English bowling spearhead, James Anderson, demolished the Pakistani resistance as they could only manage to pose 234 runs in 85 overs in the first day of the third test match in Sharjah. Pakistan’s captain, Misbah Ul-Haq playing his last test series held the innings together with his middle order assistance of 71 runs but could not help his team reach a big score.
On a pitch where spin bowling was supposed to be the king, “Instead England were kept in a series where the odds have been stacked against them by a masterful display from the undisputed leader of their attack”, quoted the Daily Mail UK. James Anderson scalped four wickets to rattle Pakistan’s batting order with an equally brilliant assistance from Stuart Broad. The two conceded just 30 runs in 28.1 overs leaving hosts almost stroke less in the middle session at their adopted stadium in Sharjah.
Trailing the three-match test series by 1-0 after the humiliating 178 run loss in Dubai triggered England to beef-up their attack as both batting as well as bowling units were humbled by Pakistan’s staunch dominance. England will start Day 2 with 230 runs behind and 10 wickets remaining. England ended the first day at 4 for no loss in 2 overs.
Ben Stokes suffered a serious injury which might be a case of dislocated shoulder, reported ESPNcricinfo. The medical staff was seen taking Stokes out of the field which didn’t look good from England’s point of view.
Alastair Cook looked in prime form all throughout series and would look forward to a bigger total on the score board. The opening partnership would help form the base on crucial Day 2 as England push for Victory in the Final test.
However, it would be interesting to note how the pitch behaves later in the match. Yasir Shah had previously haunted the English Batting with his spin bowling skills. It would all depend on how England tackles the spin oriented opposition.
England vs Pakistan, Nov. 1-5 at Sharjah Stadium
Day 1 Score
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