Sohail shines on comeback, as Pakistan dismiss England for 297 on Day One.

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Sohail shines on comeback, as Pakistan dismiss England for 297 on Day One.

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Aug 3, 2016.

by Ahson Afzal
Aug 3, 2016 at 6:38 PM
  1. Ahson8

    Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

    Jun 9, 2012

    "Pakistan are an unpredictable team"; it's a line that has been repeated countless times by pundits and experts around the world. Nonetheless, if there was any doubt about it, Pakistan proved that statement right once again; starting their England tour on a high by winning the first test at Lords', and then going down at Old Trafford without too much of a fight. Leading up to the third test match, the question on most people's minds would have been "Which Pakistan is going to show up this time" ?

    With the series nicely poised, coming into the match, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl. It could be because of the overcast conditions. Or it could be because teams batting first at Edgabston haven't fared too well recently. Whatever the reason was, it was a debatable decision; an many, including Shane Warne on the Sky commentary panel didn't agree with it. There were two changes for Pakistan; Sami Aslam and Sohail Khan came in for Shan Masood and Wahab Riaz, while Steven Finn replaced the injured Ben Stokes for England.

    England got off to a steady start. Pakistan's bowlers, as has been routine this series, were expensive to start off with, despite creating regular chances. Sohail Khan eventually picked up the first wicket for Pakistan, getting Hales to edge one to Sarfraz, with England having put 36 runs on board. It was yet another failure for Hales, who just hasn't been able to capitalize on his starts this series.

    A few overs later, Sohail struck again; this time taking the prized wicket of Root, who top-scored for England in the Old Trafford test with 253 runs to his name. It was, once again, a reward for sticking to a probing like and length; as Root edged one moving away from him, and Pakistani fans would have heaved a huge sigh of relief, when Hafeez cupped it safely.

    There was more success for Pakistan before lunch with Rahat pinning Cook leg before wicket just five runs before his fifty, but England continued to bat at a steady rate, reaching 100/3 at lunch.

    Vince and Ballance started positively after lunch and it appeared as if Pakistan was losing their grip on the game as the two batsmen attacked Pakistan's bowlers and the partnership crossed the fifty run mark.

    Vince, who has looked pretty throughout the series, but has not gone on to make big scores - got off to a good start again, playing some delightful flicks and generally avoiding deliveries outside the offstump, but frustratingly for English fans, he edged a Sohail Khan delivery to Younis Khan (who took a brilliant low catch), once again failing to capitalize on a good start. And Sohail struck again four overs later, as Bairstow edged a rising delivery to Sarfraz, leaving England in a spot of bother at 158/5.

    Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali then started the England recovery process, steering England to 183/5 at tea.

    The two batsmen continued to bat steadily after tea, but Ballance fell to Yasir, when trying to tickle one down the leg-side, courtesy brilliant anticipation from Sarfraz behind the stumps. Woakes was the next England casualty, as he edged a rising Rahat delivery to Sarfraz, who continued to impress begin the stumps.

    Ali and Broad hung around for a bit, with the former going on to make his fifty, despite a few close shaves going his way, but fell to Amir who struck first ball with the second new ball. Amir then removed Broad, courtesy a fine grab by Azhar at third slip; Finn and Anderson then hit a few useful boundaries, before Sohail Khan pinned Anderson leg before wicket to complete a remarkable 5 wicket haul on his Test comeback to dismiss England all out for 297 at the end of the first day's play.
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The author is a medical student and an avid fan of Pakistan cricket.
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