1st ODI, Chester-le-Street, Sep 10 2010, Pakistan tour of England
(41/41 ov)
(41/41 ov, target 275)
England won by 24 runs
Player Of The Match
• The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan at Chester-le-Street

Davies sets England up for comfortable 24-run win

England duly wrapped up a comfortable 24-run victory to take a 1-0 lead in their five-match ODI series against Pakistan at Chester-le-Street

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Scorecard summary
England274/6(41 overs)
Pakistan250/9(41 overs)
end of over 414 runs
PAK: 250/9CRR: 6.09 
Saeed Ajmal9 (8)
Mohammad Irfan3 (5)
Stuart Broad8-0-54-1
James Anderson9-0-35-2

It's been another pretty clinical performance from England. Their celebrations are a touch muted, but the home side have been good today. A team performance from them really with contributions from the top six in the batting order - led by Davies's 87 and Trott's 69 - and two wickets apiece for Anderson, Bresnan, Swann and Yardy. Pakistan kept up with the asking rate, just about, for much of their chase but as the pressure mounted their batting unravelled.

Their bowling was a bit of a mixed bag too. Shoaib Akhtar was exemplary with the new ball, but received no back-up at all and didn't have much luck either - he beat the outside edge of pretty much every batsman he bowled to. Ajmal was impressive, picking up four wickets, but the rest of the attack was a touch disappointing.

"The way Shoaib [Akhtar] bowled, he really bowled well," says Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi. "I'm not 100% happy but I'm happier than I was before. We need some more intensity in the field. Playing in these conditions you need experience, but Irfan is very talented and he will adjust himself quickly. I'm still hopeful, I'm always positive."

"Steve Davies was outstanding with the bat and our score was competitive on this wicket," says Andrew Strauss. "Bopara gave us some momentum to take into the field, but Pakistan did well to stay in the game. I'm pretty happy, but there are always areas to improve. We could have been better in the field. The guys in the squad are vying for positions in the team now, and that's always a healthy position."

Steve Davies is the Man of the Match. "I'm very happy to be honest," he says. "The pressure is on when you open the batting and I was happy to get a good score. I didn't time it too well at first and Shoaib bowled a really good spell, but it got easier the longer i was in." Ashes? World Cup? Athers asks. "Fingers crossed, yes," says Davies.

A final word before your commentary team - Andrew Miller, Sahil Dutta and Liam Brickhill - depart. In case you hadn't heard, this season NatWest is celebrating 30 years of its support of cricket in England (clue: this is the first match of the NatWest ODI series). You can look back at great NatWest cricket moments on their official site, powered by ESPNcricinfo. Definitely worth checking out, there have been some epic moments over the years. Well, that's all from us today. Gnasher's bulletin will be up presently, but otherwise it's goodbye from us.

Broad to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run
driven out to deep cover, and England win by 24 runs
Broad to Mohammad Irfan, 1 run
yorker, dug out into the leg side and Ajmal calls him through
Broad to Mohammad Irfan, no run
Irfan steps away, swinging outside off but can't get a touch on it - not that it makes much of a difference now!
Broad to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run
full-toss, driven down the ground for one
Broad to Mohammad Irfan, 1 run
fuller, and driven out to deep cover
Broad to Mohammad Irfan, no run
back of a length on middle, a wild swing from Irfan but there's a big gap between bat and ball...
end of over 402 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 246/9CRR: 6.15 • RRR: 29.00
Mohammad Irfan1 (1)
Saeed Ajmal7 (6)
James Anderson9-0-35-2
Tim Bresnan8-0-61-2
Anderson to Mohammad Irfan, 1 run
full, driven into the off side and Irfan opens his account in international cricket with a slightly confused single. Ajmal didn't want the run at first, but changed his mind and called him through
Anderson to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run
finally he lays bat on one, chopped down to gully, and they scamper through - although Irfan still looks very stiff after his cramps
Anderson to Saeed Ajmal, no run
another slower ball outside off, another play-and-miss from Ajmal
Anderson to Saeed Ajmal, no run
another slower ball outside off, and Ajmal can't get a touch on it as he aims a wafty drive into the off side

Out comes Irfan. It hasn't been the best debut for him. He was expensive with the ball - though not the most expensive in the attack it must be said - before having to leave the field with cramps. And now he enters into an impossible situation...

Anderson to Umar Gul, OUT
finally one reaches Morgan! Another slower ball from Anderson, a length delivery on middle. Gul swung it high into the leg side, but couldn't beat Morgan on the boundary. Nine down now
Umar Gul c Morgan b Anderson 18 (16m 12b 1x4 1x6) SR: 150.00
Anderson to Umar Gul, no run
slower ball outside off, and Gul is completely deceived as he aims a heave to leg. He was through with the shot before the ball even got to him

Anderson to bowl his ninth

end of over 3911 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 244/8CRR: 6.25 • RRR: 15.50
Saeed Ajmal6 (3)
Umar Gul18 (10)
Tim Bresnan8-0-61-2
James Anderson8-0-33-1
Bresnan to Saeed Ajmal, 2 runs
really full on middle and leg, drilled down to long-on and they charge back for a manic second and somehow Gul makes it back!
Bresnan to Saeed Ajmal, no run
slower ball outside off, and that's too good for Ajmal
Bresnan to Saeed Ajmal, FOUR runs
Ajmal finds the boundary first ball! Is there still a chance for Pakistan? Ajmal went across to the off side and played a neat little leg glance - a real cricket shot - past the man at short fine leg
Bresnan to Shoaib Akhtar, OUT
clatter! Bresnan has made a mess of Shoaib's stumps first ball. Full and straight, Shoaib didn't really have any choice but to swing at it but his head was in the air and he swiped right across the line at it
Shoaib Akhtar b Bresnan 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Deep midwicket comes up for Shoaib, third man goes back

Bresnan to Umar Gul, 1 run
full toss on middle, meated out to midwicket for one
Bresnan to Umar Gul, FOUR runs
Gul is not giving up yet! Bresnan sends down another slower-ball bouncer, Gul spots it, waits on the ball and lifts it over the keeper and down to the boundary
Best performances - batsmen
SM Davies
87 runs (67)
13 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
27 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
IJL Trott
69 runs (78)
4 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
30 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Saeed Ajmal
JM Anderson
Match details
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
TossPakistan , elected to field first
SeriesPakistan tour of England
Player Of The Match
Steven Davies
Series resultEngland led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 3043
Hours of play (local time)10.15 start, First Session 10.15-13.45, Interval 13.45-14.30, Second Session 14.30-18.00
Match days10 September 2010 (50-over match)
ODI debut
Mohammad Irfan
Ian Gould
Billy Doctrove
TV Umpire
Richard Kettleborough
Reserve Umpire
Richard Illingworth
Match Referee
Jeff Crowe