Centurions Trott and Broad change course of match

London: Pakistan teenager Mohammad Amir ripped through the England top-order batting at Lord`s on Friday in a devastating exhibition of left-arm fast bowling.

Amir, 18, who was the man-of-the-match in Pakistan`s third Test victory at the Oval, took four for 11 from 33 balls when play resumed on the second day of the fourth and final Test.

At lunch, England who need at least a draw to win the series, had rallied to 97 for five with Jonathan Trott on 41.

England resumed their first innings on 39 for one after only 12.3 overs play was possible on Thursday.

They lost Alastair Cook for 10 from the third ball of the morning when the left-hander edged a full-length delivery from Amir to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.

Kevin Pietersen followed off Amir`s next ball, playing a loose shot outside the off-stump to give Akmal his second catch and Paul Collingwood lasted only three balls before he fell to Amir for a duck.

Billy Bowden was over-ruled for the second time in the match by third umpire Steve Davis when he rejected an lbw appeal against Collingwood. Television replays showed the ball was on course to hit the stumps and the decision was reversed.

Eoin Morgan also lasted only three balls, edging Amir to second slip where Yasir Hameed held a smart, low catch. Amir at the stage had taken four wickets from eight balls without conceding a run and it was also the first time in Test history that England`s number four, five and six had all failed to score.

At 47 for five, England were in danger of tumbling to their lowest score ever against Pakistan. They were dismissed for 130 at the Oval in 1954 and also at Lahore in the 1987-8 series.

They were rescued by Trott, who again looked England`s most technically assured batsman, and wicketkeeper Matt Prior who has batted well in a series dominated by the ball.

Trott relieved the tension by driving Mohammad Asif for consecutive fours while Prior survived what could have been a chance to substitute fielder Umar Amin in the gully off Amir. Pakistan called for a review on a busy morning for Davis but the television replays were inconclusive.

Prior was beaten regularly outside the off-stump and played a couple of airy drives without making contact but he began to strike the ball with more confidence in the final 30 minutes before lunch to reach 21 not out at the interval.

Bureau Report