From AZ Aamir
After facing an embarrassing 3-0 loss in 2006 series on English soil Pakistan in 2010 visited England and were mauled by the hosts 3-1 in the four-match Test Series, a tour which was also marred by the spot-fixing scandal in which Pakistan’s captain Salman Butt and pace duo Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were later also jailed and banned. England were led by Andrew Strauss in the series.
In the first Test at Nottingham England crushed Pakistan by 354 runs to take a 1-0 lead. Eoin Morgan chipped in with a fantastic 130 and Collingwood made 82 to guide England to 354 all out in their first innings. Mohammad Asif took 5-77 and Mohammad Amir claimed 3-41. Pakistan, in response, perished for 182 to concede 172-run lead. Umar Gul top-scored unbeaten 65. James Anderson picked 5-54 and Steven Finn took 3-50.
England then declared their second innings at 262-9, setting an improbable target of 435 for Pakistan to win. England’s second innings hero was stumper Matt Prior who belted 102. Umar Gul picked 3-41. Chasing tough total Pakistan batting completely flopped and were folded for only 80. Danish Kaneria (16) and Imran Farhat (15) were the only batsmen entered into double figures. James Anderson destroyed Pakistan’s batting with 6-17, finishing the match with 11-71. Broad and Finn took two each. Anderson was adjudged as man of the match for his destructive bowling.
Meanwhile in the second Test at Birmingham England defeated Pakistan by nine wickets to extend their lead to 2-0. Pakistan perished for only 72 in their first innings with Umar Amin top-scoring 23. Anderson and Stuart Broad got four wickets each. In response, England posted 251 all out, gaining 179 runs lead. Kevin Pietersen top-scored 80 and Jonathan Trott made 55. Saeed Akmal was the pick of the bowlers with 5-82. After having faced a huge deficit Pakistan then remained stable in the second innings, scoring 296 to set 118 runs target for England which they achieved in the 37th over after losing one wicket. Stumper Zulqarnain Haider, who made his Test debut, made 88 and Saeed Ajmal chipped in with 50. Off-spinner Graeme Swann picked 6-65 and that fetched for him man of the match award.
After going 2-0 down Pakistan made a stunning fight-back to reduce the deficit when they edged past England by four wickets at The Oval. Prior (84) and Stuart Broad (48) enabled England to pile-up 233 in their first innings. Wahab Riaz picked 5-63 while Mohammad Asif claimed 3-68.
In response, Pakistan accumulated 308 all out to gain 75 runs lead with Azhar Ali making 92 not out while batting at No6. Mohammad Yousuf struck 56. Swann took 4-68 while Anderson and Broad took two wickets each. Alastair Cook then hammered 110 to guide England to 222 in their second innings to set a target of 148 for Pakistan to win which they achieved in the 42nd over after losing six wickets.
Skipper Salman Butt made 48 while Imran Farhat and Mohammad Yousuf belted 33 runs each. Swann again bowled well, taking three wickets, finishing the match with seven wickets. Anderson captured two wickets. Mohammad Amir was the star performer in England’s second innings as he captured 5-52, finishing the game with six wickets that also earned for him man of the match award. Saeed Ajmal took four wickets.
In the fourth Test at Lord’s England bulldozed Pakistan by an innings and 255 runs. Trott hammered 184 and Stuart Broad chipped in with his career-best 169 to catapult England to a huge total of 446 all out in their first innings. Mohammad Amir got 6-84. Pakistan, in response, were folded for 74 with Swann picking up 4-12 and Finn grabbing three wickets.
After being forced to follow-on, Pakistan were folded for 147 with Umar Akmal top-scoring 79. Swann once again prevailed, claiming 5-62, for match-haul of 9-74. Stuart Broad was adjudged as man of the match while Amir and Jonathan Trott were declared as men of the series.
On the third day of Lord’s Test English tabloid News of the World alleged that Amir, Asif and Salman Butt agreed to bowl no balls in return for payment during Lord’s Test.