Pakistan overcome lower-order resistance from England to go 1-0 up
Pakistan 378 & 354-6 dec (Younis 118) beat
England 242 & 312 (Root 71) by 178 runs
Second Test, Dubai, day five
The day began with England needing 361 runs to win with seven wickets in hand. After a calm start, Joe Root (71) went past 3000 Test runs and became the second youngest England player to do so.
However, in the 67th over, Zulfiqar Babar (3-53) induced an edge off Root and Younis Khan took a good catch.
Four overs later, Yasir Shah (4-87) castled Bairstow who was looking to play an extravagant drive. England were 163 for five at that stage.
Ben Stokes (13) survived early into his innings when the fielder at short leg was unable to hold on to a tough catch.
Jos Buttler (7) once again fell cheaply feathering a nick to Younis at slip, giving Shah his third wicket.
In the last over before lunch, Pakistan opted to review a lbw appeal against Rashid (61). Replays picked up an inside edge that justified the onfield call.
England went into lunch, positioned at 187 for six.
Stokes got the second session underway with a boundary but did not last long when he edged a short delivery to slips off Imran Khan (2-41).
With just three wickets left for a victory, Pakistan were aiming for the jugular. Rashid and Stuart Broad (30) had another plan as the duo put on a 60–run partnership for the eighth wicket, seeing out 15 overs of play.
The pair threw the bowlers off their marks by hitting the regular boundaries. The stand was broken when Wahab Riaz (1-78) produced an absolutely incredible yorker to flatten Broad’s stumps. England were struggling at 253 for eight.
Rashid continued to play his gritty innings and formed a formidable resistance with Mark Wood (29), who smacked three boundaries in the 106th over.
Early into the Rashid-Wood partnership, Pakistan opted to review a close bat-pad catch at short leg, but there was no inside edge on that.
The pair showed impeccable defensive technique to unsettle the Pakistan bowlers and stretched the game into the final session. England went into tea, positioned at 285 for eight.
Wood started off the final session with a boundary in the 115th over. Rashid completed his maiden Test fifty and it took him 110 balls to reach the land mark.
Misbah-ul-Haq rotated his bowlers regularly but the breakthrough was nowhere in sight. Rashid and Wood took the game into the mandatory final hour of the day.
Their 55-run stand was finally broken when Wood edged a delivery off Babar to gully.
James Anderson (0 not out) was also handed a life when Asad Shafiq shelled a tough chance at short leg.
With just 6.3 overs left in the day’s play, Rashid attempted to play a cover drive against Shah only to chip a simple catch to Babar. England were bowled out for 312 runs in 137.3 overs.
The 178-run victory for Pakistan fetched them an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Shah was the pick of the bowlers once again with four wickets. Babar took three while Imran picked two scalps.
Riaz was awarded the man of the match for his game changing spell in the first innings. The final Test match of the series will be played between 1st and 5th November in Sharjah.
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