Odd first day. England raced along at more than four-per-over yet some of the decisions by the umpires – Billy Doctrove and Darrell Hair – were criminal. All worked in the favour of England and, in particular, Kevin Pietersen who nevertheless rode his luck with typical audacity and bullishness. Despite the loss of Chris Read – making his comeback after two-and-a-half-years – and the nightwatchman Matthew Hoggard, England ended the day on top. Pakistan, luckless throughout, looked lifeless and dispirited for much of the day; only Umar Gul showed any form or control. Mohammad Sami, though occasionally quick, lacked any semblance of control.
Day two – what will it hold? Chat away!