Pakistan v England Test Series - 2nd Test

England v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 72 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook will become the fourth pair to open the batting 100 times in Test cricket. They are out in the middle now. Strauss under pressure for runs.

Gul is ready to bowl.

Botham tweets: "Brilliant England this morning very professional.... Broad excellent + The other bowlers....now BAT..!!!!!"

Saeed: "This pitch has lot of swing in it. It won't be a surprise if Junaid or Gul strikes too early." Quite right about the swing. Could be a testing hour

0.1

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, jams it full outside the off stump and Strauss jams it to the off side

0.2

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, full and driven down the pitch, didn't push it too hard and Gul falls to his right and intercepts it

0.3

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, good delivery bang in line with the stumps and Strauss ensures he gets behind the line to defend

0.4

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, lands it outside the off stump and he safely leaves it alone

0.5

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, fuller delivery and shaping away from the off stump, gets behind it and softly pushes it to the off side

Gul has 3 slips and a short leg

0.6

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, nice bounce and carry through to Adnan, well left by Strauss

End of over 1 (maiden) England 0/0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      Umar Gul    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

Junaid Khan marks his run-up

1.1

Junaid Khan to Cook, no run, 135.9 kph, keeps it on the off stump and forces him on the back foot to defend, good start

1.2

Junaid Khan to Cook, 1 run, 130.8 kph, goes back and softly punches it just wide of short cover

1.3

Junaid Khan to Strauss, no run, 134.7 kph, this one nips away from the left-hander and gets the batsman thinking, good delivery

1.4

Junaid Khan to Strauss, no run, stays on the back foot and punches it just wide of the bowler, decides against the run

For more on Junaid's background, you might want to read this interview, by Umar Farooq.

1.5

Junaid Khan to Strauss, 2 runs, full outside off and eased away off the front foot wide of cover

1.6

Junaid Khan to Strauss, no run, goes back at the crease and defends solidly

End of over 2 (3 runs) England 3/0
AJ Strauss    2* (10b)      Junaid Khan    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    1* (2b)      Umar Gul    1-1-0-0

2.1

Umar Gul to Cook, 2 runs, drifts on the body and he easily nudges it away down to midwicket

2.2

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, pitches outside leg and hits his pad as he tries to nudge it away, stifled appeal

2.3

Umar Gul to Cook, FOUR, first shot of intent, short and Cook was in position early for the pull, plays it well wide of short leg and down to the big gap at deep square leg

2.4

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, short of a length outside the off stump and he watchfully lets it go

2.5

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, short of a length and he gets across and defends it back to the bowler

2.6

Umar Gul to Cook, 1 run, strays on the body and he easily nudges it down to fine leg

End of over 3 (7 runs) England 10/0
AN Cook    8* (8b 1x4)      Umar Gul    2-1-7-0
AJ Strauss    2* (10b)      Junaid Khan    1-0-3-0

No alarms for England yet

3.1

Junaid Khan to Cook, no run, 139.3 kph, one of his quicker deliveries, keeps it on the off stump and he defends it down the track

3.2

Junaid Khan to Cook, no run, gets it to bend back in after pitching outside the off stump, he safely leaves it alone

3.3

Junaid Khan to Cook, 2 runs, pulled not not very convincingly, not really short enough and had to use more force, mistimes it to the leg side

3.4

Junaid Khan to Cook, no run, goes back at the crease and taps it to the off side no swing this time

3.5

Junaid Khan to Cook, no run, fuller in length and he keeps it outside off, he watchfully leaves it alone

3.6

Junaid Khan to Cook, no run, keeps it on the off stump line and he's happy to let this go as well

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 12/0
AN Cook    10* (14b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    2-0-5-0
AJ Strauss    2* (10b)      Umar Gul    2-1-7-0

4.1

Umar Gul to Strauss, 1 run, full delivery shaping on the pads and he gets behind the line and knocks it softly towards mid-on

4.2

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, the first false shot of the innings, Cook nearly edged it as he got forward to drive, bit late on the shot, the ball was coming in from round the wicket

4.3

Umar Gul to Cook, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and it clips the pad and Adnan dived to his right to catch it, nevertheless he saved a boundary

4.4

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, shapes it on the stumps and he stays right back and defends

4.5

Umar Gul to Strauss, no run, a touch too wide outside off, doesn't tempt Strauss as he decides to let it go

4.6

Umar Gul to Strauss, 4 byes, nice bonus runs for England, Gul fails to control the movement and sprays it wide down the leg side, too much to ask for Adnan to even get a hand to it

End of over 5 (6 runs) England 18/0
AJ Strauss    3* (14b)      Umar Gul    3-1-8-0
AN Cook    10* (16b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    2-0-5-0

Spin arrives, but it's not Ajmal. It's Hafeez. He has a slip and short leg

5.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, gets forward and defends a full delivery

5.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, covers his stumps and blocks it out down the pitch

5.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, that looked mighty close to an lbw! Cook was squared up by one that straightened but it hit him too high on the pad, good decision and good that it wasn't referred either

5.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, gets forward and defends it to the off side

5.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, hits his pads as he tries to work it to the on side, missing leg

5.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, tries to sweep but misses, manages to drag his back foot back before the keeper breaks the stumps, appeal for a stumping but the third umpire takes a look

End of over 6 (maiden) England 18/0
AN Cook    10* (22b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-1-0-0
AJ Strauss    3* (14b)      Umar Gul    3-1-8-0

6.1

Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, no run, defended very awkwardly off the back foot, had he missed, he was gone

6.2

Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, no run, fuller delivery and safely defended

6.3

Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, no run, goes back and defends with soft hands

6.4

Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, no run, fullish in length and he gets forward and smothers the spin

6.5

Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, no run, gets forward and defends again

6.6

Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, 1 run, clips a full delivery down to the leg side

End of over 7 (1 run) England 19/0
AJ Strauss    4* (20b)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-1-0
AN Cook    10* (22b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-1-0-0

So it's spin, spin, spin for Pakistan...

7.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, length on off stump and defended from the crease

7.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, pushing half forward and nudged into the off side

7.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, much better, Strauss well forward to defend on off stump

7.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, more carefully forward and blocked

7.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, left outside off stump

7.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, 1 run, tucked up on the on-side for a sharp single wide of mid on

End of over 8 (1 run) England 20/0
AJ Strauss    5* (26b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-1-1-0
AN Cook    10* (22b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-1-0

This is the game really, how England can deal with the barrage of spin, a real examination...

8.1

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

8.2

Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, FOUR, back and very nicely forced away through cover point, Strauss picked up the length very early and played with a straight bat

8.3

Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, no run, forward on off stump and pushed out to point

8.4

Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, no run, fired in quicker and flicked to midwicket

8.5

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

8.6

Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, no run, forced away again off the back foot but straight to cover

End of over 9 (4 runs) England 24/0
AJ Strauss    9* (32b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-5-0
AN Cook    10* (22b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-1-1-0

A little surprised that Misbah dispensed with the second slip so early...but now three round the bat...

9.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, flicked into short leg

9.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, tossed up and driven to mid on

9.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, left outside off stump

9.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, 1 run, full on leg stump and flicked away through square leg

9.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, left outside off

9.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, forward on off stump and played carefully back to the bowler

End of over 10 (1 run) England 25/0
AJ Strauss    9* (34b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-1-2-0
AN Cook    11* (26b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-5-0

Ramiz Raja would have preferred the seamers to get more of a go at the start of the innings...there was a little wobble on offer for the quicker men...

10.1

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, full toss but pushed straight to midwicket

10.2

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, flatter and forward on off stump to push to cover

10.3

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, well forward again and blocked

10.4

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, left outside off and Akmal doesn't just whip off the bails, he smashes leg stump onto the floor

10.5

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, well forward pushing up to cover

10.6

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, played off the front foot to midwicket taken from middle stump

End of over 11 (maiden) England 25/0
AN Cook    11* (32b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-1-5-0
AJ Strauss    9* (34b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-1-2-0

11.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, Strauss back, perhaps incorrectly, and gets it away on the off side, just

11.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, forward and played down carefully on the bounce to slip

11.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, Strauss back again to defend, dangerous says Botham

11.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, pushed to point coming forward

11.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, nudged away square once more

11.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, no run, shuffling back and trying to force into the off side, finds cover

End of over 12 (maiden) England 25/0
AJ Strauss    9* (40b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-2-2-0
AN Cook    11* (32b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-1-5-0

It's drinks and England will be very pleased. Such an efficient job in finishing off Pakistan this morning and so far so good with the bat. But the lingering threat from the Pakistani spinners provides much to remain nervous about...

12.1

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, Cook forward and defending to point

12.2

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, forward again and dropped out on the off side

12.3

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, well forward again and pushed back to the bowler

12.4

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, flatter on leg stump and pushed to midwicket

12.5

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, goes back to cut and misses one that slides on, cry for caught behind but no reaction from the umpire, Cook was late on it and missed by a long way

12.6

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, driven hard and a good save coming across to extra cover's left

End of over 13 (maiden) England 25/0
AN Cook    11* (38b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-2-5-0
AJ Strauss    9* (40b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-2-2-0

Man coming under the lid at silly point now...

13.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, 2 runs, back of a length and flicked out through midwicket, chase back for mid on

13.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Strauss, OUT, gone, caught at short leg. Strauss uncommitted in his footwork and gets a big inside edge onto his pad that pops up for a simply catch to short leg. No real movement from the delivery but Strauss' uncertainty has cost him. A firm prod forward provides him another failure and the pressure ramps up once more on England's batting...

AJ Strauss c Asad Shafiq b Mohammad Hafeez 11 (53m 42b 1x4 0x6) SR: 26.19

Jonathan Trott...

13.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, back and pushing into the leg side

13.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, back once more on off stump and played back to the bowler

13.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, back again with a nice straight bat

13.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, 2 runs, spinning down the leg side and flicked away down to long leg, the fielder comes round from deep square and Trott's away

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 29/1
IJL Trott    2* (4b)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-2-6-1
AN Cook    11* (38b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-2-5-0

So spin provides the breakthrough for Pakistan once again. Their tails are up...

14.1

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, forward and defended

14.2

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, Cook very hurried trying to play back, keeps it out, Ajmal grins...

14.3

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, well forward and playing to cover

14.4

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, forward again into the off side

14.5

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, 3 runs, nicely played by Cook, whipped away from a full length on middle and gets it away between midwicket and mid on

Just two men around the bat for the new man...

14.6

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, the slider past the outside edge, excitement from Pakistan, fine delivery

End of over 15 (3 runs) England 32/1
IJL Trott    2* (5b)      Saeed Ajmal    5-2-8-0
AN Cook    14* (43b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-2-6-1

15.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, 1 run, nudged away off the back foot behind square and they steal a run

15.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, flat onto off stump and Trott defends from the crease

15.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, 1 run, a good stride forward and pushed firmly up on the off side in front of square

15.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, Cook forward and plays square, angling past silly point

15.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, tossed up and turn away from Cook who drives and misses outside off

15.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, very full and dug out into the off side

End of over 16 (2 runs) England 34/1
AN Cook    15* (47b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-2-8-1
IJL Trott    3* (7b)      Saeed Ajmal    5-2-8-0

Important point from Waqar Younis. The softer ball doesn't turn so England need to try and negotiate the next 10-15 overs, scoring is much less important....

16.1

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, forward and blocked back to the bowler

16.2

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, clipped to midwicket from middle and leg

16.3

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, Ajmal round the wicket and Trott covers up on off stump coming forward

16.4

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, 1 run, leg stump and turned round the corner to long leg

16.5

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, FOUR, Cook finally gets the cut stroke away, was back quickly and guided it well behind square to the backward point boundary

16.6

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, full on off stump and blocked

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 39/1
AN Cook    19* (49b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-2-13-0
IJL Trott    4* (11b)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-2-8-1

Hotter, more desert-like, in Abu Dhabi today. The golf's started too. Very surprised that these two events clash...

17.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, back of a length and strikes the thigh guard and pops up into the leg side

17.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, 1 run, fuller and whipped with the wrists to deep square

17.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, shorter and Cook cuts again but straight to cover

17.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, driven back to the bowler from off stump

17.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, defended from the crease

17.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, Cook's able to cut again but for the second time in the over can only find cover

End of over 18 (1 run) England 40/1
AN Cook    19* (53b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-2-9-1
IJL Trott    5* (13b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-2-13-0

Very appealing prospect, bit of cricket, then perhaps a day of golf. Been more than a year since I watched some golf, a very pleasant experience, almost as a good as the cricket...here's rehamn, the left-armer...

18.1

Abdur Rehman to Trott, no run, tossed up on off stump and left alone

18.2

Abdur Rehman to Trott, no run, flatter and turned by Trott to midwicket

18.3

Abdur Rehman to Trott, no run, tucked to point, slightly awkwardly because it slid on and Trott was slightly cramped

18.4

Abdur Rehman to Trott, no run, forward on off stump and pushed to cover

18.5

Abdur Rehman to Trott, no run, back of a length and Trott back to clip to midwicket

18.6

Abdur Rehman to Trott, no run, fuller and driven to mid on

End of over 19 (maiden) England 40/1
IJL Trott    5* (19b)      Abdur Rehman    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    19* (53b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-2-9-1

Also been a while since I played golf, do miss a bit of countryside...

19.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, sliding onto leg stump and striking the pad

19.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, fuller and played forward, blocked back to the bowler

19.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, 1 run, nudged carefully away into the on side for a run wide of mid on

19.4

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

19.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, flicked away and it cannons up off short leg's boot and balloons into the leg side, mercifully for Trott into space

19.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, forward, turn past the inside edge onto the pad, brief cry for lbw but turned down quickly

End of over 20 (1 run) England 41/1
IJL Trott    5* (22b)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-2-10-1
AN Cook    20* (56b 2x4)      Abdur Rehman    1-1-0-0

How Pakistan would love a second breakthrough before the interval...

20.1

Abdur Rehman to Cook, no run, turned square by Cook, on the bounce to short leg

20.2

Abdur Rehman to Cook, no run, turned with the spin again from outside off, this time to midwicket

20.3

Abdur Rehman to Cook, 2 runs, turned once more but this is past the short leg fielder and provides a chase round for deep backward square

20.4

Abdur Rehman to Cook, FOUR, too short and Cook onto the length, rocking back to cut hard and finds the gap well to the cover point fence

20.5

Abdur Rehman to Cook, 1 run, turned with the spin again, running it down to deep square leg

Trott retakes his guard...time for a cup of tea...

20.6

Abdur Rehman to Trott, no run, clips into the leg side to midwicket

End of over 21 (7 runs) England 48/1
IJL Trott    5* (23b)      Abdur Rehman    2-1-7-0
AN Cook    27* (61b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-2-10-1

Three overs perhaps to lunch...

21.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, Cook forward and blocks to silly point

21.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, forward again and running it out on the off side

21.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, waited for and played back and pushed into the off side

21.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, left outside off

21.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, driven to mid on

21.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, skids on to Cook and a loud cry for leg before but definitely sliding down, no from Steve Davis and no referral. Cook was caught on the crease though...

End of over 22 (maiden) England 48/1
AN Cook    27* (67b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-3-10-1
IJL Trott    5* (23b)      Abdur Rehman    2-1-7-0

Nervy moments for England just before lunch. Trott trying to waste some time to make this the the last over...

22.1

Abdur Rehman to Trott, no run, pushed into the off side, half forward

22.2

Abdur Rehman to Trott, no run, Trott squared up going back to defend, that was a misjudgement

22.3

Abdur Rehman to Trott, no run, better coming forward and driven into the leg side

22.4

Abdur Rehman to Trott, no run, forward on middle and pushed back to the bowler

22.5

Abdur Rehman to Trott, no run, played carefully from the crease back towards the bowler

22.6

Abdur Rehman to Trott, no run, rocking back and angling to point

End of over 23 (maiden) England 48/1
IJL Trott    5* (29b)      Abdur Rehman    3-2-7-0
AN Cook    27* (67b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-3-10-1

They've skipped through in time so we'll get another before a cajun chicken wrap...that's my lunch anyway...

23.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, full and blocked into the off side to mid off

23.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, full again and pushed back to the bowler

23.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, short and cut but not for the first time Cook can't find the gap, that must be frustrating for him

23.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, Cook forward and an inside edge flies to short leg, perhaps did carry down low to his right boot

23.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, carefully blocked forward

23.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, now driven into silly point

Lunch: England will be satisfied with their morning. They did very well to take only 16 balls to finish off the Pakistan innings for the addition for just one run. And they've made a solid start with the bat, no real dramas, much more careful playing of the spin trio - much better from Cook certainly. But Pakistan will be pleased to have picked up Andrew Strauss and will know with memories from Dubai they can quickly get among a nervy England line-up. I'll be back shortly...

...and that's the end of the morning session.

End of over 24 (maiden) England 48/1
AN Cook    27* (73b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    10-4-10-1
IJL Trott    5* (29b)      Abdur Rehman    3-2-7-0

About to resume with Umar Gul being given a go...This is a crucial session in the entire series, a solid one for England and they're back in the rubber. If Pakistan get among the wickets they could be on their way to winning it...

24.1

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

24.2

Umar Gul to Trott, FOUR, back of a length and width offered and Trott cuts wide and over the dive of point to the boundary, a poor ball punished

24.3

Umar Gul to Trott, FOUR, that's loose. Trott trying to play too much towards the leg side and thick outside edge squirts past gully for four more to third man

24.4

Umar Gul to Trott, no run, back and across to defend

Evidence again there of how the seamers are also a threat if they operate in the right areas...

24.5

Umar Gul to Trott, 3 runs, back of a length and clipped away through midwicket, chase back for square leg

24.6

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, left outside off

That wasn't a great start from Gul.

End of over 25 (11 runs) England 59/1
AN Cook    27* (74b 3x4)      Umar Gul    4-1-19-0
IJL Trott    16* (34b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    10-4-10-1

It'll be Hafeez to open up from the other end...

25.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, straight and Trott tries to flick it away, runs off the pad to leg slip

25.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, pushing forward playing up on the on side

25.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, fuller and a flick is timed very well but straight to midwicket

25.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, 1 run, tucked up on the off side from off stump where there's a large gap available for easy singles

25.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, angled in to middle and leg, forward and played past short leg's left hand

25.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, FOUR, punched away through midwicket, Cook likes it there to tuck off his legs, and it's four to the midwicket rope

End of over 26 (5 runs) England 64/1
AN Cook    31* (76b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    11-4-15-1
IJL Trott    17* (38b 2x4)      Umar Gul    4-1-19-0

16 from the first two overs of the session, poor start for Pakistan...

26.1

Umar Gul to Trott, 1 run, played with soft hands behind square on the off side, wide of gully for a single

26.2

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, wide off off stump and left alone

26.3

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, left outside off stump from a length

26.4

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, tucked to square leg

26.5

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, across on off stump and dead-panned

26.6

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, much more like it from Gul, sliding away from the left-hander and Cook feeling for it outside the off stump. A good nut to finish

End of over 27 (1 run) England 65/1
AN Cook    31* (81b 4x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-20-0
IJL Trott    18* (39b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    11-4-15-1

27.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, swept carefully but run only as far as leg slip

27.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, 1 run, tucked away into the off side, it is a tempting gap against the spin but Trott gets into good positions to just run it into those areas

27.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, forward outside off and pushed in front of square

27.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, 2 runs, hard hands from Cook and a thick outside edge well past slip and down to third man, wasn't the length to drive that firmly at

27.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, that was more the length to go harder at and it's well timed but to cover

27.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, off stump and punched back to the bowler

End of over 28 (3 runs) England 68/1
AN Cook    33* (85b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    12-4-18-1
IJL Trott    19* (41b 2x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-20-0

Nasser just suggesting Misbah is following the ball a little and not sticking to his plans...

28.1

Umar Gul to Trott, no run, Trott goes across to flick to leg and misses, cry for leg before as it's hit him low on the pad but going down

28.2

Umar Gul to Trott, no run, pushed firmly to point from the crease

28.3

Umar Gul to Trott, no run, off stump line and across the stumps to defend back up the pitch

28.4

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

28.5

Umar Gul to Trott, 3 runs, a well-placed drive wide of extra cover and the batsman scramble back for a third, just pushed away gently, no drama about the stroke

28.6

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, wide of off stump and left alone

End of over 29 (3 runs) England 71/1
AN Cook    33* (86b 4x4)      Umar Gul    6-1-23-0
IJL Trott    22* (46b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    12-4-18-1

Handsome grass banking flanks either side of this ground. The futuristic stand is also impressive. If only it wasn't in the middle of the desert...ooo here's Ajmal...hold your breath...

29.1

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, middle and leg and pushed to midwicket

29.2

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, a sharp turner back into the batsman, catches Trott on the crease, appeal turned down and they decide against the review

29.3

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, forward this time and blocked with bat and pad together

I think Trott could have been lucky on two occasions here. Replays look good for the bowler...

29.4

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, 1 run, tucked into the leg side from a straighter line

29.5

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, Cook going to cut and missing not for the first time, cries all round

29.6

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, forward on off stump and defended

End of over 30 (1 run) England 72/1
AN Cook    33* (88b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-2-14-0
IJL Trott    23* (50b 2x4)      Umar Gul    6-1-23-0

Pakistan have missed a trick again...Trott would have been out on review. But like in Dubai it was Ajmal himself that wasn't too keen after the umpire had said no...

30.1

Umar Gul to Trott, FOUR, and now Trott looking to cash in, very nicely driven through the off side past extra cover. Good timing

Just goes to show how much a skill judging when to refer has become. England, by comparison, are very good at selecting when to refer...

30.2

Umar Gul to Trott, 1 run, back of a length and tucked to long leg

50 stand is up from 102 balls, well played Cook n' Trott - could open a restaurant with that name, what d'you reckon?!

The shout off the front foot in the last over was going down leg...

30.3

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, left outside off

30.4

Umar Gul to Cook, no run, Gul from around the stumps bowls wide and Cook leaves again

30.5

Umar Gul to Cook, 1 run, Cook uses the angle from back of a length to clip out to deep square leg

30.6

Umar Gul to Trott, no run, length outside off and Trott pushes into the covers for no run

End of over 31 (6 runs) England 78/1
IJL Trott    28* (53b 3x4)      Umar Gul    7-1-29-0
AN Cook    34* (91b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-2-14-0

Interesting comments from Nasser, surely that decision was a mistake from the umpire more than Pakistan not referring it? I did think there was doubt, it was high and could have turned too much on first look...

31.1

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, off stump, Cook forward to block

31.2

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, this time back a little awkwardly and dug up on the off side

31.3

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, driven well but straight to Misbah at short extra cover

31.4

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, 2 runs, worked away in Cook's best area to the spinner, through square leg

31.5

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, 1 run, Cook drives through the off side, wide enough of mid off to scramble through

31.6

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, 1 run, paddle swept round the corner, using the turn and pace

End of over 32 (4 runs) England 82/1
IJL Trott    29* (54b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-2-18-0
AN Cook    37* (96b 4x4)      Umar Gul    7-1-29-0

Cook n' Trott, I'm thinking contemporary British cuisine with a Mediterranean twist...Khan, J. is on...

32.1

Junaid Khan to Trott, no run, good start on off stump, Trott back and across to defend

32.2

Junaid Khan to Trott, FOUR, drive away off an outside edge, along the ground, well past gully to wide third man

"Given that 'the trots' can be rather unpleasant I'm not sure that's such a good restaurant name....." Might have a point there BrockVH. Hmmm...

32.3

Junaid Khan to Trott, no run, tight line from Khan, gets an inside edge into his pad coming half forward

Trott now has the most Test runs for England with no sixes...

32.4

Junaid Khan to Trott, no run, good from Khan, sliding away and beats the attempted drive of Trott

32.5

Junaid Khan to Trott, no run, more decent stuff, teasing Trott going across him

32.6

Junaid Khan to Trott, no run, decently bowled once more and left outside off

End of over 33 (4 runs) England 86/1
IJL Trott    33* (60b 4x4)      Junaid Khan    3-0-9-0
AN Cook    37* (96b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-2-18-0

Ali Khan on using the reviews..."I think Pakistan are the worst team when it comes to calling for the correct decision reviews requests. Remember Gul's referral for LBW in the first test match? That was wayyy outside leg, and they still referred to it... and now when they should have done it off Ajmal, and it was close and actually out, they didnt!!" And they also missed one that would have been out in Dubai too...

33.1

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, played forward into the off side

33.2

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, pushed forward again and blocked

33.3

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, FOUR, Cook gets the cut through again, past point, well timed and placed

33.4

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, slightly nervously forward, off an inside edge past short leg

33.5

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, chucked up (don't!) and Cook nearly gets in a pickle trying to work it to leg

33.6

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, this is nudged up on the leg side but straight to mid on

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 90/1
AN Cook    41* (102b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    9-2-22-0
IJL Trott    33* (60b 4x4)      Junaid Khan    3-0-9-0

Oldsuttdownunder: "Cook 'n Trott sounds like it has to be a vindaloo-only restaurant, surely. I've eaten at a few of those..." haha...

34.1

Junaid Khan to Trott, no run, pushed to point from a length

34.2

Junaid Khan to Trott, no run, back of a length and Trott covers up

34.3

Junaid Khan to Trott, no run, Trott forward on off stump and defended back up the pitch

34.4

Junaid Khan to Trott, no run, round the wicket and pushed to mid off from a length

Of the commentators on show, Botham has 67 6's, Hussain 24 and the rest of the team in single figures with Bumble on 0. Even Atherton has four which bemuses Beefy...

34.5

Junaid Khan to Trott, 1 run, pushed away into the off side from a thick outside edge, runs away from cover

34.6

Junaid Khan to Cook, no run, defended from the crease into the off side

Nothing happening for the seamers, I think there may be a change for Khan...

End of over 35 (1 run) England 91/1
AN Cook    41* (103b 5x4)      Junaid Khan    4-0-10-0
IJL Trott    34* (65b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    9-2-22-0

35.1

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, 2 runs, it was leg stump and Trott tried to turn it round the corner but it was the doosra that holds it line and Trott gets a leading edge behind square on the off side

35.2

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, offspinner this time and pushed into midwicket

35.3

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, 1 run, this time Trott can manoeuvre round the corner

35.4

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, well forward on off stump and smothered like BBQ chicken

35.5

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, more flight and pushed to mid off

35.6

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, in the slot for Cook but it can't flick it past midwicket

End of over 36 (3 runs) England 94/1
AN Cook    41* (106b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    10-2-25-0
IJL Trott    37* (68b 4x4)      Junaid Khan    4-0-10-0

"For a more effective UDRS, there should be more reviews available," suggests Shahid Siddiqui...

36.1

Junaid Khan to Trott, no run, defended to cover

36.2

Junaid Khan to Trott, no run, good delivery beats Trott outside off, a couple of times we've seen Khan get it right and cause problems

36.3

Junaid Khan to Trott, 1 run, tucked into the off side from a length

36.4

Junaid Khan to Cook, no run, off stump and Cook covers up

36.5

Junaid Khan to Cook, 1 run, short and Cook is easily on top of it because the pitch is so slow, well timed to deep square leg

36.6

Junaid Khan to Trott, no run, solidly driven to mid off

Trott wants a new bat...

Given the delay for Trott's bat that's drinks so i'm off for a beverage...
Hugh has another issues with DRS: "DRS is pretty good, but the one change that has to be made is that you don't lose a review for an "umpire's call" decision." That could be a good idea, especially as umpire's call is exceptionally generous. Sometimes the ball looks to be smashing into the stump and hawk-eye says umpire's call.

End of over 37 (2 runs) England 96/1
IJL Trott    38* (72b 4x4)      Junaid Khan    5-0-12-0
AN Cook    42* (108b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    10-2-25-0

Thanks Alex. Pakistan have gone real quiet here. Cook and Trott are taking their time and can well afford to do so, even if it makes for attritional cricket. Ajmal's keeping the cheer anyway

37.1

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, 1 run, defends close to the pads and gets an inside edge to the leg side

37.2

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, stays back manages to defend it away

37.3

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, forces it down to mid-on

37.4

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, 1 run, gives it a lot more air, comes well forward and drives square to point

37.5

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, gets across his stumps and smothers the spin

37.6

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, tossed up on middle and defended to short leg

End of over 38 (2 runs) England 98/1
AN Cook    43* (111b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    11-2-27-0
IJL Trott    39* (75b 4x4)      Junaid Khan    5-0-12-0

38.1

Junaid Khan to Trott, no run, angles it outside the off stump and he pushes it down to point

38.2

Junaid Khan to Trott, no run, good length outside the off stump and defended with a solid bat

38.3

Junaid Khan to Trott, FOUR, Junaid comes round the wicket but drifts on the pads and bowls it too full, flick of the wrists from Trott and Umar Akmal gives the chase but dives in vain at deep midwicket

38.4

Junaid Khan to Trott, FOUR, back to back for Trott, goes the other side of the wicket this time, width outside off and eased away past cover point, no power, just plain timing and placement

38.5

Junaid Khan to Trott, no run, Junaid returns over the wicket and bangs in a bouncer in despair, Trott ducks

38.6

Junaid Khan to Trott, no run, short of a length and draws Trott on the back foot to defend, productive over for England

Jeremy: "I've always had the view that there should only be 1 review for DRS but if it says Umpires Call you get to keep your review. Would remove stupid reviews for the sake of reviewing and bring back the focus of why DRS was brought in orginally, to remove the howler from the umpire not replace the umpire."

End of over 39 (8 runs) England 106/1
IJL Trott    47* (81b 6x4)      Junaid Khan    6-0-20-0
AN Cook    43* (111b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    11-2-27-0

39.1

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, tossed up on the off stump and defended

39.2

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, clips it softly to short leg

39.3

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, stays back at the crease and defends with a dead bat

39.4

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, slower through the air and defended to the off side

39.5

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, Cook is an untroubled as ever as he lunges forward and defends to the off side

39.6

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, flatter delivery and he pushes it square on the off side

End of over 40 (maiden) England 106/1
AN Cook    43* (117b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    12-3-27-0
IJL Trott    47* (81b 6x4)      Junaid Khan    6-0-20-0

Spin from the other end too. It's Prof. Hafeez

40.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, slow through the air and not much turn, defended to mid-on

40.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, gets forward and defends with a dead bat

40.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, quicker and flatter and defended solidly on the backfoot

40.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, 1 run, stays back, waits for the turn and clips it away down to fine leg

40.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, big appeal from Adnan but Hafeez wasn't interested, struck him on the base of the pad but missing leg, Hafeez realised that immediately

40.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, defends with a dead bat down the track

End of over 41 (1 run) England 107/1
AN Cook    43* (119b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    13-4-19-1
IJL Trott    48* (85b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    12-3-27-0

41.1

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, Trott covers his stumps and defends this one solidly

41.2

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, flatter delivery and whipped past short leg

41.3

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, stays back at the crease and softly clips it to midwicket

41.4

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, the doosra but safely blocked off the back foot

41.5

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, appeal for an lbw anf Misbah is referring it, Trott gets forward to defend a ball spinning in from outside off but the impact was outside the line of the off stump, Davis shook his head and his decision stands, Hawkeye showed that hitting the stumps but the impact was outside the line

Pakistan have one more review left

41.6

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, 1 run, stays back and defends

End of over 42 (1 run) England 108/1
IJL Trott    49* (91b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    13-3-28-0
AN Cook    43* (119b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    13-4-19-1

42.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, lunges forward and defends

42.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, commits forward and defends

42.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run

42.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, 1 run, whips it to square leg and they dash through for the single and beat the throw at the bowler's end, Trott's got his fifty, the dressing room will be relieved with this resistance after the batting horror in Dubai

42.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, tossed up on middle and off and defended

42.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, drops it shorter, no turn, he rocks back and slaps it to point

End of over 43 (1 run) England 109/1
AN Cook    43* (121b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    14-4-20-1
IJL Trott    50* (95b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    13-3-28-0

43.1

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, gets well forward and defends

43.2

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, hit on the pads outside the line of the off stump but they enquire anyway

43.3

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, comes round the wicket, Trott comes forward to negate any turn, tucked to the on side

43.4

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, the doosra sneaks past the outside edge and the off stump, foot firmly behind the crease, Pakistan had a sniff there

43.5

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, goes back at the crease and defends

43.6

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, 1 run, gets his front foot across and works it to the on side

There are a few appeals going off here and there, just to keep the batsmen on guard

End of over 44 (1 run) England 110/1
IJL Trott    51* (101b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    14-3-29-0
AN Cook    43* (121b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    14-4-20-1

44.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, lbw appeal and another review here, sharp turn from outside off, hits him on the pad as he shapes to defend, that looked very close to the inside edge, Hot spot doesn't seem to detect an edge, impact was outside off again and Misbah has wasted another review

That's it. Pakistan have used up their reviews

44.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, stays back and defends to the on side

44.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, 1 run, shuffles and clips it to the on side

44.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and defended again

44.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, 1 run, stays back and clips it to the leg side, no turn this time

44.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, tossed up on middle and off and eased away down to mid-on

What a waste for Pakistan. Misbah in fact rather half-heartedly reviewed the last one.

End of over 45 (2 runs) England 112/1
IJL Trott    52* (105b 6x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    15-4-22-1
AN Cook    44* (123b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    14-3-29-0

45.1

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, 1 run, flatter delivery, bat-pad just beats Azhar's reach at short leg

45.2

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, Trott lunges forward and defends down the track

45.3

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, gets forward and smothers the spin, drives to the off side

45.4

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, 1 run, gets on his knee and paddles this one to fine leg

45.5

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, fuller delivery and driven inside out down to mid-off

45.6

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, quicker delivery and skids through, beats the outside edge and Adnan knew how close that was

Waqar Younis: "I don't know whether Pakistan are unlucky or plain silly."

End of over 46 (2 runs) England 114/1
AN Cook    45* (126b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    15-3-31-0
IJL Trott    53* (108b 6x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    15-4-22-1

46.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, 3 runs, Tross shuffles and clips a flatter delivery hard behind square on the on side, the fielder gives the chase and pulls it back

46.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run

46.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, tossed up on middle and off and pushed down to mid-on

46.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, big appeal by Hafeez for an lbw! Hits the bottom of the pad and that looked like hitting initially but the impact was outside the line of the off stump, Oxenford shakes his head

46.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, stays back and chops it to the off side

46.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg and pushed down to mid-on

End of over 47 (4 runs) England 118/1
AN Cook    46* (131b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    16-4-26-1
IJL Trott    56* (109b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    15-3-31-0

47.1

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, comes forward and defends to the off side

47.2

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, FOUR, brings up his fifty with a solid clip off the pads in front of square on the on side, flatter delivery, played it late and exploited the big gap in the deep

47.3

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, 1 run, the inside edge sneaks past short leg

47.4

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, another enquiry, tries to paddle it away from the off stump but the ball may have hit his glove before hitting the pad

47.5

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, the doosra beats the outside edge again! This was even closer, Trott foxed on the front foot

47.6

Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run, gets across and pushes it to the off side

End of over 48 (5 runs) England 123/1
IJL Trott    56* (112b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    16-3-36-0
AN Cook    51* (134b 6x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    16-4-26-1

48.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, 2 runs, stays back and punches it down to sweeper cover

48.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, no run, quicker through the air and defended solidly down the pitch

48.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Cook, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he knocks it away to the leg side

48.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, slower through the air, stays right back and defends down the pitch

48.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, flatter delivery and defended down the pitch

48.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Trott, no run, gets a half stride across and defends

End of over 49 (3 runs) England 126/1
IJL Trott    56* (115b 6x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    17-4-29-1
AN Cook    54* (137b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    16-3-36-0

49.1

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, Cook commits to the front foot and blocks it out

49.2

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, turns it off his pads down to midwicket

49.3

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, tossed up a bit more, once again Cook plonks his front foot forward and defends

49.4

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, 1 no ball, the overstep and Ajmal fires it flat and really quick, fastest ball I've ever seen him bowl yet, almost like he was giving Cook a throwdown

49.4

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, flatter delivery and he gets back and defends

49.5

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run, tossed up and defended towards midwicket

49.6

Saeed Ajmal to Cook, no run

End of over 50 (1 run) England 127/1
AN Cook    54* (144b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    17-3-37-0
IJL Trott    56* (115b 6x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    17-4-29-1
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Series Results
England v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC) - Feb 3-6, 2012
Pakistan won by 71 runs
England v Pakistan at Abu Dhabi - Jan 25-28, 2012
Pakistan won by 72 runs
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Pakistan won by 10 wickets
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