Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AN Cook
137(142) 14x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 10 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 1 4 1 9 7 1 5
Shahid Afridi
28(22) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 11 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 2 4 2 6 5 0 1

Best performances - Bowlers

ST Finn
O10.0
M1
R34
W4
Eco3.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Saeed Ajmal
O10.0
M0
R43
W5
Eco4.30
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
35 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 130/10

  • Wahab Riaz8 (21b)
  • SCJ Broad6-2-21-1
  • GP Swann7-3-19-2

So, England win by 130 runs, ending Pakistan's seven-match ODI winning streak in the process. Not even Nostradamus saw this result coming. Winning the toss looks to have been key, as batting under lights was so difficult for Pakistan - there was only a little seam movement for Finn but he exploited it ruthlessly. Alastair Cook, meanwhile, can have a wink and a smile ready for the next time he bumps into the likes of Botham and Atherton.

As Khurram notes: "So Pakistan lose by 7 runs to Alastair Cook."

Pakistan, meanwhile, looked a shadow of their hungry, relentless selves of the last few weeks. Ajmal's second spell aside, the bowling was workmanlike and none of the batsmen was able to last very long at the crease - Umar's 39-ball innings was the most enduring. Still, I'm sure we can let them off the odd slack showing, given the sustained excellence of some of their cricket in recent times.

Awards time ... Cook gets most runs (as if we needed to be told that) and he's also named Man of the Match. There are also assorted baubles for Saeed Ajmal and Steven Finn.

Misbah-ul-Haq: "The batting [let us down] - 260 wasn't a big score. I know that batting under lights is difficult but we have to do better against the new ball. Otherwise the wicket played very good. Of course, we can come back. We're going to come back, do things right on Wednesday."

Alastair Cook: "It's been a hard tour, it's been frustrating we haven't played up to our potential ... Glad we got off to a winning start today. It's a different format, less pressure around the bat. Ravi came in and played very well and that helped me. All the lads put in a good performance. Finny bowled well, backed up by Jimmy and Broady - it was a good team performance."

That's the presentations done with, then. England are 1-0 up, with three matches to go - we'll see if Pakistan can strike back against the empire on Wednesday. Thanks for your comments - cheerio!

34.6
W
Broad to Saeed Ajmal, OUT, thank you! Ajmal top edges a pull and captain Cook runs around from mid-on to claim the catch at mid-off, almost colliding with a team-mate in the process. The last-wicket malingering comes to an end after 17 runs in almost six overs and England have won. Hark at that!
34.5
2
Broad to Saeed Ajmal, 2 runs, dropping short and Ajmal swivels to execute a somewhat ungainly pull. More tailender batting, please!
34.4
1
Broad to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, targeted at the batsman's body, who flips it towards deep square leg
34.3
0
Broad to Wahab Riaz, no run, short, fast, left alone outside off
34.2
4
Broad to Wahab Riaz, FOUR runs, drops short and belted baseball-style for a one-bounce four over long-on. That's more like it
34.1
0
Broad to Wahab Riaz, no run, outside off, pushed into the covers

Seriously, what do these two think they're doing? I know Pakistan have been very good at Test cricket recently - but someone has informed them of the change in format, haven't they? Anyway, Broad replaces Finn ...

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AN Cook
137(142) 14x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 10 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 1 4 1 9 7 1 5
Shahid Afridi
28(22) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 11 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 2 4 2 6 5 0 1

Best performances - Bowlers

ST Finn
O10.0
M1
R34
W4
Eco3.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Saeed Ajmal
O10.0
M0
R43
W5
Eco4.30
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF