And that's that folks. After 7 weeks of bright colours and fireworks, we are back to the game's purest form. It was a pleasure bringing you the action over the last 3 days. This is Rishi Roy, bidding adieu in the elite company of Vineet Anantharaman, Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Shashikant Singh, and our substitute fielder Hariprasad Sadanandan. That's it from England. Join us again in August for more red-ball action from the UK. Cheerio!
17:11 Local Time, 21:41 IST: Phew! That was some game. Forgive, but the thrill that Pakistan offers, no other team can! After hanging on by their teeth against the Irish, they came and decimated England at Lord's, and yet again, we saw a new Pakistan rising from the ashes. However, credit to England and their young brigade, Bess, Curran, et al., for producing some performances beyond their years. Pakistan can also take a lot away from this series, as they continue to mass produce world-class bowlers. The batting, though, has got the reality check it needed.
And now, Sarfaraz and Joe Root hold up the trophy, which will be shared. Pakistan and England have both won a Test each, and the NatWest Trophy will is held aloft by both the captains.
Joe Root, England Captain (2/2): "It's a really good step forward as a team, and hopefully we can keep going, and move on from this. I think the youngsters like Curran, Bess, etc did a really good job. It was a really difficult job to bat, and Cook batted well with Jennings. That partnership with Bess put us in a really good position, and backed up the senior players. We were below par at Lord's, and we were low on confidence after a tough winter. But we showed character as a group and we showed what we are made of and showed that we were very ambitious as a team. It's important to learn lessons from weeks like these as well, but it's even more important to take the confidence going forward. Certainly think we can beat India in England if we play the way we did in this Test."
Joe Root, England Captain (1/2): "Yeah it was a better performance. We spoke as a group about character last week, as it was a tough week. We spoke of playing with pride and enjoyment. We adapted well with the conditions, and learnt quickly. And even though we lost the toss, it worked in our favour. As a group we were really good. A few guys stood up with a point to prove and it was a really good win for us. The opening bowlers set the tone for the Test. They were very well backed up as well. We were very balanced in our batting as well. We were really good in attack and defence as well. That's the best thing: when you go out and prove to others what you've got inside, that's what so satisfying for me. I think it was the nature of the pitch that no one got a hundred. There was a lot of lateral movement, a lot of seam movement and later when it got cooler, there was some swing as well. There was some spin as well, and credit to the groundstaff for producing the pitch that they did and credit to the lads for such a good performance."
Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain: "The toss decision was correct, but we didn't back up the decision with our batting. They bowled really well in the first two hours and we didn't bat well, so credit to them. It was a good batting pitch. We certainly didn't apply ourselves as well as we did in Lord's, and we were not as well disciplined. The batting was not up to the mark. Dropped catches are a part and parcel of the game. When we were down by 180 runs, there was some pressure on the batting side and again we didn't capitalize on a good batting pitch. I am quite proud of my young team which did extremely well in the two Test matches."
Mohammad Abbas, Man of the Series (10 wickets): "I was worried and disappointed that I wouldn't get my name on the Lord's honour's board. I would have been more happy if we won the series. According to the seaming conditions, I try and bowl in the right areas, it is a part and parcel of bowling on a seaming track of not getting the nick. Sometimes you get the nicks, sometimes you don't. The English were under pressure, because I had done well. They changed the ploy against me by standing outside the crease, but I'll look to improve my bowling further. And I wish Wasim Akram a very happy birthday!"
Jos Buttler, Man of the Match 80*(101): "Yeah, thrilled to be back in the side. Brilliant opportunity. Wanted to make the most of it and really enjoyed the occasion. The pitch was such that bowlers were always in the game. Batsmen could get starts, but there would always be balls that could get wickets. I thought this performance backed up a tough week at Lord's, which shows what the batsmen are capable of. It is fun to take some slogging into Test batting. I think I'm lucky that I got this opportunity, and that someone gave me this opportunity and showed faith in me is very encouraging."
Interviews coming right up!
After an intimidating lead of 189 runs, Pakistan's batting faltered and despite some inspiring batting by Imam and Salahuddin, Pakistan stumbled to an embarrassing collapse, as England managed to come back in a must-win game and triumphed by an innings and 55 runs.
Pakistan gave it their all with the bowling, particularly putting the scrambled seam ball to good use and managed to seam it around even after 80 overs. Not much reverse, as the bowlers lacked the pace for it and the surface lacked the roughness (not to mention the exceptional quality of the Dukes). But the ball seamed around. Pakistan just didn't have the luck to get the nicks; only enough to beat the bat.
16:24 Local Time, 20:54 IST: As Mickey Arthur mentioned yesterday, as did Cricbuzz user Hassan Jogiat, "the trouble for both teams in the Tests started at the toss." Pakistan, after having decided to bat first, failed to play the seaming ball satisfactorily and were bundled out for 174, with teenaged leg-spinner Shadab Khan doing the bulk of the scoring with a fifty.
Broad to Mohammad Abbas, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
The open-propeller Yorkshire Airways flight sails over the stadium.
Four slips in
The already extended session has been extended further by another 30 minutes or until the time the last wicket falls
Chris Woakes is off the field, Tattersall is the substitue fielder
A FSL in, four slips as well
Mohammad Abbas, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Broad to Hasan Ali, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Cook put on the shin pad but he's not fielding anywhere near the batsman. Off he goes to square leg
Hasan Ali, right handed bat, comes to the crease
A slip and a FSL for Hasan Ali
Dominic Bess to Salahuddin, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Dominic Bess [8.0-1-20-2] is back into the attack
Just two slips for Salahuddin
Broad back, Root wants to finish this one early. Three slips as he starts from round the wicket
A slip and a FSL for Amir
Mohammad Amir, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Dominic Bess to Faheem Ashraf, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Two slips and a short cover in place
Appeal for a run-out and the third umpire will have a look. England aren't excited because Faheem Ashraf is well in
A slip, leg slip and FSL as Bess comes from round the wicket
Faheem Ashraf, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Three slips for Curran
Sam Curran to Shadab Khan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Dominic Bess [3.0-0-11-1] is back into the attack
Change of ends for Bess, he replaces Woakes, who dismissed Sarfraz in the last over. A slip and a FSL in place
Simon Doull is amongst the spectators watching the match
Sam Curran [1.0-0-4-0] is back into the attack
Bess gives way to Sam Curran. Can the birthday boy take some wickets to add the topping to his cake? He has three slips in place..
Shadab Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Drinks with that. So with the rain not coming to help Pakistan, it should be over pretty soon.
Woakes to Sarfraz, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Woakes has been dealing in binary lengths - too full to too short
The three slips remain. Gully has moved to backward point. A short leg has been added.
There's a deep square leg for a possibvle top-edged sweep. Root doesn't believe in keeping secrets as he explicitly warns him to stay ready.
Sarfraz Ahmed, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Right after they get the wicket, England complain about the ball. And succeed. It is indeed out of shape.
Dominic Bess to Imam-ul-Haq, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Dominic Bess, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
He was seen warming up and after he's batted, plucked out stunners, he gets to do what he's been picked for. Also a slip and a short leg
Chris Woakes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Quite an obvious change. Both Anderson and Broad haven't found their wrists working for them. Nor have their followthroughs.
Jimmy's struggles have brought the pitch staff out with a shovel to flatten out the crease landing area from his end. And then Jimmy decides to use his spikes to rub it further.
Anderson appears to be struggling with his left ankle. Perhaps worried about him landing in the danger area. Decides to go round the wicket
James Anderson [5.0-0-23-2] is back into the attack
13:38 local: Welcome. The rain radar seems to have got it wrong yet again. It's pretty clear, clear enough for England to come out with sunglasses. The bell rings .. and here we go. Done inside this session? Three slips and a gully.
That's lunch on Day 3 and it's been England all the way. Six wickets in the morning session, three from England and three from Pakistan - but it's the last three wickets that will hurt Pakistan more. They allowed Buttler & co. to rack up runs quickly this morning. A deficit of 128 at the start of the day finished with an overall deficit of 189 after England's first innings. They then started to bat positively, but in doing so, they have lost three huge wickets - including the experienced pair of Azhar and Shafiq. The deficit is still 141 and Pakistan have just seven second innings wickets remaining. Two for Anderson and one for Broad - but they were helped by some poor shot-making from the visiting batsmen. It's cloudy and there's a threat of rain - but it needs a lot of effort from Pakistan if they aren't losing this by tonight. Join us at 13:40 for the resumption.
Sam Curran, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Usman Salahuddin, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Broad to Shafiq, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Sam Curran is warming-up, might bowl one over before lunch
Another appeal from England, but Root isn't interested and they will not review
Asad Shafiq, right handed bat, comes to the crease
A fielder at short mid-off now, Broad from round the wicket
Anderson to Haris Sohail, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Anderson switches to round the wicket
Three slips, a fine gully and a square gully for Anderson
The ground-staff are repairing the area where the bowler lands, it's taking a nice little pounding even as Anderson watches it like a hawk
Haris Sohail, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Anderson to Azhar Ali, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Another loud shout for LBW / caught, but England decide against a review
Broad, from the other end, three slips and a gully in place
Azhar Ali and Imam-ul-Haq are at the crease. Azhar Ali is on strike. Anderson will open the attack