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Pakistan vs England Ball by Ball Commentary

09 Dec, 2022 10:30 (IST)

Result

England in Pakistan, 3 Test Series, 2022- Match

England

281/10

51.4 overs

275/10

64.5 overs
vs

Pakistan

202/10

62.5 overs

328/10

102.1 overs

England beat Pakistan by 26 runs

Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan

Right then! England win the series but there is one more match to go. We move to Karachi for the last match. Join us on the 17th of this month at 1030 IST (0500 GMT) and earlier for the build up. Till then, cheers!
Ben Stokes, the captain of England says the conditions here was different but it was another fantastic game and it was great to be a part of. Mentions it seemed a tricky wicket and he praises the seamers for the way they bowled. Congratulates Abrar but says it was good to score against him. Ends by saying he looks around and sees who is the best option to give him a wicket and he turns to them.
Babar Azam, the skipper of Pakistan says they weren't upto the mark with the bat in the first innings. They fought back well in the second innings but could not finish on top. States they have a plan, they had a couple of good partnerships but in the end, they did not finish well. Adds it is a dream start for Abrar and it is good for the team. Ends by saying they are looking forward to the next game and hope to win it.
Harry Brook wins the Player of the Match award. Brook says he tried to learn from his mistake and tried to be a little less aggressive and still put pressure on the bowlers. Adds they knew it would turn and they weren't surprised but they did not bat as they wanted to in the first game. Mentions they just wanted to play with intent and put pressure on the bowler.
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In reply, Pakistan were in a good position when Azam and Shakeel were batting but then came the Leach show. From 142 for 2, Pakistan were bowled out for 202, giving a lead of over 70 to England. Leach finished with four while Root and Wood took two apiece. It was the Harry Brook show for England, in their second innings. As his ton helped them stretch the lead to over 350 and that really proved to be a vital ton as Pakistan just lost by a narrow margin. Not to forget the innings from Ben Duckett and Ben Stokes. Pakistan were in the chase for a long time but lost wickets at the wrong time.
This game though has swung from one side to another right from Day 1. After electing to bat, England were in a brilliant position as they were 2 down for around 150 but then were bowled out for 281. Abrar Ahmed on debut was the star for Pakistan as he ended with a seven-fer.
It was the seamers who did the job for them yet again. Wood in particular, he was the star for the visitors. The game was drifting away from them when Mohammad Nawaz and Saud Shakeel were batting but Wood got them both in quick succession, he also got Zahid Mahmood and it was Robinson who sealed the deal with the last wicket. Salman did fight but he just kept running out of partners.
That is a famous win for England! 3 and a half days of hard fought cricket and it is England who finish on top and also bag the series. Top, top performance from them.
102.1 W 0

OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Unsurprisingly, Ali takes the review. However, the celebration starts again as the Ultra Edge shows a spike on it. ENGLAND WIN THE SERIES! Ollie Robinson serves a length ball, angling around off and nips away a touch. Ali is drawn forward to defend but gets an edge to the keeper. An appeal and up goes the finger. The review is taken but as expected in vain. England win by 26 runs.

Score after 102 overs : 328/9

Runs Scored

8 Runs

A Salman

20 (31)

M Ali

0 (7)

M Wood

21-2-65-4

101.6 4

FOUR! Two in a row! Runs needed now below 30! Shorter and on middle, Salman pulls it over mid-wicket and this one races away to the fence.

101.5 4

FOUR! Hit hard and bags a boundary! Fuller and on off, this is hit hard and down to the long off fence for a boundary.

101.4 0

On off, kept out.

101.3 0

Another one on the shorter side, Salman guides it to point.

101.2 0

Shorter and around off, this is guided through point.

101.1 0

Good length and on off, defended.

Score after 101 overs : 320/9

Runs Scored

1 Runs

M Ali

0 (7)

A Salman

12 (25)

J Leach

26-0-113-1

100.6 0

Fuller ball on middle. Ali survives as he blocks it.

100.5 0

Fuller and on off. Ali defends on the front foot.

100.4 1

Ali has two balls to survive! On middle, swept behind square leg for one.

100.3 0

Flighted on middle. Salman leans and defends.

100.2 0

Tossed up, outside off. Defended.

100.1 0

Fuller and on off. Salman prods and defends.

Jack Leach to bowl now.

Score after 100 overs : 319/9

Runs Scored

0 Runs

M Ali

0 (5)

A Salman

11 (21)

M Wood

20-2-57-4

99.6 0

Ai survives! Full and slanting on middle. Ali blocks it.

99.5 0

A length ball on middle, nips in and keeps low. Ali defends it out again.

99.4 0

A quick bouncer, down leg. Ali lets it go.

99.3 0

Wood goes for the full ball on middle. Ali gets his bat down quickly.

99.2 0

On a length and around off. Ali defends it out.

99.1 W 0

OUT! BOWLED! Through the gate! Wood gets his fourth and needs one more to reach the stars! Zahid Mahmood has no answers. Length ball, outside off, again might have hit the cracks. It nips in sharply and beats the inside edge of Mahmood who tries to drive. The ball hits the stumps. Wood is elated.

Score after 99 overs : 319/8

Runs Scored

8 Runs

A Salman

11 (21)

Z Mahmood

0 (6)

J Anderson

16-1-44-2

98.6 4

FOUR! 36 needed now! This is going down the wire! Length ball, outside off, Salman pushes it past point, beats Leach's dive and it races into the fence.

98.5 4

FOUR! Good shot! Reading the game! Length and outside off. Salman lofts it over mid off for a boundary.

98.4 0

Beaten! Length ball, outside off. Salman looks to defend but misses. The keeper collects and quick under arms it on his stumps. The replay shows Salman just tapped his bat inside the crease.

98.3 0

This one dies off the deck, outside off. Salman looks to defend but misses.

98.2 0

On a length and outside off, bit of inward movement. Salman looks to drive but gets an inside edge to square leg.

98.1 0

Short in length and outside off. Salman comes down and defends.

Score after 98 overs : 311/8

Runs Scored

1 Runs

Z Mahmood

0 (6)

A Salman

3 (15)

M Wood

19-1-57-3

97.6 0

Length ball on off, Mahmood blocks.

97.5 0

That looked like going down. Length ball, tailing on the pads. Mahmood misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. An appeal but the finger stays down. England have one left but they do not waste it.

97.4 1

Short ball and this is pulled to deep square leg for one.

97.3 0

Short ball on middle. Salman is happy to let it go.

97.2 0

Short ball, outside off. Salman looks to pull, gets an under edge to the keeper on a bounce.

97.1 0

Goes short, outside off, left alone.

Score after 97 overs : 310/8

Runs Scored

1 Runs

Z Mahmood

0 (4)

A Salman

2 (11)

J Anderson

15-1-36-2

96.6 0

Short in length and on off. Zahid Mahmood gets inside the line and blocks.

96.5 0

This one stays low on middle. Zahid Mahmood somehow gets bat on it. That would have been plumb if he didn't get his bat there.

96.4 0

Length ball, outside off. Zahid Mahmood defends it.

96.3 0

Outside off, blocked to cover.

96.2 W 0

OUT! GONE! The little cameo is over! England two wickets away now. Length ball, outside off. Ahmed shuffles in his crease, comes down the track and slaps but it goes off the higher part of the blade and straight in the hands of Ben Duckett at covers. The experienced campaigner gets better of the debutant.

96.1 1

Length and on off, nips in. Salman inside edges his push to square leg for one.

Score after 96 overs : 309/7

Runs Scored

12 Runs

A Ahmed

17 (11)

A Salman

1 (10)

M Wood

18-1-56-3

95.6 0

A bouncer and Ahmed sits under it.

95.5 4

FOUR! Multan is finding its voice again! Short ball, around off. Ahmed backs away, opens the face of the bat but it goes off the top edge over short third man for a boundary.

95.4 4

FOUR! Placement! If Ahmed plays out a cameo here, England will be in trouble. Length and outside off. Ahmed cuts it very late past short third man for four runs.

95.3 0

Shorter and outside off. Ahmed now tries to dab it away but misses.

95.2 4

FOUR! Hit hard! This is full and around off. Ahmed clears his front leg and hammers it over mid on for another boundary.

95.1 0

Short ball on middle. Ahmed pulls it straight to square leg.

Mark Wood to bowl from the other end.

Score after 95 overs : 297/7

Runs Scored

6 Runs

A Salman

1 (10)

A Ahmed

5 (5)

J Anderson

14-1-35-1

94.6 0

Outside off.  Salman comes down the track to pull but under edges it. The ball rolls just past the off pole.

94.5 0

Length ball, outside off. Salman steps forward and blocks.

94.4 1

On a length and on middle. Ahmed swings across, gets an inside edge to fine leg for a single.

94.3 4

FOUR! Feels like Ahmed is not here to block things! On a length and around off. Ahmed swings his bat and hits it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

94.2 1

First run after the break! Short in length and outside off. Salman dabs it to third man for a single.

94.1 0

Full and on off, it is driven back to Anderson.

We are back. A big session awaits for both teams. James Anderson to restart with the ball.
...DAY 4, SESSION 2...
Pakistan still need 64 runs but the only known batter out there is Salman. He will be under tremendous pressure. England on the other hand need three wickets to seal the series. We feel the next session will give us the results. Join us back at 1310 IST (0740 GMT) for the second session.
A huge, huge session for England. It was Pakistan who bossed for most of the time but the last three overs which included the wicket of Mohammad Nawaz and Saud Shakeel has turned the tide in England's favor again. Two balls down the leg side which could be avoided but the Pakistani batters went after it. Before that, Pakistan were motoring very nicely, both Nawaz and Shakeel were calm and rotating the strike. However, England believed that the wicket is just around the corner. Mark Wood was introduced and the pacer took both big wickets.

Score after 94 overs : 291/7

Runs Scored

0 Runs

A Ahmed

0 (3)

A Salman

0 (6)

M Wood

17-1-44-3

93.6 0

NOT OUT! That is going down leg! England lose a review! Short and on the body. Abrar Ahmed looks to duck but this one does not bounce at all. It hits his body. An appeal but turned down. It is reviewed just in time but replays show that it is going down leg. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 4!

93.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

93.4 0

Bangs it short and on middle, it is ducked under.

93.3 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! The third umpire feels that is a clean catch and Saud has to walk back! Is that the final nail in the coffin? England are into the bowlers now. It is Wood yet again who does it with the short ball tactic. This is short and down the leg side. Saud looks to pull, this goes off the glove and to Pope who dives and takes it. An appeal. The umpire has a chat with his partner and then takes it upsatirs with the soft signal being out. Replays are difficult to say whether the gloves are under the ball or not and in the end, it is ruled in the favor of the visitors. A superb knock from Saud. He deserved a ton but now walks back.

93.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

93.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 93 overs : 291/6

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Salman

0 (6)

S Shakeel

94 (210)

J Anderson

13-1-29-1

92.6 0

Lovely stuff! That goes just over the off pole. This one comes back in from outside off, Salman first looks to leave but then tries to play it as it comes back in. He is beaten and it goes over the off pole.

92.5 0

That is a beauty! Anderson was getting the ball to come back in for some time now but this time he gets it to leave the batter after landing. Salman has a poke at it and gets beaten.

92.4 0

On off, this is blocked.

92.3 0

This one comes back in nicely, the line is a little too straight. Agha looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

92.2 1

Around off, Shakeel opens the face of the bat and guides it towards point for one.

92.1 0

Good length and on middle, defended.

Score after 92 overs : 290/6

Runs Scored

4 Runs

A Salman

0 (2)

S Shakeel

93 (208)

M Wood

16-0-44-2

91.6 0

Another bumper, Agha ducks under it.

91.5 0

Banged in short. Salman lets it go to the keeper.

91.4 W 0

OUT! Gloved and taken! Wood breaks the stand that was taking the game away from England. Still 65 more needed. This is short and on the body, Nawaz looks to pull, he gets in an awkward position to do so as he seems a little cramped up. It goes off the glove and it is taken by Pope. Stokes is elated. They know they are just a wicket away from entering the bowling all-rounders. A good innings from Nawaz. He played with intent but his side would have loved for him to play longer.

91.3 0

Goes short again, this does not bounce at all. Nawaz ducks, it goes over his body and goes on the bounce to the keeper.

91.2 4

FOUR! Tucked away nice and fine! On the pads, Nawaz flicks it towards fine leg. This one races away to the fence. Just the 65 needed now.

91.1 0

A short one on the body, Mohammad Nawaz ducks under it.

Score after 91 overs : 286/5

Runs Scored

4 Runs

M Nawaz

41 (58)

S Shakeel

93 (208)

J Anderson

12-1-28-1

90.6 1

Shorter and angling in, nudged to square leg for one.

90.5 0

On a length and around off. Nawaz steps forward and defends it to mid off.

90.4 1

Lovely back foot punch! Outside off, this is hit through point for one.

90.3 0

Length ball on off, extra bounce. Shakeel defends and gets hit on the gloves.

90.2 2

Too straight on the pads, Shakeel flicks it through mid-wicket for a brace.

90.1 0

On a length and outside off. Shakeel defends away from the body.

Score after 90 overs : 282/5

Runs Scored

7 Runs

M Nawaz

40 (56)

S Shakeel

90 (204)

J Leach

25-0-112-1

89.6 0

On the pads, nudged to square leg.

89.5 2

Tossed up on middle. Nawaz looks to sweep but gets a top edge to fine leg for a brace.

89.4 0

That was a chance! On the pads. Nawaz leans to defend, it goes off the inside edge to short leg. The fielder gets his right hand out but fails to hold on. Tough one.

89.3 1

In the 90s! Flat and on the pads, nudged to square leg for a single.

89.2 4

FOUR! Shakeel now using his feet! Pakistan are running away! Full and outside off. Shakeel drives it through covers for yet another boundary.

89.1 0

Outside off, Shakeel steps across and defends.

Score after 89 overs : 275/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

M Nawaz

38 (53)

S Shakeel

85 (201)

J Anderson

11-1-24-1

88.6 0

On off, kept out.

88.5 1

On middle, nudged to mid-wicket for a single.

88.4 4

Four! Length and outside off. Shakeel looks to defends, the ball nips away, goes off the outside edge past the slip cordon for a boundary.

88.3 0

This is full, outside off, pushed to cover.

88.2 0

This is full and on middle. Defended out.

88.1 0

On a length and on off, Shakeel defends it out.

Score after 88 overs : 270/5

Runs Scored

3 Runs

S Shakeel

80 (196)

M Nawaz

38 (52)

J Leach

24-0-105-1

87.6 1

Full and on middle, drilled to mid on for a quick single.

87.5 1

On off, this time Nawaz connects the sweep to deep square leg. One.

87.4 0

A huge appeal for LBW but looked outside the line. This is full and around off, spinning in. Nawaz steps across to sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads.

87.3 0

Tossed up on off. Nawaz prods and keeps it out.

87.2 1

Fuller and around off. Shakeel leans and bunts it to mid-wicket for one.

87.1 0

Tossed up on off, tucked to mid-wicket.

Score after 87 overs : 267/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

M Nawaz

37 (49)

S Shakeel

78 (193)

O Robinson

14-3-23-1

86.6 4

FOUR! Well played! This is full and outside off. Nawaz uses his feet and drives it through covers for a boundary. Time for Ben Stokes to think now.

86.5 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

86.4 0

On off, defended.

86.3 1

On the pads, Shakeel works it around the corner for one.

86.2 0

Shorter and on the body, this is nudged on the leg side.

86.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 86 overs : 262/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

M Nawaz

33 (46)

S Shakeel

77 (190)

J Leach

23-0-102-1

85.6 0

On the stumps, this is blocked.

85.5 0

On middle, this is defended.

85.4 0

On middle, this is kept out.

85.3 0

Floats it up on off, this is blocked.

85.2 1

On middle, this is worked towards mid-wicket for one.

85.1 0

On middle, blocked.

Score after 85 overs : 261/5

Runs Scored

2 Runs

M Nawaz

33 (42)

S Shakeel

76 (188)

O Robinson

13-3-18-1

84.6 0

BEATEN! Length and outside off, Nawaz looks to defend but is beaten.

84.5 1

Angled into the pads, Saud works it towards mid-wicket for one.

84.4 1

Outside off, Nawaz opens the face of the bat and guides it down to third man for one.

84.3 0

BEATEN! An expenasive drive to this full one outside off. Nawaz is beaten. Nawaz is not shy in playing his strokes.

84.2 0

On off, Mohammad Nawaz plays it to point.

84.1 0

Good length and on off, Nawaz defends.

Score after 84 overs : 259/5

Runs Scored

6 Runs

S Shakeel

75 (187)

M Nawaz

32 (37)

J Root

21-3-65-1

83.6 0

Full and slanting on middle. Shakeel prods and blocks.

83.5 1

Outside off, guided to third man. Nawaz wants two but settles with one eventually.

83.4 0

Tossed up, outside off, straightens up and stays low. Nawaz looks to sweep but misses.

83.3 0

Very full and on middle, defended.

83.2 4

FOUR! The target is now under 100. Floated, outside off, too much width and Nawaz slaps it through covers for a boundary.

83.1 1

Tossed up, outside off, Shakeel pushes it through covers for a single.

Score after 83 overs : 253/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

M Nawaz

27 (33)

S Shakeel

74 (185)

O Robinson

12-3-16-1

82.6 0

Length ball, slanting in on off, extra bounce on offer. Nawaz defends it out.

82.5 1

Full and on the pads, nudged wide of mid-wicket for a quick single.

82.4 0

On middle, Shakeel gets inside the line and eases it to mid on.

82.3 0

Length and on off, Saud drops it to point.

82.2 0

Full ball, outside off, from round the wicket. Shakeel defends.

82.1 0

Length ball, outside off, blocked.

Score after 82 overs : 252/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

M Nawaz

27 (32)

S Shakeel

73 (180)

J Root

20-3-59-1

81.6 4

FOUR! Releases the pressure! Floated on middle. Nawaz comes down the track and smashes it down to long on for four. Pakistan need 103 runs now. 250 up!

81.5 1

Flatter, outside off, slower and Shakeel punches it through covers for a single.

81.4 0

Floats it way outside off. Shakeel leaves it alone.

81.3 0

On off, blocked out again.

81.2 0

Too full and on off. Shakeel prods and defends.

81.1 0

Tossed up on off. Shakeel looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

Score after 81 overs : 247/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

M Nawaz

23 (31)

S Shakeel

72 (175)

O Robinson

11-3-15-1

80.6 0

BEATEN! Short in length and outside off. Nawaz looks to cut but misses.

80.5 0

On a length and on off. Mohammad Nawaz keeps it out.

80.4 0

On middle, another solid block from Nawaz.

80.3 0

Length ball, outside off, bit of movement. Nawaz knocks it to cover.

80.2 0

Length and on middle, blocked out.

80.1 1

Full and on off, Shakeel defends, it goes more off the splice to third man for a single.

Drinks! Pakistan need 109 more runs to win. It looks comfortable the way these two are batting however, England will be aware that one wicket is what they needed to pile the pressure. They need to change their plans though as the current ones are not working. The second new ball is available now. Will England take it? Yes, the have. Ollie Robinson to bowl now.

Score after 80 overs : 246/5

Runs Scored

7 Runs

M Nawaz

23 (26)

S Shakeel

71 (174)

J Leach

22-0-101-1

79.6 0

This one spins in, around off. Nawaz blocks it out.

79.5 0

Tossed up, outside off. Nawaz defends it out.

79.4 1

Well outside off. Shakeel leans and taps it to the vacant cover region for one.

79.3 1

Leach keeps it outside off. Nawaz strokes it to cover for one.

79.2 4

FOUR! Driven firmly! Too full and outside off. Nawaz drives it through covers for a boundary.

79.1 1

Flighted outside off, Shakeel drives it through cover for a single.

Score after 79 overs : 239/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

M Nawaz

18 (22)

S Shakeel

69 (172)

M Wood

15-0-40-1

78.6 0

Around off on a length. Nawaz knocks it to point.

78.5 0

A bouncer on middle. Nawaz lets it go.

78.4 1

Outside off, this is tapped to third man for a single.

78.3 0

A well-directed bouncer on middle. Shakeel misses his clip and gets hit on the gloves.

78.2 0

A short ball, outside off. Shakeel looks to pull but misses.

78.1 0

Starts with a delivery down the leg side. Left alone.

Score after 78 overs : 238/5

Runs Scored

6 Runs

S Shakeel

68 (168)

M Nawaz

18 (20)

J Leach

21-0-94-1

77.6 1

A single to end the over as this is hit to mid-wicket.

77.5 4

FOUR! Lucky! Flatter, outside off, spinning in. Shakeel gets his front foot across to sweep, gets a bit of glove and the ball just goes over the stumps and past the keeper to fine leg for four. Leach is getting turn.

77.4 0

Tossed up, outside off, turning in. Shakeel steps across to defend but misses. The catch is taken at short leg but there was no bat.

77.3 1

Full and on middle, eased down to long on for a single.

77.2 0

Serves it outside off but not much spin. Nawaz defends.

77.1 0

Fuller and on off, defended to cover.

Score after 77 overs : 232/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

S Shakeel

63 (165)

M Nawaz

17 (17)

M Wood

14-0-39-1

76.6 0

Angling on the pads, Shakeel nudges it to square leg.

76.5 0

Length ball on middle. Shakeel dead bats it.

76.4 0

Length ball on middle. Shakeel keeps it out.

76.3 0

Short in length and on off. Shakeel hops and defends.

76.2 1

On a length and outside off. Nawaz dabs it to third man for one.

76.1 0

On middle, blocked out.

Score after 76 overs : 231/5

Runs Scored

9 Runs

M Nawaz

16 (15)

S Shakeel

63 (161)

J Root

19-3-54-1

75.6 3

Three more! Tosses it up on middle. Nawaz paddles it fine to fine leg for three runs.

75.5 0

An arm ball on middle. Nawaz defends.

75.4 4

FOUR! Good shot! Floats it full and on middle. Nawaz sweeps it hard through mid-wicket for a boundary.

75.3 1

Flighted on middle. Shakeel tucks it past mid-wicket for one.

75.2 0

Lovely delivery! Tossed up, slow and on middle. Shakeel gets back to defend.

75.1 1

Fuller and outside off, driven through point for a single.

Score after 75 overs : 222/5

Runs Scored

2 Runs

M Nawaz

8 (11)

S Shakeel

62 (159)

M Wood

13-0-38-1

74.6 1

One more run! Length and on the pads. Nawaz clips it behind square leg for one.

74.5 1

Slanting on the pads, flicked to square leg for a quick single.

74.4 0

Angles a full ball on middle. Shakeel blocks it out.

74.3 0

Short ball on middle. Saud gets his bat up and defends on the deck.

74.2 0

Serves a bouncer at 143 clicks, dies on its way. Saud sits under and lets it go.

74.1 0

Length ball on middle, nudged to square leg.

Score after 74 overs : 220/5

Runs Scored

4 Runs

M Nawaz

7 (10)

S Shakeel

61 (154)

J Root

18-3-45-1

73.6 0

Fires it on off, Nawaz blocks.

73.5 1

Another single then! Shorter and around off, this is guided through point for one.

73.4 1

Fuller and on off, Nawaz pushes it to mid off for one.

73.3 1

Angled into the pads, Saud works it towards mid-wicket for one.

73.2 0

Loopy ball on off, defended.

73.1 1

Out comes the sweep, it is hit well but towards deep square leg for one.

Score after 73 overs : 216/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

S Shakeel

59 (151)

M Nawaz

5 (7)

M Wood

12-0-36-1

72.6 0

A yorker on middle, Saud jams it out to mid on.

72.5 0

Bangs it in on middle, Saud ducks under it.

72.4 0

Angled into the pads, Saud works it to mid-wicket.

72.3 0

Angled into the off pole. Saud gets right behind the line of the ball and blocks.

72.2 1

Around off, Nawaz plsys it through point and gets to the other end.

72.1 0

Length and on off, Nawaz pushes it to covers.

Score after 72 overs : 215/5

Runs Scored

0 Runs

S Shakeel

59 (147)

M Nawaz

4 (5)

J Root

17-3-41-1

71.6 0

Angled into the pads, this is flicked to mid-wicket. Good from Joe Root, he is varying his pace nicely.

71.5 0

On middle, defended.

71.4 0

Floats it up on off, Saud defends it onto the ground.

71.3 0

What was the sound? It was probably the bat hitting the ground! Shorter and outside off, Saud looks to cut but this one stays low. It is taken by the keeper in the end.

71.2 0

Slower through the air and on middle, Shakeel defends.

71.1 0

Flighted ball on off, Shakeel pushes it to covers.

Score after 71 overs : 215/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

M Nawaz

4 (5)

S Shakeel

59 (141)

J Anderson

10-1-19-1

70.6 0

On the stumps, blocked.

70.5 0

Angled into middle, blocked.

70.4 4

EDGY FUR! Length and on off, this lands on off, Mohammad Nawaz looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge down to the third man fence for a boundary.

70.3 0

On middle, it is blocked.

70.2 lb 1

Angled into the pads, Saud looks to flick but misses. It hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. It goes off the pad towards the leg side. Leg bye taken.

70.1 0

Another one on the off pole. Saud Shakeel gets right behind the line and defends it.

Score after 70 overs : 210/5

Runs Scored

2 Runs

M Nawaz

0 (1)

S Shakeel

59 (139)

J Root

16-2-41-1

69.6 0

Length and on off, this is defended.

69.5 W 0

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! There is the first wicket for England this morning and it is quite early. Joe Root is the one who gets it and Pakistan have half the side back in the hut and they need another 145 runs. This is tossed up nicely, it lands around off and then turns. Faheem Ashraf pushes at it with hard hands, it goes off the outside edge and it is taken by Zak Crawley at first slip.

69.4 1

Another single as this is pushed through cover.

69.3 1

Tossed up on off, this is played through mid-wicket for one.

69.2 0

On the stumps again, this is kept out nicely.

69.1 0

On the stumps, this is blocked.

Score after 69 overs : 208/4

Runs Scored

5 Runs

S Shakeel

58 (138)

F Ashraf

9 (28)

J Anderson

9-1-15-1

68.6 0

On the stumps, this is flicked to mid-wicket.

68.5 1

A single as this is worked with the angle towards mid-wicket.

68.4 0

Flighted ball on off, this is blocked well.

68.3 0

On off, this is pushed towards cover.

68.2 4

FOUR! Timed nicely! Fuller and on middle, this is timed nicely down the ground and it races away to the fence.

68.1 0

Angled into the stumps, this is kept out.

Score after 68 overs : 203/4

Runs Scored

2 Runs

S Shakeel

58 (137)

F Ashraf

4 (23)

J Root

15-2-39-0

67.6 0

On the stumps, it is kept out well.

67.5 1

Fuller and on middle, this is worked to mid on for one.

67.4 1

Shortish and on off, this is pushed to cover.

67.3 0

From around the wicket, angles it into the off pole. Shakeel gets right behind the line and plays it out.

67.2 0

On the stumps, Shakeel plays it onto the ground.

67.1 0

On middle, Faheem pushes it to mid on.

Score after 67 overs : 201/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

F Ashraf

3 (22)

S Shakeel

57 (132)

J Anderson

8-1-10-1

66.6 0

On middle, this is worked to mid on.

66.5 0

On off, defended.

66.4 0

Flighted ball know off, kept out.

66.3 0

Tossed up on off, this is pushed to cover.

66.2 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wickst.

66.1 1

Another single as this is pushed through covers.

Score after 66 overs : 200/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

S Shakeel

56 (131)

F Ashraf

3 (17)

J Root

14-2-37-0

65.6 1

Shorter and outside off, this is played through point for one.

65.5 0

On middle, this is blocked nicely.

65.4 0

On the stumps, kept out.

65.3 0

Angled into the pads, it is worked to mid-wicket.

65.2 0

Fires it on middle, kept out.

65.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 65 overs : 199/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

F Ashraf

3 (17)

S Shakeel

55 (125)

J Anderson

7-1-9-1

64.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

64.5 0

On the stumps yet again, Faheem pushes it to cover.

64.4 0

Around off, this is played to cover..

64.3 0

On the stumps, blocked.

64.2 1

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

64.1 0

No run.

The equation is simple, Pakistan need another 157 runs and England need to pick the remaining two wickets. It is all about one partnership for the hosts whereas for England, they'll be hoping they can keep striking on regular intervals like they have been doing. Will it end 1-1 or will England seal the series.
... DAY 4, SESSION 1 ..
Now Pakistan bat deep but their batting is quite fragile, they would know one more big partnership is all they need to put England under huge pressure. For England, they will come out all fresh on Day 4 and also with the second new ball available in a few overs, they will believe they can record a famous win. Do join us to what promises to be an enthralling 4th and also could well be the last day of the Test. The action begins at 1015 IST (0515 GMT). The build-up begins a lot earlier. Till then, take care and goodbye!
It has been a day of fight backs. After bowling out England earlier in the day, Pakistan began really well with the bat. It was Rizwan who opened due to an injury to Imam and he along with Abdullah Shafique gave the hosts a good start. However, things changed immediately after Lunch as Pakistan lost three in no time and were pushed on the back foot. Saud and Imam though then put up a 100-plus stand with both scoring half tons to turn the tide in their side's favor. Pakistan surely would have ended the day on top had they not lost Imam but it was Leach who had the last laugh by getting the left-hander late in the day.
Well, the umpires yet again feel the light is not good enough to continue and off the players and the umpires go! THAT SHOULD BE STUMPS! This game is brilliantly poised for Day 4! Pakistan need 157 and England need 6 wickets. Probably England will feel they have the upper hand but we feel, Pakistan have a really good chance here.

Score after 64 overs : 198/4

Runs Scored

3 Runs

F Ashraf

3 (13)

S Shakeel

54 (123)

J Root

13-2-36-0

63.6 2

Really good running! On the pads, this is clipped through square leg. Two taken.

63.5 0

Flatter this time and on middle, kept out.

63.4 0

On middle, Faheem blocks it.

63.3 0

On the pads, Faheem Ashraf works it to mid on.

63.2 1

Flatter and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.

63.1 0

Gives it a lot of air and lands it on middle, defended.

Score after 63 overs : 195/4

Runs Scored

3 Runs

S Shakeel

53 (121)

F Ashraf

1 (9)

J Leach

20-0-88-1

62.6 1

On off, Shakeel strokes it to covers and takes one.

62.5 0

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

62.4 1

On the stumps, kept out.

62.3 1

Anther run as this is nudged towards mid-wicket.

62.2 0

Flatter and on the pads, Saud works it to mid-wicket.

62.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 62 overs : 192/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

F Ashraf

0 (8)

S Shakeel

51 (116)

J Root

12-2-33-0

61.6 0

On middle, Faheem Ashraf defends it.

61.5 0

On the stumps, kept out.

61.4 0

On off, defended.

61.3 0

Fuller and on the pad, this is played to mid on.

61.2 0

Fuller and on middle, this is whipped but to mid on.

61.1 1

On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

Score after 61 overs : 191/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

F Ashraf

0 (3)

S Shakeel

50 (115)

J Leach

19-0-85-1

60.6 0

Loopy ball on off, blocked.

60.5 0

Floats it up on off, defended again.

60.4 0

Tossed up on off, blocked.

60.3 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! That is a superb catch! Brilliant from Root and the stand that was taking the game away has been broken. This will open the floodgates now for England? They will hope se. This is tossed up outside off, Imam-ul-Haq looks to drive, it goes off the outside edge as the length was not quite right. It goes to the left of Root who takes a sharp catch. Imam can't believe it. England back on top. 164 more needed.

60.2 1

Fifty for Shakeel! He has got off to starts in this series, it is his third fifty but he needs to go on to make it big here. His team needs him too. On middle, this is worked through mid on for one.

60.1 0

On middle, this is worked to square leg.

Score after 60 overs : 190/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

Imam

60 (103)

S Shakeel

49 (113)

J Anderson

6-1-8-1

59.6 0

On the stumps, this is defended.

59.5 0

Brilliant in the field again! On the pads, this is worked towards square leg. Jamie Overton the sub dives to his left and stops it.

59.4 0

That is well fielded! Will lift the spirit of the bowlers so late in the day! Shorter and on off, this is cut but Zak Crawley dives to his left and stops it.

59.3 0

Good length and on off, this is guided to point.

59.2 1

Played nicely! Length and outside off, Shakeel guides it towards point and gets to the other end.

59.1 0

Good length and on off, this is kept out.

DRINKS! The fight back from Pakistan continues after the break! However, they are still 166 runs away and they will hope most of the runs can be scored by these two look untroubled at the moment. England on the other hand, just seem a little tired at the moment. The ball too has got really soft and it is not doing a lot from the surface. Can they manage to take a wicket at least before Stumps?

Score after 59 overs : 189/3

Runs Scored

4 Runs

Imam

60 (99)

S Shakeel

48 (111)

M Wood

11-0-35-1

58.6 0

Bangs it short and on middle, Imam ducks under it.

58.5 1

Around off, this is carved through point for one.

58.4 1

Another short one, Imam does play the pull shot, it goes through square leg for one.

58.3 1

Goes short again, this is worked down to fine leg and a run is taken.

58.2 1

Another single! Outside off, Imam guides it down to third man for one.

58.1 0

On middle, blocked.

Score after 58 overs : 185/3

Runs Scored

2 Runs

S Shakeel

46 (109)

Imam

58 (95)

O Robinson

10-3-14-1

57.6 0

On off, kept out.

57.5 0

Gets this one to tail back in a touch from around off, Shakeel pushes it to mid on.

57.4 0

On the stumps, defended solidly.

57.3 0

On off, this is kept out.

57.2 0

On middle, Shakeel gets right behind the line and defends it.

57.2 nb 1

Another no ball as Ollie Robinson opversteps again! On the stumps, this is defended solidly again.

57.1 0

On middle, this is worked towards mid-wicket for one.

57.1 nb 1

Outside off, left alone. Ollie Robinson has overstepped and hence, it is a no ball.

Score after 57 overs : 183/3

Runs Scored

5 Runs

Imam

58 (95)

S Shakeel

46 (101)

M Wood

10-0-31-1

56.6 0

On middle, defended.

56.5 4

FOUR! Hit firmly! Fuller and outside off, Imam waits and then slams it through point for a boundary.

56.4 0

Down the leg side, Imam looks to flick but misses. Half an appeal but turned down. Stokes did not review and guess what? ULTRA EDGE SHOWS A SPIKE!

56.3 1

Shorter and around off, Saud guides it down to third man and gets to the other end.

56.2 0

Good length agian and on off, defended.

56.1 0

Length and on off, blocked.

Score after 56 overs : 178/3

Runs Scored

2 Runs

Imam

54 (92)

S Shakeel

45 (98)

O Robinson

9-3-12-1

55.6 2

Quite a funny incident there! As the bowler was about to deliver, Shakeel dropped his bat. Imam then works this one on the pads, through square leg. They take two. Saud ran without his bat there.

55.5 0

Good length and on off, this is pushed to cover.

55.4 0

Angled into middle, Imam hangs back and defends it.

55.3 0

Fuller and on off, this is driven firmly to one of the three men at covers.

55.2 0

On the stumps, defended.

55.1 0

On off, this is pushed towards cover.

Score after 55 overs : 176/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

S Shakeel

45 (98)

Imam

52 (86)

M Wood

9-0-26-1

54.6 0

Another one on off, Shakeel gets right behind the line and defends.

54.5 0

On off, defended.

54.4 0

Really good shot but for no runs! Fuller and on off, this is driven but to covers.

54.3 1

Short ball and this is pulled nicely through square leg for one.

54.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

54.1 0

Back of a length and on middle, defended.

Score after 54 overs : 175/3

Runs Scored

3 Runs

S Shakeel

45 (95)

Imam

51 (83)

O Robinson

8-3-10-1

53.6 0

On middle, defended.

53.5 1

Outside off, Imam guides it towards third man for one.

53.4 0

On the pads, Imam flicks but to square leg.

53.3 0

Good length and on off, blocked.

53.2 1

On the pad, Shakeel now works it through square leg for one.

53.1 1

Outside off, Imam guides it towards point and gets to the other end. Fifty for Imam! Not where he usually bats but he is enjoying it. Vital knock too, both for him and his side but he needs to go on. Still a long way to go.

Score after 53 overs : 172/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

Imam

49 (79)

S Shakeel

44 (93)

M Wood

8-0-25-1

52.6 1

On off, Imam guides it through point for one.

52.5 0

Shorter and on off, Imam pushes it to covers.

52.4 0

On the stumps, kept out.

52.3 0

On off, defended.

52.2 0

Another one on the stumps, blocked.

52.1 0

On middle, Imam gets right behind the line and keeps it out.

Score after 52 overs : 171/3

Runs Scored

6 Runs

Imam

48 (73)

S Shakeel

44 (93)

J Root

11-2-32-0

51.6 1

On the stumps, kept out.

51.5 0

On middle, blocked.

51.4 4

FOUR! Beautiful! Inside-out! Shorter and on middle, this is fuller outside off, Imam lifts it over covers and it goes to the fence behind.

51.3 1

On off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

51.2 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

51.1 0

On off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

Score after 51 overs : 165/3

Runs Scored

8 Runs

Imam

43 (70)

S Shakeel

43 (90)

J Leach

18-0-84-0

50.6 4

FOUR! Whipped away! That is a top shot! On middle, this is whipped through mid-wicket for a boundary. This partnership will really be worrying the visitors now.

50.5 0

On the stumps, defended.

50.4 1

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

50.3 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

50.2 1

Uses his feet and plays this down to long on for one.

50.1 2

Two more! On the shorter side, this is guided through point for two.

Score after 50 overs : 157/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

S Shakeel

42 (88)

Imam

36 (66)

J Root

10-2-26-0

49.6 0

Angled into the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

49.5 1

Shorter and around off, this is cut through point for one.

49.4 0

Another one on the stumps, blocked.

49.3 0

On the stumps, defended.

49.2 0

Floats it up on off, this is defended.

49.1 0

On middle, kept out.

Score after 49 overs : 156/3

Runs Scored

9 Runs

S Shakeel

42 (87)

Imam

35 (61)

J Leach

17-0-76-0

48.6 4

FOUR! Up and over! Pakistan now need below 200! This is tossed up on off, it is lofted over the mid off fielder and into the fence.

48.5 0

On off, Shakeel gets right behind the line of the ball and blocks it.

48.4 0

On off, defended.

48.3 4

FOUR! Hammered! This is way too short and asking to be hit! Saud Shakeel rocks back and slams it through covers for a boundary.

48.2 1

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

48.1 0

On middle, this is played towards cover.

Score after 48 overs : 147/3

Runs Scored

2 Runs

Imam

34 (59)

S Shakeel

34 (83)

J Root

9-2-25-0

47.6 1

A single as this is pushed towards cover.

47.5 0

On middle, kept out.

47.4 0

On middle, this is worked towards mid-wicket.

47.3 1

Angled into the pads, this is worked towards mid-wicket for one.

47.2 0

On off, this is blocked.

47.1 0

Flatter and on off, Shakeel pushes it to covers.

Score after 47 overs : 145/3

Runs Scored

8 Runs

Imam

33 (56)

S Shakeel

33 (80)

J Leach

16-0-67-0

46.6 0

On the stumps, kept out.

46.5 1

A single now as this is worked towards mid-wicket.

46.4 0

On middle, blocked.

46.3 1

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

46.2 4

FOUR! Hammered down the ground! Stokes is really close and he had no chance! Imam steps out and gets to the pitch of it, he smashes it down the ground to the long off fence.

46.1 2

Two more! On middle, this is worked through square leg for a couple.

Score after 46 overs : 137/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

S Shakeel

32 (78)

Imam

26 (52)

J Root

8-2-23-0

45.6 0

Flatter and on off, Saud plays it to cover.

45.5 0

Flatter and on off, this is blocked.

45.4 0

On middle, defended.

45.3 1

Driven nicely but only one! Fuller and on off, this is hit down towards long off for one.

45.2 0

Imam steps out, the length is shortened, he defends it.

45.1 0

Floats it up on off, defended.

We are back for the final session! 33 overs left in the day, do not think we will get all of them as the light detoriates quite quickly here. Imam-ul-Haq and Saud Shakeel make their way out to the middle and it is Root to begin!
... DAY 3, SESSION 2 ...
Pakistan have fought back well! This session actually has been a session of fightbacks! First it was England, after being dominated in the first session, their pacers came out all guns blazing and got three early wickets. Also, three big ones, Rizwan, Babar and Abdullah Shafique! All three were castled and it was the pacers who got all three of them. However, since then, it has been all Pakistan. Saud Shakeel and Imam-ul-Haq have played positively and added just over 50. However, Pakistan still need a lot and they will need these two to continue. England on the other hand, will hope to replicate what they did after the Lunch break. An interesting session awaits.

Score after 45 overs : 136/3

Runs Scored

8 Runs

S Shakeel

32 (75)

Imam

25 (49)

J Leach

15-0-59-0

44.6 0

Floats it up on off, this is defended.

44.5 4

FOUR! Up and over! Saud steps out, he gets to the pitch of it and lofts it over mid off for a boundary.

44.4 0

Tossed up on off, defended.

44.3 4

FOUR! Cut away! Shorter in length and outside off, Shakeel waits and just guides it through point for a boundary.

44.2 0

On middle, blocked.

44.1 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

Score after 44 overs : 128/3

Runs Scored

5 Runs

Imam

25 (49)

S Shakeel

24 (69)

M Wood

7-0-24-1

43.6 2

Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for two.

43.5 0

Another short one on the body, Imam ducks under it.

43.4 0

A short one, Imam leaves it alone.

43.3 2

Two more! On the pads, this is worked fine on the leg side for two.

43.2 1

A single as this is guided through point.

43.1 0

Very full and on middle, this is jammed out towards mid off.

Score after 43 overs : 123/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

Imam

21 (45)

S Shakeel

23 (67)

J Leach

14-0-51-0

42.6 0

On off, kept out.

42.5 0

On middle, Imam works it to mid-wicket.

42.4 0

Angled into the pads, Imam nudges it to mid-wicket.

42.3 0

On off, defended.

42.2 1

Floats it up on off, this is worked down to long on for one.

42.1 0

On off, Shakeel pushes it towards cover.

Score after 42 overs : 122/3

Runs Scored

3 Runs

S Shakeel

22 (65)

Imam

21 (41)

M Wood

6-0-19-1

41.6 1

On the pads, this is worked down to fineleg for one more.

41.5 1

Shorter and on middle, Imam pulls it through mid-wicket and takes one.

41.4 0

Angled into the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.

41.3 0

BEATEN! Shorter and outside off, Imam looks to cut but is beaten.

41.2 0

Angled into the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.

41.1 1

around off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

Score after 41 overs : 119/3

Runs Scored

2 Runs

S Shakeel

20 (63)

Imam

20 (37)

W Jacks

4-0-15-0

40.6 1

A single as this is guided through point for one.

40.5 0

Flatter and on off, Shakeel keeps it out.

40.4 0

On the stumps, this is defended too.

40.3 0

On off, defended.

40.2 1

A single as this is pushed through covers.

40.1 0

On off, this is played to mid off.

Score after 40 overs : 117/3

Runs Scored

0 Runs

S Shakeel

19 (59)

Imam

19 (35)

J Root

7-2-22-0

39.6 0

On off, Shakeel pushes it to covers.

39.5 0

Around off, this is kept out nicely.

39.4 0

On middle, blocked.

39.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

39.2 0

On middle, defended.

39.1 0

On the stumps, kept out.

Score after 39 overs : 117/3

Runs Scored

5 Runs

Imam

19 (35)

S Shakeel

19 (53)

W Jacks

3-0-13-0

38.6 0

On middle, blocked.

38.5 1

Outside off, this is cut through point for one.

38.4 1

On off, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

38.3 1

Around off, this is played through point for one.

38.2 0

On the pads, Saud looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

38.1 2

Two! Shorter and outside off, this is slapped through covers for two.

Score after 38 overs : 112/3

Runs Scored

5 Runs

Imam

18 (33)

S Shakeel

15 (49)

J Root

6-1-22-0

37.6 0

Angled into the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.

37.5 4

FOUR! Up and over! Imam steps out, he gets to the pitch of it and lofts it over the long on fielder for a boundary. Welcome one.

37.4 1

Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

37.3 0

On off, Shakeel pushes it to covers.

37.2 0

Fired in on middle, Shakeel is solid in defense.

37.1 0

On middle, kept out.

Score after 37 overs : 107/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

Imam

14 (31)

S Shakeel

14 (45)

W Jacks

2-0-8-0

36.6 0

Floats it up on middle, defended nicely.

36.5 0

Slightly shorter and on off, this is played to point.

36.4 1

Around off, Saud waits and then guides it through point for one.

36.3 0

Floats it up on off, kept out.

36.2 0

Floats it up on middle, Saud is solid in defense.

36.1 0

Short and asking to be hit, Saud slaps it but straight to cover.

Score after 36 overs : 106/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

Imam

14 (29)

S Shakeel

13 (41)

J Leach

13-0-50-0

35.6 0

Shorter and on middle, blocked.

35.5 0

On middle, Imam works it towards square leg again.

35.4 0

Imam wanted a run but Saud Shakeel was not interested! On middle, this is nudged on the leg side.

35.3 1

On middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.

35.2 0

On middle, Shakeel defends.

35.1 0

Floats it up on off, blocked.

Score after 35 overs : 105/3

Runs Scored

7 Runs

S Shakeel

12 (38)

Imam

14 (26)

W Jacks

1-0-7-0

34.6 1

Pakistan now need exactly 250! Outside off, shorter, this is slapped through covers for one.

34.5 0

Floats it up on off, blocked.

34.4 4

FOUR! Cut away! Slightly on the shorter side, Saud rocks back and hammers it through covers for a boundary.

34.3 0

Tossed up on off, defended.

34.2 2

Shorter and around off, Saud cuts it through point and takes two.

34.1 0

On middle, defended.

Score after 34 overs : 98/3

Runs Scored

4 Runs

Imam

14 (26)

S Shakeel

5 (32)

J Leach

12-0-49-0

33.6 0

On the pads, Imam flicks it to short leg.

33.5 0

On the pads, Imam works it to square leg.

33.4 0

On the pads, Imam flicks it to square leg.

33.3 0

On middle, Imam works it towards mid-wicket.

33.2 0

On off, this is blocked.

33.1 4

FOUR! Pushed away! Slightly shorter, just outside off, Imam-ul-Haq rocks back and pushes it through covers for a boundary.

Score after 33 overs : 94/3

Runs Scored

0 Runs

S Shakeel

5 (32)

Imam

10 (20)

J Root

5-1-17-0

32.6 0

On middle, blocked.

32.5 0

Fires this outside off, left alone.

32.4 0

Another one on off, Saud is solid in defense.

32.3 0

Flatter and on off, kept out.

32.2 0

On off, defended.

32.1 0

Floats it up on off, Saud Shakeel gets right behind the line and blocks.

Score after 32 overs : 94/3

Runs Scored

2 Runs

Imam

10 (20)

S Shakeel

5 (26)

J Leach

11-0-45-0

31.6 0

Imam steps out and pushes it to covers.

31.5 0

On off, blocked.

31.4 2

Two more! Very well fielded! Imam-ul-Haq steps out, he lofts it down the grund towards long on. The fielder runs to his right, dives and keeps it down to two.

31.3 0

Gives this a lot of air and lands it on off, Imam defends.

31.2 0

Sees Imam come down the track and shortens the length, it is worked to short fine leg.

31.1 0

Pushes this one through and on the pads, Imam works it to short fine leg.

Score after 31 overs : 92/3

Runs Scored

2 Runs

S Shakeel

5 (26)

Imam

8 (14)

J Root

4-0-17-0

30.6 0

On the off pole, this is defended solidly.

30.5 1

On the pads, this is nudged around the corner for one.

30.4 0

On the pads, this is worked to square leg.

30.3 0

On middle, defended.

30.2 1

The sweep comes out, it goes more off the top edge but lands safe in the square leg region. For one.

30.1 0

Turn! Lovely delivery! This is tossed up outside off, Saud Shakeel reaches out for it, it lands and then spins away. Saud is beaten as he tries to drive.

Score after 30 overs : 90/3

Runs Scored

2 Runs

Imam

7 (11)

S Shakeel

4 (23)

J Leach

10-0-43-0

29.6 0

On off, defended.

29.5 0

On the stumps again, Imam works it to mid-wicket.

29.4 0

On middle, Imam flicks it to mid-wicket.

29.3 2

On middle, this is worked towards long on for a couple.

29.2 0

Floats it up on off, Imam comes forward and blocks it out.

29.1 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

Score after 29 overs : 88/3

Runs Scored

5 Runs

Imam

5 (5)

S Shakeel

4 (23)

M Wood

5-0-16-1

28.6 1

A single to end then! Fuller and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq looks to flick but it goes off the outer half through point for one.

28.5 0

Fuller and on middle, Imam pushes it to mid on.

28.4 0

Another one on a length and around off, blocked.

28.3 4

EDGY FOUR! Imam is off the mark in a streaky manner! Length and on off, this lands and moves away. Imam looks to defend, it goes off the outside edge down to the third man fence.

28.2 0

Fuller and angled into the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.

28.1 W 0

OUT! TIMBER! Yet again the stumps are hit! That is a beauty of a delivery! The combination of pace and movement gets the better of Abdullah Shafique! This starts around off and comes back in a long way after pitching. Abdullah Shafique looks to defend but it sneaks through the gap between bat and pad and uproots the off pole.

Score after 28 overs : 83/2

Runs Scored

6 Runs

S Shakeel

4 (23)

A Shafique

45 (93)

J Leach

9-0-41-0

27.6 0

On middle, defended.

27.5 0

PUT DOWN! A very tough chance though. That just needed to stick. You can call that a technical chance! On middle, Shakeel flicks it uppishly, Brook at short leg sticks his right hand out but the ball does not stay in.

27.4 1

Shorter and on off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

27.3 0

On middle, defended.

27.2 4

FOUR! A little too short and hammered away! On middle, Abdullah Shafique rocks back and slams it over the mid-wicket fielder for a boundary. That will release a little pressure.

27.1 1

Flatter and on middle, Shakeel works it to mid-wicket.

Score after 27 overs : 77/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Shafique

40 (90)

S Shakeel

3 (20)

J Anderson

5-1-7-1

26.6 0

Fuller and on middle, Shafique pushes it back towards the bowler, silly mid on dives to his left and stops it.

26.5 0

On off, defended.

26.4 0

Good length and on off, blocked.

26.3 1

Angled into the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for one.

26.2 0

This one tails back in from outside off, kept out.

26.1 0

On middle, defended.

Score after 26 overs : 76/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

A Shafique

40 (87)

S Shakeel

2 (17)

J Leach

8-0-35-0

25.6 0

Slower through the air on middle. Blocked out.

25.5 2

This is full and on leg. Shafique goes inside-out, fails to middle but clears the cover fielder for a brace.

25.4 0

On off, kept out.

25.3 0

No run.Full ball, slanting on middle. Shafique gets his bat in front of the pads to defend.

25.2 0

Tossed up on off. Shafique again leans and blocks.

25.1 0

A loopy ball on middle. Shafique defends on the front foot.

Score after 25 overs : 74/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

S Shakeel

2 (17)

A Shafique

38 (81)

J Anderson

4-1-6-1

24.6 0

A dot to end! Full ball, outside off, pushed to silly mid off.

24.5 0

Around off, Saud takes a step forward to defend.

24.4 0

This is outside off, left alone.

24.3 3

Well timed! Full and on middle. Shafique flicks it through two short mid-wickets for three runs.

24.2 0

Fuller ball, around off, nips in but Shafique has his line covered.

24.1 0

Fuller ball on off. Shafique strides forward to defend.

Score after 24 overs : 71/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

S Shakeel

2 (14)

A Shafique

35 (78)

M Wood

4-0-11-0

23.6 0

Wood serves a short ball on leg. Saud sits under it.

23.5 1

Fuller ball, outside off. Shafique drives it through covers for a single. Pakistan just sucking all the pressure right now.

23.4 0

This one nips back in on middle. Shafique leans and blocks it out.

23.3 0

Another bouncer and Shafique again ducks.

23.2 0

An effort ball from Wood as he bends and serves a short ball. Shafique evades it.

23.1 0

Length ball on middle. Shafique is happy to block everything right now.

Score after 23 overs : 70/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

S Shakeel

2 (13)

A Shafique

34 (73)

O Robinson

7-3-7-1

22.6 0

Another solid defense from Saud.

22.5 0

Tails in a full ball on middle. Saud stays back to defend it again.

22.4 0

On middle, kept out.

22.3 0

Short and outside off. Saud lets it go.

22.2 0

Fuller and outside off, it is driven to covers.

22.1 0

Full and outside off, Saud away from his body, knocks it to cover.

Score after 22 overs : 70/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Shafique

34 (73)

S Shakeel

2 (7)

M Wood

3-0-10-0

21.6 0

A length ball on middle, angling in. Shafique is a bit squared up as he defends this.

21.5 0

Full and on middle, eased to mid on.

21.4 1

Short and on middle. Saud gently pulls it to deep square leg for one.

21.3 0

On middle. Saud prods and defends.

21.2 0

On middle, blocked again.

21.1 0

Around off on a length. Saud defends it well.

Score after 21 overs : 69/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

A Shafique

34 (71)

S Shakeel

1 (3)

O Robinson

6-2-7-1

20.6 0

Full and on off, Shafique defends.

20.5 0

Brave leave from Shafique! Length ball, outside off, this one again nips back in sharply. Shafique shoulders arms. Not far away from the off pole.

20.5 nb 1

Short and on middle. Shafique gets on his toes to block. A no ball as Ollie has overstepped.

20.4 0

Full and outside off, defended to cover.

20.3 0

Touch fuller and around off. Shafique defends on the front foot.

20.2 1

Welcome run! Length and on off. Saud plays with soft hands and splices it to third man for a single.

20.1 0

Length ball, around off. Defended out.

Score after 20 overs : 67/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

A Shafique

34 (66)

S Shakeel

0 (1)

J Anderson

3-1-3-1

19.6 0

Goes full and on middle. Shafique dead bats it.

19.5 0

On a length and outside off, jags in. Shafique watchfully blocks it.

19.4 0

On a length and around off. Shafique defends with a straight bat.

19.3 0

On a length and on middle. Shafique blocks it to mid-wicket.

19.2 0

Full and on middle, blocked out.

19.1 0

Full and on middle, nips in. Shafique keeps it out.

Score after 19 overs : 67/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

S Shakeel

0 (1)

A Shafique

34 (60)

O Robinson

5-2-5-1

18.6 0

Fuller and on off, defended out.

18.5 W 0

OUT! BOWLED! Beauty from Robinson! What a delivery! Ollie Robinson gets Babar Azam for the second time in this game. Babar Azam just like Rizwan is shell-shocked. The big wicket for England. They have really turned up after Lunch. Ask them what they had. Ollie Robinson steams in and serves a length ball, outside off, this one lands and nips back in sharply, might have hit one of the cracks. Babar Azam sees and then shoulders arms to it but the ball deviates and hits the stumps. He just watches the pitch. A late, late movement and Azam has to go now.

18.4 0

Length ball, outside off. Azam drives it firmly again but finds cover.

18.3 0

Fuller ball, outside off, Azam keeps it out.

18.2 0

On a length and outside off. Azam punches but straight to cover.

18.1 0

Length ball, outside off, knocked to cover.

Score after 18 overs : 67/1

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Shafique

34 (60)

B Azam

1 (5)

J Anderson

2-0-3-1

17.6 0

Length and on middle. Shafique leans and defends.

17.5 0

Anderson goes full now on off. Shafique is happy to defend it out.

17.4 1

Azam is off the mark. Length and on middle, this is clipped to deep square leg for one.

17.3 0

On a length and around off. Azam stays back and defends.

17.2 0

Length ball, sliding down, Azam might have missed his flick here. Ollie Pope fails to flick. Yes, it went off the pads.

17.1 0

On a length and on middle, nips in. Azam nudges it to mid-wicket.

Score after 17 overs : 66/1

Runs Scored

0 Runs

A Shafique

34 (58)

B Azam

0 (1)

O Robinson

4-1-5-0

16.6 0

Outside off. Shafique keeps his head down and defends.

16.5 0

Ollie Robinson goes back to the stumps, Shafique watchfully defends.

16.4 0

A slower length ball, outside off. Shafique hops and defends.

16.3 0

Outside off, solidly defended again.

16.2 0

Length ball, outside off. Shafique defends on the up and to cover.

16.1 0

A length ball on middle. Shafique defends it on the deck.

Score after 16 overs : 66/1

Runs Scored

2 Runs

B Azam

0 (1)

A Shafique

34 (52)

J Anderson

1-0-2-1

15.6 0

A length ball, outside off. Azam defends on the off side.

15.5 W 0

OUT! TIMBER! There is the wicket England were looking for. An absolute jaffa from the legend! He has till got it. James Anderson, what a beautiful bowler. Mohammad Rizwan just stands there in disbelief as to how that ball went past his bat. What a delivery. Anderson serves a length ball, this one angling in and then moves away off the deck. Rizwan gets forward to defend but gets beaten on the outside edge and the ball goes onto hit the off stump. Just what England needed after the break.

15.4 0

On a length and on middle. Rizwan keeps it out on the leg side.

15.3 2

Length ball, outside off. Rizwan cuts it through point for two runs.

15.2 0

Length ball, angling on middle. Rizwan defends it to mid on.

15.1 0

A length ball, around off. Rizwan steps forward to block.

We are back for the second session. 291 runs needed to win for Pakistan to level the series. A big session coming up for them. Here is James Anderson for the first time.
...Day 3, Session 2...
For the first time it feels, England were without any answer. The pitch has slowed up and the ball isn't doing much. It is a patience game really now. They are still on top of the game but the bowlers have to bowl much better in the next session and so on. They need to use more variations. England know a wicket or two and there will be nervousness in the Pakistani players' mind and they will look to bowl a lot better in the Post-Lunch session. Join us back at 1310 IST (0740 GMT) for all the action.
A terrific session for Pakistan. It couldn't have gone any better for them really. 5 wickets to start Day 3 with the ball and then they go into the break unhurt while chasing. They now need 291 runs to win. Still, a long way to go but this session helps Pakistan stay in the game quite clearly.

Score after 15 overs : 64/0

Runs Scored

7 Runs

A Shafique

34 (52)

M Rizwan

28 (38)

M Wood

2-0-9-0

14.6 0

On a length and around off. Abdullah Shafique survives as he defends. That will be Lunch on Day 3.

14.5 0

Angling on the pads, bunted to square leg.

14.4 0

Fuller ball, around off, shaping in. Abdullah Shafique prods and inside edges his defensive shot to square leg.

14.3 6

SIX! BANG! Abdullah Shafique uses the pace, this is short and on middle. It is pulled all the way over deep square leg for a biggie.

14.2 0

Short and on off. Abdullah Shafique shoulders arms to it.

14.1 1

Outside off, guided through point for a single.

Score after 14 overs : 57/0

Runs Scored

4 Runs

A Shafique

28 (47)

M Rizwan

27 (37)

J Leach

7-0-33-0

13.6 4

FOUR! There is no stopping to the run flow. Flatter and on middle. Abdullah Shafique sweeps it to deep square leg for a boundary.

13.5 0

Flatter and on off. Kept out.

13.4 0

Fuller and around off. Abdullah Shafique blocks it again.

13.3 0

Slows it up on middle. Blocked out.

13.2 0

Full and on off. Abdullah Shafique gets inside the line this time to block it.

13.1 0

Tossed up, it lands on off and spins away. Abdullah Shafique looks to defend on the front foot but misses.

Score after 13 overs : 53/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

M Rizwan

27 (37)

A Shafique

24 (41)

M Wood

1-0-2-0

12.6 2

Two runs off the over! Full and outside off, it is driven through point. The fielder makes a good stop in the deep.

12.5 0

Outside off, length and Rizwan defends it out.

12.4 0

On a length and on middle. Blocked out.

12.3 0

Finally England get the wicket but Mohammad Rizwan confidently reviews it. He thinks there is some bat on it and the replay shows a big deflection on it, a huge inside edge. Short of a length and around off, it was there to be pull but the ball stays low. Mohammad Rizwan gets an inside edge as he looks to pull and gets hit on the pads. Ultra Edge fails to load but a normal replay is enough to make a decision.

12.2 0

On a length and outside off. Rizwan stays back to defend.

12.1 0

A length ball, outside off at 141 clicks. Rizwan drops it to cover.

Score after 12 overs : 51/0

Runs Scored

4 Runs

A Shafique

24 (41)

M Rizwan

25 (31)

J Leach

6-0-29-0

11.6 0

Full and on off, Abdullah Shafique defends on the front foot.

11.5 2

This time the line is down the leg side. Abdullah Shafique helps it down past the keeper to fine leg for two more. 50 up!

11.4 0

Well bowled! Slants a full ball, around off and makes it to turn away. Abdullah Shafique is drawn forward but is beaten on the outside edge.

11.3 0

Tossed up on off. Abdullah Shafique prods and defends.

11.2 1

A single as Rizwan drills it to mid on.

11.1 1

Fuller and on middle. Abdullah Shafique defends on the front foot, it goes of the inside edge to mid-wicket for one.

Score after 11 overs : 47/0

Runs Scored

4 Runs

M Rizwan

24 (30)

A Shafique

21 (36)

J Root

3-0-15-0

10.6 0

On middle, blocked out.

10.5 1

On the pads, tickled to fine leg for one.

10.4 0

Angles a full ball on middle, extra bounce. Abdullah Shafique looks to defend but gets hit high on the pads.

10.3 lb 2

Not out it is! This is very full and flat from Root, angling around leg. Abdullah Shafique looks to sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads. An appeal for LBW but that was pitching outside leg. England look a bit desperate as they want to break this stand and take it upstairs. The replay shows that is outside the line.

10.2 0

Floated on middle, flicked to mid-wicket.

10.1 1

Tad short and outside off, punched to the left of mid off for one.

Score after 10 overs : 43/0

Runs Scored

3 Runs

A Shafique

20 (32)

M Rizwan

23 (28)

J Leach

5-0-25-0

9.6 0

Flighted on off, Abdullah Shafique defends.

9.5 0

This is outside off, left alone.

9.4 0

Tossed up, outside off. Abdullah Shafique leans and blocks.

9.3 1

Outside off, dabbed to deep cover for a single.

9.2 2

Flatter and outside off. Rizwan slaps it through point for a couple of runs.

9.1 0

Very full and slanting on middle. Rizwan stays back to block.

Score after 9 overs : 40/0

Runs Scored

3 Runs

A Shafique

20 (29)

M Rizwan

20 (25)

J Root

2-0-13-0

8.6 0

Floated on the pads. Abdullah Shafique nudges it to short leg.

8.5 1

Too full and on leg, Rizwan sweeps it behind square leg for one.

8.4 1

Angling on leg, nudged to deep square leg for one.

8.3 0

A loopy ball on middle. Abdullah Shafique on the front foot defends.

8.2 1

A single as this is hit through cover.

8.1 0

On middle, kept out.

Score after 8 overs : 37/0

Runs Scored

4 Runs

A Shafique

19 (26)

M Rizwan

18 (22)

J Leach

4-0-22-0

7.6 0

Good delivery! Fuller and around off. Abdullah Shafique lunges forward and defends.

7.5 0

On off, kept out.

7.4 0

Fuller and on off. It is defended.

7.3 0

Much better! Tossed up, around off, spins away after landing. Abdullah Shafique prods to defend but misses.

7.2 0

Too full and on middle. Abdullah Shafique defends on the front foot.

7.1 4

FOUR! Intent! Leach is struggling a bit with his length. This is outside off. Abdullah Shafique cuts it past point for another boundary.

Score after 7 overs : 33/0

Runs Scored

10 Runs

M Rizwan

18 (22)

A Shafique

15 (20)

J Root

1-0-10-0

6.6 4

FOUR! It is raining boundaries at the moment! Good start for Pakistan! Shorter and outside off. Rizwan cuts it through point for one more four.

6.5 2

Fuller and across outside off. Rizwan drives it through covers for a brace.

6.4 0

Slanting on leg. Rizwan pads it away.

6.3 4

FOUR! Loosener and hit away! Down the leg side, it is swept behind square on the leg side four.

6.2 0

Tossed up on off. Rizwan gets his front foot across to defend.

6.1 0

Very full and on middle. Rizwan looks to sweep but misses. An appeal but not a full-hearted one.

Score after 6 overs : 23/0

Runs Scored

13 Runs

A Shafique

15 (20)

M Rizwan

8 (16)

J Leach

3-0-18-0

5.6 4

FOUR! Good shot! 13 runs off the over. Too full and angling on middle. Abdullah Shafique flicks it through mid-wicket and it races into the fence.

5.5 0

Full and outside off, spins away. Abdullah Shafique prods and works it to point.

5.4 0

On off, defended out again.

5.3 0

Quicker and around off. Abdullah Shafique keeps it out.

5.2 6

SIX! That is right off the middle. Tossed up on middle, slanting in. Abdullah Shafique skips down and lofts it straight down the ground for a biggie.

5.1 3

Good work from Anderson! Tossed up, outside off. Rizwan comes down the track and smashes it to long off. It slows down and James Anderson gives a chase. He slides near the ropes and does well to save a single. Excellent work there.

Score after 5 overs : 10/0

Runs Scored

3 Runs

A Shafique

5 (15)

M Rizwan

5 (15)

O Robinson

3-0-5-0

4.6 0

Short of a length and outside off. Abdullah Shafique steps across to defend.

4.5 0

On a length and on middle. Blocked out.

4.4 0

A bouncer, around off. Abdullah Shafique bends his back and lets it go.

4.3 1

On a length and outside off. Rizwan dabs it to point for a single.

4.2 0

Full and outside off, pushed to cover.

4.1 2

Short in length and on middle. Rizwan tucks it to deep square leg for a brace.

Score after 4 overs : 7/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

A Shafique

5 (12)

M Rizwan

2 (12)

J Leach

2-0-5-0

3.6 0

Four dots to end the over! Full and on off, kept out.

3.5 0

Slants a full ball on off. Abdullah Shafique prods and defends.

3.4 0

Flatter and outside off. Left alone.

3.3 0

Tossed up, outside off. Abdullah Shafique steps across to defend.

3.2 2

Fuller and around off, Abdullah Shafique drills it to the right of mid-wicket, a misfield and a couple is taken.

3.1 0

Too full and on middle, angling in. Defended on the front foot.

Score after 3 overs : 5/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

M Rizwan

2 (12)

A Shafique

3 (6)

O Robinson

2-0-2-0

2.6 0

Outside off, punched to cover.

2.5 0

Ollie Robinson keeps the same length, around off. Rizwan works it to cover.

2.4 0

Drags his length ball and keeps it around off. Rizwan again defends it.

2.3 0

Length ball, around off, much better line and length. Tight! Rizwan gets his bat down to defend.

2.2 0

On a length and on middle. Rizwan keeps it out.

2.1 1

On middle, this is hit to square leg for one.

Score after 2 overs : 4/0

Runs Scored

3 Runs

M Rizwan

2 (7)

A Shafique

2 (5)

J Leach

1-0-3-0

1.6 2

Rizwan uses his feet! This is full and on middle, it is hit past mid on for two.

1.5 0

Fuller and outside off. Rizwan defends it out.

1.4 0

Tossed up, outside off, stays low this one. Rizwan looks to sweep but misses.

1.3 1

That was an absolute beauty! Tossed up, around off. Abdullah Shafique rocks back to defend, he gets an outside edge and it hits Ollie Pope on his thigh before lobbing over first slip for a single.

1.2 0

Fuller and on middle. Abdullah Shafique defends in front of his pads.

1.1 0

Tossed up on off, not much turn and Abdullah Shafique defends on the front foot.

Who will bowl from the other end? It is Jack Leach.

Score after 1 overs : 1/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

M Rizwan

0 (4)

A Shafique

1 (2)

O Robinson

1-0-1-0

0.6 0

On a length and around off. Rizwan is drawn forward as he blocks it out.

0.5 0

On a length and on off. Rizwan defends in front of him.

0.4 0

On a length and on middle. Rizwan defends it out.

0.3 0

Ollie Robinson serves a full ball on off, it is pushed to cover.

0.2 1

Shorter and on the hips, Abdullah Shafique tickles it behind square leg for a single. Pakistan are away in the chase.

0.1 0

This is full and outside off. Abdullah Shafique leans and pushes it to cover.

We are back for the chase. A heavy roller is out there at the moment. The players are out in the middle. Mohammad Rizwan is promoted as he will open along with Abdullah Shafique. Ollie Robinson to start with the ball. Imam-ul-Haq is currently out due to a hamstring issue.
...FOURTH INNINGS...
Pakistan have a mountain to climb. Time is not an issue at all but it is the form of their batters. Apart from Babar Azam and Saud Shakeel, no one has stepped up. This is the perfect time for them though. They are not yet out of the game. Still, a gettable target but need to show some heroics to level the series. The odd-balls are staying low and there is spin as well. England have more experience in their bowling and they will back themselves to win this game. Pakistan will look to go in Lunch without losing any wickets. Will it be that easy though?
Excellent bowling display from Pakistan but tell you what, England have done a good job in this first hour to score bulk of runs. They added 73 runs in no time. Pakistan need 355 runs to win the game. A big performance is needed from their batters. England started Day 3 with Ben Stokes and Harry Brook being watchful but once they got settled, boundaries were easy to buy. They were scoring runs at a very quick rate. Harry Brook went on to notch his second century of the series. However, once both fell, there was nothing from the other batters. Pakistan did well to clear the tail quickly. All 10 wickets fell to the spinners with Abrar Ahmed taking 4 wickets, 11 in total in this match.
64.5 W 0

OUT! LBW! An LBW appeal and up goes the finger. James Anderson takes the review but the players are already walking off as they know the result. Tossed up, around middle, not much turn and James Anderson plays the wrong line as he looks to sweep but gets hit on the pads. The replay shows there was no bat and three reds on Ball Tracking. Out it is. England end with 275.

64.4 0

On middle, blocked out.

64.3 4

FOUR! Outside off, James Anderson reverse sweeps it past first slip and to third man for four.

64.2 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! The centurion goes. Well played Brook! The lead is now of 350. Zahid Mahmood serves a loopy ball, around off, spins away. Brook looks to slog-sweep but toe ends his shot. It goes high and to deep square leg where Saud Shakeel holds onto it. End of a really good innings from Brook.

64.1 0

Loopy ball on middle. Brook blocks.

Score after 64 overs : 271/8

Runs Scored

1 Runs

J Leach

0 (4)

H Brook

108 (147)

A Ahmed

29-3-120-4

63.6 0

Superb from Ahmed! Full and on middle. Leach does well to defend.

63.5 0

On off, kept out.

63.4 0

A googly, loppy ball, around middle. This one sharply turns away. Leach lunges forward to defend but gets beaten on the outside edge. It flies to first slip but there was no bat. Beautifully bowled.

63.3 1

Flat and outside off, punched to point for one.

63.2 0

A loopy ball on leg. Brook blocks again.

63.1 0

Too full and on middle. Brook defends on the front foot.

Score after 63 overs : 270/8

Runs Scored

0 Runs

J Leach

0 (1)

H Brook

107 (144)

Z Mahmood

10-1-48-1

62.6 0

A proper leggie, outside off and turning in. Leach prods to defend and nudges it past short leg.

62.5 W 0

OUT! EDGED AND GONE! The change works for Pakistan! Flatter, slower in the air and outside off, turning a bit away as well. Wood stays back and has a gentle poke at it only to get an outside edge to first slip where Babar Azam takes a low catch. The lead is now of 349 runs.

62.4 0

On middle, kept out.

62.3 0

Slants a full ball, down leg and spins back in. Wood looks to sweep but misses. An appeal but it is pitching outside leg.

62.2 0

On off, Wood defends solidly again.

62.1 0

Full and on off, defended.

Score after 62 overs : 270/7

Runs Scored

6 Runs

M Wood

6 (12)

H Brook

107 (144)

A Ahmed

28-3-119-4

61.6 1

Shorter and outside off, cut to cover for a quick single.

61.5 0

A googly, around off. Wood lunges and defends it out.

61.4 4

FOUR! Wood doesn't miss out. Loopy ball, around off. Wood slog-sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

61.3 0

Outside off, Wood guides it to backward point.

61.2 1

Flatter, outside off, turning away. Brook works it to point for one.

61.1 0

Full and on off, Brook defends on the front foot.

Score after 61 overs : 264/7

Runs Scored

5 Runs

H Brook

106 (142)

M Wood

1 (8)

M Nawaz

10-0-42-1

60.6 1

Slants on middle, tucked to deep square leg for one.

60.5 1

Shorter and on middle, nudged to square leg for a single.

60.4 0

Flatter and on middle. Wood leans and blocks it.

60.3 0

Slants it full and on off. Defended out.

60.2 1

On middle, worked to mid on for one.

60.1 2

Tossed up on off. Brook skips down and bunts it to long on for a couple.

Score after 60 overs : 259/7

Runs Scored

0 Runs

M Wood

0 (5)

H Brook

102 (139)

A Ahmed

27-3-113-4

59.6 0

This is slow from Abrar, outside off and spins away. Wood feels for it and looks to defend but misses. Mohammad Rizwan catches and appeals but the replay later shows there was nothing on it.

59.5 0

A googly, around off. Wood reads and blocks it out.

59.4 0

This is outside off, left alone.

59.3 0

Quicker one on middle. Wood rocks back and defends it out.

59.2 0

Tossed up on off, Wood blocks it.

59.1 W 0

OUT! TIMBER! Robinson goes now. Abrar Ahmed gets his fourth wicket. He bowls it flat, straight and around middle and leg. Robinson comes down the track to heave but the ball beats him on the inside edge and goes past his pads to hit the stumps.

Score after 59 overs : 259/6

Runs Scored

3 Runs

O Robinson

3 (4)

H Brook

102 (139)

M Nawaz

9-0-37-1

58.6 1

Outside off again, Robinson works it through covers for one.

58.5 0

Shorter and outside off, cut to point.

58.4 2

On the pads, flicked through square leg for a couple.

58.3 0

Around middle, kept out.

58.2 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! Finally someone not known as Abrar Ahmed takes the wicket in this innings.. A much needed one and Pakistan break the 101-run stand. Nawaz bowls it touch short and around off, stays low again. Stokes shuffles across and gets indie the line to slog-sweep but hits more of the higher part of the bat and to deep square leg. Mohammad Ali runs to his left, misjudges the flight for a while but takes a brilliant catch diving forward.

58.1 0

Flatter, slower and outside off, stays low. Stokes looks to pull but misses.

Score after 58 overs : 256/5

Runs Scored

11 Runs

H Brook

102 (139)

B Stokes

41 (49)

A Ahmed

26-2-113-3

57.6 0

On middle, blocked out.

57.5 3

Tossed up, outside off. Stokes looks to defend but this turns away and takes the outside edge, it goes away from first slip, past his hands and to third man for three runs.

57.4 1

Outside off, guided to point for a run.

57.3 1

Slower one on middle, knocked to cover for one.

57.2 6

SIX! Stokes goes big! England is full control. Loopy ball on off. Stokes dances down the track and thumps it straight down for a biggie.

57.1 0

Down the leg side, swept to square leg.

Score after 57 overs : 245/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

H Brook

101 (137)

B Stokes

31 (45)

M Nawaz

8-0-34-0

56.6 4

FOUR! Hundred for Brook! He was itching to go big and finally he does. His second century in this series. This player is a serious talent. Stokes from the other end celebrates like a proud father. Superb knock from Brook. Touch short and on middle, it is pulled high and over deep mid-wicket for a boundary.

56.5 0

Angles a full ball on the pads, kept out.

56.4 0

This is full and on middle. Brook defends it out.

56.3 0

Tossed up, outside off, pushed to cover.

56.2 0

Touch short and on off, turning away. Brook rocks back and blocks.

56.1 1

Full and on middle, stays low. Stokes pushes it to long on for one.

Score after 56 overs : 240/5

Runs Scored

8 Runs

H Brook

97 (132)

B Stokes

30 (44)

A Ahmed

25-2-102-3

55.6 0

Flatter and on middle. Brook keeps it out.

55.5 4

FOUR! Second in the over! Brook moves to 97. He is not letting the loose balls go. Shorter and on off, this is pulled over mid on for a boundary.

55.4 0

Loopy ball, outside off, Brook taps it to point.

55.3 0

A googly, quicker and around off. Brook does well to cut it to point. He played really late there.

55.2 4

FOUR! Brook moves into the 90s! Tossed up, outside off. Brook slogs it hard over mid-wicket for one bounce and into the fence.

55.1 0

Tossed up on middle. Brook defends on the front foot.

Score after 55 overs : 232/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

H Brook

89 (126)

B Stokes

30 (44)

M Ali

9-0-44-0

54.6 1

Flatter and outside off. Brook works it to cover for a single.

54.5 0

This is outside off. Brook blocks again.

54.4 0

On off, defended out.

54.3 0

This is full and around off, Brook drives it to cover.

54.2 0

Length and on off, punched to cover.

54.1 4

FOUR! Boundaries coming in each over now. Poor bowling rather than power. This is on a length and tailing on the pads. Brook tickles it to fine leg for four.

Score after 54 overs : 227/5

Runs Scored

9 Runs

H Brook

84 (120)

B Stokes

30 (44)

A Ahmed

24-2-94-3

53.6 1

Around off, pushed to cover. A misfield and a single is taken.

53.5 4

FOUR! Picks the length very quickly. Touch short and Brook is quick on the back foot as he pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a boundary.

53.4 0

Tossed up, slower and around off. Brook prods to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

53.3 0

On middle, blocked out.

53.2 0

A googly, around off. Brook defends it out.

53.1 4

FOUR! Brook with a boundary now! Fuller and on off. Brook lofts it over mid off for four.

Score after 53 overs : 218/5

Runs Scored

9 Runs

B Stokes

30 (44)

H Brook

75 (114)

M Ali

8-0-39-0

52.6 0

Length and on off, a cutter and Stokes defends.

52.5 4

FOUR! Stokes taking the charge now. Short and on off. Stokes skips down to pull, doesn't time well but powers it away to deep mid-wicket for four.

52.4 1

QUICK SINGLE! Length and outside off. Brook drops it to cover for a single.

52.3 3

Three runs! Very full and on leg, it is flicked wide of deep square leg for three runs.

52.2 0

Stokes looking to go hard. This is full and outside off. Stokes looks to smash but toe ends it to mid off.

52.2 nb 1

No ball! Outside off again. Stokes slaps it firmly but finds the man at cover. A no ball as Ali overstepped.

52.1 0

A length ball, outside off, pushed to cover.

Score after 52 overs : 209/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

H Brook

74 (113)

B Stokes

23 (38)

A Ahmed

23-2-85-3

51.6 0

On leg, Brook keeps it out.

51.5 0

A huge appeal for caught behind and the finger stays down. Mohammad Rizwan looks convinced and he asks Babar Azam to take it upstairs. Ultra Edge shows a flat line, no bat involved and Stokes will continue with his merry way. Abrar Ahmed slides one down the leg side and spins back in. Brook steps across to sweep but seems to miss. Pakistan burn their review.

51.4 0

Tossed up on middle. Brook comes down the pitch to negotiate it.

51.3 0

A slider, full and on middle. Brook defends.

51.2 1

Slightly short and on middle. Stokes stays back and tucks it just wide of short leg and for a run.

51.1 0

Flat and on off, kept out.

Score after 51 overs : 208/5

Runs Scored

3 Runs

B Stokes

22 (36)

H Brook

74 (109)

M Ali

7-0-30-0

50.6 1

On a length and on off, Stokes uses his feet and taps it to mid off for a single. The umpire has a word with Stokes as he runs on the pitch.

50.5 0

Outside off, punched to cover.

50.4 0

Beaten! Ali hits the deck hard, outside off on a length. Stokes looks to whip it away but misses. Ali needs to use more variations with pitch doing nothing for the seamers.

50.3 2

On the pads, it is clipped to deep square leg for a couple more.

50.2 0

Now stays back and tucks it to mid-wicket.

50.1 0

This is full and outside off. Stokes comes down the track and pushes it to mid off.

Who will bowl from the other end? Mohammad Ali it is.

Score after 50 overs : 205/5

Runs Scored

3 Runs

H Brook

74 (109)

B Stokes

19 (30)

A Ahmed

22-2-84-3

49.6 0

Touch fuller and around middle. Brook prods and blocks it out.

49.5 1

Too much width, outside off and it is cut through point for one.

49.4 2

First runs of Day 3! Tossed up on leg, Stokes reverse sweeps it through point for a couple of runs.

49.3 0

Slower through the air, fuller and it is the one which spins back in. Stokes defends it well.

49.2 0

Tossed up on middle. Stokes leans and blocks it out.

49.1 0

Starts with a fuller ball, around off. Stokes defends in front of him.

We are all set. The Pakistani players are out in the middle. Ben Stokes and Harry Brook to resume their batting. Pakistan waste no time as they bring on Abrar Ahmed.
With Stokes and in-form Brook still out there, England are currently batting on their own merits. They batted sensibly on Day 2, Will they continue the same or go back to the way they are known for? We will find out soon.
Hello and welcome to the action of Day 3 between England and Pakistan. The visitors are in a commanding position as they have a lead of 281 runs. Another 100-150 runs and they will be happy to ask Pakistan to chase it down. Pakistan on the other hand need a few players to step up as only the debutant, Abrar is putting in a shift. They will look to rattle England as low as possible.
...Day 3, Session 1...
England played more sensibly this time than we saw in the first innings. Ben Duckett played his usual shots and notched up his second consecutive fifty. Harry Brook constructed his innings well and scored a fifty. He is looking in fine form and he along with his skipper will look to continue the good work. For Pakistan, they need wickets, wickets and wickets. We feel the first session of Day 3 will be very crucial for Pakistan. England will come out and look for runs straightaway. A score around 380-400 looks reasonable on this pitch. Still, a lot of hard work has to be done for Pakistan to stay in this game. Join us on Day 3 at 10.05 IST (4.35 am GMT) and earlier for the coverage. Till then, cheers.
So, Day 2 belongs to the visitors. England will be really happy. A lead of 281 with 5 wickets left. They are in pole position to win this game. Pakistan had their moments but not enough to get on top of the game. Pakistan were in a good position at one stage with Babar Azam and Saud Shakeel both getting their fifties and their partnership of 91 looked very promising but once Babar fell, the doors opened for England to scalp some more wickets quickly. Saud Shakeel fell later and no one other than these two made a huge impact to their innings. Jack Leach claimed 4 wickets and Pakistan gave away a lead of 79.

Score after 49 overs : 202/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

H Brook

74 (108)

B Stokes

16 (25)

A Salman

1-0-5-0

48.6 0

Tossed up on off, Brook keeps it out. That will be Stumps on Day 2.

48.5 1

Flatter and on leg, punched to mid on for a quick single.

48.4 1

On middle, this is hit to deep mid-wicket for a single.

48.3 1

Around off, pushed to covers for a single. 200 up!

48.2 1

Shorter and on middle, pulled to deep square leg for a single.

48.1 1

Tossed up, outside off. Stokes reverse hits it to point for a single.

The light-meter is out. We continue for one more over and only spin as we have seen at this time of the day.

Score after 48 overs : 197/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

B Stokes

13 (22)

H Brook

72 (105)

A Ahmed

21-2-81-3

47.6 1

Flatter and outside off, Stokes taps it to point for a single.

47.5 2

Touch short and on middle. Stokes pulls it to deep mid-wicket for two more.

47.4 1

Outside off, it is punched through covers for a single.

47.3 1

Tossed up, around off. Stokes reverse sweeps it to deep point for a single.

47.2 0

Tossed up on off, Stokes skips down to keep it out.

47.1 0

Angling on the pads, flicked to square leg.

Score after 47 overs : 192/5

Runs Scored

3 Runs

H Brook

71 (104)

B Stokes

9 (17)

M Ali

6-0-27-0

46.6 0

A length and on middle. Brook defends solidly again.

46.5 0

Full and on off. Brook gets his head down and blocks it out.

46.4 0

This is full and on middle. Brook prods and dead bats it.

46.3 1

Length and outside off, tapped to point for a quick single.

46.2 0

On a length and around off. Stokes is happy to defend.

46.2 nb 2

Length ball, slanting on middle. Brook flicks it to deep square leg for a single. A no ball as Mohammad Ali has overstepped.

46.1 0

On a length and on middle. Brook blocks out.

Both the umpires get together and are having a discussion. The light is okay for now and Mohammad Ali is back into the attack.

Score after 46 overs : 189/5

Runs Scored

3 Runs

H Brook

70 (99)

B Stokes

8 (15)

A Ahmed

20-2-76-3

45.6 1

Way outside off, Brook works it past point for a single.

45.5 0

Quicker one on middle. Brook blocks.

45.4 1

Tossed up, outside off. Stokes drops it to cover for a single.

45.3 1

Shorter and outside off, Brook punches it through covers for a single.

45.2 0

On middle, played back to the bowler.

45.1 0

Shorter and outside off, cut to point.

Score after 45 overs : 186/5

Runs Scored

9 Runs

B Stokes

7 (14)

H Brook

68 (94)

Z Mahmood

9-0-48-0

44.6 0

Shorter and around off, turning in. Stokes makes room and punches on the up to mid off.

44.5 1

Down leg, swept to deep square leg for a single.

44.4 4

FOUR! Beautiful shot from Brook! Best shot of the day! Tossed up, down the leg side. Brook makes room, comes down and goes inside-out through covers for a boundary.

44.3 0

This is way down the leg side. Brook misses his sweep.

44.2 0

On leg, flicked to square leg.

44.1 4

FOUR! Brook sweeps this down the leg side delivery past short fine leg for a boundary.

Score after 44 overs : 177/5

Runs Scored

6 Runs

H Brook

59 (89)

B Stokes

7 (13)

A Ahmed

19-2-73-3

43.6 1

Tossed up on middle, played to point for a single.

43.5 0

Shorter and on middle. Brook stands tall and blocks.

43.4 0

Tossed up on off, kept out.

43.3 4

FOUR! Good shot! Drifts one, around off. Brook plays it late past point for a boundary.

43.2 0

A googly, around off. Brook sees it out well.

43.1 1

Full and on middle. Stokes skips down and eases it to long on for a single.

Score after 43 overs : 171/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

H Brook

54 (84)

B Stokes

6 (12)

Z Mahmood

8-0-39-0

42.6 0

Way down leg. Brook misses his sweep.

42.5 0

Down the leg side from around the wicket. Brook reaches to the pitch of the ball and tucks it to mid-wicket.

42.4 0

Down the leg side. Brook sweeps but finds short fine leg.

42.3 0

Fuller and on middle, Brook plays it to the bolwer.

42.2 0

Bowls it way outside leg, no spin and Brook lets it go.

42.1 1

Flatter and on off, Stokes drills it to long on for one.

Score after 42 overs : 170/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

H Brook

54 (79)

B Stokes

5 (11)

A Ahmed

18-2-67-3

41.6 4

FOUR! belted down! Flighted on middle. Brook lofts it to long on for a boundary. He looks comfortable now.

41.5 0

Fuller and on middle, blocked out.

41.4 0

Floats one on off, blocked out.

41.3 0

Flatter and on middle. Brook punches off the back foot to mid on.

41.2 0

Tossed up on middle. Blocked out.

41.1 1

Tossed up on middle. Stokes works it to square leg for a single.

Drinks. The lead is now of 244 runs. England will be happy at this stage. Still a long way to go as they will look for something around 350. For Pakistan, anything below that will be a good opportunity to win. A final hour of play is coming up..

Score after 41 overs : 165/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

H Brook

50 (74)

B Stokes

4 (10)

Z Mahmood

7-0-38-0

40.6 0

Tossed up on middle. Brook keeps it out.

40.5 2

Fifty for Brook! He too is having a wonderful series. Full of runs. Need to stay out there though. Full and on middle. Brook nudges it to mid-wicket for easy couple.

40.4 1

Full and outside off, Stokes reverse sweeps it to point for a single.

40.3 0

Loopy ball, outside off. Stokes leans to defend but gets an outside edge wide of first slip.

40.2 1

Flatter and outside off, punched to cover for a single.

40.1 1

This is full and way outside off. Stokes paddles it to square leg for a single.

Score after 40 overs : 160/5

Runs Scored

2 Runs

B Stokes

2 (7)

H Brook

47 (71)

A Ahmed

17-2-62-3

39.6 1

On middle, eased to long on for a single.

39.5 0

Tossed up, outside off, angling in. Stokes tries to reverse hit but misses and gets hit on the pads. An appeal but again the impact looked out of the line.

39.4 0

Shorter and around off. Stokes keeps it out.

39.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

39.2 0

On middle, kept out.

39.1 1

Loopy ball, outside off, Brook drives it to cover for a single.

Score after 39 overs : 158/5

Runs Scored

3 Runs

H Brook

46 (70)

B Stokes

1 (2)

Z Mahmood

6-0-33-0

38.6 1

Shorter and on off, Brook punches it to cover for a single.

38.5 1

Angling on middle, flicked to square leg for one.

38.4 1

Outside off, Brook works it to cover for one.

38.3 0

Around off, defended on the front foot.

38.2 0

On middle, kept out.

38.1 0

Full and on middle. Brook prods and defends.

Score after 38 overs : 155/5

Runs Scored

0 Runs

B Stokes

0 (1)

H Brook

44 (65)

A Ahmed

16-2-60-3

37.6 0

Flighted on middle. Stokes prods and defends.

37.5 W 0

OUT! RUN OUT! Another one goes! This is really good from Pakistan! Flatter and way outside off. Pope slaps it to the left of cover. Pope calls for a run and rushes but Harry Brook after taking a couple of steps changes his decision. Pope turns from halfway mark but till then Mohammad Nawaz throws it to the keeper who whips the bails off. Pope dives but he fails to drag his bat. Clearly out. England lead by 234 runs now.

37.4 0

Flatter and on middle. Pope comes down the track as he looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. A huge appeal for LBW but not given. Pakistan think to review but they don't.

37.3 0

On middle, blocked out.

37.2 0

Tossed up on middle. Pope skips down and drills it to mid on.

37.1 0

Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.

Score after 37 overs : 155/4

Runs Scored

6 Runs

H Brook

44 (65)

O Pope

4 (6)

Z Mahmood

5-0-30-0

36.6 0

Tossed up on off. Brook defends on the front foot.

36.5 2

Outside off, cut to deep cover for a brace.

36.4 1

Flatter and outside off. Pope works it through cover for one more.

36.3 1

Another single as this is hit to long off.

36.2 1

Flighted on off, Pope pushes it to long off for one.

36.1 1

Around off, pushed through cover for one.

Score after 36 overs : 149/4

Runs Scored

6 Runs

O Pope

2 (4)

H Brook

40 (61)

A Ahmed

15-1-60-3

35.6 0

A googly on off. Pope defends on the front foot.

35.5 0

Fuller and outside off, driven to cover.

35.4 0

On middle, kept out on the leg side.

35.3 2

Flat and on middle. Pope nudges it through mid-wicket for a couple.

35.2 W 0

OUT! BOWLED! Abrar Ahmed gets his 10th wicket in the match. What a moment for the debutant. Not his best of deliveries but he will take it anyhow. Even he knows it was not a wicket-taking delivery. Lucky for Abrar but not for Duckett who goes after a well made 79. Ahmed serves a flat ball, outside off, angling in, it lands and doesn't bounce at all. Duckett tries to pull but is deceived by the lack of bounce and the ball hits the off pole.

35.1 4

FOUR! Duckett continues to get boundaries! Flatter and outside off. Duckett reverse hits it to third man. The fielder runs across, slides and gets a hand on it but in vain.

Score after 35 overs : 143/3

Runs Scored

8 Runs

H Brook

40 (61)

B Duckett

75 (96)

Z Mahmood

4-0-24-0

34.6 0

Much better from Zahid. He needs to this line and length. Tossed up, outside off, Brook is drawn forward to defend but is beaten on the outside edge.

34.5 3

Three runs! Tossed up on middle, turning in. Duckett sweeps it fine to fine leg for three runs.

34.4 1

A single as this is hit to long off.

34.3 2

Goes full and outside off, spins away. Brook looks to drive but outside edges it to third man for two.

34.2 1

This one spins from outside off. Duckett stays back and tucks it to mid-wicket for one.

34.1 1

Flatter and outside off, punched through covers for a single.

Score after 34 overs : 135/3

Runs Scored

11 Runs

B Duckett

71 (94)

H Brook

36 (57)

A Ahmed

14-1-54-2

33.6 0

A leggie outside off. Duckett draws forward to defend.

33.5 0

Drags his length ball, outside off, kept out.

33.4 0

BEATEN! Absolute beauty. A googly from around the wicket, fuller and outside off. Duckett prods to defend but misses.

33.3 1

Full and on off, pushed to long off for a single.

33.2 4

FOUR! Brook pulls it again, this time not off the middle but again there is no fielder at deep mid-wicket and it rolls away to the fence.

33.1 6

SIX! Sees short and punishes it straightaway! On middle. Brook rocks back and pulls it high and over long on for a biggie.

Score after 33 overs : 124/3

Runs Scored

4 Runs

H Brook

25 (54)

B Duckett

71 (91)

Z Mahmood

3-0-16-0

32.6 1

Top edge but safe! Tossed up on off, a googly. Brook looks to sweep but mistimes it high and behind square leg where it falls safely. One.

32.5 0

Flatter and outside off, Brook punches it off the back foot and to cover.

32.4 0

Way outside off, left alone.

32.3 0

Tossed up on off. Brook hangs back and defends.

32.2 2

Outside off, guided through point for a brace.

32.1 1

Shorter and spinning on middle, tucked to mid-wicket for one.

Score after 32 overs : 120/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

H Brook

22 (49)

B Duckett

70 (90)

A Ahmed

13-1-43-2

31.6 0

A googly, full and on middle. Brook defends.

31.5 0

Slower, flat and on middle, bunted to mid-wicket.

31.4 0

Too full and around off. Brook leans and blocks it out.

31.3 0

Full and on middle, pushed to mid on.

31.2 1

On middle, nudged to square leg for a single.

31.1 0

DROPPED! Babar Azam drops an absolute dolly. Abrar Ahmed drops it short and on middle. Duckett with gentle hands tries to pull but hits straight to mid-wicket where Babar Azam drops a sitter.

Score after 31 overs : 119/3

Runs Scored

9 Runs

H Brook

22 (45)

B Duckett

69 (88)

Z Mahmood

2-0-12-0

30.6 4

FOUR! Short and punished. This is around off, it is pulled away to long on for a boundary.

30.5 0

Flatter and on middle, kept out.

30.4 1

On middle, nudged through square leg for one.

30.3 2

Flighted full and on middle. Duckett reverse sweeps it through covers for a brace.

30.2 1

Around off, worked through covers for one.

30.1 1

Touch short and on middle. Duckett gets low and pulls it to deep square leg for a single.

Score after 30 overs : 110/3

Runs Scored

7 Runs

H Brook

17 (42)

B Duckett

65 (85)

A Ahmed

12-1-42-2

29.6 4

FOUR! Good shot! Flatter and outside off. Brook waits, opens the face of the bat and steers it past first slip to third man for a boundary.

29.5 0

on off, kept out.

29.4 1

On middle, this is pushed to long on for a single.

29.3 0

Outside off. Duckett gets his front foot across to defend.

29.2 1

Shorter, googly and around off. Brook works it to the right of mid on for one.

29.1 1

Loopy ball on middle. Duckett nudges it to square leg for a single.

Score after 29 overs : 103/3

Runs Scored

3 Runs

H Brook

12 (39)

B Duckett

63 (82)

Z Mahmood

1-0-3-0

28.6 0

Slows it up on off. Brook leans and blocks it out.

28.5 1

On the pads, Duckett sweeps it to fine leg for a single.

28.4 1

Tad short and outside off, pulled to long on for a single.

28.3 0

Flat and on middle. Blocked out.

28.2 0

On off, kept out.

28.1 1

On middle, this is hit to square leg for one.

Score after 28 overs : 100/3

Runs Scored

2 Runs

H Brook

11 (35)

B Duckett

61 (80)

M Nawaz

7-0-29-0

27.6 0

On middle, kept out.

27.5 0

Good fielding in the end! On middle, nudged to mid-wicket where the fielder dives to his right and stops. He fumbles a bit and the batters look for a quick single but eventually denies it.

27.4 1

A single as this is eased down to long on.

27.3 1

Outside off, pushed to cover-point for a single.

27.2 0

Flatter and around off. Brook defends it out.

27.1 0

Tossed up on off. Defended out.

Score after 27 overs : 98/3

Runs Scored

7 Runs

H Brook

10 (30)

B Duckett

60 (79)

A Ahmed

11-1-35-2

26.6 1

Goes wide outside off, this is a googly. Brook looks to drive but inside edges it to square leg for one.

26.5 0

Full and on middle, pushed back to the bowler.

26.4 1

A single as this is flicked to square leg.

26.3 1

Shorter and on off. Brook looks to pull but mistimes, the ball lands wide of the mid on fielder.

26.2 4

FOUR! Brook releases the pressure, he is finding it difficult to play Abrar. Full and outside off. Brook comes down and hammers it past the bowler for four.

26.1 0

Tossed up, on off, drifting in. Brook stays back and pushes it to point.

Abrar Ahmed to bowl from the other end.

Score after 26 overs : 91/3

Runs Scored

2 Runs

B Duckett

59 (78)

H Brook

4 (25)

M Nawaz

6-0-27-0

25.6 0

Around off, flat and it is pushed to mid on.

25.5 1

This is full and outside off. Brook skips down and pushes it through cover for a single.

25.4 0

Tossed up on middle. Brook on the front foot, defends.

25.3 0

awaz serves a full toss on the pads. Brook looks to flick but misses. That was going down.

25.2 1

Flatter and on middle. Duckett works it to long on for a single.

25.1 0

Tossed up on middle. Duckett punches it to mid-wicket.

We are back. The players are out in the middle. Mohammad Nawaz to resume the action.
...DAY 2, SESSION 3...
Pakistan have done well to take three wickets but their job is not over yet as they will look to take the remaining wickets as soon as possible. Abrar Ahmed has now 9 wickets in his first match. He will play a key role in the final session while others have to motor around him. An interesting last session awaits. Stay tuned.
Both teams will be happy with the session but the visitors will be a touch happier as they stretch their lead to 168 runs. It was Ben Duckett who is negotiating the spin well yet again. He along with Root looked very settled but Root fell to Abrar Ahmed and the 50-odd runs stand was broken. England have a lot of time left and have enough batting left to stretch their lead more.

Score after 25 overs : 89/3

Runs Scored

3 Runs

H Brook

3 (22)

B Duckett

58 (75)

A Ahmed

10-1-28-2

24.6 0

Floated on middle. Brook leans and defends. That will be Tea on Day 2.

24.5 0

Quicker one on middle. Blocked out.

24.4 0

Tossed up on off, Brook steps across and dead bats it.

24.3 0

Full and on middle. Brook lunges forward and defend.

24.2 0

Outside off, punched to mid off.

24.1 3

Tossed up, outside off, spins in. Duckett looks to sweep but gloves it away. The fielder at leg slip is wide than the normal position and hence it races to fine leg for three runs.

Score after 24 overs : 86/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

H Brook

3 (17)

B Duckett

55 (74)

M Nawaz

5-0-25-0

23.6 0

Angling around off. Brook again defends.

23.5 0

Slants a full ball on middle. Brook stays back and defends.

23.4 0

This is outside off. Brook uses his feet to keep it out.

23.3 0

Tossed up on off. Brook defends on the front foot.

23.2 0

Angles a full ball on middle, tucked to square leg.

23.1 1

On the pads, clipped to square leg for one.

Score after 23 overs : 85/3

Runs Scored

2 Runs

H Brook

3 (12)

B Duckett

54 (73)

A Ahmed

9-1-25-2

22.6 0

Slow and turning away. Brook slaps it to cover.

22.5 0

Full and on off. Brook prods and defends.

22.4 0

On off, kept out.

22.3 0

Flatter and outside off, punched to cover.

22.2 1

On off, swept to deep square leg for one.

22.1 1

Brook didn't pick that at all. Short and on middle, a googly. Brook wants to cut but gets deceived. He gets some part of the bat and goes to square leg for one.

Score after 22 overs : 83/3

Runs Scored

2 Runs

H Brook

2 (7)

B Duckett

53 (72)

M Nawaz

4-0-24-0

21.6 1

This is very full and on off. Brook skips down and drives it firmly to cover who misfields it to mid off and allows a single.

21.5 0

Tossed up on off, Brooks drops it to cover.

21.4 0

Goes very full and on middle. Harry blocks it out.

21.3 0

Tossed up, outside off. Kept out.

21.2 1

Flatter and outside off, Duckett sweeps it to deep square leg for a single.

21.1 0

Slower one on off, pushed to mid on.

Score after 21 overs : 81/3

Runs Scored

3 Runs

B Duckett

52 (70)

H Brook

1 (3)

A Ahmed

8-1-23-2

20.6 1

On middle, swept to deep square leg for one.

20.5 1

Fuller and on off, Brooks taps it to point for a single.

20.4 0

Tossed up on off, pushed to cover.

20.3 0

On middle, pushed to mid on.

20.2 W 0

OUT! WHAT A CATCH! Abrar tosses it up, outside off. Root closes the face of the bat as he tries to paddle it, it goes more off the top edge, aerially and to short leg. Abdullah Shafique there was moving away so had to stretch, he pulls his left-hand out, gets his fingers underneath and takes an absolutely brilliant catch. The umpires take it upstairs to check if the catch is clean and the replay shows Abdullah Shafique did really well to keep it away from the ground. A moment of brilliance there and Abrar Ahmed gets his second wicket.

20.1 1

Angling on off, swept to deep square leg for one.

Score after 20 overs : 78/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

J Root

21 (34)

B Duckett

50 (68)

M Nawaz

3-0-22-0

19.6 0

On off, Root blocks on the front foot.

19.5 2

Outside off, tucked to mid-wicket. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. The back up fails to collect it cleanly and another run is taken.

19.4 0

Around off, punched to cover.

19.3 1

Fifty for Duckett! Back-to-back fifty for Duckett! He is having a really good series. Tossed up on middle, this is swept behind square leg for one.

19.2 0

Tossed up on off, nudged to mid-wicket.

19.1 2

Shorter and on middle. Duckett pulls it to deep square leg in the gap for two.

Score after 19 overs : 73/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

J Root

19 (31)

B Duckett

47 (65)

A Ahmed

7-1-20-1

18.6 0

Fuller and on middle. Root rocks back and defends it out.

18.5 2

This is full and on middle. Root comes down the track and nudges it to deep square leg for a couple of quick runs.

18.4 0

A leggie, outside off, pushed to cover.

18.3 0

Tossed up on middle, Root keeps it out on the leg side.

18.2 1

Too full and on off, Duckett sweeps it to deep square leg for a single. The lead is now 150.

18.1 0

Tossed up, around off. Duckett steps across to sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads. An appeal but Pakistan do not take the review. Impact was outside off.

Score after 18 overs : 70/2

Runs Scored

7 Runs

J Root

17 (27)

B Duckett

46 (63)

M Nawaz

2-0-17-0

17.6 4

FOUR! Really well played! Full and on middle. Root laps it to fine leg. The fielder from square leg runs and slides but to no avail. A boundary to end the over.

17.5 0

Too full, quick and on middle. Root leans and blocks.

17.4 0

Full and on middle. Blocked out again.

17.3 1

Full and on off, eased to long on for a single.

17.2 1

Tossed up on off. Root punches it through cover for a single.

17.1 1

Full and on off. Duckett works it to square leg for a single.

Score after 17 overs : 63/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

J Root

12 (23)

B Duckett

44 (61)

A Ahmed

6-1-17-1

16.6 0

Almost chopped on. Shorter and around off, googly. Root mistimes his cut to point.

16.5 0

Fuller and outside off. Root defends on the front foot.

16.4 0

On middle, kept out.

16.3 0

Tossed up on off, turning in. Root prods to defend but some gloves on it. It hits the pads and falls just wide of short leg. Actually, there was no gloves.

16.2 0

Floats it on middle. Defended out.

16.1 0

Flatter and on middle. Root bunts it to square leg.

Score after 16 overs : 63/2

Runs Scored

10 Runs

B Duckett

44 (61)

J Root

12 (17)

M Nawaz

1-0-10-0

15.6 0

On middle, tucked to mid on.

15.5 1

Slides it full and on middle, nudged to square leg for one.

15.4 1

This one turns on middle. Duckett tucks it to square leg for one.

15.3 2

Two now! On the pads, Duckett helps it behind square on the leg side for a brace.

15.2 3

Three more! Outside off, Root opens the face of the bat and dabs it to third man.

15.1 3

In the gap for three runs. Flatter and outside off. Duckett punches it through covers.

Score after 15 overs : 53/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

J Root

8 (15)

B Duckett

38 (57)

A Ahmed

5-0-17-1

14.6 2

Tossed up on middle. Root plays with soft hands behind square leg for a brace.

14.5 0

This one drifts in on off. Root prods and blocks.

14.4 0

Tossed up on middle. Defended on the front foot.

14.3 1

One more as Duckett sweeps it to deep square leg.

14.2 2

On middle, swept to deep square leg for a couple.

14.1 0

A big shout for LBW but looked outside the line. This is full and angling around off from 'round the wicket. Duckett reverse hits but misses and gets hit on the pads. The Pakistani players get together before taking it upstairs. The impact saves Duckett as it was umpire's call. That spun a long way but still not enough for Abrar to get his second wicket. Not out it is.

Score after 14 overs : 48/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

J Root

6 (12)

B Duckett

35 (54)

M Ali

5-0-24-0

13.6 0

This one nips back in on off. Blocked out.

13.5 4

FOUR! Well played! Length ball, outside off. Root uses the width and places it wide of first slip to third man for four.

13.4 1

Slanting on the pads, nudged to deep square leg for a single.

13.3 0

Length ball on off, guided to point once again.

13.2 0

Short in length and on off, dabbed to point.

13.1 0

Length and on middle, Duckett tucks it to mid-wicket.

Score after 13 overs : 43/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

B Duckett

34 (50)

J Root

2 (10)

A Ahmed

4-0-12-1

12.6 1

This is full and on middle, clipped to mid-wicket for a single.

12.5 0

Slower one on the pads, turning away. Kept out.

12.4 1

Touch short and outside off. Root cuts it to point for one.

12.3 0

Angling on the pads, flicked to square leg.

12.2 0

Flat and outside off, Root punches it to cover.

12.1 0

Full and on middle. Blocked out.

Score after 12 overs : 41/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

B Duckett

33 (48)

J Root

1 (6)

M Ali

4-0-19-0

11.6 0

Around off, this is played to point.

11.5 0

Back of a length and on off, this is guided to point.

11.4 0

Around off, Duckett guides it to point.

11.3 0

On off, this is kept out.

11.2 0

Width on offer again outside off, Duckett slams it but to covers.

11.1 4

FOUR! Hammered! Length and outside off, this is slapped through covers for a boundary.

Score after 11 overs : 37/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

B Duckett

29 (42)

J Root

1 (6)

A Ahmed

3-0-10-1

10.6 1

On the pads, this is swept through square leg for one.

10.5 0

On off, kept out.

10.4 0

Gives it air and lands it on off, blocked.

10.3 0

On middle, this is pushed towards the right of mid-wicket who dives and saves a run.

10.2 1

Tossed up on off, this is pushed down to long off for one.

10.1 1

On middle, this is worked towards mid-wicket for one.

Score after 10 overs : 34/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

B Duckett

27 (37)

J Root

0 (5)

F Ashraf

5-2-12-0

9.6 1

Fuller and on off, this is driven firmly towards cover. The fielder sticks one hand out and makes a half stop. It goes towards mid off and hence, a single.

9.5 0

Slightly shorter, this one skids through. Duckett thinks of pulling it at first but then defends.

9.4 0

Full and outside off, Duckett jams it out towards point.

9.3 0

Good length and on off, blocked.

9.2 4

FOUR! Short ball and hammered! Duckett pulls it over the mid-wicket fielder and into the fence.

9.1 0

Good length and on middle, this is pushed to mid on.

Score after 9 overs : 29/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

J Root

0 (5)

B Duckett

22 (31)

A Ahmed

2-0-7-1

8.6 0

On middle, Root works it to mid-wicket.

8.5 0

A loud appeal from the bowler but an inside edge! On middle, Root looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

8.4 0

On middle, blocked.

8.3 1

Drags his length back, this lands on middle and turns back in. Duckett looks to defend, it goes off the inner half through mid-wicket for one.

8.2 0

On off, this is again played to cover.

8.1 0

On off, tossed up, this is hit to covers.

Score after 8 overs : 28/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

J Root

0 (2)

B Duckett

21 (28)

F Ashraf

4-2-7-0

7.6 0

Another one on a length and around off, kept out.

7.5 0

Good length and on off, blocked.

7.4 1

Fuller and on off, this is driven towards cover. The fielder dives to his right and makes a half stop. A single.

7.3 2

Nicely played! Around off, Duckett waits and then guides it wide of deep point for two.

7.2 0

On the bounce! A slower one around off, Ben Duckett hits it on the up but it lands short of mid off.

7.1 0

Well fielded! Fuller and on off, this is pushed towards mid off. The fielder dives to his left and stops it.

Score after 7 overs : 25/2

Runs Scored

6 Runs

W Jacks

4 (4)

B Duckett

18 (24)

A Ahmed

1-0-6-1

6.6 W 0

OUT! TIMBER! Abrar Ahmed comes on and strikes! His 8th wicket of the game and the move to send Will Jacks up the order does not work! This is tossed up outside off, a lot slower. Will Jacks looks to heave it on the leg side but is a touch early in the stroke. He misses, the ball turns back in and hits the stumps. England two down now.

6.5 1

On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

6.4 2

On the pads, Ben Duckett plays the paddle scoop down towards fine leg for two.

6.3 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

6.2 1

Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.

6.1 2

On middle, this is worked towards mid-wicket, bad bounce for the fielder and he does not stop it. Two taken.

Time for some spin now as Abrar Ahmed comes on!

Score after 6 overs : 19/1

Runs Scored

4 Runs

B Duckett

15 (21)

W Jacks

1 (1)

F Ashraf

3-2-4-0

5.6 0

Length and on off, Ben guides it to point.

5.5 0

Fuller and on off, Duckett pushes it to mid off.

5.4 0

On the pads, this is flicked but to mid-wicket.

5.3 0

On middle, length, this is pushed back to the bowler.

5.2 4

FOUR! Slightly short and Ben Duckett pounces on it! He pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.

5.1 0

Good length and on off, blocked.

Score after 5 overs : 15/1

Runs Scored

4 Runs

B Duckett

11 (15)

W Jacks

1 (1)

M Ali

3-0-15-0

4.6 3

Three more! On the pads, this is worked through square leg for three.

4.5 0

Shorter and outside off, this stays a touch low. Duckett looks to cut but misses.

4.4 0

A slower one on middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

4.3 0

Length and on off, blocked.

4.2 0

Good length and on middle, defended.

4.1 1

Jacks comes down the wicket straight away, this is shortish and on middle, it is worked down to fine leg for one.

Score after 4 overs : 11/1

Runs Scored

0 Runs

B Duckett

8 (10)

W Jacks

0 (0)

F Ashraf

2-2-0-0

3.6 0

That stays low! Outside off, on a length. Duckett looks to drive but is beaten.

3.5 W 0

OUT! RUN OUT! Zak Crawley is well short! Abrar Ahmed can do no wrong! He is the one with the direct hit but why did Zak Crawley run there! He was well short and there never seemed to be a run in that. On middle, this is pushed to mid on. Crawley calls for one. Abrar Ahmed runs towards the ball, picks it up, takes a second to aim and then underarms it onto the stumps at the bowler's end. It is taken upstairs and replays show Zak Crawley is short! Perfect start for Pakistan!

Run out appeal! Crawley is surely short. He knows but it is taken upstairs.
3.4 0

That is a good delivery! A yorker on off, it is jammed out to mid off.

3.3 0

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

3.2 0

Length and on off, Zak pushes it to covers.

3.1 0

Good length and on off, Zak defends.

Score after 3 overs : 11/0

Runs Scored

8 Runs

B Duckett

8 (9)

Z Crawley

3 (9)

M Ali

2-0-11-0

2.6 0

Two dots in a row! On off, this is again played to mid off. Probably we will be seeing a spinner from this end.

2.5 0

On off, this is pushed to mid off.

2.4 4

FOUR! Put away! Yet again, too full and too wide and Duckett hammers it through covers for another boundary. Two in two.

2.3 4

FOUR! Off the mark in style! Really not sure if starting with two pacers is the right move. This is short and outside off, it is cut over point for a boundary. Poor delivery and put away!

2.2 0

On off, this is pushed to mid off.

2.1 0

Fuller and outside off, Ben Duckett strokes it but to covers.

Score after 2 overs : 3/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

Z Crawley

3 (9)

B Duckett

0 (3)

F Ashraf

1-1-0-0

1.6 0

Slightly shorter, this one stays a touch low, Crawley looks to pull but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

1.5 0

Finds the fielder! Length and on off, this is pushed but to covers.

1.4 0

Length and outside off, Zak Crawley looks to drive but it goes off the inner half to covers.

1.3 0

Crawley gives Ashraf the charge, it is a length ball outside off, left alone.

1.2 0

Good length and on off, Zak pushes it to covers.

1.1 0

Length and outside off, Zak Crawley looks to drive but it goes off the inner half towards mid off.

Score after 1 overs : 3/0

Runs Scored

3 Runs

B Duckett

0 (3)

Z Crawley

3 (3)

M Ali

1-0-3-0

0.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

0.5 0

On middle, this is pulled towards md-wicket.

0.4 0

This one comes back in but the line is a little too straight. Ben Duckett looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

0.3 1

Around off, this is guided towards point for one.

0.2 0

Good length and on off, Zak pushes it to covers.

0.1 2

England and Zak Crawley are underway! Length and on off, Zak looks to defend, it goes off the outer half towards point. The fielder dives over the ball. Two taken.

The England openers, Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett walk out to the middle. Pace to begin with as it is Mohammad Ali!
... DAY 2, SESSION 2 ...
England will now look to build on this after Lunch! They will continue to play their attacking style and will hope to bat Pakistan out of the game. Pakistan on the other hand, need their bowling to deliver, their bowling department has not been great in the series so far but they need them to deliver now. Can they bowl England out for a cheap score or will the England batters continue their good form? We will find out.
England on the other hand, will be mighty pleased! Had they been given a lead of 79 at the start of the day, they would have taken it with open arms. It was Ollie Robinson who started it off but it was Jack Leach who was the pick for them with a four-fer. However, it was a combined bowling effort. Everyone except for Jacks who only bowled 4 overs picked a wicket at least.
What a session for the visitors! They have completely changed the look of this game! It all started with Pakistan in control with Babar and Saud continuing from where they left off on Day 1. They were nearing the 100-run stand before Azam fell and once he fell, it all wrong for Pakistan. First they played themselves into a shell and then kept losing wickets. From 142 for 2, they have been bowled out for 202. The hosts wll be very disappointed with their performance.
62.5 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! Straight to the fielder! Mark Wood can't believe it! England bag a lead of 79! Angled into the pads, Faheem Ashraf flicks it uppishly and straight to the man at deep square leg. Ben Duckett takes it easily. Pakistan HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 202!

62.4 0

On the fuller side, Faheem Ashraf pushes it to mid off.

62.3 1

Gets off strike! On middle, Abrar Ahmed flicks it wide o the fielder at mid-wicket for one.

62.2 0

Wood goes short again and on middle, Abrar looks to play the upper cut but misses. A full one coming up now?

62.1 4

FOUR! This is clever! Really well played! Short and on off, this is upper cut over the slip cordon for a boundary. Handy runs.

Mark Wood comes back!

Score after 62 overs : 197/9

Runs Scored

8 Runs

F Ashraf

22 (29)

A Ahmed

2 (18)

J Leach

27-7-98-4

61.6 4

FOUR! The reverse sweep comes out and it is played nicely! On off, this is hit through point and it races away to the fence. England won't mind as Abrar Ahmed is on strike.

61.5 0

Out comes the reverse sweep but it goes off the inner half to irst slip.

61.4 0

Tossed up on off, this is kept out.

61.3 0

On off, blocked.

61.2 0

This lands outside off and turns back in. Faheem Ashraf looks to defend but misses to get hit high on the pads.There was actually an inside edge.

61.1 4

FOUR! Up and over! Tossed up on off, Faheem Ashraf lifts it over, just over actually deep mid on for a boundary.

Score after 61 overs : 189/9

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Ahmed

2 (18)

F Ashraf

14 (23)

J Root

10-3-23-2

60.6 0

Negotiates it well! On off, this is flatter, Abrar Ahmed stays back and defends.

60.5 0

Plays it well! On off, fuller, this is played back to the bowler.

60.4 0

On off, defended.

60.3 0

Floats it up on off, kept out.

60.2 1

On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

60.1 0

Floats it up on off, Faheem defends.

Score after 60 overs : 188/9

Runs Scored

5 Runs

A Ahmed

2 (14)

F Ashraf

13 (21)

J Leach

26-7-90-4

59.6 0

Half an appeal but turned down! This is flatter and outside off, Abrar Ahmed looks to cut but misses to get hit on the pads. The impact was well outside off.

59.5 0

On middle, this is kept out.

59.4 1

Takes one now as he works it through square leg. Now Abrar Ahmed has two balls to play out.

59.3 4

FOUR! Swept nicely! On the pads, Faheem Ashraf sweeps it firmly and through square leg for a boundary. Pakistan would love a few more of these.

59.2 0

On the off pole, this is kept out.

59.1 0

Tossed up on off, Faheem Ashraf defends it.

Score after 59 overs : 183/9

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Ahmed

2 (12)

F Ashraf

8 (17)

J Root

9-3-22-2

58.6 0

On the stumps, Abrar Ahmed plays it out.

58.5 0

On the stumps, kept out.

58.4 1

A single as this is pushed through covers.

58.3 0

On off, this is kept out.

58.2 0

On the stumps, defended.

58.1 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

Score after 58 overs : 182/9

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Ahmed

2 (10)

F Ashraf

7 (13)

J Leach

25-7-85-4

57.6 0

Keeps it out! On off, blocked.

57.5 0

On middle, this is defended.

57.4 0

On middle, kept out.

57.3 0

Beauty! This lands on off and turns away. Ahmed is beaten as he tries to defend.

57.2 0

Tossed up on off, blocked.

57.1 1

Takes the one on the first ball! On the pads, this is swept towards fine leg for one.

Score after 57 overs : 181/9

Runs Scored

2 Runs

A Ahmed

2 (5)

F Ashraf

6 (12)

M Wood

11-1-35-1

56.6 0

Abrar Ahmed survives! Down the leg side. Abrar Ahmed looks to flick but misses.

56.5 0

Nicely played but does not find the gap! Fuller and on off, this is pushed to mid off.

56.4 0

Shorter and outside off, Abrar Ahmed looks to cut but misses.

56.3 2

Two! First runs for Abrar Ahmed in Tests! Pakistan trail exactly by 100 now! Short and on middle, this is pulled through square leg for two.

56.2 0

Abrar Ahmed manages to keep that out! Fuller and on off, this is jammed out to cover.

56.1 W 0

OUT! THREE REDS! That is as plumb as it gets! Not sure if that was the right review and really good from Stokes to get Wood on who strikes on the very first ball! On middle, this lands and stays a touch low. Zahid Mahmood looks to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal and the finger is raised. Zahid reviews but in vain. He takes a review along with him too.

Score after 56 overs : 179/8

Runs Scored

4 Runs

F Ashraf

6 (12)

Z Mahmood

0 (7)

J Leach

24-7-84-4

55.6 0

Faheem Ashraf looks to get a single as he works it towards short fine leg but no run.

55.5 4

FOUR! The reverse sweep comes out and it is nailed! Outside off, Ashraf hits it well through point for a boundary.

55.4 0

On off, this is defended.

55.3 0

Tossed up on middle, this is worked to the left of the bowler who dives and stops it.

55.2 0

On the pads, this is worked to square leg.

55.1 0

Looks to play another reverse sweep, it goes off the inner half to first slip.

Score after 55 overs : 175/8

Runs Scored

4 Runs

Z Mahmood

0 (7)

F Ashraf

2 (6)

J Root

8-3-21-2

54.6 b 4

FOUR BYES! Handy runs! Pakistan won't mind how they come as long as they do! Down the leg side. Left alone. This races down to the fine leg fence.

54.5 0

On the stumps, blocked.

54.4 0

On the stumps, kept out.

54.3 0

On middle, Zahid Mahmood defends it solidly.

54.2 0

On the stumps, blocked.

54.1 0

Tossed up on middle, defended.

Score after 54 overs : 171/8

Runs Scored

2 Runs

F Ashraf

2 (6)

Z Mahmood

0 (1)

J Leach

23-7-80-4

53.6 2

Two! Faheem Ashraf brings out the reverse sweep, not timed that well but gets two as it goes through point. Faheem should try and attack a lot more now.

53.5 0

Flatter and on middle, this is blocked.

53.4 0

On off, tossed up, defended.

53.3 0

Tossed up outside off, Faheem Ashraf looks to drive, this goes off the inner half to mid-wicket.

53.2 0

Floats it up on off, Faheem Ashraf defends it.

53.1 0

On middle, blocked.

Score after 53 overs : 169/8

Runs Scored

0 Runs

Z Mahmood

0 (1)

F Ashraf

0 (0)

J Root

7-2-21-2

52.6 0

On off, defended.

52.5 W 0

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Root has two in the over and Pakistan are 8 down now! What a collapse this is! This is flatter, it lands on middle and goes on with the angle. Ali looks to defend, it takes the outside edge, it hits the hand of the keeper and lobs kindly to the slip fielder where it is taken by Zak Crawley!

52.4 0

This lands around leg and goes on with the angle. Mohammad Ali looks to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal but turned down.

52.3 0

On the stumps, kept out again.

52.2 0

On middle, blocked.

52.1 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! Another one bites the dust! England are all over Pakistan now! The last batting pair for the hosts has been broken! England can now think of a really good lead! This is a soft, soft dismissal! Tossed up on off, Agha Salman looks to drive, this probably holds off the surface. It goes off the inner half and straight to short mid-wicket where it is taken by Stokes.

Score after 52 overs : 169/6

Runs Scored

0 Runs

M Nawaz

1 (9)

A Salman

4 (14)

J Leach

22-7-78-4

51.6 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! Another one bites the dust! Pakistan are now 6 down! Nawaz looks to attack. He steps out but gets too close to the pitch of the ball. He hits it but straight to Ollie Robinson at mid off. He did not get the elevation he wanted.

51.5 0

Gives it air and lands it on off, Nawaz keeps it out.

51.4 0

Tossed up on off, Nawaz blocks.

51.3 0

Nawaz steps out but the length is shortened, it is defended.

51.2 0

Loopy ball on off, Nawaz is solid in defense.

51.1 0

Floats it up on middle, blocked.

Score after 51 overs : 169/5

Runs Scored

4 Runs

M Nawaz

1 (3)

A Salman

4 (14)

M Wood

10-1-33-0

50.6 1

Outside off, Nawaz guides it down to third man and takes one.

50.5 0

On the fuller side, Nawaz pushes it to mid off.

50.4 1

Shorter and on off, Salman rides on top of the bounce and guides it down to third man for one. Pakistan need to start rotating the strike at least a lot more often.

50.3 2

Angled into the pads, Salman works it through mid-wicket for two.

50.2 0

This one tails back in from around middle, Salman pushes it to mid on.

50.1 0

Fuller and on middle, this is driven back to the bowler.

Score after 50 overs : 165/5

Runs Scored

4 Runs

M Nawaz

0 (1)

A Salman

1 (10)

J Leach

21-6-78-3

49.6 0

On middle, blocked.

49.5 W 0

OUT! TIMBER! That is a beauty from Jack Leach! England now on top in this game! Another big wicket in this session. Mohammad Rizwan never looked that comfortable and now falls. He has not had the series he would have liked so far. This is tossed up, it angles into the leg pole. It lands and then holds its line. Mohammad Rizwan looks to work it on the leg side but is done in by the turn. It goes past his bat and hits the stumps. Pakistan still trail by above 100. Half the side back in the hut for them.

49.4 4

FOUR! Up and over! Mohammad Rizwan looks to break the shackles! Steps out and hits it over the mid on fielder for a boundary.

49.3 0

On middle, Rizwan defends.

49.2 0

Floats it up on off, defended.

49.1 0

Tossed up on off, this is pushed to cover.

Score after 49 overs : 161/4

Runs Scored

2 Runs

A Salman

1 (10)

M Rizwan

6 (38)

M Wood

9-1-29-0

48.6 0

That is a top but to end! A yorker on middle, Salman jams it out towards md off. Pakistan have gone into a shell here.

48.5 0

On the stumps, this is pushed to mid on.

48.4 1

Shorter and on the body, Rizwan pulls it through square leg for one.

48.3 0

Shorter and on off, Rizwan slaps it to covers.

48.2 1

Outside off, Agha Salman guides it past point and takes one.

48.1 0

On middle, kept out.

Score after 48 overs : 159/4

Runs Scored

0 Runs

M Rizwan

5 (36)

A Salman

0 (6)

J Leach

20-6-74-2

47.6 0

Floats it on off, kept out.

47.5 0

Brilliant from Leach! On off, Rizwan pushes it to cover.

47.4 0

Flighted ball on off, Rizwan is solid in defense.

47.3 0

Floats it up on off, kept out.

47.2 0

On middle, Rizwan defends.

47.1 0

On middle, this is pushed to cover.

Score after 47 overs : 159/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Salman

0 (6)

M Rizwan

5 (30)

M Wood

8-1-27-0

46.6 0

This one does not bounce a lot! Shorter and on the body, Salman ducks. It just about goes over him and goes on the bounce to the keeper.

46.5 0

On off, this is pushed towards cover.

46.4 0

BEATEN! Salman was probably late on that! Fuller and outside off, Salman looks to drive but the ball goes past him even before the bat comes down.

46.3 0

Length again and on off, Salman plays it towards point.

46.2 0

Good length and on off, defended.

46.1 1

Shorter and on middle, Rizwan pulls it through mid-wicket and takes one.

Score after 46 overs : 158/4

Runs Scored

4 Runs

A Salman

0 (1)

M Rizwan

4 (29)

J Leach

19-5-74-2

45.6 0

On middle, Salman defends. A successful over then for England.

45.5 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! That is a superb, superb catch from James Anderson! Absoluetly brilliant and England have both the overnight batters back in the hut! The tidy bowling all this while has paid off. Not sure though if Shakeel played the right shot there. He got a boundary on the last ball, looks to step out and go over mid on this time. The length is dragged back a little by Leach. He ends up hitting it high up in the air behind mid on. James Anderson runs back, he has a fielder running towards him from deep mid-wicket but calls for it, stretches out and takes it nicely. England back into the game. Pakistan still trail by 123 runs.

45.4 4

FOUR! That is a lovely shot! Very nicely controlled! Steps out, gets to the pitch of it and lofts it over mid off for a boundary.

45.3 0

Works it with the turn to mid-wicket.

45.2 0

Angled into the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.

45.1 0

On the pads, Saud works it to mid-wicket.

Score after 45 overs : 154/3

Runs Scored

5 Runs

M Rizwan

4 (29)

S Shakeel

59 (101)

M Wood

7-1-26-0

44.6 0

On middle, this is blocked.

44.5 4

FOUR! That is a beautiful stroke! Very delightful! It was not a half volley, it was behind a fuller length, outside off, Rizwan makes use of the width and strokes it through covers. He is finally off the mark and that shot will give him a lot of confidence.

44.4 0

On the stumps, blocked.

44.3 0

Angled into middle, Rizwan gets right behind the line and defends it.

44.2 1

A run after quite some time! Angled into the pads, this is nudged on the leg side for one.

44.1 0

Goes very full, Saud gets his bat down in time and jams it out.

Score after 44 overs : 149/3

Runs Scored

0 Runs

M Rizwan

0 (25)

S Shakeel

58 (99)

J Leach

18-5-70-1

43.6 0

Yet another maiden! On off, it is blocked.

43.5 0

Steps out and pushes it but to the man at cover.

43.4 0

On the stumps, Rizwan is solid in defense.

43.3 0

On off, Rizwan pushes it to covers.

43.2 0

On the stumps, it is defended.

43.1 0

Tossed up on off, it is kept out.

Score after 43 overs : 149/3

Runs Scored

0 Runs

S Shakeel

58 (99)

M Rizwan

0 (19)

O Robinson

5-3-2-1

42.6 0

Outside off, length, left alone. Another maiden for Ollie Robinson!

42.5 0

A slower one on off, Saud puhes it to mid off.

42.4 0

Really solid! Length and on off, Saud Shakeel gets right behind the line and plays it to mid off.

42.3 0

Length and on off, Saud plays it to covers.

42.2 0

On middle, Saud works it to mid-wicket.

42.1 0

Another dot! Outside off, left alone.

Score after 42 overs : 149/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

S Shakeel

58 (93)

M Rizwan

0 (19)

M Wood

6-1-21-0

41.6 lb 1

NOT OUT! That is clipping the leg pole! England do not lose their review! Wood from around the wicket bowls it full and on the pads. Saud looks to drive but misses, it hits the pad and rolls on the off side. A leg bye taken as the bowler is appealing. Turned down. Wood convinces his skipper to go for the review. Replays show that it remains umpire's call.

Review time! A loud shout for LBW is turned down. Wood likes it and England review. Seems like it is going down leg.
41.5 0

Goes really full and on middle, Saud jams it out towards cover.

41.4 0

Angled into middle, Saud works it to mid-wicket.

41.3 0

This is brilliant from England! Just giving nothing away at the moment! On middle, Saud defends it.

41.2 0

Shorter and on off, Shakeel blocks.

41.1 0

On off, it is defended.

Score after 41 overs : 148/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

M Rizwan

0 (19)

S Shakeel

58 (87)

O Robinson

4-2-2-1

40.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

40.5 0

On off, blocked.

Halt in play as Rizwan has got something in his eye! The 12th man is out with a bottle of water.
40.4 0

That is a beauty! Cuts Rizwan into half! This lands outside off and jags back in sharply. Rizwan lunges forward to defend but it goes past the inside edge. This is an outstanding spell from Ollie.

40.3 0

Outside off, Rizwan leaves it alone.

40.2 1

A surprise short ball, Saud though gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through square leg for one.

40.1 0

Length and on off, blocked. Really good stuff from Ollie Robinson!

Score after 40 overs : 147/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

M Rizwan

0 (15)

S Shakeel

57 (85)

M Wood

5-0-21-0

39.6 0

Rizwan can't just get off the mark at the moment! Shorter and around off, Rizwan waits and then guides it to point. He hit that well but to the fielder.

39.5 0

Goes wide of the crease and angles it into off, defended. Rizwan is still to get off the mark. England keeping the pressure on him.

39.4 1

Angled into the pads, Shakeel works it through square leg and takes one.

39.3 0

On middle, Saud is solid in defense.

39.2 0

Good length and on off, Saud gets right behind the line and blocks it.

39.1 0

On the pads, Shakeel works it to square leg.

Score after 39 overs : 146/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

M Rizwan

0 (13)

S Shakeel

56 (81)

O Robinson

3-2-1-1

38.6 0

Gets this one to tail back in nicely from outside off but not enough to make the batter play.

38.5 0

Outside off, this one goes on with the angle. Left alone.

38.4 0

Good length and on off, blocked.

38.3 1

Around off, this is guided down to third man for one.

38.2 0

Slanting it across the off pole, Saud leaves it alone.

38.1 0

Angled into the off pole, defended.

Score after 38 overs : 145/3

Runs Scored

0 Runs

M Rizwan

0 (10)

S Shakeel

55 (78)

J Leach

17-4-70-1

37.6 0

Another maiden then! On off, fuller, Rizwan pushes it towards mid off.

37.5 0

Flighted ball on off, Rizwan is solid in defense.

37.4 0

Floats it up on middle, defended.

37.3 0

Runs are hard to comeby now! On off, blocked.

37.2 0

Top but! This is tossed up on off, it lands and spins away. Rizwan is beaten as he tries to block.

37.1 0

Floats it up on middle, blocked.

Score after 37 overs : 145/3

Runs Scored

0 Runs

S Shakeel

55 (78)

M Rizwan

0 (4)

O Robinson

2-2-0-1

36.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

36.5 0

Around off, this is guided to point.

36.4 0

Fuller and on middle, Saud pushes it back to the bowler.

36.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

36.2 0

On the stumps, this is kept out.

36.1 0

On middle, blocked.

Score after 36 overs : 145/3

Runs Scored

3 Runs

S Shakeel

55 (72)

M Rizwan

0 (4)

J Leach

16-3-70-1

35.6 3

Three! That will release a little pressure that was building! This is short and outside off, Saud guides it through point for three.

35.5 0

On middle, kept out.

35.4 0

Flighted ball on off, blocked.

35.3 0

Floats it up on off, Saud is defended.

35.2 0

On the pads, Saud works it to square leg.

35.1 0

On the stumps, defended.

Score after 35 overs : 142/3

Runs Scored

0 Runs

M Rizwan

0 (4)

S Shakeel

52 (66)

O Robinson

1-1-0-1

34.6 0

Tossed up on off, defended.

34.5 0

Well fielded! Fuller and on off, Rizwan strokes it towards mid off. The fielder dives to hs right and stops it.

34.4 0

Good length and on off, defended.

34.3 0

Ollie Robinson is getting the ball to move now! This is fuller and around off, this is pushed to mid on.

34.2 W 0

OUT! TIMBER! Where has this guy been? He was probably England's best bowler in the first game, he comes on to bowl his first after 34 overs and strikes on the very second ball. Breaks the stand which just looked unbreakable. That is a gem of a delivery. This lands outside off, it pitches and jags back in sharply. Azam looks to drive but it sneaks past the inside edge and hits the stumps. England will now feel back in it. Huge wicket here. Can this open the floodgates? Pakistan still trail by another 139 runs!

34.1 0

Good length and on off, blocked.

Score after 34 overs : 142/2

Runs Scored

9 Runs

S Shakeel

52 (66)

B Azam

75 (93)

J Leach

15-3-67-1

33.6 4

FOUR! Fifty for Saud! He has looked really good in this innings and especially this morning. Important knock but needs to go on! He gets there with a lovely sweep, it is on middle, he plays it through square leg for a boundary.

33.5 3

Three more! Yet again picks the length early, this is slightly short, Azam works it through mid-wicket for three.

33.4 0

On middle, blocked.

33.3 1

On the pads, this is nudged on the leg side for a single.

33.2 0

On off, defended.

33.1 1

Shorter and on off, Azam pushes it through covers for one.

Score after 33 overs : 133/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

S Shakeel

47 (63)

B Azam

71 (90)

J Anderson

5-0-16-1

32.6 0

Angled into middle, Saud gets right behind the line of the delivery and blocks.

32.5 4

FOUR! That is sheer timing! Wonderful! Length and on off, Saud just strokes it on the up through covers and this one races away to the fence.

32.4 0

Down the leg side, Saud looks to flick but misses.

32.3 0

On off, Saud defends.

32.2 0

A direct hit and Saud was gone! On the pads, Saud works it towards square leg and wants a run. He is sent back. The fielder gets to the ball, picks it up and has a shy but misses. Had he hit, Saud was a goner. He had given up. The fielder could have taken a little more time. Zak Crawley was the man!

32.1 0

Good length and on off, defended.

Score after 32 overs : 129/2

Runs Scored

11 Runs

B Azam

71 (90)

S Shakeel

43 (57)

J Leach

14-3-58-1

31.6 0

That is a beauty! First real sign of the ball turning this morning! Floats it up on off, this lands and spins away. Azam is beaten as he tries to defend.

31.5 0

On middle, defended.

31.4 4

FOUR! Whipped away! Picked the length really quickly! This is fractionally short! Azam goes back and hits it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Runs coming quickly this morning.

31.3 2

Slightly shorter and on middle, Azam goes back and works it through mid-wicket for two.

31.2 1

Now follows the boundary with a run as this is worked towards square leg.

31.1 4

FOUR! The sweep is nailed! On the pads, Saud hits it through square leg. Nobody in the deep there and hence, it is a safe shot. Saud moves into the 40s.

Score after 31 overs : 118/2

Runs Scored

6 Runs

B Azam

65 (86)

S Shakeel

38 (55)

J Anderson

4-0-12-1

30.6 0

Back of a length and on off, defended.

30.5 0

Solid! On a length and around off, blocked solidly.

30.4 1

On the pads, this is clipped through square leg for one.

30.3 0

Back of a length and on off, defended.

30.2 4

FOUR! SHOT! All class there! Shorter and around off, Saud waits and then pushes it past point for a boundary. The wicket seems a lot better to bat on today, at least so far.

30.1 1

Angled into the pads, Azam works it through square leg for one.

Score after 30 overs : 112/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

S Shakeel

33 (52)

B Azam

64 (83)

J Leach

13-3-47-1

29.6 0

A little too straight, Saud looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

29.5 0

Floats it up around off, Saud leans forward and defends.

29.4 1

Another run as Azam nudges it towards mid-wicket with the angle.

29.3 1

Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

29.2 0

Slightly shorter and around off, this is pushed to cover.

29.1 0

Slightly shorter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

29.1 nb 1

NO BALL! Leach oversteps! You do not see that often! Tossed up on off, blocked.

Score after 29 overs : 109/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

B Azam

63 (82)

S Shakeel

32 (46)

J Anderson

3-0-6-1

28.6 2

Two! First runs of the day! Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for two.

28.5 0

Outside off, Azam slashes but misses.

28.4 0

Good stuff! On middle and on a length, blocked.

28.3 0

Keeps it on the sticks, blocked.

28.2 0

On the stumps, kept out.

28.1 0

On off, defended.

England on the other hand, will know a wicket quickly and a collapse can be triggered. They would not want to concede a lead as we believe batting is just going to get tougher as the game moves ahead. Will their bowlers come to the fore today? We will find out..
A seven-fer on debut from Abrar Ahmed  and then a fine performance with the bat by Azam has given Pakistan the advantage on Day 2. It though is a slender one as they still trail by another 174 runs. They have two well-set batters our there and will want them to continue the good work. Pakistan will be desperate for a lead as they'll be batting last on a wicket which has already shown signs of wear and tear.
... DAY 2, SESSION 1 ...
Most of the bowling for England was done by their spinners and rightly so as we saw what the Pakistan spinners did early on. Especially Abrar Ahmed, it was his effort which helped Pakistan keep England under 300 despite the visitors being around 140 for 2. The hosts' batters have also begun well but they will need to continue the good work. Will we see the hosts dominate or will England fight back? We will find out. Do join us for all the acion from Day 2. Till then, goodbye and take care!
Have to say, the home side will be very pleased with where they stand in the game! It is their skipper who has led from the front with the bat for them! They lost Imam early in this session but Abdullah Shafique and Azam then tried to steady the ship but the former fell. Saud Shakeel though has been solid so far and he along with his skipper are amidst a really good stand. England on the other hand, bowled pretty well with the new ball but once the ball got soft, there was not a lot of assistance for them and the batters did not seem very troubled. The question is, why wasn't Ollie Robinson not given the ball? Maybe they were preserving him for Day 2! Pretty sure he will be getting some overs under his belt on the second Day.
The light-meter is out, it is that time of the day and the umpires feel the light is not good enough to continue and they are off! The players were actually halfway through back to the pavillion when the light was being checked. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 1!

Score after 28 overs : 107/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

S Shakeel

32 (46)

B Azam

61 (76)

J Root

6-1-21-0

27.6 0

On middle, blocked.

27.5 1

A single again as this is worked to mid on.

27.4 1

Another single as this is pushed towards cover.

27.3 1

Shorter and on off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

27.2 0

On middle, blocked.

27.1 0

Flatter and outside off, this one goes on with the angle. Azam looks to push at it but is beaten.

Score after 27 overs : 104/2

Runs Scored

9 Runs

S Shakeel

31 (44)

B Azam

59 (72)

J Leach

12-3-44-1

26.6 4

FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! The slog sweep comes out now, this is nailed too, it goes for another boundary in the mid-wicket region. 50-run stand up between the two. Handy one but needs to go on.

26.5 4

FOUR! Up and over! Lovely use of the feet yet again, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it with the turn over the mid-wicket fielder. 100 up for Pakistan.

26.4 0

On off, defended.

26.3 0

Shorter and on off, Shakeel pushes it to covers.

26.2 1

On middle, Azam works it down to long on and takes one.

26.1 0

On middle, this is kept out.

Score after 26 overs : 95/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

S Shakeel

23 (40)

B Azam

58 (70)

W Jacks

4-0-18-0

25.6 0

On middle, kept out.

25.5 1

A single now as this is worked through square leg.

25.4 2

Shorter and on off, Azam strokes it through covers and takes two.

25.3 0

On middle, defended.

25.2 1

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

25.1 0

Shortish and on off, this is played to cover.

Score after 25 overs : 91/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

B Azam

55 (67)

S Shakeel

22 (37)

J Leach

11-3-35-1

24.6 4

FOUR! That is hammered! Way too short and outside off, Azam slams it through point and it races away to the fence.

24.5 0

Slightly shorter and on off, Azam cuts but to point.

24.4 0

On middle, Azam plays it back to the bowler.

24.3 0

Shorter and on middle, Azam works it to short leg.

24.2 0

Floats it up on middle, this is played back to the bowler.

24.1 0

On middle, this is kept out.

Score after 24 overs : 87/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

B Azam

51 (61)

S Shakeel

22 (37)

W Jacks

3-0-14-0

23.6 1

Tossed up on off, Azam pushes it to mid off.

23.5 0

On middle, tossed up, defended.

23.4 0

On middle, Azam flicks it but finds mid-wicket.

23.3 1

Slightly shorter and outside off, this is cut but to point.

23.2 0

On middle, it is kept out.

23.1 0

Floats it up on the pads, this is defended back to the bowler.

Score after 23 overs : 85/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

B Azam

50 (58)

S Shakeel

21 (34)

J Leach

10-3-31-1

22.6 0

On middle, defended.

22.5 1

Steps out but the length is shortened, this is pushed to mid on.

22.4 0

Floats it up on off, defended.

22.3 0

Saud Shakeel steps out, he gets a little too close to the pitch of the ball and swings, it goes off the inner half towards square leg.

22.2 0

On middle, this is worked to mid on.

22.1 1

Fifty for Azam! The skipper leading from the front yet again! On middle, he works it towards mid-wicket for one. He scored a ton in the first innings of the last game and his side would love one here from him.

Score after 22 overs : 83/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

S Shakeel

20 (30)

B Azam

49 (56)

J Root

5-1-18-0

21.6 0

On the stumps again, defended.

21.5 0

On off, it is kept out.

21.4 0

On middle, defended.

21.3 2

Shorter and on off, Shakeel pushes it through covers and takes two.

21.2 0

Angled into the pads, this is worked to short leg.

21.1 0

On middle, defended.

Score after 21 overs : 81/2

Runs Scored

6 Runs

B Azam

49 (56)

S Shakeel

18 (24)

W Jacks

2-0-12-0

20.6 6

SIX! This is a massive hit! This is given a lot of air, it is full and around off, Azam heaves it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

20.5 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

20.4 0

This is on middle, it is worked to mid-wicket.

20.3 0

Shorter and around off, Azam cuts but to point.

20.2 0

Flighted ball on the stumps, Azam defends.

20.1 0

Loopy ball on off, Azam is solid in defense.

Score after 20 overs : 75/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

S Shakeel

18 (24)

B Azam

43 (50)

J Root

4-1-16-0

19.6 0

On the stumps, this is kept out again.

19.5 0

On middle, blocked.

19.4 4

FOUR! Cut away! Shorter and outside off, Shakeel goes back and plays it past point for a boundary.

19.3 0

On off, defended.

19.2 0

Flatter and on off, defended.

19.1 0

Keeps his balance! This is tossed up outside off, Saud looks to go over covers but the ball turns away and goes past the outside edge. He does well to not lose his balance.

Score after 19 overs : 71/2

Runs Scored

6 Runs

B Azam

43 (50)

S Shakeel

14 (18)

W Jacks

1-0-6-0

18.6 0

On middle, Azam works it to short leg.

18.5 3

Shorter and around off, Saud pushes it through point and takes three.

18.4 0

Too high! That spun a lot! This lands around leg, Jacks bowls it a lot slower. It lands and turns away. Shakeel looks to defend but misses to get hit near the thigh.

18.3 1

On off, Azam pushes it towards cover and gets to the other end.

18.2 1

Shorter and on off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

18.1 1

On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

Score after 18 overs : 65/2

Runs Scored

8 Runs

S Shakeel

10 (15)

B Azam

41 (47)

J Leach

9-3-29-1

17.6 0

On the stumps, defended.

17.5 0

Shorter and on off, ths is pushed to cover.

17.4 0

On off, blocked.

17.3 4

FOUR! Not off the middle but finds the gap! Saud comes down the track again, he looks to whip it but this goes off the inner half through mid-wicket for a boundary.

17.2 0

On middle, this is kept out.

17.1 4

FOUR! Lovely stroke! Steps out, gets to the pitch of it and hits it with the turn over mid-wicket and it races away to the fence.

Score after 17 overs : 57/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

B Azam

41 (47)

S Shakeel

2 (9)

J Root

3-1-12-0

16.6 0

On off, defended.

16.5 4

FOUR! Up and over! Azam steps out, gets to the pitch of it and hits it over Root for a boundary.

16.4 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

16.3 0

On the pads, Azam works it to mid-wicket.

16.2 0

On the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.

16.1 0

On middle, blocked.

Score after 16 overs : 53/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

S Shakeel

2 (9)

B Azam

37 (41)

J Leach

8-3-21-1

15.6 0

A dot to end! On the stumps, blocked.

15.5 0

Tosses it up around off, defended.

15.4 0

On middle, blocked.

15.3 0

Lands safe! Outside off, Shakeel looks to flick, he gets an inside edge onto the pads, it lands away from the fielder at short leg.

15.2 2

Two and Shakeel is off the mark! On the pads, he works it through mid-wicket.

15.1 0

On middle, Saud works it through mid-wicket.

Score after 15 overs : 51/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

B Azam

37 (41)

S Shakeel

0 (3)

J Root

2-1-8-0

14.6 0

On off, kept out.

14.5 0

On the pads, Azam looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

14.4 0

Down the leg side. Azam leaves it alone.

14.3 0

Flatter and on middle, Azam defends it.

14.2 0

On middle, this is kept out.

14.1 0

On the pads, Azam works it but to short leg.

Score after 14 overs : 51/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

S Shakeel

0 (3)

B Azam

37 (35)

J Leach

7-3-19-1

13.6 0

On middle, this is worked to short leg.

13.5 0

On the stumps, this is defended.

13.4 0

On off, Saud Shakeel blocks.

13.3 W 0

A loud appeal but turned down! Pope is pretty sure that has taken the edge and England review! OUT! ULTRA EDGE SHOWS A SPIKE! England get a timely wicket as this partnership was going along really well! Jack Leach delivers! This is tossed up around off, it lands and turns away. It takes the faintest of edges. Pope takes it and appeals. The finger stays down but England use the review to good use. England still trail over 230.

13.2 0

On the stumps, blocked.

13.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 13 overs : 51/1

Runs Scored

8 Runs

B Azam

37 (35)

A Shafique

14 (41)

J Root

1-0-8-0

12.6 4

FOUR! The fifty is up in style! Lovely shot! Shorter and on off, this is pushed past the cover fielder and into the fence.

12.5 0

On the pads, Azam flicks but to short leg.

12.4 0

On the pads, it is worked to mid-wicket.

12.3 0

Tossed up on off, blocked.

12.2 4

FOUR! Good effort but in vain! On the pads, this is worked fine on the leg side. The square leg fielder gives it a chase, dives and looks to push it back but touches the ropes in the process.

12.1 0

On the pads, this is worked to square leg.

Score after 12 overs : 43/1

Runs Scored

4 Runs

A Shafique

14 (41)

B Azam

29 (29)

J Leach

6-2-19-0

11.6 0

On the stumps now, it is kept out.

11.5 0

On middle, blocked.

11.4 4

FOUR! Finds the gap this time! Uses his feet again, gets to the pitch of it and strokes it wide of mid off for a boundary.

11.3 0

Floats it up on off, kept out.

11.2 0

On middle, defended.

11.1 0

Abdullah Shafique steps out and hits it to mid off.

Score after 11 overs : 39/1

Runs Scored

10 Runs

B Azam

29 (29)

A Shafique

10 (35)

M Wood

4-0-20-0

10.6 4

FOUR! Outstanding! Shorter and on off, Azam stands tall and just guides it past point. That was not a very bad ball but such is the class of Azam. Lovely.

10.5 0

Bangs it short yet again and on the body, Azam ducks under it.

10.4 0

On the shorter side yet again, Azam guides it to point.

10.3 0

Right off the middle but to the fielder! Fuller and on off, Azam strokes it to covers.

10.2 2

More runs! Fuller and on middle, Azam works it through mid-wicket for two.

10.1 4

FOUR! Sheer timing! Fuller and on off, Babar Azam shows the full face of the bat and times it past the bowler and down to the long off fence.

Score after 10 overs : 29/1

Runs Scored

0 Runs

A Shafique

10 (35)

B Azam

19 (23)

J Leach

5-2-15-0

9.6 0

Fuller and on off, AS pushes it to covers. Tidy stuff from Leach!

9.5 0

On the stumps, it is kept out.

9.4 0

Flighted ball on off, Abdullah Shafique lunges and keeps it out.

9.3 0

On the stumps again, defended.

9.2 0

On middle, Abdullah Shafique is solid in defense.

9.1 0

Floats it up on middle, kept out.

Score after 9 overs : 29/1

Runs Scored

5 Runs

B Azam

19 (23)

A Shafique

10 (29)

M Wood

3-0-10-0

8.6 4

FOUR! Up and over! Safe shot! Shorter and outside off, Azam cuts it over point and this races away to the fence.

8.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

8.4 0

On off, defended.

8.3 0

Babar was in two minds there! Short and on middle, Azam was looking to duck intially but then defends it.

8.2 1

Bangs it short and on the body, Abdullah Shafique nudges it around the corner for one.

8.1 0

On the shorter side and on middle from around the wicket. Blocked.

Score after 8 overs : 24/1

Runs Scored

4 Runs

B Azam

15 (19)

A Shafique

9 (27)

J Leach

4-1-15-0

7.6 0

On off, Azam pushes it to cover again.

7.5 0

On the stumps, kept out.

7.4 0

Floats it up on off, defended.

7.3 4

FOUR! Risky shot but gets the boundary! This is shorter and quite close to off pole. Azam cuts, he gets it fine on the off side for a boundary.

7.2 0

On the stumps, kept out.

7.1 0

Leach has found his length and line! On middle, this is kept out.

Score after 7 overs : 20/1

Runs Scored

4 Runs

A Shafique

9 (27)

B Azam

11 (13)

M Wood

2-0-5-0

6.6 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

6.5 0

Another short one and on middle, Abdullah Shafique ducks under it.

6.4 0

Good pace! Short and on middle, Abdullah Shafique arches and looks to play the upper cut but misses it totally.

6.3 4

FOUR! Top edge and down to the fine leg fence! This is banged in short and on middle, Abdullah Shafique looks to pull, this flies off the top edge and goes over the leg slip fielder and into the fine leg fence.

6.2 0

Angled into the pads, Abdullah Shafique looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

6.1 0

Bangs it short again and on the body, Abdullah Shafique guides it to point.

Score after 6 overs : 16/1

Runs Scored

0 Runs

B Azam

11 (13)

A Shafique

5 (21)

J Leach

3-1-11-0

5.6 0

On middle, blocked.

5.5 0

Lovely! Slows it up, lands it on off, this pitches and turns away, Azam looks to defend, it goes off the outer half to point.

5.4 0

On middle, Azam looks to defend, it goes off the inner half through square leg for no runs.

5.3 0

Floats it up on off, this is kept out nicely.

5.2 0

On the stumps, kept out.

5.1 0

Flatter and on middle, blocked.

Score after 5 overs : 16/1

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Shafique

5 (21)

B Azam

11 (7)

M Wood

1-0-1-0

4.6 0

End of a lively over from Mark Wood! He goes short again, Abdullah Shafique lets it go over him.

4.5 0

Another one on the shorter side, not played at.

4.4 0

Bangs it short and on middle, Abdullah Shafique ducks under it.

4.3 0

Angled into the pads, Abdullah Shafique works it through square leg for no runs.

4.2 1

Shorter and on off, Azam plays it through covers for one.

4.1 0

Bangs it in short and on off, Azam guides it to point.

Score after 4 overs : 15/1

Runs Scored

7 Runs

A Shafique

5 (17)

B Azam

10 (5)

J Leach

2-0-11-0

3.6 0

On the the stumps, this is kept out nicely.

3.5 0

On middle, Abdullah Shafique defends it.

3.4 0

Really well left! Flatter and around off, this lands and turns away. Abdullah Shafique sees that and lets it be.

3.3 3

This is not where he would want to bowl! This is short and around off, Azam cuts it past point for three.

3.2 0

That is a beauty! This is slowed up, it lands on middle and then turns away sharply. Azam looks to defend but is beaten. Leach is really getting the ball to grip and turn here. Also, some extra bounce.

3.1 4

FOUR! A little too short and Azam puts it away! This is short and outside off, Azam cuts it past point and this races away to the fence.

Score after 3 overs : 8/1

Runs Scored

3 Runs

A Shafique

5 (14)

B Azam

3 (2)

J Anderson

2-0-4-1

2.6 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

2.5 0

Anderson rolls his fingers on this one, it is fuller, Shafique plays it to covers.

2.4 3

Three more! Azam is off the mark! Shorter and on off, he stands tall and pushes it through covers for three.

2.3 0

Good length and on off, Azam defends it solidly.

2.2 W 0

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Imam waited for a long time, had a long chat with his partner but then decides to walk back! A duck for Imam and England strike early. Just what they would have wanted. This is a back of a length delivery, just outside off. Imam-ul-Haq looks to push at it, there is some extra bounce, it takes the outside edge and the keeper does the rest. England celebrate. Imam walks down to his partner but does not review it and that is the right decision as Ultra Edge shows a spike.

2.1 0

Good length and on off, kept out.

Score after 2 overs : 5/0

Runs Scored

4 Runs

A Shafique

5 (12)

Imam

0 (0)

J Leach

1-0-4-0

1.6 0

Slows it up and lands it around off, this is cut but to point.

1.5 0

Slower through the air and outside off, left alone.

1.4 0

Slightly shorter again and just around off, Abdullah Shafique cuts but finds point.

1.3 0

That is a beauty! This is tossed up on off, it lands and turns away. Abdullah Shafique is beaten as he tries to defend.

1.2 0

Flatter and on middle, this is defended.

1.1 4

FOUR! Hammered! This is shorter and outside off, Abdullah Shafique rocks back and slams it through covers for a boundary.

Score after 1 overs : 1/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Shafique

1 (6)

Imam

0 (0)

J Anderson

1-0-1-0

0.6 1

Abdullah Shafique and Pakistan are underway! On middle, Abdullah Shafique looks to defend, it goes off the inner half through square leg for one.

0.5 0

On the pads, Abdullah Shafique looks to flick but misses, it hits the pad and rolls on the leg side.

0.4 0

Angled into the pads, Abdullah Shafique works it to mid-wicket.

0.3 0

On the stumps, kept out.

0.2 0

On off, Abdullah Shafique gets right behind the line and keeps it out.

0.1 0

Solid from Abdullah Shafique! Length and on middle, he defends it out.

Courage, belief and the ability to play one’s best cricket under pressure - These are the traits that have defined Ben Stokes, the cricketer, over the years. He was handed over the captaincy of the Test side some months back in the hope to imbibe some of these qualities into the Test side and the way he and his team has responded is simply astonishing. After pulling off a miraculous home summer in Test cricket, England have now started the Asian journey with a bang. The home team, Pakistan are on the back foot after being handed a shock defeat in the first Test match and with series on the line, it would be interesting to see how both teams go about their business in this second Test at Multan. The defeat in the first Test match at Rawalpindi was a shock for Pakistan because, for the most part of it, any other result than a draw seems improbable as the wicket seems as flat as any of those perfectly made express highways in the world. However, the adventurous decision to declare from Ben Stokes with a lead of 342 runs at Tea on Day 4, opened the possibilities of a win for both sides and though the pitch was favourable for batting, Pakistan crumbled under pressure in the final session of Day 5 to hand England a memorable win. The pace-duo of James Anderson and Ollie Robinson showed some tremendous skills on the final day and picked four wickets each in the final innings of a Test match. Also, in a Test where 1768 runs were scored, the third-most runs ever scored in a Test match, England managed to pick 20 wickets which surely is a commendable effort from the bowling group that has flown under the radar in recent times with England’s aggressive batting taking centrestage. Now, let’s just take a moment to talk about the batting performances in the first Test match. A total of seven centuries were scored in the match, four by English batters and three by Pakistani batters. However, the rate at which England scored runs in both innings was quite exhilarating. The debutant, Harry Brook was the standout performer in both innings with the bat while Will Jacks also made a strong impression with six wickets in the first innings and handy contributions with the bat. Pakistan also put up a big score on the board in the first innings with centuries by both their openers and Babar Azam but in the second innings, none of the batters could convert their starts into a substantial score. Pakistan are playing at home and the loss in the first Test match would be hurting them. Also, they would be hoping that spin will play a bigger part in Multan which might turn out to be the best possible way to stop this belligerent English unit. The leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood did pick up six wickets in the first Test and it would also be interesting to see what combination both teams prefer if the pitch turns out to be more conducive for spin bowling. Mark Wood is fit for England and is expected to play in this second Test match. The pressure is on Pakistan and there is no doubt that England will come out all guns blazing again. It promises to be another exciting Test match. Will this ‘Bazball’ approach take England to a famous series victory? Or will Pakistan show that they are the real Sultans of Multan? Let’s find out.

Have to assume the wicket will be at its best on Day 1 and probably Day 2 and Pakistan need to cash in. They will be wanting to take the lead as they will be batting last. Can the big names in their XI come to the fore. England on the other hand, will once again rely on their pacers to do the job for them. However, the wicket was assisting the spinners in the first innings, will the English pacers come to the fore though again?
For Pakistan, it was hard work before Abrar Ahmed weaved his magic. The pacers did not get a lot of assistance from the wicket and they struggled to pick wickets. Abrar Ahmed though spun a web and was on course of taking all 10. However, Zahid Mahmood contributed towards the end as he helped his side clean the tail up.
England, won't be very disappointed with the score they have! It is we feel, an in-between total on a wicket which did assist the bowlers. England actually were off to a really good start. They 145 for 2 but once Root fell, it was a procession, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. They tried to counter-attack but Pakistan always managed to break the stand which was starting to flourish. However, because of the way England batted, they have got themselves close to the 300-run mark.
It is Abrar Ahmed who leads Pakistan off the field and a standing ovation from the crowd here for him! He totally deserves it. Absolutely brilliant and he has had a dream debut. He is surely the reason for England being bowled out on Day 1 itself. He has 7 out of the 10 to fall and this game so far, is surely about him.
51.4 W 0

OUT! TIMBER! Pakistan finally get the last wicket! This is tossed up, slower and on off, James Anderson looks to play the switch hit but is done in by the dip n the delivery, it hits thew stumps. ENGLAND ARE ALL OUT FOR 281!

51.3 0

On middle, this is pushed to cover.

51.2 1

Outside off, this is carved out towards deep point for one.

51.1 1

On middle, this is swept through square leg for one.

Score after 51 overs : 279/9

Runs Scored

15 Runs

M Wood

35 (26)

J Anderson

6 (4)

A Ahmed

22-1-114-7

50.6 4

FOUR! Shorter and around off, Wood looks to cut, this goes off the top edge, lands just short of Imam-ul-Haq who lets it through. Boundary.

50.5 4

FOUR! Over the fielder! Wood is dealing in boundaries! Outside off, this is slapped over cover for another boundary. 300 now looks possible.

50.4 4

FOUR! Just wide of the fielder at deep mid on! Wood steps out, he gets to the pitch of it and hits it wide of the fielder at mid on who is slightly deep. A boundary.

50.3 0

Big swing and a miss! Outside off, Wood looks to go over the leg side but misses.

50.2 lb 2

The last pair continues to frustrate Pakistan! On middle, Wood looks to sweep, it goes off the pad and towards fine leg for two.

50.1 1

Fuller and outside off, Anderson pushes at it, it goes off the outside edge down towards deep point for one.

Score after 50 overs : 264/9

Runs Scored

13 Runs

M Wood

23 (21)

J Anderson

5 (3)

Z Mahmood

7-0-61-2

49.6 0

Just about misses the off pole! This is slower again and it is outside off. Wood looks to play the slog sweep but misses.

49.5 4

FOUR! Put away! This is poor bowling! This is short and on middle, asking to be hit, Wood pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

49.4 0

Really well bowled! Floats it up on off, this lands and turns away. Wood is beaten as he tries to defend.

49.3 4

FOUR! Through mid-wicket now! Floats it up on middle, Wood goes for the slog sweep, it goes off the inner half through mid-wicket for a boundary.

49.2 4

FOUR! Up and over! Mark Wood steps out, he gets to the pitch of the ball, hits it over cover with the turn for a boundary.

49.1 1

On middle, this is worked through square leg for one.

Score after 49 overs : 251/9

Runs Scored

2 Runs

M Wood

11 (16)

J Anderson

4 (2)

A Ahmed

21-1-101-7

48.6 0

Shorter and on middle, this is pushed to cover.

48.5 0

On middle, this lands and turns back in. Mark Wood looks to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal but going down leg.

48.4 0

On the stumps, kept out.

48.3 2

250 up for England! Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.

48.2 0

On off, defended.

48.1 0

Slightly shorter and outside off, Wood looks to cut but is beaten.

Score after 48 overs : 249/9

Runs Scored

8 Runs

J Anderson

4 (2)

M Wood

9 (10)

Z Mahmood

6-0-48-2

47.6 4

FOUR! Just a run away from the 250-run mark then! On off, James Anderson plays the reverse sweep, gets on top of the bounce and hits it down to the third man fence.

47.5 0

No hat-trick for Zahid! On middle, this is defended.

47.4 W 0

OUT! TIMBER! Two in two for Zahid Mahmood and England are 9 down now! Very uncharacteristic of Leach. He looks to play the switch hit but this is bowled slower yet again and on the stumps. Leach is through his shot and it hits the stumps. Can England be bowled under 250 now?

47.3 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! Finally, a wicket for a Pakistan bowler other than Abrar Ahmed! One thing is for sure now, he won't be taking a ten-fer. This is tossed up nicely on middle, a lot slower. Ollie Robinson goes for the slog sweep again, this one flies off the top edge towards mid on. Mohammad Nawaz takes an easy catch.

47.2 4

FOUR! This time gets hold of it! The slog sweep is out and he nails it over the mid-wicket fielder for a boundary. All these are handy runs for England.

47.1 0

Ollie Robinson straightaway goes after Zahid Mahmood! He steps out but yorks himself. He jams it out to mid on.

Score after 47 overs : 241/7

Runs Scored

8 Runs

M Wood

9 (10)

O Robinson

1 (11)

A Ahmed

20-1-99-7

46.6 0

Shorter and on off, Wood pushes it to covers.

46.5 0

On off, Wood gets right behind the line and defends.

46.4 4

FOUR! Pulled away! Slightly short and asking to be hit! This is hit over mid-wicket for a boundary.

46.3 0

On middle, blocked.

46.2 4

FOUR! Off the inside edge! Tossed up on off, this one lands and comes back in. Wood looks to drive but it goes off the inside edge past the leg pole and down to the fine leg fence.

46.1 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

Score after 46 overs : 233/7

Runs Scored

2 Runs

M Wood

1 (4)

O Robinson

1 (11)

M Nawaz

12-0-46-0

45.6 1

A single as this is played to point.

45.5 0

On the stumps, defended.

45.4 0

Fires it on middle, blocked.

45.3 1

Flatter and on off, Ollie Robinson keeps it out.

45.2 0

Slightly shorter, this lands and turns away. Ollie Robinson initially thought of pulling it but then defends.

45.1 0

Flatter and on middle, defended.

Score after 45 overs : 231/7

Runs Scored

2 Runs

M Wood

0 (1)

O Robinson

0 (8)

A Ahmed

19-1-91-7

44.6 0

Googly, outside off. Wood prods and defends.

44.5 W 0

OUT! LBW! THAT LOOKED PLUMB! Jacks sents it upstairs though. Is this the seventh wicket for Ahmed? Ultra Edge shows no bat. Ball Tracking shows it is umpire's call on wickets hitting. That means Ahmed has his seventh wicket now. WOW! Ahmed flights it full and on off, it lands and spins away. Jacks looks to slog-sweep but misses and gets hit on the back pad. England retain the review but lose the final known batter. What a day Abrar is having.

44.4 2

Tossed up, outside off, swept to deep square leg for two.

44.3 0

On middle, stays low and Jacks blocks it out.

44.2 0

Flatter and on leg. Jacks leans and chips it to mid-wicket. Luckily, the ball falls short of the man at mid-wicket.

44.1 0

Outside off, blocked out.

Score after 44 overs : 229/6

Runs Scored

1 Runs

O Robinson

0 (8)

W Jacks

29 (39)

M Nawaz

11-0-44-0

43.6 0

Flatter, quicker and on off. Robinson pushes it to cover. Jacks wants a single but is sent back.

43.5 0

Full and on middle. Robinson defends it out.

43.4 0

This one lands on off and spins away. Robinson is squared up as he looks to defend. The extra bounce saves him there.

43.3 0

Angles a full ball on off. Defended out.

43.2 0

Outside off. Robinson comes down the track to block.

43.1 1

Shorter and on off, punched to long off for a single.

Score after 43 overs : 228/6

Runs Scored

0 Runs

O Robinson

0 (3)

W Jacks

28 (38)

A Ahmed

18-1-89-6

42.6 0

On off. Robinson uses his feet to keep it out.

42.5 0

Full and on off. Defended.

42.4 0

Tossed up, outside off. Robinson blocks it out.

42.3 W 0

OUT! TIMBER! Another one for Abrar! He continues to live a dream! Stokes didn't pick it at all. What a delivery and Stokes has his mouth open as the ball hits the stumps. Tossed up. This one lands on leg and spins away sharply. The length was perfect. Stokes is drawn forward to defend but does so inside the line and beats him on the outside edge. It goes past the blade and hits the stumps.

42.2 0

On the pads again, Stokes tucks it to short leg.

42.1 0

Full and on leg, Stokes keeps it out.

Score after 42 overs : 228/5

Runs Scored

10 Runs

W Jacks

28 (38)

B Stokes

30 (35)

M Nawaz

10-0-43-0

41.6 2

Flatter and outside off. Jacks punches it to deep cover. A misfield and two runs are taken.

41.5 0

Another solid defense from Jacks.

41.4 0

Full and on off, played back to the bowler.

41.3 1

On middle, turning in, flicked to mid-wicket for one.

41.2 1

Outside off, Jacks punches it to deep cover for a single.

41.1 6

SIX! Boundaries are coming now for England! Nawaz floats it full and on off. Jacks gets low and smacks it over long on for a six.

Score after 41 overs : 218/5

Runs Scored

10 Runs

B Stokes

29 (34)

W Jacks

19 (33)

A Ahmed

17-0-89-5

40.6 0

Googly again on middle, kept out.

40.5 0

This is a googly, full and on the pads. Stokes misses his sweep and gets hit on the pads. An appeal for LBW and the finger stays down. That pitched outside the line however Babar Azam is convinced by his fellow players to take it upstairs. Ultra Edge shows no bat. Ball Tracking shows it pitched way, way outside leg. Review lost.

40.4 0

On the pads, hit to mid-wicket.

40.3 4

FOUR NOW! Stokes changing gears now. A loopy ball, outside off. Stokes charges down again as he lofts it over mid off for a boundary.

40.2 0

On leg, pushed straight to mid-wicket.

40.1 6

SIX! Stokes hits one now! Pressure on Ahmed! Tossed up on off. Stokes comes down the track and smashes it down to long on for a biggie. Pre-meditated shot.

Score after 40 overs : 208/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

W Jacks

19 (33)

B Stokes

19 (28)

M Nawaz

9-0-33-0

39.6 0

Loopy ball on middle, Jacks bunts it to mid-wicket.

39.5 0

On off, kept out.

39.4 1

Full and this is worked to long on for a single.

39.3 0

Shorter and spinning on middle. Stokes hits it to cover.

39.2 0

This is down the leg side. Stokes follows it and works it to mid-wicket.

39.1 0

Flat and around off. Defended out.

Score after 39 overs : 207/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

B Stokes

18 (24)

W Jacks

19 (31)

A Ahmed

16-0-79-5

38.6 1

A googly on middle. Stokes strokes it to point for one.

38.5 lb 3

Three leg byes! Down the leg side. Jacks looks to pull but gloves it past the keeper and to fine leg for three runs.

38.4 0

Tad short and on off. Jacks bunts it to mid-wicket.

38.3 0

Tossed up, angling on middle. Blocked.

38.2 1

On the pads. Stokes looks to pull but gets a under edge onto the pads and to third man for a single.

38.1 0

Very full and on off. Stokes blocks it out.

Score after 38 overs : 202/5

Runs Scored

8 Runs

W Jacks

19 (28)

B Stokes

16 (21)

M Nawaz

8-0-32-0

37.6 0

On off, kept out.

37.5 0

On off, punched straight to cover.

37.4 6

SIX! BANG! What a shot! Fuller and on middle. Jacks controls his loft well as he hits it over long off for a biggie. 200 up!

37.3 1

A full toss and it is eased to long on for one more.

37.2 1

Flatter and outside off, Jacks punches off the back foot to sweeper cover for one.

37.1 0

Tossed up, outside off, kept out.

Score after 37 overs : 194/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

W Jacks

12 (23)

B Stokes

15 (20)

A Ahmed

15-0-77-5

36.6 b 1

Bye! Short on middle, a googly. Jacks looks to cut but misses, he fails to read and the ball goes over the middle pole and to fine leg for a bye.

36.5 0

Fuller and on middle. Jacks gets on the front foot to defend.

36.4 0

On middle, nudged to mid-wicket.

36.3 0

Outside off, Jacks reverse sweeps it to point.

36.2 4

FOUR! Good shot! Fuller and on middle. Jacks sweeps it fine past square leg for a boundary.

36.1 0

Full and on off. Jacks leans and defends.

Score after 36 overs : 189/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

B Stokes

15 (20)

W Jacks

8 (17)

M Nawaz

7-0-24-0

35.6 0

On middle, tucked to mid-wicket.

35.5 1

Flatter and outside off. Jacks drives on the up but in the vacant cover region for a single.

35.4 0

Full and on off, pushed straight to the left of mid off.

35.3 2

Two more as Jacks hits it through mid-wicket for a couple.

35.2 2

This is full and on middle, Jacks sweeps it to fine leg for a couple.

35.1 0

Full and on middle, blocked out.

Score after 35 overs : 184/5

Runs Scored

3 Runs

W Jacks

3 (12)

B Stokes

15 (19)

A Ahmed

14-0-73-5

34.6 1

Full and outside off, driven wide of covers for a single.

34.5 0

Flatter and outside off. Jacks punches it to cover.

34.4 0

Full and outside off, driven to the left of cover. Good stop.

34.3 0

Too full and sliding on the pads. Jacks misses his sweep and gets hit on the pads.

34.2 1

Fuller and on leg, eased to long on for a single.

34.1 1

On the pads, clipped to square leg for a single.

Abrar Ahmed to bowl from the other end.

Score after 34 overs : 181/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

B Stokes

14 (18)

W Jacks

1 (7)

M Nawaz

6-0-19-0

33.6 0

This one spins in sharply on middle. Blocked out.

33.5 0

Fuller and on middle, flicked to mid-wicket.

33.4 1

first run after the break. Shorter and outside off. Jacks punches it through covers for a single.

33.3 0

Tossed up on off. Jacks prods to defend.

33.2 0

Flat, around off. Jacks punches it to cover.

33.1 0

Tossed up, outside off, spinning away. Jacks looks to push but misses.

We are back. The players are out in the middle. Mohammad Nawaz to start after the break.
...Day 1, Session 2...
At the start of the match, it looked like it will be a hard, toiling day for the Pakistani bowlers as there was nothing much for the seamers but once the spinners were introduced the tides changed the direction. Abrar Ahmed would have thought about a wicket or so against the mighty English players but he was disciplined with his line and lengths and the youngsters ended with a five-fer. England on the other hand kept the counter attacking approach rolling. Ben Duckett and Ollie Pope led from the front and runs were easy to come at one stage. They added more than 100 with both scoring fifties but both fell in the process. Root and Brook didn't add much. England now have lost half of the side but still have a bit of batting left. They might tweak their approach as they look for a big score. A fascinating start to the Test. Let's hope the post-Lunch session is as entertaining as the first one. Do join us back after the break.
A much, much better performance from Pakistan and they have made the most of the pitch. What an impressive debut for Ahmed. A five-fer on debut, stuff of dreams, take a bow. He leads his team as the Pakistani players walk off. Brilliant bowling.

Score after 33 overs : 180/5

Runs Scored

10 Runs

B Stokes

14 (16)

W Jacks

0 (3)

A Ahmed

13-0-70-5

32.6 0

Tossed up, outside off, turning in. Stokes rocks back and defends it out. That will be Lunch on Day 1.

32.5 0

Full, outside off and a leggie. Stokes keeps it out.

32.4 4

FOUR! Well played! Tad short, outside off. Stokes slaps it through covers for four more.

32.3 2

Fuller and outside off. Stokes lofts it, again not timed well and there was a fielder standing at mid off who tracks back but it goes over. Two runs. Brave shot.

32.2 4

FOUR! Good shot! Angles a full ball on middle, it is swept to deep square leg for a boundary.

32.1 0

Full and on off. Blocked out.

Score after 32 overs : 170/5

Runs Scored

3 Runs

W Jacks

0 (3)

B Stokes

4 (10)

M Nawaz

5-0-18-0

31.6 0

Full, slanting on middle. Jacks gets forward to defend.

31.5 0

Tossed up, outside off. Jacks splices his defense to point.

31.4 3

Full and on off, Stokes reverse hits it past point for three runs.

31.3 0

Tossed up, outside off and it spins in. Stokes prods across to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads as he tries to defend with his bat across. That looked outside the line. Babar Azam is riding his luck as he takes the review. Ultra Edge shows no bat, that is actually very tight to call as the bat and pad were very close. The third umpire stays with the on-field decision and it remains not out. Anyways, it is pitching outside the line.

31.2 0

Flatter and on off, Stokes makes room and punches it to cover.

31.1 0

Flatter and on the pads, tucked to mid-wicket.

Score after 31 overs : 167/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

W Jacks

0 (1)

B Stokes

1 (6)

A Ahmed

12-0-60-5

30.6 0

On off. Jacks blocks it out.

30.5 W 0

OUT! HIGH IN THE AIR AND IS TAKEN! Five-fer for Ahmed. What a brilliant start to his career! The Pakistani players are all around the youngster as they celebrate the milestone. What a moment for him. Single-handedly kept England on the back foot. Ahmed tosses it up, outside off, it turns away. Brook tries to loft it high past mid off but toe ends his shot, it goes more off the outer half of the bat and high to mid off. Mohammad Nawaz takes the skier there before tumbling on the ground.

30.4 1

Full and on off. Stokes is off the mark as he reverse sweeps it to deep point for one.

30.3 0

A googly, outside off. Stokes keeps it out.

30.2 0

Full and on off. Stokes uses his feet to negotiate it out.

30.1 0

Tossed up on middle. Stokes rocks back and blocks it.

Score after 30 overs : 166/4

Runs Scored

2 Runs

H Brook

9 (20)

B Stokes

0 (2)

M Nawaz

4-0-15-0

29.6 0

Angling on leg, punched straight to mid-wicket.

29.5 0

Tossed up on off, Brook steps forward and works it to point.

29.4 2

Shorter and outside off. Brook cuts it through point and wide of deep cover for a couple.

29.3 0

Flatter and on midde. Brook again defends it out.

29.2 0

Tossed up on middle. Brook prods and defends.

29.1 0

Another solid defense from Brook.

Score after 29 overs : 164/4

Runs Scored

2 Runs

B Stokes

0 (2)

H Brook

7 (14)

A Ahmed

11-0-59-4

28.6 0

On middle, kept out.

28.5 0

Flatter and on middle. Blocked out.

28.4 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! just at the stroke of Lunch, Pope goes and he is livid with himself. Ahmed continues to flourish on his debut. Floats one on middle. Pope looks to reverse sweep but gets a top edge to point where Abdullah Shafique takes a simple catch.

28.3 0

Flatter and on middle, nudged to mid-wicket.

28.2 0

On off, kept out.

28.1 2

On the pads, clipped to deep square leg for a couple.

Score after 28 overs : 162/3

Runs Scored

9 Runs

H Brook

7 (14)

O Pope

58 (57)

M Nawaz

3-0-13-0

27.6 2

JUST OVER! Fuller and around off. Brook comes down the track and drives on the up, slices it over the leaping extra cover fielder for a couple.

27.5 0

On off, pushed to mid off.

27.4 1

Fuller and on middle, Pope uses his feet as he eases it to mid on for one.

27.3 4

FOUR! A full toss and Pope takes it well as he hits it through mid-wicket for a boundary. In the gap for four.

27.2 0

Full and on middle, played back to the bowler.

27.1 2

Tad short and on middle. Pope pulls it past mid-wicket for a brace.

Score after 27 overs : 153/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

H Brook

5 (12)

O Pope

51 (53)

A Ahmed

10-0-57-3

26.6 0

On middle, quicker. Brook blocks it out.

26.5 0

Full and on off. Brook drives it hard but straight to cover.

26.4 0

Drifting this one on off. Brook picks it up and defends.

26.3 0

Around off. Brook punches it to point.

26.2 0

Tossed up on middle. Brook defends on the back foot.

26.1 1

Shorter and outside off, Pope strokes it to point for one.

Score after 26 overs : 152/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

H Brook

5 (7)

O Pope

50 (52)

M Nawaz

2-0-4-0

25.6 0

Tossed up on middle. Brook rocks back and defends it out.

25.5 0

Angles a full ball on middle. Brook defends it out.

25.4 0

Very full and on middle. Brook dead bats it.

25.3 1

Excellent from Pope! Fifty for him! A quick one from him! Full and on middle, drilled to mid on for a sharp single.

25.2 0

Full and on middle. Pope defends on the front foot.

25.1 0

Tossed up on off, kept out.

Score after 25 overs : 151/3

Runs Scored

6 Runs

H Brook

5 (4)

O Pope

49 (49)

A Ahmed

9-0-56-3

24.6 0

On middle, blocked out.

24.5 4

FOUR! Brook doesn't take much time to hit one away! Shorter and on middle. Brook pulls it over mid on for a boundary. 150 up!

24.4 1

Shorter and on middle, punched to deep cover for a single.

24.3 1

Flatter and outside off. Brook punches it through covers for a single.

24.2 0

Full and on off, defended out.

24.1 W 0

OUT! LBW! A long and agonizing wait for Root but he has to go. Abrar Ahmed again convinces his captain to take an LBW decision upstairs. Might be just pitching out. No bat clearly so it all depends on the Ball Tracking. THREE REDS. Once again, fantastic review from Pakistan. Abrar Ahmed has his third wicket. What a delivery again. This one lands on leg and turns back in. Joe Root waits on the back foot to punch it away but gets rapped on the back foot. An appeal and the finger stays down. The review took time to load but eventually ended in Pakistan's favour.

Score after 24 overs : 145/2

Runs Scored

7 Runs

O Pope

48 (48)

J Root

8 (10)

M Nawaz

1-0-3-0

23.6 0

Flatter and outside off, punched to Nawaz.

23.5 lb 4

FOUR LEG BYES! Outside off. Pope looks to reverse hit but misses. It hits his arms and goes past the keeper to the third man fence.

23.4 2

Fuller and around off. Pope reverse sweeps it past point for a couple of runs. Poor fielding there.

23.3 0

Outside off, pushed to point.

23.2 1

Flatter and outside off, punched through covers for a single.

23.1 0

Nawaz starts with a full ball on middle. Defended out.

Score after 23 overs : 138/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

O Pope

46 (44)

J Root

7 (8)

A Ahmed

8-0-50-2

22.6 0

Tossed up, drifting on leg. Pope reverse sweeps it to point.

22.5 1

Waits for the ball to turn on the pads, it is flicked to square leg for one.

22.4 1

Tosses it up, outside off. Pope comes down the pitch and eases it through covers for a single.

22.3 2

Shorter and on middle. Pope bunts it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

22.2 0

On middle, kept out.

22.1 1

Loopy ball on middle. Root nudges it to square leg for one.

Score after 22 overs : 133/2

Runs Scored

7 Runs

J Root

5 (6)

O Pope

43 (40)

Z Mahmood

5-0-40-0

21.6 1

On off, driven to long off for one.

21.5 3

Slightly short and on middle. Pope clips it past mid-wicket. The fielder from square leg covers a lot of ground and saves a single.

21.4 0

Flatter and on off. Blocked out.

21.3 1

Tossed up on middle. Root prods to defend, it drifts away before helding up, takes the outside edge past first slip for one.

21.2 0

Floated full and on middle, nudged to short leg.

21.1 2

Flatter and on middle. Root flicks it through square leg for a couple.

Score after 21 overs : 126/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

O Pope

40 (38)

J Root

1 (2)

A Ahmed

7-0-45-2

20.6 0

Better from Ahmed. Showing good discipline on his debut match. On middle, kept out.

20.5 0

On middle, Pope stays back and defends.

20.4 0

Quicker, outside off. Pope looks to push but the ball tails in and takes the inside edge.

20.3 1

Root is off the mark! Tossed up, outside off, punched to covers for one.

20.2 1

Short again, outside off, Pope slaps it through cover for one.

20.1 2

Short and outside off. Pope cuts it through point for a brace.

Score after 20 overs : 122/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

J Root

0 (1)

O Pope

37 (33)

Z Mahmood

4-0-33-0

19.6 0

Shorter and outside off, left alone.

19.5 1

Full and outside off, driven through covers for a single.

19.4 0

On middle, kept out.

19.3 4

FOUR! Pope continues to play shots! Too full and outside off, it is hit through covers for a boundary.

19.2 0

Short and down leg, this one stays low and turns back in. Pope mistimes his pull back on the deck.

19.1 0

Full and on middle, driven to cover.

Score after 19 overs : 117/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

B Duckett

63 (49)

O Pope

32 (28)

A Ahmed

6-0-41-2

18.6 W 0

OUT! LBW! THREE REDS! A brilliant review from Babar Azam and he finally gets a decision to his favour. Second wicket for the debutant. Ahmed bowls it flat and on middle, slower in the air. Duckett tries to sweep but misses and gets pinged on the pads. An appeal for LBW but it looked like pitching out of the line. Babar Azam thinks and in the dying seconds takes the review. No bat there and the Ball Tracking shows three reds on it. Duckett goes after a fine innings.

18.5 0

Tossed up on middle. Duckett looks to flick but gets a leading edge back to the bowler.

18.4 2

Down the leg side. Duckett paddles it to fine leg for a couple of runs.

18.3 0

On the pads, nudged to mid-wicket.

18.2 0

On middle, kept out.

18.1 0

Duckett is given LBW and after a conversation with his partner, Pope, he takes the review. That looks very close. UltraEdge shows that it has HIT THE GLOVE. The bat hits the ground at that time but the third umpire stays with his decision, it is gloves first. Too full, quicker and around middle and leg. Duckett looks to sweep but seems to miss and gets hit on the pads. The replay later shows it was gloves first. Duckett survives this time.

Score after 18 overs : 115/1

Runs Scored

18 Runs

B Duckett

61 (43)

O Pope

32 (28)

Z Mahmood

3-0-28-0

17.6 1

On the pads, flicked to mid-wicket for a single. 18 runs off the over.

17.5 4

FOUR! Spinners are leaking runs. Time for Babar Azam to put his mind on work. Shorter and outside off. Duckett slaps it through covers, hard and in the gap for four.

17.4 6

SIX! BANG! Floated on middle. Duckett slogs it hard over mid-wicket for a biggie. First of the game.

17.3 2

Tossed up on middle. Duckett laps it away. Babar Azam from first slips anticipates it well and runs across quickly but is not that quick to stop the ball. Two runs at fine leg. That is fifty for Duckett! He is in a fine form. A good show from him so far.

17.2 1

Around off, pushed through covers for a single.

17.1 4

FOUR! Runs keep on coming. 100 up! Tossed up on middle. Pope reverse sweeps it through point for yet another boundary.

Score after 17 overs : 97/1

Runs Scored

11 Runs

B Duckett

48 (39)

O Pope

27 (26)

A Ahmed

5-0-39-1

16.6 4

FOUR! That is hit hard! Floated outside off. Duckett reverse sweeps it again through covers, in the vacant space for four more.

16.5 0

Flatter and on off. Duckett blocks it out.

16.4 4

FOUR! It is sweep or reverse sweep from Duckett till now. They have done well to see out spin. Ahmed is a bit short though here. Duckett reverse hits it through covers for a boundary.

16.3 1

On middle, drilled to long on for a single.

16.2 1

Flighted ball on middle. Duckett sweeps it to deep square leg for a single. The 50-stand is up.

16.1 1

Shorter and on off. Pope punches it through cover for a single.

Score after 16 overs : 86/1

Runs Scored

7 Runs

B Duckett

39 (35)

O Pope

25 (24)

Z Mahmood

2-0-10-0

15.6 0

Too full, quicker and around off. Duckett mistimes his sweep and it rolls back on the deck. 7 runs off it, 17 off last two.

15.5 1

Full and outside off, driven to cover for a single.

15.4 1

Another sweep! On middle, swept to deep square leg for one.

15.3 1

Too full and on middle, Pope nudges it wide of mid on for a single.

15.2 2

Floated on off. Pope drives through covers for a brace.

15.1 2

Two runs. Tossed up on middle. Pope again uses his feet to reverse hit it past point for a couple of runs. Busy on the pitch.

Score after 15 overs : 79/1

Runs Scored

10 Runs

O Pope

19 (20)

B Duckett

38 (33)

A Ahmed

4-0-28-1

14.6 1

Shorter and on off. Pope uses his feet and reverse sweeps it to square leg for one. Not an orthodox shot from Pope.

14.5 4

FOUR! Connected well! On middle. Pope skips down and clips it past mid on for four runs.

14.4 3

Three runs! Tossed up on middle. Duckett sweeps but gets a top edge to deep square leg. It flies in the air but falls just in front of the fielder there. It bounces and turns away, making the fielder wrong footed but he reacts quickly to get up, rush back and flick it back near the ropes. Three runs.

14.3 0

Flatter and around off. Duckett looks to reverse sweep now but misses as the ball turns away.

14.2 1

Tossed up, outside off. Pope knocks it through cover for a single.

14.1 1

A juicy full toss on middle, Duckett sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Score after 14 overs : 69/1

Runs Scored

3 Runs

O Pope

13 (17)

B Duckett

34 (30)

Z Mahmood

1-0-3-0

13.6 2

On middle. Pope reverse hits it past point for a couple of runs.

13.5 0

Ollie Pope is given LBW but he refers it upstairs. To the naked eye it looks like there is some glove on it. Yes, the players have already taken their position as they see the replay. Tossed up on middle, slower through the air. Pope looks to reverse sweep but gets his on the gloves. Ollie Pope survives.

13.4 0

Beaten yet again! Tossed up on leg, this one lands and turns away. Pope is beaten all ends up as he looks to defend.

13.3 0

Zahid Mahmood goes quicker, outside off, this one again turns away. Pope prods to defend but gets beaten on the outside edge. That was close to the stumps.

13.2 0

Full and outside off, turning away. Pope stays back to block it out.

13.1 1

Zahid Mahmood starts with a full ball, outside off, swept through square leg for one. It was hit in the air and Imam-ul-Haq at short leg gets hit on his right ankle. He needs a bit of assistance.

Score after 13 overs : 66/1

Runs Scored

1 Runs

O Pope

11 (12)

B Duckett

33 (29)

A Ahmed

3-0-18-1

12.6 0

Tossed up on off. Pope blocks it off the front foot.

12.5 0

A slower full ball on off. Pope watchfully keeps it out.

12.4 0

Fuller and on middle. Pope skips down and nudges it to mid-wicket.

12.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

12.2 1

Flights it full and on off, swept to square leg for one.

12.1 0

Floated, full and outside off. Duckett looks to sweep but misses it completely.

Score after 12 overs : 65/1

Runs Scored

10 Runs

O Pope

11 (8)

B Duckett

32 (27)

M Ali

6-1-29-0

11.6 0

On off, kept out.

11.5 2

On middle, this is pulled behind square on the leg side for a couple.

11.4 1

Short again, pulled to deep square leg for one.

11.3 4

FOUR! Ali needs to get better with his line. This is short and on middle, sits nicely and Duckett stays back to pull through mid-wicket for a boundary.

11.2 1

On a length and around off. Pope punches it to mid on and calls for a quick single. A shy at the bowler's end but Pope was in.

11.1 2

Too straight and on middle. Pope flicks it through mid-wicket for easy two.

Score after 11 overs : 55/1

Runs Scored

11 Runs

O Pope

6 (4)

B Duckett

27 (25)

A Ahmed

2-0-17-1

10.6 1

Outside off, Pope bunts it to square leg for one. Pope wants another run but is sent back quickly.

10.5 1

On middle, swept to deep square leg for one.

10.4 4

FOUR! This time through the air. Tossed up on middle. Duckett slog-sweeps it over mid-wicket and in the gap for four more.

10.3 4

FOUR! Good shot! Too full and on middle. Duckett sweeps it past mid-wicket for four.

10.2 1

Full and on middle, Pope nudges it wide of mid-wicket for a single.

10.1 0

This is way outside off, driven to cover.

Score after 10 overs : 44/1

Runs Scored

2 Runs

B Duckett

18 (22)

O Pope

4 (1)

M Ali

5-1-19-0

9.6 0

Very full and on middle. Duckett hits nicely straight down but Ali gets a big hand on it.

9.5 2

Tries a slower bouncer on middle. Duckett pulls it to deep mid-wicket for two.

9.4 0

On middle, Ben Duckett again blocks it.

9.3 0

Full and on off. Kept out.

9.2 0

On middle, pushed back to the bowler. It hits the stumps on the other side but Mohammad Ali probably didn't get any skin on it.

9.1 0

On middle, defended out.

Score after 9 overs : 42/1

Runs Scored

6 Runs

O Pope

4 (1)

B Duckett

16 (16)

A Ahmed

1-0-6-1

8.6 4

FOUR! Pope already shows innovation. Very full and on middle. Pope switch hits it past short third man for a boundary. Some way to get off the mark.

8.5 W 0

OUT! BOWLED! What a moment for the debutant! A dream debut already! What a delivery from the young leggie. This one goes through the gate. A loopy full ball, outside off, a wrong 'un and Crawley fails to read it. He lunges forward to defend it away from the body but the ball spins in, goes through the gap and hits the stumps. A wonderful piece of bowling and Pakistan get the breakthrough. A good start for Abrar Ahmed.

8.4 0

Very full and on off. Crawley hits it back to Ahmed.

8.3 0

Tossed up, outside off. Crawley gets across to sweep but cannot get much past of square leg.

8.2 0

Full and outside off. Crawley prods and defends.

8.1 2

Starts with a loopy full ball, outside off. Crawley drives it through covers for two runs. Good thing is there is spin on offer.

Change. The debutant, Abrar Ahmed to bowl now.

Score after 8 overs : 36/0

Runs Scored

9 Runs

B Duckett

16 (16)

Z Crawley

17 (32)

M Ali

4-1-17-0

7.6 0

On a length and on off. Defended out.

7.5 4

FOUR! Find the gap! Nothing for Pakistan at the moment and even the length is just too easy for England. Either too short or too full. This is the latter, on middle and Ben Duckett clips it past mid-wicket for a boundary.

7.4 1

On middle, it is hit to mid-wicket for a single.

7.3 0

On a length and on off. Crawley blocks it.

7.2 0

Length and on off. Zak tucks it to mid on.

7.1 4

FOUR! England have started to find boundaries regularly now. Shorter and outside off. Crawley again punches it beautifully through covers for four.

Score after 7 overs : 27/0

Runs Scored

9 Runs

B Duckett

12 (14)

Z Crawley

12 (28)

F Ashraf

4-1-16-0

6.6 0

Full and on off, pushed to mid off. 9 runs off the over.

6.5 1

Full and on middle. Crawley works it behind square leg for a single.

6.4 3

Short in length and on leg, Ben Duckett clips it through square leg for three more.

6.3 0

On middle, defended out.

6.2 4

FOUR! Finds the gap this time! Too much width, outside off and Ben Duckett gets on it, he hits it through point for four.

6.1 lb 1

Leg bye! Slanting on the pads on a length. Crawley misses his clip and it goes to square leg for a leg bye.

Score after 6 overs : 18/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

B Duckett

5 (10)

Z Crawley

11 (26)

M Ali

3-1-8-0

5.6 0

Good stop by Imam! Short and outside off. Ben Duckett slaps it to point. A maiden for Ali, his first one.

5.5 0

Length and on middle. Ben Duckett nudges it to square leg.

5.4 0

Angles it across the left-hander. Ben works it to cover.

5.3 0

Full and outside off, pushed to cover.

5.2 0

On a length and outside off. Ben Duckett defends it to cover.

5.1 0

Full and on middle, defended back to the bowler.

Score after 5 overs : 18/0

Runs Scored

4 Runs

Z Crawley

11 (26)

B Duckett

5 (4)

F Ashraf

3-1-8-0

4.6 0

Tad full and on off. Crawley keeps it out.

4.5 4

FOUR! Off the middle. Length and on middle. Crawley drives it past mid on and it races into the fence.

4.4 0

An off-cutter from Ashraf, this one doesn't bounce at all and nips back in. Crawley is surprised as he looks to defend and he misses out.

4.3 0

Crawley uses his feet, this is on middle, it is hit to mid-wicket.

4.2 0

Short of a length and on middle. Blocked out.

4.1 0

Short in length and on middle. Crawley drills it but finds mid on.

Score after 4 overs : 14/0

Runs Scored

3 Runs

Z Crawley

7 (20)

B Duckett

5 (4)

M Ali

2-0-8-0

3.6 1

Around off, pushed through covers for a single.

3.5 0

Full and on middle, played to mid on.

3.4 2

Two runs! Short of a length and outside off. Crawley bunts it wide of deep square leg for a couple.

3.3 0

Fuller and around off. Crawley looks to drive but the inward movement generates the inside edge and it goes to mid-wicket.

3.2 0

On a length and around off. Crawley gets on the front foot and makes a solid defense.

3.1 0

Full and on off, kept out.

Score after 3 overs : 11/0

Runs Scored

5 Runs

Z Crawley

4 (14)

B Duckett

5 (4)

F Ashraf

2-1-4-0

2.6 lb 1

Leg bye! Slanting on the pads, helped off the pads to square leg for a leg bye.

2.5 0

Outside off, length and it is blocked out.

2.4 0

Length and on off, tucked to mid-wicket.

2.3 0

Makes it to tail in from outside off. Crawley covers his line and keeps it out.

2.2 4

FOUR! Beautiful shot! Crawley is off the mark! Short in length and outside off. Crawley hangs on the back foot and punches it through point for a boundary.

2.1 0

Length ball, outside off, no sharp movement seen yet but Pakistan have been disciplined. Outside off, punched to cover.

Score after 2 overs : 6/0

Runs Scored

6 Runs

B Duckett

5 (4)

Z Crawley

0 (8)

M Ali

1-0-5-0

1.6 0

On a length and on middle. Defended out.

1.5 lb 1

Leg bye! Angling on the pads, too straight. Crawley fails to miss and it goes off the pads to square leg. A leg bye.

1.4 0

Too wide this time and swings more away. Crawley has nothing to do with it.

1.3 1

Length ball, outside off. Duckett cuts to the left of point. Good fielding, only a single.

1.2 4

FOUR! England and Ben Duckett are underway! Ali errs in line a bit. This is full and on the pads. Duckett tickles it away to fine leg for a boundary.

1.1 0

Ali serves a full ball on middle. Duckett eases it to mid on.

Mohammad Ali to bowl from the other end.

Score after 1 overs : 0/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

Z Crawley

0 (6)

B Duckett

0 (0)

F Ashraf

1-1-0-0

0.6 0

Beaten! Short of a length, outside off. Zak Crawley has a poke and misses. A good start by Pakistan. A maiden to start the proceedings.

0.5 0

A bit fuller, outside off. Zak Crawley gets on the front foot and drives it to mid off.

0.4 0

Length ball, outside off. Zak Crawley punches but finds point.

0.3 0

Faheem Ashraf starts with the channel, outside off. Zak is not tempted and again makes a leave.

0.2 0

This is on a length and outside off, extra bounce this time. Crawley leaves it alone.

0.1 0

Faheem Ashraf starts with a length ball, outside off, bit of away movement. Zak Crawley taps it to point.

We are all set for the action. The Pakistani players are out in the middle. The English openers are Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett. Faheem Ashraf to start with the ball.  Two slips in place. Let's play...
Pakistan (Playing XI) - Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam (C), Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz (In for Mohammad Nawaz), Faheem Ashraf (In for Naseem Shah), Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Ali, Abrar Ahmed (In for Haris Rauf) (On his Debut).
England (Playing XI) - Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope (WK), Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (C), Will Jacks, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood (In for Liam Livingstone), Jack Leach, James Anderson.
TOSS - England have won the toss and will BAT first!
England have made just one change in Liam Livingstone with his injury and have boosted their bowling attack by bringing in Mark Wood. Pakistan might make a few changes as well. Stay tuned for toss and other updates.
Hello everyone to the 2nd Test match between England and Pakistan. We are still not able to get over the extraordinary final minutes scenes at Rawalpindi. On a dead-flat pitch England scratched out a win and now lead this 3-match series. They have shown throughout that match the style they want to play, that is dominating cricket. Pakistan on the other hand had no answers to the banging they got and have no time to think much as they look to level the series here at Multan.
...DAY 1, SESSION 1...
Courage, belief and the ability to play one’s best cricket under pressure - These are the traits that have defined Ben Stokes, the cricketer, over the years. He was handed over the captaincy of the Test side some months back in the hope to imbibe some of these qualities into the Test side and the way he and his team has responded is simply astonishing. After pulling off a miraculous home summer in Test cricket, England have now started the Asian journey with a bang. The home team, Pakistan are on the back foot after being handed a shock defeat in the first Test match and with series on the line, it would be interesting to see how both teams go about their business in this second Test at Multan. The defeat in the first Test match at Rawalpindi was a shock for Pakistan because, for the most part of it, any other result than a draw seems improbable as the wicket seems as flat as any of those perfectly made express highways in the world. However, the adventurous decision to declare from Ben Stokes with a lead of 342 runs at Tea on Day 4, opened the possibilities of a win for both sides and though the pitch was favourable for batting, Pakistan crumbled under pressure in the final session of Day 5 to hand England a memorable win. The pace-duo of James Anderson and Ollie Robinson showed some tremendous skills on the final day and picked four wickets each in the final innings of a Test match. Also, in a Test where 1768 runs were scored, the third-most runs ever scored in a Test match, England managed to pick 20 wickets which surely is a commendable effort from the bowling group that has flown under the radar in recent times with England’s aggressive batting taking centrestage. Now, let’s just take a moment to talk about the batting performances in the first Test match. A total of seven centuries were scored in the match, four by English batters and three by Pakistani batters. However, the rate at which England scored runs in both innings was quite exhilarating. The debutant, Harry Brook was the standout performer in both innings with the bat while Will Jacks also made a strong impression with six wickets in the first innings and handy contributions with the bat. Pakistan also put up a big score on the board in the first innings with centuries by both their openers and Babar Azam but in the second innings, none of the batters could convert their starts into a substantial score. Pakistan are playing at home and the loss in the first Test match would be hurting them. Also, they would be hoping that spin will play a bigger part in Multan which might turn out to be the best possible way to stop this belligerent English unit. The leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood did pick up six wickets in the first Test and it would also be interesting to see what combination both teams prefer if the pitch turns out to be more conducive for spin bowling. Mark Wood is fit for England and is expected to play in this second Test match. The pressure is on Pakistan and there is no doubt that England will come out all guns blazing again. It promises to be another exciting Test match. Will this ‘Bazball’ approach take England to a famous series victory? Or will Pakistan show that they are the real Sultans of Multan? Let’s find out.

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