August 1, 2010

Test match highlights between Pakistan and England

Pakistan is playing a test match against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England. England won the toss and elected to bat first. On the first day of the play, England opened its first batting innings with a good start where there was some good partnerships which helped England to put up a good total. The biggest partnership was between Paul Collingwood and Eoin Morgan which was 205 runs. After the break of this partnership, England lost all its remaining 5 wickets in quick succession. England had put up a total score of 354 runs and lost all its 10 wickets. Eoin Morgan scored a beautiful 130 runs which helped the England a lot to put up this good total. Mohammad Asif took 5 wickets and Mohammad Aamer took 3 wickets.

Pakistan opened its first batting innings with the openers Imran Farhat and Salman Butt. First wicket to loose was Salman Butt where he gave a easy catch to Matt Prior and he departed scoring only 1 run. This was a bad start for the Pakistan team which turned the entire innings. Pakistan soon lost 6 wickets with a total score of 47 runs on board. After this Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Aamer put up a partnership of 48 runs. Shoaib Malik and Aamer got out when Pakistan total was 105 and 108 runs. Later on, Umar Gul came in to bat where he remained unbeaten till the end of the Pakistan's first batting innings. He scored a magnificent 65 runs from just 46 deliveries which included 8 fours and 4 sixes. This magnificent performance helped Pakistan to come out of the Follow on. Pakistan by 54 overs, lost all its 10 wickets putting up a total of 182 runs. England was leading Pakistan by 172 runs.

In the second batting innings, England lost its first wicket in the very first over itself. It was Andrew Strauss who departed without scoring a run. England soon started to loose wickets with very less runs adding up in the score. Matt Prior came into bat at 5 down where he stayed till the end of the England's innings and remained unbeaten. He gave a good partnership with Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn which helped England to put up a very good total. Matt Prior was unbeaten scoring 102 runs. England declared its second batting innings with after putting up a total score of 262 runs with one wicket remaining. Last wicket resulted in a unbeaten 489 runs. Umar Gul took 3 wickets in this innings.

Pakistan needed 435 runs in total to win the match. Currently Day 3 session 3 has been completed and the play for the day has been called off. Pakistan in between 3.1 over to 4.1 over lost 3 important wickets. This was again a poor start from them as they have lost 3 top order batsmen. Right not Pakistan has scored a total of 15/3. Pakistan needs 420 runs to win the match with 7 wickets remaining and 2 days left. 

Stuart Board and James Anderson are bowling brilliantly. Lets see what they will do in tomorrows play. See you all with some more updates on tomorrows play :-)

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