Pakistan Take Control Of 2nd Test
Pakistan closed the 1st day of the 2nd Test against England in Dubai on 282/4, with a splendid century from Captain Misbah ul Haq.
Unfortunately the second day saw Pakistan’s batting crumble, with the remaining six wickets falling for 96 runs, finishing on 378 all out. The tail enders didn’t hang around long enough to support Asad Shafiq, who made 83 runs. On the Dubai wicket this was likely to be a competitive total.
England made a poor start falling to 14/2. However Cook and Root batted solidly to form a partnership of 113 runs. At close of play England were poised well at 182/3.
The morning of the third day proved to be a nightmare for England. Seven wickets fell for 36 runs off 24 overs. England finished on 242 all out, giving away a precious lead of 136 runs to Pakistan.
Wahab Riaz (4/66) was the stand out bowler. His extreme speed and reverse swing proved too much for the England line up. In 8 overs he took 3 wickets for 7 runs. Wahab was at his best today, simply unplayable.
At the other end as expected, the guile and leg spin of Yasir Shah (4/93) also was a handful for the batsmen to deal with.
Within the first hour of the morning session the England batsmen had virtually given away the Test match.
England must have recalled the traumatic white wash suffered at the hands of Pakistan in 2012 in UAE. When several batting collapses led to their downfall.
The combination of blistering reverse swinging pace and dominant leg spin brought back a glimpse of the memories of ‘old school’ Pakistan.
Pakistan second innings started with an upset, Shan Masood and Shoaib Malik falling quickly to 16/2. Hafeez then scored 51 before edging off to the slips.
However veterans Younis Khan (71 not out) and Misbah (87 not out) maintained a healthy undefeated partnership of 139 runs.
Misbah also became the highest 6 hitter in Test Matches for Pakistan, he now has a total of 64 sixes in 60 matches. (Nine of these were hit in this Test match). Misbah also became only the world’s 4th batsmen ever to score 1000 Test runs after the age of 40 years.
Younis Khan reached 9000 Test runs, the highest run scorer in Pakistan’s history. He has played 103 Tests, averaged 54.2, with thirty 50s and thirty centuries.
The English media have been mocking Pakistan’s ‘Dad’s Army’, but the seniors continue to out perform their opponents.
At close of play Pakistan finished on 222/3, with a massive overall lead of 358 with 7 wickets remaining.
I am afraid England are in for more torment and punishment over the next few days.