Pak put England under pressure: Vaughan

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> England captain Michael Vaughan admitted Pakistan put his team under heavy pressure in the second cricket Test that ended in a dramatic draw.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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England captain Michael Vaughan admitted Thursday Pakistan put his Ashes-winning team under heavy pressure on the last day of the second cricket Test that ended in a dramatic draw. Pakistan pace bowlers Rana Naved (3-30) and Shoaib Akhtar (3-61) shared six wickets before Geraint Jones and Ashley Giles batted nearly 10 overs to salvage a face-saving draw. "They bowled really well with the new ball today and put us under a lot of pressure,'' Vaughan said. England needed a stiff target of 285 runs in a minimum 64 overs to level the three-match series, but finished at 164 for six in 48 overs when bad light forced an early closure. "Once they got 250-260, it's always difficult to chase on the last day,'' Vaughan said. Inzy's record Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq (100) scored his second century of the match and declared the second innings at 268-9 the moment he completed his 24th century and surpassed Javed Miandad's Pakistan record of 23 Test centuries. It gave Pakistan an overall lead of 284 runs as England scored 446 in reply to Pakistan's first innings score of 462. "Inzamam's innings was probably the whole difference in the game,'' Vaughan said. "He knows these conditions, these wickets and he is playing well at the moment.'' An England victory went out of the equation within the first six overs when Akhtar and Naved polished off the top order and Marcus Trescothick, Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell departed without scoring. Vaughan left his team limping at 20-4. He was back in the captain's shoes after missing his team's sensational 22-run defeat in the first Test at Multan last week because of a knee injury. The third and final Test begins in Lahore from November 29 and Vaughan said he hoped his side would improve to level the series. (AP)

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