Five star Asif runs through England
Pakistan's Mohammad Asif took five wickets as England collapsed to 354 all out on the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham today.cricket Updated: Jul 30, 2010 19:49 IST
Pakistan's Mohammad Asif took five wickets as England collapsed to 354 all out on the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham today.
England resumed on 331 for four but lost their last six wickets for just 17 runs, with Asif taking four for eight in 13 balls -- all lbw -- today - on his way to impressive innings figures of five for 77 in 29 overs.
But there was still time for Pakistan to lose captain and in-form batsman Salman Butt, caught behind for one off swing specialist James Anderson.
Pakistan, at lunch, were 16 for one with Imran Farhat nine not out and Azhar Ali unbeaten on six.
But for a fifth-wicket stand of 219 between maiden century maker Eoin Morgan (130) and Paul Collingwood (82), England's innings would have been in a desperate state.
England resumed with left-hander Morgan 125 not out and Collingwood unbeaten on 81.
But the pair scored just six more runs between them as Asif got the ball to swing in overcast conditions similar to those in which Pakistan bowled Australia out for just 88 in the first innings of their recent three-wicket second Test win at Headingley.
Morgan twice edged teenage fast bowler Mohammad Aamer short of the slips today. The former Ireland batsman had only added four when a nick off the 18-year-old left-armer carried but first slip Imran Farhat dropped the catch.
But Pakistan did separate England's fifth-wicket pair when Asif dismissed Collingwood, who only added a single to his overnight score.
Collingwood, in the first Test in England where the Decision Review System (DRS) was in use, called for a referral but replays upheld New Zealand umpire Tony Hill's original lbw verdict.
Collingwood could take some pride from his latest rescue mission, as he and Morgan surpassed England's previous fifth-wicket record against Pakistan of 192 shared by Trevor Bailey and Denis Compton at Trent Bridge back in 1954.
However, Collingwood's challenge meant both sides had used up their two permitted unsuccessful appeals, with DRS now no longer a factor in the innings.
Consequently, 23-year-old left Morgan had no choice but to accept being out lbw for 130 to Asif's excellent inswinger as a near five-hour innings of 216 balls featuring a six and 19 fours came to an end.
Matt Prior was run out needlessly before Asif had Graeme Swann and Anderson plumb lbw in successive balls.
Steven Finn survived the hat-trick before Stuart Broad was last man out, bowled by Umar Gul.