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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 August 2006, 07:48 GMT 08:48 UK
Third Test: Day two as it happened
THIRD TEST, HEADINGLEY, DAY TWO (close): England 515 all out v Pakistan 202-2

Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf put on an unbroken century stand to frustrate England after the hosts had piled up 515 in the third Test at Headingley.

The tourists ended day three on 202-2 after losing both openers early.

Earlier, Ian Bell hit his third century in as many Tests, Kevin Pietersen made 135 and tail-enders Sajid Mahmood (34) and Steve Harmison (36) entertained.

Taufeeq Umar then edged Matthew Hoggard behind and Salman Butt was run out but Younis (64) and Yousuf (91) held firm.


By James Standley

Close: Pakistan 202-2 (Yousuf 91 not out, Younis 64 not out)

1821: A single comes off the final over of the day, which is delivered by Panesar. The early part of the day clearly belonged to England but Pakistan, in the guise of Yousuf and Younis, have fought back in gritty fashion and will be looking for more of the same when they resume on Sunday morning.

1818: Pietersen's off-spin is given an airing and Yousuf stuns everyone by dispatching his second delivery over mid-on for six. So much for playing for the close. In total 14 come off the over and a Yousuf pull for four takes Pakistan past the 200 mark.

1816: Panesar whirls his way through a maiden and with just two overs left many of the crowd have decided to call it a day.

1812: Younis suddenly comes to life and gets both feet off the ground as he viciously square-cuts Harmison for four. The England paceman goes round the wicket but over-pitches and Younis drills the ball through extra-cover for four. The England pacemen look like they cannot wait for the day to be over.

1808: Panesar is given a go from the Kirkstall Lane end and his final delivery rips past Yousuf's outside edge. Yousuf and Younis have now put on 143 vital runs for the tourists.

1805: Yousuf late cuts Harmison to the vacant third-man boundary to move into the 70s.

1801: Yousuf (69 not out) and Younis (53 not out) both look well set and determined to bat through to the close. Mahmood is bowling with good pace, just under 90mph, but his attempts to ruffle the Pakistan batsman are unsuccessful.

1756: In an attempt to force a breakthrough England bring back Harmison. He has been on and off the field for the past hour or so because of a leg problem but runs in OK in another uneventful over.

1753: Mahmood sends down another solid over but with England setting such a defensive field the game is in danger of stagnating. A minimum of 11 overs remain this evening.

1750: England's substitute fielder Richard Pyrah pulls off a great stop at mid-wicket to deny Yousuf a definite four off Panesar.

1743: England try something different as Panesar switches to over the wicket. One run comes off the over.

1740: The game has entered a lull, with Pakistan content to tick over as England go on the defensive in the field. Mahmood's over yields just a single.

1737: Panesar races through another over and then heads down to the boundary to speak to the physio, although they do not seem overly concerned about the left-leg injury he suffered earlier on.

1734: England bring back Mahmood in place of Hoggard and the final ball of his over is whipped through mid-wicket by Yousuf for four despite Bell's despairing effort.

1728: Younis works a Panesar delivery into space to reach his 50. It is greeted with near-total indifference from the Headingley crowd, who are no doubt busy ripping up all the paper they can find for their next Mexican wave.

1725: With Read standing up to the stumps Hoggard's line has improved markedly and he sends down a maiden.

1719: Panesar launches another enthusiastic appeal and as he spins round to umpire Hair he appears to hurt his left leg. He places his weight very carefully for the next couple of deliveries but gets through his over OK.

1716: The recalled Read, brought back as keeper in place of Geraint Jones, is standing up to the medium pace of Hoggard. Long regarded as the best gloveman in the country, this is a great opportunity for the Nottinghamshire man to demonstrate his skills.

1713: Panesar sends down another maiden over.

1708: Yousuf brings up his fifty with a cover drive off Hoggard. It has come off just 57 balls, rapid given the mammoth total Pakistan are chasing. Hoggard then strays down leg and Younis helps himself to a boundary.

1704: Play resumes after drinks with Panesar soon launching into a huge appeal for lbw as Younis misses a sweep, but umpire Darrell Hair spots the ball hitting the glove and is unmoved. The over is a welcome maiden as Pakistan's batsmen are showing signs of taking control.

1658: Maybe Hoggard is attacking middle-and-leg as a tactic. He throws in a no-ball by way of variation which brings up the 100 partnership between Yousuf and Younis.

1647: Hoggard picks the ball up on his follow through and throws down the stumps, but Younis is unmoved. Or maybe he is a little shaken up as next ball he on-drives uppishly and the ball lands only a yard short of Harmison at mid-on.

But he soon settles again and drills Hoggard through the covers for four as the Yorkshireman tries what appears to be an off-cutter which turns into a wide half-volley.

1644: Younis sweeps Panesar for two to join Yousuf on 38.

1641: Hoggard has not impressed so far and he once again struggles to find an accurate line. Whatever the reason - over-excitement at playing in front of his home crowd, difficulty finding his stride pattern running down the hill? - the Yorkshire swing bowler is below his best.

1637: Monty finishes his second over with one that grips and rips past Younis' groping bat. The crowd oohs and aahs in delight at the sight of an England spinner getting both turn and bounce.

1631: Local hero Hoggy returns and soon has Yousuf hopping about as he finds some bounce off a length. Next ball Yousuf fishes at a wide one and the ball flies through the vacant third-slip area past Strauss' despairing drive. That would be the third slip Strauss had removed just minutes before then.

1629: England introduce Panesar into the attack and he is straight on the spot, enjoying one enthusiastic shout for lbw on his way to sending down a maiden.

1622: Harmison continues to bang the ball in short at Yousuf and when he pitches it up the Pakistan batsman leans into the ball and punches it straight down the ground for four.

Next ball Harmison gets one to really climb at Yousuf and the ball flies just over the outstretched hand of Strauss in the slips, bringing up the 100 in the process.

It turns out to be an expensive over for Harmison as six more runs come and this pair's partnership is currently rattling along at over a run a ball.

1618: Mahmood is drilled to the cover boundary by Younis as he drags yet another ball down short and wide.

1616: Oops. Pietersen did brilliantly to run out Butt earlier in the innings but he lets himself down as he shies at the stumps with Yousuf safely home and concedes four overthrows as Hoggard cannot field the throw.

1614: After his poor over immediately after the re-start Mahmood picks himself up to send down a much better over this time, rapping Yousuf on the pads with one delivery.

1608: Harmison peppers Younis with short balls but the Pakistan batsman is equal to the task, hooking one of them for four.

1603: The evening session gets under way. The tea break seems to have done Mahmood no good at all and he twice bowls half-volleys which are drilled to the boundary as nine runs come off the over.

Tea: Pakistan 66-2 (Younis 15, Yousuf 11)

1541: Harmison beats Yousuf's outside edge with the penultimate ball of the session. Tea is taken with Pakistan a long way from safety at 66-2.

1538: Younis looks as though he has decided to attack and flays Mahmood for four. The cloud has thickened up over Headingley and both Harmison and Mahmood are getting the odd ball to really fly through.

1532: Double anguish for Harmison. First Yousuf essays a flamboyant drive and the ball jags back through the gate and flies through to the keeper. Next ball Yousuf edges to third slip and Paul Collingwood is unable to hold onto a sharp chance low to his right.

1528: Mohammad Yousuf gets off the mark by angling the impressive Mahmood down to third man for three.

1522: WICKET - Pakistan 36-2 (Butt run out 20)
Pietersen pounces with a brilliant bit of fielding, swooping from point and hitting the stumps to run out Butt by a yard.

1520: Thanks Hoggy! England remove Hoggard from the attack despite his wicket and Harmison gets his chance from the Kirkstall Lane end.

1517: Mahmood is bowling beautifully and he first raps Butt on the pads before beating new batsman Younis Khan with a beauty outside off-stump.

1510: WICKET - Pakistan 34-1 (Taufeeq 8 c Read b Hoggard)
But no! It was all a cunning plan from Hoggard to lure Taufeeq into a false sense of security. Hoggard sends one down in reach for once, Taufeeq obliges with an edge and Read marks his return to the England cause with a fine acrobatic catch to his left.

1508: Hoggard's woes continue as he struggles with his line and oversteps once more. His yeoman trudge back to his mark looks even more heavy legged than normal. When he follows up with his third wide meltdown looks on the cards.

1503: England introduce Mahmood into the attack in place of Harmison and his first ball leaps off the pitch and flies through to keeper Chris Read. Later in the over he repeats the trick and the crowd's attention, which had started to wander, is now right back on the cricket.

1459: It is hard to believe Headingley is Hoggard's home ground as he sends down his second wide, which he promptly follows with a no-ball. Butt adds to his frustration with an extra-cover drive for three.

1451: Hoggard seems to have lost the shape he was getting in his first couple of overs and the Pakistan openers look in little trouble as he continually spears the ball across them.

Naturally, two balls later he gets it absolutely right and Taufeeq just fails to get an edge to a fine delivery.

1445: Harmison makes one rear alarmingly at Butt and the Pakistan opener rides his luck as he gloves it just over short leg. The Pakistan batsman recovers his composure and picks up his first four with an extra-cover drive.

1441: The match is in a cagey spell, with the pressure on England's attack to make something happen while Pakistan's openers remain intent on seeing off the new ball.

Hoggard releases the pressure with a ball which is so far outside off stump it is called a wide. Two balls later Taufeeq latches onto an inviting half-volley and flashes him through extra-cover for the first boundary of the Pakistan innings.

1437: Taufeeq flashes at a wide one from Harmison but would have needed Inspector Gadget's extendable arms to make contact as the ball drifted away towards first slip.

1433: Butt clips Hoggard through mid-wicket for a couple with Panesar getting his customary cheer as he fields the ball. From the next delivery Butt is rapped on the pads but umpire Billy Doctrove rules the ball would have passed over the stumps and turns down Hoggard's appeal for lbw.

1428: The England opening bowlers are both right on the spot but the Pakistan openers are so far equal to the task. Harmison is spearing the ball across the left-handers, who have resisted the temptation to have a dart.

1419: Harmison opens up with a short ball to Butt, who plays it uncomfortably round the corner for a single. Taufeeq plays out the rest of the over without too much trouble.

1417: Hoggard is swinging the ball into the left-handed Pakistan opening pair and he sends down a good opening over.

1413: Pakistan openers Taufeeq Umar and Salman Butt are at the wicket, with Butt preparing to face the first ball from Matthew Hoggard, who is operating from the Kirkstall Lane end. Butt clips the ball off his legs to get the scoreboard moving immediately.

"The opening burst from Hoggard and Harmison will be key as they are England's main threats on this wicket."
TMS commentator Graham Gooch

1405: WICKET - England 515 all out (Mahmood 34 b Gul)
Gul brings the fun to an end as he cleans up Mahmood with a fine yorker, but England have batted themselves into a very strong position and Pakistan will face a tough time over the next couple of days trying to get into a position to avoid defeat.

1403: Panesar squeezes the ball down to third man for a boundary, sparking mass excitement in the stands. He repeats the shot next ball but only picks up a single.

1400: Kaneria torments Panesar with a series of googlies. The England number 11 finally has a big swing and the ball evades everyone, keeper included, as it races to the boundary for four byes.

1357: Gul slides one past the edge of Panesar's bat. When the next one hits the middle the crowd cheers as though he had just cuffed the ball to the boundary.

1351: WICKET - England 501-9 (Harmison 36 c Sami b Kaneria)
Harmison's flurry (36 off 27 balls) comes to an end as he top-edges a sweep to the man behind square. He receives a large ovation as he leaves the field and the noise is even louder as crowd favourite Panesar takes to the field.

1349: Harmison, the ball after surviving a stumping appeal, sweeps Kaneria for a single to bring up the 500 for England.

1345: Gul opens the bowling from the other end and promptly has to suffer as Harmison carves him down to third man for four, bringing up the 50 partnership off 38 balls.

1342: Mahmood slices a drive away through the covers off Kaneria from the second ball after lunch.

1339: There should be more fun and games in store as Harmison and Mahmood prepare to resume their thrill-a-minute partnership.

Lunch: England 488-8 (Mahmood 22, Harmison 30)

1259: England are careering towards 500 as Mahmood laces the reintroduced Gul through the covers for four with a front-foot cut. So far the two English tail-enders have put on 43 off 30 balls.

1255: Mahmood shows Darren Gough is not the only England paceman with nifty footwork as he dances down the pitch to Kaneria, although his on-drive only brings one run. Harmison follows suit and his quick-step results in a lofted four straight down the ground.

The next ball is swept behind square for four, sparking wrestling-style chants of "easy, easy" from the bubbling Headingley crowd.

1251: The crowd comes to life as Mahmood connects with a pull off Nazir and the ball races well in front of square for four. Both the tail-enders are prepared to have a go and Harmison joins in the fun by swatting Nazir for six over square-leg off consecutive deliveries.

1244: Nazir fires in a yorker at new batsman Steve Harmison and the Durham paceman manages to dig it out and send it racing between the keeper and first slip for four.

1241: WICKET - England 444-8 (Bell 119 b Kaneria)
Amazement all round as Bell is finally dismissed by the Pakistan attack. Bell, whose only previous dismissal this series came courtesy of a poor call from Andrew Strauss, tries to cut Kaneria and the ball clips off stump.

1237: Pakistan captain Inzamam prepares to return to the field after a spell in the pavilion.

1235: Sami hurries Bell and when he jabs down on the ball it just avoids bouncing onto the stumps.

1228: Sami bangs one in at Mahmood who just manages to get his gloves in the way as the ball spears in at his head - yet more confirmation that the fast bowlers' union is a thing of the past.

1224: Pakistan have introduced leg-spinner Danish Kaneria into the attack. He goes round the wicket to Bell, who lofts him straight down the ground for a one-bounce four.

1217: Sajid Mahmood gets off the mark with a sweep for four.

1212: WICKET - England 421-7 (Pietersen 135 c Nazir b Sami)
Pietersen flashes at a wide one from Sami and escapes as the ball floats wide of Inzamam at extra-cover.

He then tries to drive a length ball from Sami over the top and only manages to clump the ball down long-off's throat. His 135 came off 169 balls with two sixes and 20 fours.

1210: Pietersen is showing signs of coming to life and two fours take him onto 133.

"I saw you perusing the BBC Sport website this morning Vic. Were you downloading your Monty Panesar mask?"

"I hesitate to criticise my employers but it's a bit tacky having masks isn't it? And why don't they have a Paul Collingwood mask?"
Vic Marks replies

1158: Bell stands tall and hits a back-foot drive through extra cover to bring up the 400 for England. They have enjoyed plenty of luck on their way but it looks a competitive total.

Next ball Bell elegantly on-drives for four, becoming the 10th England player to score a hundred in three consecutive Tests. It is his fifth Test century overall and came off 172 balls, with 11 fours.

1154: Bell top-edges a pull but the ball falls clear of the square-leg fielder. It appears Tony has joined us in trying to jinx the England man, who takes a single off the last ball of the over and is now just six short of a century.

"One of the most pleasing aspects of England's batting this summer is that the batsmen have all gone on after getting starts. At the risk of jinxing Bell, if he gets to his 100 that will be all eight 50s converted into centuries."
Tony in Hull via email to TMS

1149: Sami finds the edge of Bell's bat but once again the ball falls short of the slips. He then fences at a good one and misses, before flashing at a wide delivery which he again fails to make contact with.

1145: Bell cracks one behind square for four but two balls later Gul gets one to rear off a length and it snorts past Bell's outside edge.

1141: Mohammad Sami is brought into the attack and Bell promptly drives him on the up through mid-on for four, moving onto 84 in the process.

1133: Pietersen drills a drive back at Gul who deflects the ball onto the stumps as Bell dives for his crease. The England man gets his bat down before the ball arrives and although it then bounces back in the air it is just after the ball hits the stumps and the third umpire rules in Bell's favour.

That the incident happened within five minutes of the BBC Sport website pointing out that not only has Bell only been dismissed once this series, but also that the dismissal was not Bell's fault, is entirely typical.

Had he been dismissed we would have assumed full responsibility.

"There are signs of uneven bounce. The ball to Bell squatted a little bit low and that will please the England bowlers."
TMS commentator Graham Gooch.

1128: Nazir finds the edge of Bell's bat but he plays the shot with soft hands and the ball falls short of the slips before racing away for four. Bell has so far scored 314 runs in the series and only been dismissed once - when he was run out by Andrew Strauss at Lord's.

1124: Pietersen rocks onto the back foot and sends a short ball from Gul scudding through mid-wicket for four as he moves onto 114 not out.

Gul responds with a fine delivery which leaves Pietersen groping uncertainly outside off stump - fortunately for England the ball evades his outside edge.

1121:Pietersen gets his first runs of the day - after 16 deliveries - as Nazir strays down leg side. Pietersen follows up next ball with a typically expansive lofted cover drive as Nazir overcompensates and drifts too wide of off stump.

1119: The cloud has lifted a bit since play started. There is not much sign of swing for the Pakistan bowlers, but they have been right on target.

1115: Saturday is fancy dress day at Headingley and among the crowd are daleks, milkmaids, what can only be a stag party dressed as bunny girls and a group of Supermen wearing Monty Panesar moustaches and patkas (mini-turbans).

1114: Nazir is right on the spot and Pietersen is forced to play out a maiden.

1111: Pietersen is wearing a strap on his left forearm to try and prevent a repeat of the problems which forced him to retire hurt on Friday.

1108: Bell neatly clips Gul through mid-wicket for a couple but gets a bottom edge when he attempts a cut next ball, although it falls well short of the slips. Bell then edges a drive for four past the slips as Gul gets some away movement.

1106: Bell collects the first three runs off the bat, angling Nazir down to third man.

1103: Akmal's uneasy start continues as Shahid Nazir jags one back and it again escapes the keeper's grasp. Inzamam lumbers over to retrieve it once more as England take another bye.

1100: The first ball of the day, from Umar Gul, dies on keeper Kamran Akmal, squirms past his gloves and England get their score ticking over with a bye.

1057: Inzamam-ul-Haq leads the Pakistan team onto the field, followed by England batsmen Bell and Pietersen. England fans will be hoping the latter's cramp has disappeared overnight and that he will be able to put the Pakistan attack to the sword.

"Ian Bell has fitted perfectly into England's plans. He has been a revelation."
TMS commentator Vic Marks

On only five previous occasions have England captains declared three successive England innings closed. When Strauss did so in the second Test at Old Trafford he became the first to do so in his first three innings as captain.

I predict England will declare at 487-8, making it the first time four successive innings have been declared.

Australia, of course, have had one run of four and one of five, but then they're Australians. No other Test team has a run of four.
Peter Scott via email to TMS

1040: Light cloud blankets Headingley, suggesting there will be swing available to the Pakistan attack.

However, they will have to get the ball in the right areas, something they struggled to do on day one.

"Kevin Pietersen is taking to international cricket very easily and, with Ian Bell in good touch, things are looking good for England."
Former captain Alec Stewart on BBC Radio Five Live

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