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BBC Sport's Pat Murphy
"England approached the target in positive fashion"
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England bowler Darren Gough
"To get off to that start was magnificent"
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England coach Duncan fletcher
"This side has got a lot of character"
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Pakistan bowler Wasim Akram
"This is what Test cricket is all about"
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banner Sunday, 3 June, 2001, 18:14 GMT 19:14 UK
England make fine start to run chase
Michael Atherton evades a short delivery at Old Trafford
Michael Atherton evades a short delivery at Old Trafford
Second Test, Old Trafford: England 357 & 85 without loss
Pakistan 403 & 323 (day four)

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Michael Atherton and Marcus Trescothick safely guided England along to 85 without loss at the close of the fourth day's play at Old Trafford - 285 short of victory.

In pursuit of the formidable target of 370, a figure only eclipsed twice before in Test history, both openers hit consecutive boundaries in the first two overs of the innings.

And though Trescothick did not initially look quite so comfortable against the spin of Saqlain Mushtaq he soon grew in confidence.

Trescothick ended the day on 48 not out, with Atherton unbeaten on 30.

And the game remains beautifully balanced with both sides having realistic hopes of victory on what promises to be a dramatic final day.

England were left the stiff run chase after Pakistan were bowled out for 323 in their second innings.

Wasim Akram hit a quick-fire 36 before being bowled
Wasim Akram hit a quick-fire 36 before being bowled
England should have a full 90 overs on Monday in which to try and complete their task - or at least bat out time for a draw and claim a fifth successive series victory.

England finally ended the Pakistan second innings when Saqlain Mushtaq topped a Darren Gough bouncer to Alec Stewart, leaving Waqar Younis undefeated on 14.

Pakistan, resuming the day on 87 for three, had few problems in the morning session - although Nick Knight dropped Inzamam-ul-Haq when on 36.

First innings centurion Inzamam made Knight pay by top scoring with 85 before being caught by Trescothick off Matthew Hoggard.

Yousuf Youhana (49) soon followed - although he was unlucky as replays showed that a ball from Andrew Caddick deflected off the peak of his helmet before being taken by Atherton at first slip.

Knight (l) reflects on dropping Inzamam
Knight (l) reflects on dropping Inzamam
Similar misfortune befell Younis Khan, trapped lbw for 17 despite replays suggesting that the batsman got an inside edge and that the ball may have gone over the top of the stumps.

And when Caddick bowled Azhar Mahmood for 14 England's victory hopes were raised.

But Wasim Akram and Rashid Latif then pushed the tourists' total along.

Wasim received a standing ovation from the Old Trafford crowd on his 35th birthday as the former Lancashie idol left the field after being bowled by Darren Gough for a quick-fire 36.

Akram's dismissal followed soon after Rashid Latif had fallen, the wicketkeeper caught by Atherton at first slip off Hoggard for 25.

Pakistan need to win to square the two-match series.

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