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Day 4 - Cook piles on the runs as England takes lead.

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Oct 16, 2015.

Day 4 - Cook piles on the runs as England takes lead.

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Oct 16, 2015.

by Ahson Afzal
Oct 16, 2015 at 3:34 PM
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    Review of the fourth day's play from the 1st Test between Pakistan & England.

    At stumps: England 569 for 8 (Rashid 6*, Broad 0*) lead Pakistan 523 for 8 dec by 46 runs

    It was another profitable day for the England batsmen and in particular Alastair Cook, as England ended up with a 46 run lead at the end of the day. Pakistan could have got rid of Cook early in the fourth over of the day, when he was at 173, when he inside-edged a Wahab Riaz delivery only for it to be dropped by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed. A few overs later, Pakistan wasted their only remaining review on a leg-before appeal of Joe Root.

    After the early jitters, Cook and Root stitched a 141 partnership, which was broken when Root, on 85, slashed a wide Rahat Ali delivery to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed shortly after lunch. Bairstow didn't last long as he fell leg-before to a reverse swinging yorker from Wahab Riaz early in his innings. Stokes struggled against Wahab's reverse-swing early in his innings, and received a life when Shafiq dropped a tough chance at gully, but went on to score a half-century, while Cook went past 250. When Stokes was bowled to Malik, it was the first wicket to fall to spin in the match. Malik also got Buttler to edge one to the wicketkeeper, but was denied by the umpire and in the absence of a review, there was not much Pakistan could do about it. However, Cook spooned a sweep to backward square leg two overs later, giving Malik his second wicket.

    Buttler hit out a few shots against Zulfiqar Babar, but eventually fell to him. It was Babar's 68th over of the innings. No other Pakistan spinner has had to wait as long for a first wicket. Rashid and Broad made sure no other wickets were lost and England ended the day at 569/8.

    What tomorrow holds:

    A draw seems the most likely result, however England will look to build their lead further before a declaration in the hope of a Pakistan collapse giving them an unexpected victory, while the Pakistan bowlers will look to dismiss the remaining two batsmen quickly and get some rest after a long outing in the field.
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