England v Pakistan – as it happened
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John will be here from 12.30pm. In the meantime, here's an extract from Mike Selvey's article on why we should not read too much into the latest spot-fixing claims.
This is now a total nonsense. Another story over the weekend, directing more allegations in Pakistan's direction but more spurious this time, is followed by the chairman of the Pakistan Board retaliating with a bunch of preposterous accusations of his own towards England. Tit for tat, tat being the key word here.
Ijaz Butt is a peripheral figure in Pakistan cricket, his position a grace-and-favour nepotic appointment. No one with any sense will take anything he utters with any seriousness, even if he is suggesting that England players pocketed enormous sums of money to lose Friday's match at The Oval.
Actually, what he is suggesting, in his hamfisted, truculent way, is that if Pakistan players can get accused of malpractice whenever they underperform, then how about a taste of your own medicine when it is England, not Pakistan, who lose five wickets for 17 runs and with it the game. It is a pathetic yah-boo response, of course, and childish when there have been serious issues raised these past few weeks, but that is all it is. However spiteful it might seem, we should really take no notice of Mr Butt.
Pakistan have won the toss and will bat. In the meantime, to the comments of Ijaz Butt yesterday:
The England and Wales Cricket Board is threatening legal action against the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Ijaz Butt, following his comments that England players took bribes to throw the third one-day international at The Oval last Friday.
In a statement today the ECB confirmed that they would honour today's fixture at Lord's and the fina match at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday.
However, the captain, Andrew Strauss, admitted the team had strong "misgivings" about whether to play today and said the players are working closely with the ECB to "explore all legal options" available to them
"We would like to express our surprise, dismay and outrage at the comments made by Mr Butt yesterday," Strauss said. "We are deeply concerned and disappointed that our integrity as cricketers has been brought into question. We refute these allegations completely and will be working closely with the ECB to explore all legal options open to us.
"Under the circumstances, we have strong misgivings about continuing to play the last two games of the current series and urge the Pakistan team and management to distance themselves from Mr Butt's allegations. We do, however, recognise our responsibilities to the game of cricket, and in particular to the cricket-loving public in this country, and will therefore endeavour to fulfil these fixtures to the best of our ability."
Here's more from Strauss on Sky post-toss: "It's been a difficult 24 hours for us, there's no doubt about that. We had to dig pretty deep and have some uncomfortable conversations but we believe it's the best of the options available to us to come out and play and put on a good show for the public who have turned up. It's one of those situations where everything is a bit raw and emotional and there is a responsibility on all 22 players that it's the cricket that does the talking."
1st over: Pakistan 2-0 (Kamran Akmal 1, Hafeez 0) Afternoon all. Just leapt into my seat in the nick of time. And we seem to have a game of cricket on here. This tour, though, has become like a too-drunk friend on a night out. Things started off OK, and for a while you had a good time. But now it's turned into a lairy loud-mouthed liability, all you want to do is get away from it, put it in the taxi and forget about it, and just as you thought it'd gone off to get its coat from the cloakroom, it turns up back at the table with two double sambucas and a couple of pints of snakebite. Two of the opening over from Bresnan.
2nd over: Pakistan 3-0 (Kamran Akmal 1, Hafeez 1) Anderson gets some decent carry from the pitch, and wibbles one away off the seem. Akmal pushing at air. "In defense of Ijaz Butt, he did use reported speech in his comments, and was clearly only passing on what he had heard in bookmaking circles," writes Dan Lucas. "However his follow-up comment, 'no wonder there was such a collapse', just seems childish and petulant, and whilst the PCB has such a petty joke of a man ostensibly at its head, what chance does the ICC have of restoring cricket to Pakistan? Such pointless allegations, aimed at the ECB's team too in the face of all Giles Clarke's generosity, border on madness as they couldn't possibly have any effect other than to leave a nasty taste in everyone's mouth. They're insulting to the England team, to the board, to the ICC (ah well) and worst of all they devalue the outstanding achievements of Umar Gul et al."
3rd over: Pakistan 8-0 (Kamran Akmal 1, Hafeez 6) Hafeez whips Bresnan away for the first boundary of the match, but gets beaten all ends up by another that jags away towards first slip. And then another. Cracking ball that was, close to unplayable. Hafeez picks up another single off the last as the Yorkshireman bangs one in short.
4th over: Pakistan 10-0 (Kamran Akmal 2, Hafeez 7) Lord's looks very sparsely populated. No surprise really. If you were umming and ahhing about going last week, then the weekend will have more or less made your mind up for you. Anderson does Hafeez with another that moves away off the pitch (repeating the trick with the last ball of the over), and Akmal is looking no more secure.
5th over: Pakistan 18-0 (Kamran Akmal 10, Hafeez 7) Here's Steve Grubb: "To try and remind people of the hopefully more pressing issues facing Pakistan than all the tit for tat accusations, could I ask you to pop a link up to our website , which has been documenting the last five days, where a few friends and I have been journeying our way around Europe with 75 other teams in a motley variety of rustbuckets to raise money for various charities, of which Wateraid (and also Cancer Research UK) are our chosen ones. Details of how to donate are on the site. After 2,500 miles we're now on the final stretch back to Calais, and will be following OBO religiously." Done and done. Bresnan twice drifts to leg, and Akmal dishes out the apposite punishment on both occasions - one boundary helped round the corner, one pulled with great authority through midwicket. A leading edge from Akmal then lobs Bresnan like a well-judged chip over a goalkeeper and drops short of mid off.
6th over: Pakistan 23-0 (Kamran Akmal 14, Hafeez 8) Akmal edges Anderson through the slips for four, bringing a pained scowl to Jimmy's fizzog. "Not sure if it's been widely reported yet but Ijaz Butt gave a frankly laughable interview to 5 Live this morning," writes Dan Maggs. "He didn't allow the presenter to speak at all, and when he was asked what proof he had of England fixing games he said, and I paraphrase: 'I never had any proof, and I never made those allegations.' I make sound very reasonable, but it is really worth seeking out for the madness of it. It's like hearing some actually trying to use the ''Chewbacca Defense'' from South Park …" Well, if you insist …
7th over: Pakistan 25-0 (Kamran Akmal 14, Hafeez 10) Bresnan's radar has been a touch off this morning, and yet again he's banged a short one in down the leg side. Hafeez picks up two, but then finds himself groping hopelessly at a couple outside off. "This England bowling performance is already looking suspicious," writes Patrick Stone. "A 'close to unplayable' ball from Bresnan? Very unlikely ..."
8th over: Pakistan 28-0 (Kamran Akmal 16, Hafeez 11) Broad into the attack. Couple of singles from the over, before a hugely optimistic appeal for leg before is turned down by Billy Doctrove. High, and probably going down I'd say. "Notwithstanding cricket's er ... bad press this season, Lord's is much more empty than it ought to be, but it's £80 for a seat," writes Gary Naylor, live at the scene. "Cricket, indeed sport, really needs to rethink its pricing policies - it's not 2007 any more."
9th over: Pakistan 35-0 (Kamran Akmal 22, Hafeez 11) Bresnan continues and gets deposited into the stands for his trouble. It's a stonking shot from Akmal, skipping down the pitch and spanking the ball, on the up, over the top of midwicket. This guy has some serious hand-to-eye co-ordination and cricketing talent - unfortunately coupled with a tendency to throw away his wicket. A wide means that might be Bresnan's final over for a while.
10th over: Pakistan 44-0 (Kamran Akmal 22, Hafeez 20) Hafeez's turn get the spectators ducking for cover. It's a bad ball – too full, straying on to the pads – and the opener lofts it to square leg for six more. From the last ball he pushes away for three more. Not a great over from Broad, that one.
11th over: Pakistan 50-0 (Kamran Akmal 22, Hafeez 24) The fielding powerplay is taken by Strauss. Anderson has switched ends here and Hafeez brings the 50 up with a sumptuous drive through the covers. "John, I've got a tenner on there being no comments from Gary Naylor in overs 14-19 of the Pakistan innings," writes Dan Smith. "Could you fix it for me? I'll see you right..." That's the problem with all these accusations flying about - everyone comes under suspicion, everyone is tainted. I had a tabloid journalist on the phone this morning, saying betting patterns suggested I would have "technical problems" in the 12th over. I mean, it's just nonsense.
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13th over: Pakistan 61-0 (Kamran Akmal 28, Hafeez 29) Didn't see that one coming from 30 paces did you? Akmal clonked a four off Broad, but you didn't miss much. Huge appeal from Anderson as Hafeez is rapped on the pad, and it looks plumb but it's going just over leg stump. Not out. Good decision. Hafeez celebrates by carting Anderson over the covers for a one-bounce four. "Re 11th over comment from Dan Smith," writes Gary Naylor. "I'm just off to visit the Lord's shop. Should the ICC investigate?"
WICKET!!! Kamran Akmal 28 c Strauss b Broad (Pakistan 62-1) He's only gone and done it again. Akmal, looking in fine form and ticking over very nicely, attempts a wild hook at a Broad short ball and plops a top egde into the hands of Strauss at backward square leg.
14th over: Pakistan 62-1 (Hafeez 29, Shafiq 0) That was much better from Broad, but you can always rely on Kamran to lose his marbles at some point. Asad Shafiq is the new man, and a batsman I like the look of.
15th over: Pakistan 67-1 (Hafeez 30, Shafiq 0) Another appeal, another ball that's creeping over leg stump. Anderson comes back though with a fantastic ball that's a gnat's wing from Hafeez's swooshing edge. Four leg byes then further irritate the bowler.
16th over: Pakistan 69-1 (Hafeez 31, Shafiq 1) Hafeez times a drive perfectly - but only succeeds in picking out Swann in the covers. Then a miscued pull brings him a single. Shafiq wafts at a wide one he should really have left alone, but at least guides the next down to third man for a single to get off the mark.
17th over: Pakistan 73-1 (Hafeez 33, Shafiq 3) Here comes Michael Yardy. Single, single, single, mistimeddrivethatjustpopsoutofthebowlershand, dot, dot. That was a tough chance. Hafeez had got enough on it to make it sting the fingers, but Yardy, diving to his left, couldn't quite hold on,
18th over: Pakistan 77-1 (Hafeez 34, Shafiq 6) Hafeez collects another single to move to 34 (off a sluggish 63 balls), and Broad again lets his line drift to leg to offer Shafiq an easy couple down to long leg.
19th over: Pakistan 85-1 (Hafeez 37, Shafiq 11) Drinks break, and a stiff-legged walk (I'm running the Lisbon marathon in December as part of an attempt to do a 26-miler in every European capital city ending in N (don't ask)) to the coffee machine for a mysertious Product Zero. Energy drinks all round out in the middle, then Yardy continues to twirl away. A lovely, almost languid, drive over the top of the covers from Hafeez is well stopped by a scurrying Bresnan out near the rope, but a feather-edged clip to leg brings Shafiq his first boundary.
WICKET!!! Shafiq 11 b Swann (Pakistan 86-2) Stand by your beds – Swann into the attack. A lone appeal from the bowler as he hits Hafeez outside the line (via an outside edge), but he already looks a threat. And, as I type that, he's grabbed a wicket. Beautiful flight, wrenching turn, and Shafiq is clean bowled through the gate.
20th over: Pakistan 87-2 (Hafeez 38, Yousuf 1) Mohammad Yousuf gets off the mark immediately from the final ball of the over. And today's Most Irrelevant Email Award goes to Paul Jaines: "Chicken and Mushroom Pot Noodles. Yes or No? I presume knowing what kind of people read the OBO I presume the answer will be Yes."
21st over: Pakistan 93-2 (Hafeez 42, Yousuf 3) A little shovel sweep, coupled with a Collingwood misfield, gives Hafeez a couple more and the batsmen rotate the strike nicely.
WICKET!!! Yousuf 3 c Davies b Swann (Pakistan 94-3) Yousuf almost does for Hafeez by setting off for a suicide second run. Hafeez's scream of NOOOOO!!!! has his partner turning like a supertanker and making his ground. Next up he's gone! A slider from Swann, an attempted late cut, and a feathered edge into the palms of Davies.
22nd over: Pakistan 94-3 (Hafeez 43, Alam 0) What a bowler this man is these days. His figures are now 2-0-3-2, and he's given England momentum in the field that was just a tad lacking. Alam has a huge heave at the final ball of the over, but doesn't make contact. "So, without looking up any marathons (or capital cities for that matter), that would be London, Berlin, Dublin, Copenhagen and Lisbon I think," writes Ben Powell. There's Tallinn too, and possibly Yerevan. And Tórshavn in the Faroes. Might take me a year or two.
23rd over: Pakistan 95-3 (Hafeez 44, Alam 1) Yardy keeps it tight. Just two from the over. "There are plenty of OBO readers, especially me, who would never knowingly ingest a Pot Noodle," writes John Starbuck. "Some of us possess tastebuds, as evidenced by those who forward their grocery lists. You'll not see any Pot Noodles on them, though of course they might be too ashamed to order them from Sainsbury's and sneak out late at night to buy them from petrol forecourt shops."
24th over: Pakistan 99-3 (Hafeez 45, Alam 3) Pressure on Hafeez now - he'll have to turn this solid, steady start into something much more meaty. "Please, what is a pot noodle?" ponders our very own Mike Selvey. "Can you get one in Fortnums?"
25th over: Pakistan 101-3 (Hafeez 46, Alam 4) Fawad Alam brings up the 100 with a little cuff behind square, but it's singles only from Yardy. "Chicken & mushroom pot noodles are suitable for vegetarians, worryingly enough," writes Niall Harden. "Well, they say they are; I don't think they're really suitable for humans."
26th over: Pakistan 105-3 (Hafeez 47, Alam 7) Swann almost threads one through Alam's defences, but an inside edge into the box region just about saves him. If being whacked with a cricket ball in the box can be construed as 'saved'. Four dots crank up the pressure, but Alam breaks loose with a carving drive away for three. "Please, enough of the pot noodle snobbery," demands Richard O'Hagan. "You've all wondered what one tastes like and if you've never had one you can't comment on those who have. However, chicken and mushroom is plain wrong. The one true flavour is beef and tomato. Anyone eating any other should be burned as an infidel."
27th over: Pakistan 115-3 (Hafeez 49, Alam 15) Yardy drops short and Alam hammers him away for four, then follows up with an edge for three. Some quick singles keep the scoreboard ticking over and, as these rapid-scoring spells do, just alter the tone of the innings. "And there I was not believing that there was such a thing as the ," writes Ben Powell. "Loving that picture on the home page."
28th over: Pakistan 123-3 (Hafeez 56, Alam 16) Hafeez finally gets his half century, and there's some great signalling from Afridi on the Pakistan balcony. 'Don't you ruddy well get out', was the gist. Cracking sweep from Hafeez gives Pakistan four to end the over.
29th over: Pakistan 130-3 (Hafeez 61, Alam 18) Not entirely sure where the wrong decisions were made that led us on this path, but here's a list of , courtesy of Paul Jaines. And, as we're in the land of odd links, here's this weekend. (You can sponsor him ). Alam gets a thick inside edge, then Hafeez launches Yardy OTT for four.
30th over: Pakistan 132-3 (Hafeez 62, Alam 19) Alam is the latest to come close to selling Hafeez down the river, but again the non-striker turns down a suicide single in no uncertain terms. Swann and England have just lost their control here, but just two from the over. "I see from their website that you could get a limited edition pot noodle in Harrods for only £29.95," writes Mike Selvey. "I think it might be truffle and rare species flavour."
31st over: Pakistan 136-3 (Hafeez 64, Alam 21) Bresnan returns so Hafeez straps his helmet back on (neccessary, obviously, but a bit of a shame. Always nice to see a batsmen playing in a cap. Indeed in the days when steepling bounce meant the ball reaching the batsman on the first bounce, I used to open in a Richie Richardson-style wide-brimmed number. Until it became all too apparent that I didn't have the talent to carry it off), and sets about finding the gaps. Four from a pretty tight over.
WICKET!!! Hafeez 64 c Trott b Swann (Pakistan 137-4) Swann continues at the other end. Alam collects a fortunate single off a leading edge – he's never really looked fully settled yet but the man at the other end has a steely glint in his eye. And literally as I put the full stop to that sentence Hafeez goes. A huge swipe aimed at cow corner squirts straight up in the air to Trott at backward square leg.
32nd over: Pakistan 138-4 (Alam 22, Umar Akmal 0) A wide adds one more to the tally.
33rd over: Pakistan 142-4 (Alam 24, Umar Akmal 2) Umar Akmal gets off the mark with a single off Bresnan. When wickets fall regularly these really do become the dog overs, runs grinded out, usually in unappealing fashion. Umar Akmal tries to liven things up by having a few words with Bresnan, Strauss comes in to tell him to calm down and then umpire Kettleborough gets involved. Four from the over.
34th over: Pakistan 145-4 (Alam 25, Umar Akmal 3) Everyone is telling me that I need to run in Bern/Berne. What's the consensus? Swann continues to tweak and drift and float and probe. Alam, hopping about the crease, struggles to put him away.
35th over: Pakistan 149-4 (Alam 27, Umar Akmal 3) "A fortnight ago, while playing for the Sir William Hoste Cricket Club on , I pulled off a splendid on-drive that shot across the outfield, reared off one of several bumps as it approached the boundary and clattered into the club President's dog before ricocheting into the face of my pregnant wife," writes Ben Heywood. "Can any other of your readers claim to have caused more carnage with just one lusty blow? In case you're curious, both canine and spouse avoided serious injury, and that shot helped Vis CC to their first win of the season..." Paul Collingwood comes into the attack. Akmal, eyes lighting up, swipes at a couple without making contact, then gets off strike after padding away for three leg byes.
36th over: Pakistan 151-4 (Alam 28, Umar Akmal 4) Swann (8-0-25-3) has two overs left and this'll be one of them. From the final ball there's the ugliest of attempted sweeps from Alam, so ugly that when he misses the ball pings onto the top of his helmet. Swann appeals for bonce before wicket, but there's nothing doing. "Not sure about Bern(e)," writes Richard Gatti. "It's only a 'de facto' capital according to wikipedia. . Did I mention it was Alpine?"
37th over: Pakistan 155-4 (Alam 28, Umar Akmal 4) Collingwood, like Swann, is troubling both batsmen, keeping it tight, varying the pace. Excellent ODI bowling that.
WICKET!!! Alam 29 b Swann (Pakistan 155-5) The last over of a fine spell from Swann and Alam goes first ball! Clean bowled.
38th over: Pakistan 165-5 (Umar Akmal 5, Afridi 9) Pakistan in a bit of a muddle now, but here comes the skipper. Afridi misses with a slog sweep, but clumps a single to long on and gets a couple more thanks to some hard running. The final ball of Swann's spell disappears back over his head and just keeps going. A huge six from Afridi, and it looks like a member has taken it on the forehead. He's smiling, though there's a fair bit of blood.
39th over: Pakistan 172-5 (Umar Akmal 7, Afridi 14) "If you need to run in Bern you'll also need to run in Wien," writes Tom Baird. "Or maybe you won't. I don't know. Since that was no help I did check that Svalbard is part of Norway, not a principality or any such, so you do not have to run in Longyearbyen." Phew. And, yes, Vaduz is the capital of Liechtenstein (N on its side, though. Worth thinking about …) Collingwood again, and he's forcing Afridi to keep a lid on it. Until the last, that is, when a clever shovel over his shoulder gives him four more.
40th over: Pakistan 182-5 (Umar Akmal 8, Afridi 23) "Does Vatican City count?" wonders Ed Hawkesworth. "You may have to do some chasing around in a circle, but that would at least be in the spirit of religious dogma. Sorry God." Broad returns and there's some low bounce for Akmal to contend with. Bizarre second ball, though. Akmal blocks, but the ball spins back to the stumps, so gently that the bails aren't disturbed. The batsmen head off for a single and Collingwood charges in and hoofs ball, stumps and all like a centre-half clearing one off the line. Nowhere near a run out, but entertaining. A thick edge from Afridi beats Davies, followed with a proper meaty moo brings Pakistan back to back boundaries (and takes the captain to 22 from eight balls).
41st over: Pakistan 186-5 (Umar Akmal 10, Afridi 26) Anderson back into the attack, and Afridi takes one on the gloves. He seems in a fair bit of discomfort, and worryingly it's his bowling hand. Anderson finds the edge with a slower ball, but it's down and away for two. Afridi has a waft at the last, and the two exchange words at the end of the over. It's all a bit narky out there. "What about Gibraltar?" wonders Ben Powell. " The capital is sometimes referred to as Gibraltar Town." Yeah, but so is London, and it doesn't make it right. Plus 26 miles around anywhere is tough enough without being harrassed by monkeys. In fact, talking of animal harrassment, one of the N Runners is convinced Lisbon has a problem with stray dogs, all of whom will be targetting the marathon for a bit of ankle-biting fun. Can anyone with local knowledge confirm or deny?
42nd over: Pakistan 195-5 (Umar Akmal 12, Afridi 33) Bresnan back and a slower ball first up - very wide and Akmal, having backed away to leg, almost falls over trying to put bat on it. He's really struggling, but gets down the other end with a cut. Eleven from 26 balls for Umar. Another scampered single from Afridi puts his partner back on strike. A single for Akmal and then a mighty six from Afridi, whipped away off his hip as Bresnan drops short and strays to leg. He didn't put everything behind it, but it had enough.
43rd over: Pakistan 201-5 (Umar Akmal 18, Afridi 33) Akmal scores his first boundary, cutting Anderson hard away square of the wicket. The shot – maybe his first out of the middle – brings an intense talking-to from Afridi. He's looking incredibly highly-strung out there. A mighty swipe into the north London air from Akmal drops wide of Trott, who set off late and really should have pouched it. Just six from the over though.
44th over: Pakistan 208-5 (Umar Akmal 20, Afridi 36) Broad throws in a wide first up, before Afridi tucks a full toss away to cow corner where some fine fielding from Strauss keeps it to one. Afridi keeps chuntering away at Akmal, presumably, given the combative mood Afridi seems to be in, simply to say 'get a single and get out of my way'. He does just that and Afridi brings up the 50 partnership off 38 balls with a couple down to deep midwicket. A superb response from Broad, who almost cuts Afridi in half with one that bounces viciously and jags back towards the batsman.
WICKET!!! Afridi 36 c Strauss b Bresnan (Pakistan 209-6) 250-odd will be a very competitive score if Pakistan can get there. But this isn't going to help! Afridi doesn't quite get hold of another attempt to find the top tier at long on. Strauss is under it.
45th over: Pakistan 210-6 (Umar Akmal 21, Razzaq 0) Abdul Razzaq is the new man. Single from the final ball, but that was a fine over from Bresnan. "I went to Lisbon this summer and I can confirm that there are not actually that many stray dogs," writes Tom Johnson. "No more than any other mid-sized continental city. Bewarned, though; the animals may not get you but the punishingly steep streets definitely will..."
WICKET!!! Umar Akmal 21 c Davies b Broad (Pakistan 210-7) Pakistan take the batting powerplay but you have to feel that it's come an over or two too late. Broad will take responsibility for this over and gets a wicket straight away! Akmal, having taken 40 balls for his 21, slices it straight up. Davies grabs it. This innings is in danger of crumbling away here.
46th over: Pakistan 214-7 (Razzaq 1, Gul 0) "Umar Akmal got out like that at The Oval," notes Gary Naylor. "For a man with every shot in the book, he makes some extraordinary choices." It was a frankly abysmal shot. A couple of leg byes and a wide add a few to the total, before Razzaq gets off the mark with a single. Four runs from the over.
47th over: Pakistan 218-7 (Razzaq 3, Gul 1) Anderson at the other end keeps it to singles. Tremendous death bowling from Good Jimmy.
48th over: Pakistan 223-7 (Razzaq 4, Gul 3) Another stifled appeal from Broad, again it's just going down. The batsmen sprint a couple of leg byes, but all the impetus has gone from this innings now, and to be honest the total doesn't look like it's quite going to be enough. Ajmal might cause a few problems, but by the looks of it, England will feel confident about chasing this score down.
49th over: Pakistan 244-7 (Razzaq 24, Gul 4) Anderson to bowl his final over, Razzaq frees his arms and thumps him over cover for four then repeats the trick in better style from the next ball. He follows that with a phenomenal straight six, then digs out a yorker for four more through the covers. Incredible cricket from Razzaq. A full toss doesn't get punished but Pakistan still pick up two. 21 from the over.
50th over: Pakistan 265-7 (Razzaq 44, Gul 5) Bresnan will bowl the final over. Gul cleverly bunts away a single to get Razzaq on strike. And this is why: a low full toss gets the full treatment through the covers. That's four. And that's four more – a much shorter ball carved high to the rope in the same spot. Lady Luck smiles on the next ball, a big edge away to third man for yet another boundary. 13 off the first four balls … make that 17 off five. Another full toss placed straight, that really was a gorgeous strike. And so is this: hammered again wide of mid off, a one bounce four. 44 off 20 balls from Razzaq. A game-changing innings.
End of innings: Pakistan 265-7 The 48th over entry looks a little daft now. Right, I'm off for a quick cuppa. Be back shortly.
Innings break refreshment news dept. Latte and fish sandwich. Nice.
So how many times have England chased down a score of 260 plus? .
1st over: England 8-0 (Strauss 8, Davies 0) kicks things off and Strauss starts in fine fashion, a trademark short-armed jab of a cut for four square of the wicket. The England captain is squared up by the fourth ball, but responds by spanking the fifth square once more for four.
2nd over: England 13-0 (Strauss 8, Davies 4) Pakistan's hero with the bat, Abdur Razzaq, takes the new ball at the other end and twice drifts to leg, firstly for a wide, then away for for via a clip off the hip from Davies. Five from the over. Right so we've had Pot Noodles, European marathons and some spot-fixing fun … what's next?
3rd over: England 26-0 (Strauss 13, Davies 12) This is quite glorious batting from Andrew Strauss. Not much wrong with the ball from Akhtar, but Strauss stands up and creams it through the covers for his third boundary. A move to over the wicket from the bowler brings him a bit more joy, completely undoing Strauss with one that dashes across the bows. He's much too straight with his first ball to Steven Davies, though, and easily flicked away for four. Akhtar grimaces, and this won't help his mood – a big inside edge almost flicks the bails off but instead trundles away to the boundary.
4th over: England 27-0 (Strauss 14, Davies 12) Davies backs away to leg but can't make contact, then pushes at air as Razzaq slides one across the left hander. We're all set for a very pleasant evening of cricket. The sun is just setting over Lord's. There's a competitive target on the board. And two teams desperate for victory.
5th over: England 36-0 (Strauss 21, Davies 13) The sublime: Strauss drives Akhtar into the covers, where Afridi makes a superb stop. The ridiculous: Afridi pointlessly shies at the stumps and with no one backing up hands England two overthrows. Shoaib gets his dander up and wangs one down at nearly 96mph that Davies can only guess at. And from the last ball Strauss edges through the non-existent slips for four more. "I'm going to the Ashes this winter, and I'd like some recommendations from OBOers for watering holes in Melbourne and Sydney," writes Keith Newman. "Ideally, I'd like two recommendations: One bar popoular with the locals where I can stand, shout and sing triumphantly about Graeme Swann's latest five-wicket haul to rub the Aussie noses in it; and one empty [BAD WORD]hole where I can sit slumped over a bar in the dark knocking back whisky muttering about batting collapses."
6th over: England 41-0 (Strauss 25, Davies 14) "Are my eyes deceiving me," writes Paul Shields, "or did Sky just show KP in a box at Lord's with what can be described as someone looking like a 1920's gangster and Jeffrey Archer?" Thank gods for that – I thought my interval fish sandwich was causing hallucinations. Bizarre, wasn't it? Strauss is up for this one – an ugly flat-batted swipe brings him four more straight past the bowler.
7th over: England 43-0 (Strauss 25, Davies 15) Umar Gul into the attack and Strauss takes one in the breadbasket. Batsman and bowler stare at each other like predator and prey before breaking into wide smiles. Next up he's gone! Hang on, no he's not! Kamran Akmal takes a superb catch behind the stumps as Gul finds the edge, but the celebrations are cut short – it's a no ball. The free hit goes nowhere. "Afridi may be more on the Botham '92 waistline than the Botham '81 but it's great seeing him in the flesh," writes Guy Hornsby. "And after all the headlines and (ludicrous) accusations overnight we seem to have a proper game of cricket. Makes you feel all warm inside doesn't it? Where's Blowers when you need him?" I'll try my best to fill the void, my dear old thing.
8th over: England 50-0 (Strauss 29, Davies 18) A Aussie booze recommendation from our very own (I've got to stop typing that. Beginning to sound like Jerry 'The Saint' St Clair) Mike Selvey: "Here is the man to go to: . To expand further, Young and Jackson by Flinders St station is the pub of choice in Melbourne and the Lord Nelson, on the rocks, that in Sydney." Razzaq continues and after a little running confusion between the batsmen, Strauss clips him away for four off his hip. For all that the batting has been excellent thus far, the Pakistani bowlers have sprayed it around a bit.
9th over: England 58-0 (Strauss 29, Davies 26) Gul, who has a blinking run up that makes it look like someone has just shone a bright light in his eyes, drops short and gets deservedly carted over midwicket by Davies. He follows it up with a Straussesque backfoot thump through the covers. "Akhtar's stock ball, at 35 years old, is over 90mph," writes Pete Masters in Barcelona. "I suppose it's all those years he never played which allow him such luxury, but can any other oldster have laid claim to such pace? I can think of none." That might be another one for Mr Selvey.
10th over: England 73-0 (Strauss 36, Davies 34) Razzaq again and this one gets the full treatment from Strauss, thumped away to cow corner but there's nothing moo-ish about the shot, a brutish, sweetly struck pull-drive, crunchier than a fresh Granny Smith. Davies ends the over with consecutive boundaries cut through the covers. Superb cricket from England.
11th over: England 77-0 (Strauss 39, Davies 35) Afridi responds to England's assault by taking the fielding powerplay. Strauss plays and misses at one but picks up a double and a single. Davies also grabs one. Four from the over, but England still going at a rate of seven an over.
12th over: England 81-0 (Strauss 42, Davies 36) Mohammad Hafeez brings his off-breaks to the table. He tucks Davies up with the first but drops a touch short with the second and is lucky to only concede a single. Big appeal and Hafeez is hugely unfortunate not to get the decision. It pitches on leg stump and turns to hit halfway up middle. Umpire Kettleborough must have thought it pitched outside the line. England's captain was very fortunate there. He has a job on surviving the rest of the over too.
13th over: England 85-0 (Strauss 44, Davies 38) The dangerous Saeed Ajmal now into the attack. England cautiously work the singles. Four of them in total.
14th over: England 87-0 (Strauss 45, Davies 39) Davies seems keen not to allow some part-time dibbly dobbler dominate him, but Hafeez is a good deal better than that. He's got a very strange action in which he seems to pause at the point of delivery, almost as if he is considering what kind of ball to bowl, before bringing him arm over. Both batsmen have struggled against him, Davies surviving another decent lbw shout.
15th over: England 90-0 (Strauss 47, Davies 40) There's a wicket a-brewing here. Strauss plays and misses against Ajmal, but they scrape and scrabble a couple of singles. "Presumably Strauss and Davies are trying to make as many runs as possible before the floodlights bring Götterdammerung!" writes Richard Jones.
16th over: England 97-0 (Strauss 53, Davies 42) Hafeez switches to round the wicket. It doesn't smack of being a hugely smart move, and it's no great suprprise when he gets cut away for four by Strauss to give the England captain his half century. It's come off exactly 50 balls by my reckoning.
17th over: England 103-0 (Strauss 55, Davies 45) Only Dilshan has scored more runs than Strauss in 2010, Sky's graphic informs us. Afridi (THE player to have on International Cricket Captain – am I the only one to remember that?) gives himself a bowl and Davies brings the 100 up. And at the end of the over, it's time for drinks.
18th over: England 106-0 (Strauss 56, Davies 47) "If the floodlights bring Götterdämmerung, will the fielding team be obliged to have nine players inside the Ring of the Nibelung?" wonders Justin Horton. From Pot Noodle to Wagner – OBO has got all the bases covered. Hafeez continues, but still Pakistan can't quite get a grip on this innings. Just three off the over though.
19th over: England 107-0 (Strauss 56, Davies 48) Akmal whips the bails off as Davies is beaten by Afridi, and the third umpire takes a look. The batsman, though, has done well to slide his foot back into the crease. Strauss has to get the front of his shirt all dusty with a dive at the keeper's end, but he's safely home. "I don't know about International Cricket Captain, but on Marcus Trescothick's cricket coach I found Kallis pretty handy, but my all time best signing was a Canadian left arm bowler called Bhatti," writes Tom V d Gucht. "He was never called up for international duty during season and as a left arm medium bowler in murky English conditions I could let him bowl all day taking sackfulls of wickets, if he failed to take 100 wickets in a season then it was a dissapointment. I presume he was meant to be ." The problem with those games is that they do give you unrealistic expectations. I don't think I even now really understand why Kevin Dean and Paul Hutchinson weren't the most feared new ball pair in the world at the turn of the century.
WICKET!!! Davies 49 b Ajmal 00 (England 113-1) Ajmal again, and Davies edges towards his half century with another single. Strauss goes OTT, aiming over mid on but squirting over mid off for a couple. And Davies has gone! One short of his half century, he's dragged Ajmal's doosra back onto his stumps.
20th over: England 113-1 (Strauss 61, Trott 0) A shame for Davies, but he had just got a touch bogged down. "Not sure if it is still the same, but when we were in Sydney to watch the Lions in 2001, a great pub for unadulterated filthy boozing was the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel," writes Morgan McCarthy, "famous for Toss the Boss on Tuesdays and Thursdays where the flip of a coin decided whether you paid for your drinks or not; and consequently whether you made it to work on Wednesdays and Friday mornings ... Of course now it may have all changed and may currently be a swanky cocktail bar serving things like Pina Coladas and cheese and pineapple on sticks." OBO: where cheese and pineapple on sticks = swanky.
21st over: England 117-1 (Strauss 63, Trott 1) So Trott, he of a alleged bout of argy-bargy with Wahab Riaz in the nets this morning (apparently pads were thrown), comes to the crease. Afridi smites him on the pads and there's a big appeal – looked a touch high and wide, but it would have clipped the top outside corner of leg stump. Just going back to Morgan McCarthy's tale of free drinks on a coin toss, it can be very confusing if you're not aware of the situation. I once popped into a pub somewhere in west London, just for a swift one on the way to the Tube, and was handed a dice by the barman. I rolled five, he rolled three. He told me my drinks were free. Spent the whole time sitting waiting for someone to come over to me to tell me it was a joke. They should have warning signs for that sort of stuff.
22nd over: England 120-1 (Strauss 66, Trott 1) Somewhat surprisingly Shoaib (who did bowl Trott with that stunning yorker t'other day) comes back into the attack. Strauss takes three, Trott simply survives. "Cheese and pineapple on sticks is only swanky if it's dotted into a potato wrapped in tinfoil," opines a sage Phil Sawyer.
23rd over: England 124-1 (Strauss 68, Trott 3) More loopy madness from Afridi – it really is a pleasingly flamboyant action, limbs pointing out all over the place. Like a hairy, beefed up flamingo. Trott and Strauss milk a few singles. Can you milk a flamingo? OBO: answering the big questions. Or at least asking them.
24th over: England 125-1 (Strauss 68, Trott 4) Pakistan are yet to bowl a maiden, but four balls from Akhtar produce four dots. Trott, desperate to break the shackles, pushes to mid off and charges down the other end, just getting home. Four off 14 the Warwickshire man has scored. Just that one from the over.
WICKET!!! Trott 4 b Afridi (England 125-2) Trott's decidedly miserable vigil ends, Afridi sneaking the ball off the inside of bat and pad, and gently onto the stumps.
25th over: England 125-2 (Strauss 68, Bell 1) Here comes Ian Ronald, and he survives a huge appeal first ball. It's just going down, but there's a real spring in the step of the tourists now.
WICKET!!! Strauss 68 c Fawad Alam b Akhtar 00 (England 127-3) Dear oh dear oh dear. It's short. It's wide. It's fill yer boots time for Andrew Strauss. But he somehow manages to toe the thing to backward point.
26th over: England 127-3 (Bell 2, Collingwood 0) England require 139 runs to win Collingwood is beaten all ends up by Akhtar, then digs out a yorker. England are on the ropes here.
27th over: England 132-3 (Bell 5, Collingwood 2) England require 134 runs to win "Flamingos are birds, sadly lacking in boobs," writes Flic in South Africa. Sadly? "Interestingly platypus don't have boobs either but they produce milk; it pools in creases on their chests. OBO, get your zoology degree online now!" Collingwood gets off the mark as Afridi continues. Five singles from the over, though again he zips one past Collingwood's outside edge form the last.
28th over: England 133-3 (Bell 6, Collingwood 2) England require 134 runs to win "It's like Frazier vs Ali in St John's Wood!" woops an over-stimulated Gary Naylor. Superb stop from Alam denies Bell what may well have been a boundary and after dipping into the mid 80s, Akhtar is back up close to 95mph. It, but England have only won once with the pair in the line-up since 2008.
29th over: England 144-3 (Bell 15, Collingwood 3) England require 122 runs to win Bell, looking über-comfortable picks up a couple and then one more, but Collingwood is far more scratchy. He gets down the other end, though, and allows Bell to play one of the shots of the day, a gorgeous lat dab for four through slip. He picks up another couple of the last. 11 from the over. "Many, many hours of my life have been wasted clicking a batsman's aggression rating up or down on ICC," writes Alan R Gardner from the other side of the office. "Or bringing on Alastair Cook to bowl right-arm slow round the wicket to try and break a partnership. Or minutely editing field placings before going ball-by-ball for the final few overs of a T20 game. You can tell where this is going ... But in my defence, I do have a girlfriend." It's OK, Al. Let it all out. You're among friends now …
30th over: England 145-3 (Bell 15, Collingwood 3) England require 121 runs to win Gul returns, and I try to avoid an email in the OBO inbox from Peter Williams entitled "Platypus, Platypusses or Platipi". I'm not sure if we want to go there. Gul is called for a no ball (but it's wrong, wrong, wrong). A free hit, Collingwood to face … swipe and a miss, followed by a prod and a miss, and a huge lbw appeal from the penultimate ball. A tad, a smidgeon, a soupçon high. Three from 14 balls for Collingwood. It's painful to see a player this out of form, particularly in contrast to the Rolls Royce at the other end.
31st over: England 149-3 (Bell 18, Collingwood 4) England require 117 runs to win Razzaq returns with 121 needed from 120 balls. Bell (16 from 20) pushes a single through the covers to put Collingwood back in the firing line. The old battler gets a bit of blessed relief and an easy single as Razzaq drifts onto his pads. Bell scampers two more. Four from the over. "The best online degrees I ever found (I hasten to add that I wasn't trying to buy a degree - I have to suss out dodgy education institutions as part of my job) were by some site in the US offering, amongst others, Apprentice Wizard and Quantum Alchemy degrees," writes Phil Sawyer. "Given that they were pretty cheap I was tempted to sign up if only to be able to have Wiz(App), Alc(Quant) after my name."
WICKET!!! Collingwood 4 b Gul (England 149-4) To no great surprise, Gul clean bowls Collingwood, ending an unhappy stay at the crease. Possibly a blessing in disguise for England that.
32nd over: England 154-4 (Bell 22, Morgan 1) England require 112 runs to win "Platypodes" courtesy of Darren Howells, and the downright terrifying "Platypii" courtesy of Eamonn Maloney arrive in the inbox. Look, we're not going there. And can someone at Lord's keep an eye on Gary Naylor? He's going into overdrive: "Lord's in the daytime compared to Lord's at night is Revolver compared to Sgt Pepper's. You just can't believe it can get better, but it does." Meanwhile out in the middle the pressure on England is being ratcheted up. Sounds like there's a great atmosphere the other side of Regent's Park, with each wicket greeted by a raucous roar. Morgan gets off the mark and brings up the 150 with a push through the covers, Bell clips the last, an attempted yorker, away for four.
33rd over: England 160-4 (Bell 23, Morgan 5) England require 106 runs to win Razzaq again, and Morgan eases the pressure with a cracking drive through the covers or four. Bell delicately chops away for a single. A calm and collected six from the over.
34th over: England 162-4 (Bell 24, Morgan 6) England require 104 runs to win "Naylor's wrong. Revolver's better than Sgt Pepper," chides Matt Emerson, a man with red tarpaulin looking for an angry bull. "There, that should keep your inbox full until close of play..." Gul takes the final over with this ball. Just couple of singles from it.
35th over: England 165-4 (Bell 25, Morgan 8) England require 101 runs to win The white ball means the return of Ajmal, who gets away with a full toss, Bell only bagging a single. Nasser Hussain in the Sky commentary box thinks it's time for the powerplay and I'm inclined to agree. England won't take it though. A measley three off the over.
36th over: England 168-4 (Bell 26, Morgan 10) England require 98 runs to win Hafeez at the other end, two singles (Morgan calmly tapped, Bell airily swept), but then Afridi puts down Eoin Morgan. Wasn't a dolly by any means, above his head at short mid off, but it stung the palms and bounced out. How important might that be? "Revolver is undoubtedly the most overrrated album of all time. I'm not even going to qualify that," shrugs Sam Tarr. Fine, fine.
WICKET!!! Bell 27 c Sub b Ajmal (England 171-5) Bah!
37th over: England 171-5 (Morgan 12, Yardy 0) England require 95 runs to win 98 needed from 84 balls and England need to work out how to get Ajmal away – there's plenty of him left, this is just his fifth over. Morgan works away a single, Bell does likewise, but the noose is tightening. And from the final ball Bell attempts to go over extra cover but succeeds only in picking out extra cover. That may well be curtains.
38th over: England 173-5 (Morgan 13, Yardy 1) England require 93 runs to win "Panini World Cup 1994 is the most overrated album of all time," suggests Niall Mullen. Hafeez, bowling very well, keeps Morgan honest, that odd pause at the start of his action just allowing him to gauge where the batsman is going. Just a scratchy two from the over. Bowling.
39th over: England 177-5 (Morgan 15, Yardy 3) England require 89 runs to win Yardy, standing well outside leg then stepping in as Ajmal delivers, works a single away, sweeps for another, and the required rate creeps ever upwards. There's been just three boundaries since the dismissal of Strauss.
40th over: England 182-5 (Morgan 18, Yardy 5) England require 84 runs to win Ho. Single. Hum. Single. Ho. Dot. Hum. Single. Ho. Single. Hum. Single.
41st over: England 194-5 (Morgan 24, Yardy 7) England require 72 runs to win Right, here we go then. England take the batting powerplay. Two singles from the first two balls and an almighty swipe from Morgan is enough to put off Kamran Akmal and concede four byes. And from the last Morgan has a mow at one and spanks four down to cow corner. A very useful 12 off the over.
WICKET!!! Yardy 9 b Akhtar (England 197-6) Shoaib Akhtar (7-0-36-1) back into the attack, Yardy flicks away a couple from the first, and the second is a wide. The third, though, is chopped on.
42nd over: England 204-6 (Morgan 25, Bresnan 1) England require 62 runs to win from 48 balls As long as Morgan is there England have a chance. Has Yardy ever been a matchwinner in this sort of situation? Will he ever be? Bresnan survives a run out chance as Razzaq shies at the striker's end. A direct hit would've been curtains. Akhtar, though, is feeling his side, continually stretching it out between balls. Inexplicably his final ball is a bouncer which disappears for five wides. "Sam Tarr has clearly never listened to Never Mind the Bollocks," writes Dan Lucas. "Sure, the 1970s needed an antidote to the self-regarding pretentiousness of prog rock (apart from King Crimson, they were fantastic), but a celebration of not being able to play your instruments wasn't it. See also: Oasis, The Arctic Monkeys." Gulp.
WICKET!!! Bresnan 1 b Gul (England 205-7) Gul, the pick of the Pakistan seamers today, returns. Morgan takes a single from the first, but then … my word! An inswinging near yorker that would've been good enough for most batsmen splatters Bresnan's stumps about St John's Wood.
43rd over: England 209-7 (Morgan 26, Swann 3) England require 57 runs to win from 42 balls Swann stomps out to the middle ahead of Broad and finds the gap to add two to the total. Then Afridi drops another! Another tough chance from a Swann clip towards midwicket. The dive was athletic, but the fingers fumbled. Superb over from Gul.
WICKET!!! Morgan 27 c Yousuf b Akhtar 00 (England 211-8) Stick a fork in this one. It's done. A big juicy full toss screams: "Hit me! Hit me into the Thames! Hit me far, far away!", but Morgan is beaten for pace and can only send it skewing into the inky London sky. Yousuf takes a very good diving catch.
44th over: England 219-8 (Swann 9, Broad 0) England require 47 runs to win from 36 balls Three wides add to the tally. Shot! Swann cuts a wide one, the first for a good while on the off side, away for four valuable runs. Swann somehow keeps the next off his stumps as he looks to give himself room. Ten from the over. "I am completely hopeless," writes Hashir Majid. "I did not think I would be interested in cricket for a couple of years at least, what with all the crap that has gone on this summer. But here I am, hiding in the conference room and following this ODI from work, hoping for a Pakistan victory. Damn you for making me care Pakistan."
WICKET!!! Swann 11 b Gul (England 224-9) Final over of the powerplay then. Two or three mighty blows required realistically. Swann digs one out for two to midwicket, then biffs one away for a single. Gul sends down a wide. Then the spinner is done by a superb slower ball, having backed away to leg.
45th over: England 224-9 (Broad 1, Anderson 0) England require 42 runs to win from 30 balls Anderson survives the last two.
46th over: England 227-9 (Broad 2, Anderson 2) England require 39 runs to win from 24 balls "I suppose that we can never know because of the 'what ifs' but in a day/night game in England in September is there not a huge advantage conferred on the side batting first (and by inference usually the team winning the toss)?" writes Stephen Davenport. "Has anyone smarter than me tried to work this out? Has this question been asked a thousand times before? Am I grasping at dewy straws?" Probably, but then there's always an advantage in winning the toss. It's part of the game. Broad is just surviving against Akhtar. A single from the fifth ball leaves Anderson with one to face, and he picks up two from it.
WICKET!!! Broad 2 b Gul (England 227 all out) Bowl, swipe, clonk.
PAKISTAN WIN BY 39 RUNS – SERIES LEVEL AT 2-2
So, things are nicely set up for Wednesday then. Thanks for all your emails, whether Pot Noodle, marathon, or flamingo milk related. Cheerio!