Woakes bowls England back into the game

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Mercenary, Jul 16, 2016.

Woakes bowls England back into the game

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Mercenary, Jul 16, 2016.

by Abdul Habib
Jul 16, 2016 at 7:14 PM
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    Day 3 saw England only manage to put together 19 runs for their last 3 wickets. They conceded a first innings lead of 67 runs to Pakistan.

    The pitch was still good for batting despite occasional low bounce. If Pakistan could put together a score of 250 in the second innings that would mean England would have to chase down over 300 in the 4th innings against Yasir.

    On paper it was a simple thing to do but this is the Pakistani batting lineup. They love turning random bowlers into demons. This was Woakes lucky game, he’d become the chosen one.

    Woakes had already taken 6 wickets in the first innings. Even the England team couldn’t believe it.

    Sure Woakes was clearly the best bowler in England’s first innings but Cook didn’t trust him with the new ball.

    Luckily for Woakes the Pakistani batsmen had more confidence in his bowling form that the England team. Pakistan’s big batsmen like Younis and Azhar preferred to blindly block the England bowlers rather than play each ball on its merits.

    This resulted in the batsmen putting too much pressure on themselves (again) and gifting Woakes another 5 wicket haul in the same match.

    The batsmen, like Shafiq and Sarfaraz, who did try to score runs managed to do so without much difficulty.

    Pakistan go into day 4 with a lead of 281 runs and two wickets remaining. Despite the best efforts of the top and middle order, Pakistan are just 19 runs away from setting a total in excess of 300.

    Woakes has brought England back into this game, now it’s down to the Pakistani bowling attack to do the same for Pakistan.
     
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