Tearful demise for pitiful England

Saqlain registers his best one-day figures as batsmen again demonstrate their vulnerability to spin

There was always the chance that this one-day series would end in tears for England, but nobody quite foretold how they might fall. As their batsmen were again lured to a pitiful downfall by Pakistan's spin bowlers - reason enough for a good weep - the team's obvious discomfort was aggravated by crowd disturbances.

There was always the chance that this one-day series would end in tears for England, but nobody quite foretold how they might fall. As their batsmen were again lured to a pitiful downfall by Pakistan's spin bowlers - reason enough for a good weep - the team's obvious discomfort was aggravated by crowd disturbances.

The first one came outside the ground when hundreds of police, confronted by thousands of fans desperate to get into the match and climbing walls to do so, twice restored order by releasing several canisters of tear gas after wading in with their batons. On both occasions the gas wafted on to the pitch, forcing the match to be held up for 10 minutes while the players covered their eyes, and on both occasions England lost a wicket immediately after the resumption.

The second intrusion came midway through Pakistan's innings when Andrew Flintoff, who was fielding on the boundary, had plastic bottles thrown at him. No more than boisterousness perhaps, but it was, at the least, disconcerting. Flintoff was unhurt but the potential disruption was clear and England's captain Nasser Hussain approached the umpire, Mian Aslam, and asked him to intervene. All the time, England were losing the match and the series. They might have anticipated this but their disappointment must have been heightened because of the way in which they set off, winning the first match by chasing 305 to win. It was a week ago and now it seems like a century.

Pakistan won the second match easily and deservedly eased home by six wickets in the decider. They had only to overhaul England's miserable total of 158 from 42.5 overs and, despite the loss of two wickets to the new ball, were rarely troubled.

Once more, the tourists were not up to the job of rebuffing Pakistan's spinners. It was the turn of the off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq to reap a rich harvest, helped at every turn, as it were, by England's batsmen. Their plan was to attack but they did so injudiciously and Saqlain's 5 for 20 was his best return in 129 one-dayers.

A couple of dismissals were grotesque and it is certain now that Pakistan will prepare spinning pitches for the Tests. England's footwork was based on the rules for three-legged races and if the occasion got to them - there was mayhem outside the ground for hours beforehand - they will have to become accustomed to it.

Hussain refused to use the circumstances as an excuse. "It's full of chaos here, the chaos theory," he said. "It must make great viewing. There isn't a dull moment but it does make it a bit harder when you're out in the middle."

As for the tear gas, Marcus Trescothick, who was batting during its initial advent, said it was very uncomfortable and he felt like choking. "It was a bit scary because you just didn't know what was happening at first. But it only lasted two or three minutes," he said.

England could probably have done with winning the toss. Their practice has lately been to win the right to bat second. However, considering the goings-on outside, the game began in relative quiet.

Marcus Trescothick gave the new ball a good thump and Alec Stewart looked more at home than of late before tear gas stopped play for the first time in the ninth over - England losing two wickets in quick succession after the resumption.

Stewart edged a drive and Hussain was then given out lbw to Wasim Akram. It was an appalling decision - the ball might have been hitting Hussain's stumps but it pitched some five or six inches outside leg stump which renders an appeal null and void. Hussain merely shook his head - later, commendably and essentially, refusing to comment.

If that made England's task difficult, Saqlain made it impossible. He took a wicket with his first ball when Graeme Hick, his foot nowhere near the pitch, was bowled through the gate. Four balls later, Trescothick tried to work an off break to leg and was bowled.

Of the rest to fall to Saqlain, Craig White hit a full toss down deep square leg's throat, Ashley Giles was beaten by a top spinner soon after the second tear-gas interruption and Darren Gough flailed across the line. Graham Thorpe and Mark Ealham took England beyond three figures but at the last Thorpe fell to a messy run-out.

England at least bowled and fielded properly, but their cause was lost, even though Andrew Caddick induced two catches with early movement. Inzamam-ul-Haq's vast experience was evident and he made 60 not out from 108 balls. England let a couple of chances go begging - including a run-out opportunity against Inzamam, who makes a habit of these things.

Thus, the series ended as it had begun and continued almost throughout, in disarray. The list of impediments to play here already includes heat, dew and midge swarms, tear gas and bottle throwing. It could yet become longer, but spin might be quite sufficient for the English batsmen.

RAWALPINDI SCOREBOARD

One day; Pakistan won toss

ENGLAND

M E Trescothick b Saqlain Mushtaq 36 84 min, 48 balls, 5 fours ÿA J Stewart c Moin b Abdur Razzaq 18 46 min, 33 balls, 2 fours *N Hussain lbw b Wasim Akram 1 5 min, 6 balls G A Hick b Saqlain Mushtaq 3 27 min, 10 balls G P Thorpe run out (Azhar-Moin-Shahid) 39 118 min, 71 balls, 1 four A Flintoff c Azhar Mahmood b Shahid 10 23 min, 21 balls, 1 four C White c Mushtaq b Saqlain Mushtaq 0 4 min, 4 balls M A Ealham b Abdur Razzaq 23 49 min, 48 balls, 2 fours A F Giles lbw b Saqlain Mushtaq 11 28 min, 19 balls D Gough b Saqlain Mushtaq 0 2 min, 2 balls A R Caddick not out 1 3 min, 2 balls Extras (lb5 w4 nb7) 16 Total (199 min, 42.5 overs) 158

Fall: 1-36 (Stewart), 2-38 (Hussain), 3-63 (Hick), 4-64 (Trescothick), 5-85 (Flintoff), 6-86 (White), 7-133 (Ealham), 8-156 (Giles), 9-156 (Gough), 10-158 (Thorpe).

Bowling: Wasim Akram 7-0-27-1 (nb1) (one spell), Abdur Razzaq 10-0-40-2 (nb4,w4) (6-0-21-1 4-0-19-1), Azhar Mahmood 1-0-3-0, Mushtaq Ahmed 10-0-42-0 (4-0-24-0 6-0-18-0), Saqlain Mushtaq 8-0-20-5 (6-0-15-3 2-0-5-2), Shahid Afridi 6.5-1-21-1 (nb2) (5-1-15-1 1.5-0-6-0).

PAKISTAN

Imran Nazir c Hick b Caddick 0 3 min, 6 balls Shahid Afridi c Hussain b Caddick 9 9 min, 7 balls, 2 fours Salim Elahi c Hussain b Giles 23 62 min, 43 balls, 2 fours Inzamam-ul-Haq not out 60 173 min, 108 balls, 7 fours Yousuf Youhana b White 31 96 min, 90 balls, 2 fours Abdur Razzaq not out 17 Extras (lb6 w12 nb3) 21 Total (for 4, 183 min, 43.3 overs) 161

Fall: 1-0 (Imran), 2-9 (Shahid), 3-51 (Salim), 4-128 (Yousuf). Did not bat: *ÿMoin Khan, Azhar Mahmood, Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmed.

Bowling: Caddick 9-1-46-2 (w6) (7-1-28-2 2-0-18-0), Gough 8-2-25-0 (nb2) (5-2-15-0 3-0-10-0), White 9.3-2-30-1 (nb1,w1) (6-2-9-0 3.3-0-21-1), Giles 10-0-36-1 (w2) (7-0-21-1 2-0-5-0 1-0-10-0), Ealham 5-0-9-0, Hick 2-0-9-0 (w3) (one spell each).

Umpires: Mian Aslam and Z I Pasha.

Man of the match: Saqlain Mushtaq.

Sport
Lionel Messi pictured after reaching the final
world cup 2014
Sport
Lionel Messi and Thomas Muller have shone brightest for Argentina and Germany respectively on their way to the World Cup final
Sport
Brazilian fans watch the match for third place between Brazil and Netherlands
Brazil 0 Netherlands 3: Dutch pile on the misery in third place playoff
Arts and Entertainment
TV The follow-up documentary that has got locals worried
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
'Deep Breath' is Peter Capaldi's first full-length adventure as the twelfth Doctor
TVFirst episode of new series has ended up on the internet
News
Ian Thorpe had Rio 2016 in his sights
people
Arts and Entertainment
Original Netflix series such as Orange Is The New Black are to benefit from a 'substantial' increase in investment
TVHoax announcement had caused outrage
Life and Style
Swimsuit, £245, by Agent Provocateur
fashion

Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes

News
Monkey business: Serkis is the king of the non-human character performance
peopleFirst Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Arts and Entertainment
Blackman: Landscape of children’s literature does not reflect the cultural diversity of young people
booksMalorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
News
One Direction star Harry Styles who says he has no plans to follow his pal Cara Delevingne down the catwalk.
peopleManagement confirms rumours singer is going it alone are false
Voices
Mrs Brown's Boy: D'Movie has been a huge commercial success
voicesWhen it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Arts and Entertainment
Curtain calls: Madani Younis
theatreMadani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Life and Style
Douglas McMaster says the food industry is ‘traumatised’
food + drinkSilo in Brighton will have just six staple dishes on the menu every day, including one meat option, one fish, one vegan, and one 'wild card'
Sport
Mario Balotelli, Divock Origi, Loic Remy, Wilfried Bony and Karim Benzema
transfersBony, Benzema and the other transfer targets
Life and Style
Once a month, waistline watcher Suran steps into a 3D body scanner that maps his body shape and records measurements with pinpoint accuracy
techFrom heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
News
Soft power: Matthew Barzun
peopleThe US Ambassador to London, Matthew Barzun, holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence. He says it's all part of the job
Sport
Joe Root and James Anderson celebrate their record-beaking partnership
cricketEngland's last-wicket stand against India rewrites the history books
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily World Cup Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

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

Career Services

Day In a Page

Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?