Pakistan ended on 198/4 on the third day of the ongoing second Test against England, still needing 157 runs to win and level the three-match series in Multan. Saud Shakeel was unbeaten on 54 at stumps, but Pakistan lost the crucial wicket of Imam-ul-Haq at the end of the day, who was going strong on 60 off 103 balls, when he hit a cover drive against Jack. Could not try to try. Leach and finally gets a thick edge taken to first slip.
However, it was James Anderson who stole the show with Jaffa in the second innings against Mohammad Rizwan; Rizwan had opened for Pakistan after Imam was injured, and was going strong on 30 off 42 balls when the player was betrayed by Anderson’s reverse, in which the English veteran had cast him. Rizwan was taken aback by the commotion on the delivery and stared in disbelief after being dismissed.
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At the end of the day, the Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman finally opened the delivery, calling it a ‘masterclass’ from Anderson.
“Always a masterclass, I love that. I don’t have any answers to his questions. What can I say?” said Rizwan. Sky Sports Cricket.
He also revealed the conversation he had with Pakistan fast bowler Naseem Shah after his dismissal. “I met Naseem Shah later, I told him the way he bowled me, you do the same in England,” Rizwan said gleefully.
England, who had taken a 79-run lead in the first innings, were set another crucial target of 355 on a deteriorating wicket at the Multan Cricket Stadium after being bowled out for 275 in their second innings.
The tourists successfully defended 342 on a flat wicket in the first Test to secure a 74-run victory in Rawalpindi in England’s first Test in Pakistan for 17 years.
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