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Thursday, November 24, 2005 

Draw suits Pakistan just fine

England 446 and 164 for 6 (Flintoff 56, Pietersen 42) drew with Pakistan 462 and 268 for 9 dec

England required some rearguard action from Freddie and KP to salvage a draw from this Test. After yesterday's reasonable position where all 3 results where possible, England allowed Inzy to run away with the game. Strauss has been a pale shadow in this series, and when he dropped Inzy, birthday boy Botham said on air that that was the end of England's chance to win this game. Inzy was colossal - playing in his own unique, immovable fashion. He got 2 centuries in this Test and overtook Javed Miandad as top century-getter for Pakistan.

After ruining England's chances, Shoaib and Naved did fantastically with the new ball to leave England and 20/4. Shoaib's revival in this series so far has been stunning. How long will it last? Flintoff and KP dug deep and put together a partnership that got them the draw.

Well done Pakistan - I don't see them losing in Lahore, with a docile pitch and a draw a most likely scenario. England's run of over 6 series wins ended here. Who would have thought it likely 3 days into the first Test?

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