Abu Dhabi: Drama at the final day of the first test match as Pakistan lost their last five wickets within a span of four overs. England was given a target of 99 which they failed to achieve as bad light ends day’s play. Match ends up without producing a result.
While most of the cricket fans thought about a boring end to the first test, Pakistan and England had some other plans. The final day was full of emotions and drama.
The day started with England resuming from their overnight score 569 for 8, Adil Rashid fell after adding 29 runs more to the total in his partnership with Broad and England’s captain Cook waved his arm to his players and their it was. England declared their innings at 598 for 9. James Anderson didn’t like the decision a bit and his emotions were evident from the balcony.
With a 75 runs lead, England came hard at the Pakistan batting line in the second innings. Anderson took opener Shan Masood and number 3 first innings hero Shoaib Malik in his second over.
Shan went out again in a very unlucky manner; he dragged the ball to his stumps courtesy to a bottom edge. Malik was knocked out completely on a brutal bouncer that left him stranded in the middle. He tried to defend it with is both feet lifted in the air. The ball hit the bat and pops up to Bairstow at short leg.
Muhammad Hafeez started a counter attack and displayed some wonderful strokes in his 34 before he threw his wicket away. Hafeez tried to sneak in a tidy single at covers but Stokes outplayed him with a direct throw and once again Hafeez made himself out on a foolish call.
At 47 for 3 England started developing an urge to win this one. Seniors Misbah and Younis held the innings together and contributed a 66 runs partnership that put Pakistan back with a lead.
But then Younis hit a drastic shot and was caught by Stokes after scoring 45. Finally after a long spell of 265 deliveries, Adil picked up his first wicket of the match. After a few overs he took the wicket of Asad behind the wicket and doubled his tally.
The turning point of the match came when Pakistan captain Misbah showed a rush of blood and was bowled through his gate by spinner Moeen Ali. Misbah hard fought 51 went pointless after this shot and Pakistan became 159 for 6.
The tail was exposed and Adil Rashid ripped through it completely taking three of the last four wickets. He finished off taking 5 for 64. Moeen Ali and James Anderson picked up two wickets each. Pakistan scrambled themselves for 173.
England was presented with a stiff competition between time and runs and they alter the whole top order and went for the chase. Moeen Ali and J Butler were sent in to face the new ball followed by Root, Stokes, Bairstow and Bell.
Each of them tried their best to hit as many runs as possible yet England failed to defy the heavens. Bad light stopped play 9 overs earlier and had they been bowled it was surely a win for England right in the final hour of the day.
England finished up with 74 for 4 at the end. Only 25 runs short of the total. It was a close game for both sides yet it will be Pakistan worrying much about their future in the series.
Pakistan 1st innings
523 for 8 dec (Malik 245, Shafiq 107, Hafeez 98, Stokes 4-57)
Pakistan 2nd Innings
173 (Misbah 51, Rashid 5-64)
England 1st innings
598 for 9 dec (Cook 263, Root 85, Bell 63, Stokes 57)
England 2nd Innings
74 for 4 (Root 33*, Malik 2-25, Babar 2-27)