Pakistan opening salvo puts England in trouble


11 Aug, 2016 6:10 pm

THE OVAL – Pakistan ripped through England’s top order to reduce the hosts to 92 for four at lunch on the first day of the final Test at The Oval on Thursday.

England captain Alastair Cook won the toss but the Pakistan fast bowlers made full use of overcast conditions to dismiss Alex Hales, Cook, Joe Root and James Vince in quick succession.

Hales, on six, was caught by Yasir Shah at mid-wicket off Mohammad Amir and Cook, on 35, dragged a short ball from Sohail Khan on to his stumps.

Root moved fluently on to 26 before he nicked Wahab Riaz to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed and Wahab produced a venomous delivery to account for Vince (one) in similar fashion.

Wahab, who also had Cook dropped at slip, bowled a rapid spell but Gary Ballance (three not out) and Jonny Bairstow (13 not out) took England to lunch without further loss.

England lead the four-match series 2-1.

SCOREBOARD 

England 1st innings         
A. Cook                          b So. Khan                35 
A. Hales                         c Shah b Amir             6  
J. Root                          c S. Ahmed b Riaz         26 
J. Vince                         c S. Ahmed b Riaz         1  
G. Ballance                      not out                   3  
J. Bairstow                      not out                   13 
Extras                           (b-4 lb-1 nb-3)           8  
Total                            (for 4 wickets, 24 overs) 92 
Fall of wickets: 1-23 A. Hales,2-69 A. Cook,3-73 J. Root,4-74 J. Vince
To bat: C. Woakes, M. Ali, S. Broad, S. Finn, J. Anderson
Bowling                     
M. Amir                          7 - 0 - 28 - 1               
So. Khan                         10 - 1 - 33 - 1              
W. Riaz                          7 - 0 - 26 - 2(nb-3)         
Referees                    
Umpire: Marais Erasmus                                        
Umpire: Bruce Oxenford                                        
TV umpire: Joel Wilson                                        
Match referee: Richie Richardson. –Reuters



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