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Morgan scores his maiden ton, puts hosts in charge

Published: Friday, July 30, 2010, 12:41 [IST]
 
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Morgan, Collingwood puts hosts in charge

Trent Bridge: Eoin Morgan scored his maiden Test century to put the hosts in a commanding position at the end of day one against Pakistan at Trent Bridge.

Morgan along with Paul Collingwood helped the Three Lions come out from a possible slump as England were struggling at 4-118 when Morgan joined Collingwood. The duo had a record unbeaten fifth wicket stand of 214 to put the Pakistan bowlers at bay. Trott was the last man to be dismissed just after lunch break, but from then on the Pakistan bowling attack went wicket-less for the rest of the play as Morgan and Collingwood inspired the hosts with their partnership.

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Mohammad Aamer who has been lethal in the England tour so far, picked up three wickets as England were off to a decent start.

Morgan (125no) who has not had a great start to his Test career following two ordinary innings against Bangladesh at the start of the season, was retained in the team only because Ian Bell was injured.

Though Morgan was lucky twice, when on 5 he had edged past the wicketkeeper but the ball landed just short of the keeper. And then 73 runs later surviving via the decision review system when luckless leg-spinner Danish Kaneria.

But besides that Morgan left no chance for the Pakistan attack, he infact reached the magical landmark with a straight six off the bowling of Shoaib Malik.

Earlier, England captain Andrew Strauss had won the toss and decided to bat first in overcast conditions at Trent Bridge in the first of the four test series against Pakistan.

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