Stumps Day 2. England 192. Pakistan 288-7
If England get out of this test match with a draw or a win, the batsmen ought to take the bowlers out for a night on the tiles. Oh hang on, they’re in Dubai aren’t they. Maybe they should go out for a quiet meal and a few lemonades instead.
Yesterday evening England were looking down the barrel. The pitch seemed flatter than Jessica Alba’s stomach, and Pakistan seemed destined for a huge first innings lead.
However, after a spirited fight back by the bowlers today, England certainly aren’t out of the game yet. The first inning deficit is still likely to be about 120 to 140, but if we bat well in the second dig who knows what could happen. Pakistan won’t want to chase much more than 250.
Our bowlers deserve a great deal of credit for the way they performed today. It was reminiscent of the Ashes, when we had to bowl the Aussies out on a number of slow unresponsive surfaces.
The plan, as always, was to bowl a tight line, apply pressure, and wait for the batsmen to either nick one behind or make a mental error. It eventually paid off.
However, imagine how much easier it would have been if Monty was playing? Tremlett is a good bowler, but he was never going to be effective on these kind of pitches. Everyone knew it apart from the England management apparently – which is kind of worrying if you think about it.
Anyway, as Sir Geoffrey wisely pointed out on TMS, our bowlers’ performance will be in vain if our batsmen capitulate tomorrow. That means they’ll have to play Saeed Ajmal with a straight bat.
Anyone out sweeping should be flogged in public. Apparently they enjoy that sort of thing in the UAE. Shame they don’t allow it back in the UK, really. Hmmm, I really should stop reading all those right wing tabloids.