Manchester, August 8
England misplaced a flurry of wickets as they chased 277 for victory over Pakistan on Day four of the primary Test on Saturday, however Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes launched a counter-attack earlier than tea to depart the sport thrillingly poised.
The hosts slumped from 86-1 to 117-5 as some very good bowling gave Pakistan a stranglehold halfway by way of the afternoon, however Buttler and Woakes then placed on 50 in 49 balls to speed up the rating to 167-5.
England nonetheless require 110 runs to file the second-highest profitable fourth innings chase ever at Old Trafford.
Pakistan started the day on 137-Eight of their second innings however blazed one other 32 runs to be all out for 169, setting England a troublesome goal on a pitch providing tempo, bounce and spin.
Mohammad Abbas trapped opener Rory Burns lbw for 10 early on, and England crept as much as 55-1 at lunch earlier than skipper Joe Root and Dom Sibley dug in to present England a strong platform.
Sibley confirmed nice persistence in reaching 36 however paid the value for a rash shot when he edged an tried drive off leg spinner Yasir Shah and was taken by Asad Shafiq at slip.
Root swept to 42 however simply when he appeared set for an enormous rating he fell to a wonderfully directed supply from teenager Naseem Shah, the ball catching the splice of the bat and being held by Babar Azam at first slip.
It appeared even higher for Pakistan when Shah spun one out of the tough to have Ben Stokes caught behind the stumps by Mohammad Rizwan on assessment, after England’s danger-man was initially given not out by the on-field umpire.
Ollie Pope might do nothing about his dismissal as Shaheen Afridi produced an unplayable ball that rose sharply off a size, caught his glove and looped as much as Shadab Khan at gully.
England have been in a gap, however Buttler and Woakes went into one-day mode and commenced to pepper the boundaries, establishing what might be an exhilarating ultimate session of the day.
While Pakistan stay the favourites, England nonetheless have an opportunity of the very best profitable run chase at Old Trafford since they made 294 to beat New Zealand in 2008. Reuters