3rd Test, The Oval, Aug 18 - 21 2010, Pakistan tour of England
233 & 222
(target 148)308 & 148/6
Pakistan won by 4 wickets
Player Of The Match
1/49 & 5/52
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• The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Pakistan seal victory in tense finish

From being down and out two weeks ago Pakistan kept the series alive but not without a few frayed nerves as they had to overcome a late wobble before securing a four-wicket victory at The Oval

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Scorecard summary
England233/10(62.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Matt Prior*84 (127)
Stuart Broad48 (77)
Wahab Riaz5/63(18)
Pakistan308/10(100.2 overs)1st INNINGS
Azhar Ali*92 (176)
Graeme Swann4/68(27.2)
Stuart Broad2/72(25)
England222/10(77 overs)2nd INNINGS
Alastair Cook110 (173)
Saeed Ajmal4/71(31)
Pakistan148/6(41.4 overs)2nd INNINGS
Salman Butt48 (64)
Imran Farhat33 (39)
Graeme Swann3/50(18.4)

Well, what a finish to this Test! Pakistan were favourites to win this at lunch, but that little wobble at the end there really set the nerves jangling. This was a really important win for Pakistan, and it's allowed them to keep this series alive by fighting back to 2-1. They can't win, of course, but it would mean a great deal to hold England to a draw in the series and there'll be a lot to play for at Lord's.

England had a plan today, and Anderson and Swann really executed that plan very well to put a great deal of pressure on Pakistan. Runs were at an absolute premium, nothing was given away - not until the very end. A couple of good knocks from Farhat, Butt and Yousuf got Pakistan close, and Umar's unbeaten 16 took them over the line. Please stick around for the match presentations and a word with the captains and Man of the Match.

"I can happily can go to sleep now after a long night," says an exhausted and no doubt emotionally wraught Aamir Malik.

"Pakistan should be proud of their tour to England," suggests Viren. "Nobody has given them a chance to square-up series against Aussies & win any Test against MIGHTY England in their home conditions."

"Have to give it to Pakistan to make it tense at the end," writes Punter. "Pleasures of watching brilliant Test cricket on a weekend. Absolute thriller, and splendid effort by Pakistan!"

"I was very pleased with the way we fought today," says an obviously disappointed Andrew Strauss. "The wicket was quite unresponsive and the way Jimmy and Swanny bowled was outstanding. We can't hide from the fact that our batting lost us this match. We need to better than this, we need to go away and learn our lessons and come back better at Lord's. But you've got to give credit to pakistan, they bowled well when it was reversing and Saeed Ajmal bowled well too."

On the subject of Alastair Cook, Strauss adds: "We all know what a tough place it is to be as a batsman when you feel as though you're playing for your place in the side. He showed a huge amount of character."

"It's always [nervy]," smiles Salman Butt. "This was the same as the game against Australia. It was three wickets then, four today so it's getting better! The boys showed a lot of character," says Butt, praising various members for the team effort. "It was a very good effort from the whole team, no one individual can be singled out. Yousuf brought class and calmness to the middle order. The dressing room is confident in this holy month of Ramadan, we would like to draw this series 2-2."

As the youngest cricketer to take a five-wicket haul in Tests in England, Mohammad Amir is the Man of the Match. "In these kind of conditions, everyone feels pressure," he says. "But I kept control of my nerves. I've been working hard on my batting. Yesterday the ball was reverse swinging, so I came round the wicket. I also had lots of support, Asif, Ajmal and Wahab Riaz bowled well. Wasim Akram is my idol and I love him."

And that just about wraps it up from us today. Andrew McGlashan's bulletin is up. There's also a match gallery to peruse, and a little later on we'll have a couple of closing pieces from Andrew Miller and Nagraj Gollapudi. But from Liam Brickhill, Sahil Dutta and Andrew McGlashan here at Cricinfo Towers, it's goodbye, and please do join us again for the final Test of the series at Lord's starting on Thursday.

Swann to Umar Akmal, 1 run

there it is! Pakistan win by four wickets! Swann slips onto his pads and Umar nudges the ball down past short fine leg for the winning runs

Swann to Umar Akmal, 2 runs

sliced down to third man again, they scamper back for two! They're level! Now Pakistan can start to breath more easily

Swann to Umar Akmal, no run

optimistic appeal from England as Umar bends to sweep and is struck on the pad, that was slipping well down the leg side

Swann to Umar Akmal, 2 runs

adventurous stuff from Umar! He stepped right back and away, exposing all three stumps, and cut against the spin right off his stumps down to third man... the fielder chases it down near the ropes

end of over 415 runs
PAK: 143/6CRR: 3.48 
Umar Akmal11 (32)
Mohammad Amir4 (25)
James Anderson 14-5-39-2
Graeme Swann 18-4-45-3
Anderson to Umar Akmal, 1 run

full outside off, driven out to deep cover for one

Anderson to Umar Akmal, no run

angled down to backward point, but straight to the fielder. Umar is looking for the dab to third man

Anderson to Umar Akmal, no run

pushed into the covers, but there's plenty of protection there so no run

Anderson to Umar Akmal, no run

full outside off, swinging away and left alone

Anderson to Umar Akmal, FOUR runs

four more! Pakistan are getting close now. It was the inswinger, coming in to the pads and Umar just stepped across and clipped to fine leg!

Anderson to Umar Akmal, no run

on a length, shaping away through the air. Umar chops down to backward point and shouts a loud "no!" to his partner

end of over 405 runs
PAK: 138/6CRR: 3.45 
Mohammad Amir4 (25)
Umar Akmal6 (26)
Graeme Swann 18-4-45-3
James Anderson 13-5-34-2
Swann to Amir, no run

full on middle and leg, Amir defends back down the track

Swann comes back over the wicket now

Swann to Amir, no run

very slow on off stump now, Amir defends to silly mid-off on the bounce

Swann to Amir, no run

tossed up much slower on off stump now, again Amir lunges out in defence

Swann to Amir, no run

slightly quicker through the air, Amir comes forward in defence

Swann to Amir, FOUR runs

four runs! That's what Pakistan needed! This wasn't all that short but Amir read the length early and hopped back, swinging across the line to send the ball racing to the midwicket boundary. A fielder chases after it but the ball wins that race! 10 to win now

Swann comes round the wicket to Amir

Swann to Umar Akmal, 1 run

just a touch short from Swann, Umar steps back and away and slaps out to deep cover

end of over 391 run
PAK: 133/6CRR: 3.41 
Mohammad Amir0 (20)
Umar Akmal5 (25)
James Anderson 13-5-34-2
Graeme Swann 17-4-40-3
Anderson to Amir, no run

this one swings back in sharply! Amir was expecting the ball to swing away from him again and just pushed across with his pad, playing no shot. The ball swung in and didn't miss the stumps by much! Anderson has his hands on his head

Anderson to Amir, no run

coming in with the angle and shaping away through the air. Amir stays back and defends to cover

Anderson is shielding the ball as he runs in, and there seems to be a touch of reverse swing on offer! He's going to come round the wicket now

Anderson to Amir, no run

pushed fuller this time, but outside off again. Amir steps forward and then leaves alone

Anderson to Amir, no run

Anderson pushes the line closer to the stumps, but it's still outside off and Amir quite happily leaves alone

Best performances - batters
Alastair Cook portrait
110 runs (173)
17 fours
0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
35 runs
2 fours
0 six
Azhar Ali portrait
Azhar Ali PAK
92 runs (176)
15 fours
0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
27 runs
3 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammad Amir portrait
Mohammad Amir PAK
Wahab Riaz portrait
Wahab Riaz PAK
Match details
Kennington Oval, London
TossEngland, elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan tour of England
Player Of The Match
Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir
Series resultEngland led the 4-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 1970
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days18,19,20,21 August 2010 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Wahab Riaz
Wahab Riaz
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Billy Bowden
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Peter Hartley
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