MANCHESTER: After registering a convincing victory at Lord’s, Misbah & Co. are struggling in Old Trafford as they fall cheaply for just 198 runs and are 391 runs behind. England had the option of enforcing a follow-on and push Pakistan to bat once again, but, they opted against it.
Yet again on this tour, the experienced trio of Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali and Younis Khan failed to put up a significant show with the bat and got out after scoring 18, 1 and 1 respectively;
Rahat Ali was once again sent in as a night-watchman yesterday that proved another fail idea. Misbah Ul Haq was the lone warrior for Pakistan, while he kept losing partners from the other end in shape of usually reliable Asad Shafiq at a score of 4 and Sarfraz Ahmed on 26 runs.
The Lord’s hero, Yasir Shah couldn’t impress with the bat as well after failing miserably with the ball in the first innings, leaking 213 runs for just a wicket.
Pakistan was struggling at 118/8 and Misbah was showing resistance alone when Pakistan’s aggressive left-arm pacer, Wahab Riaz joined his skipper in the middle to keep England at bay.
The duo had a stubborn partnership of 60 runs before Misbah Ul Haq top edged one at a score of 52 runs on a Moeen Ali’s delivery to the fine leg while trying to milk the weakest link in English bowling line.
Wahab Riaz tried to put as much runs on the board as possible for the tenth wicket by playing some big shots. He played an extremely handy innings of 39 runs and remained the second highest scorer for his team.
Chris Woakes once again blown away Pakistani batting line-up by taking four wickets for just 67 runs in 14 overs. While, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes hunted two batsmen apiece. The experience bowling pair of the hosts, James Anderson and Stuart Broad got one wicket each.