Onus on Pakistani batting as England wrestle back advantage on Days 3 & 4.

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Aug 6, 2016.

Onus on Pakistani batting as England wrestle back advantage on Days 3 & 4.

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Aug 6, 2016.

by Ahson Afzal
Aug 6, 2016 at 8:35 PM
  1. Ahson8

    Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

    Jun 9, 2012

    At the end of Day 2, with Pakistan 257/3 in response to England's total of 297, Pakistan were in control of proceedings at the Edgabston test. Up till then it had been all about Pakistan, who after winning the toss had successfully limited England to a low score and then dominated with the bat on Day 2.

    England however, struck back on Days 3 and 4, meaning it will be up to the Pakistani batsmen to try and bat it out on the final day.

    Day 3 started with Younis and Misbah slowly building on their progress, before Younis once again wasted his start and was out strangled down the legside. Unfortunately for Pakistan, Asad Shafiq followed soon after, bowled for an 18 ball duck as he failed to keep out an inswinger from Broad.

    Sarfraz and Misbah batted out till lunch and got Pakistan the lead. Misbah went on to score his fifty, but then chopped an Anderson delivery on to his stumps to initiate a Pakistani collapse, with Yasir Shah being run out, and Amir and Sohail Khan being trapped LBW to Woakes and Broad respectively. Rahat Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed extended the Pakistani lead to 103, but Sarfraz was stranded at 46* when Rahat edged a Broad delivery to Root.

    The English openers Cook and Hales then wiped the Pakistani lead in the third session and gain a 17 run lead at the end of Day 3, bringing them well and truly back into the game.

    Day 4 started on a good note for Pakistan, with Cook out caught at midon by Yasir Shah while driving a Sohail Khan delivery, and Hales edging an Amir delivery to Younis. The Pakistan bowlers continued to bowl tight lines and runs were hard to come by for England.

    There could have been more success for Pakistan, as Rahat hit Root to edge one, but it was put down by Hafeez at slip. It meant Root and Vince built a steady partnership that arguably played a big role in England getting back into the game.

    Root was eventually dismissed top-edging while trying to sweep Yasir Shah, with Hafeez making no mistake this time, and grabbing the chance safely, while Amir struck with the second new ball to remove Vince. Ballance and Bairstow continued piling the runs patiently for England before Ballance was caught at legslip off Yasir's bowling.

    Ballance and Moeen Ali then put England in complete control with a counter attacking assault to end Day 4 with a 311 run lead for England. At the end of Day 4, England are definitely in the front seat. They will probably wait for Bairstow to complete his 100 before making a declaration, although the pitch seems flat, so they may want to extend their lead above 350 before allowing Pakistan to bat again, and one feels it'll be the performance of the Pakistan batsmen that'll dictate the end result of the game. Will they be able to bat out a draw or will England complete a remarkable come from behind victory ? Whatever the result, Day 5 of the Edgabston test promises to be yet another absorbing day of Test cricket.
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Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Aug 6, 2016.

    1. Munna

      Munna Moderator-e-Aala

      Oct 4, 2014
      Imo England have missed a trick by not declaring today.

      Should have enticed Pakistan into chasing a target of 300ish.

      If they bat for another 30-40 min tomorrow then Pakistan is definitely going for a draw hence lesser chances of losing wickets.
    2. Passionate Pakistani

      Passionate Pakistani The Don

      Jun 10, 2011
      But going for draw has its own negatives as well.. England will manage to apply pressure and attacking field through out the day
    3. Omar

      Omar Cricistan Moderator

      Jan 27, 2010
      Pakistan lost it's chances when Hafeez dropped Root early in his innings but then went on to make 62.

      311 ahead and they've still got batting but they're chance is to declare over night and give their bowlers 90 overs to do the damage to go 2-1 up.

      Day 5 wicket, Jimmy would be pumped especially what happened to him for being stopped from bowling plus Moeen would like to use those foot marks on such a wicket.
    4. Omar

      Omar Cricistan Moderator

      Jan 27, 2010
      I know where you're coming from as ideally had England given Pakistan around 5-10 overs tonight with a target of 300 then it would've been interesting but England would probably look to bat for Bairstow's 100 as the lead would be 350.

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