3rd ODI (D/N), London, Sep 17 2010, Pakistan tour of England
(45.4/50 ov, target 242)218
Pakistan won by 23 runs
player of the match
Umar Gul
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• The Bulletin by Andrew Miller at The Oval

Gul takes six to inspire Pakistan to victory

Umar Gul produced a sensational career-best spell of 6 for 42 in ten full-length and late-swinging overs, as Pakistan came back to win at The Oval

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Scorecard summary
Pakistan241/10(49.4 overs)
Fawad Alam64 (86)
Asad Shafiq40 (59)
Tim Bresnan3/51(9.4)
England218/10(45.4 overs)
Umar Gul6/42(10)
Abdul Razzaq2/38(7.4)

Strauss credits the 'outstanding spell from Umar Gul' and says he's disappointed not to have chased down the target.

Afridi gets a massive cheer from The Oval crowd and says all his bowlers bowled well but "not me!" Good value as always from Afridi, big smile as he says his run out was due to "lazy running".

Umar Gul is Named man of the Match. He says his form as has been improving slowly since his injury and thanks his coaches for all their support.

Great result for the series that - keeping it alive and Andrew Miller will have his bulletin in here. That's all from us, thanks for many of the emails and I hope you'll join us on Monday for the next game.

Pakistan win by 23 runs. Brilliant scenes at The Oval, Pakistan really needed that victory and England's collapse - 5 for 17 - has sealed it. Stay with us for the presentations - the wonderful bowling from Umar Gul will surely have earned him the Man of the Match award.

Abdul Razzaq to Anderson, OUT

Razzaq strikes! Stumps flying and Pakistan have won! Fielders jumping around everywhere, what a result! What a performance, Pakistan love it at The Oval! England looked as good as home while Morgan and Wright were together but then Umar Gul was gifted Morgan's wicket and flattened England's lower order.

James Anderson b Abdul Razzaq 3 (11m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30
Abdul Razzaq to Anderson, no run

ooh, this might persuade them to bring a slip into place, swinging away past Anderson's dangling outside edge

Anderson on strike now, no slip in place.

Abdul Razzaq to Wright, 1 leg bye

good bowling here, Wright edges outside leg stump but Razzaq follows him and it comes off the body for single

Abdul Razzaq to Wright, no run

good delivery first up, zipping into Wright who gets in a tangle and the ball trickles back off his thigh towards the stumps and he hurriedly boots it out of harm's way

Big team conference for Pakistan, arms waving, pointing, all sorts happening. Razzaq will bowl and long-on, deep-square and deep midwicket are the men out.

end of over 453 runs
ENG: 217/9CRR: 4.82 • RRR: 5.00 • Need 25 from 30b
James Anderson3 (8)
Luke Wright48 (64)
Saeed Ajmal9-0-42-1
Shahid Afridi9-0-47-0

"I must admit one thing, this powerplay thing has made cricket somewhat more interesting and affected match results," writes Harvinder Singh. "Most teams never know when to apply it (90% cases). And I am sure it would continue to be so."

Ajmal to Anderson, no run

Anderson forward to defend, survives another Ajmal over and whether they like it or not, now is indeed the Powerplay

Ajmal to Anderson, 2 runs

bit of width here and Anderson unfurls an excellent cut shot, picking up a couple to deep point

Ajmal to Anderson, no run

quicker, much quicker from Ajmal, outside off stump and Anderson leaves alone

Ajmal to Anderson, no run

Anderson rocks forward to defend

What can Anderson do? Slip in place...

Ajmal to Wright, 1 run

Wright gives himself room outside leg, but doesn't try anything expansive as Ajmal follows him, worked around the corner for a single

Ajmal to Wright, no run

tucked round the corner to short fine leg, no run there

This will be tough for Anderson and Wright - Saeed Ajmal.

end of over 443 runs
ENG: 214/9CRR: 4.86 • RRR: 4.67 • Need 28 from 36b
Luke Wright47 (62)
James Anderson1 (4)
Shahid Afridi9-0-47-0
Umar Gul10-0-42-6
Afridi to Wright, 1 run

sliced!... but safe! Wright skips down the wicket and has a big heave-ho, getting a thick outside edge that loops safely - with shots like that surely it's time for the Powerplay!?

Afridi to Anderson, 1 run

given a touch of air, skews off an inside edge through the vacant midwicket for a single

Afridi to Anderson, no run

pushed back down the pitch, Afridi tumbles to field

Afridi to Anderson, no run

another edgy, careful defence

Afridi to Anderson, no run

Anderson defends and it runs down to short third man

Perhaps England want Afridi to keep the field deep, which is exactly what he's doing.

Afridi to Wright, 1 run

Wright collects a single driving without much timing down the ground

James Anderson is the new man and he just needs to hang in there for Luke Wright. Time for the Powerplay? No? Apparently not. Very strange indeed.

end of over 433 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 211/9CRR: 4.90 • RRR: 4.43 • Need 31 from 42b
Luke Wright45 (60)
Umar Gul10-0-42-6
Shahid Afridi8-0-44-0
Umar Gul to Swann, OUT

gone! Gul strikes with the last ball of his spell to remove Swann! That's a career-best for Gul! Not a great delivery but Pakistan won't care, full half-volley that Swann stroked straight to Afridi at short extra cover. What a sensational spell of bowling and it's gone a long, long way to giving Pakistani fans some much-needed joy!

Graeme Swann c Shahid Afridi b Umar Gul 0 (6m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Umar Gul to Swann, no run

ooh, this is either play and miss or a very fine leave as Swann draws his bat inside the line

Slip comes in for Swann!

"Boy! Don't england have a strong batting line-up.. their no. 10 (Swann) has 4 fifties already in a 24 match test career.. for me, still England favorites!" writes ... Mazhar ...

Umar Gul to Wright, 1 run

inswinging yorker that Wright just manages to squeeze into the leg side for a single to bring Swann on strike

Umar Gul to Wright, no run

calmly defended back to the bowler, three more Gul deliveries to survive

Best performances - batsmen
Fawad Alam portrait
Fawad Alam
64 runs (86)
3 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
17 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
Eoin Morgan portrait
EJG Morgan
61 runs (74)
6 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
21 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Umar Gul portrait
Umar Gul
James Anderson, player portrait
JM Anderson
Match details
Kennington Oval, London
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan tour of England
Player Of The Match
Umar Gul
Umar Gul
Series resultEngland led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 3045
Hours of play (local time)13.00 start, First Session 13.00-16.30, Interval 16.30-17.10, Second Session 17.10-20.40
Match days17 September 2010 - daynight match (50-over match)
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Billy Doctrove
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Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire
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Nigel Llong
Reserve Umpire
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Ian Gould
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe