wrap up brilliant victory against Pakistan
OLD TRAFFORD: Monty
Panesar and Steve Harmison were England's heroes as the hosts thrashed
Pakistan by an innings and 120 runs in the second Test at Old Trafford.
Panesar took 5-72 and
Harmison 5-57 to bowl Pakistan out for 222 on day three.
Panesar bowled particularly well either side of lunch to remove a stack of
top batsmen including Younis Khan for 62.
Harmison then came
back to wrap up the tail and allow England to head to Headingley with a 1-0
Harmison had match figures of 11-76, the first time he had taken at least 10
in a Test.
Panesar collected 8-93. No other England bowler took a wicket.
Play started on time
with dark clouds overhead and although it remained overcast there was no
great swing on offer for Matthew Hoggard, who bowled the first over.
Harmison, passed fit
to play after an injury scare on Friday evening, was a more obvious danger.
As on day one, he
extracted some steepling bounce, and had to wait only until his second over
to dislodge Kamran Akmal.
A rearing delivery
struck his gloves and Geraint Jones took a looping catch tumbling in front
of first slip.
Jones was another
player who had had to overcome a fitness test having fractured the tip of a
finger while batting on Friday.
Harmison continued to
be a threat as captain Andrew Strauss used some interesting field positions,
with plenty of catchers on both sides of the wicket.
And when Panesar was
introduced just before the hour mark, he found some encouraging turn and
Imran Farhat, also in
the wars with a broken finger, battled away to complete a brave innings of
But then a forward
push took the edge of his bat, ballooned off his thigh and was easily
accepted by Ian Bell at short leg.
At lunch Pakistan were
hanging on grimly at 101-2 but it got much worse in the next session.
The first ball after
the interval saw the end of Mohammad Yousuf, dismissed by Panesar for the
third time in four innings in this series.
He missed with an
attempted pushed drive, and dragged his back foot out of the crease.
Jones, sharp as
mustard, whipped off the bails and England's tormentor at Lord's was gone
received a working over from Harmison and reached a scratchy 13 before
becoming Panesar's next victim.
He was unlucky to get
out however, playing a delivery onto his boot which then looped up to give
silly point an easy catch.
Younis started to play
his shots, and while he often had luck on his side he did play one wonderful
back-foot stroke off Harmison over point's head for four.
But when he elected to
play no shot to Panesar's arm ball, umpire Simon Taufel showed him no mercy
and gave him out lbw.
The forecast rain
arrived half an hour before tea, and lasted for nearly an hour.
On the resumption,
Panesar quickly had Faisal Iqbal caught at slip, before Harmison returned to
take three more wickets.
Shahid Afridi produced
his standard brief cameo of big hits before edging the Durham paceman to
second slip and Mohammad Sami produced a wild heave to be caught behind for
a two-ball duck.
Umar Gul gloved
Harmison down the leg-side to give Jones another catch before Razzaq skied
an attempted pull.
Jones ran round to
claim the catch in front of the exultant slip cordon - his seventh dismissal
in the match.