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Pakistan v England: First Test day three, Dubai as it happened

  1. 0530 Commentary  

    Morning, everyone, and welcome to day three. Hope you're up and in fine fettle for what Jonathan Agnew has already described as a "pivotal day of this match". England's late burst of wickets yesterday has kept them in the game - and while they'll hope to run through the Pakistan tail as quickly as possible, the match will hinge on how they bat second time around.

    In raw numbers, Pakistan are 288-7, an overall lead of 96, with Adnan Akmal the overnight not-out batsman on 24. Test Match Special will be on air at 0545 GMT, with play starting at 0600.

  2. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    On Twitter:\u00a0"Change of tactic the last 2 days. Flip flops sacked - Chinos and loafers on just so I get some boiled eggs. Great day's cricket ahead - if one England player can clear the deficit (Pakistan lead), the other 10 bat around him and set a testing challenge. Would not want to be chasing 175 batting last... Although if England don't pick Ajmal it could be over today..."

    (You may remember from Tuesday's live text that the former England skipper was turned away from the hotel breakfast room on day one for wearing shorts!)

  3. 0533 Commentary  

    But before then, you've still got time to catch up on yesterday with Sam Sheringham's match report, the reaction featuring a video interview with Stuart Broad, Jonathan Agnew's column rounding up day two, the TMS podcast with Aggers and Geoff Boycott, and a story you may have heard breaking on TMS at lunchtime yesterday - outgoing ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat admitting he'd welcome a prison sentence for ex-Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield as cricket bids to fight corruption in all its forms.

    If you're not aware, you can listen back to the entire day's TMS commentary - or the afternoon highlights selection - on the BBC iPlayer - Aggers' interview with Andy Flower in yesterday's tea interval is definitely worth another listen.

  4. Twitter  

    From Pete2Boogie: "Pressure on the Eng batsmen to perform today, can they rise to the occasion like they did in Brisbane?"

    Having been at that Test in Brisbane, it would be a great spectacle if they did. Tweet us with thehashtag #bbccricket to get involved today

  5. 0538 Commentary  

    And as ever, the live text wouldn't be as fun without all of you out there sending me your two'pennyworth - you can email (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line), text 81111 if you're in the UK (with "CRICKET" as the first word, and don't forget to put your name on it," or do as Pete2Boogie has done below and tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket - we'd love to hear from you.

  6. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    On Twitter: "Pitch still looks a good un... Very dry, few small cracks, couple of small rough patches... good for batting."

  7. Twitter  

    From dxbmatt: "Twitter on\u2026 BBC site up... TMS streaming. Another productive day at the office!"

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to let us know what you think... and where you are!

  8. BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew  

    (to Vic Marks) "Victor, how many lbws would you have had under the DRS?! The Misbah dismissal yesterday was a classic example of the way the DRS has changed things."

  9. BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks  

    "Dickie Bird got up to 17 lbws in a match once, but last year when Pakistan played in the West Indies, they set a record of 20. We've had eight so far in this match."

  10. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "I think if England go 1-0 down, they'll switch to two spinners. Otherwise, they'll stick with a winning formula. But it's the batsmen, not the formation, which has got England to where they are at the moment."

  11. BBC Test Match Special's Henry Blofeld
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Henry Blofeld  

    On Twitter:\u00a0"Interesting to commentate in a box without windows & any noise from outside cos of empty stands. Like looking through a periscope! Can England take the last three wickets? And can the batsmen read Ajmal's doosra? It hangs on this."

  12. 0558 Commentary  

    Plenty of interesting chat on TMS in the last few minutes which I've tried to bring you. Players are out on the field, pumped and ready to go, with Barmy Army trumpeter Billy Cooper leading a traditional pre-match chorus of "Jerusalem" before we begin. The tall, rangy Umar Gul is the new batsman for Pakistan, striding out alongside the more diminutive Adnan Akmal.

  13. 0601 Commentary Pkn 288-7 (105 overs)  

    James Anderson has three balls left to complete his over from last night, and immediately has Gul wafting at thin air. Michael Vaughan on TMS thinks Pakistan's remaining batsmen should go on the attack.

  14. Twitter  

    From chris_keymc: "On the train from Geneva to Zurich, TMS on my iPhone should help the journey pass."

    TMS commentary for away games is normally only available to UK users, so you're doing well to get it in Switzerland! Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket, wherever in the world you are!

  15. WICKET Gul c Morgan b Broad 0 (Pkn 289-8)  

    Stuart Broad takes the second over of the day, Akmal nudges down the leg side and they run a leg bye. Gul is playing and missing just as he was against Anderson, then slices it straight to backward point and he's gone for a duck! Hang on, bit of a wait to see if it's a no-ball, it's borderline... but out!

  16. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "Surely Saeed Ajmal's not going to do something with the bat now!"

  17. 0612 Commentary Pkn 294-8 (107 overs)  

    Ajmal is indeed the new batsman, but he's the non-striker as Gul perished off the last ball of Broad's over. So we've got Akmal and Ajmal in now, have to type more carefully than ever... Akmal prods the ball to third man and wonders about taking the single rather than protecting the number 10, but Ajmal calls him for the run. Anderson digs one in at Ajmal, rearing up at him, and he gloves it over the slips for a single while trying to pull his bat away. Akmal nervously sees out a hostile over, pushing the last ball for three through the covers.

  18. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "The ball's swinging more in the last three overs than it did in the first two days!"

  19. SMS  

    From James in Exeter: "Ah, cricket. Where else would I be looking for a distraction from writing a very dull archaeological report? Don't let me down England!"

  20. 0616 Commentary Pkn 295-8 (108 overs)  

    Nice line and length from Broad, Akmal tries to force him through the covers but Anderson makes an astonishing, gravity-defying leap through the air to deny him. The last ball is a bouncer which Akmal hooks for a single to keep the strike again. The lead is 103.

  21. Twitter  

    From jamesbates11: "Get Tremlett on and rough this Ajmal chap up!"

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket if you have any other tactical advice for England, I can't promise they'll take it...

  22. 0621 Commentary Pkn 297-8 (109 overs)  

    Akmal pushes Anderson past extra cover... and it looks like they've turned down a single. Interesting. But the tactics change off the next ball (the third) as Akmal knocks the ball to third man and they run one. Bell dons a helmet to come in at short leg for the number 10 Ajmal, who jabs a single through mid-wicket.

  23. Commentary  

    From Max in Michigan, TMS inbox: "Sitting in bed in Michigan, still getting used to the minus 4 degrees outside (daytime) temperature. Hoping the lucky Barmy Army soaking up the sun can inspire a good day's performance (and maybe send some heat my way)."

  24. 0625 Commentary Pkn 302-8 (110 overs)  

    Pakistan's first boundary of the day as Ajmal belies his number 10 position with a well-timed glide through square leg. Another single off his legs takes his score to seven.

  25. SMS  

    From James in Newbury: "Money on a century opening stand from Strauss and Cook. Time to show what number one teams are made of!"

    They've got two wickets to take first...

  26. 0629 Commentary Pkn 304-8 (111 overs)  

    Ajmal and Akmal add a couple of singles, while 12th man Ravi Bopara is on the field for captain Andrew Strauss. ("He's probably gone to line up a few of his gloves and thigh pads, and have a toilet break," notes Michael Vaughan, who also reveals a superstition that he occasionally used to leave the field for an over to try to get a wicket after it happened once!). Ajmal plays and misses at a beaut from Anderson.

  27. Twitter  

    From MaghullSkipper5: "Has there ever been a better fast bowling fielder than Jimmy Anderson? Inspirational."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to get involved today

  28. 0635 Commentary Pkn 304-8 (112 overs)  

    Cap'n Strauss returns to the bridge of his (metaphorical) vessel, Akmal plays and misses against Broad, who's out of luck but sends down a maiden over to keep the pressure on.

  29. BBC Sport's Joe Wilson in Dubai
    Contributor BBC Sport's Joe Wilson in Dubai  

    On Twitter: "Tempted to say biggest morning crowd, think counted extra 2 or 3. As Lorgat says, life is hard graft for most Pakistanis here, day off tomorrow."

  30. 0638 Commentary Pkn 306-8 (113 overs)  

    Ajmal is fairly comfortable with anything straight, as he works another single off his legs. Geoff Boycott exhorts Anderson to bowl just outside off stump (although uncharacteristically passing up the opportunity to name-check his beloved "corridor of uncertainty" for any of you waiting with your Boycott Bingo cards). A single takes Akmal to 32.

  31. Twitter  

    From andygriff1: "Currently in Oz and off to watch Mr Warne bowl some pies later. Been waiting all day for play to start! Broad u beaut!"

    Will he be bowling pies, or eating them? Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to join the debate today

  32. BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott  

    "I was trying to think who Anderson's bowling reminds me of. He's similar in pace to Kapil Dev, who could swing an orange."

  33. 0643 Commentary Pkn 312-8 (114 overs)  

    Akmal has a wild slash at Broad, the ball could have gone anywhere but it's four through third man off a thick edge, and it's celebrated in lusty fashion by an enthusiastic Pakistan fan, who possesses possibly the bushiest moustache in world sport and is frantically banging a drum. Another hit-and-hope from Akmal, square-cutting while taking one hand off the bat, brings a single to Bopara who's sneaked back on at third man and makes a good diving stop. Ajmal nervously prods at the last ball, which again sails to ball-magnet Bopara for a single.

  34. Commentary  

    From Paul in Moscow, teaching his bemused Russian students the finer points of Test cricket, TMS inbox: "Re: Max in Michigan [0621] I can only dream of \u00a0minus 4C - here in Moscow it is minus 10C (and that's quite warm for January) but at least the photos from Dubai are making me 'feel' warmer. Three feet of snow outside bring me back to Earth, mind. England to win by 21 runs."

  35. 0647 Commentary Pkn 314-8 (115 overs)  

    This stand is starting to have nuisance value for Pakistan, Ajmal - whose only Test fifty came in England in 2010 - guides a two off his legs to take this ninth-wicket partnership to 25.

  36. Twitter  

    From Usman_Qureshi:\u00a0"I think some of these England fans are forgetting that Ajmal isn't a push over when it comes to batting..."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to let us know what you think


    Time for some spin for the first time today - Graeme Swann into the attack with his orthodox right-arm off-spin. Cook is in at short leg, but Akmal unleashes a fluent reverse sweep for four, that's his fifth boundary and takes him to 41. A square drive to the man at deep point brings him a single, Ajmal pushes forward and the ball spoons up for Cook, England claim a catch... but Ajmal calls for a review!

  38. WICKET Ajmal c Cook b Swann 12 (Pkn 319-9)  

    "Never touched it," says Geoff Boycott, and the replay backs him up as it flicks his pad. Did that touch his glove? Replay doesn't look conclusive to us... but Billy B raises his finger again!

  39. BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott  

    "The third umpire doesn't have to see that it touched the glove - he has to have seen something to change the decision if it's clearly wrong. Otherwise you go with the on-field umpire."

  40. 0656 Commentary Pkn 320-9 (117 overs)  

    Aizaz Cheema is Pakistan's last man, Akmal looks to be protecting him from the strike by seeing off Anderson's over with a straight bat before taking a single off the last ball.

  41. Commentary  

    From Jimmy C, TMS inbox: "Tactic for England second time around, reverse the batting order. So called lower order takes a bit of punishment and with it the shine, proper batters clean up."

  42. 0700 Commentary AKMAL FIFTY - Pkn 329-9 (118 overs)  

    Akmal sweeps Swann to fine leg and they turn down the single as he's protecting the number 11 Cheema. The little keeper unleashes another reverse sweep and they scamper a two, before yet another reverse sweep evades the diving Anderson at slip and that's four! A delicate dab to third man brings two more, that's his second Test fifty and is wildly applauded by his team-mates on the balcony. And he farms the strike superbly with a tickle to fine leg for one off the last ball - Cheema hasn't had to face a ball yet.

  43. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    On Twitter: "Not convinced by that decision. Didn't look like it touched the glove IMO. Why didn't they use Hot Spot?? It's spinning a little btw."

  44. 0706 DRINKS BREAK Pkn 334-9 (119 overs)  

    Chris Tremlett replaces Anderson in the attack - now, he has a record to protect as this is his 11th Test and he's taken a wicket in every innings in which he's bowled, except this one... can he grab the last one? Akmal blasts a four through the covers in the manner of his brother Umar, he's up to 56 and this is now his highest Test score. There is still a slip in, but just about everyone else is back saving two as they want to bowl at Cheema (who has only batted twice in Tests, scoring 0 not out and 1 not out). Once more, England can't prevent him taking a single off the last ball - time for drinks.

  45. Commentary  

    From Will Keenan in Calgary, Canada (formerly Halifax, West Yorkshire), TMS inbox: "Re: Max in Michingan (-4'C) and Paul in Moscow (-10'C). Positively balmy that compared to here in Calgary, Canada which is currently -29'C. A solid batting performance in the 2nd innings for the England boys and we can escape with a draw and a bit of a wake up call!"

  46. Twitter  

    From westers666: "Interesting DRS decison. As an English supporter I will support the decision 100%. If I wasn't I wouldn't."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to debate the DRS or anything else.

  47. WICKET Akmal st Prior b Swann 61 (Pkn 338 all out)  

    Akmal sweeps Swann, it's in the air but safe and bobbles over the deep backward square leg boundary for four. Crucial runs, these. But his luck runs out when he advances down the track, tries to work the ball to leg and is stumped. Pakistan's first-innings lead is 146.

  48. BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew  

    "Pakistan added 107 since Akmal came in at 231-5."

  49. Twitter  

    From danielmarcevans: "DRS is there to give evidence to overturn a decision. No evidence, no changing it. Mistake from Bowden, not from DRS."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to let us know what you think

  50. BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham
    Contributor BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham  

    "Pakistan number 11 Aizaz Cheema was at the crease for 23 balls there without having to face a single one of them. Well played Adnan Akmal. Could that be the crucial innings of the match?"

  51. Twitter  

    From SwiftyHUZZAH: "Dancing down the pitch then missing the ball is surely most embarrassing of dismissals for batsmen."

    I'd say it's less embarrassing than ducking a slower ball and being bowled, like Chris Read famously did against Chris Cairns, or shouldering arms and being bowled like Strauss did against Doug "The Rug" Bollinger in Adelaide last winter! Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket if you disagree...

  52. BBC Sport's Joe Wilson in Dubai
    Contributor BBC Sport's Joe Wilson in Dubai  

    On Twitter: "Ajmal destined to be centre of all the intrigue in this Test, sense he may take out his frustration with that review when he gets to bowl! What a difference Adnan Akmal makes to this Pakistan team, genuine wicketkeeper, and very composed with the bat this morning."

  53. 0720 Commentary  

    These gaps between innings go very quickly, so we're almost ready for England's second innings - Aggers mentions on TMS that during the lunch interval today (at 0800 GMT) they're going to be discussing corruption in cricket, including\u00a0the ECB's amnesty for players who report past approaches.

  54. 0724 Commentary  

    There's a bit of a delay to get a rather slow-moving heavy roller off the pitch, but Captain Strauss and First Mate Cook are striding to the crease. First target must be to make it to lunch unscathed.

  55. Commentary  

    From Herbie, west London, TMS inbox: "Re Will Keenan [0706]. I'm intrigued by the fact that Calgary in Canada used to be Halifax in Yorkshire. When did it move? How do these town moves work? And what is where Halifax used to be?"

    I thought Halifax was in Nova Scotia...

  56. 0729 Commentary Eng 3-0 (1 over)  

    Umar Gul taking the new ball to England's two left-handers, and Strauss immediately reduces the deficit from 146 to 143 by pushing the first ball of the innings for three past mid-off. Cook sees off the rest of the over, not much movement for Gul but there's a bit of bounce in the wicket still.

  57. Twitter  

    From WillDownham: "Being bowled by a wicketkeeper is surely more embarrassing!"

    From aapierre:\u00a0"Most embarrassing dismissal has to be M Vaughan handling the ball."

    From DominicWalker6: "Kieswetter's dismissal in the T20 final, backing away to leg and then leaving it."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket with any more embarrassing dismissals...

  58. 0734 Commentary Eng 3-0 (2 overs)  

    Having avoided the strike for all of that last-wicket stand, Aizaz Cheema will share the new ball for Pakistan, although I wonder how long they'll leave it before turning to Mohammad Hafeez's off-spin against the left-handed openers. Cheema's first ball finds the edge of Strauss's bat but it bounces safely in front of the slips. Bit nervy from the England captain who sees off a maiden over.

  59. Commentary  

    From Derek C, ex Warrington CC, TMS inbox: "Aloha from sweltering Keauhou, Hawaii. Cook met his demise just a few miles from here! Whole series hinges on how England batters cope with Ajmal today. Cook needs to set sail this time - can't see England scoring 400 - match lost on first morning."

  60. 0738 Commentary Eng 3-0 (3 overs)  

    Cook doesn't look too comfortable here against Gul, leaving anything he doesn't have to play at - that's two maidens on the trot.

  61. BBC Test Match Special's Ramiz Raja
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Ramiz Raja  

    "Somebody needs to get a big hundred for England."

  62. Twitter  

    From billyprice98: "The worst dismissal has to be Inzamam against England, no one can beat that!"

    I presume you mean when he fell on his own stumps against Monty Panesar? Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket with any more embarrassing dismissals you remember

  63. 0743 Commentary Eng 6-0 (4 overs)  

    Strauss steers Cheema for a couple, before dabbing one to cover point and deciding against a run. Safety first here for England, having played plenty of rash shots on the first morning they'll have had the message drummed into them. Cheema strays down the leg side, Strauss takes one hand off the bat as he nudges a single off his legs.

  64. Commentary  

    From Jonathan, TMS inbox: "Re: Herbie, west London - what is where Halifax used to be? Lloyds TSB."


    Gul keeps it tight against Strauss, who leaves the ball well at the last minute. The England skipper ducks a bouncer, but then tries to force one down the leg side and is given out caught behind! Billy B raises his crooked finger but Strauss calls for a review...

  66. WICKET Strauss c A Akmal b Gul 6 (Eng 6-1)  

    Multiple replays are shown - I'm not entirely sure he hit that, there's no HotSpot mark on the bat, did it flick his thigh? He's given out!

  67. BBC Sport's Joe Wilson
    Contributor BBC Sport's Joe Wilson  

    On Twitter: "Pakistan fans I've spoken to here love Hafeez, bats with good tempo and has magical ability to get rid of left-handers when bowling."

  68. BBC Test Match Special's Henry Blofeld
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Henry Blofeld  

    "Strauss is a player who can play long innings, they needed him to be there at nightfall tonight."

  69. 0751 Commentary Eng 6-1 (5 overs)  

    Time for Jonathan Trott to dig in (literally and metaphorically). He starts digging his trench, and survives the first ball from Gul.

  70. Commentary  

    From Jonathan\u00a0in East Yorkshire, TMS inbox:\u00a0"Re: Herbie & Halifax [0724]. As part of the Yorkshire Review post-2008 financial issues - Hull, Halifax and Huddersfield were mothballed after being found to be surplus to modern Yorkshireness. Halifax was sold to Canada. Prior to 2008, Hull and Huddersfield were due to be upgraded. Hull has been scrapped and although Huddersfield continues to be refurbished to 21st century standards it will be unable to operate chip shops until 2020 - rendering it essentially useless."

  71. 0754 Commentary Eng 8-1 (6 overs)  

    And just as in the first innings, off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez is coming on to bowl the sixth over - Cook is finally off the mark with a two off his legs.

  72. Twitter  

    From adinho85: "Being hit on the head and falling back into the wickets has to be the most embarrassing or is that only stick cricket?"

    From TheRealTopGunn: "Surely getting caught by Monty is the worst dismissal?"

    From DavidMorgan14: "My mate was out first ball for obstruction. That was embarrassing and very humorous. Or Murali run out congratulating Sangakarra."

    Keep the embarrassing dismissals coming with the hashtag #bbccricket

  73. 0759 Commentary Eng 16-1 (7 overs)  

    I'd have thought we'll get two more overs in before lunch - the right-handed Trott gets England into double figures with a flashing square drive for four, before a fluent on-drive brings him the same result. England trail by 130.

  74. Twitter  

    From wright_tomas: "Well that was a shocking decision, Strauss nowhere near that ball... sound clearly when it moves past the thigh pad."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to have your say

  75. 0802 INTERVAL LUNCH - Eng 16-1 (8 overs)  

    Saeed Ajmal into the attack for the last over before lunch, can he work his magic like he did in the first innings? Cook defiantly sees off the over, it's a maiden, and that's lunch.

  76. BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew  

    "On the Strauss dismissal, the TV commentators said they heard a noise as the ball passed his thigh. But Strauss didn't immediately review it - he had a chat with Cook first, it wasn't as though he immediately thought he was not out."

  77. Commentary  

    From Adil, TMS inbox: "Re: Strauss dismissal \u2013 if you look at hot spot replays you can see a very small white mark appear on the ball as soon as it passes the cricket bat (agreed you can\u2019t see anything on the bat) but maybe this was the decision maker!"

  78. BBC Test Match Special's Ramiz Raja
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Ramiz Raja  

    "Credit to Pakistan for stretching that lead to 146 - Adnan Akmal showed guts and determination, it's never easy for a youngster to farm the strike with the tail but did that very well."

  79. SMS  

    From Tim HJ, Marlow: "Re: embarrassing dismissals. How about being timed out because you're in the bar with your team-mates, buying beer? Happened to me once. Or twice."

  80. 0805 Commentary  

    As you may have heard on TMS, all the radio lines to Dubai have unfortunately gone down - Aggers has valiantly been commentating on a mobile phone - but while they try to restore the lines, Kevin Howells is introducing the highlights of play so far. We're going to grab a bit of breakfast - back soon.

  81. SMS  

    From Shahban from Halifax, West Yorkshire: "I'm sure if you ask Geoff Boycott about Halifax, he will confirm that it epitomised quintessential Yorkshire. Every single Quality Street eaten around the world is made in Halifax. There is no Yorkshire without Halifax!"

  82. Twitter  

    From hassall84: "Our young player of the year got out to his mum during our end of season club match, not many more embarrassing than that!"

    From IanTEvans:\u00a0"I was once bowled off my sunhat - it wasn't even sunny! It was all caught on camera too by the local paper."

    From JamesStroomer: "KP getting his helmet knocked off onto the stumps has to be up there!"

    Keep your "embarrassing dismissals" coming via #bbccricket

  83. 0822 Commentary  

    TMS now discussing corruption in cricket. Reacting to the Mervyn Westfield case, Andrew Strauss admits: "If you're going to tackle corruption in world cricket, you've got to get your own house in order first."

  84. SMS  

    From Nick, Ipswich: "Being timed out is worst dismissal... Alan Jones of Glamorgan. To be dismissed having never faced a ball in anger. Followed by run out without facing a ball."

    From Ed, Warks: "How about having to retire 'hurt' after inexplicably having a nosebleed out in the middle?"

  85. Twitter  

    From mannstrong: ""I'm sure the most embarrassing dismissal must be that of Ian Bell, bowled out by team's doctor in Pakistan '05."

    From PatrickPamment: "Herschelle Gibbs being bowled by Michael Kasprowicz after leaving one on middle stump?"

    From SPCPhotography: "Prior getting stumped [against Bangladesh in the World Cup], going walkabout after not being stumped was very embarrassing for a w/k."

  86. BBC Sport's Joe Wilson in Dubai
    Contributor BBC Sport's Joe Wilson in Dubai  

    On Twitter: "Long bowl for Monty today. During the lunch break."

  87. SMS  

    From Robert, Essex: "Being an Indian supporter I can see why they are reluctant to take up DRS. TV replays should only be for run-outs. Give back the power to the two men in the middle."

  88. 0832 Commentary  

    A quick reminder - as well as the daily TMS podcast, you can listen to highlights of each day's play on BBC 5 live sports extra from 1400 GMT - or listen back to previous days' highlights (or TMS commentary) on the BBC iPlayer.

  89. SMS  

    From Andy, London:\u00a0"Surely hitting a ball, thinking it has gone for four, walking off for tea and then being run out is the worst dismissal? Or being run out backing up?"

    From Charlie, York:\u00a0"Playing a great straight drive only to see your bat snap off at the handle and hit the stumps. Safe to say our number 11 didn't buy a bat off eBay again."

    From Anonymous: "How about getting run out by Gary Pratt in a massively important Ashes series when you're captain of Australia?"

  90. 0838 Commentary  

    With all the broadcasting circuits in the building in Dubai suffering, Aggers and Michael Vaughan are magically back on air... commentating into an iPad via Skype! Both those DRS decisions from earlier are still sparking plenty of debate.

  91. Twitter  

    From reesphillips: "How about coming on as a runner for an injured batsman, only to be run out yourself?"

    From keralavarma: ""Remember Inzamam playing back foot defense to a throw from mid-off & getting out?"

    From EdWyman: "A bouncer once got stuck in my helmet. Turned round to shake it out, avoiding handling the ball, but shook it onto the stumps!"

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket with embarrassing dismissals or anything else

  92. 0840 Commentary  

    Players are back on the field, and keep your fingers crossed for the TMS iPad.

  93. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "I'm sure one side of the ball will scuff up in these conditions, and when it does, Umar Gul can be very effective."

  94. 0848 Commentary Eng 16-1 (9 overs)  

    Umar Gul takes up the attack for his fifth over, bowling to a characteristically watchful Jonathan Trott, who plays out a maiden over.

  95. Twitter  

    From shandytweets: "Other tablet computers are available."

  96. 0853 Commentary Eng 17-1 (10 overs)  

    Aizaz Cheema is back into the attack after a couple of overs of spin, vice-captain Alastair Cook carefully leaves anything outside his off stump before guiding a single off his legs when Cheema goes round the wicket. Trott shoulders arms to the last ball of the over. England trail by 129.

  97. Commentary  

    From Tim in London, TMS inbox: "There was once a captain of a team in Kent (where they used to play two innings league matches) who declared during his team's second innings. When the other team started to celebrate, he realised that his maths was slightly wrong, and they hadn't quite reached their opponents' first innings total. Surely the most embarrassing way to lose a game of cricket?"

  98. 0858 Commentary Eng 24-1 (11 overs)  

    Cook guides Gul for a single wide of Ajmal at mid-wicket, while Trott, who scored his first two runs in boundaries, unleashes an impressive straight drive which grazes the stumps at the bowler's end but goes far enough for them to run two. A lovely cover drive brings the Warwickshire man four more.

  99. BBC Test Match Special's Alison Mitchell
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Alison Mitchell  

    On Twitter: "Our lines are all down, the internet's been down, and to top it all off I've just inadvertently eaten a chilli."

  100. 0903 OUCH! Eng 25-1 (12 overs)  

    Michael Vaughan on TMS thinks spinner Saeed Ajmal will be back on soon... but it's still Cheema the seamer for the time being. Cook, who's being heavily outscored by Trott, takes one in the stomach as he attempts a pull shot - never let them see you bleed, Alastair. The Essex man hooks a bouncer and they run a single.

  101. BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham
    Contributor BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham  

    "England captain Andrew Strauss has only made one fifty in his last 12 Test innings."

  102. WICKET Cook c A Akmal b Gul 5 (Eng 25-2)  

    The TMS tablet computer is passed to the notoriously technophobic Christopher Martin-Jenkins, so keep those fingers crossed for the commentary. It's still Gul, but he claims his second wicket when Cook aims another pull to fine leg off a cross-seamer and is caught behind!

  103. Commentary  

    From Dave Gridley, Essex, TMS inbox: "How about being given run out by the square leg umpire? Embarrassingly for him, his decision was formed despite having his back to the action and his coat pulled up around his face shielding the wind from his efforts to light a pipe."

  104. 0909 Commentary Eng 25-2 (13 overs)  

    Kevin Pietersen is the new batsman, a fact which will have left-arm spinners the world over limbering up - will we see Abdur Rehman on immediately? Gul has three balls left of his over and KP shoulders arms outside off stump.

  105. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "Geoffrey's just walked in the box, I don't think he's got a clue what's going on with the iPad and he doesn't know why we're talking into it!"

  106. 0915 Commentary Eng 25-2 (14 overs)  

    With Trott on strike, Misbah resists the temptation to call on Rehman straight away and continues with Cheema as they look to keep England under the pump.\u00a0The Pakistan fans are loving this, the white-bearded Chacha is now stood next to the frenzied moustache man [see 0643] and they're both leading the singing. But after a couple of deliveries, it looks like Cheema's gone in the fetlock - he limps off the field, and Saeed Ajmal will complete the over. Trott plays out the remaining four deliveries. Cheema and Ajmal "share" a maiden over.. sort of.

    I guess an injury like this would mitigate against England playing two seamers and two spinners - as if one of your seamers goes off, suddenly Trott would have to take the new ball...

  107. Twitter  

    Nick Hoult of the Daily Telegraph: "What might help clear up confusion over DRS is if the ICC allowed broadcast of conversation between ump and 3rd ump like they do in rugby."

  108. WICKET Pietersen c Rehman b Gul 0 (Eng 25-3)  

    Pietersen looks as frenzied as ever while he remains runless, but Gul isn't going to give him any freebies here. Pietersen aims a big heave... and skies one to deep mid-wicket. Starting to fear this Test could end today...

  109. BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott  

    "I'd love to be a fly on the wall in the dressing-room now. The people who have been successful have been those who've played carefully like Prior, or Hafeez for them, and occupied the crease."

  110. 0921 Commentary Eng 25-3 (15 overs) - TRAIL BY 121  

    Ian Bell is the new man, carefully leaving the last ball of Gul's over. And as my dad would explain to me when I was a young lad learning cricket, England are effectively minus 121 for three in a one-innings game.

  111. SMS  

    From Haseeb: "I think England have spent so much time worrying about Ajmal they have forgotten that Pakistan have another world class bowler - Gul."

  112. 0925 Commentary Eng 26-3 (16 overs)  

    Ajmal continues the attack to Trott, who steers a single, while Bell cracks one against the short-leg fielder's shin - that's why they wear shin pads...

  113. Twitter  

    From thefuffa: "Sorry, have England completely forgotten how to bat? Could have sworn we were meant to be quite good at this cricket lark."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to join the debate - predictably a number of you are already sticking the knife into Pietersen...

  114. 0930 Commentary Eng 28-3 (17 overs)  

    Good line and length by Gul, while Trott nudges a two - like Misbah-ul-Haq yesterday, that's 2,000 Test runs for him.

  115. Commentary  

    From Peter in Bournemouth, TMS inbox: "Apart from severe disappointment and the odd okay innings, does KP bring anything to this team above the likes of what Taylor or even Hales could? Time's not on his side."

  116. 0933 Commentary Eng 32-3 (18 overs)  

    Slow left-armer Abdur Rehman's into the attack in place of Ajmal - but Blowers on TMS thinks this may allow Ajmal to change ends to the end where he took seven wickets in the first innings. Ominous. Bell tries to use his feet against Rehman but finally connects fluently at the third attempt and lofts a drive over the bowler's head for four. He's off the mark with four, his Warwickshire team-mate Trott has 17, and England trail by 114.

  117. Twitter  

    From JonHorrill: "England may be ranked 1st in the world at Test cricket but thats no reason to give others a three-wicket head start each innings!"

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to get involved today

  118. 0937 Commentary Eng 33-3 (19 overs)  

    Ajmal has indeed changed ends - but he's bowling to Trott, who's in his element here leading a rearguard action, in conditions where not even the most ardent anti-Trott brigade could complain about his scoring rate as some of them do in ODIs. He carefully guides a single off his legs, playing with the spin, and Bell sees off the rest of the over.

  119. Contributor BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt  

    "In England's six Tests previous to this one, Pietersen's scores were 2, 72, 85, 202*, 1, 29, 63, 63 and 175. That's 692 runs at an average of 86.50."

  120. 0941 Commentary Eng 35-3 (20 overs)  

    Jonathan Trott has taken 40 innings to reach 2,000 Test runs - only Herbert Sutcliffe, Denis Compton and Wally Hammond did it quicker. So much for slow scoring... the Warwickshire man guides Rehman for a two to leg.

  121. Commentary  

    From Will Collins, Yorkshire, TMS inbox: "Boycott and Blofeld combine to take on the iPad. Rather like Monty and Devon Malcolm facing Holding and Walsh."


    Bell prods forward at Ajmal, is given out lbw... and after a chat with Trott, asks for a review but we're not confident...

  123. WICKET Bell lbw b Ajmal 4 (Eng 35-4)  

    ...and that's pretty much plumb. Hit his back pad, the ball-tracker shows it was going to hit the middle of middle and off, and England have used up all their reviews for this innings.

  124. BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks  

    "England are having an absolute nightmare here. I'm trying to work out the thought process that caused him to review that, as unless he knew he'd hit it, he was plumb lbw. This could finish today."


    Radio 4 LW listeners disappear from TMS for the Daily Service, but as Aggers hints to the remaining TMS devotees, England may need more than divine inspiration here. Eoin Morgan joins Trott at the crease, he's off the mark with a single and then there's an lbw appeal against Trott, Pakistan think about a review... and make the "T" symbol...

  126. NOT OUT  

    It's an off break turning into Trott's front pad, but is that going down the leg side? Yep - so Pakistan lose a review and have one left.

  127. 0950 Commentary Eng 36-4 (21 overs) - TRAIL BY 110  

    Trott survives the rest of Ajmal's over, but England really do look in dire straits now.

  128. Commentary  

    From Dan Martyr, TMS inbox: "In reply to BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt; Interesting stats. Trouble with KP is that when we really need him to stay in he'll give us a 2 or a 1. It's difficult to watch him walking out when you know the team is under pressure."

  129. 0954 Commentary Eng 42-4 (22 overs)  

    A rare present for England as Rehman tosses it up to Morgan and it disappears past his forward prod and past keeper Akmal for four byes. Morgan and Trott add a single apiece - the deficit is 104.

  130. Twitter  

    From ponceywoncey: "When was the last time England lost a Test by an innings, must be a couple of years at least?"

    We reckon it was the last Test at Johannesburg in 2010, almost exactly two years ago.

  131. 0956 Commentary Eng 42-4 (23 overs)  

    The, ahem, burly figure of ex-Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga (who's now an MP in his homeland) looks on from the stands as Ajmal continues to bedazzle the England batsmen, sending down a maiden to Trott.

  132. 1000 Commentary Eng 42-4 (24 overs)  

    Rehman bowls a maiden to Morgan - uh-oh, the TMS iPad looks to have gone wrong as the commentary's disappeared again! But stick with the live text and we'll keep you posted.

  133. SMS  

    From Elliot, Bungay: "I suppose we should have seen this coming. When have England ever done well on the subcontinent?"

    I suppose they're not technically on the subcontinent now. But the 1984/85 tour to India went pretty well, England won a five-Test series 2-1 and the ODIs 4-1. Vic Marks and Aggers were both in that England squad.

  134. 1003 Commentary Eng 45-4 (25 overs)  

    Trott is using the spin well, working Ajmal off his legs for a two and a single through square leg. He's up to 24. Morgan is renowned as a good player of spin - he could do with a good knock today, as his name's sometimes mentioned as the batsman who could make way if England ever decide to change their strategy and play a fifth bowler. And the TMS commentary's back...

  135. 1006 Commentary Eng 50-4 (26 overs) - TRAIL BY 96  

    Pakistan continue to bowl their two front-line spinners in tandem, Rehman has a helmeted fielder at silly mid-off for Trott, who nurdles a single. Rehmen overpitches a little and Morgan punches it through extra cover, that was four as soon as it left his bat. And the deficit's down to less than 100...

  136. 1010 Commentary Eng 51-4 (27 overs)  

    Trott steers a single, Morgan is "beginning to get the measure" of Akmal according to CMJ on TMS. He's crowded by a few close fielders... and keep those fingers crossed, TMS are back loud and clear in a different box down the corridor.

  137. Commentary  

    From Alie, TMS inbox: "I know it's not looking good for England but is there another batsmen in world cricket you'd rather have out there than Jonathan Trott? He's made for these situations. Touch wood!"

  138. 1014 Commentary Eng 56-4 (28 overs)  

    Trott hammers Rehman for his fourth four as the ball rockets to the square-leg boundary. A single brings Morgan on strike, and Rehman gets one to turn out of the rough and the left-hander prods it just out of the reach of short leg. There's another 45 overs to come today - plus, potentially, the extra half-hour if either side (ie Pakistan) think they can realistically claim a result tonight.

  139. 1017 Commentary Eng 64-4 (29 overs)  

    Trott unleashes a firm straight-driven four against Ajmal, before guiding a more sedate boundary wide of mid-on. "That's a sure sign he's reading Ajmal," notes Michael Vaughan on TMS. "You have to be 100% sure it's not the doosra."

  140. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "For a player like Bell, who's played so well in the last year, to get bamboozled twice by Ajmal's doosra in the same game is a worry."

  141. Twitter  

    From gordontoon: "If it is two years since England lost by an innings when was it they were last 4 down before reaching 50 in both innings?!"

    We've had a look, we're not sure! Anyone out there know? Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket if you do...

  142. 1020 Commentary Eng 67-4 (30 overs)  

    Morgan works Rehman for a single, the increasingly comfortable Trott steers a single to long-on, and Michael Vaughan wonders if Misbah will turn back to seam for a burst before tea (which is due at 1040 GMT). Morgan rotates the strike, Trott plays out the rest of the over - he has 40, Morgan has eight, and England trail by 79.

  143. Commentary  

    From Ahnaf, TMS inbox: "In reply to Peter from Bournemouth, I've seen both Hales and Taylor recently as they were with England Lions in Bangladesh. Both of them, and also Bairstow, were extremely vulnerable against our secondary spinners and they lost the series 3-2. They've potential, but they're no KP."

  144. 1025 Commentary Eng 68-4 (31 overs)  

    Right-arm seamer Aizaz Cheema is back into the attack, having gone off the field earlier after two balls of his fifth over because of injury - but he seems all systems go again. Morgan tips-and-runs a quick single off his legs.

  145. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "I've just been tweeted with a stat - apparently this is the fifth worst match performance by England's top four wickets since the First World War!"

    NB The stat came from comedian Andy Zaltzman

  146. 1029 Commentary Eng 72-4 (32 overs) - TRAIL BY 74  

    Morgan opens the face and runs Rehman down to third man for four, that's him into double figures. They've nearly halved the first-innings deficit - but have lost four wickets in doing so.

  147. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "Someone else has now tweeted me suggesting Kevin Pietersen needs to go back to county cricket to find some form. I don't think they have many games in January..."

  148. 1034 Commentary Eng 74-4 (33 overs)  

    We're around 10 minutes from tea as Cheema begins another over. Single from Trott, Morgan shows the full face of his blade with an immaculate forward defensive before pulling a single through mid-wicket.

  149. SMS  

    From Rich in Salisbury: "I think top players over complicate facing spin bowling. A spinner can do three things - bowl it straight, to the off or to the leg! Let me have a go!"

  150. WICKET Morgan c A Akmal b Rehman 14  

    Morgan nicks one behind, Rehman has his first wicket of the innings and Akmal has his sixth catch of the match!

  151. 1039 Commentary Eng 74-5 (34 overs)  

    The new batsman is Matt Prior, who was England's most sensible batsman in the first innings but it'll take a Herculean effort for him to drag England away from defeat here. "We'll be on the beach tomorrow, Henry," notes Michael Vaughan on TMS. Prior shoulders arms to his first ball and sees off the over with three predatory close catchers breathing down his neck. We'll get another over in before tea.

  152. 1043 INTERVAL TEA - Eng 75-5 (35 overs) - TRAIL BY 71  

    Cheema to send down the last over before the interval, the watchful Trott plays out five dot balls before taking a single off the last. He's earned his tea, not sure all his team-mates have.

    And I think we've got an answer to gordontoon's question at 1020 - when was the last time England were four wickets down before reaching 50 in both innings? A tweet from danielbprobert reckons it's the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch in 1984, when Bob Willis's England were skittled for 82 and 93.

  153. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "The batting has been embarrassing at times in this Test. The conditions are different to what they're used to, but they're number one in the world, they've had two three-day games to prepare and they've got all the analysts you could want to tell them about the bowlers they're going to face, and they've not adapted at all."

  154. 1046 Commentary  

    Time for a cup of tea - TMS are going to take a look at the "Morgan Review" which is threatening to shake up the future of county cricket from 2014 by reducing the Championship from 16 to 14 games, and increasing the amount of Twenty20 (which had only just been reduced this season).

  155. Twitter  

    From originalveebo: "Cat and mouse game for man of match by Akmal and Ajmal. Who will win?"

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to give us your verdict

  156. 1102 Commentary  

    Nearly ready for the final session of the day - and possibly the Test - with still 38 overs to be bowled today, plus an extra half-hour if there's a realistic prospect of a result.

  157. Twitter  

    From philio_spesh: "Time for the men with limited hair! Trott and Prior to save the Test!"

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to show your support for England's follicly challenged sixth-wicket pair

  158. 1108 Commentary Eng 78-5 (36 overs)  

    Jonathan Trott pushes slow left-armer Abdur Rehman for a single from the first ball of the evening session. Matt Prior is off the mark with a single, Trott prods forward and it only just evades the man at silly point. A single takes him to 44.

  159. SMS  

    From Dave, Sevenoaks: "Where does this leave the 'undercooked' theorists? We accused the Indians of it last summer. Seems the bowlers are perfectly well cooked and the batsmen are yet to be plucked, let alone seeing an oven."

  160. 1113 Commentary Eng 81-5 (37 overs)  

    Umar Gul replaces Aizaz Cheema at the TMS commentary end, he has 3-20 from his first nine overs. Trott pushes a three with another fluent on-drive, Prior then pulls out of a hook shot. England trail by 65.

  161. BBC Test Match Special's Adam Mountford
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Adam Mountford  

    On Twitter: "Interesting last 3 hours! Have finally managed to get proper broadcasting circuits working, but have had to move to another part of ground."

  162. 1116 Commentary Eng 83-5 (38 overs)  

    Trott guides Rehman for a two, again off his legs, taking him to 49. "He's made for this situation," notes Geoff Boycott on TMS.

  163. SMS  

    From Anonymous: "I suspect the man of the match award will go to Jimmy Anderson for his swashbuckling unbeaten second innings century, followed by his match winning 6-20! Glass half full!"

  164. 1121 Commentary Eng 84-5 (39 overs)  

    Ooh, beaut of a delivery from Gul which beats Prior's defensive stroke and misses his off stump by inches. Prior and Gul both grin at each other in mutual admiration of a superb delivery which deserved more. Prior has to be alert when he wanders out of his crease and Akmal underarms the ball at the stumps. A single doubles his score, but Trott still has to wait for his half century as he knocks the ball to mid-off and the veteran Younus Khan dives well to prevent a single.

  165. 1116 APPEAL - NOT OUT Eng 85-5 (40 overs)  

    Saeed Ajmal replaces Rehman - Prior nudges a single then Trott, still on 49, is hit on the pad but umpire Bowden shakes his head. Pakistan don't call for a review - and may regret doing so after the ball-tracker shows the ball hitting leg stump...

  166. Twitter  

    From benboardman: "Topic for discussion: are we finally seeing a marked improvement in Test bowling around the world?"

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to let us know what you think

  167. WICKET Trott c A Akmal b Gul 49 (Eng 87-6)  

    Prior keeps pushing the singles, then Gul sends down a no-ball, the first Pakistan have bowled all game. "Did you know that 75% of Tests these days finish in four days?" Geoff Boycott asks CMJ on TMS. England are still struggling to push this into a fourth day... but Trott perishes one short of his half-century when he tries a rather un-Trott-like waft and it's catching practice for keeper Akmal.

  168. Commentary  

    From Ian in Barcelona, TMS inbox: "The plan must be to get to the end of the day and then wait for the rain tomorrow."

    I hasten to add Ian sent this before Trott's wicket...

  169. BBC Test Match Special's statistician Andrew Samson
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's statistician Andrew Samson  

    "That's 150 Test wickets for Umar Gul."

  170. 1133 Commentary Eng 87-6 (41 overs)  

    New batsman Stuart Broad sees off the rest of Gul's over.

  171. WICKET Prior lbw b Ajmal 4 (Eng 87-7)  

    Prior is pinned back on his stumps by Ajmal, this is becoming a procession.

  172. 1138 THAT'S A RECORD Eng 87-7 (42 overs)  

    Graeme Swann in at number nine as Andrew the TMS scorer reveals that Ajmal has become the first spinner to take seven lbws in a Test match. Swann defends well against his fellow off-spinner.

  173. APPEAL - NOT OUT  

    England now have two new batsmen in, both on nought, and Broad rotates the strike by running a leg bye as Gul spears one down the leg side. But the procession continues as Swann is trapped in front. With no reviews left, he's got to go. Hang on a minute, replays show that's a no-ball... so the wicket is "disallowed", as it were. Swann is reprieved.

  174. 1144 Commentary Eng 89-7 (43 overs) - TRAIL BY 57  

    Gul is grinning despite having his fifth wicket chalked off. England are 89-7 when for a moment they were 88-8.

  175. Commentary  

    From Jezza F, TMS inbox: "Surely this is the beginning of the end for Strauss?"

  176. 1148 Commentary Eng 89-7 (44 overs)  

    "Ajmal has bowled splendidly in this match - by kind permission of the England batsmen," is the verdict of Henry Blofeld on TMS as the off-spinner begins another over to the left-handed Broad who gets a good stride in to the spinner and plays out a maiden over.

  177. BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew  

    On Twitter: "England's top six batsmen amass 143 runs between them in the match."

  178. 1152 Commentary Eng 97-7 (45 overs)  

    Swann shows Gul a straight bat, bashing a four to the extra cover boundary to get off the mark in style, before a straighter drive brings him four more and allows the England supporters a rare chance to get on their feet and applaud. They trail by 49.

  179. SMS  

    From Saeed Hussain, Bradford: "I think Ajmal and the Pakistan bowlers should be given a lot more credit than they are getting. All the comments have been about how bad England have played. The fact is Pakistan made them play like this on a batting pitch."


    Broad is finally off the mark with a prod to leg against Ajmal, Swann guides the ball agonisingly wide of short leg and they run two to bring up the hundred for England. The last ball hits Swann on the knee, Pakistan's appeal is turned down and they call for a review...

  181. Commentary  

    From Mark, TMS inbox: "Re Jezza F: Yes, the end for Strauss and that Flower bloke's got to go too. Time for a clearout."

  182. NOT OUT  

    ... but the ball-tracker says that's going over the top of leg stump and so Pakistan have lost their last review.

  183. SMS  

    From Aqshar, Birmingham: "A win for Pakistan will lift a beleaguered nation. That is the power of sport."

  184. 1203 Commentary Eng 110-7 (47 overs) - TRAIL BY 36  

    Broad heaves Gul for a couple but breaks his bat in the process, so Steven Finn runs on the field with a choice of replacements. Another lofted drive brings the tall Notts man two more, and an orthodox cover drive brings him a third successive double. If he's deliberately having a bit of a dart, it's working as he aims a bloodthirsty pull and top-edges it over the keeper for four.

  185. Twitter  

    From Lukey_Mitch (no relation): "Everyone's allowed one bad game as a team, same old problem of facing spin though. Panesar in for Tremlett next time around."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to get involved

  186. 1207 Commentary Eng 115-7 (48 overs)  

    Broad and Swann help themselves to ones and twos against Ajmal, while Swann suffers a "double appeal" when Pakistan appeal for lbw and then a bat-pad catch from the same delivery... neither is out. The deficit is now 31.

  187. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "England aren't going to win this game, but they could try to make Pakistan bat again, and see if they can get two or three out at least."

  188. 1212 Commentary Eng 120-7 (49 overs)  

    Gul has been grinning like a Cheshire cat for most of his spell, Swann nudges a single and Broad tries to hook a bouncer but can't connect. More ones and twos as England chip away at the deficit, which is now 26.

  189. SMS  

    From Anonymous: "Why are people talking about Strauss and Flower out? We've had one bad Test match and all of a sudden they need to go. Together they've won the Ashes twice, here and down under, whitewashed India 4-0 and became number one Test team. Where's the sense in people these days?"

    I think the comment was made by someone with their tongue in their cheek!

  190. 1215 DRINKS BREAK Eng 126-7 (50 overs)  

    Swann has the England fans on their feet with a slog-sweep for four, \u00a0a single takes him to 21. Broad rotates the strike to move to 21 and England have earned a drinks break. Another 23 overs due (plus the extra half-hour if claimed).

  191. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "So far, the England bowlers have bowled nicely and the bowlers have batted nicely... it's the top six they'll be asking questions about."

  192. Twitter  

    Comedian Andy Zaltzman: "STAT ALERT: First time since 1988 that England have lost their 7th wicket for less than 100 in both innings of a Test."

  193. 1222 Commentary Eng 128-7 (51 overs)  

    Gul takes a rest as it's time for off-spin from both ends with Mohammad Hafeez into the attack. Dark hair flapping in the breeze, he bowls round the wicket to the left-handed Broad, who manages a single. Swann pushes a single off his legs, England now trail by 18.

  194. WICKET Broad c Shafiq b Rehman 17 (Eng 135-8) - TRAIL BY 11  

    Swann takes Rehman on with a slog-sweep over mid-wicket, a single brings Broad back on strike but he can't match his Notts team-mate as he holes out at long-on going for another big shot.

  195. Commentary  

    From Arthur, TMS inbox: "Why is it that whenever England's batters fail, they always look to change the bowling line-up?"

  196. WICKET Tremlett c Hafeez b Rehman 0 (Eng 135-9)  

    Chris Tremlett is the new batsman... edges his first ball to slip and Rehman's on a hat-trick! England now staring at an innings defeat.

  197. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "That's a great catch, that sums Pakistan up - they've been fantastic for the last three days."

  198. 1231 Commentary Eng 135-9 (52 overs) - TRAIL BY 11  

    Last man James Anderson to face the hat-trick ball... the ball just spins past the off stump as he shoulders arms! He defends the last ball, will England avoid the innings defeat?

  199. 1237 Commentary Eng 139-9 (53 overs) - TRAIL BY 7  

    Umar Gul returns in place of Hafeez, with an eye on his fifth wicket. But the field is set deep for Swann - who was nearly out for nought before the umpires spotted a no-ball - as they're offering him a single so they can bowl at Anderson. And he takes it second ball - the field closes in for the left-handed Lancastrian. Anderson drives and is nearly caught by a leaping fielder at backward point, but they run three.

  200. SMS  

    From NM: "Playing away nowadays seems to be getting tougher. Which is why England's convincing Ashes victory away is so remarkable."

  201. 1241 Commentary Eng 140-9 (54 overs) - TRAIL BY 6  

    Saeed Ajmal - who is reported to have verbally agreed to rejoin Worcestershire for this year's domestic Twenty20 competition - returns in place of Rehman. Anderson turns a single round the corner to short fine leg. They now trail by six - one blow would do it - will Graeme Swann channel the spirit of Kapil Dev facing Eddie Hemmings? Not just yet.

  202. 1246 Commentary Eng 141-9 (55 overs) - TRAIL BY 5  

    Gul charges in to Anderson, with the scent of his fifth wicket still in his nostrils, he spears a single to reduce Pakistan's lead to five. A half-hearted lbw appeal against Swann... nothing doing.

  203. Twitter  

    From Paul_Baldwin:\u00a0"Strauss bingo time coming up soon. 'unit', 'on the chin', 'bounce back' and 'credit to Pakistan' for a full house I reckon."

  204. 1250 APPEAL - NOT OUT Eng 143-9 (56 overs) - TRAIL BY 3  

    Anderson pushes Ajmal for a single, Swann tries a reverse sweep and they run a quick single. Pakistan lead by three. Anderson prods forward, Pakistan appeal for lbw, that's close... but given as not out. Neither side has any reviews left, ball-tracker says it was going down leg. Anderson tries to ape his friend Swann with a reverse sweep but can't connect.

  205. Commentary  

    From Ben in London, TMS inbox: "It's all very well saying it is more tough away from home, but Pakistan are hardly on home soil. Even more credit to them."

  206. 1255 Commentary Eng 151-9 (57 overs) - LEAD BY 5  

    Swann swings and misses at Gul, aiming a big hit. Another heave-ho sails over the slips for four... and England have avoided the innings defeat. Another short ball is hooked through mid-wicket for four. So England are "net" 5-9 in a one-innings match.

  207. BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew  

    "If this is the best Test team in the world, the biggest test will be to see how quickly they learn from this."

  208. WICKET Swann c Shafiq b Ajmal 39 (Eng 160 all out)  

    Now Anderson joins in the fun, slog-sweeping Ajmal for six over mid-wicket! "Only the second six of his Test career," notes Andrew the TMS scorer. "The first was against Paul Harris of South Africa." Jimmy then tries to tap a single to leg but the ball turns sharply and edges past the slips for two. A delicate paddle-sweep takes him to 15. But it's all over for England as Swann top-edges and is caught at cover. Ajmal has match figures of 10-97. Pakistan will need 15 to win.

  209. Twitter  

    From MBilly: "10 for Ajmal! Absolute brilliant performance by him!"

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to join the debate (and the congratulations)

  210. 1303 Commentary  

    We're over the scheduled close of play time (1300 GMT) but there's the usual extra half-hour of "overtime" allowed to bowl any overs which haven't been bowled... PLUS the extra half-hour if (as here) either side has a realistic prospect of winning today. Which they have.

  211. Twitter  

    Wisden editor Lawrence Booth: "Good news for Pakistan and the world game; less good news for England's reputation against decent spinners in Asia."

  212. 1311 Commentary Pkn 7-0 (TARGET 15)  

    James Anderson taking the new ball, with Pakistan's impressive opening pair Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar looking to knock off the 15 runs they need. Hafeez lets the first couple go by, then edges one just wide of second slip and the ball scoots away for four. A confident push through the covers has three fielders scurrying after it, and Pakistan run three.

    There's no such thing as a certainty in sport, but I can safely say either Pakistan are going to win this very shortly, or you're about to read the most exciting hour of text commentary in the history of cricket.

  213. Twitter  

    From wasifsaeed: "England could have drawn if Misbah and Azhar Ali had opened for Pakistan!"

  214. 1320 Commentary Pkn 7-0 (3 overs)  

    Taufeeq, facing his first ball, prods Anderson into the covers and a mix-up nearly results in a comedy run-out as he is sent back by his partner. And it's another maiden over... England need to be put out of their misery here.

  215. 1322 Commentary Pkn 15-0  

    Hafeez edges Broad past the slips for four - another one like that and it's all over. A short ball is pulled through mid-wicket for four... that's the ball game! Pakistan win by 10 wickets.



  217. Twitter  

    From QazzyA: "If Qatar get the 2022 football World Cup, can UAE host the cricket World Cup? Pakistan should win then!"

  218. 1324 Commentary  

    The two teams shake hands as the presentation podium is prepared - and that's good to see considering the way relations between the two sets of players deteriorated towards the end of the 2010 tour in England.

  219. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "Swann and Anderson did well at the end there, but this was a poor performance from England."

  220. 1326 Commentary  

    Aggers and Geoff Boycott are ready for their round-up which will be available as the TMS podcast - while the daily highlights programme will commence on BBC 5 live sports extra pretty much as soon as Aggers and Geoff have finished. But stay with us on the live text for the presentation ceremony.

  221. BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott  

    "The batsmen didn't get the job done - this was a very, very poor batting display. Nobody came out swashbuckling - I don't count the tail-enders, who entertained us at the end - but look at the way Hafeez and Misbah grafted for Pakistan, and Prior in the first innings. Cook and Pietersen got out hooking, and I've still got reservations about the left-hander [Morgan]. What disappointed me was the way Strauss came out and said how they all understood the conditions from being out here for two weeks - they didn't give the bowlers anything to bowl at."

  222. 1333 Commentary  

    Mohammad Hafeez picks up US $500 for hitting the most sixes in a game. Yes, really.

  223. 1335 Commentary  

    All sorts of other awards from various sponsors - Hafeez gets one, Ajmal gets another (best bowler), then Hafeez gets another for hitting the most boundaries, then Gul (outstanding perfomance of the day), but the official man of the match is Saeed Ajmal.

  224. Commentary  

    England captain Andrew Strauss: "We're disappointed with the way we played, losing five wickets in that first session put us on the back foot and we were always behind after that. But we're not going to press the panic button, we want to come back strong in the second Test. All credit to Pakistan, when they got ahead they didn't let us back into the game. Our preparation's been good, our bowlers did exceptionally well but we didn't react well to the conditions and losing wickets early put pressure on the batsmen. We're not going to make excuses but we're not going to panic either. The most important thing is that we get big runs on the board. Pakistan were very solid, they've got a good balance with their attack."

  225. Commentary  

    Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq: "We have not expected that it was going to be so easy for us, but it was a wonderful performance by the team and Saeed Ajmal's seven wickets put us on the way to victory. Umar Gul is a match-winner for us, he bowls his heart out when we need him to and Abdur Rehman and Mohammad Hafeez contributed well so I think it's a good bowling unit, our batsmen got good scores as well. Adnan Akmal played a good innings at the right time. We want to prove to the world that we're good cricketers and Pakistan is a good side. We know England are the number one team in the world and they were bowling tight lines with discipline. I'd like to thank the crowd which supported us here and congratulate the curator for the wicket, it's a wonderful wicket."

  226. Twitter  

    From SuhailChowdhary: "Misbah the perfect leader! Calm and puts his head down and just calls the perfect calls!"

    You can continue the debate among yourselves with the hashtag #bbccricket

  227. 1345 Commentary  

    Well, whether or not you wanted or expected a three-day Test... that's what's happened. I think the blame can be laid squarely at the feet of England's batsmen. The highlights are now playing on BBC 5 live sports extra, while you can read Sam Sheringham's match report and listen to the TMS podcast which will be available shortly.

    I'm not sure whether I can add anything that's not already been said... look out for Aggers' column later. In the meantime, thanks for your emails, texts, tweets and company over the last three days and I hope you'll join us on Wednesday for the second Test from Abu Dhabi. Until then, do enjoy your weekend.

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Live Scores - Pakistan v England


  • Pakistan beat England by 10 wickets
  • Pakistan: 338 & 15-0 (3.4 overs)
  • England: 192 & 160 (57.5 overs)
  • Venue: Dubai

Pakistan 2nd Innings

Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total for 0 15
Hafeez not out 15
Umar not out 0
Extras 0

see also
England crumble to heavy defeat
19 Jan 12 |  England
Did spot-fixing help Pakistan?
18 Jan 12 |  Pakistan
Making history in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
13 Jan 12 |  England
England enter the unknown
12 Jan 12 |  England
England win Dubai warm-up match
11 Jan 12 |  England
Bresnan will miss Pakistan Tests
10 Jan 12 |  England
Riaz recalled to Pakistan squad
26 Dec 11 |  Pakistan
Live cricket on the BBC
18 Dec 11 |  Cricket
Pakistan v England (in UAE) 2012
17 Jan 12 |  England

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