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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 November 2005, 12:29 GMT
Jonathan Agnew column
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew
By Jonathan Agnew
BBC cricket correspondent in Lahore

Pakistan reach 185-4 in reply to England's 288 all out, but skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has to retire hurt.


Mohammad Yousuf hooks a short ball for four
Pakistan are still 103 behind and have a long tail

Mohammad Yousuf produced the best innings of the day, coming in after lunch with Pakistan reeling on 12-2.

The short ball troubled him as he came to terms with the pace of the pitch, but it was a typically unfussy and composed effort that helped to steer Pakistan out of trouble.

Yousuf gave one chance, a very difficult, low catch to Andrew Flintoff's left at second slip off Steve Harmison when he had scored 16, and his stand with Inzamam was worth 80 before the Pakistan captain was forced to retire hurt after being struck on the right wrist by a short ball from Harmison.


The use of floodlights in Test cricket appears to be an exercise in utter futility.

The regulations were seriously flawed last year when, in South Africa, both the batsmen and the fielding captain could complain about the light once the floodlights were switched on.

Since there is always a team on the defensive in a Test match, this meant that as soon as the artificial light took over from the natural light, it was in one team's interests to go off the field.

Now, only the batsmen have the right to be offered the light, but the umpires will still do this the moment that they feel that the natural light has faded. So what is the point of the floodlights?

The fact that 27 overs were lost on the second day suggests that the answer to that question is 'Absolutely none'.


Paul Collingwood
Collingwood could hardly believe it after missing out on a hundred
Paul Collingwood's dismissal, just four runs short of what would have been a maiden Test century, ensured that Pakistan would bowl England out cheaply.

It was a devastating moment for Collingwood, who is determined to cement a place in the Test team, when he was lured into hooking Shoaib Akhtar.

With the field having been brought in, the shot was on, but the ball flew off the top edge and into Danish Kaneria's hands at fine leg.

Had it carried just five yards further, Collingwood would have been raising his bat to celebrate, rather than burying his head in his hands in disappointment.


The dismissal of Hasan Raza has given England an opening as we wait to see how much more of a contribution Inzamam is able to make.

Pakistan are still 103 runs behind and with a long tail to follow, there is still a chance that England could secure a slender first innings lead.


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