1st ODI, Chester-le-Street, September 10, 2010, Pakistan tour of England
(41/41 ov) 274/6
(41/41 ov, T:275) 250/9

England won by 24 runs

Player Of The Match
87 (67)
Full commentary
end of over 414 runs
PAK: 250/9CRR: 6.09 
Saeed Ajmal9 (8)
Mohammad Irfan3 (5)
Stuart Broad 8-0-54-1
James Anderson 9-0-35-2

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 Ajmal, 1 run

driven out to deep cover, and England win by 24 runs

Broad to Irfan, 1 run

yorker, dug out into the leg side and Ajmal calls him through

Broad to 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 Ajmal, 1 run

full-toss, driven down the ground for one

Broad to Irfan, 1 run

fuller, and driven out to deep cover

Broad to 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 Anderson 9-0-35-2
Tim Bresnan 8-0-61-2
Anderson to 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 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 Ajmal, no run

another slower ball outside off, another play-and-miss from Ajmal

Anderson to 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
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 Bresnan 8-0-61-2
James Anderson 8-0-33-1
Bresnan to 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 Ajmal, no run

slower ball outside off, and that's too good for Ajmal

Bresnan to 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

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

end of over 389 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 233/7CRR: 6.13 RRR: 14.00
Umar Gul13 (8)
James Anderson 8-0-33-1
Tim Bresnan 7-0-50-1

It was a strange innings from Afridi. He doesn't look in the best of form at all, really struggling to midle it

Anderson to Afridi, OUT

Afridi goes, and with him - probably - go Pakistan's chances of winning this game. It was a slower ball, an offcutter, and he tried to launch it down the ground but sliced at the ball and got underneath it. Swann circles underneath the chance and holds on, bye bye BoomBoom!

Shahid Afridi c Swann b Anderson 19 (44m 25b 1x4 0x6) SR: 76
Anderson to Umar Gul, 1 run

chipped down to long-off, one bounce to the fielder

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