England fighting back in first Test against Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford


08 Aug

England are fighting back in the first #raisethebat Test against Pakistan after a spirited bowling display on the third evening at Emirates Old Trafford reduced the tourists to 137-8 in their second innings - a lead of 244.

Stuart Broad (2-23) dismissed first-innings centurion Shan Masood for a duck, while a double-wicket burst from Chris Woakes (2-11) saw the back of the dangerous Babar Azam (5) and Pakistan captain Azhar Ali (18).

From 63-4, Asad Shafiq (29) and Mohammad Rizwan (27) helped the visiting side regroup, though a direct hit from Dom Sibley did for the former, ending a blossoming 38-run partnership, and Ben Stokes (2-11), back bowling, later trapped Rizwan lbw and bounced out Shaeen Afridi (2).

Earlier, England were bowled out for 219 in their first innings, with Yasir Shah ripping through the lower order after lunch to finish with figures of 4-66, after Ollie Pope (62) and Jos Buttler (38) had bravely battled through the morning session.

England scored just 19 runs in the first hour, with only nine of those coming off the bat, as Pakistan's seamers probed away; Mohammad Abbas was particularly miserly in giving up just one run from his first seven overs.

While the runs proved hard to come by, Pope did at least go through to a fifth Test fifty, but he perished soon after the drinks break, edging a brutal delivery from 17-year-old Pakistan quick Naseem Shah (1-44) to gully.

Woakes, in a hugely impressive five-over spell, also picked up the Pakistan skipper lbw, ending a somewhat tortured innings from Azhar, who had taken 20 deliveries to get off a pair.

Anderson had a chance to add Shafiq's wicket in Woakes' next over, but failed to claw in a tough chance that came to him quickly at point.

It would only cost England 14 runs thanks to Sibley's sharp work at cover to run Shafiq out for 28, while Stokes' late wickets of Rizwan and Shaheen, along with Broad's second of the innings - Shadab (15) lbw - sandwiched in between, further aided England's comeback. ตารางบอล7m

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