ScoreCard End Day 2
Bulletin End of Day 2
England end on top as Trescothick cruises to century
The Bulletin by Jenny Thompson
November 13, 2005
253 for 3 (Trescothick 135*, Bell 71, Hoggard 0*) trail Pakistan
274 (Salman Butt 74, Inzamam-ul-Haq 53) by 21 runs
England love it when a plan comes together, and their team were certainly on their A-game today as Marcus Trescothick hit an imperious century to complement his bowlers' earlier destruction of Pakistan's tail. By the close he was unbeaten on 135, with his side trailing Pakistan by just 21 runs in the first innings, and with seven wickets left.
Full match report to follow
3.55pm England 220 for 2 (Trescothick 109*, Collingwood 3*) v Pakistan 274 (Salman Butt 74, Inzamam-ul-Haq 53)
There was some relief, finally, for Pakistan in the evening session as Shoaib Malik edged out Ian Bell for 71. The other Shoaib, Akhtar, believed he had got his man earlier - and he certainly celebrated as if he had - with a clever slow yorker that bowled him; but a not-so-clever overstepping gave the batsman a stay of execution. It wasn't to last.
After the wicket-that-wasn't, Bell pulled himself together to concentrate, so much so that he faced a delivery from the world's fastest bowler without the aid of the sightscreen. Some frantic waving from the England dressing room later, and Bell had sorted it out: despatching Ahktar to third man with a sweet late cut, and digging out a second attempted slower ball as if to confirm things. But then Malik struck with a decent ball which Bell inside-edged to Salman Butt at forward short leg.
England won't be too alarmed - Bell's innings will have restored his confidence no end - and Marcus Trescothick cruised to his 12th Test hundred, his second against Pakistan, soon afterwards.
Tea England 174 for 1 (Trescothick 87*, Bell 60*) v Pakistan 274 (Salman Butt 74, Inzamam-ul-Haq 53)
Marcus Trescothick and Ian Bell batted fluently to bring up their 150 partnership just before tea and hand England firm control of this match. By the break they were 174 for 1, just 100 runs behind Pakistan's 274, and holding all of the aces.
England bossed proceedings throughout the first two sessions of the day, skittling out Pakistans' tail in the first hour - taking their last four wickets for 30 runs - then batting calmly, serenely and at a fair pace, too. They coursed along at nearly four an over, although Inzamam-ul-Haq did slow proceedings after lunch with the introduction of Shabbir Ahmed and Danish Kaneria.
Yet the loss of Andrew Strauss for 9 has been the only minor blot on an otherwise very healthy landscape indeed for England. True, they were helped by some wayward bowling - from Mohammad Sami in particular - but their timing and self-confidence has been second-to-none.
Trescothick has been England's mainstay in their warm-ups, and he led them well today, too. He was assured and his timing was imperious as he caressed his way to an unbeaten 87 by tea. He could count himself very lucky, though, that Billy Bowden kept his finger down when he was on 48, when Kaneria brought one back in at him which was going on to hit middle.
Bell, who England had more concerns about, responded to Trescothick's example, and played well, particularly off the backfoot. If his confidence was shaken before the match by the knowledge that he was only included because of Michael Vaughan's absence, you wouldn't know it. Where he had hesitated against Australia, today he was positive, organized and decisive: sweeping here, picking the wrong'un, there. His 60 not out was well deserved.
Nevermind England being poorly prepared before the Test - so far, they have shrugged off such concerns and more - it's Pakistan who have looked the undercooked side. They will take heart from knowing that they were 160 for 1 and fortunes can change in their favour. But even their premier bowlers, Ahktar and Kaneria, were thoroughly out-thought by England, so much so that at one stage Inzamam turned to his part-time spinner Shoaib Malik in desperation, but to no avail.
England's bowlers set the tone for the opening sessions, bowling full and on the money. At the start of the day England had aimed to dismiss Pakistan for under 300 and they did just that, making great use of the new ball and swinging conditions.
Matthew Hoggard was the first to strike, with just the third ball of the day he found Sami's edge, who fell for 1 without adding to his overnight score. Andrew Flintoff then accounted for Inzamam five overs later.
Pakistan's captain had wasted no time in bringing up his 40th Test fifty, working the ball round the ground and playing with confidence. But he was turned inside out by one which was leaving him - his first false shot of the day - and the edge fell to second slip where a confident Strauss made no mistake.
Five balls later Flintoff had added Ahmed, who was at sea during his short stay. Before the batsman had time to find his sea legs, Flintoff had found his middle stump with a searing yorker. It was Flintoff's fourth wicket of the innings.
Steve Harmison needed just two balls to end Pakistan's innings. The second ball after drinks a short-pitched delivery had Kaneria flashing to Ashley Giles at gully. England were be mightily pleased with their bowling effort: with the exception of Paul Collingwood, they all conceded fewer than three runs an over.
But then came a stern test against the pace attack of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami, who used the pace of the quickening pitch well. They had the odd loose ball as they found their radars, but there was no doubting Sami's arrow straight delivery which trapped Strauss for 9 in the fourth over.
Akhtar had earlier sent down a beautifully straight bullet before Strauss was off the mark, but a thick inside edge saved the batsman from the trigger. Strauss went on to hit two fours from Sami's second over, but he fell to the last ball. Enter Bell.
How they were out
Andrew Strauss lbw Sami 9 (18 for 1)
Beaten for pace and swing
Ian Bell c Butt b Malik 71 (198 for 2)
Inside edge scooped at short leg
Paul Collingwood c Akmal b Shabbir 10 (251 for 3)
Pushed hard at innocuous straight one
Shoaib Malik lbw Flintoff 39 (80 for 1)
Chose to go back and there was no doubt
Salman Butt c Jones b Udal 74 (161 for 2)
Slashed loopy delivery to slip; Jones snatched the rebound
Mohammad Yousuf b Flintoff 5 (166 for 3)
Undone by inswinging yorker
Younis Khan lbw Harmison 39 (181 for 4)
First ball after tea, ball nipped back sharply
Hasan Raza b Harmison 0 (183 for 5)
Sixth ball after tea, inswinging full delivery
Kamran Akmal c Trescothick b Hoggard 28 (238 for 6)
Useful first-slip catch as the ball was dying
Mohammad Sami c Jones b Hoggard 1 (244 for 7)
Beaten by regulation awayswinger
Inzamam-ul-Haq c Strauss b Flintoff 53 (260 for 8)
Turned inside out and sent thick edge to second slip
Shabbir Ahmed b Flintoff 0 (260 for 9)
No answer to yorker
Danish Kaneria c Giles b Harmison 6 (274 all out)
Steered backfoot cut to gully
Jenny Thompson is assistant editor of Cricinfo