Crawley, Root battle again after England rocked early

Southampton, August 21

Zak Crawley reached his fourth half-century in Test cricket off the ultimate ball earlier than lunch to information England to 91-2 on the opening day of the third and remaining Test towards Pakistan on the Rose Bowl on Friday.

After profitable the toss, England misplaced each of its opening batsmen — Rory Burns (6) and Dom Sibley (22) — to go away Crawley and captain Joe Root to rebuild the innings.

Crawley has been watchful and took benefit of the free deliveries, hitting seven fours. The final, a punched drive by long-off towards Shaheen Afridi, got here from the ultimate ball of the session and took him to 53 — tied for his third finest Test rating in eight matches.

Root was 10 not out, the partnership as much as 18.

Shaheen eliminated Burns for the third time this sequence within the fifth over of the day, the left-handed opener edging to the slips the place Shan Masood took a low catch together with his fingers touching the bottom.

Sibley received a begin however tried to go on the assault to legspinner Yasir Shah, skipping down the wicket however lacking the ball. The lbw choice was reviewed, and it confirmed the ball was hitting center stump.

Shaheen has 1-24 off eight overs.

England leads 1-Zero and is trying to clinch a primary sequence victory over Pakistan in 10 years, in addition to a second of the summer season after beating the West Indies 2-1.

Fast bowler Jofra Archer was recalled by England instead of Sam Curran in the one change from the drawn second take a look at on the identical floor in Southampton.

Pakistan chosen an unchanged crew. AP

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