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PCB announces the squad for three remaining ODIs
by Pakistan Cricket Board
:England in Pakistan 2005/06Media Release - 12 December 2005
The National Selection Committee, led by its Chairman Wasim Bari, in consultation with Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and Coach Bob Woolmer, has decided to retain the same squad for the three remaining One Day Internationals (ODIs) of the Bank Alfalah Cup against England as was announced for the first two ODIs. Shahid Afridi would now officially be part of the squad. Chairman PCB has accepted the Selection Committee's recommendation. PCB Media Department
England Annihilated By Akmal & Akhtar
12 December 2005
England Annihilated By Akmal & Akhtar
Pakistan's Abdul Razzaq (R) celebrates with team mates (From L) Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf after taking the wicket of England's Matt Prior (not in picture) during their one-day international cricket match at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan December 12, 2005. REUTERS/Jason O'Brien. Picture Supplied by Action Images
A tired-looking England surrendered their 1-0 lead in their five-match one-day international series with a seven-wicket defeat against Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium.
The tourists showed clear signs of fatigure after their late-night appearace on BBC television's Sports Review of the Year. Andrew Flintoff, permitted less than eight hours of turnaround time between accepting the trophy and the start of this match, fell to a fourth-ball duck to an England innings of 230 all out. Only Liam Plunkett's maiden half-century in a record ninth-wicket stand of 100 with `supersub' Vikram Solanki provided England with any hope after Shoaib Akhtar (five for 54) had caused mayhem at the beginning of the innings. When Pakistan came to bat, Kamran Akmal (102) shared an 86-run opening stand with Salman Butt and then a third-wicket partnership of 74 with his fellow third-Test tormentor Mohammad Yousuf to help Pakistan complete the win with six overs to spare.
Shoaib had begun England's troubles by removing Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss in one over, returning later to see off Geraint Jones and Ian Blackwell via more top-quality pace. In between, Kevin Pietersen and Flintoff fell in the space of five balls to Rana Naved-ul-Hasan. An initially sound start was interrupted when Shoaib served up a new variation of his increasingly feared slower ball to clean bowl Trescothick with an off-cutter which just lifted the off bail. Four balls later Strauss was gone without scoring when Shoaib dug one in at the batsman's ribs and taking the glove on its way for a catch behind. Matthew Prior and Pietersen responded with a gung-ho counter-attack. New man Pietersen took on Rana, hitting each of the third, fourth, fifth and sixth balls he faced for boundaries.
It was no surprise when Pietersen lost his off-stump, aiming across the line at Rana. Flintoff pulled Rana straight into the hands of midwicket with his first attempt at a shot in anger. Prior played round a useful delivery to be bowled by Abdul Razzaq. Inzamam-ul-Haq recalled Shoaib as early as the 25th over and had Jones caught behind and then knocked over Blackwell's off-stump with a 90mph-plus delivery. Solanki was dropped behind the wicket on 10 off Danish Kaneria's leg-spin before he and Plunkett combined to save England's blushes. The latter finished with a richly-deserved maiden half-century from 72 balls, hitting four fours and a six.
Pakistan openers Kamran and Butt used the pace on the ball by Stephen Harmison and Flintoff. Two wickets in four overs briefly raised English hopes, Butt surprised by Flintoff's pace with the first ball of his second spell and Younis Khan surprised more by Paul Collingwood's lack of pace as each was bowled. In the end, though after Kamran had completed a near run-a-ball hundred with 15 fours and one six, it was as much as England could manage to extend this floodlit fixture beyond dusk.
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