 2x4)      Umar Gul    9-3-27-0

Cheema on to bowl...
Adi points out: "Farhan if it was not for DRS it would have been 79/4." Also very true, God bless the DRS. Isn't that right BCCI...

37.1

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, back of a length and pushed into the covers

37.2

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, wide outside off and left

37.3

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, 2 runs, not four but maybe the shot of the day, Prior attractively forward to drive through the line past cover, good intent

37.4

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, wide and left alone

37.5

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, back of a length into the off stump and blocked into the offside from the crease

37.6

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, back of a length, Prior stands tall to defend

End of over 38 (2 runs) England 82/5
MJ Prior    15* (60b)      Aizaz Cheema    7-0-28-1
EJG Morgan    24* (46b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    10-3-17-3

Karan says: "Doesn't matter even if the BCCI accepts DRS. India's recently developed liking for innings defeats is not gonna change." Chortle chortle.

38.1

Saeed Ajmal to Morgan, OUT, oh a swing and miss and given out lbw. Referred by Morgan. It's hit him on the back leg and plumb in front. Morgan was on one knee trying to slog sweep but the ball skidded on under his attempted stroke and an easy decision for the umpire is confirmed by the replays.

EJG Morgan lbw b Saeed Ajmal 24 (72m 47b 2x4 0x6) SR: 51.06

Major major blow for England. Morgan was scoring nicely and now suddenly we're into the lower order against the spinners. Hmm...

38.2

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, first ball to Broad and an appeal for lbw referred. Is this sliding down? Yes. Just. Hawk-eye has it clipping leg stump so the decision stays on the field and Broad survives. He did get a long way forward and is a tall chap but that was close

38.3

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, goes to drive and gets an inside edge into his pad

38.4

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, defended forward off middle

38.5

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, turned behind square but the man is up saving the one and keeps Broad on strike

38.6

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, another big leg before cry to a similar ball to Broad's first. That was definitely sliding down though and no referral. Also going over says hawk-eye

End of over 39 (wicket maiden) England 82/6
SCJ Broad    0* (5b)      Saeed Ajmal    11-4-17-4
MJ Prior    15* (60b)      Aizaz Cheema    7-0-28-1

39.1

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, pushed off the back foot into the covers

39.2

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, length ball on off stump and defended from the crease

39.3

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, 1 run, angled into Prior who drops into the legside for a single

39.4

Aizaz Cheema to Broad, no run, length on leg stump and strikes the pad

39.5

Aizaz Cheema to Broad, 3 runs, a handsome punch down the ground by Broad, on the up but well away from the fielders

Broad of course has rescued England before, Trent Bridge against India last year and Lord's (that Test) against Pakistan in 2010.

39.6

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, 1 run, shorter and Prior goes to pull but just drops it on the legside

End of over 40 (5 runs) England 87/6
MJ Prior    17* (64b)      Aizaz Cheema    8-0-33-1
SCJ Broad    3* (7b)      Saeed Ajmal    11-4-17-4

40.1

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, goes to cut and misses a flat ball outside off

40.2

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, 1 run, leg stump and turned down to long leg

40.3

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, FOUR, Broad goes over the top now and gets four to long on. Just a short arm punch clears the infield and brings a boundary. Nice stroke Broady lad...

40.4

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, defended forward

40.5

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, carefully blocked forward, runs out to short leg

40.6

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, no run, waited for, and punched, to mid off

End of over 41 (5 runs) England 92/6
SCJ Broad    7* (11b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    12-4-22-4
MJ Prior    18* (66b)      Aizaz Cheema    8-0-33-1

41.1

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, 1 run, full and Prior goes to drive and gets it away on the legside for a run to midwicket

41.2

Aizaz Cheema to Broad, no run, length on middle stump and blocked coming forward

41.3

Aizaz Cheema to Broad, 1 run, back of a length and angled to backward point where there's a single available

41.4

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, full on off stump and blocked

Sikander says: "Hatoff to Misbah's captaincy. He is doing a great job." Indeed, beware the quiet man. Marshalled things nicely so far and played to Pakistan's strengths

41.5

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, full and driven by Prior but not timed. Rustiness from a lack of cricket suggests Michael Atherton

41.6

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, back of a length and Prior unnecessarily nibbles outside off without moving his feet, a play and a miss. That's drinks with Pakistan still well on top.

England have stopped the rot to a degree but the loss of Morgan has really handed the advantaged back to Pakistan in the session. England need 200. I need a cajan chicken wrap...oh, what's this on my desk...

End of over 42 (2 runs) England 94/6
MJ Prior    19* (70b)      Aizaz Cheema    9-0-35-1
SCJ Broad    8* (13b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    12-4-22-4

While Alex enjoys his wrap, England find themselves in a soup. Top-class stuff from Ajmal, but the batting has been strange. 200 is miles away, and my call is that 200 isn't enough on this pitch. Geoff Boycott is lamenting poor techniques and the death of Test cricket on radio. Ah well.

42.1

Saeed Ajmal to Broad, OUT, Some way to begin action after drinks. Broad misses a sweep and is given lbw. One of those balls that held its line after landing on a length. The ball lands just inside the mat, in front of off stump and Broad misses the sweep. He's hit in front of off and middle, and the ball is crashing into middle and leg. Plumb. England continue to sweep their way to ignominy, while wasting reviews on the side. Ajmal has five, what a champ!

SCJ Broad lbw b Saeed Ajmal 8 (25m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

Swann comes on. Offspinner to offspinner. Slip and short leg.

42.2

Saeed Ajmal to Swann, no run, edge straight away on the doosra. Hits low on Swann's bat and the soft grip helped too, to keep it down. It doesn't carry to slip.

42.3

Saeed Ajmal to Swann, no run, back of a length, Swann stays back and defends.

42.4

Saeed Ajmal to Swann, no run, he charges out now, gets nicely to the flight and drives inside out. Straight to mid-off.

Round the stumps.

42.5

Saeed Ajmal to Swann, no run, slings this in side-arm - the designated teesra that doesn't do much - Swann goes back and defends.

42.6

Saeed Ajmal to Swann, no run, doosra pitches outside leg and spins to hit the pad as Swann presses forward. No referral.

End of over 43 (wicket maiden) England 94/7
GP Swann    0* (5b)      Saeed Ajmal    13-5-22-5
MJ Prior    19* (70b)      Aizaz Cheema    9-0-35-1

Cheema continues.

43.1

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, skids in, back of a length outside off and holding its line. Prior battles on, and lets this one go.

43.2

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, legcutting ripper! Leaves Prior bemused in its wake as it thuds in back of a length and straightens past a flirty outside edge. Good stuff this.

43.3

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, short of a length once more and a couple of yards outside off. Prior leaves.

43.4

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, wide of the crease, on a length, compactly defended by Prior.

43.5

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, 1 run, angled in full from wide the crease, it ends on Prior's pads and he nudges it square for a single.

Nathan tries a limerick: "A neutral cricket venue, with English wickets on the menu, the spinners did the damage, I wonder if they'll manage, the tea adjournment to get to"

43.6

Aizaz Cheema to Swann, no run, posthumous swing on a bouncer - we have seen almost none of those today. Adnan does well to dive away to his left and intercept as it bends in through the air from outside off.

End of over 44 (1 run) England 95/7
GP Swann    0* (6b)      Aizaz Cheema    10-0-36-1
MJ Prior    20* (75b)      Saeed Ajmal    13-5-22-5

44.1

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, 1 run, flighted outside leg from round the stumps, driven easily to mid-on.

44.2

Saeed Ajmal to Swann, FOUR, Swann gets one tossed up so generously that it takes the variations out of the way. Swann reaches out easily to the flight and clatters it through the covers for four.

Over the stumps.

44.3

Saeed Ajmal to Swann, no run, appeal for a catch at bat-pad, not given. Doosra from Ajmal, lands on leg and straightens while bouncing to hit the thigh pad. No glove on the way up.

44.4

Saeed Ajmal to Swann, no run

44.5

Saeed Ajmal to Swann, FOUR, Swann's taking his counterpart on. Another good-looking off drive, this time over mid-off. Swann leans out, gets to the flight again and drives sumptuously.

44.6

Saeed Ajmal to Swann, no run, Adnan fumbles behind the stumps as Ajmal squeezes a straighter one through the bat-pad gap. There was an inside edge, according to HotSpot. Akmal's clanged one, not the easiest chance, mind you.

End of over 45 (9 runs) England 104/7
GP Swann    8* (11b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    14-5-31-5
MJ Prior    21* (76b)      Aizaz Cheema    10-0-36-1

45.1

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, 1 run, short ball angled into Prior, who guides the pull down and through midwicket for one.

45.2

Aizaz Cheema to Swann, no run, bends in from wide of the crease with that distinctive slant in his action. Swann defends.

45.3

Aizaz Cheema to Swann, 1 run, Swann taps with the angle to the leg side for a single.

45.4

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, Cheema probes away from as wide of the crease as he can possible go, but can't make Prior play. He leaves, and the Barmy Army led by the trumpeting Billy Cooper, yodels away.

45.5

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, short of a length outside off, Prior stays behind the line and drops it to the off side.

"Saeed: Watch out Akmal, a tough chance is coming your way. Akmal: Don't worry, i have missed much easier ones." The humour comes from Arbab Daud.

45.6

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, another leave outside off for Prior, who walks across and shoulders arms.

End of over 46 (2 runs) England 106/7
MJ Prior    22* (80b)      Aizaz Cheema    11-0-38-1
GP Swann    9* (13b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    14-5-31-5

46.1

Saeed Ajmal to Swann, 1 run, flighted on the pads, Swann nudges with the turn through midwicket for a single.

46.2

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, 2 runs, Prior stays back to an offbreak that straightens from the middle and leg line. He works it behind square to winkle out a couple.

46.3

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, tossed up wide of off stump, Prior carves into the covers where Younis flies across to half-stop and save the runs.

46.4

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, the doosra lands outside leg and turns in. Prior covers the line adequately.

46.5

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, 2 runs, this time Prior pierces the cover and point gap with an opening of the face as he leans out tot drive. England move to Nelson.

46.6

Saeed Ajmal to Prior, no run, doosra on off, that holds the line as it goes across. Prior defends it well.

End of over 47 (5 runs) England 111/7
MJ Prior    26* (85b)      Saeed Ajmal    15-5-36-5
GP Swann    10* (14b 2x4)      Aizaz Cheema    11-0-38-1

Two slips for the Cheemster.

47.1

Aizaz Cheema to Swann, no run, back of a length again outside off stump, Swann stays on the crease and defends gingerly.

47.2

Aizaz Cheema to Swann, no run, a rolling flay drive on the up from Swann as Cheema probes away on a length. Well timed, but straight to cover.

47.3

Aizaz Cheema to Swann, no run, Swann sets up to pull from outside off and ends up slapping it straight down the ground.

Henry Blofeld on radio says "Yousuf Khan fields it at mid-on." Got to love Blowersh!

47.4

Aizaz Cheema to Swann, 1 run, slower ball, 96.4 kph - that came in slow motion - full on middle and leg stump, and Swann jams down on it cautiously. Single taken to the leg side.

47.5

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, no run, back of a length on middle and off, Prior covers the line and defends to the leg side now.

47.6

Aizaz Cheema to Prior, FOUR, a forced square-drive from Prior, half thick-edge, half steer behind gully. Length ball from Cheema, he was hoping Prior would go for it with an opened face, but Prior had enough control to get his first four.

End of over 48 (5 runs) England 116/7
MJ Prior    30* (87b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    12-0-43-1
GP Swann    11* (18b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    15-5-36-5

48.1

Saeed Ajmal to Swann, no run, short of a length from Ajmal, Swann goes back and defends.

48.2

Saeed Ajmal to Swann, FOUR, four more, this is a sprightly little piece of resistance authored mainly by Swann. He again laces Ajmal into the covers, reaching out to the flight and negating the variations. Is the England top order watching?

48.3

Saeed Ajmal to Swann, no run, short ball, that's been rare from Ajmal today. Swann cuts but finds the fielder.

48.4

Saeed Ajmal to Swann, no run, pitched right up on off stump, Swann drives feebly down the track.

48.5

Saeed Ajmal to Swann, no run, looped up slow and gentle, Swann comes down on it equally gently, and defends.

48.6

Saeed Ajmal to Swann, no run, short of a length and sliding across, Swann reads it off the pitch and covers the line.

End of over 49 (4 runs) England 120/7
GP Swann    15* (24b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    16-5-40-5
MJ Prior    30* (87b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    12-0-43-1

"Do you listen to radio and tv commentary together along with typing and eating and drinking along?" While filing my taxes and watching a movie on the side, Srini. Abdur Rehman comes on after a while. Did a fine job in his earlier spell.

49.1

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, tossed up on the toes from round the stumps, defended off the front foot.

49.2

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, holds the length back and gets the inside edge as Prior leans out. And it deflects onto the pad. Silly point awaits, but the ball goes down immediately.

49.3

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, that turns away subtly, but Prior spots the deviation and defends.

49.4

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, plugs away on a length, on middle and leg, Prior defends back to the bowler.

49.5

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, dangerous shot that, Prior tries to swat-drive to the covers without reaching the pitch with his lean forward. Middles it this time, but finds cover.

49.6

Abdur Rehman to Prior, no run, stays back in the crease and defends onto the turf.

End of over 50 (maiden) England 120/7
MJ Prior    30* (93b 1x4)      Abdur Rehman    8-5-5-0
GP Swann    15* (24b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    16-5-40-5
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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