2nd Test, Birmingham, Aug 6-9 2010, Pakistan tour of England
72 & 296
(36.3 ov, target 118)
251 & 118/1
England won by 9 wickets
Player Of The Match
• The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Strauss and Trott secure nine-wicket victory

Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott hit unbeaten half centuries to guide England to an emphatic nine-wicket win in the second Test at Edgbaston to give them a 2-0 lead in the series

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Scorecard summary
Pakistan72(39.3 overs)1st Innings
Umar Amin23 (47)
Umar Akmal17 (29)
James Anderson4/20(14.3)
Stuart Broad4/38(17)
England251(83.1 overs)1st Innings
Saeed Ajmal5/82(26.1)
Pakistan296(117.5 overs)2nd Innings
Graeme Swann6/65(37)
Stuart Broad2/66(28.5)
England118/1(36.3 overs)2nd Innings

So, England win by nine wickets. It was the result that always seemed likely after Pakistan had folded for just 72 in their first innings, but England were made to work quite hard for their victory in the end. Zulqarnain Haider's 88 formed the backbone of a second-innings fightback for the visitors, and when Alastair Cook was knocked over by Mohammad Amir early on it seemed that we would have a nervy chase on our hands. But Strauss and Trott - ideal men for the situation, really - played very calmly, occupying the crease and patiently waiting for the opportunity to attack. There just weren't enough runs to play with for Pakistan.

Stick with us for the presentations, a few words from the captains, and the Man of the Match award. While we wait for that, here's a question to keep everyone occupied: "Is this the first ever Test match in which all England wickets were taken by bowlers whose names began with A?" asks Colin Pritchard

"It [the runs] really wasnt enough," says Salman Butt. The toss: "at the time it was a difficult decision, but it was a positive one. What to do about fielding? Is there any other way other than practising harder? More than blaming the batsmen, we should give credit to the way the English bowlers bowled. Both Haider and Ajmal showed great fight with the bat. It's good to see someone new coming in and doing well." On playing two spinners: "We'll wait and decide once we've seen the wicket."

Andrew Strauss, the winning captain: "It was a timely reminder for us that in order to win a Test match you do have to work hard. Batting on that second day was very tough, and so KP and Trott's first innings runs were crucial. We were very pleased to take on that lead, and now we've got the victory. Swann was outstanding again yesterday. Trott has nice serenity to how he plays."

On disciplinary issues: "I think we got lured into thinking things would just happen and we didnt stick to our plans. As I said it was a timely reminder that Test matches aren't easy. [Broad's incident] didn't look good on tv, and he's paid the price for it. As always there's a lot of areas for improvement."

Graeme Swann is the Man of the Match. "When you stand at slip and see the guys bowling so well, you want to be part of it, but I was quite happy at Trent Bridge. I wasn't expecting that amount of turn from this surface. I think the bit of rain made it a bit sticky, a bit like the old-fashioned wickets you used to play on. I think Saeed Ajmal bowled ever so well, he's got a few tricks up his sleeve that I don't have and I couldn't pick him at all when I was batting. I'm a big advocate for getting spinners in the game."

That's all from us from the second Test. Andrew McGlashan, Sahil Dutta, Brydon Coverdale and Liam Brickhill have been your commentators for this game, and Gnasher's been on bulletin duty too. Look out for Andrew Miller and Nagraj Gollapudi's comment pieces slightly later on. We hope you've enjoyed our coverage of this match, and do join us again for the third Test at The Oval, which begins on Wednesday August 18. Until then, goodbye.

Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, 1 run
that'll do it! Doosra from Ajmal, not picked by Strauss but the ball takes the inside edge of the bat and runs very fine towards fine leg, beating the keeper, and England take a 2-0 lead in the Test series!
Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, no run
Ajmal isn't giving it up here, spearing in a quicker one that hurries Strauss's defences
Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, no run
short and wide outside off, Strauss slaps to backward point but can't quite beat the field
end of over 365 runs
ENG: 117/1CRR: 3.25 
Jonathan Trott53 (101)
Sir Andrew Strauss52 (111)
Shoaib Malik5-0-20-0
Saeed Ajmal14-1-41-0
Shoaib Malik to Trott, no run
Trott will leave the honour to his captain! He leaves a wide one outside off well alone
Shoaib Malik to Trott, FOUR runs
thrashed through the covers! That's fifty for Trott now, and it's come up with a powerful drive through the covers. They're level
Shoaib Malik to Trott, no run
that's kept low! But not low enough to beat Trott's bat, as he jams down and sends the ball to midwicket

Just one shot will do it now

Shoaib Malik to Strauss, 1 run
eased out to deep midwicket, and an ambled single taken
Shoaib Malik to Strauss, no run
angled down towards gully, but no run on offer
Shoaib Malik to Strauss, no run
pushed firmly back to the bowler
end of over 354 runs
ENG: 112/1CRR: 3.2 
Jonathan Trott49 (98)
Sir Andrew Strauss51 (108)
Saeed Ajmal14-1-41-0
Shoaib Malik4-0-15-0
Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run
floated up outside off, that looked like the doosra but it's defended easily enough by Trott
Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, 3 runs
flighted on leg stump, and Strauss goes past fifty as the fielder chases the ball down but then fumbles the stop near the rope...
Saeed Ajmal to Strauss, no run
watchful defence into the off side
Saeed Ajmal to Trott, 1 run
too straight from Ajmal, and Trott turns him to short fine leg for a single that takes England's required runs to single figures
Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run
half an appeal from Pakistan as ball strikes pad, but that was slipping way down leg
Saeed Ajmal to Trott, no run
on a good length on off stump, Trott comes forward to defend

Just 10 runs needed now, and with dark rainclouds hovering... Ajmal switches to over the wicket

end of over 346 runs
ENG: 108/1CRR: 3.17 
Jonathan Trott48 (94)
Sir Andrew Strauss48 (106)
Shoaib Malik4-0-15-0
Saeed Ajmal13-1-37-0
Shoaib Malik to Trott, 1 run
slightly shorter, nudged to midwicket off the back foot
Shoaib Malik to Trott, FOUR runs
firmly struck to the long-on boundary! It was a half-volley on middle and Trott whipped his bat across the line to send the ball into the on side, beating a diving Umar Akmal at mid-on
Shoaib Malik to Trott, no run
Trott takes this one on the front pad as he lunges forward in defence
Best performances - batsmen
Zulqarnain Haider
88 runs (200)
15 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
38 runs
8 fours
0 sixes
KP Pietersen
80 runs (147)
12 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
18 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
GP Swann
Saeed Ajmal
Match details
Edgbaston, Birmingham
TossPakistan , elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan tour of England
Player Of The Match
Graeme Swann
Series resultEngland led the 4-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 1969
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days6,7,8,9 August 2010 (5-day match)
Test debut
Zulqarnain Haider
Steve Davis
Marais Erasmus
TV Umpire
Tony Hill
Reserve Umpire
Jeremy Lloyds
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle