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

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

England 10/1   AJ Strauss 6* (13b)   Mohammad Hafeez 0.3-0-0-1

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

England 31/2   AJ Strauss 10* (26b)   Aizaz Cheema 3.3-0-16-1

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   KP Pietersen 2* (22b)   Saeed Ajmal 1-1-0-1

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

England 42/4   KP Pietersen 2* (28b)   Saeed Ajmal 1.1-1-0-2

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

England 43/5   EJG Morgan 1* (2b)   Saeed Ajmal 1.4-1-1-3

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

England 82/6   MJ Prior 15* (60b)   Saeed Ajmal 10.1-3-17-4

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

England 94/7   MJ Prior 19* (70b)   Saeed Ajmal 12.1-4-22-5

Abdur Rehman to Swann, OUT, nicely bowled and got him. Just enough turn to beat the outside edge of Swann's forward push and it turns into the top of off stump. A fine delivery and Pakistan will be delighted to have removed that partnership. Swann was perhaps just playing inside the line slightly and was beaten by just a little bit of grip

GP Swann b Abdur Rehman 34 (69m 65b 6x4 0x6) SR: 52.30

England 151/8   MJ Prior 42* (109b 1x4)   Abdur Rehman 12.3-5-24-1

Saeed Ajmal to Tremlett, OUT, the doosra and gone. Beats the outside edge of Tremlett, gets struck on the flap of the back pad, that's hitting off stump and up goes the finger. They consider a review but neither team have any left. Replays showed it was "umpires call" on hitting Tremlett but looked good enough to give live

CT Tremlett lbw b Saeed Ajmal 1 (25m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 5.55

England 168/9   MJ Prior 58* (134b 3x4)   Saeed Ajmal 21.4-6-49-6

Saeed Ajmal to Anderson, OUT, that'll do it. A slider onto Anderson's front pad, striking him halfway up and the finger is raised. It held its line enough to grab a bite of the leg stump on the replays. Seven wickets for Ajmal, a marvellous performance.

JM Anderson lbw b Saeed Ajmal 12 (24m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

England 192/10   MJ Prior 70* (154b 3x4)   Saeed Ajmal 24.3-7-55-7
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Hours of play (local time) 10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

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