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England vs Pakistan – Anderson and Finn run riot as Pakistan wilt

| 30.07.2010

Pakistan undid their earlier good work in spectacular fashion during the second afternoon of the first Test against England, as they followed the hosts’ score of 354 by collapsing to 90 for six at tea.

England themselves had unravelled in the morning, as they lost their last six wickets for just 17 runs with Mohammad Asif claiming five scalps.

James Anderson and Steven Finn, however, tore through the Pakistan batting line-up, with both seam bowlers taking three wickets apiece. England are 1/25 to win.

Anderson produced a near unplayable ball to make Imran Farhat the first victim of the afternoon, bowled by one that was angled into the left-hander from around the wicket only to nip away off the seam and hit off stump.

First-change Finn made short work of Umar Amin, fencing a catch to Graeme Swann at second slip from the last ball of the Middlesex fast bowler’s first over – and Umar Akmal went in mirror-image fashion to the same combination.

Kamran Akmal was Finn’s third wicket for one run when he obligingly poked a steepling bouncer to gully.

Before then, number three Azhar Ali – who had looked by far the likeliest batsman to keep England at bay – had foregone his decision review system option when he was given out caught behind off Anderson, to one which appeared to flick the hip of his trousers.

Can Pakistan pull this one from the fire? They are 12/1 to win the first Test. See the full England vs Pakistan Match Betting Odds market.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.