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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 July 2006, 17:03 GMT 18:03 UK
England duo punish Pakistan drops
First Test, Lord's, day one (close) England 309-3 v Pakistan

Paul Collingwood
Collingwood has scored three of his four fifties against Pakistan

Paul Collingwood and Alastair Cook posted an England fourth-wicket record stand against Pakistan of 221 to end day one 309-3 in the first Test.

Collingwood posted an impressive second Test century but was lucky on 79 when keeper Kamran Akmal spilled a sitter.

Cook reached his second century just before stumps and had more good fortune, dropped on nought, 45 and 81.

England's openers had put on 60 in 12 overs but both fell within six balls, while Kevin Pietersen was lbw for 21.

The record partnership was vital after England had lost their leading three batsmen in seven overs of the morning session to slip to 88-3.

After England dropped nine catches against Sri Lanka at the home of cricket earlier this season, it was Pakistan's turn to spill chance after chance.

They put down a total of five catches on the first day, with Imran Farhat, a new addition to the slip cordon in the absence of injured Younis Khan, responsible for three.

Alastair Cook and Danish Kaneria
Cook left Kaneria feeling deflated on day one at Lord's

England began a day of good fortune by naming Matthew Hoggard in their side for the 33rd consecutive time, the key seamer having recovered from a gashed hand.

New captain Andrew Strauss should have been taken on seven by Farhat, who failed to grasp a chance diving to his left at second slip, Inzamam having removed the third slip only moments before.

Marcus Trescothick had survived an appeal for caught behind two balls earlier before fishing flat-footed at a wide one to give Kamran Akmal a simple catch behind on 16.

Six balls later, Abdul Razzaq got one to straighten and Strauss, pushing forward, was given out despite a faint hint of an inside edge.

Pietersen struck four stunning boundaries, one a punch that went into the ground and had the force to bounce over bowler and umpire and race into the pavilion steps.

But to the huge disappointment of the crowd, he was adjudged lbw offering no shot to one that nipped back from Razzaq.

After lunch, Umar Gul found some example of variable bounce, clearing the keeper with a short one that looped away for four byes, then pitching one in a similar area that Cook did well to keep out halfway up the stumps.

Cook was still to score when he nibbled at a wide one, but Farhat dived in front of captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who would have taken a regulation catch at first slip, and was not amused.

On 43 Cook appeared to edge a Kaneria googly to the keeper and the bowler's misfortune continued when he failed to hold a return catch to his right, despite a second and third attempt, when Cook had made 45.

Several strokes came off both edges of the bat in between some classy cuts and pulls, and on 81 the 21-year-old enjoyed a third life when Farhat fumbled another routine opportunity at second slip, and again sought to avoid eye contact with his captain.

Collingwood was far more assured, making light of the nervous nineties by lofting over mid-off for four to reach 99 and nudging the next ball for a single.

His young partner's route to a century was considerably more fraught, playing and missing repeatedly outside off-stump on 99 and setting off for a single having hit straight to a fielder.

He finally got there with a single, indebted to Collingwood's nimble footwork to scramble home and complete a productive day for England.


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