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  1. 1510 Commentary  

    I'm afraid even the "retro" live text system has gone on the blink - if you're reading this and you want to follow the Pakistan innings, please follow this link to the replacement page.

  2. 1427 INTERVAL  

    Right - Pakistan need 251 to beat England and level the series at 1-1. Keep listening to TMS for Aggers' discussion about the two captains with John Etheridge, Stephen Brenkley and Geoff Lawson. We're going to take a short break to allow the live text to cool down and see if it will settle down for the Pakistan innings.

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

    "He's unlucky there to be caught by one of the Akmals, even with gloves on! I think the odds favour England, I fancy their bowlers and Pakistan will have to bat unbelievably well to win here."

  4. WICKET Bopara c U Akmal b Cheema 58 (Eng 250-4)  

    Bopara faces down Cheema, smacking a four over long-off (Rehman, who had come in a few yards from the boundary). That's the fifty stand. Bopara straight-drives, the ball hits non-striker Morgan and Bopara has to hurry to avoid being run out as they dash through for a quick single. Morgan rotates the strike, Bopara hooks into the sky but it falls safely and they run two to bring up 250 with two balls to spare. Bopara swings, misses and Akmal prevents a bye. Last ball is skied into the air and is caught by Akmal just over the stumps.

  5. 49 overs Commentary Eng 242-3  

    Still the boundary drought continues as Bopara and Morgan try to find the gaps against Ajmal - but Morgan finally connects with a big one when he slogs a ball from outside off stump, over cow corner for six! Ajmal finishes with 1-54 after that late dent to his figures. One over left, can England make 250?

  6. 48 overs Commentary BOPARA FIFTY - Eng 233-3  

    Bopara and Morgan rotate the strike well against Cheema, they're both still in orthodox mode and Bopara looks puffed out after running all those singles, although he finally reaches his own half century when he hooks a bouncer for one. He has 50 from 58, Morgan has a rather ponderous 17 from 25.

  7. 47 overs Commentary Eng 228-3  

    Bizarrely, the live text seems to have jumped forward to the 46th over. I promise I wrote stuff about the 43rd, 44th and 45th, although there wasn't a great deal to write home about - no boundaries, for instance. Ajmal has changed ends and yields five singles and a two. Time to hit out a bit, with wickets in hand and big hitters to come?

  8. 46 overs Commentary Eng 221-3  

    Aizaz Cheema returns to the attack, sending down a few full tosses, and Morgan and Bopara work it around for ones and twos but England have been without a boundary for four overs. Six from the over, four overs left.

  9. SMS  

    From OJ, Sheffield: "One of those tricky spinners, an Ajmal-teser?"

    From Matt, Aberdeen: "By the sounds of Bopara's innings surely he's a bit of a Jammie Dodger today?"

    From just about everyone: "Ryan Sidebottom as a curly wurly."

  10. 45 overs Commentary Eng 215-3  

    Bopara and Morgan keep it busy against Afridi with ones, twos and a bye (as if Akmal hadn't been humiliated enough as wicketkeeper) but still no boundaries - Afridi finishes with 1-38 from his 10 overs.

  11. Commentary  

    From Mark in Barnsley, TMS inbox: "Are two quick wickets known as a Twix?"

  12. 44 overs Commentary Eng 209-3  

    Morgan and Bopara manage four singles against Ajmal, Pakistan will be quite happy with that, although Ajmal boosts the score with two legside wides.

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

    "I discovered today that Steve Finn shares my birthday. A few years apart, mind you. Paul Downton is another one who does."

  14. 43 overs Commentary Eng 203-3  

    Aggers on TMS has finally spotted some more fans making their way into the stadium as Bopara dabs Afridi for a single, and then it looks like another drop behind the stumps by Akmal - to give the keeper the benefit of the doubt, it may have only been the slightest of edges. Morgan is hit on the body as he attempts one of his characteristic reverse hits and misses, but finally manages to get the ball away for a single to get off the mark. Two more singles mean it's four from the over, England could do with hitting the gas pedal now.

  15. Twitter  

    From Daz in Cambodia: "Continuing with the sweet theme, surely a caught behind has to be called a 'snickers'!"

    From StuTame: "The Aussie number three is Shaun Marshmallow."

    From jamesymyers: "Michael Holding is, of course, the Wispa-ing death. I'll get my coat."

  16. 42 overs Commentary Eng 199-3  

    Bopara finds the boundary for only the third time with a thick edge through third man, a single brings Morgan on strike \u00a0and he too gets an edge which squirms out to point. This may be an ODI, but in the last few overs it feels more like the Benson and Edges Cup...

  17. Commentary  

    From Richard Morris, TMS inbox: "Oval fruits?"

  18. 41 overs Commentary Eng 194-3  

    Eoin Morgan is the new batsman, he's been padded up for a while, and won't have too long to play himself in...

  19. SMS  

    From Ryan, Hants: "Ricky Ponting certainly had a sweet tooth with his whine gums..."

  20. WICKET Cook c and b Afridi 102 (Eng 194-2)  

    Shahid Afridi's back on in place of Gul, and after a couple of singles he makes the breakthrough as Cook's innings is ended by popping a simple return catch to the bearded bowler.

  21. Twitter  

    From kesbyac: "I'd say two dropped catched would be more like a 'Double Decker'."

    From PloughmansCC: "All the Pakistani spinners have come on for a Twirl."

  22. 40 overs THAT'S 100 COOK HUNDRED - Eng 192-2  

    Single from Bopara, then Cook edges a single to short third man to bring up his second successive hundred from 118 balls - he's the ninth England batsman to score back-to-back ODI tons. But he's then nearly run out on 100 at the bowler's end, while some comedy fielding boosts Bopara's score by one. He has 31, Cook has 101, and by England's standards that batting powerplay (38 runs without loss) wasn't half bad.

  23. SMS  

    From John Berridge, Yorkshire: "Sachin Tendulkar or Shivnarine Chanderpaul as a 'midget gem'."

  24. 39 overs Commentary Eng 188-2  

    Bopara and Cook plunder more singles against Gul, then Cook nonchalantly jabs a four over mid-wicket to move into the (nervous?) nineties - and after pulling a two off his legs, a thickish edge square of the wicket brings him four more to move the skipper to 99! Don't say it...

  25. Twitter  

    From rez4norwich: "Clearly, a soft catch has to be a jelly baby."

  26. 38 overs Commentary Eng 175-2  

    Again, Ajmal has to break off in mid-delivery stride - this time because one of the few people in the ground has deigned to walk behind the bowler's arm. A slightly fortunate edge brings Cook four as Ajmal shakes his head in frustration. Three more singles, this stand is now worth 59.

  27. SMS  

    From Rob Davies: "In regards to sweet based terms in cricket my bowling has often been described as 'right arm, liquorice allsorts'."

  28. 37 overs Commentary Eng 168-2  

    Umar Gul back into the attack, he's used to bowling in powerplays and at the "death". Bopara bashes a three through mid-wicket and cuts a flashing four wide of cover point, Cook adds a single to his score while keeping out a good yorker - the skipper has cooked up 83 from 109 balls, Bopara has bopped 25 from 29.

  29. BBC Sport's Tim Peach in Abu Dhabi
    Contributor BBC Sport's Tim Peach in Abu Dhabi  

    On Twitter: "At the interval, Aggers looks at both captains; Cook with John Etheridge of the Sun & Stephen Brenkley of the Independent; Misbah with former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson."

  30. 36 overs Commentary Eng 159-2  

    Maybe Pakistan were saving Ajmal for the batting powerplay, which will take place from overs 36-40. Bopara and Cook manage some ones and twos, while Ajmal has to break off in mid-delivery at one point as Pakistan realise they have four men outside the circle (when only three are allowed during this powerplay).

    And some shock football news, manager Lee Clark has parted company with Huddersfield... you can follow that story as it develops on our Sportsday Live breaking news service.

  31. Commentary  

    From Arthur, TMS inbox: "Are two missed catches a pear drop?"

  32. 1322 DRINKS BREAK  

    As Simon Mann gives Boycott Bingo players a boost by starting a conversation about uncovered pitches with Geoffrey, the players get another drinks break in before the batting powerplay.

  33. Twitter  

    From pigeonboi: "Re: sweets - South Africa could be the Cola Bottlers."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket with confectionary-based puns, or even to discuss today's match!

  34. 35 overs Commentary Eng 154-2  

    Cook pushes England to 150 with a well-run two, and four more singles mean it's six off the over. Bring on the batting powerplay!

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

    "Looking at the Pakistani body language, they seem to think they're doing all right, but they'll need to bat twice as well as they did on Monday, or we'll be going home early again."

  36. 34 overs Commentary Eng 148-2  

    Rehman to bowl his last over, but there's still no sign of England's "other" nemesis - the Batting Powerplay, which has to be completed before the 40th over and normally precipitates all hell breaking loose for England's batsmen. Cook and Bopara plunder some ones and twos, and Rehman finishes with 0-36 from his 10 overs.

  37. Twitter  

    From will_zuurbier: "Stop having a go at KP, he is still viewed as the biggest wicket for the opposition to take, so all of this talk is simply nuts!"

  38. 33 overs Commentary Eng 143-2  

    Pakistan turn back to off-spin, but it's to all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez rather than the wily Saeed Ajmal. Two singles and a wide are added to the score - Ali Cook needs some running repairs to his bat, so 12th man Jos Buttler runs on with some tape.

  39. SMS  

    From Harriet in Winchester: "Remember how often Bopara was dropped in the field during his Test centuries against a weak West Indies side? Half his career runs can be attributed to luck."

    His reply would probably be "look at the scorebook..."

  40. 32 overs Commentary Eng 140-2  

    Another half-hearted lbw shout from Rehman against Cook from a ball which was drifting down the leg side, four more singles mean the skipper has 70 and Ravi B has 11.\u00a0Time for some more Ajmal? He's only bowled three overs...

  41. Twitter  

    From Peadletipper: "So if we have a Sherbert dab, what other confectionery terms are there... a Gobstopper Catch?"

    Sounds too much like the IPL and their "insert name of sponsor" catch, largely indistinguishable from most other catches... Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket with any other sweet-based banter!

  42. 31 overs Commentary Eng 136-2  

    Cheema into his sixth over, Cook and Bopara push a couple of singles before Cook lets fly with a characteristically Cookish cover drive, a lovely shot for four. A single to deep square leg ensures he keeps the strike.

  43. SMS  

    From Rob in London: "Drop KP! he plods more than (supposed) plodders in chief Cook and Trott nowadays and has the audacity to do this without being able to play a forward defence."

  44. 30 overs Commentary Eng 129-2  

    Cook tries another sweep shot against Rehman, can't quite connect and they stumble through for a leg bye. Rehman is quickly through his over as Bopara can't get him away and with only the leg bye from it, that's a maiden.

  45. Commentary  

    From Tony, TMS inbox: "Re Steve (25 overs): Middle and Leg-it? Middle and I'm-Off?"

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

    "He could have been run out, he could have been caught... this is a very Bopara-ish start to his innings."

  47. 29 overs DROPPED CATCH Eng 128-2  

    "ICC! We want cricket in Pakistan..." reads a banner held up by some Pakistan fans on the grass bank as Bopara and Cook help themselves to four singles against Cheema, but this time it's Cook's turn to take a risky run to a misfield by captain Misbah-ul-Haq at short mid-wicket. Bopara gets an edge, it's dropped by Younus Khan who gets a hand to it at first (solitary) slip and the ball goes for four...

  48. Twitter  

    From multiclassgeek: "I really think KP could do with a spell on the sidelines. It worked wonders for Monty!"

  49. 28 overs Commentary Eng 120-2  

    The Essex pair who served England well with a big partnership on Monday are together again, scampering three singles before Bopara - who's been involved in a few run-outs in his time - is nearly the architect of his own doom with a risky single to mid-on, and he only just beats the throw to the bowler's end.

  50. SMS  

    From Steve, Chelsfield: "I was peppered with so many bouncers by an overseas player that the umpire had to mention the law that requires the batsman to have the ability to physically defend himself. Very embarrassing."

  51. 27 overs Commentary Eng 116-2  

    Cheema beats Bopara's tentative prod with one that keeps low, but survives the over.

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

    "Bopara will look to start more confidently than he did on Monday - he made 50, but he should have been out twice before he made two."

  53. 1249 DRINKS BREAK  

    For the second time today, an England wicket gives the umpires the chance to signal a quick drinks break. Ravi Bopara is the new man in.

  54. WICKET Trott c U Akmal b Cheema 23 (Eng 116-2)  

    More skiddy right-arm seam from Cheema, Cook hits the ball into his pads as he tries to up the scoring rate but they scamper a single. Trott goes for an expansive drive, nicks one behind... and we keep mentioning his failings behind the stumps, but not even Umar Akmal can drop that one.

  55. BBC Test Match Special's Sunil Gavaskar
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Sunil Gavaskar  

    "The moment you play the sweep shot, you're unsettling the bowler - just as Graham Gooch did against India in the World Cup."

  56. 26 overs Commentary Eng 115-1  

    Cook sweeps against Rehman, fetching the ball from outside off stump and they run two. A delicate dab (it was quite sweetly timed, so maybe a "sherbert" dab?) to third man brings him three more. Trott pushes a single, Cook is hit on the pad as he tries to force Rehman through mid-wicket but the appeal is stifled.

  57. Twitter  

    From Mo_Kotty: "Pietersen started his ODI career with no pressure on him! He had nothing to lose! But now the expectations on him are too high. I think Pietersen should be sent in way down the order at five or six... and just let him play a T20-style knock."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to get involved today

  58. BBC Test Match Special's Sunil Gavaskar
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Sunil Gavaskar  

    "The England captain's batting very positively, getting his feet to the pitch of the ball, and that's what they need."

  59. 25 overs Commentary COOK FIFTY - Eng 108-1  

    A run of 15 overs of spin is ended as Cheema the Seamer returns in place of Afridi. Cook cuts for a single to bring up his 11th ODI fifty from 66 balls. A single takes Trott to 22, Cook cracks a straight-drive past the bowler to rotate the strike, we're at the halfway point of the innings.

  60. Commentary  

    From Steve, TMS inbox: "I wonder what guard you would ask for if batting at square leg?"

  61. 24 overs APPEAL - NOT OUT Eng 105-1  

    Trott works Rehman for two, then the slow left-armer yells an lbw appeal but that's a good decision from Umpire Dar with the ball missing leg stump.

  62. Twitter  

    From charlieallen21: "I think taping a speaker to the stumps that continuously said 'lovely bowling' would do a better wicketkeeping job than Akmal."

  63. 23 overs Commentary Eng 103-1  

    Afridi in for his seventh over, and after about five overs without a boundary, the run of singles is ended as Cook cuts loose with an aerial pull over mid-wicket for four. Three more singles and it's seven from the over - Cook up to 49.

  64. Twitter  

    From AG_Bell: "KP started his ODI career by just smashing the ball around the park against anybody. What's with his defensive approach now?"

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to pick the bones out of KP's latest innings...

  65. 22 overs Commentary Eng 96-1  

    Rehman returns in place of Ajmal, another four singles from the over. Cook has 44 from 61 balls, Trott has trotted his way to 17 from 25.

  66. 21 overs Commentary Eng 92-1  

    With Pakistan now able to post five men back on the rope, only needing four in the circle, we could be in for some more "Middle-Overs-Syndrome" as England work the ball around for several singles an over. Four are taken from this one, while I can already sense a disturbance in the Force as several "Cook and Trott batting together = too slow" emails inevitably make their way into the inbox...

  67. Commentary  

    From Matt in Exeter, TMS inbox: "I\u2019ve had the pleasure of facing Cheema the last few years when he was at Cornwood. Trust me, he didn\u2019t need to bowl full tosses to get any of us out (or other teams in the league). He generally turned up, marked out his 30 yard run up and if he bowled it straight he\u2019d get a wicket. Rapid. Didn\u2019t get me out though cos he kept trying to knock my head off. No chance when I\u2019m at square leg."

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

    "England are eating up Afridi and Ajmal's overs. If they can block Afridi and go at three-and-a-half or four runs an over, they'll be very successful."

  69. 20 overs Commentary Eng 88-1  

    More careful accumulation from England's second-wicket pair, three singles from it and that's the fielding powerplay over and done with.

  70. Twitter  

    From Peter, Sydney: "Is your dropped catch icon a picture of you trying to do a hand silhouette of a rabbit running away from the ball?"

    No, and the hand isn't an Akmal brother's hand before you ask!

  71. 19 overs Commentary Eng 85-1  

    Trott and Cook milk Afridi for five singles, while Simon M and Sunil on TMS ponder the Abu Dhabi ground regulations which apparently prevent fans from bringing in their own food and drink. With the fielders back, it's all too easy for England to take four or five from each over at the moment.

  72. 18 overs Commentary Eng 80-1  

    Ajmal drops it short and Trott has time to hammer a four through the covers. A single takes him to eight, and the lack of atmosphere rather makes this game sound like a gentle village encounter until the music blasts out over the PA system after every boundary.

  73. Twitter  

    From infradigger: "Respecting the dry host nation, can we change the Champagne moment to a Cup of Tea moment?"

  74. 17 overs Commentary Eng 75-1  

    Cook forces Afridi through cover point for four, while the bowler isn't happy and has a bit of a moan at Imran Farhat, presumably for not diving quickly enough in the field. Those of us who've watched Afridi's fielding may appreciate the irony of that exchange. A single takes the Chef to 37, Trott taps a single to long-off.

  75. SMS  

    From George Adams in Cheltenham: "Can someone please explain to me why Bairstow isn't in the team instead of Kieswetter? Kieswetter is a decent Twenty20 player, but 50 overs is a step too far for him, eg Morgan from 50 overs to Tests."

  76. 16 overs Commentary Eng 69-1  

    (That really was a drinks break, by the way, not a dropped catch. Slip of the mouse). Simon Mann and Sunil Gavaskar on TMS are surprised that Pakistan already have three men out on the legside boundary for Trott, who helps himself to two runs through the gap.

  77. 1208 DRINKS BREAK  

    We also get a drinks break (which would likely have been taken at the end of this over) while Jonathan Trott starts marking out his crease. As he loves to do.

  78. Commentary  

    From Sam in Nottingham, TMS inbox: "Playing an 8-a-side indoor cricket match against the Indian guys at work this evening. Any tips for what batting approach I should take?"

  79. WICKET Pietersen lbw b Ajmal 26 (Eng 67-1)  

    Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal into the attack for Pakistan, Pietersen and Cook exchange singles but then Pietersen is hit on the pad and Ajmal's got him with his third delivery!

  80. SMS  

    From Ed Stevens: "After the lbw bonanza of the last Test match, it's a welcome change to see a variety of dismissals in the one-day game."

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

    "I'm not happy with Umar Akmal's selection - I think he can keep in Twenty20, but in 50-over cricket you need a proper keeper there. I think Pakistan are sacrificing the all-important position of wicketkeeper just to get another all-rounder in there."

  82. 15 overs DROPPED CATCH Eng 65-0  

    I'm afraid Geoff Boycott will have more to moan about from the performance of the Akmals' Wicketkeeping Academy, as Cook is dropped when he edges to Umar Akmal behind the stumps. They keep pushing the ones and twos.

  83. 14 overs Commentary Eng 61-0  

    Cook and Pietersen push the singles well against Rehman, three of them are added to the score. And with spinners on, again Pakistan are whipping through their overs at an excellent rate.

  84. Twitter  

    From paulpukka: "Any chance you can put some canned applause on the commentary? Sounds wrong when a wonderful four is met by absolute silence."

    If I did, I'd probably start a new "BBC fakery" scandal, so I'll steer clear of that! Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to get involved today

  85. 13 overs Commentary Eng 58-0  

    Another lbw appeal from Afridi, Dharmasena shakes his head and Pietersen plays out a maiden over - but survives.

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

    "That's one of those where if the umpire gives it 'not out', it's very difficult to get it overturned."

  87. NOT OUT  

    Now, did that hit bat or pad first? With only one unsuccessful DRS review allowed per innings in ODIs, it's a big gamble by Pakistan, and the forward prod is shown again from several angles... and it looks like it was pad first as they proceed to the ball-tracker, but it's "umpire's call" for hitting leg stump, so KP survives and Pakistan lose their review.


    Afridi hits Pietersen on the pad, umpire Dharmasena shakes his head but Pakistan gamble by calling for a review...

  89. Commentary  

    From Tommy Gringle, TMS inbox: "Aizaz Cheema played in the Devon A Division last year for a little village near Plymouth called Cornwood. Apparently he had to bowl full tosses to get people out as not many could get near him. I assume he had a slightly better radar than the one he is currently showing as he got a lot of wickets."

  90. 12 overs Commentary Eng 58-0  

    Cook taps Rehman for a single, while Pietersen skips down the track to loft him over mid-on for a first-bounce four. A scampered two to fine leg is signalled as leg byes, while KP chops a single into the covers to keep the strike. He has 23 from 32 balls, Cap'n Cook has 26 from 40.

  91. Twitter  

    From Dubstep1988: "Alastair Cook is all that is right about cricket. He should be sold in schools because he is textbook."

  92. BBC Sport's Tim Peach in Abu Dhabi
    Contributor BBC Sport's Tim Peach in Abu Dhabi  

    On Twitter: "Gavaskar: 'Pietersen's problem is that he moves too much. He needs to stand still'. Next shot - KP stands still. Four runs."

  93. 11 overs Commentary Eng 50-0  

    A double change as Shahid Afridi enters the attack as Pakistan's third spinner with his potent brand of fast leg breaks. A single from Cook brings up the fifty partnership, but that's the only run from the over.

  94. BBC Test Match Special's Sunil Gavaskar
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Sunil Gavaskar  

    "This is a very good start by England, Pietersen is settling down and that's a good sign for England."

  95. 10 overs Commentary Eng 49-0  

    Pakistan look to stem the flow of runs by bringing on Pietersen's left-arm spinning nemesis Abdur Rehman, and a Cook single brings KP on strike. He survives the last two deliveries.

  96. Twitter  

    From oliverp83: "I have a horrible feeling that this is the calm before the Ajmal/Rehman storm."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to join the debate, whether you're a prophet of doom or have a more optimistic outlook!

  97. 9 overs Commentary Eng 48-0  

    A slower ball from Gul, like one of those leg breaks Darren Gough used to bowl, is whacked over cover for four by Pietersen, who seems to have broken the shackles as he straight-drives back past the non-striker for four more. A single brings Cook on strike, he steers the last ball for three to round off a profitable over for the visitors.

  98. BBC Sport's Tim Peach in Abu Dhabi
    Contributor BBC Sport's Tim Peach in Abu Dhabi  

    On Twitter: "Coming up in the interval - Aggers chats to former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson about Misbah-ul-Haq, Australia and the Ashes."

  99. 8 overs Commentary Eng 36-0  

    Sunil Gavaskar replaces Boycs in the TMS summariser's chair, while the atmosphere is interrupted by Sunil's mobile phone ringtone, which is a recording of his young granddaughter. KP drills another single back past Hafeez, while there's a rare unorthdox shot from Cook as he hoists a four over the mid-wicket fielder, following it up with another boundary, this time a punch through extra cover.

  100. Commentary  

    From David in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, TMS inbox: "Sitting here at work reading the live text commentary, has made me think about setting up some sort of indoor cricket challenge at work for Sport Relief. Hopefully not too many windows or PCs will get damaged though."

  101. 7 overs Commentary Eng 27-0  

    Cook dabs Gul for a single, there's some athletic fielding by Azhar Ali, into the side today, while Pietersen is kept on his toes by another smart stop at mid-wicket. KP walks across his stumps to guide a single to fine leg, it looks like he's trying to play just about everything to leg today.

  102. Twitter  

    From PB_Spurs: "Good morning, can you tell us what the umpire's signal is for five wides? Office debate..."

    I think the umpire just has to signal "wide", then "four" (as you get one for the wide, plus any runs you manage off that delivery - so it's five if it goes over the boundary). Some umpires will then signal "wide" again just to make it absolutely clear to the scorers!

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

    "Cook is scoring runs nicely, he's not taking risks and giving the side a good platform."

  104. 6 overs Commentary Eng 25-0  

    After two overs of Cheema, he's off and Mohammad Hafeez is on with his right-arm off-spin - and with a different ball at each end (since the change in ICC regulations last year), despite it being the sixth over, he's bowling with a ball only two overs old. Pietersen drills a single to long-on, and Hafeez will bowl round the wicket to the left-handed Cook. He tries to force one through the off side but misses, another Akmal fumble doesn't cost Pakistan runs as he stops it with his pads. Cook guides a four wide of mid-on, and a single takes him to 11.

  105. SMS  

    From Stephen, Lewes: "Played against Scott Boswell a couple of years back when he was touring in Portugal with the school side he now coaches: useful bowler, top bloke, and able to laugh about 'that' over. Having watched it, don't think I'd ever see the funny side if that were me!"

  106. 5 overs Commentary Eng 19-0  

    Pietersen prods Gul for a single, Cook whips a two through mid-wicket. Sedate but chanceless start by England.

  107. Twitter  

    From tasneemsummer: "Umar Gul, time to shine and destroy that England batting line-up!"

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

    "This is where Finn made the difference for England on Monday - he made breakthroughs."

  109. 4 overs THE SUN IS OUT Eng 16-0  

    Cook is off the mark with the 10th ball he receives, threading Cheema for a four wide of Shahid Afridi at mid-off (to be fair, Afridi gives up the chase pretty early). But the England skipper isn't quite timing it so far, hitting the ball straight to fielders for the rest of the over.

    And it's still gloriously sunny in Abu Dhabi, as Simon Mann informs TMS listeners, so it's a pity there aren't more fans there.

  110. Twitter  

    From that1overthere: "Fuzzy head from Valentine's Day drinking, but the sound of Soul Limbo [the TMS theme tune] makes it all better."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to join in the fun today!

  111. 3 overs Commentary Eng 12-0  

    Lovely line and length from Gul has Pietersen playing and missing, but Gul's run of 10 dot balls is finally ended when KP steps right across his stumps and flicks it off his legs down to fine leg for four. Bit of a staring contest between Gul and KP at the end of the over, while England national selector Geoff Miller and managing director Hugh Morris are both feverishly tapping into their mobile phones.

  112. Commentary  

    From Nick in Wandsworth, TMS inbox: "Am I missing something? Matt\u00a0Prior has become a very good keeper, he has also, arguably, been our second best batsman over the last year and at a decent strike rate."

  113. 2 overs Commentary Eng 8-0  

    Unlike the first ODI on Monday, Pakistan are going to open with seam from both ends as Aizaz Cheema, rather under-employed as second seamer in the Test series, sends down a wide second ball out of Pietersen's grasp, then fires an inswinger down the leg side which disappears for five more wides. Another wide, this time outside off stump, this scattergun attack by Cheema is certainly keeping the arms of umpire Aleem Dar busy, while Aggers recalls Leicestershire's Scott Boswell losing the plot with a 14-ball over in that Lord's final in 2001. A single from Pietersen is the first run off the bat, and Cheema's nine-ball over is finally concluded.

  114. SMS  

    From Andrea: "Trapped on a train at Newark heading to London with a train stuck in a tunnel at Potters Bar plus points failure. Only the text commentary to keep me occupied."

  115. 1 over Commentary Eng 0-0  

    While Geoff Boycott gets stuck into Umar Gul, an early fumble from Umar Akmal behind the stumps allows Boycs to start chuntering about the Akmal family's wicketkeeping skills once again. Cook is watchful, playing out a maiden over from Gul.

    Meanwhile, Aggers reveals he had a Twitter message the other day from Zulqarnain Haider, the Pakistan keeper who fled the team a couple of years ago after claiming he'd been tapped up by match-fixers...

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

    "Gul has to improve on the other day, when every spell he bowled was poor. If I'd been in the dressing-room with him, I'd have used words which I can't use on the radio. He's one of their senior players, they're looking to him as a focal point and that was way-sub-standard."

  117. 1059 Commentary  

    "A very, very small crowd," notes Jonathan Agnew on TMS - Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen are ready to begin proceedings for England, with Umar Gul taking the new ball for Pakistan. Let's fire up the Quattro...

  118. Commentary  

    From Gregg, TMS inbox: "Pietersen is going to be safe until the end of the series, but I expect Jos Buttler to be pressing Kieswetter for selection if he fails again batting at six."

  119. BBC Test Match Special's Simon Hughes
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Simon Hughes  

    "Steven Finn is like a sponge. He observes everything, and it's coming out in his game."

  120. Twitter  

    From jmannick1: "I don't see why the young guys don't get a look in, Hales, Taylor, Briggs. These guys are the future."

    Hales is in the T20 squad so we may see him in those games... tweet us with the hashtag #bbccricket to join the debate

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

    "The 'two new balls' innovation [one from each end] is about the first thing they've done for bowlers in one-day cricket for a couple of decades!"

  122. 1050 Commentary  

    Test Match Special are up and running, while it's a predictably sunny day in Abu Dhabi - Simon Hughes is pondering whether Kevin Pietersen can start "adapting" his technique after Alastair Cook seemed to adapt to the conditions better than KP on Monday.

  123. BBC Test Match Special's Simon Hughes
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Simon Hughes  

    On Twitter: "Good toss to win, pitch will turn more later."

  124. Twitter  

    From PaulCollinson2: "Let's hope it's a bat-first-win-the-game sort of wicket"

    As Paul has done here, you can send us your comments today by tweeting us with the hashtag #bbccricket - or email (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line), or text 81111 (with "CRICKET" as the first word). I thank you.

  125. 1042 Commentary  

    And just so that last entry didn't get too long, I can bring you news of the first official one-day international between two physical disability sides - Pakistan beat England by 79 runs at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai, with centuries for Pakistan's Hasnain Alam (136) and Matloob Qureshi (113 not out). There are two more games scheduled, on Friday and Sunday.

  126. 1038 Commentary  

    While we wait for Test Match Special to get under way at 1045 GMT, there's plenty to catch up on from elsewhere in the world of cricket. There was a thrilling tied game yesterday with Sri Lanka and India both posting 236-9 from 50 overs, while in Hamilton, New Zealand beat Zimbabwe by five wickets in a Twenty20 international, the final game of a tour in which the Kiwis won all six competitive encounters.

    Also yesterday, England's women made it three warm-up wins from three with a Twenty20 victory over New Zealand's emerging players, with a swashbuckling 46 off 40 balls from Lydia Greenway putting them in the driving seat. And back on the county scene, Derbyshire have signed Pakistan bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, formerly of Sussex, for this year's Twenty20 competition.

  127. 1032 Commentary TOSS NEWS  

    Alastair Cook calls "heads" for the second successive game. And wins the toss again. And elects to bat again. And picks the same side again. Tim Bresnan and Jos Buttler are getting closer to selection, but Cookie's happy to stick with a winning team.

  128. 1025 Commentary  

    Morning, everyone - hope you've recovered from Valentine's Day. It's "as you were" from Monday - as Pakistan and England are still in Abu Dhabi, ready for the second one-day international. England will be looking to show the form they displayed in Monday's victory in the first ODI, rather than the preceding Test series. Technical problems mean we're still on the "retro" live text (as you may have observed), but we'll bring you news of the toss and the teams as we get them.

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  • England beat Pakistan by 20 runs
  • Pakistan: 230 (49.0 overs)
  • England: 250-4 (50.0 overs)
  • Venue: Abu Dhabi

Pakistan Innings

Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total all out 230
Hafeez c Trott b Anderson 26
Farhat run out (Broad) 47
Azhar Ali b Patel 31
Y Khan lbw b Patel 5
Misbah-ul-Haq c Kieswetter b Broad 47
U Akmal c Patel b Finn 21
Shahid Afridi b Anderson 18
Rehman b Finn 1
Gul lbw b Finn 5
Ajmal not out 7
Cheema b Finn 1
Extras 1nb 8w 5b 7lb 21

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Tremlett undergoes back surgery
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Live cricket on the BBC
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Pakistan v England (in UAE) 2012
13 Feb 12 |  England

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