August 9, 2010

Second test match: England vs Pakistan

Pakistan and England played their second test match at Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first.

Imran Farhat and Salman Butt opened the batting innings for the Pakistan. At the last delivery of the 8th over, Pakistan lost it first wicket. It was Imran Farhat who was caught by Matt Prior, he departed without scoring a run. Pakistan lost its first wicket when its total score reached 8. Salman Butt followed Imran Farhat when Pakistan 1 more run to its total. It was really a poor start from the Pakistatotal nis. No one stayed for longer time as the wickets kept on falling regularly. Pakistan managed to score a of 72 runs only which was worst and lowest total in test cricket.

England opened its first batting innings pretty good. Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen scored their half centuries which helped England to put up a good total and lead the Pakistanis by a good margin. England scored a total of 251 runs thereby leading Pakistan by 179 runs before loosing all its 10 wickets.

In the second innings, Pakistan's top order batsmen failed to score a good score. But there was one good partnership which helped them to put up a decent total. it was between Saeed Ajmal and Zulqarnain Haider who partnered to add 115 runs. Haider scored 88 runs and Ajmal scored 50 runs respectively. Pakistan lost its 10 wickets after scoring 296 runs in its second innings. Pakistan were leading England by 117 runs only.

This total is a cake walk for England as their team was performing extremely well in recent matches. Alastair Cook got out when England's total was 7. After this fall, Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott partnered well and chased the score successfully. They both scored unbeaten 53 runs respectively. By 36.3 overs, England scored 118 runs with the loss of a wicket and won the match.

England are leading the series by 2-0. Man of the match award went to Graeme Swann.

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