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Pakistan tour of England, 1st ODI: England v Pakistan at The Oval, May 8, 2019

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Pakistan 80/2 (19/41 ov)

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Batsman R B S.R
Imam-ul-Haq (lhb) * 42 68 61.76
Babar Azam (rhb) 16 20 80.00
Bowller O M R W Econ
Jofra Archer (rf) 4.0 2 6 1 1.50
Liam Plunkett (rf) 4.0 0 27 1 6.75
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End of Over No.19 Pakistan 80/2 Last Over (3 runs)

Match abandoned! Handshakes up on the balcony. They’ve stuck a fork in this one and moved on to pastures new. No prospect of a restart before 7.45pm, so they’ve given up and gone home.

So, what are the take-aways from that one? Well, Jofra Archer bowled like the wind. Liam Plunkett claimed a wicket to insist that he shouldn’t be the one to make way for him. And Pakistan struggled to make much headway in damp conditions. So, not a lot of take-aways really, but we’ll take them all the same!

Until Saturday, when we reconvene at the Ageas Bowl for the second ODI, good night!

7.08pm George Dobell is watching people watching umpires. “Charles Dagnall [of TMS fame] on the field walking around – outfield is still pretty damp straight down the wicket.

“He reckons its 50-50 (based also on an indeterminate nod from the groundsman as he walked by) as to whether we get more cricket. Square and run-ups are good, boundary edges pretty damp.”

7.01pm Right, we were theoretically meant to be underway by now. But there’s that outfield issue still slowing things up. We need to be back underway by 7.45pm or it’s curtains.

Umair: “England is the worst place for cricket. Thank you ICC for ruining this WC” Psst … Umair. A secret for you. IT HASN’T STARTED YET!

Jamal nasar: “I was in mosque . During 1 and half hour of worship I refreshing in every 10 minutes cricinfo. So tell me now the expected time to start match. ” You sure your imam isn’t watching, Jamal? Or was it his phone you were using?

Abdullah Murad: “Us Pakistan fans have had to deal with the failure of our cricket team for the last 2 years! whoever is controlling this rain please have some mercy and take it away for good. ” Two years! That’s a drop in the ocean! Try the entirety of the 1990s. Or 44 barren years and counting since an ICC 50-over trophy…

6.57pm A lengthy inspection is still ongoing, and is centring on a soggy area on the outfield … it’s got nothing to do with the run-ups, but no-one wants either injury, or badly scuffed turf, with 22 days until the World Cup opening contest on this very ground.

Vinod Rajpal: “How are the things here Andrew, just witnessed one of the thrillers in a knock-out T20 match in IPL !” Gosh, so you did! Maybe I should have heeded your advice. Jonny B will be gutted…

6.41pm More umpirally loitering out by the covers. They are looking very intently at not a whole lot. We remain on course for something resembling a 7pm restart…

Hamza: “Why time is showing 8:41 pm in last update instead of 6: pm ” It was wishful thinking. Resolved now

Mind you, if it was 8.41pm, we would be almost half-way to knowing if Spurs or Ajax will face Liverpool in the Champions League final. It’s all kicking off (soon) on ESPN.com.

6.36pm Murtuza: “If we get a complete game, looking forward to seeing Amir bowl in these conditions. ” Indeed, a great shame for his World Cup hopes if he doesn’t get his chance to break into their 15… Jofra Archer, on the other hand, has leapt several places closer to selection …

6.29pm The Big Screen declares “Aim to start 1900”. And who are we to argue with a Big Screen?

Sumant : “@Andrew. Is there some unwritten rule that an Indian’s comment can’t be shared here on Cricinfo in Pakistan’s match?” Nope, that’s just your paranoia kicking in. Welcome aboard! We’re all friends in cricket here!

Waqas Khan: “Thank u guys for the updates but I have to refresh at least 100 times to get the new update. Can’t we get the updates every 5 minutes or even earlier….” Well, we could. But life is also too short … and this tea won’t brew itself

Uzair: “We are living in 21st century,with all the science advancement we can predict the climate of a region for specific period of time.Hence ICC never take the weather under consideration while deciding a venue for a Mega cup. It have happened before and it will happen again.While the world is living in 21st century,Icc is still in 20th ” Well hurrah for that, I say. Apart from all the wars and stuff, the 20th Century wasn’t all bad …

6.24pm OSMAN: “I wonder. Why don’t we have indoor cricket stadiums across the cricketing world? :/ ESPECIALLY in the UK! If we can do it for Wimbledon, why not for cricket? ” Have you ever seen the size of a tennis court? Never mind the concept of getting outside for some fresh air…

Zohaib: “Rain stops at 6:21pm – Dry spell till 7:23pm after which we have light rain till 7:46pm. In case anyone wants to play after that. ” Sounds comically ideal, given that 7.45pm is our de facto cut-off point.

But, on that note, George confirms that The Covers Are Coming Off Again!

6.16pm And it’s raining again. Ho hum …

Haris: “How did they invent cricket in such weather? ” I guess they waited for the dry bits

Another inspection at 6.40pm and a potential restart at 7pm. Assuming no more rain of course …

6.08pm Niaz Ullah: “You will find fewer meals (people choose) with India and Pakistan as their choosed courses of the three. My top course is Pakistan, then New Zealand and then England.” Ice cream followed by cod and chips? You wrong’un…

Jerry: “It would be curtains for Pakistan in this game if it is decided to have a 20 over contest. Pakistan are lacking alot runs on the board for that.” DLS would come to their aid to a degree. But they are also the No.1 T20I team in the world!

6.03pm Lord Percy Wint: “Deluge of spiritual ferocity here in N7 London (Tufnell Park named after the great leftie) – worried good Lady wife might be washed away towards Camden on the way home. Headed south towards the Oval. Time for the wretched spectators left to don the snorkel… ” Oh dear, that sounds terminally soggy

Hugo: “There used to be a Ceefax setting whereby you could mix the teletext screen with the TV picture. Ultimately though it wasn’t ideal – the Ceefax sports watcher couldn’t see the numbers properly because of the moving images behind them, and the TV watcher, well, having cricket scores filling half the screen didn’t make for a satisfactory viewing experience.” It was the worst of all worlds. But you took whatever info you could glean in those halcyon days!

Mokee: “I’m fasting and sunset is about 8 hours away. Please stop it with the menu. Kthanksbye” Yet another example of good things coming to those who wait. Though today of all days, you’d be forgiven for mistaking one of those massive rainclouds for sunset…

6pm Right, the umpires are inspecting. The covers haven’t been entirely shifted yet, but it seems dry overhead at least… we need to be underway by 7.45pm in order to sneak in a 20-over contest … sit tight for updates!

Talha: “Not too far from UK in Paris. The whole day has been a mixed bag of heavy showers followed by bright sunshine.” Exactly like my league match at the weekend. We got a full match in, in between four monstrous hailstorms. (And yes, we lost, of course, but it was a thriller… so good things come to those who wait etc)

5.58pm Seaweed, did you say? I prefer seabass. The crispier the better …

5.55pm: “What’s the weather report Alan? Hope the match starts…” No news is good news, Ibrahim. But we’ll find out shortly, with Andrew Miller and his seaweed back in the comms seat

“There was time that CEEFAX was the most hated thing in our house, we as kids has no chance to watch mickey mouse or tom and jerry because some old bloke (dad/uncle) will be staring at random numbers on that screen…” The way things should be, Imran. Staring at a wall used to be what we did for fun in my day

5.45pm: Inspection due in about 15 minutes, though I’m worried a rather dark splodge might be descending over London right about now…

“Ceefax football news was 302 and 316 for live scores. Pages 340 and 302 forever in my heart.” That’s the jackpot, Stuart

And here’s Andrew Losowsky: “The cricket was 340, the current England game was 341 and Yorkshire was usually 348. Bamber Boozler, however, could only be found on Channel 4. #internetbutonthetelly” Ah, Bamber and his bamboozling quiz. Although you could of course cheat by pressing up or down on your remote if you knew it was dialling up the ‘wrong answer’ page

5.35pm: We have a winner, via tie-breaker, thanks to Joshua going the extra mile: “340 for cricket on ceefax! 341 for the latest scorecard.” Now, how did you bring up the football?

Looks reasonably clear above Kennington now, by the way, although there is some ominous grey cloud behind the OCS Stand. Don’t say you haven’t been warned…

“I watched Brian Lara’s 375 against England on Ceefax outside of Rumbelows in Maidstone.” Now that’s a story to tell the grandchildren, Graeme Dimmock

“While we’re waiting Alan, I would like to know what the seemingly vague concept of Control % is and how it’s calculated – if you have time, that is ;-)” Well, I am rather busy atm, Allan Morris… But I think it is manually entered by our scorers, based on the intention of the shot, whether it was middled, etc and so on. A bit subjective but gives you a fair idea, I’d say

5.25pm: Let’s continue to assume it’s not raining, just like we all imagine we’ll do something worthwhile with our lives at some point…

“No need to bat again. Give’em a target of 150 in 20. I wanna see how Amir fares.” Well, Rahul, it will be revised up by DLS… But I reckon 150 might be on the generous side, despite having eight wickets in hand

“What’s happened to the ceefax conversation?” wonders Laura. “I’ve enjoyed learning some titbits of info. Bring it back!” Okay, I’ll give 10 life points to the first person to tell me what was the page number for cricket…

Talha Butt: “I think this summer rain will ruin the whole world cup. This is just rubbish. England is the worst venue for cricket regarding weather. I remember the match. ICC CT2017 Pak vs SA. so irritating was that.” Well, not the first time South Africa have fallen foul of the rain rules, of course. And imagine holding a tournament in a country where the trophy might have to be shared because the final was washed out twice!

5.10pm: Good News Klaxon: It has stopped raining at The Oval! But the umpires are going to wait for a wee while as the groundsmen get to work, ready for a 6pm inspection. Keep ’em crossed, and in the meantime, why not take a look at our gallery?

“It seems like Rain is also warming up for the World Cup,” snorts Karthikeyan. I’ll have you know the Great British weather is ready to go and spoil your plans at the drop of a hat

4.55pm: Oh go on then, let’s roll out the rain radar for the first time this summer. Doesn’t look particularly encouraging, with a few more banks heading up on the breeze…

Abdullah Khawaj: “At what time do we stop hoping for a match?” Well, it was 6.15 for a 20-over match, but we’ve had nearly 20 overs of the Pakistan innings… So maybe around 7.30ish?

“If the weather is coming from the west it doesn’t look good as it’s darker than a caveman’s underpants here at Heathrow,” reports Chris Rawes. What a lovely image…

4.45pm: George reports that it is hailing now, which is not a propitious sign. And here’s Fakhar Alam: “I’m at the ground. It’s proper pouring down here by buckets. I reckon that’s the game called off :(” Don’t reckon against The Oval drainage, Fakhar. I sat there watching it lash down until gone 9pm during the Champions Trophy a couple of summers ago

4.40pm: Covers firmly on again, a white plastic cross through the heart of this game. Still bucketing down, not quite as dark as the Battle of Winterfell, but you’d still need to squint out there… Sit tight, folks.

“60 minutes back, I told Andrew to switch to IPL …but he didn’t , U have got a chance Alan!!” I have to sit here watching the rain, Vinod Rajpal, but you lot are free to have a gander if you like

And now it’s raining again! D’oh… Off go the players as umbrellas sprout around the ground once again. One. Of. Those. Days. Hopefully it’ll blow through soon enough

Here’s Duncan Ward on that missed stumping: “Foakes would have had that… #justsayin”

“Weather in Europe is unpredictable, every week there are chances of rain. World Cup will be affected definitely..!!” Yes, Ramesh Kumar, you’re right, there’s just so much rain

“Re the rain. England is not known as a green and pleasant land because of the sunshine!” chuckles Edward Bowden

18.6 . Rashid to Haris Sohail missed stumping! What happened there…? Haris was pretty much wandering off down the Harleyford Road he was so far out of his crease, but the bounce seemed to result in the ball lodging in Buttler’s armpit as he then went to break the bails with his other hand, realised he’d messed up and walked straight to the other end, leaving Rashid with a look on his face like someone had just asked him about differential calculus no run

“What you would be a good target considering the revised overs?” I reckon 400 would be a good score, Brohi. Can’t go wrong if you get 400

18.5 1 Rashid to Imam-ul-Haq pushed through and driven off the back foot through mid-on 1 run
18.4 . Rashid to Imam-ul-Haq touch flatter and quicker on middle and leg, blocked on the front foot no run
18.3 1 Rashid to Haris Sohail floated up and clipped through midwicket 1 run
18.2 . Rashid to Haris Sohail gives this some air, legbreak turning after pitching outside leg and hits the pad as Haris flicks no run
18.1 1 Rashid to Imam-ul-Haq lobbed up full on leg stump, punched down the ground to long-on 1 run

No more Root, as Adil Rashid and his twirly wrists get a piece of the action

End of Over No.18 Pakistan 77/2 Last Over (5 runs)

17.6 1 Stokes to Imam-ul-Haq pushed across the left-hander on a length, Imam dabs towards third man 1 run
17.5 4 Stokes to Imam-ul-Haq banged in and rattled to the fence! Not a bad bouncer, 85mph and up around the nostrils but Imam watched it closely and battered the ball through square FOUR
17.4 . Stokes to Imam-ul-Haq full and straight, 82mph and worked square of midwicket, where it’s hunted down quickly to prevent a run no run
17.3 . Stokes to Imam-ul-Haq back of a length again, clouted straight to midwicket no run
17.2 . Stokes to Imam-ul-Haq dug in short, Imam thinks about pulling then ducks at the last no run
17.1 . Stokes to Imam-ul-Haq short and way outside off, Imam’s eyes light up… but he misses throwing a cut. A real fresh air shot no run

Ben Stokes on for Plunkett after the delay

End of Over No.17 Pakistan 72/2 Last Over (7 runs)

16.6 . Root to Haris Sohail tossed up and pushed into the covers no run
16.5 1 Root to Imam-ul-Haq darted down short and a touch leg side, clipped off the hip behind square 1 run

Alrighty… This more like it. The England players are gathering at the bottom of the steps from the Oval changing rooms, hands thrust into pockets. The English summer, eh! (Although it’s still technically spring.) Imam and Haris are also back into the fray, clear skies above. Systems are go once again

4.11pm Right, seeing as my main role today seems to be rain compere, I’ll hand over to Alan for the actual cricket side of things.

4.08pm It’s a 4.15pm restart! We will be down to 41 overs a side.

Babar: “I live 2 minutes from the ground and the sun is waving at my window. ” Looks like we’ll be able to wave back soon!

3.59pm Neil: “Yep, I believe the World Cup will be affected by the weather. Who chose to have such a big event in these parts? Don’t understand! ” Outrageous isn’t it. Down with this sort of thing!

Ammad Rehman : “England is the worst venue for cricket.Every match get spoil by rain, and it is annoying!” This is in fact, gospel truth. No match in the history of English cricket has ever been played to a conclusion.

Shakir Qadeer A: “I am sitting at 7, 8 miles away from the stadium and the sun is shining here. how come it is still raining there?” For the very same reason that every conversation in England revolves around the weather.

Shaz K: “are the central covers off ? I am at work and switching my screen to cricinfo’s like at a speed of 100 times per minute to see some good news….” Nope, still raining I’m afraid …

3.51pm Ameer : “The rain is getting annoying, I wonder if this will occur in the World Cup too?” I would strongly suspect so, yes!

3.47pm The central covers are still firmly in place unfortunately, though the umpires are umbrella-less as they patrol the outfield.

Robin: “I think Woakes will benefit from having Archer in the side. In the past for England its often been the case that Woakes bowls well but pressure is relieved from the other end. Having two quality opening bowlers will really help England.” I think the whole team will benefit, but yes, that is a fair point. Bowling in partnerships is key in all levels of cricket.

3.35pm The brief mopping-up continues. We shouldn’t be delayed for long, though there is some drizzle in the air.

Vinod Rajpal: “Come on Andrew, Switch to IPL !!” Well, I won’t, but you are welcome to take a peek. It’s Elimination Day in Visakhapatnam

Hail stops play! Zoinks, that came from nowhere, we will be out of action for a few minutes here! The covers are a little slow in making their appearance, the groundstaff were caught on the hop, but that also suggests it’s just a passing shower. Let’s hope so. In fact, it’s already stopped!

Anil sharma: “Definately passing showers/hails. We saw this in watford some time back but did not stay longer than 10 mins and now sunny….” Mind you, nothing stays in Watford for long. Except maybe Luther Blissett

16.4 1 Root to Haris Sohail nudged into the covers, and it is suddenly lashing down! 1 run
16.3 1 Root to Imam-ul-Haq opens the face on a press into the covers, as the rain just begins to fall again … 1 run
16.2 . Root to Imam-ul-Haq tighter line, solid block no run
16.1 4 Root to Imam-ul-Haq too short, too wide, flogged through backward point. Whoops FOUR

Root to continue. Wonder what Denly makes of this

End of Over No.16 Pakistan 65/2 Last Over (7 runs)

15.6 4 Plunkett to Haris Sohail firmly pumped down the ground Sweet timing, just a touch too full, nice straight lines, leaning his weight into the impact, and there’s no cutting that off FOUR
15.5 . Plunkett to Haris Sohail banged in short, through to the keeper no run
15.4 1 Plunkett to Imam-ul-Haq on the back foot, flicked to the leg side, Plunkett banging out a fairly full but high-kicking length 1 run
15.3 1 Plunkett to Haris Sohail pressed off the back foot, out to the deep point boundary where Bairstow hustles round to gather 1 run
15.2 1 Plunkett to Imam-ul-Haq flipped off the toes and out to deep backward square, a fraction too straight that time 1 run

Matt: “Quite an interesting fact, England are the number 1 ranked ODI team, but only have the 6th best batsman (Root) and 10th best allrounder (Ali), no top 10 bowler. How do you explain that?” They bat to 10 and bowl to 7. Options innit

15.1 . Plunkett to Imam-ul-Haq right up to the blockhole, squeezed down to mid-off no run

Afternoon all. Plunkett to continue

End of Over No.15 Pakistan 58/2 Last Over (3 runs)

Pretty sedate stuff so far, Archer’s frisky spell aside. Time for drinks, please enjoy responsibly… Here’s Miller, too

14.6 . Root to Haris Sohail flat delivery outside off, Haris punches to extra cover no run

Here’s Cornered Tiger: “We need to try Abid Ali here. Fakhar’s form is dodgy at the moment, but Imam is the one I would look at replacing. His start is so slow that it puts pressure on likes of Babar, Fakhar. And since we lack hitters at the back end of a game, all the time wasted in first powerplay comes back to haunt us. #ImamOut”

14.5 1 Root to Imam-ul-Haq floated up and punched wide of mid-off, Imam is comfortably home despite a direct hit 1 run
14.4 1 Root to Haris Sohail darted outside off, Haris again rotates the strike with a clip to the off-side sweeper 1 run
14.3 1 Root to Imam-ul-Haq Imam gets a stride in and punches through cover 1 run
14.2 . Root to Imam-ul-Haq low arm action, skidding on outside off and chopped to the man at backward point no run
14.1 . Root to Imam-ul-Haq round the wicket, pushed through on off stump and defended coming forwards no run

Okay, spin now, and it’s… Joe Root to lob a few up. Slip in

Score Cards

  • Batting R B 4 6
    Imam-ul-Haq not out 42 68 5 0
    Fakhar Zaman caught 3 11 0 0
    Babar Azam caught wk 16 20 3 0
    Haris Sohail not out 14 15 2 0
    Sarfaraz Ahmed
    Asif Ali
    Imad Wasim
    Faheem Ashraf
    Hasan Ali
    Shaheen Shah Afridi
    Mohammad Amir
    Extras (lb 2, w 3) 5
    Total (2 wkts; 19 ovs) 80
  • Bowling O M R W Econ
    CR Woakes 5 0 19 0 3.80
    JC Archer 4 2 6 1 1.50 (1w)
    LE Plunkett 4 0 27 1 6.75 (1w)
    BA Stokes 3 0 13 0 4.33 (1w)
    JE Root 2 0 10 0 5.00
    AU Rashid 1 0 3 0 3.00
  • Partnerships
    Wkt Runs Players
    1st 10 Fakhar Zaman 3 Imam-ul-Haq 6
    2nd 35 Babar Azam 16 Imam-ul-Haq 15
    3rd 35* Haris Sohail 14 Imam-ul-Haq 21
  • To bat
    Player Mat Runs HS Ave 100
    5. Sarfaraz Ahmed 106 2128 105 34.88 2
    6. Asif Ali 16 342 52 31.09 0
    7. Imad Wasim 46 778 63* 40.94 0
    8. Faheem Ashraf 23 162 28 12.46 0
    9. Hasan Ali 49 237 59 13.16 0
    10. Shaheen Shah Afridi 14 41 19* 20.50 0
    11. Mohammad Amir 51 352 73* 19.55 0
  • Score Cards

  • Batting R B 4 6
    Imam-ul-Haq not out 42 68 5 0
    Fakhar Zaman caught 3 11 0 0
    Babar Azam caught wk 16 20 3 0
    Haris Sohail not out 14 15 2 0
    Sarfaraz Ahmed
    Asif Ali
    Imad Wasim
    Faheem Ashraf
    Hasan Ali
    Shaheen Shah Afridi
    Mohammad Amir
    Extras (lb 2, w 3) 5
    Total (2 wkts; 19 ovs) 80
  • Bowling O M R W Econ
    CR Woakes 5 0 19 0 3.80
    JC Archer 4 2 6 1 1.50 (1w)
    LE Plunkett 4 0 27 1 6.75 (1w)
    BA Stokes 3 0 13 0 4.33 (1w)
    JE Root 2 0 10 0 5.00
    AU Rashid 1 0 3 0 3.00
  • Partnerships
    Wkt Runs Players
    1st 10 Fakhar Zaman 3 Imam-ul-Haq 6
    2nd 35 Babar Azam 16 Imam-ul-Haq 15
    3rd 35* Haris Sohail 14 Imam-ul-Haq 21
  • To bat
    Player Mat Runs HS Ave 100
    5. Sarfaraz Ahmed 106 2128 105 34.88 2
    6. Asif Ali 16 342 52 31.09 0
    7. Imad Wasim 46 778 63* 40.94 0
    8. Faheem Ashraf 23 162 28 12.46 0
    9. Hasan Ali 49 237 59 13.16 0
    10. Shaheen Shah Afridi 14 41 19* 20.50 0
    11. Mohammad Amir 51 352 73* 19.55 0
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    Summary

    Sports Event
    1st ODI England vs Pakistan

    Location

    Kennington Oval, London,
    London,The Oval,ENG
    Starting on
    May 8, 2019
    Ending on
    May 8, 2019
    Description
    Pakistan tour of England, 1st ODI: England v Pakistan at The Oval, May 8, 2019.

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