England cruise to victory in second test

Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott steered England to a nine-wicket victory against Pakistan after lunch on the fourth day of the second test on Monday to go 2-0 up in the four-match series.

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Published: Mon 9 Aug 2010, 7:57 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:18 AM

England, set 118 to win at Edgbaston, cruised to their target as Strauss, dropped three times, and Trott both finished on 53 not out after the early dismissal of the out-of-form Alastair Cook.

Pakistan must now win the final two tests at The Oval (starting Aug. 18) and Lord’s to draw the series.

Strauss added 111 for the second wicket with Trott as they weathered Pakistan’s early onslaught that claimed Cook’s wicket.

Trott was untroubled and grew in confidence the longer he remained but Strauss was dropped twice (on 10 and 38) by debutant wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider from off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, and then again on 43 by mid-off Mohammad Asif off Shoaib Malik.

The pitch showed signs of low bounce from the faster bowlers Mohammed Amir and Asif, while there was slow turn for off-spinner Ajmal, but generally the sunshine that later disappeared allowed for reasonable batting conditions.

Pakistan achieved the early breakthrough they desired when Amir bowled Cook with the fourth ball of his second over and his first delivery to the left-hander.

Cook went neither forward nor back and his stumps were flattened by a ball that skidded through his non-existent defence to give Pakistan early optimism. Cook has not reached 30 in his last seven test innings.

His form is giving England a problem as he is the captain in-waiting after leading the side in Bangladesh this year when Strauss was rested. His place may be vulnerable prior to the Ashes that starts in November, especially with Ian Bell to return from injury.

Pakistan, 291 for nine overnight, added five runs to their total and faced 11 balls after the start of play. Stuart Broad had last man Asif caught by Kevin Pietersen at gully. Off-spinner Graeme Swann finished with career best figures of six for 65.

Final scoreboard

Pakistan 1st Innings 72 (J Anderson 4-20, S Broad 4-38)

England 1st Innings 251 (K Pietersen 80, J Trott 55; Saeed Ajmal 5-82)

Pakistan 2nd Innings (overnight: 291-9)

Imran Farhat b Swann 29

Salman Butt c Strauss b Anderson 0

Azhar Ali b Swann 19

Shoaib Malik c Prior b Finn 3

Umar Akmal lbw b Swann 20

Umar Amin st Prior b Swann 14

Zulqarnain Haider c Strauss b Swann 88

Mohammad Aamer c Strauss b Broad 16

Saeed Ajmal c Collingwood b Swann 50

Umar Gul not out 13

Mohammad Asif c Pietersen b Broad 14

Extras (b16, lb14) 30

Total (all out, 117.5 overs, 479 mins) 296

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Butt), 2-53 (Farhat), 3-54 (Ali), 4-76 (Malik), 5-82 (Akmal), 6-101 (Amin), 7-153 (Aamer), 8-268 (Ajmal), 9-269 (Zulqarnain), 10-296 (Asif)

Bowling: Anderson 28-13-62-1; Broad 28.5-8-66-2; Finn 16-5-57-1; Swann 37-20-65-6; Collingwood 7-2-14-0; Pietersen 1-0-2-0;

England 2nd Innings (target: 118)

A. Strauss not out 53

A. Cook b Aamer 4

J. Trott not out 53

Extras (b5, nb3) 8

Total (1 wkt, 36.3 overs, 150 mins) 118

Did not bat: K Pietersen, P Collingwood, E Morgan, M Prior, G Swann, S Broad, J Anderson, S Finn

Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Cook)

Bowling: Aamer 11-1-31-1; Asif 6-0-20-0; Ajmal 14.3-1-42-0; Malik 5-0-20-0 (1nb)

Toss: Pakistan

Result: England won by nine wickets

Series: England lead four-match series 2-0

Remaining Fixtures

Aug 18-22: 3rd Test, The Oval

Aug 26-30: 4th Test, Lord’s

Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) and Marais Erasmus (RSA)

TV umpire: Tony Hill (NZL)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

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