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    England V Pakistan (ODI)

    Sorry if this is done before.

    SOUTHAMPTON (England), Sept 6: Younis Khan's 101 was the centrepiece of Pakistan's two-wicket win over England in the day/night third One-day International at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday (partly reported in Wednesday’s edition).

    Pakistan, cruising to victory at 215 for four, did suffer a late collapse that saw them lose three wickets for nine runs as they declined to 265 for eight, with fast bowler Stuart Broad striking twice in two balls.

    Victory saw Pakistan go 2-0 up and meant they could not lose the five-match series heading into Friday's fourth fixture at Trent Bridge.

    “It's a good achievement for us especially under pressure but we're used to these conditions now,” Younis told Sky Sports.

    “It was a big hundred because against England it's a dream come true.

    “But all the time I bat for my team, not for myself, and that's why a lot of the time I'm out for 70 or 80. This time it's nice to get that hundred,” he added.

    This defeat was England's ninth in nine completed limited overs fixtures this season and meant they had won just four of their last 24 fixtures in shorter forms of cricket.

    Set 272 to win, Pakistan finished on 274 for eight after a third-wicket stand of 167 in 31 overs between Younis and Mohammad Yousuf (60) saw the duo defy the conventional wisdom by successfully batting second under the lights after skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq had won the toss.

    Inzamam was 44 not out and Shoaib Akhtar two not out as the tourists won with seven balls to spare when the captain pulled Rikki Clarke for four.

    But England captain Andrew Strauss took heart from England's improved showing. “I think we showed a lot more positivity with the bat which was important.

    “More than anything we showed a lot of fight in the whole game, and if we keep doing that we'll turn things around sooner rather than later.

    “We put the ball in the right areas but were a bit unlucky in the middle. All credit to Pakistan, people keep getting hundreds and Younis Khan did that very well today.”

    Broad gave Pakistan a scare by taking two wickets in two balls in the 47th over to get rid of Abdul Razzaq (16), caught and Kamran Akmal, held at point by Paul Collingwood before Rana Naved was bowled by seamer Jon Lewis for seven.

    Earlier, paceman Naved took four wickets for 57 runs in England's 271 for nine.

    Lewis, who had figures of two for 11 in Pakistan's seven-wicket win at Lord's on Saturday, struck with his sixth ball when Shoaib Malik edged him to Collingwood at backward point.

    And when Mohammad Hafeez was run out by England captain Andrew Strauss's direct hit from cover, Pakistan were 29 for two.

    But, as happened in the recent Test series against England, Younis and Yousuf took charge after the openers had faltered.

    Younis played some superb shots. He went down the pitch and square cut Broad for four before pulling the 20-year-old quick to the boundary.

    He then lashed Sajid Mahmood through point.

    Lewis too came in for the Younis treatment, umpire Billy Doctrove forced to take evasive action as he struck another powerful blow down the ground.

    But Younis, on 38, escaped when a pull off Mahmood was dropped low down by the onrushing Broad at deep square leg with Pakistan then 80 for two.

    Yousuf, who on 22 called for a runner with what appeared to be cramp, then struck a scorching cover-drive off Mahmood for four.

    He later completed an 84-ball fifty with four fours before Younis's single off Mahmood took him to a 105-ball hundred with one six and 13 fours.

    Surprisingly, it was only his second One-day International century and first against a Test nation after his 144 against Hong Kong in the Asia Cup at Colombo in 2004.

    But then Younis holed out to Trescothick at long-on off Broad after his stand with Yousuf had left Pakistan on 196 for three in the 37th over.
    Here we go the Pakis in action!

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    the middle order you have is the dogs balls.

    the best i have seen.

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    I'm still not confident with the team to be very honest. After losing the world cup finals back in 99, I focking started hating them.

    Anyway, its their chance to prove themselves.

    Another peace of news:

    SOUTHAMPTON, Sept 6: This summer's ball-tampering saga was given fresh impetus at the Rose Bowl when Sky Television showed footage of Shoaib Akhtar running his thumb along the seam three balls after dismissing Ian Bell in the 25th over of Eng;and innings on Tuesday.

    Shoaib's ball maintenance looked innocuous enough, a view later confirmed by Mike Procter, the match referee, who cleared Shoaib and the rest of the Pakistan team of ball-tampering after discussion with the umpires.

    “There was no tampering,” said Pakistan team manager Zaheer Abbas. “Some mud got stuck on the ball because the pitch is not fully grassed and there are areas of mud on the outfield. All Shoaib was doing was cleaning the mud off.”

    The situation was created less by Shoaib’s behaviour and more by the words used by Sky's commentary team. Nasser Hussain got carried away enough to reproach Shoaib: “I can’t believe he'd be so stupid in the current climate. At best he's been very, very silly.”

    Michael Atherton asked viewers to make up their own minds.

    These views fell on some sympathetic ears in the press box. While most English journalists have been critical of Darrell Hair’s decisions at the Oval, a minority continue to harbour suspicions about the integrity of Pakistan's cricketers and this latest incident offered an opportunity for those inner demons to surface.

    Writers in the leading broadsheets, however, condemned Sky’s inflammatory footage. Pat Murphy, the BBC’s presenter and commentator, described Sky's behaviour as “power without responsibility.”

    It was interesting that Sky did not show the clip in its highlights package.

    Any suggestion that this footage of Shoaib can be significant for the hearing about the events at the Oval is ridiculous given that Shoaib missed that match.

    Under these circumstances it was important for the match referee to quickly make a decision. Clearly Procter, and perhaps the ICC, has learnt something important from the Oval debacle.

    Shoaib is a player who attracts scrutiny in whatever he does, be it his kinky bowling action, his ball rubbing, his mutating hairstyle, or his mysterious nightlife.

    He has already been reprimanded by the ICC for ball-tampering in 2003, and in 1999 Sky again showed footage of Shoaib apparently suspiciously cleaning a cricket ball. What the incident in 1999 and the one this week have in common is that on both occasions Shoaib had not tampered with the ball and on both occasions he was in blistering form.

    David Gower claimed that Sky had a duty to show the pictures to the public. That may well be true but broadcasters, the media, and international cricket officials also have a duty to be even-handed.

    We are rapidly arriving at the point where the behaviour of certain representatives of these groups is confirming Pakistan's paranoia that they are the victims of a witch-hunt. It is now becoming a truism that when Australian or English bowlers produce reverse swing they are considered to be skilled artists but when Pakistani bowlers reverse swing the ball they are considered to be cheats and ball-scratchers. For sure, men of all races, creeds, and nationalities scratch their balls.

    In addition, the ICC has announced that forensic evidence might be presented at Inzamam-ul Haq's ball-tampering hearing in late September. This is a curious move. First since it seems scientifically improbable that anybody yet has the data to validate that a ball has or has not been tampered with, and secondly because forensic science — like all other science — is inexact.

    Just the mention of forensic tests is another indicator that one set of protagonists is becoming increasingly desperate about its case. Now that there appears to be no chance that common sense will prevail it is only a matter of time before the CIA and James Bond are called in to resolve this international crisis.

    On a more positive note, if the footage from the Rose Bowl is the best evidence that Sky’s cameras can pick up — and we know that 26 of their cameras failed to detect anything at the Oval — the case made by Hair looks to be standing on a softer version of the mud on the Rose Bowl outfield.

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    This just goes to show that Engerland are crap and we are going to smash them this summer

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    and well done Pakistan. - they do have some quality in their team.

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    England showed some quality today and smashed them all around the park with an 8 wicket victory, we are starting to turn things around now. This is a first class victory over a fantastic pakistan team.

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