ICC World Twenty20, 6th Match, Group B: England v Pakistan at The Oval, Jun 7, 2009
ICC World Twenty20 - 6th match, Group B
England won by 48 runs
7 June 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)

Arafat to open - and the noise is something to behold!

Bopara jogs out with Wright. Here we go. "I really liked the comment made by "Miaow". He has a very good point indeed," says Arzoo. Woof.

Anthem-watch 2 Collingwood's singing - there's Swann. He loves a good anthem. Rob Key's smiling and singing, and Kevin Pietersen's doing a fantastic job in the middle order too. Fine effort from England - I'd say they won that little contest.

Anthem-watch It's the moment you've all been waiting for. Younus is mumbling, or possibly chewing gum. Superb anthem this, from Pakistan - the right mixture of tonal variation and cymbals. Lots of cymbals. There's Kamran! Belting it out, almost.

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Just very briefly, looking back to England's frankly calimitous loss to Netherlands, have a read of our UK editor Andrew Miller's take and an alternative and deeply sarcastic view from Andy Zaltzman.

Emails pouring in by the bucket-load. "If England and Australia both do not make it to semis," says one. "it will make sense to cancel Ashes series. Who will be interested in watching 'minnows' series?" Miaow.

Miller: "Rashid for Sidebottom. Interesting. This is the fourth match on this strip."

England 1 Ravi Bopara, 2 Luke Wright, 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Owais Shah, 5 Paul Collingwood (capt), 6 Dimitri Mascarenhas, 7 James Foster (wk), 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson

Pakistan 1 Salman Butt, 2 Ahmad Shahzad, 3 Kamran Akmal (wk), 4 Younus Khan (capt), 5 Misbah-ul-Haq, 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Yasir Arafat, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Saeed Ajmal

Here's the toss...Pakistan have won and will bowl. Younus expects the ball to move around, which is a fair guess - it's breezy and rain is in the air. Collingwood says England are looking to put the Netherlands match behind them, yadda blah etc. Sidebottom is out, Mascarenhas and Pietersen are in. Full team news is imminent.

About 25 minutes to go, so let's ponder what we have ahead of us. England's selection will be fascinating: if Pietersen doesn't play, will they opt for Rob Key again, or go with some power - Napier perhaps? Everything rests on Pietersen. Talking of nothing, we've just heard that Richie Benaud will be commentating on the Ashes for Channel 5 this summer, which might please some of you. And talking of commentary, I can recommend Peter Baxter's autobiography which I've just finished. Fascinating insight into the history of TMS.

5pm We spotted Kevin Pietersen gobbling some pills (medicine - no funny business) so we think he could be playing, in spite of his Achilles pain. We'll confirm shortly. "If he doesn't," says Andrew Miller, "they'll have to feign his injury until the eve of the Ashes." Glorious.

Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of this absurdly fascinating contest between England and Pakistan. I'm Will Luke, and I could scarcely be more up for this. As if you need reminding, if England lose this they're out of the tournament. Gone. Zip. Bye bye. No team news yet but, by 'eck, there will be soon. Stay tuned.


Yasir Arafat to Bopara, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone - touch of swing away from the right-hander

Tremendous atmosphere here!


Yasir Arafat to Bopara, no run, a little too wide once more, but Bopara leaves it well alone


Yasir Arafat to Bopara, FOUR, smashed over point for four! Short, wide and given the treatment

The noise is quite unbelievable. Packed house; thousands of Pakistani supporters


Yasir Arafat to Bopara, 1 run, nudges a single to the off side - this'll be tight. Good grief, get a move on Bopara - he dives in but Afridi's throw hits the stumps! It's touch and go - the boos around the ground confirm that it's not-out


Yasir Arafat to Wright, no run, good, sharp delivery which lifts and leaves the right-hander's off stump. He plays and misses...


Yasir Arafat to Wright, FOUR, short, wide and flayed in front of square on the back foot. He's timed that brilliantly, Wright. Plenty of pace in this pitch, and an excellent outfield

End of over 1 (9 runs) England 9/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • LJ Wright 4 (2b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 5 (4b 1x4)
    • Yasir Arafat 1-0-9-0

Mohammad Amir to Bopara, no run, well wide of the off stump and left alone

Mohammad Aamer is just 17-years-old.


Mohammad Amir to Bopara, OUT, superb catch by Shoaib Malik at backward point! Bopara drove on the up, it took a thick outside edge and Malik dived to his left to cling onto a very fine chance

RS Bopara c Shoaib Malik b Mohammad Amir 5 (4m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Here's KP


Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, no run, on his legs, clipped to midwicket

The atmosphere and noise is quite something. This is more Lahore than London


Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, no run, drives and gets a thick inside edge to the leg side

Oohs and ahhs reverberate around the ground. Good pace from young Aamer


Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, 1 run, plonks it out to the off side and he sets off for an Achilles-testing run. Looks fine, too.


Mohammad Amir to Wright, no run, 87mph, short and punched out to the off side

End of over 2 (1 run) England 10/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • LJ Wright 4 (3b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 1 (3b)
    • Mohammad Amir 1-0-1-1
    • Yasir Arafat 1-0-9-0

There are whistles, horns, flags, foam-fingers, chanting, clapping, drumming. Pietersen shouts a middle-stump guard to the umpire just to be heard.


Yasir Arafat to Pietersen, no run, hammered to mid-off! Timed the cover off that, KP, and the crowd acknowledge the safe stop with thumping applause


Yasir Arafat to Pietersen, 1 run, steals a quick run to mid-on and Saeed fumbles, which receives ironic jeers from the English contingent in the crowd.


Yasir Arafat to Wright, no run, good line and length, Wright punches to cover


Yasir Arafat to Wright, 2 runs, steps across to the off side and pats this through midwicket for two, scattering a load of pigeons


Yasir Arafat to Wright, no run, he's timed that - but straight to Afridi at cover. Afridi is going berserk out there, clapping and applauding like mad. He's completely up for it


Yasir Arafat to Wright, FOUR, cheers greet Wright who flicks one for four past the short fine-leg

End of over 3 (7 runs) England 17/1 (RR: 5.66)

    • LJ Wright 10 (7b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 2 (5b)
    • Yasir Arafat 2-0-16-0
    • Mohammad Amir 1-0-1-1

Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, no run, steps down the pitch and slaps it impetuously, aggressively to mid-on


Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed out to the off side

"A loft of pigeons. That's the collective noun," geeks Neal Brasier

Aamer is over the wicket still to the right-hander


Mohammad Amir to Wright, no run, shorter ball, Wright steps to leg and tries to slap him over the keeper and slip but misses

This ball is shooting through. What a match we have here. Balls flying all over the place, a fervent crowd - wonderful stuff


Mohammad Amir to Wright, FOUR, Wright steps to leg and smacks this into Mars - it's gone miles in the air, but is it safe? It's high, high, high over long-on and beats his chase


Mohammad Amir to Wright, SIX, bang! That's more like it, England. A thumping pull over midwicket - flat for six, and England's first of the tournament


Mohammad Amir to Wright, FOUR, four more - full toss outside off and it gets a thick bottom edge which beats Akmal's dive

"A pie of pigeons," suggests Alastair.

End of over 4 (15 runs) England 32/1 (RR: 8.00)

    • LJ Wright 24 (11b 4x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 3 (7b)
    • Mohammad Amir 2-0-16-1
    • Yasir Arafat 2-0-16-0

Yasir Arafat to Pietersen, no run, bashed back to the bowler who fields in his follow-through, and thousands of Pakistan fans all appeal. Bump ball, though


Yasir Arafat to Pietersen, 1 run, pushes for one to cover. No sign of his Achilles problem. Ahem...


Yasir Arafat to Wright, FOUR, bosh! Wright's on form here - too short and straight and he pulls it with a short-arm jab, muscularly through midwicket


Yasir Arafat to Wright, FOUR, carved down to third man - woops! Comical from Umar Gul who lets it through his legs. Gul strokes his chin, wondering how on earth he missed the ball, before laughing hysterically. The bowler, however, finds it rather less amusing


Yasir Arafat to Wright, 1 run, pushed out to the off side


Yasir Arafat to Pietersen, (no ball) FOUR, a high full toss slapped over mid-on for four. Really difficult shot to time, but Pietersen did well there


Yasir Arafat to Pietersen, SIX, big, massive - monstrous! He slaps it over the top into the old radio commentary boxes by the pavilion, hammering off the reddened brickwork. 104 metres of meaty goodness. Terrific strike!

End of over 5 (21 runs) England 53/1 (RR: 10.60)

    • KP Pietersen 14 (11b 1x4 1x6)
    • LJ Wright 33 (14b 6x4 1x6)
    • Yasir Arafat 3-0-37-0
    • Mohammad Amir 2-0-16-1

Gul into the attack


Umar Gul to Wright, 1 run, on his legs, Wright nudges for a single


Umar Gul to Pietersen, (no ball) FOUR, a no-ball full toss smashed down the ground

Free hit now


Umar Gul to Pietersen, 3 runs, sliced to cover - who misfields! Oh dear, that's a howler from Ahmed Shehzad


Umar Gul to Wright, OUT, bowled him! The roof's coming off at The Oval now! A yorker sends Wright's stumps shattering and Gul goes into orbit to celebrate

LJ Wright b Umar Gul 34 (31m 16b 6x4 1x6) SR: 212.50

If you're in London, regardless of where, stick your head of the window and you'll probably hear the noise at The Oval.

Here's Shah. Had a lean time of it lately - poor shot against the Netherlands, too, holing out to square leg


Umar Gul to Shah, 1 wide, a bouncer down the leg side and eventually wided, to the hilariously ironic cheers of England's fans


Umar Gul to Shah, no run, pushed defensively out to mid-off


Umar Gul to Shah, no run, back cut to point. Good field to counter Shah's square-of-the-wicket play


Umar Gul to Shah, no run, great yorker, it really is. Right up there - Shah had to dig it out with a shovel

End of over 6 (10 runs) England 63/2 (RR: 10.50)

    • OA Shah 0 (3b)
    • KP Pietersen 21 (13b 2x4 1x6)
    • Umar Gul 1-0-10-1
    • Yasir Arafat 3-0-37-0

Shoaib Malik into the attack with his offies


Shoaib Malik to Pietersen, 1 wide, and he starts with a wide down the leg side


Shoaib Malik to Pietersen, FOUR, oh he's hit that sweetly. Tossed up outside off, Pietersen sweeps him through square leg with power. Lovely crunchy noise of ball on bat


Shoaib Malik to Pietersen, 1 run, a little straighter and nurdled around the corner


Shoaib Malik to Shah, 1 no ball, beats him outside off

A no-ball! Oh dear. Free-hit for Shah


Shoaib Malik to Shah, FOUR, full toss banged over long-off for four. Top shot


Shoaib Malik to Shah, no run, driven out to the off side


Shoaib Malik to Shah, 1 run, down the pitch and mistimes it, aerially, to a deepish mid-on


Shoaib Malik to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to long-off. No spin on offer yet

End of over 7 (13 runs) England 76/2 (RR: 10.85)

    • KP Pietersen 27 (16b 3x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 5 (7b 1x4)
    • Shoaib Malik 1-0-13-0
    • Umar Gul 1-0-10-1

Afridi into the attack. Love watching this guy bowl


Shahid Afridi to Pietersen, 1 run, starts with a full toss which is stroked to long-off


Shahid Afridi to Shah, 1 run, quicker ball on his legs, Shah flicks


Shahid Afridi to Pietersen, 1 run, smashed straight back to Afridi who, somehow, doesn't break a finger in attempting to field it. Ouch

Sheesh, he timed that!


Shahid Afridi to Shah, 1 run, nurdled for a single


Shahid Afridi to Pietersen, 1 run, goes for a huge smash and gets an inside edge - excellent quicker ball


Shahid Afridi to Shah, 1 run, turned to leg for another single

Tight over, that

End of over 8 (6 runs) England 82/2 (RR: 10.25)

    • OA Shah 8 (10b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 30 (19b 3x4 1x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 1-0-6-0
    • Shoaib Malik 1-0-13-0

Saeed Ajmal to Shah, 2 runs, flicked to leg for another jogged two

Ah - Saeed Ajmal is bowling. Forgot to mention


Saeed Ajmal to Shah, no run, a touch quicker and nudged to the leg side


Saeed Ajmal to Shah, no run, excellent tight delivery on middle stump. Shah's forward, smothering


Saeed Ajmal to Shah, 2 runs, nicely played off his pads and he's paced that beautifully for two


Saeed Ajmal to Shah, 1 leg bye, straight, flicked off his pads - Shah looks like he's got his feet into a tangle as he made his ground. And yes, replays confirm the tangle was entirely of his own doing. Winner


Saeed Ajmal to Pietersen, 1 wide, down the leg side


Saeed Ajmal to Pietersen, no run, has he dropped him, the bowler? Yes! A ferociously smacked drive and he can't cling on

End of over 9 (6 runs) England 88/2 (RR: 9.77)

    • KP Pietersen 30 (20b 3x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 12 (15b 1x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 1-0-5-0
    • Shahid Afridi 1-0-6-0

Shahid Afridi to Shah, no run, somehow Shah isn't bowled! Opened up all three stumps in a slog-sweep but missed the ball completely


Shahid Afridi to Shah, no run, pushed out to the off side, Shah sets off for a single without considering he has a batting partner at the other end, and has to dive back into ground. The throw's good, but it's not a direct hit and, thus, dear readers, he is home


Shahid Afridi to Shah, 1 run, how has that not bowled him? A quicker top-spinner which bamboozles Shah completely, the ball rushing over his stumps


Shahid Afridi to Pietersen, no run, and the googly rushes onto Pietersen, this time, who looks horribly late on this chopping shot. Hit on the back leg, but outside oeg


Shahid Afridi to Pietersen, 1 run, powerfully pulled and fine leg nearly makes a complete mess of it


Shahid Afridi to Shah, no run, defended back to the bowler. Afridi threatens to decapitate Shah with a ghosted throw, and Pietersen's chuckling at the other end. All fun and games

End of over 10 (2 runs) England 90/2 (RR: 9.00)

    • OA Shah 13 (19b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 31 (22b 3x4 1x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 2-0-8-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 1-0-5-0

Saeed Ajmal to Pietersen, FOUR, oh shot. Inside-out, hugely poweful cover-drive for four. Immense strength!

Shot of the day


Saeed Ajmal to Pietersen, 1 run, swept to square leg


Saeed Ajmal to Shah, FOUR, Shah's second four, slog-sweeping between the two men on the leg side. Excellent, urgent strokeplay


Saeed Ajmal to Shah, no run, spins back sharply on Shah


Saeed Ajmal to Shah, 1 run, tickled off his toes to square leg. Kamran Akmal is going to be hoarse by tomorrow - screaming his throat off out there.

There's England's 100


Saeed Ajmal to Pietersen, no run, swept to short fine leg

End of over 11 (10 runs) England 100/2 (RR: 9.09)

    • KP Pietersen 36 (25b 4x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 18 (22b 2x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 2-0-15-0
    • Shahid Afridi 2-0-8-0

KP has a whopping great grin on his face today - how good to see. Afridi to continue


Shahid Afridi to Shah, no run, Shah takes a step down the pitch but is rapped on the pads. Too fast for him

Afridi is all over England here


Shahid Afridi to Shah, FOUR, excellent shot! Swept hard behind square for four.


Shahid Afridi to Shah, 1 run, Shah steps outside leg and chops it to mid-off


Shahid Afridi to Pietersen, SIX, that's out - out of the ground! A big sweep by Pietersen and I thought he'd miscued it, but oh no. That's six all the way


Shahid Afridi to Pietersen, 1 run, ooh shot once more - well wide and he did well to reach it, slapping it to wide long-off. Shah's too slow to get two...


Shahid Afridi to Shah, 1 run, flicked to leg

13 from the over - a good'un for England

End of over 12 (13 runs) England 113/2 (RR: 9.41)

    • OA Shah 24 (26b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 43 (27b 4x4 2x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 3-0-21-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 2-0-15-0

Aamer to bowl his third over


Mohammad Amir to Shah, 2 runs, a short-arm jab - Shah thinks this is going for four and is only walking the first run. Poor cricket - he really must be more aware


Mohammad Amir to Shah, no run, goes for a slap over midwicket but misses


Mohammad Amir to Shah, SIX, he's timed that. Yes, he's timed the socks off that! A short-arm jab with massive amounts of bottom hand, bunted massively over wide long-on. Huge!

Resounding "crack" of bat on ball


Mohammad Amir to Shah, 1 run, back cut to third man


Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen walks into a drive but mistimes it


Mohammad Amir to Pietersen, SIX, another monster from Pietersen, this time driving inside-out over extra cover! Wow - that really was a massive flump!

End of over 13 (15 runs) England 128/2 (RR: 9.84)

    • KP Pietersen 49 (29b 4x4 3x6)
    • OA Shah 33 (30b 3x4 1x6)
    • Mohammad Amir 3-0-31-1
    • Shahid Afridi 3-0-21-0

What a difference a KP makes. Gul back into the attack


Umar Gul to Shah, no run, starts with a straight slower ball


Umar Gul to Shah, OUT, got him! A much quicker delivery at 86mph beats Shah's attempted pull, the ball shooting low and smashing his stumps. Gone!

OA Shah b Umar Gul 33 (26m 32b 3x4 1x6) SR: 103.12

Right - game on, here. Gul's looking threatening and Collingwood, well, he needs to get KP on strike for as long as he can


Umar Gul to Collingwood, 1 run, straight delivery worked to mid-on


Umar Gul to Pietersen, 1 wide, a bouncer - KP leaves it alone ... and eventually it's called a wide on height, much to the cheering delight of the England fans


Umar Gul to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, fast ball but on his legs and Pietersen whips to leg. The crowd all cheer for his fifty, but it's a leg-bye! And they boo. Great, pantomime atmosphere here


Umar Gul to Collingwood, 1 run, nudged down to long-on


Umar Gul to Pietersen, FOUR, a thick inside edge past the stumps to bring up his fifty. Top knock! 31 balls

End of over 14 (8 runs) England 136/3 (RR: 9.71)

    • KP Pietersen 53 (31b 5x4 3x6)
    • PD Collingwood 2 (2b)
    • Umar Gul 2-0-17-2
    • Mohammad Amir 3-0-31-1

Saeed Ajmal to Collingwood, 1 run, worked through midwicket


Saeed Ajmal to Pietersen, no run, goes for a sweep but misses


Saeed Ajmal to Pietersen, 1 run, that's well bowled - much much faster, as he saw KP charging him. Great ball in fact


Saeed Ajmal to Collingwood, no run


Saeed Ajmal to Collingwood, 1 run, down the pitch, Collingwood flips him to square leg but just for a single


Saeed Ajmal to Pietersen, no run, driven back to the bowler - excellent, tight, economical over

End of over 15 (3 runs) England 139/3 (RR: 9.26)

    • KP Pietersen 54 (34b 5x4 3x6)
    • PD Collingwood 4 (5b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 3-0-18-0
    • Umar Gul 2-0-17-2

Umar Gul to Collingwood, 2 runs, dropped at square leg, diving forward to collect this flicky shot off his toes. Tricky chance but Arafat really ought to have swallowed that


Umar Gul to Collingwood, FOUR, Collingwood pulls muscularly and it fairly races away - I didn't think he'd timed it, but that shows how much I know


Umar Gul to Collingwood, FOUR, a full toss bunged through the leg side - four more! Collingwood's timing is spot on tonight


Umar Gul to Collingwood, 1 run, angled behind square


Umar Gul to Pietersen, 1 run, ooh fine delivery, another Gul yorker on the off stump and Pietersen can only squeeze it out to the off side for a single


Umar Gul to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, a full toss on his legs and it beats his pull

End of over 16 (13 runs) England 152/3 (RR: 9.50)

    • PD Collingwood 15 (10b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 55 (35b 5x4 3x6)
    • Umar Gul 3-0-29-2
    • Saeed Ajmal 3-0-18-0

Saeed Ajmal to Collingwood, OUT, got him! Afridi takes a simple catch as Collingwood tries to smite him over the top but can only sky it to long-off

PD Collingwood c Shahid Afridi b Saeed Ajmal 15 (8m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 136.36

Right. Time for England's apparently-specialised pinch-hitter, Mascarenhas


Saeed Ajmal to Pietersen, 1 run, timed to cover - they set off for a quick single and in comes the throw to the wicketkeeper but I think Mascarenhas is in. Direct hit would've been tasty


Saeed Ajmal to Mascarenhas, 1 run, pushed out to the off side


Saeed Ajmal to Pietersen, 2 runs, stands tall, working it off his hip for a well-run two


Saeed Ajmal to Pietersen, OUT, done by the doosra! Goes for a massive shot but gets a thick outside edge to short third man!

KP Pietersen c Umar Gul b Saeed Ajmal 58 (70m 38b 5x4 3x6) SR: 152.63

Excellent comeback from Pakistan


Saeed Ajmal to Mascarenhas, 1 run, nudged to leg

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 157/5 (RR: 9.23)

    • AD Mascarenhas 2 (2b)
    • JS Foster 0 (0b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 4-0-23-2
    • Umar Gul 3-0-29-2

Yasir Arafat to Mascarenhas, 1 run, cracked out to mid-off

England slipping here. Three overs to go and they really need 185+


Yasir Arafat to Foster, no run, ooh, beaten by a corker which cuts back into him!


Yasir Arafat to Foster, 1 run, dropped by Saeed at short fine leg - a little paddly sweep by Foster


Yasir Arafat to Mascarenhas, 1 run, Mascarenhas tries to bash a four over the top but whacks it into his foot...


Yasir Arafat to Foster, 1 run, flicked to leg

Thank god for Nick Berry's email. "Re ;apparently-specialised; pinch-hitter - no need to hyphenate compound adjectives where the first word is an adverb ending in -ly. thought you'd be aching to know that at this juncture of the game." Thanks


Yasir Arafat to Mascarenhas, 1 run, full and straight, worked to leg - excellent tight over

End of over 18 (5 runs) England 162/5 (RR: 9.00)

    • AD Mascarenhas 5 (5b)
    • JS Foster 2 (3b)
    • Yasir Arafat 4-0-42-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 4-0-23-2

Afridi's coming back into the attack with two overs to go


Shahid Afridi to Mascarenhas, FOUR, flogged over midwicket for four - much too short from Afridi


Shahid Afridi to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, short of a length and again flinged over the leg side, but for two this time - good running


Shahid Afridi to Mascarenhas, no run, seriously quick - 79mph!


Shahid Afridi to Mascarenhas, 1 run, carved out to long-off - another very quick ball


Shahid Afridi to Foster, SIX, a back-foot smash for six - what on earth's going on? He stepped to leg and gave himself room, flinging it over extra cover for six - what a shot!


Shahid Afridi to Foster, 2 runs, a similar shot winging its way short of long-off this time

End of over 19 (15 runs) England 177/5 (RR: 9.31)

    • JS Foster 10 (5b 1x6)
    • AD Mascarenhas 12 (9b 1x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 4-0-36-0
    • Yasir Arafat 4-0-42-0

Umar Gul to Mascarenhas, 1 run, yorker, bashed out to cover


Umar Gul to Foster, 1 run, another yorker but he squeezes it out cleverly to the off side

Top bowling, this


Umar Gul to Mascarenhas, 1 run, bashed back to the bowler - this'll be run out. No! Mucked it up! He's bounced it straight over the stumps!


Umar Gul to Foster, 2 runs, flayed over point and Salman Butt at deep cover point....drops it! And he's fumbled it while trying to pick it up, too!

Calamity upon calamity


Umar Gul to Foster, 1 run, really full, forced out to the off side

Last ball - England really need a four or a six here


Umar Gul to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, squeezed out to the off side, Gul fields and again wangs in a throw which misses the stumps by a country mile! Overthrows for England

And there we have it. Pakistan need 186. Better display by England, but I feel they're 15 runs short really. Beware Pakistan! Join us in 10 short minutes for their reply. It's time I made a cuppa.

End of over 20 (8 runs) England 185/5

    • AD Mascarenhas 16 (12b 1x4)
    • JS Foster 14 (8b 1x6)
    • Umar Gul 4-0-37-2
    • Shahid Afridi 4-0-36-0





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