Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Are Ripped Apart as Pakistan Smash Run Record

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Are Ripped Apart as Pakistan Smash Run Record

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ENGLAND were given their most savage mauling in one- day cricket today, conceding a record 353 runs in three-and-a-half hours of mayhem. The bowlers have taken some tonkings over nearly four decades and across the country's previous 425 one-day internationals but this demolition topped the lot by some way.

Three years ago at Lord's, India caned England for 326 for eight. Here, i n s ide a Nat ional Stadium jam-packed with 30,000 ecstatic fans, Pakistan went 27 runs better, for the loss of only six wickets, with some of the cleanest hitting imaginable.

Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal scored his second consecutive century. But the opener's 109 was merely the launchpad for a Pakistani blastoff that saw 109 runs come from the last 10 overs, including a burst of 60 off 25 deliveries.

Shahid Afridi upped the tempo by clubbing 31 runs from 14 balls but it was Inzamam-ul-Haq (45 off 35) and Abdul Razzaq, with three sixes and five fours in 51 from 22 deliveries, who knocked England to their knees.

No bowler was spared but, with Razzaq in full flow, Jimmy Anderson conceded 23 runs during his penultimate over, including one blow which landed on the roof a stand.

England had chosen to chase a target after winning the toss and choosing to field. Well, they had a target to pursue here, all right, and complete humiliation beckoned when the shell-shocked visitors subsided to 101 for five in the 19th over. Matt Prior brought the curtain down on an unconvincing 30-minute stay by running himself out.

Then Rana Naved- ul- Hasan removed Marcus Trescothick and Vikram Solanki in the space of three balls, both to slip catches.

Any chance England had of taking a 2-1 lead in this five-match series had surely long gone and the situationgot worse when Andrew Strauss was leg before to Mohammad Sami's swinging yorker. Andrew Flintoff made room to attack Yasir Arafat's medium pace, only to be bowled leg stump.

Five years ago, on their last visit and before security fears cost Karachi regular international cricket, Nasser Hussain's side successfully chased 305 to beat Pakistan with five wickets to spare. …

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