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England v Pakistan 4th ODI
Trent Bridge: 8 September, 2006



Fourth one-day international, Trent Bridge:
England 237-2 (46.2 overs) bt Pakistan 235-8 (50 overs) by eight wickets

Ian Bell guided England to victory with a stylish innings
Bell played a stylish innings to help steer England to victory
Ian Bell hit 86 and Andrew Strauss 78 as England crushed Pakistan by eight wickets in the fourth one-dayer.

Skipper Strauss survived a scare on five, when Inzamam-ul-Haq claimed a slip catch, to put on 110 with Bell after Ed Joyce's early dismissal.

Bell and Kevin Pietersen (41) then cantered home with 22 balls left.

Earlier, debutant Michael Yardy took 3-24 as Pakistan slumped to 117-6 but Abdul Razzaq (75) hit five sixes and 69 came in four overs as they made 235-8.

The last two went for 47 but it did not matter as England ended a run of 11 limited-overs games without a win and breathed life into the series, which they now trail 2-1 in.

It was a much better performance and hopefully we're turning things round

Andrew Strauss

They took drastic action in dropping Marcus Trescothick for the first time but by the end it was Pakistan who had the problems after a lacklustre effort in the field.

Their batsmen were up against it earlier when Jon Lewis found plenty of away swing to have Mohammad Hafeez and Younis Khan caught in the slips.

Sajid Mahmood was also on target early on, trapping the dangerous Shahid Afridi plumb lbw moments after substitute Rikki Clarke dropped him at third man off Lewis.

Pakistan struggled to break free of the shackles imposed by Yardy and fellow spinner Dalrymple, with Mohammad Yousuf desperately lacking timing before chopping a quicker ball from Yardy on to his stumps.

Michael Yardy's debut display was overshadowed by Razzaq's big hitting
Yardy's fine work was overshadowed by Razzaq's big hitting

Shoaib Malik lobbed a return catch off the Sussex left-armer two balls later and Inzamam went the same way to Dalrymple (1-38).

When Yardy had Kamran Akmal caught at slip by Strauss, England were in control but Razzaq made the skipper pay for a strange bowling change.

Mahmood returned instead of Stuart Broad, who had just removed Shoaib Akhtar, and 26 runs came in the penultimate over bowled by the Lancashire paceman.

Lewis did not fare much better as Razzaq thrashed three more maximums and it could have got worse for England when Inzamam thought he had cleanly taken Strauss' edge off Asif.

The batsman stood his ground and, once the replays proved inconclusive, tormented Pakistan further with an array of cuts, pulls and drives to pick up 10 boundaries.

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Akmal took a good catch ro remove Joyce but Bell took up the mantle with a series of classic cover drives, none better than the shot which caressed a half-volley from Shoaib Akhtar to the fence.

Razzaq and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan were both hit for three successive boundaries and even the spinners could not contain the second-wicket pair.

Just when Strauss looked set for a fine century, he missed one that straightened from Hafeez and Inzamam brought back Asif to increase the pressure.

But Bell and Pietersen saw him off with luck as much as judgement, although they each offered relatively straightforward chances off Razzaq - Pietersen to Inzamam at cover and Bell a return catch.

It was all going England's way and another flurry of boundaries sealed victory with time to spare, sparking rare scenes of delight in the home dressing room.

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