Anderson takes four as England rout Pakistan for 234 on day one
England 4-0 (Ali 4no) v
Pakistan 234 (Misbah 71)
Third Test, Sharjah, day one
Having won the toss for the third time in the series, Pakistan opted to bat first on a track which was aiding spin from the first day.
Pakistan brought in Azhar Ali and Rahat Ali in place of Shan Masood and Imran Khan. England opted to pick James Taylor and Samit Patel to replace Jos Butter and Mark Wood.
Anderson (4-17) struck the first blow for England by inducing an edge off Azhar (0), which was taken by the keeper. England kept the scoring rate in check by bowling tight lines.
Mohammad Hafeez (27) and Shoaib Malik (38) batted carefully to bring up a 44-run stand. Moeen Ali (2-49) found the breakthrough as Hafeez looked to up the ante but holed out to mid-wicket.
Malik survived a lbw review in Moeen’s next over, as the replays showed the ball to be missing the stumps.
The spinners started to leak boundaries towards the end of the first session. Pakistan went into lunch positioned at 87 for two.
In the very first over of the second session, Younis Khan (31) edged one to the keeper, who claimed a catch. However, replays showed that the ball touched the ground just before it went into Bairstow’s gloves.
In the third over of the second session, Stuart Broad (2-13) got some extra bounce off a good length and found the edge of Malik. Bairstow made no mistake behind the stumps.
England gave very little space for Pakistan as Broad continued to bowl maiden after maiden while managing to extract some reverse swing. The hundred for Pakistan came up in the 38th over.
The pressure built by Broad fetched results when Khan was trapped plumb in front when trying to flick a full toss from Anderson. Pakistan were struggling at 103 for four at that stage.
Patel (2-85) picked up his first wicket when Asad Shafiq (5) feathered one to the keeper.
Sarfraz Ahmed (39) and Misbah-ul-Haq (71) ensured that Pakistan did not lose more wickets before tea. England had reduced Pakistan to 148 for five in two sessions.
At the start of the third session, runs were a sparse commodity for Pakistan. Sarfraz and Misbah brought up the fifty-run stand in the 68th over. Meanwhile, Anderson dropped a tough chance of Ahmed at slips.
In the 75th over, Ben Stokes (0-23) injured his right shoulder badly while fielding at square leg and had to leave with his arm in a sling.
Misbah completed his fifty with a paddle sweep to fine leg. It was his fifth score of more than fifty runs in the last six innings.
Moeen struck with the wicket of Ahmed, who picked mid-wicket to perfection. In the next over, Patel castled Wahab Riaz (0) and Pakistan were reeling at 196 for seven.
Misbah plundered 17 runs off the 81st over from Patel, hitting two fours and a six, prompting England to take the new ball.
Broad returned for another spell to dismiss Yasir Shah (7), who top edged a bouncer to square leg.
In the first ball of the next over, Anderson saw the back of Misbah when he tentatively poked at an away going delivery and Joe Root took the catch at slip.
Anderson wrapped up the innings with the wicket of Rahat (4), bowling Pakistan out for 234 runs in 85.1 overs.
Anderson had four wickets to his name while Broad, Patel and Moeen picked two wickets apiece.
The England openers, Alastair Cook (0 not out) and Moeen (4 not out) saw through the two remaining overs to cap off a fantastic day for England, who were four for naught at stumps.
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