Winners Of Ashes Blown like Ash

England is probably the only country whose national game is cricket and they are the people who introduced this game to world. They have been playing cricket very well but still unable to win the biggest tournament of cricket — World Cup. Last time they played world cup final in 1992 and lost the game to Pakistan in Melbourne, Australia.

After a long time England were able to defeat Australia in Ashes. Now after this marvellous win over the world champions when they visited Pakistan for 3 Test Match and 5 ODI series, they were no doubt the favorite team for the series. Though Pakistan had also played well in 2005 against Australia, won a tremendous series against India in India and won against West Indins in their homeland. But they were out of international cricket for last 5 months or so. Also they have never been considered as a very good side in test cricket. So at least for the test match series Pakistani Team was not thought as a winning side.

When England tour started, they won the first friendly match against Pakistan ‘A’ team. But they were beaten in the next three day match in Lahore by the home ‘A’ team. Their captain Michal Waughn was also wounded in the match and was unable to play in the series.

Though England was favorite team but Pakistani Team played really well and they performed in all aspects of game. They were superb in batting and bowling. No doubt thye played as a unit and it was their team work after the Blessings of Allah that paved way to success over England.

England had got the first position in test match ranking released by ICC after their win against Australia and Pakistan was on 7th position but the Pakistan’s marvellous victory of 2-0 moved Australia back to first position pushing England down on 2nd and Pakistan moved on 4th from 7th.

First Test Match was a real fight between the two teams and for the first four days England was in Commanding position. Pakistan could mange to reach 274 in the first innings after winning the toss and electing to bat. Trescothic played a wonderful innings of 193 to get a lead of 144 for his team. It seemed that it was a difficult thing for Pakistan to draw this match at that position. Though Pakistanis played well in the second innings and but they were able to score only 341 due to failure of Muhammad Yousaf, Hassan Raza and as well tail could not resist for a longer period. The total target for England was only 197 runs in one whole day plus some time after tea session on fourth day. They lost Trescothic on the 4th day on a ball of Shabir Ahmed. On the final day Danish Kaneria did the rest. He got some quick wickets and then England could not resist. After destruction 7th wicket partnership made some hope for the guest team but once Pakistan got the wicket they took the remaining wickets in no time. No doubt it was a miracle Shown by Pakistani bowlers without Wasim and Waqar.

In Second Match Pakistan again won the toss and made 462 runs this time but they lost all advantage when they dropped many cathes and a crucial stupm chance in the field and finally the match ended in draw.

Third Test Match played at lahore was agin a high scoring by Pakistani side. England won the toss and elected to bat. They were able to get 288 runs only. First partnership between Michal Waughn and Trescothic was of 100+ but Shoib Malik got 3 quick wickets and all players were out playing sweep shot. Pakistan made 636 getting a lead of 348 over England. England was forced to play just an over before the lunch on 4th day. Inzmam made 97 runs completing his 8000 runs in test carrier and Yousaf got 223 run, the best in one innings for him so far. Kamran also played a wonderful innings of 154. On the fourth day in the first spell of Shoiab Akhter England lost 2 wickets. After that Collingwood and Bell played really well and it seemed that they will easily draw the match. But on final day, just after lunch Danish Kaneria got 3 wickets in 5 balls. then took the others Shoib Akhter and Muhammad Sami and in one Hour england lost remaining eight wickets.

No doubt Pakistan has got convincing victory in test series but now they have to play One Day series of 5 matches starting from 10th December.

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