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England v Pakistan 1st Test
Lord's: 13-17 July, 2006

First Test, Lord's, day five: England 528-9 dec & 296-8 dec drew with Pakistan 445 & 214-4

England removed one rock in Yousuf but another remained

Pakistan held on to draw the first Test against England at Lord's as play ended with the tourists on 214-4 chasing 380.

Matthew Hoggard struck with the first ball of the innings and claimed another before lunch, and Monty Panesar revived hopes with two wickets after lunch.

One of Panesar's wickets was double centurion Mohammad Yousuf but skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq thwarted England yet again and was undefeated on 56.

Hoggard had helped add 38 runs in 33 minutes, before a declaration on 296-8.

Andrew Strauss is certain to come in for some strong criticism for batting on so long and allowing his bowlers a maximum of 80 overs to bowl out the talented tourists, particularly given Panesar's encouraging display.

Already 341 ahead at 296-7, Strauss was wary of Pakistan's attacking capabilities and elected to leave his tail-enders to scratch a few more runs in sporadic fashion.

Hoggard, normally a dour batsman with a limited range of shots, sliced the second delivery of the day from Shahid Afridi through gully for four.

Monty Panesar and Geraint Jones
Panesar deserved his chance for an elaborate celebration

Liam Plunkett often swished at fresh air but connected sufficiently to notch four boundaries in a Test-best 28 before edging to the keeper which finally brought the declaration over half an hour into the final day.

After Hoggard's dramatic start, when left-hander Salman Butt played all around a straight one and was trapped lbw, England's seamers were unable to maintain a consistent line with the crucial new ball.

It seemed as though a batting error would be the only source of a wicket, and that was supplied by Farhat who flashed erratically and was smartly caught by the safe hands of Paul Collingwood.

First-innings double centurion Yousuf showed little signs of being so obliging and was immediately underway with a clip off his legs to the boundary.

Panesar was introduced immediately after lunch and formed a dangerous combination with Steve Harmison, who looked more comfortable from the Pavilion End.

We wanted to be attacking, to put men around the bat and play a game their batsmen were not accustomed to

Andrew Strauss

The spinner's first delivery zipped off the pitch past Yousuf's edge and prompted huge appreciation from a small but captivated crowd.

Having bowled six tidy overs, he got the prize wicket of Yousuf after switching ends, with one that straightened in front of middle stump.

The removal of one batting colossus brought in another in the inimitable form of Inzamam, but Panesar made further inroads when Faisal Iqbal prodded forward low to gully where Alastair Cook scooped the ball up sharply.

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Inzamam, who was surprised by some sharp turn and bounce from Panesar and fended past Marcus Trescothick at slip, was also fortunate when jabbing down late and seeing the ball bounce fractionally wide of the stumps.

Kevin Pietersen also made an instant impression, finding some sharp turn in to surprise the formidable Pakistan skipper, who took successive boundaries as the part-time off-spinner was not so effective in the final throes.

It was the ninth successive innings in which Inzamam has scored 50 or more against England and though they tried every combination after tea, there was the feeling that with him in residence there was no hope of victory.


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