Day 5 - Match ends in draw, after topsy-turvy day.

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Day 5 - Match ends in draw, after topsy-turvy day.

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by Ahson Afzal
Oct 17, 2015 at 4:21 PM
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    Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

    Jun 9, 2012
    Review of the fifth day's play from the 1st Test between Pakistan & England.

    Pakistan 523 for 8 dec and 173 (Misbah 51, Rashid 5-64) drew with England 598 for 9 dec (Cook 263, Root 87) and 74 for 4 (Root 33*)

    When England started the day at 569/8, most would have predicted the game to end as a draw. That was indeed the end result, but not too many would have predicted the proceedings of the day.

    Adil Rashid and Stuart Broad hit a few boundaries to increase England's lead, but Imran Khan got one to nip back into the right handed Adil Rashid and hit the stumps. James Anderson and Stuart Broad hung around for a while, and Pakistan thought they had Anderson caught behind when his attempted reverse sweep went wrong. However, replays showed that the ball had not come off Anderson's glove, but rather off his arm guard. It didn't matter too much though, as England declared two balls later, having scored 598 and gained a lead of 75 runs.

    Pakistan did not have the best of starts to their second innings. Opener Shan Masood failed for the second time in the test, when he fell after scoring a solitary run, chopping on a James Anderson delivery on to the stumps. Shoaib Malik, who scored a double ton in the first innings, was dismissed for a duck this time around, as he fended an Anderson bouncer to Jonny Bairstow, four balls later. After the jittery start, Mohammad Hafeez and Younis Khan calmed down proceedings. Younis was happy to just block out deliveries, while Hafeez played an array of strokes. There was a bit of drama just before lunch, when England decided to review a caught behind appeal of Mohammad Hafeez off Adil Rashid's bowling, however there appeared to be some daylight between bat and ball, and after conceeding the worst figures by an England debutant, Adil's wait for a maiden wicket continued. Hafeez hit his next delivery for six, and Pakistan went for lunch at 35/2, still trailing by 40. In a moment of utter confusion, Hafeez fell run out to Stokes at 34, shortly after lunch, and captain Misbah-ul-Haq strode out to join Younis Khan in the middle. The two were extremely cautious to start off but made sure there were no other scalps till tea, although there was a bit of drama when the on-field umpire ruled Misbah caught behind to James Anderson. Misbah reviewed the decision, and although he hadn't edged it, the Hawkeye projectory showed the ball to be clipping the stumps. However, since Misbah had not been ruled out leg before by the umpire, he was ruled not out by the third umpire.

    It was after tea, that the match took an interesting turn of events, starting with Younis Khan slapping an Adil Rashid delivery straight to Stokes at cover, finally giving Adil his maiden test wicket. Rashid got a second wicket, when Shafiq edged one to the wicketkeeper. He reviewed the decision, however the on field decision was upheld by the umpire. Sarfraz started off with an array of attacking strokes, and Misbah went past his fifty, but got bowled soon after, when trying to hit out against Moeen Ali. It triggered a huge collapse, with Pakistan losing their next five wickets for fourteen runs. Moeen got rid of Wahab two overs later, when Wahab inside edged a delivery that ricocheted off Wahab's thigh pad to Bairstow at short-leg. Rashid then got rid off Zulfiqar Babar, getting him to edge one to James Anderson at slip, who held on to a sharp low catch. Two overs later, he dismissed Sarfraz and Imran Khan in the same fashion off consecutive deliveries to dismiss Pakistan for 173, with England needing 99 to win.

    Although 18 overs remained in the day, the light was always going to be a problem, and in an attempt to score their runs quickly, England promoted Jos Buttler to open with Moeen Ali. The two put up an opening stand of 13 runs, before Buttler fell leg before to Malik while attempting a reverse sweep. Zulfiqar Babar got rid of Moeen soon after when he heaved one straight to Malik in the deep, and Stokes hit a Malik delivery straight to deep midwicket to give Pakistan their third wicket. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow continued to play aggressively despite the flurry of wickets, and when Wahab Riaz was hit for seventeen runs in an over, things were looking grave for Pakistan. However, Zulfiqar Babar got rid of Bairstow the next over, and the match was called off due to bad light an over later, with England still 25 runs short much to Pakistan's relief, although England will take pride of the fact that they came close to tumbling Pakistan at a venue where they are yet to lose a game.

    Presentation quotes:

    Alastair Cook (England Captain & Man of the Match): "We would have liked another three or four overs, but that's the way it is. I can't fault the guys, on a really flat wicket, conceding 500, we had to hang in there. The wicket did start deteriorating at the end. We're proud but would have obviously liked the result. We knew we had to put pressure back on Pakistan, either going close to them or going past them, then on the last day you never know. The pressure on the opposition... Brilliant from Rash, the criticism he got was unfair, he handled the pressure and what you saw today was a very fine bowler. We played a good game, Pakistan did too, probably a bit softer today. The game does speed up, we probably deserved the win on points. Credit to the boys and the fans."

    Misbah ul Haq (Pakistan captain): "I think we made mistakes. Younis and I played poor shots which put us in trouble. These kinds of games can destroy your confidence, but we are in a situation where we are not 1-0 down, we have had success in Dubai and we will go there level. Credit to England; they've clearly done their homework. We were talking about it before the series, the pitch also helped them, not much turn and bounce. But credit to them, after we scored 500 runs, they dealt with the pressure and made almost 600."
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The author is a medical student and an avid fan of Pakistan cricket.
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