Rizwan fifty frustrates England after wickets tumble


Pakistan misplaced three wickets within the post-lunch session on Day 2 of the second Check however a preventing half-century from Mohammad Rizwan ensured that the guests crossed the 200-run mark. The wicketkeeper-batsman was unbeaten on 53, having added 39 runs for the ninth wicket with Mohammad Abbas as Pakistan went into Tea at 215 for 8.

Stuart Broad bowled one nearer to the off stump and had Babar Azam squared up a bit as he went previous the skin edge off the second ball within the second session. Whereas Babar was fortunate to not nick that, Broad discovered the skin edge in his subsequent over with a supply that angled in and left late, forcing Pakistan’s No. four to play at it. This ended a hard-working sixth wicket partnership that had lasted for 20 overs and yielded 38 runs, whereas it additionally ended Babar’s streak of fifty-plus scores in first innings as he missed a sixth successive one by three runs.

The tail tried to stay round with Rizwan, who tried to get Pakistan nearer to the 200 mark. Yasir Shah’s keep lasted for 16 deliveries in a 13-run stand earlier than he grew to become Anderson’s third scalp whereas Shaheen Afridi, who hung round 19 deliveries, was run out for a duck. Rizwan, in the meantime, upped his scoring charge, managing boundaries off Woakes and Curran and did properly to not expose Mohammad Abbas a lot to the bowlers.

Intelligent retention of strike and scoring at a great charge, Rizwan introduced up a advantageous half-century, a lot to the frustration of England who weren’t capable of benefit from the second new ball. The session ultimately got here to an finish with the gamers strolling off for dangerous mild.

Earlier, the beginning of the day was delayed by an hour and a half on account of moist climate, and the opening session lasted for an hour with Babar and Mohammad Rizwan maintaining the England bowlers at bay. Chris Woakes and James Anderson operated at first, whereas Sam Curran and Broad bowled in tandem later however none managed a wicket because the fifth wicket pair constructed a watchful partnership.

Babar and Rizwan confirmed good utility, concentrating on scoring off deliveries pitched on the pads whereas cautious of the deliveries exterior off, and regarded just about in management barring a number of play-and-misses. Solely 29 runs have been scored off 15.2 overs within the shortened session however the Babar-Rizwan combo ensured that Pakistan didn’t lose any wickets.

Transient scores: Pakistan 215/8 (Abid Ali 60, Mohammad Rizwan 53*; James Anderson 3-48) vs England.

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