England humiliated as Kamran cuts loose

Pakistan 353-6 England 188
Pakistan won by 165 runs

It is hard to imagine that any England bowling attack has ever been clobbered as hard or far as that which wore the three lions and a coronet here in Karachi yesterday.

For 34 overs England had managed to maintain a modicum of control over Pakistan's ominous batting line-up. Kamran Akmal had scored a majestic century, his third in four innings against England, but Pakistan, on 188 for 3, looked set to score no more than 300.

But then Shahid Afridi, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Abdul Razzaq and Mohammad Yousuf produced a bewildering display of pyrotechnics which sent a frenzied crowd of 33,000 into rapture. Pakistan added 165 runs in their innings' final 16 overs and posted an impregnable total of 353 for 6.

The assault broke England, whose batsmen showed very little fight. England have been bowled out for fewer than 188 on 61 occasions in limited-overs cricket but only once ­ in 1993-94 Michael Atherton's side were beaten by the West Indies by the same amount, 165 runs ­ have they lost by such a margin.

Pakistan's task was made easier by woeful England bowling. Andrew Flintoff was the only member of the attack who appeared capable of bowling yorkers. The rest failed to show the skill or nous required to contain unforgiving opponents.

The defeat will have had a demoralising effect on a team that have now lost a Test series, two consecutive one-day internationals and three of their key players. Marcus Trescothick and Duncan Fletcher, England's stand-in captain and coach respectively, now face the unenviable task of motivating a squad with an eye on next Thursday's flight home for two remaining matches in Rawalpindi.

When Trescothick invited Pakistan to have first use of an excellent pitch he would have had no idea that his side would haemorrhage a record number of runs. And in the opening exchanges there seemed little sign of what was to come. Flintoff and James Anderson swung the new ball against watchful openers.

But as the overs passed Kamran grew in confidence and unleashed his wonderful array of strokes. Bob Woolmer, the Pakistan coach, raised eyebrows at the start of the tour when he claimed that Kamran had the potential to play like Australia's Adam Gilchrist. Yet after Pakistan's wicketkeeper has scored 154, 5, 102 and 109 in his last four innings against England Woolmer may have a point.

England would have expected the dismissal of Kamran to reduce the scoring rate, but the arrival of the much loved Afridi brought the opposite. After pushing a couple of singles he swiped Paul Collingwood for a four and six before doing the same to Flintoff. Yet just when he looked set he was run out for a 14-ball innings of 31.

The crowd fell silent. In their eyes Yousuf was the culprit and his half-century brought little applause. Yousuf himself was brilliantly run out by Collingwood, but Razzaq began striking the ball with alarming power. Liam Plunkett bowled the 44th over of the innings and it was hit for 19 runs. Anderson bowled the 47th and it conceded 23. In 25 balls Razzaq and Inzamam added 60 runs to Pakistan's total.

A six off Anderson landed on the roof of a stand, disturbing a bird's nest. Foliage floated on to the crowd before the ball rolled down. Inzamam was bowled by a Flintoff yorker and Razzaq brought up his 22-ball half-century off the final ball of the innings.

* The 2006-07 Ashes Test series between Australia and England will be sandwiched into a 45-day window to avoid clashing with the major one-day tournaments scheduled around the same period, it was announced yesterday. The start of the tour has been pushed back from October because the ICC Champions Trophy in India does not finish until 5 November. And the tour ends in mid-February, just a month ahead of the World Cup starting in the West Indies on 13 March.

Australia v England 2006-7 Ashes Tour itinerary: First Test (Brisbane 23-27 November); Second Test (Adelaide 1-5 December); Third Test (Perth 14-18 December); Boxing Day Test (Melbourne 26-30 December); Fifth Test (Sydney 2-6 January).

Scoreboard from Karachi

England won toss


Salman Butt c Flintoff b Plunkett 29 65 mins, 50 balls, 5 fours

ÝKamran Akmal c Plunkett b Collingwood 109 139 mins, 111 balls, 12 fours

Younis Khan c Jones b Plunkett 0 4 mins, 2 balls

Mohammad Yousuf run out (Collingwood) 68 110 mins, 65 balls, 7 fours

Shahid Afridi run out (Collingwood-Jones) 31 23 mins, 14 balls, 3 fours, 2 sixes

* Inzamam-ul-Haq b Flintoff 45 50 mins, 35 balls, 4 fours, 1 six

Abdul Razzaq not out 51 32 mins, 22 balls, 5 fours, 3 sixes

Shoaib Malik not out 1 2 mins, 1 ball

Extras (b 5, lb 1, w 13, nb 0, pens 0) 19

Total (for 6, 217 mins, 50 overs) 353

Fall: 1-74 (Salman Butt), 2-84 (Younis Khan), 3-188 (Kamran Akmal), 4-234 (Shahid Afridi), 5-272 (Mohammad Yousuf), 6-350 (Inzamam-ul-Haq).

Did not bat: Shoaib Akhtar, Naved-ul-Hasan, Mohammad Sami.

Bowling: Flintoff 10-1-57-1 (w5) (4-1-11-0 2-0-10-0 1-0-16-0 3-0-20-1), Anderson 10-0-72-0 (w3) (6-0-31-0 2-0-12-0 2-0-29-0), Harmison 8-0-62-0 (w2) (6-0-39-0 2-0-23-0), Plunkett 7-0-61-2 (w2) (4-0-25-2 1-0-6-0 2-0-30-0), Collingwood 8-0-58-1 (w1) (4-0-23-0 2-0-24-1 2-0-11-0), Blackwell 5-0-25-0 (4-0-19-0 1-0-6-0), Solanki 2-0-12-0 (one spell).

Progress: Power Play 1: overs 1-10 46-0; PP2: overs 11-15 71-0; PP3: overs 16-20 107-2. 50: 45 mins, 65 balls. 100: 84 mins, 117 balls. 150 in 116 mins, 166 balls. 200: 149 mins, 212 balls. 250: 176 mins, 245 balls. 300: 194 mins, 269 balls. 350: 213 mins, 296 balls. Kamran Akmal's 50: 76 mins, 53 balls, 6 fours. 100: 131 mins, 105 balls, 11 fours. Mohammad Yousuf's 50: 99 mins, 56 balls, 4 fours. Abdul Razzaq's 50: 32 mins, 22 balls, 5 fours, 3 sixes


* M E Trescothick c Inzamam-ul-Haq b Naved-ul-Hasan 22 40 mins, 30 balls, 3 fours

M J Prior run out (Shoaib Akhtar) 2 30 mins, 12 balls

A J Strauss lbw b Mohammad Sami 23 51 mins, 23 balls, 3 fours

V S Solanki c Younis Khan b Naved-ul-Hasan 0 2 mins, 2 balls

A Flintoff b Yasir Arafat 36 52 mins, 41 balls, 7 fours

P D Collingwood c Salman Butt b Shoaib Malik 19 33 mins, 31 balls, 2 fours

ÝG O Jones c Yasir Arafat b Shahid Afridi 14 34 mins, 26 balls

I D Blackwell c Mohammad Sami b Shahid Afridi 14 20 mins, 27 balls

I R Bell not out 37 32 mins, 42 balls, 5 fours

L E Plunkett b Shoaib Malik 7 22 mins, 17 balls

S J Harmison c Shahid Afridi b Shoaib Malik 1 3 mins, 2 balls

Extras (b 0, lb 7, w 5, nb 1, pens 0) 13

Total (164 mins, 42 overs) 188

Fall: 1-22 (Prior), 2-40 (Trescothick), 3-40 (Solanki), 4-79 (Strauss), 5-101 (Flintoff), 6-122 (Collingwood), 7-140 (Jones), 8-145 (Blackwell), 9-186 (Plunkett), 10-188 (Harmison).

Bowling: Shoaib Akhtar 5-1-23-0 (nb1,w5), Naved-ul-Hasan 7-1-31-2, Mohammad Sami 5-1-18-1, Yasir Arafat 5-0-31-1, Shahid Afridi 10-0-42-2, Shoaib Malik 9-1-29-3, Abdul Razzaq 1-0-7-0 (one spell each).

Progress: Yasir Arafat replaced Mohammad Yousuf between innings. Power Play 1: overs 1-10 47-3; PP2: overs 11-15 72-3; PP3: overs 16-20 102-5. 50: 58 mins, 67 balls. 100: 95 mins, 116 balls. 150: 144 mins, 207 balls. I R Bell replaced J M Anderson after 30.5 overs at 140-7.

Pakistan won by 165 runs.

Umpires: A L Hill and R E Koertzen.

TV replay umpire: Zameer Haidar.

Match referee: J J Crowe.

Man of the match: Kamran Akmal.

  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss