Pakistan win series 2-0; rise to No. 2 in Test rankings.

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Pakistan win series 2-0; rise to No. 2 in Test rankings.

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Nov 5, 2015.

by Ahson Afzal
Nov 5, 2015 at 6:49 PM
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    Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

    Jun 9, 2012

    Review of the third test match between Pakistan and England

    Having secured victory in Dubai, Pakistan were determined to make it 2-0 and rise to Number 2 in the ICC rankings while England hoped for a victory to level the series.

    For the third time in the series, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat. There was two changes for Pakistan as Rahat Ali replaced the injured Imran Khan and Azhar Ali came in for Shan Masood, while for England, James Taylor and Samit Patel replaced Jos Buttler and Mark Wood respectively.

    Pakistan managed only 234 in their first innings and were bowled out on the very first day, with only Misbah ul Haq making a substantial score of 71 off 160 balls, as the rest of the Pakistan batsmen got starts but could not capitalize on them. James Anderson did most of the damage, picking up 4 wickets for just 17 runs in his 15.1 overs, while Stuart Broad also chipped in with 2 wickets.

    Having been bowled out early, Pakistan made sure that England did not run away with a huge lead and restricted England to a score of 306. James Taylor, who came into the side for Jos Buttler top scored with 76, while Alastair Cook made 49 runs. Shoaib Malik was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up four wickets.

    The Pakistan batsmen then made sure not to repeat the mistakes of the first innings and compiled 355 in their second innings. Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali started off with a 101 run partnership, but Azhar was run out soon after, and Malik was bowled for a first bowl duck, prompting him to announce his Test retirement at the end of the day. England removed Younis early, but Mohammad Hafeez went on to score 151 off 266 deliveries; and with help from contributions by Misbah, Shafiq and Sarfraz helped Pakistan obtain a 282 run lead.

    Chasing 283 to win, England lost wickets at regular intervals against the Pakistan spinners and were eventually dismissed for 156, with only Alastair Cook scoring a substantial score of 63. Yasir Shah did the bulk of the damage taking 4 wickets, while Shoaib Malik took 3 wickets and Zulfiqar Babar ended up with 2 victims, giving Pakistan a 2-0 series win and taking them to No. 2 in the rankings.

    Mohammad Hafeez was declared man of the match for his century, while Yasir Shah bagged the man of the series award, having ended up as the highest wicket taker in the series with 14 scalps to his name, despite missing out on the first test due to injury.
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The author is a medical student and an avid fan of Pakistan cricket.
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