Razzaq revives Pakistan against England

Updated: Sep 20, 2010, 23:41 PM IST

London: Abdul Razzaq`s rapid unbeaten 44 helped Pakistan recover to 265 for seven against England in the fourth one-day international at Lord`s here on Monday as the ongoing `fixing` row escalated.

Pakistan had been 155 for five, with off-spinner Graeme Swann taking four for 37 in his maximum 10 overs.

But Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi made 37, including a straight six off Swann, in 22 balls.

And the big-hitting Razzaq, who launched seamer James Anderson for a huge six, made his runs in just 20 balls including eight fours.

Opener Mohammad Hafeez top-scored with 64 as Pakistan looked to level this five-match series at 2-2.

There were doubts though as to whether this series would continue at all after Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt accused England of corruption.

England captain Andrew Strauss, shortly before the toss, expressed "outrage and dismay" at Butt`s comments but said this fixture and the series finale, at Hampshire`s Rose Bowl ground on Wednesday, would take place as planned.

Butt had accussed England players of match-fixing in the third one-dayer at The Oval on Friday, which Pakistan won by 23 runs.

Signs of the tension between the two teams came when some media sections reported an altercation involving England`s Jonathan Trott and Pakistan`s Wahab Riaz in the nets at Lord`s today, an incident witnessed by match referee Jeff Crowe.

In today`s match, Swann struck fifth ball when he clean bowled Asad Shafiq (11) with a sharply turning off-break to leave Pakistan, 86 for two.

And, on the day he was shortlisted for the ICC player of the year award, Swann made it two wickets for two runs in seven balls when Mohammad Yousuf was caught behind by wicketkeeper Steven Davies.

Swann had a third wicket when Hafeez edged an attempted big hit and was caught at short third man by Trott, to end a 100-ball innings featuring a six and five fours.

Pakistan were 155 for five when Swann bowled Fawad Alam (29) but Afridi hit back before he was caught by Strauss off the expensive Tim Bresnan.

Bureau Report