Abu Dhabi test: Cook piles on the runs


English bowler Alastair Cook has notched up a double century on batting friendly conditions in Abu Dhabi as Pakistan bowlers toiled hard for a wicket in the morning session of day 4. Cook reached his third double century just few minutes before the extended lunch here due to Friday.

Cook looked resolute in defense as he kept on ticking the score without much of a risk. Sarfraz dropped a catch of his early morning off the bowling of left arm pacer Wahab Riaz and that proved to be costly as no other chance came Pakistan’s way in the entire session. England moved from 290/3 overnight to 400/3 at the end of first session of day 4. Pakistan bowlers tried really hard to pick up a wicket but were unlucky not to get one as England have moved into a position of safety with trail being reduced to 123 runs.

Joe Root also played a decent hand of 76 runs with 73 of those runs coming today. He was solid in defense and negated any threats that Pakistan bowlers posed at them.

Barring an almighty collapse in the second session England look set to take some sort of a lead in their first innings. Earlier Cook had made his intentions clear, in a press conference, that his aim is to get to 500 and that equation is now in sight for the Barmy Army.

England will look to make a move on in the second and third session as they look to put Pakistan’s batting under some pressure in the second innings as they are known to crumble under pressure even if the conditions are in Pakistan’s favor.