5th Match, Birmingham, Sep 10 2006, Pakistan tour of England and Scotland
(31/50 ov)155/7
England won by 3 wickets (with 114 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
22* (25) & 2/24
Player Of The Series
215 runs
end of over 316 runs
ENG: 155/7CRR: 5.00 
Michael Yardy12 (31)
Sajid Mahmood22 (25)
Mohammad Asif 10-1-57-2
Naved-ul-Hasan 2-0-22-0

England have held their nerve to pull off a three-wicket victory and level the series at 2-2. It was a match with several twist and turns.

Few would have given Pakistan a chance after they were restricted to 154 for 9. Then they hit back with three quick wickets before Pietersen chanced his arm and threatened to shut them out of the game. Afridi chipped in with two wickets in an over and Razzaq's dismissal of Read put Pakistan on top. However, Yardy's composure and Mahmood's deft hitting took England through to a well-earned victory.

Do stay with us for the post-match presentation. I'm done for the day and it's over to Jamie for the finishing touches. It's been fun bringing today's action to you. Cheers!

Thanks, George. Yeah, its been a match that kept us guessing. England held their nerve ultimately. Do check out out Andrew McGlashan's bulletin if you like in the meantime as we await the post-match presentation.

Well, we have it now - Sajid Mahmood gets the Man-of-the-Match award for his 2 for 24 and unbeaten 22. "It was a fantastic win" he says.

The Player of the Series, selected by the written media, goes to Younis Khan for his 201 runs at 53.75. "It was hard to bat first, we're disappointed," he says. "I'm glad for my form but it was disappointing to lose."

That's all we have for you, folks. I hope you've enjoyed our coverage of the entire series. This is Jamie saying good bye. Cheers!

Mohammad Asif to Yardy, 1 run

full on off stump and Yardy pushes it past Asif for the winning runs

Mohammad Asif to Yardy, no run

defended on the off side

The scores are now level

Mohammad Asif to Mahmood, 1 leg bye

drifting on to the pads and it hits the pad for a leg bye down to fine leg

Mohammad Asif to Yardy, 3 runs

full on of stump. Driven on the up through covers for three

Mohammad Asif to Yardy, no run

left alone outside off stump. Yardy is playing a superbly composed innings

Mohammad Asif to Yardy, 1 wide

sprayed down leg side. Wide called, England need five more

Mohammad Asif to Yardy, no run

angling into Yardy from round the wicket. Defended on the off side

end of over 3013 runs
ENG: 149/7CRR: 4.96 RRR: 0.30
Sajid Mahmood22 (24)
Michael Yardy8 (26)
Naved-ul-Hasan 2-0-22-0
Mohammad Asif 9-1-52-2

England need just six more and that over has changed the game again.

Naved-ul-Hasan to Mahmood, FOUR runs

half-volley outside off stump. Mahmood leans into it and unleashes a fierce cover drive for four.

Naved-ul-Hasan to Mahmood, FOUR runs

another four down leg side. Dreadful ball down legside and Mahmood tickles it down to fine leg for four

Naved-ul-Hasan to Mahmood, FOUR runs

drifting onto middle and leg. Mahmood works it through midwicket and times it well enough to reach the fence and fetch England four vital runs

Naved-ul-Hasan to Mahmood, no run

inside edge on to the pad. Pakistan appeal in vain.

Naved-ul-Hasan to Yardy, 1 run

dabbed on the off side for a sharp single

Naved-ul-Hasan to Yardy, no run

left alone outside off stump.

Rana Naved-ul-Hasan into the attack. Inzamam is using all his aces in an attempt to prise out these last three wickets

end of over 291 run
ENG: 136/7CRR: 4.68 RRR: 0.90
Sajid Mahmood10 (20)
Michael Yardy7 (24)
Mohammad Asif 9-1-52-2
Iftikhar Anjum 8-1-31-1
Mohammad Asif to Mahmood, no run

wide outside off stump. Mahmood tries to pull the ball but was way off the mark

Mohammad Asif to Mahmood, no run
Mohammad Asif to Mahmood, no run

angling in from outside off stump, kisses the top of the pad on the way through to the keeper. Pakistan go up in appeal but Umpire Harper is unmoved

Mohammad Asif to Mahmood, no run

full outside off stump. Mahmood attempts to drive but doesn't get a proper stride in and misses

Mohammad Asif to Yardy, 1 run

on the pads this time and Yardy works it down to fine leg for one

Mohammad Asif to Yardy, no run

pitches on middle and leg and moves across Yardy who defends it on the off side

Yardy and Mahmood have shepherded England to within 20 runs of victory. Inzamam has brought back Mohammad Asif.