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Day 3 - Cook masterclass leads strong England reply.

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Oct 15, 2015.

Day 3 - Cook masterclass leads strong England reply.

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Oct 15, 2015.

by Ahson Afzal
Oct 15, 2015 at 3:42 PM
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    Review of the third day's play from the 1st Test between Pakistan & England.


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    At stumps:England 290 for 3 (Cook 168*, Bell 63) trail Pakistan 523 for 8 dec (Malik 245, Shafiq 107, Stokes 4-57) by 233 runs

    England captain Alastair Cook led a strong England reply after Pakistan scored 523 in the first innings. Cook notched up his 28th Test century, his 8th in Asia, the most by a Non-Asian batsman in Asia, while Ian Bell scored a scratchy 63 off 199 as the Pakistan bowlers toiled in the heat.

    Starting the day at 56/0, England went on to add another 60 runs before Imran Khan got the first breakthrough, getting Moeen Ali to edge one to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed. Pakistan had to wait a long time for their next breakthrough however, as Cook and Bell put up a 165 run partnership spanning over 65.1 overs.

    There were a few jittery moments for Bell early on; he edged his very first ball, but it fell short of slip. Masood also dropped a tough chance at silly point when Bell was early in his innings and he could have been snaffled on 41 when he nicked an Imran Khan delivery, but was given not out by the umpire and Pakistan opted not to review.

    Cook was a lot more fluent, but did have a few nervy moments too. Shortly after reaching his hundred, he survived a Pakistan review for leg before wicket off a Zulfiqar delivery that kept low, but the Hawkeye trajectory showed the ball to be sliding down legside. He was also given a life on 147 when he top edged a sweep off Zulfiqar Babar, only for the chance to be put down by substitute fielder Fawad Alam.


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    As the runs piled on, so did the frustration of the fielding side, as was on display when Pakistan wasted their review for a caught behind appeal when Ian Bell was on 57. However, there was some respite later in the day for Pakistan when Ian Bell slapped a Wahab Riaz delivery straight to Hafeez at point, and a few overs later when night-watchman Mark Wood chopped on a Wahab delivery onto his stumps. Alastair Cook and Joe Root made sure that no other wickets were lost and England ended the day on 290/3 with Alastair Cook batting on 168*

    What tomorrow holds:

    There was some spin at the end of the day for Zulfiqar Babar, which will encourage Pakistan while England will hope Cook and Root can stitch a big partnership and bring England close to Pakistan's first-innings tally.
     
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Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Oct 15, 2015.

    1. ASLI-PATHAN
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      That hawkeye trajectory looked very very wrong to me. Cook was very lucky to survive that. Also some very poor fielding by Pakistan today helped England off the hook.
       
    2. ASLI-PATHAN
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      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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      The best days of batting on this pitch are over and expect more wickets on the last 2 days of this match.
       
    3. Rhythm
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      Drop Zulfiqar Babar.
       
    4. iho
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      One thing Zulfiqar Babar did well was to keep the run rate down. His economy was 1.76. This has helped us still stay in with some chance to put pressure on England tomorrow. England is still 235 runs behind.
       
    5. Passionate Pakistani
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      btw all those saying Malik will be handful on this pitch.. did you guys see how innocuous he was!

      and i said this to @Ahson8 before start of the game.. that if four bowlers cant win you the game and get 20 wickets, there is a very small chance that the fifth/part timer will do any better.

      and if Malik can score 250 on this pitch, then it will be childish to expect any result on this pitch.
       
    6. Rhythm
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      Baba Zulfi is past it and useless. There is turn on offer on this pitch but none of the bowlers are skilled enough to extract it. Adil did but he was too slow. Yasir and Zafar would've 4-5 wickets between them, 3 from the pacers, that's 8 down and we'd be here talking about when to declare tomorrow. This one's completely on the idiocy of our management and selectors - partly on Misbah as well for persisting with Baba Zulfi who's done jack the last 5 games. We know he loves his geezers because he sees himself in them.
       
    7. Passionate Pakistani
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      none of the spinner has taken any wicket tbh.. even the part timers, You can tell that the pitch is very flat.. there was no pressure of scoreboard either and even the likes of Moeen looked comfortable.
       
    8. Rhythm
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      Zafar took 3 wickets(4 actually with one dropped catch) on a day two pitch in Sharjah where turn is nonexistent and Yasir can create his own turn on any pitch.

      Moeen, Adil, Babar, Malik are not international standard spinners. This pitch would feel like a minefield with Ashwin or Yasir bowling.
       
    9. Raf Pragmatic
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      Passionate paki got the point I wanted to say. If Malik can knock everyone out at no.3, there is no way others can't. He is the inspiration to whole England and specially to child Bell.
       
    10. Ahson8
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      A bit harsh on Malik when no spinner has got a wicket on this pitch; I don't expect him to blow oppositions away but he can chip in with a few wickets on more responsive pitches.
       
    11. Choi Saab
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      Nice write up @Ahson8.

      Regarding the match, I recently commented that verdict was being passed far too quickly on the pitch and that we should wait for both sides to bat - after seing 3 days, I would say yeah the pitch has been a disgrace to say the least, but not all should be blamed on the pitch, fielding has been pretty poor on both sides and the spinners just haven't been consistent enough, Rashid Adil was too slow for a pitch like this, Moeen started off well and eventually was just darting, Zulfi is at best a holding bowler and without a partner wasn't at ease, not to mention he certainly didn't bowl well despite his RR, never mixed his pace by much and hardly attacked the pads.

      Only 2 bowlers who can hold their head up and that is Imran Khan and Wahab, one for his nagging consistency and toil and the other for toiling and trying to beat batsman with his extra pace.

      Though game looks to be set for a draw.
       

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