Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

EJG Morgan
107(101) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 9 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 3 2 4 2 9 1
Kamran Akmal
41(53) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 2 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1

Best performances - Bowlers

SCJ Broad
O8.0
M1
R25
W3
Eco3.12
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Shoaib Akhtar
O10.0
M0
R40
W3
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
37 | 2 Runs 2 Wkts | PAK: 135/10

  • Abdul Razzaq11 (27b)
  • SCJ Broad8-1-25-3
  • GP Swann9-0-26-3

England win by a massive 121 runs, wrapping up their sixth series win of a very successful summer. They were simply too strong for Pakistan today. Shoaib Akhtar was exemplary with the new ball once again, and England were in trouble before Morgan and Collingwood, and then Morgan and Bresnan, revived the innings. Morgan reached his second hundred in consecutive appearances at the Rose Bowl, and 257 was always going to be a stiff chase.

Hafeez and Kamran Akmal launched Pakistan's pursuit with gusto, but once their stand was broken England took the upper hand and never eased up. Swann did the expected by striking in his first over, and Pakistan's middle order crumbled as the pressure mounted. Despite the controversy that's accompanied it, the cricket in this series has been riveting and the players from both sides line up on the boundary to shake hands as England walk off victorious.

Shahid Afridi: "I want to congratulate the English team, these guys played really well. Despite all the controversies our guys improved day by day and game by game. Eoin Morgan and Graeme Swann played really well for England today. My boys really bowled well on this wicket, but the way Swann bowled, he really bowled well. The main positive thing I can take from this tour is the way we played and the way we were united. Winning and losing is one thing but it's important to stay united."

Eoin Morgan is Man of the Match: "It's a massive bonus to finish on a high here, it sums up our summer as a whole. I've thoroughly enjoyed it. With a lot of world class players in the side it's easy to gel with the team and express yourself." Do you expect to see your name in the Ashes squad? "No I don't expect anything. If it comes it comes."

Andrew Strauss is the Player of the Series: "I've tried to be a bit more aggressive and a bit more attacking and as captain you have to lead from the front in that regard." Six series wins this summer: "It's a pretty good effort, I think we've done really well. We've had to dig pretty deep at times, particularly in this series which is one of the hardest I've played in. But we stuck together. We can't wait [for the Ashes]. In some ways this summer prepared us as we had to deal with quite a lot, and we'll have to deal with a lot this winter."

A jubilant England side have the series trophy and plenty of champagne in their hands. They look delighted at the win and a touch relieved that this long summer - one of the longest international summers on record - has come to an end. They'll have a break now before their pre-Ashes bootcamp. That series will be England's whole focus now and they'll be a battle-hardened unit after this testing home season.

Andrew Miller's final bulletin of the summer is ready for your perusal, and Miller's match musings are always worth a read. We've also got a rather fabulous match gallery for you to look at in joy or sorrow, depending on your leanings. And that's just about all from your commentary team at Cricinfo Towers. It's been a great summer and we hope you've enjoyed our coverage. From me, Liam Brickhill, Andrew McGlashan and Andrew Miller at the ground it's goodbye until next time.

36.6
W
Broad to Shoaib Akhtar, OUT, that's it, all over now! Pakistan fold with a whimper as Shoaib backs to leg, Broad follows him and Shoaib shuts his eyes and fends... a leading edge loops into the covers and fittingly Eoin Morgan takes the catch that wins the match and seals the series for England
36.5
0
Broad to Shoaib Akhtar, no run, Shoaib's not going to be getting in line with many... back of a length from Broad, Shoaib steps to leg and pokes at it as the ball bursts past the outside edge
36.4
W
Broad to Abdul Razzaq, OUT, there goes another one! Ajmal is run out, Razzaq drove a fullish ball to Morgan in the covers and set off for a single. Hesitation from both batsmen but Ajmal eventually tries to take the run, Morgan hurls in a shy right on target and he's not even in the frame. Just one more needed by England
36.3
0
Broad to Abdul Razzaq, no run, beaten outside off! Back of a length and fast from Broad, Razzaq wafts and the ball shoots past the outside edge
36.2
1
Broad to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, he's hit him! Bouncer from Broad, Ajmal tries to hook but the ball pings off the side of his helmet and goes to third man. He's fine though, and trying not to look rattled
36.1
1
Broad to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, short and rising on off stump, Razzaq takes the bottom hand off the bat and fends to gully for a single

Final throw of the dice - Pakistan take their Powerplay

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

EJG Morgan
107(101) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 9 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 3 2 4 2 9 1
Kamran Akmal
41(53) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 2 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1

Best performances - Bowlers

SCJ Broad
O8.0
M1
R25
W3
Eco3.12
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Shoaib Akhtar
O10.0
M0
R40
W3
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF