Skipper Ali leads Pak out of bother

SouthAmpton, August 23

Captain Azhar Ali scored his first half-century of the sequence to guide Pakistan’s fightback towards England on the third day of the third and closing Test on the Rose Bowl right here as we speak.

Ali (82) and wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan (22) stitched collectively an 83-run partnership for the sixth wicket to assist Pakistan attain 158/5 at tea, trailing England by 425 runs.

England off-spinner Dom Bess dismissed Fawad Alam within the second session to cut back Pakistan to 75/5 however Ali continued to attain runs freely on the different finish.

Ali grew to become the fifth Pakistan batsman to achieve 6,000 runs in Tests. — Reuters

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