Nasser Hussain hailed Yasir Shahs remarkable performance as the Pakistan leg-spinner took five wickets on day two of the first Investec Test at Lords. Randy Johnson Jersey . Playing in his first ever Test outside of Asia, Yasir took 5-64 to become the first leg-spinner to claim five wickets at the Home of Cricket since Mushtaq Ahmeds 5-57 in 1996.Its remarkable for a wrist spinner to take five wickets on a day two pitch at Lords, Yasir said. The great Shane Warne never took five wickets on this ground. In his first Test away from Asia, and with no spin from the surface, he used his drift, flight, and his change of pace to bamboozle England. He bowled brilliantly.England played him poorly - there wasnt that much spin, maybe just three deliveries that turned big, but England played him like he was turning it miles.He almost bowled it like Anil Kumble used to, rather than a Mushtaq or a Warne, and it worked brilliantly. Joe Root will admit that he opened the door for Pakistan with a loose shot. He and Alastair Cook were bossing the game, but his soft dismissal let Pakistan in.Thats dangerous against Pakistan - give them a sniff and theyll take it, and they did. Yasir Shah stole the show as he claimed five wickets at Lords Root (48) put on 110 for the second wicket with England top-scorer Cook (80), but his wicket - to a top-edged sweep - sparked a collapse that saw the hosts slip from 118-1 to 193-6.Chris Woakes followed up his 6-70 with the ball with an unbeaten 31 to help England up to 253-7 at the close, still trailing by 86 runs.Hussain feels Woakes efforts ensure he will stay in the Test team for a long time, and his batting helps set up a fascinating third days play. Chris Woakes says England are disappointed with their batting performance but feel theyre still in the game He said: England dont need parity because of Pakistans batting line-up - make no mistake, England can bowl Pakistan out cheaply. Its a perfectly set-up Test match.Woakes has to play the next game. He started the day with wickets, he ended it with runs. Every time weve watched him recently he gets runs and wickets. Weve picked Yasir as our player of the day after his five wickets The headache now for England is reserved for Steven Finn and others along the line. After the tour of South Africa, Woakes was the most droppable England cricketer when people talked about who we were going to leave out. The argument was, Hes only a county player.The lad has proved a lot of people wrong. He has proven in the last two months that he is a proper international cricketer.Watch day three of the first Test live on Sky Sports 2 from 10.30am on Saturday, with the Saturday Debate on beforehand from 10am. Also See: Yasir five-for dents England WATCH: Story of Day Two Over-by-over Scorecard Ben Heller Jersey .40 metres at the Drake Relays. Drouin, from Corunna, Ont., bested his own record of 2.38 metres set in Aug. Ron Guidry Jersey . With their coach gone, they finally played offence the way he would have wanted. Amare Stoudemire made all seven shots in the first half, Anthony passed and shot well, and the Knicks shook off the surprising departure of their coach to rout the Portland Trail Blazers 121-79 on Wednesday night, snapping a six-game losing streak. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- It was one of the most spectacular plays of a dreary season for the Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond knocked a pass away near midcourt, took off toward the basket and threw down an emphatic one-handed dunk while being fouled by Atlantas Elton Brand. "I knew I didnt have a chance," Brand said. Drummonds dunk propelled the Pistons to a 115-107 win over the Hawks on Friday night that snapped Detroits three-game losing streak and handed Atlanta its eighth straight loss. The Hawks shot 17 of 20 from the field during a 41-point second quarter, but the Pistons rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit. "We came together at halftime. We asked each other if we really want this," Drummond said. "We looked each other in the eyes as men and we all came together and decided we wanted to do this. So we came out firing." Atlanta was without guard Jeff Teague, who was out with a sprained ankle. Al Horford was lost for the season in December with a torn pectoral muscle. Paul Millsap had 23 points for the Hawks. "We had that huge second quarter, but they must have gotten a huge pep talk at halftime, because they really came out for the third with a lot of energy," Atlantas Kyle Korver said. Drummonds dunk on Brand gave the Pistons a 93-88 lead with 10:00 to play. Brand was a good sport about it, smiling a bit and even appearing to look up at the scoreboard for a replay. Drummond finished 10 of 11 from the field, but the Hawks finally started fouling him intentionally. The Detroit big man finished 0 for 8 on free throws, and the Pistons eventually took him out for the final 3:40. "Obviously, were trying to get back into the game, and it helped," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We didnt score every time that we tried it, but it gave us a chance. It also helps that hes a great young player and we got him off the floor for a couple minutes." It was tied at 104 when Detroits Kyle Singler made a 3-poinnter from the right wing, and Will Bynum doubled the lead with a driving three-point play with 1:06 to go. Lou Gehrig Jersey. A 3-pointer by Singler with 30 seconds left made it 113-106. Greg Monroe had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons, who stood pat at the trade deadline Thursday. Detroit is now 2 1/2 games behind Atlanta and Charlotte, who are in a virtual tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks looked unstoppable on offence in the second quarter, scoring at will while going the entire period without a turnover. But the Pistons outscored Atlanta 34-20 in the third. It wasnt a perfect second half by any means for Detroit, but the Pistons did show some urgency. Brandon Jennings, who was having a poor shooting game for Detroit, was fouled twice while shooting 3-pointers. After Jennings missed badly from 3-point range, Josh Smith blocked Millsap at the other end, and Jennings was waiting behind the defence for a layup that gave the Pistons an 82-79 lead. "We made two or three hustle plays that winning teams make," Detroit interim coach John Loyer said. "Two and three bodies on the floor, couple guys going out of bounds. You guys all watch the NBA. The better teams do that." Jennings finished with 12 points and 14 assists, although he didnt play at all in the fourth. Detroit went with Bynum instead, and he finished with nine points and seven assists. "Brandon is a scorer. Brandon has been a great facilitator for us," Loyer said. "He started to attack in the third quarter and Will came in and finished it. Thats what teammates do." NOTES: Atlanta shot 85 per cent in the second quarter, one of the top marks for one quarter in the NBA this season. Denver shot 87 per cent (13 for 15) in the fourth quarter at Toronto on Dec. 1, according to STATS. ... The Pistons outscored the Hawks 66-34 in the paint. ... Kyle Korver was 2 for 4 from 3-point range, extending his NBA record to 123 consecutive games with a 3. ' ' '
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