England vs Pakistan
Pakistan win by 4 wickets
As we said at the beginning of the day, Pakistan don't do simple. But they've pulled off a well-deserved win here in a very entertaining Test match and will go to Lord's with a chance to take a share of the series. Their bowlers were the ones to set this up, but the crucial contribution came from the fielders who took most of what came their way. That gave everyone confidence from day one and it flowed into their batting. Thanks for your company throughout the Test, and I'm sure we're all looking forward to the fourth Test at Lord's on Thursday. See you then.
Over 42 Swann 2-0-2-1-
148-6 - The field spreads once again to Akmal, but he gets back to cut away very late and get two through backward point. Very effective shot well carried out. He goes on the sweep next up and is hit on the front pad, but England's appeals are rightly turned down by Tony Hill. Akmal then repeats that late cut for two more, leaving one needed for victory. And there it is! A turn past square leg brings it, and huge credit must go to Umar Akmal for the way he's kept his head and seen his side home.
Over 41 Anderson 0-4-0-0-0-1
143-6 - Four more, and now you feel Pakistan can relax a bit. Anderson got too straight, and Akmal did well to clip it away behind square on the leg side to ensure that deep midwicket couldn't cut it off. A single to deep cover off the final ball means Pakistan need just five to win. The small contingent of Pakistan fans in the one stand are on their feet now, singing as they jump around.
Over 40 Swann 1-4-0-0-0-0
138-6 - England spread the field, and Akmal is happy to take the single. Swann then drops short, and Amir is onto it, swiveling to pull through midwicket for four valuable runs. Huge release of tension that, and it takes Pakistan to within 10 of a fine victory.
Over 39 Anderson 1-0-0-0-0-0
133-6 - A run! Akmal pushes into the covers and takes a single. Strauss and Anderson hold a conference to come up with a plan for Amir, and after a few disagreements the final decision is that he will continue to come over the wicket with two slips, a gully and a third man in place. And he'll continue with the line wide of off stump, which Amir leaves alone. Anderson switches to bowl around the wicket for the final two deliveries, and the second of them tails in a fraction but misses off stump with Amir electing to leave.
Over 38 Swann 0-0-0-0-0-0
132-6 - Swann overpitches with his first ball and Amir gives it everything he's got as he drives back down the ground. Swann does well to get down and prevent a certain boundary. A push into the covers gets Amir thinking that he might get off strike but Akmal sends him back, so it's another maiden and we have a drinks break.
Over 37 Anderson 0-0-0-0-0-0
132-6 - Akmal has an airy waft at the first ball and is beaten, so he goes back to leaving the ball. The pressure really has built up with every dot ball, and there have now been 22 of them in a row. Akmal did push the final ball towards backward point but Pietersen ensures there's no run.
Over 36 Swann 0-0-0-0-0-0
132-6 - Pakistan have gone into their shell completely now and look to be waiting for the runs to magically appear. Amir blocks out a couple, is beaten by a big turner, then goes for the big shot and is beaten by the bounce. The final delivery is left alone.
Over 35 Anderson 0-0-0-0-0-0
132-6 - Tense times. Anderson looks to tempt Umar Akmal outside off stump, but the youngster is keeping his head. He leaves a few balls which swing noticeably after passing the batsman, but is beaten when he pushes forward at the final ball. A maiden, so Pakistan still need 16.
Over 34 Swann 0-1-W-0-0-0
132-6 - Just a slip and a short leg to Umar Akmal with five men back on the boundary, and he does the sensible thing in cutting out to deep point for a single. WICKET! Kamran Akmal departs! He tried to leave a fairly straightforward delivery from Swann, was hit on the pad as it turned in, and Tony Hill took a long time before raising the finger as the crowd implored him to do so. Akmal immediately asks for the review but HawkEye has it hitting the top of off stump so it was a good decision originally. Kamran Akmal goes, and Pakistan have lost their final review. Mohammad Amir pushes forward with four men around the bat - three of them on the off side - and is nearly caught by a diving Cook. It would have been a blinder, but equally would have been a lucky take.
Over 33 Anderson W-0-0-0-0-0
131-5 - WICKET! Well there goes my prediction of a six-wicket win! This is a beauty from Anderson, and it had to be to get rid of Yousuf. It was the full, straight one, which just shaped away at the last moment to yokr him and knock out off stump. Suddenly the crowd are right behind Anderson, and crucially there's a bit of swing. Kamran Akmal is beaten by one and Prior goes up, and although Strauss is not convinced he does ask for a review. HotSpot doesn't show anything so the original decision stands, but Akmal is beaten by the next one as well and suddenly there's energy around the ground.
Over 32 Swann 0-0-0-2-0-0
131-4 - Plenty of fielders drop back because England know that Akmal likes to go after the spinners. There are singles on offer, but he proves their theory right by attempting a big cut shot and missing. He blocks the next couple, then turns one off his hips for a couple of runs to deep backward square leg. Then mid-off comes up to tempt the batsman to go over the top, but the ball isn't there to hit and so Akmal sensibly plays the remaining deliveries on their merits.
Over 31 Anderson 0-0-0-1-0-0
129-4 - Akmal is standing a good foot outside his crease, so Prior gets a helmet and stands up to the stumps. Akmal drives into the covers, and after some poor calling eventually takes the single once the ball has passed the fielder and gone out to the man in the deep. Pakistan just a bit nervous after that run-out, but they only need 19 more runs to win.
Over 30 Swann 0-0-W-0-4-0
128-4 - "Two days of rain coming. Keep it tight for half an hour boys," chirps Matt Prior behind the stumps. WICKET! The pressure has built and pays off as Ali is run out. He played the ball square on the leg side but the ball deflected off Cook's leg at short leg to take it closer to Anderson at midwicket, and he swooped and threw athletically to the non-striker's end. Ali had hesitated, and it cost him as Swann shepherded the ball onto the stumps with the batsman well out of his crease. Umar Akmal joins proceedings at the non-striker's end, and watches as Yousuf plays another sublime late cut for four. He really is magnificent to watch.
Over 29 Anderson 0-0-0-0-0-0
124-3 - Anderson has Yousuf to bowl at now, and gets gradually straighter as the over goes on. Yousuf plays and misses at one but hits the ground and England go up. All sorts of confusion as to whether there was an edge, and if there was then whether the ball bounced before or after hitting the bat. Steve Davis is unmoved, and replays show that it was actually a no-ball. It wasn't called though, so it's a maiden. The lights are on and appear to be taking hold as they create the odd shadow.
Over 28 Swann 0-0-4-1-0-0
124-3 - Slight tweak in the field as Strauss moves from leg slip to gully, but it seems as if nothing will deter Yousuf now. He defends capably, then rocks back to cut away very late for four. A clip to leg brings a single, and Ali sees off the final two deliveries. Pakistan need another 24 runs to win.
Over 27 Anderson 0-0-0-wd-0-0-0
119-3 - Shades of Zimbabwe's tactics against England in a Test in 1996, when they adopted a line two feet outside off stump to prevent the batsmen scoring. On that occasion it prevented England from winning as the scores finished level. No doubt Andy Flower has a hand in this, with England just looking to get through the overs at one end while Swann attacks at the other. Ali discusses how to respond with Yousuf, and the decision is to just leave the ball. Anderson goes too wide with one and is called.
Over 26 Swann 0-0-1-2-0-0
118-3 - Four men around the bat form a square around Ali as he takes strike to Swann. There's a gap at cover to entice the batsmen into a drive, and although he misses that gap Ali does get off strike to mid-off. Yousuf then drives through that gap for a couple of runs before going after a floated delivery. Unlike when he got out in the first innings, this time he plays with the spin but hits straight to midwicket.
Over 25 Anderson 0-0-0-0-0-0
115-3 - Anderson gets the second session underway with a bit of a stinker that's very nearly called wide by Steve Davis. The umpire turns around and threatens to stretch out his arms, before turning back and sharing a smile with Yousuf, who looks incredibly at ease. He's beaten by one delivery, but leaves the rest alone as Anderson adopts a wide line to prevent the batsman from scoring.
A bigger cause
We're just a few minutes away from the second session. Meanwhile A.R.Modak in Johannesburg points out that this victory will bring some relief to those back home in Pakistan: "England seems to be a "happy-hunting ground" for the Pakistanis. After having drawn the series with the Aussies, all they have to do now is win this and the next and hey, presto, a drawn series, again something they haven't done for years. I think that a win should lift the morale of the team, and of course, for the country as a whole- considering the human tragedy unfolding there!!"
The key for Pakistan is that they haven't panicked, and therefore haven't lost wickets in clumps. They need just 33 more runs to win, so only one of the most dramatic collapses in Test history could deny them a fabulous victory. Send your thoughts on its importance to firstname.lastname@example.org during the interval.
Over 24 Swann 4-0-0-3-0-0
115-3 - It might be the final over before lunch, but Yousuf is still willing to attack. As Swann drops fractionally short, he rocks back quickly to pull over midwicket for four. The next ball beats the outside edge, but Yousuf is unruffled and he goes on to work a straighter one through midwicket for three. That's a handy over for the tourists, and they can spend their lunch looking around for a fat lady with some fine vocal chords.
Over 23 Anderson 0-1-0-4-0-0
108-3 - Not surprisingly Broad is removed from the attack and replaced by Anderson, and he has just one slip in place as he merely looks to contain. Yousuf guides one down to third man, and then Ali whips a full, straight delivery past Broad at mid-on for four. Great shot, and Broad lies stricken on the surface as he watched the ball run away. There's time enough for one more over.
Over 22 Swann 1-W-0-0-0-0
WICKET! Just as all hope looked to be lost, Swann picks up Butt to dismiss the left-hander two short of his half-century. It was a classic offspinner's dismissal, pitching on off stump and turning to take the edge to slip. Collingwood does the rest, and so Azhar Ali is left with a potentially tricky ten minutes before lunch. There are four men around the bat now, but Ali blocks out the remaining four deliveries without any alarm.
Over 21 Broad 4-0-4-4-0-0
102-2 - Broad's petulant side is coming out now. He starts with a wide delivery that's slashed to Kevin Pietersen's left at gully, and when KP can only get a hand to it on the bounce Broad looks at the fielder as if he's just put down a sitter. The ball deflected away to the boundary to add to Broad's disappointment, but he doesn't learn and Butt is soon cutting away for four more as the ball is again bowled too wide. Then Broad over-corrects and is flicked through midwicket for a third boundary.
Over 20 Swann 0-0-0-4-0-0
90-2 - Yousuf is quite happy to take the patient approach against Swann and get the runs at the other end, but when Swann bowls too wide he happily cashes in, running the ball down to third man for four. England's window of opportunity appears to be closing. Lunch is around 17 minutes away, and at this rate Pakistan will achieve their target fairly soon after the interval. They need just 58 more runs to win.
Over 19 Broad 1-0-4-1-0-0
86-2 - Broad was shown having a long drink during Swann's over and he looks a bit more calm as he begins this one, but there's little he can do when Yousuf gets forward and uses his wrists to maoeuvre his drive through cover-point for four. Most probably the shot of the day, and absolutely classic Yousuf that.
Over 18 Swann 0-1-0-0-0-0
80-2 - Butt and Yousuf are doing a good job of getting well forward to Swann, which seems to be the key. On the one occasion when Yousuf goes back the spin becomes uncontrollable and he looks disappointed with himself as the ball zips in to hit him on the pad. Fortunately for him it was heading down the leg side.
Over 17 Broad 0-1-1-wd-0-0-1
79-2 - Butt drives firmly through the covers to give Morgan plenty of work to do, but the fielder gets round to cut it off and limit the batsman to a single. However Butt really has hit the ball well in this innings which bodes well for Pakistan for the final Test at Lord's. Yousuf then guides the next ball just wide of slip to get off strike, and that riles Broad who puts on his best child-denied-chocolate-in-supermarket look. The frustration shows as he digs one in too short and is wided.
Over 16 Swann 0-1-0-0-0-0
75-2 - Plenty of thought going into the field placements before each over so the game just slowing down a touch. Butt punches out to deep cover for a single, and Yousuf sees off the rest without any danger. Just a few drops in the air now - not enough to take the players off the field though.
Over 15 Broad 2-0-0-0-1-0
74-2 - England are struggling to support Swann here, but after a disappointing first spell Broad is recalled to see if he can do the job. He starts poorly, with some width outside off allowing Butt to punch through extra cover for two, but improves his line and only allows a single from the remainder of the over.
Over 14 Swann 0-1-0-0-1-2
71-2 - Yousuf flicks one deftly round the corner for a single, and after cleverly leaving a very good delivery at the last moment - much to England's excitement as they thought he'd been beaten - he pushes into the covers for a single. The final delivery turns and bounces and hits Yousuf's bat as he tries to shoulder arms, and ricochets past the stumps. Pakistan get two runs, and increasingly it just looks like their day.
Over 13 Finn 4-0-0-2-0-4
67-2 - That will settle the nerves back down. Butt drives handsomely through the covers for four with the ball coming right out of the meat of the bat once again. There's no lateral movement for Finn so he really does need to just settle on containment. Instead he bowls too straight, and is worked to midwicket for two and then clipped wide of mid-on for four. Pakistan now need just 81.
Over 12 Swann 0-0-W-0-0-0
57-2 - WICKET! Silly mid-off comes in as well now as Swann builds the pressure, and after a few dot balls Farhat feels the need to go after one. He misses with his sweep shot and is pinged on the front pad, and Tony Hill correctly gives him out lbw. Farhat asks for a review, but that only shows that he could not have been more out. So now things might get interesting, although Pakistan will be grateful to have Mohammad Yousuf coming in at number four, and he sees out the rest of the over.
Over 11 Finn 1-0-0-0-1-0
57-1 - A decent enough over from Finn, though slightly defensive at times as he mostly looks to keep the batsmen tied up. He uses the short ball well to do that and gets Farhat to fail in an attempt to pull.
Over 10 Swann 0-0-0-0-0-0
55-1 - A good over from Swann, who finally manages to keep the aggressive Farhat pinned down. And indeed it's the first maiden of the innings as well, so now Finn needs to back him up at the other end.
Over 9 Finn 0-0-2-4-0-1
55-1 - Another change of bowling as Finn replaces Anderson, and his first ball hist Farhat on the front pad. England go up but there's a lack of conviction about them, and Steve Davis rightly turns the appeal down because the ball pitched outside leg. Farhat turns one rounds the corner for two, then gets a slice of luck as he gives Finn the charge and gets a thin inside edge to guide the ball past leg stump and down to the boundary for four. Fortune favours the brave it would seem.
Over 8 Swann 0-2-0-0-0-0
48-0 - A slip and a short leg in place for Swann as well as a short cover for the mistimed push into the off side. Butt works the ball against the spin but does so quite safely and gets two runs to the vacant midwicket area. The rest of the over is well defended by the left-hander. Pakistan need exactly 100 to win.
Over 7 Anderson 4-0-0-0-0-1
46-1 - Anderson continues, but this time the deep point is brought up and Butt drives gloriously through cover for four. HotSpot shows that coming right out the middle of the juicy part of the bat. And so the man drops back again, and Butt drives out to him off the final delivery and will keep the strike for the next over. This Test rests on Swann as far as England are concerned, but it would be one heck of an effort if he was to pull it off.
Over 6 Swann 0-1-4-0-0-0
41-1 - Here is Swann, and finally some pressure is created. Farhat responds by coming miles down the pitch to hit over mid-on, but he scuffed the shot and only just cleared the fielder. The next ball grips and bounces and has Farhat in a muddle, so already spin looks the more threatening option.
Over 5 Anderson 1-4-0-2nb-0-1-0
36-1 - Four more, and although they're slightly fortunate runs for Farhat he gets a glove onto thigh pad to deflect it just past Prior, they all count. Anderson oversteps, and it can't be long before Swann is introduced now because England just aren't creating any pressure. Beefy is baffled by the field, but in truth credit also has to go to Pakistan for being so positive. Katie Ewen has a most unfortunate story: "Me and my husband found out our television has a self destruct button today, smoke everywhere, it blew up just as swann nearly dropped the catch, we had no idea what was going on after! Can you say a big happy birthday to my husband (George), looks like all the moneys going towards a new tv!" Happy birthday George, and I hope the day starts to look up after that blip!
Over 4 Broad 1-1-4b-0-1-0
28-1 - This is not going well for England. Strauss has positioned a man on the point boundary, which gives the batsmen easy singles and ensures there's much less pressure on them. And in lieu of those singles Strauss moves third slip into the off side to save a single so there are just two slips and a gully now. Prior is then done in by some late swing after a bouncer passes the batsman and concedes four byes, so Pakistan are rattling along at seven runs per over.
Over 3 Anderson 0-2-1-1-1-4
21-1 - Every run counts for England, so they have Finn to thank for saving two of them as he gets round from fine leg to cut off a seemingly certain boundary. And they've been helped out because Steve Davis spotted that Butt's bat didn't cross the crease line while turning for a second run in the last over, so that was one short. However Farhat turns the final delivery of this over through midwicket, and this time the fielder can't prevent the boundary despite a desperate dive.
Over 2 Broad 4-0-1-1-0-1
13-1 - Farhat's approach is clear - he's not going to scratch around - and so Stuart Broad's first delivery is awful. Short and wide outside off stump, and Farhat just throws the hands at it to hit to wide third man for four. It leads England to position a fly gully and a backward point quite close to him. However Farhat punches down the ground off the back foot for a couple, then flicks to backward square leg for one. Strauss sends backward point back to the boundary to suggest to Butt that he'll get a short, wide one, but instead Broad bowls full and straight.
Over 1 Anderson 0-4-0-1-W-0
5-1 - The body language of Pakistan's openers was very positive coming out, and they were standing in the middle looking at the England huddle near the boundary as if to make it quite clear that this is a job they relish. Imran Farhat reinforces that attitude when he slashes hard at Jame Anderson's second delivery and gets it over the top of the slip cordon for four. No huge risk there, and he rides another ball down to fine leg for four. WICKET! But boy did he nearly drop that! Anderson squared Yasir Hameed up with a beauty that nipped away and caught the edge, and Swann takes it on the second grab. Huge relief around the ground, and I'm struggling to stay in my chair because this is going to be good. Nothing quite like an exciting last day of a Test match. The Oval rises to its feet to appeal with Anderson as he raps Salman Butt on the pad first up, but that was too high. Phew.
Jack thinks this will get pretty tight, and gets quite in-depth with his forecast: "I reckon a Pakistani win just after tea today, with 7 wickets down. Swann will take 4, with the seamers sharing the rest, we've already seen yesterday that the pitch is spinning, so i expect a tight game, despite the scoreline."
So that was quick
And now Pakistan need 148 runs to win the third Test and go to Lord's with a chance of squaring the series. Looks easy, and they should be huge favourites, but England will know that there's enough in this pitch to test their visitors' nerves. I'll put my neck on the line and say that Pakistan will achieve it with four wickets down, with the reasoning that they're a confidence side and they're on a high right now. Let me know what you reckon though: email@example.com.
Over 77 Amir -0-1-0-W
223 all out - WICKET! Finn adds one run to England's lead, but then Broad is caught at mid-on as he tries to take Amir on. The ball was just too quick for him, and Amir finishes with five wickets. Broad walks off with a chuckle, but that is certainly a blow for England who could have done with every run they could get.
A determined-looking Stuart Broad and Steven Finn are making their way out to the middle under partly cloudy skies. Michael Atherton says the pitch is looking worn at either end so spin will have a big role today, but it's Mohammad Amir who will get proceedings underway this morning as he finishes the over that was disrupted by bad light yesterday.
Well after three days of enthralling seesaw action, this is likely to be the final day unless the weather decides it wants a piece of the fun. England lead by 146 runs with just one wicket in hand after their startling collapse yesterday, having at one stage been well set to secure a lead of at least 250. They desperately need some runs from that last partnership, and then a blinding display from the bowlers, most notably Graeme Swann. Of course things are never simple with Pakistan, so we're guaranteed some entertainment.
- 18th - 21st Aug 2010
- The Brit Insurance Oval
- S J Davis and A L Hill
pakistan BATTING CARD
|Farhat||lbw b Swann||33|
|Hameed||c Swann b Anderson||0|
|Butt||c Collingwood b Swann||48|
|Akmal||lbw b Swann||0|
|M Amir||not out||4|
|Extras||1nb, 2w, 4b, 2lb||9|
|Total||Close, 41.4 Overs||148 - 6|