LONDON: The investigations by the International Cricket Council into a betting scam during the third one-day international between England and Pakistan at the Oval on Friday are believed to focus on two overs in which surprisingly few runs were scored.

The passage of play involving the 39th and 40th overs of Pakistan's innings appear to invite closer scrutiny.

Pakistan's inning was shaped by the loss of early wickets: they had lost both openers before 10 runs were on the board and had to bat carefully.

The ICC's investigation is likely to be centred on the events between the 38th and 40th overs of Pakistan's innings. After 38 overs Pakistan were at last gaining some momentum at 179 for five.

In the 39th and 40th overs of their innings Pakistan scored no more than seven runs - having scored 58 off their previous eight overs, on what was widely acknowledged to be a pitch made for batting.