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

England 528-9d & 296-8 dec drew with Pakistan 445 & 214-4

England were unable to force victory as the first Test finished in a draw with Pakistan 214-4 having been set 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.


By Paresh Soni


1728: Cries of "Come on England" or should that be "Come off England" ring out before Razzaq smashed Panesar for a boundary and, mercifully, Strauss does indeed shake hands with the batsmen.

1723: Preparations are being made for the presentation ceremony, and it seems inconsequential that Razzaq collects four lucky runs off Plunkett down to third man. Strauss seems determined to carry on, as if to vindicate his decision to bat on when just about every home fan was screaming for a declaration.

1718: Razzaq steers the ball down between third slip and gully to bring up the 200 with a four off Plunkett. After a sticky start, he and Pakistan have gradually looked more comfortable.

"I've just switched the radio off. By not declaring sooner, Strauss gave neither side a chance of winning."
Neil Payne in the TMS inbox

1714: Plunkett returns - the absence of Hoggard and Harmison suggests we are just playing out time, which is what the new rules were brought in to avoid.

1713: Panesar, now almost bowling like a medium-pacer - he is really pushing the ball through quickly - is not causing the difficulties he posed earlier.

1711: England are going through the motions now as medium-pacer Collingwood sends down another over of spin. There can't be much point to this continuing.

1707: Panesar thinks he has the Pakistan captain when he goes up for an lbw appeal but Taufel is unimpressed.

1706: Inzamam brings up his fifty easy as you like by stroking Panesar through the covers. That is the ninth successive time he has hit at least a half century against England.

1703: Drinks are taken before the final hour starts - surely the captains should be shaking hands?

1659: Strauss appears to have given up the ghost by asking Collingwood to bowl some off-spin and, with the sting taken out of the game, seven runs come off his first two balls.

1657: Oh dear. Poor cricket all round from England as Razzaq cracks another poor Pietersen delivery through the off-side and Harmison makes a weak effort to stop the ball.

"I wouldn't worry because it only takes only one good ball to break up this partnership."
TMS analyst Mike Gatting

1652: As a part-timer, Pietersen does have a tendency to stray in length and Inzamam pounces to cut and pull for successive boundaries.

1651: Strauss does the expected and brings on Pietersen, who really gave the ball a rip in the afternoon. In fact it's a mystery why he has only bowled three overs so far.

1650: Panesar comes close to a much-needed breakthrough when Razzaq attempts to cut a ball which is too close to his body and almost gives wicket-keeper Jones a catch.

1649: Pietersen starts doing some stretches and it cannot be long before he is re-introduced.

1643: Panesar potentially costs himself a wicket when he raps Inzamam on the pad but blocks umpire Bucknor's view as he launches a vociferous appeal.

1642: Under the new regulations, the players can agree a draw at the start of the final hour if no result is likely. We are heading that way unless something dramatic happens.

"You can't lose by bringing on Pietersen - give him a couple of overs. Something might happen and it only takes a ball to take a wicket."
TMS analyst Mike Gatting

1633: Plunkett is brought on for Harmison and the crowd is beginning to get anxious as another over passes by. It might be time for spin at both ends again.

1632: Both coaches, pretty unflappable characters, are wearing poker faces. Inside, however, Woolmer might be a bit more worried than Fletcher.

1627: Panesar has Razzaq in a spin again - finding the edge, launching two confident lbw appeals and claiming a catch at short-leg even though the bat was nowhere near the ball. Umpire Bucknor, perhaps irritated by the wildly optimistic gesticulating, might have rejected a legimitate leg-before shout off the last ball.

"This could be the making of Monty. If he takes at least five-for today and wins us the match he could book himself the spinner's spot at the Ashes - especially if Giles doesn't make a speedy recovery from injury."
Openpagecricketclub on the TMS Message Board

1621: Razzaq has been under the cosh since tea and gets his first run after 21 minutes when he collects a single off Panesar.

1618: Inzamam, not someone you would normally use words such as swift and nimble to describe, gets his bat down quickly to keep out a good yorker from Harmison. England are giving it everything to eke out another wicket or two.

"At the moment Strauss must be wishing he could bowl Panesar from both ends because he looks much the likeliest bowler to take a wicket."
TMS commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins

1614: It's all happening in Panesar's next over as Razzaq edges just wide of short-leg and survives an lbw appeal when he just gets some bat to the ball.

"Razzaq's not a very good defensive player. The best innings I've seen from him have been when he's been striking the ball powerfully."
TMS expert Geoff Boycott

1609: Razzaq gropes at a Harmison delivery which keeps a bit low outside off-stump and is lucky not to edge behind. The next ball, almost a half-volley, does find the edge but just fails to carry.

1606: The England skipper cannot afford to ignore Panesar, however, and the left-armer maintains the control he showed in the previous session. One of the best players of spin bowling in the world, Inzamam, treats him with respect.

1603: Despite the threat spin posed at both ends before tea, Strauss opts to open with Harmison. The paceman's radar is not functioning and he sends down several very wide deliveries before beating Razzaq with a good ball.

1559: The bell rings to signal that play is about to resume and the players make their way out for the last session of a game which has really come to life thanks to Panesar's efforts after lunch.

"Six wickets in a session sounds a lot and that hasn't happened in this match so far. You just wonder whether England will pay the price for being conservative in the morning."
TMS analyst and ex-England paceman Gus Fraser.

TEA: PAKISTAN 151-4 (Inzamam 20, Razzaq 1)

1540: Inzamam thrusts his foot forward to Panesar in the last over before tea and the ball flies away on the off-side with the fielders shouting "catch it" but a leg-bye is signalled. England go off looking more optimistic than they were an hour ago but they still have it all to do in the minimum 32 overs left.

1538: Just to remind the euphoric England fans that Pakistan still have some world-class operators, Inzamam dispatches Pietersen to the mid-wicket boundary and the 150 comes up. Runs are irrelevant now, however. 150-4

1534: Well, well, well - we have two England spinners causing mayhem. Hands up everyone who can remember the last time that happened.

1531: Panesar is almost bouncing up and down again as Inzamam plays the ball straight down and it just misses the off-stump. What an over!

1528: WICKET PAKISTAN 141-4 Iqbal 48
Another magnificent delivery from Panesar finds the splice of Iqbal's bat and Cook takes the catch at slip. It's game on as far as England are concerned, although Razzaq, Akmal and Afridi are no rabbits.

1526: Pietersen almost has Inzamam lbw, but for an inside edge, after bamboozling him with a superb delivery.

1522: We have spin at both ends as Pietersen - who turned the ball sharply earlier in the game - comes on for his first bowl today.

1519: You can't take your eye off Mudhsuden Singh Panesar - something is happening off almost every delivery: lbw shouts, edges, aggressive strokes. Iqbal launches another big shot to pick up four over long-on when Monty goes over the wicket.

1512: Gee whizz! England almost claim the prize scalp of Inzamam when he edges Panesar wide of Trescothick at slip. That would have been some addition to Monty's illustrious list of victims which began with a certain SR Tendulkar.

"Monty has to slow it up a little. He's been far too flat and anxious. You have to tempt the batsmen into driving and also get some in straighter."
Ex-Pakistan batsman Rameez Raja on TMS

1505: Panesar is pushing the ball through quickly, but the ball disappears even faster when Iqbal latches onto a short one outside off-stump.

1502: Hoggard, boosted by Panesar's achievement, runs in with extra purpose and causes Iqbal all sorts of problems, including an lbw appeal which Taufel rules correctly on again.

1459: The big man, in every sense, arrives at the crease. If England can get rid of Inzamam reasonably cheaply, they will fancy their chances of winning.

1456: WICKET PAKISTAN 116-3 Yousuf 48
Lo and behold, we have a breakthrough - and a huge one at that. Yousuf misreads the length and pads up to Panesar and, after what seems an eternity, Steve Bucknor lifts his finger up ever so slowly. Cue delirium among the England ranks.

1455: Panesar duly returns and needs to come up with something special to break this stubborn partnership.

"Pakistan are going along nicely and their run rate is increasing. If they only lose one wicket before tea and keep scoring like this they will be in a very good position."
HarmsThem on the TMS Message Board

1450: Hoggard returns - maybe Monty will be switched back to the Nursery end, where he seemed to be doing fine. Yousuf flicks the last ball down to fine-leg again, an indication that England's pacemen have strayed too often in that area.

1445: A quick single off Plunkett from Iqbal brings up the 100 and Yousuf celebrates by cracking another boundary. England are starting to run out of ideas.

1437: Plunkett looks innocuous and a gentle half-volley is caressed by Iqbal through the covers. Strauss might have to turn to Hoggard again soon.

1432: Sure enough, Panesar replaces the tired-looking Harmison at the Pavilion End. Will his luck change? Despite the rough outside the leg-stump he finds little turn. Much more of that and he will be back at the Nursery End.

"If he could bowl just four an over like that... unless he learns to control the ball he is not going to be a force in international cricket. A couple make the batsmen play but the rest of them are all over the place."
TMS analyst Geoff Boycott

1427: Plunkett comes on for Panesar - perhaps to allow the spinner to change ends - and struggles with his line before getting one to almost kiss the outside edge of Iqbal's bat.

1426: Yousuf takes his match aggregate to 238 by cutting Harmison for his sixth boundary of the second innings. He moves to 36 and the third-wicket partnership is now worth 59.

"England cannot hope for victory unless they somehow wrench out the old reliables Yousuf and Inzi."
Soulberry on the TMS Message Board

1420: In between looking a no-hoper, Iqbal has managed a couple of authoritative shots and cuts Panesar for four to move to 24.

1416: Frustration for Harmison as Yousuf comes agonisingly close to feathering a catch behind and drives leaden-footedly wide of the slips. The last ball of the over tucks up Yousuf and loops out on the off-side. The rub of the green has been with Pakistan since lunch.

1414: Poor old Monty must be wondering what he has to do to take a wicket. The hapless Iqbal is completely flummoxed by a turner which fizzes past his outside edge.

"I reckon you could bat on here - and I've seen you bat. It's not pretty!"
Geoff Boycott continues his oft-repeated ridiculing of Jon Agnew's ability to wield the willow

1410: Yousuf gets into all sort of trouble when he ducks at a Harmison bouncer and the ball canons off his bat, sticking up like a periscope, but it lands safely away from any fielder. He looks more assured when he carves the last ball of the over away for four on the off-side.

1407: Iqbal decides enough is enough and comes down the track to hammer Panesar over the long-on rope for six. That came out of nowhere with the young batsman looking out of his depth at times.

1359: Panesar turns the ball a mile (all right three feet) outside off-stump. Unless the Pakistanis get after him, the Northants youngster is likely to be on for quite a while!

1356: Harmison has another shout for lbw, this time against Iqbal, and it's the closest of the three so far. Only a slight doubt over the height of the ball appears to have saved the batsman.

1354: Yousuf effortlessly turns Harmison through deep mid-wicket for three. He is proving almost unbreakable as far as England are concerned.

1352: Panesar gets the ball to turn almost square and it's far too good for Iqbal. Another good over from the slow left-armer.

"England couldn't have asked for a better start after lunch. They've all but got a wicket here after some prodigious turn from Panesar, while Harmison made Yousuf look mortal for a change."
TMS summariser Mike Gatting

1347: Harmison gets the ball to cut back sharply against Yousuf and hits the pad but Taufel shakes his head. He does it again with a fuller delivery and the umpire again correctly says no.

1346: After his encouraging start, Monty struggles with his line and four leg-byes bring up the fifty for Pakistan. 53-2

1343: Panesar, who warmed up to no avail before the interval, is introduced into the attack. He has a key role to play and, sure enough, gets the ball to turn and bounce immediately.

1341: After a nice lunch, Yousuf has more to tuck into as Harmison opens up with a rank long-hop which is cut away.

1337: Strauss leads his men back out for the second session. England will want at least three more wickets to stand a chance of forcing victory.

LUNCH: PAKISTAN 43-2 (Iqbal 8, Yousuf 10)

1300: Plunkett bowls a maiden in the final action before the break and his side go in reasonably content with the position. Pakistan have several high-class batsmen still to come but there is a window of opportunity here for the hosts to go 1-0 up.

1255: Yousuf - pronounced "Youseff" by some of the TV and radio commentators - looks determined to frustrate England again and flicks Hoggard down to the fine-leg fence.

"I can see Iqbal getting bowled behind his legs - he does shuffle across a long way."
TMS analyst Gus Fraser

1249: A delivery from Plunkett takes off after landing on a crack to alarm Iqbal. That would have caused all sorts of problems if it had been straighter and the next ball illustrates the point by beating the right-hander. There is no appeal even though the snickometer suggests it found the edge.

1246: First innings double centurion Yousuf flicks Hoggard through mid-wicket for a boundary off his first ball. It was uppish but comfortably wide of Panesar.

1243: WICKET PAKISTAN 33-2 Farhat 18
Farhat drives at one outside off-stump and guides the ball into the safe hands of Collingwood at third slip to give Hoggard his second wicket and England an important breakthrough so close to lunch.

1237: A risky shot from Farhat, who hooks Plunkett down to long-leg for a single.

1231: Runs are starting to come more easily now and a delicate glance gives Farhat four down to fine-leg off Hoggard. The crowd has been becalmed - as much by Pakistan's serene progress as the alcohol/heat combination.

"We're hoping these two can bat on into the afternoon but judging by some of the strokes Faisal has played, it looks like the one-day series has already started!"
Pakistan team manager and former Test batsman Zaheer Abbas on TMS

1227: Harmison is replaced by Durham colleague Plunkett and Farhat steers his first ball to the third-man boundary. Panesar is likely to be brought on if things start drifting with the new(ish) ball.

1224: Iqbal, frustrated by Hoggard's accuracy, goes for an ugly hoik but fortunately for him there is no edge. England will be encouraged by that moment of madness.

1220: Harmison is bowling quickly but struggling a bit with his line to Farhat, who cracks him through extra cover for four.

1214: Iqbal is starting to warm to the task and clips Hoggard through mid-wicket for his second boundary but it is then beaten all ends up by a good delivery.

1208: Farhat gets off the mark by cutting Harmison over backward point for four. For some reason unbeknown to most of us, Jon Agnew keeps calling him "Farhaart". Pronouncing his name in a Celtic accent is even more unfortunate, as a Sky Sports News presenter has found in the last few days.

1206: More excitement as Iqbal gets a big inside edge onto his pad and the ball loops up. Bell cannot get there in time but things are happening in every over for Hoggard.

"The way Pakistan are batting they'll struggle to get 150 let alone 380! They haven't got a hope in hell.
TMS summariser Geoff Boycott

1157: Hoggard finds more prodigious movement to induce a bottom edge from Iqbal and the ball bounces just short of Jones. Pakistan are finally underway with a no-ball and a cover drive to get Iqbal off his pair.

1152: Harmison surprises Farhat with extra bounce and Strauss reacts positively by positioning Bell at short-leg. The big paceman is on the button immediately and all the frustration from home fans about the delayed declaration has evaporated.

1149: Iqbal, on a pair, survives the rest of the over with Hoggard continuing to find swing.

1144: WICKET PAKISTAN 0-1 Butt 0
What a start for England! Hoggard raps Butt on the pad right in front with his first ball and that's as easy an lbw decision Simon Taufel will ever have.

"I'm not sure why Hoggy needs to loosen up after all the swinging, swishing and charging up the wicket he's just been doing!"
Ex-England skipper Mike Gatting on TMS

1140: The England fielders are back out there limbering up for a long stint in the St John's Wood heat.


1133: WICKET ENGLAND 296-8 Plunkett 28
Plunkett edges for four over the slip region and is then caught behind to prompt Strauss into calling them in. Pakistan need 380 to win or, more likely, England need to dismiss them in 80 overs.

1130: A big heave from Plunkett off Razzaq ends up with the ball edging short of first slip and running away for two. A repeat sees the ball bouncing off wicket-keeper Akmal's sensitive parts for a single.

1125: Plunkett finally makes meaningful contact to thrash the ball through mid-wicket and extra-cover for two fours off Gul. If he and Hoggard had connected with half of the strokes they've played they might have fifty each already.

1123: A quite majestic back-foot drive from Hoggard sends the ball rocketing through the off-side - but it's worth only a single. Harmison is padded up, which suggests a declaration is not imminent.

1119: If England declare now they could have several overs of the second new ball later in the day. But Strauss, smiling away on the balcony, does not appear in much of a rush to do anything.

1117: Hoggard misses with several wild wafts at Gul and the small crowd voices discontent. Maybe Strauss and Fletcher will listen to their advice.

1112: Hoggard shows his fellow tail-ender what to do by throwing the bat at a widish one from Razzaq to collect a single. Plunkett responds with a similar effort and almost under-edges to the keeper.

"These are very strange tactics from England. Pakistan cannot get these runs and will be glad to be given this get-out-of-jail card."
Rameez Raja is as bemused as everyone else

1107: Inzamam brings on medium-pacer Gul and Plunkett struggles to get a bat on anything. Are England wasting time and overs they could use to bowl out Pakistan?

1104: Hoggard looks in terrific form. He's played more shots in the first two overs than in his entire Test career - okay that's a bit harsh - and a nice paddle off Kaneria brings another run.

1100: Hoggard is comprehensively beaten by the first ball from Afridi and responds with a violent swish which brings him four down to third man. The fun and games have begun immediately.

"The mind-set in the Pakistani camp is a bit nervous. The top order is out of form and England would have been better served declaring."
Former Pakistan batsman Rameez Raja on TMS

1057: Inzamam leads out his players followed by the umpires, Plunkett and Hoggard.

1054: A smallish crowd will witness the start of proceedings - perhaps the decision to charge 20 for adults and 10 for children has backfired a tad.

"It's a bit like your average paved back garden - lots of cracks without the grout to fill them with."
Gus Fraser describes the condition of the pitch for TMS listeners.

1035: Well it's another absolutely glorious morning at Lord's for what could be a thrilling final day... or a boring stalemate. Harmison is the only paceman on either side who has looked capable of unsettling the batsmen. England's best hope is for more indifferent bounce and that Panesar can extract more turn than he did in Pakistan's first innings.

"England will look to take around 10 overs out of the game by batting and getting a few more runs. They're not going to be overly aggressive to make sure Pakistan can't win."
Alec Stewart reveals the view in the home camp on BBC Five Live after speaking to several players.

"Strauss is a new captain in his first Test. I don't think he'll want to lose so I think he'll go on the safe side. He'll look at the bowling and after Hoggard and Harmison it's nothing special. Ideally you should have the whole 90 overs to bowl at them."
Geoffrey Boycott on whether England may declare



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