Player of the Match
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Best performances - Batsmen

AN Cook
110(173) 17x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 35 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
3 12 13 20 24 5 5 28
Azhar Ali
92(176) 15x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 27 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
7 4 14 12 13 17 13 12

Best performances - Bowlers

Mohammad Amir
O19
M5
R52
W5
Eco2.73
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Wahab Riaz
O18
M6
R63
W5
Eco3.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Well, what a finish to this Test! Pakistan were favourites to win this at lunch, but that little wobble at the end there really set the nerves jangling. This was a really important win for Pakistan, and it's allowed them to keep this series alive by fighting back to 2-1. They can't win, of course, but it would mean a great deal to hold England to a draw in the series and there'll be a lot to play for at Lord's.

England had a plan today, and Anderson and Swann really executed that plan very well to put a great deal of pressure on Pakistan. Runs were at an absolute premium, nothing was given away - not until the very end. A couple of good knocks from Farhat, Butt and Yousuf got Pakistan close, and Umar's unbeaten 16 took them over the line. Please stick around for the match presentations and a word with the captains and Man of the Match.

"I can happily can go to sleep now after a long night," says an exhausted and no doubt emotionally wraught Aamir Malik.

"Pakistan should be proud of their tour to England," suggests Viren. "Nobody has given them a chance to square-up series against Aussies & win any Test against MIGHTY England in their home conditions."

"Have to give it to Pakistan to make it tense at the end," writes Punter. "Pleasures of watching brilliant Test cricket on a weekend. Absolute thriller, and splendid effort by Pakistan!"

"I was very pleased with the way we fought today," says an obviously disappointed Andrew Strauss. "The wicket was quite unresponsive and the way Jimmy and Swanny bowled was outstanding. We can't hide from the fact that our batting lost us this match. We need to better than this, we need to go away and learn our lessons and come back better at Lord's. But you've got to give credit to pakistan, they bowled well when it was reversing and Saeed Ajmal bowled well too."

On the subject of Alastair Cook, Strauss adds: "We all know what a tough place it is to be as a batsman when you feel as though you're playing for your place in the side. He showed a huge amount of character."

"It's always [nervy]," smiles Salman Butt. "This was the same as the game against Australia. It was three wickets then, four today so it's getting better! The boys showed a lot of character," says Butt, praising various members for the team effort. "It was a very good effort from the whole team, no one individual can be singled out. Yousuf brought class and calmness to the middle order. The dressing room is confident in this holy month of Ramadan, we would like to draw this series 2-2."

As the youngest cricketer to take a five-wicket haul in Tests in England, Mohammad Amir is the Man of the Match. "In these kind of conditions, everyone feels pressure," he says. "But I kept control of my nerves. I've been working hard on my batting. Yesterday the ball was reverse swinging, so I came round the wicket. I also had lots of support, Asif, Ajmal and Wahab Riaz bowled well. Wasim Akram is my idol and I love him."

And that just about wraps it up from us today. Andrew McGlashan's bulletin is up. There's also a match gallery to peruse, and a little later on we'll have a couple of closing pieces from Andrew Miller and Nagraj Gollapudi. But from Liam Brickhill, Sahil Dutta and Andrew McGlashan here at Cricinfo Towers, it's goodbye, and please do join us again for the final Test of the series at Lord's starting on Thursday.

41.4
1
Swann to Umar Akmal, 1 run, there it is! Pakistan win by four wickets! Swann slips onto his pads and Umar nudges the ball down past short fine leg for the winning runs
41.3
2
Swann to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, sliced down to third man again, they scamper back for two! They're level! Now Pakistan can start to breath more easily
41.2
0
Swann to Umar Akmal, no run, optimistic appeal from England as Umar bends to sweep and is struck on the pad, that was slipping well down the leg side
41.1
2
Swann to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, adventurous stuff from Umar! He stepped right back and away, exposing all three stumps, and cut against the spin right off his stumps down to third man... the fielder chases it down near the ropes

END OF OVER:
41 | 5 Runs | PAK: 143/6

  • Umar Akmal11 (32b)
  • Mohammad Amir4 (25b)
  • JM Anderson14-5-39-2
  • GP Swann18-4-45-3
40.6
1
Anderson to Umar Akmal, 1 run, full outside off, driven out to deep cover for one
40.5
0
Anderson to Umar Akmal, no run, angled down to backward point, but straight to the fielder. Umar is looking for the dab to third man