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Last Updated: Friday, 14 July 2006, 17:22 GMT 18:22 UK
England well on top in first Test
First Test, Lord's, day two (stumps) England 528-9 dec v Pakistan 66-3

Paul Collingwood
Collingwood was given a let-off on his way to a career best

Paul Collingwood hit a career-best 186 then his Durham team-mates Steve Harmison and Liam Plunkett struck with the ball to leave Pakistan in trouble.

England waited until Ian Bell had completed his third Test century before declaring on 528-9 late on day two.

Harmison took two wickets in three balls and Plunkett bowled Imran Farhat to leave the tourists 66-3 in reply.

Collingwood put on 233 with Alastair Cook (105) and 120 with Bell, then took an outstanding catch at third slip.

He was left to walk off ahead of his team-mates, to applause from the Lord's pavilion, at the close after a landmark day.

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Tommy D

Beginning the morning on 109, he made the highest score ever against Pakistan at Lord's, watched by Tom Graveney, whose 153 in 1962 was the previous mark.

And his leaping catch to dismiss Faisal Iqbal second ball was reflected by the scorebook entry for part of Harmison's 10th over - W0W.

Harmison looked uncomfortable at times, even though his opening seven overs cost just 14 runs, but he found good bounce to punish Salman Butt for a loose waft, Strauss taking the catch at second slip.

Ian Bell

Plunkett conceded three wides in his first over but recovered brilliantly to dismiss Farhat, who offered no shot then watched his off stump bend back.

Stand-in skipper Strauss already had a smile on his face as he called his side in after a chuckle-filled 10 minutes, with Bell on the verge of a century and Monty Panesar his partner.

Bell, recalled for this Test in place of the injured Andrew Flintoff, was 89 when Matthew Hoggard fell and 97 when Steve Harmison was run out.

That left cult hero - and last man - Panesar to defend six deliveries nervously before Bell took a single off Shahid Afridi to reach his century from 168 balls.

Collingwood should have been out on 131 when umpire Simon Taufel was unimpressed by Sami's appeal for an edge behind, but TV replays showed the nick clearly.

Periods of confidence, such as the three balls in an over from Umar Gul and two over midwicket off successive balls from Shahid Afridi, were mixed with stickier spells.

He was tied down after lunch, and made his frustration evident when he danced down the track, was beaten for spin and stumped well out of his ground.

Kaneria searchs for a lost ball
Kaneria lost the ball in a drainage tube at one point

Pakistan had dismissed Cook at the fourth opportunity - he was dropped three times on day one - when he was bowled through the gate playing around his front leg.

That ended a fourth-wicket stand of 233 in the fourth over of the day with the second new ball fresh out of its wrapper.

But the tourists missed a chance to pressurise Bell, who got off the mark first ball with a lucky edge for four and moved past 20 in 13 balls to settle in.

Kaneria had endured five minutes of mirth when he inadvertently kicked a ball over the boundary and lost it in a drainage tube.

But he made amends in the afternoon session, bowling 15 overs unchanged from the Pavilion End - making 52 in total in the innings - and taking three wickets.

Jones, who hit Sami for six before he was lbw sweeping, has never been dismissed for a duck in 45 Test innings.

But Plunkett suffered his fourth in eight appearances, emphasising the length of England's tail.


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