August 21, 2010

Pakistan win by 4 wickets

England lead the series 2-1

Match Review

Close but not close enough… England 222 all out, Pakistan 148 for 6

With England still looking the more confident of the two teams, they have every chance of sealing a 3-1 series victory but Pakistan are in the ascendency after this result and increasingly gaining confidence. England will be looking to go into the Ashes with a winning result and should have enough to raise their game sufficiently to take the result.

Pakistan while not at their best have managed to keep England on a leash through this match by returning to the basics of cricket batting, bowling and fielding. And, England, with the exception of the bowling of Graeme Swann, have failed to dominate in any particular area of the series.

A draw in the final match seems unlikely, unless the weather takes control, with both teams failing to build match winning scores in either of the previous tests and both being prone to unpredictable batting collapses.

England will now need to look at batting like a test team and not 20-20 World Champions. Jonathan Trott leads the England batsmen for patience and building a score but in this second innings may well have been distracted by supporting Alastair Cook. Cook (again) and Pieterson will need convincing innings in the final test to reassure selectors of their places in the Ashes tour.

One test left and all to play for… albeit possibly more about pride and the future than this series result.

Day Four

Close but not close enough… England 222 all out, Pakistan 148 for 6

England added a single to their overnight score before Pakistan set about the England bowling attack for a morale boosting win.

Pakistan took an aggressive approach to scoring in the remaining morning session and closed in quickly on their winning total. After losing the third wicket of Salman Butt at 103, the rest of the total looked a formality but a run out and a wicket each for Graeme Swann and James Anderson made the final result look a bit more unconvincing.

Day Three – Close

The Good Old Days… England 221 for 9

After the Day Two prediction of an England collapse, that’s exactly what happened! After lunch, England lost 6 wickets for 26 runs in 79 balls leaving Pakistan one wicket and a current target of 147 to win the match. Only bad light saved England from not seeing out the day and only an Act of God is likely to stop them being al out early tomorrow morning.

Cook was eventually out for 110, a creditable score that may well prolong his immediate test career but will undoubtedly turn the focus instead to Pieterson, Collingwood and Morgan who scored 31 between them.

A miracle will take this match to Day Five but something equally unlikely will stop Pakistan pulling back a match and giving them hope of drawing the series.

Day Three – Lunch

Cooking with Gas… Alastair turns heat on Pakistan… England 110 for 2

Alastair Cook finds his feet and moves to 76 not out at lunch with England leading by 35 having 8 wickets standing.

Could it be that Andrew Strauss opening at the opposite end has been putting pressure on Cook but today he found himself free to take the lead first with the overnight accompaniment of James Anderson and supported by Jonathan Trott.

Having removed the deficit, it’s now time to focus on building a competitive score to challenge Pakistan.

TMS Commentary of the Day:
Tuffers: Can you be twins and not identical? Response: Especially if you’re a brother and sister!

Day Two

England Make Slow Progress… Pakistan 308 all out, England 6 for 1

Oh No! Having restricted Pakistan to a lead of 75, England immediately lost a wicket in their 2nd innings and ended day two 69 runs behind.

Pakistan moved steadily to their total with some consistent batting throughout the top and middle order passing England’s total for the loss of 5 wickets. From there England made some headway taking the 6th wicket with Pakistan leading by 3 but still giving up 72 runs for the last 4 wickets and a fine top score from Azhar of 92.

Having collapsed in the previous tests, England need an early stand to recover the deficit else Pakistan may well be bringing this game to an early and satisfying conclusion after Trent Bridge and Edgbaston.

TMS Commentary of the Day:
A listener was suggesting developing a way in which TMS and the TV pictures could be synchronised. Aggers pointed out that the spectators heard TMS commentary a few seconds after the action had occured… Tuffers suggests theTMS crew talk more slowly!

At 17:00 – Aggers: Time for a drinks break, Tuffers: Lovely, what are we having?

Day One

England’s Chilly Collapse… Pakistan Catching Practice Pays Off – England 233 all out, Pakistan 48 for 1

In the truest definition of a warm-up match, England failed to find any rhythm in their game until the sun broke through the clouds in the early afternoon. Alastair Cook and Kevin Pieterson were unconvincing again, each scoring a mere 6. England reached lunch on a miserable score of 70 for 5 and continued poorly despite a hot cup of tea, losing Swann at 94 for 7. Fortunately, the English summer returned allowing Matt Prior and Stuart Broad to add 119 in an eighth wicket stand and leading England to a surprisingly respectable 233 all out.

Pakistan having the upper hand scored a good 48 losing a wicket just before close of play.

Test Match Special (TMS) Commentary of the Day:
While discussing a fox that had been seen at the ground, Aggers (Jonathan Agnew) pondered where the fox lived, to which Tuffers (Phil Tufnell) suggested Warren Street

Last updated: August 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm