1st Test 4th day: England declare, Pakistan set 343 to win

By: News Desk
Published: 09:34 AM, 4 Dec, 2022
1st Test 4th day: England declare, Pakistan set 343 to win
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England has declared the innings and set 343 runs target to win for Pakistan.

England set Pakistan an imposing target of 343 runs to win the opening Test in Rawalpindi after declaring their second innings at 264-7 on Sunday.

Pakistan have a maximum 130 overs left to either secure a 1-0 lead in the three-match series or salvage a draw.

Harry Brook struck a fiery 65-ball 87 before he was dismissed by Naseem Shah at the stroke of tea, with England skipper Ben Stokes signalling the declaration.

England made 657 in their first innings before blowing Pakistan out for 579.

The tourists -- playing their first Test series in Pakistan for 17 years -- have another five sessions to force a result in the three-match series.

Opener Ben Duckett -- one of four century makers in England's mammoth 657-run first innings -- was caught at slip off the second ball of pacer Naseem Shah for a golden duck.

Fellow centurion Ollie Pope cracked two boundaries before hooking fast bowler Mohammad Ali into the hands of Naseem, scoring 15.

Earlier, debutant Jacks took all three wickets to fall after Pakistan resumed at 499-7 -- but not before the host's tail-enders scored freely on a much-maligned flat Rawalpindi Stadium pitch.

Agha Salman (53) and Zahid Mahmood (17) frustrated England for 50 minutes during their stubborn eighth-wicket stand of 57.

Well, England is delivering on their promise to keep things interesting! They've clattered along at a rate of 6.57, which is almost identical to their first-innings tempo, which keeps them on course for a 300-plus lead if they don't first run out of wickets! Pakistan have bowled well, Ali in particular found his range after a tough first inning, while Naseem was his usual threat.

On the fourth day of the first cricket test against England, Pakistan resumed their first innings at overnight score of 499 for 7 in Rawalpindi on Sunday.  

Zahid Mahmood with one and Agha Salman with ten runs are on the crease.

Earlier, England had scored 657 all out in their first innings

Stumps Pakistan 499 for 7 (Babar 136, Imam 121, Shafique 114, Salman 10*, Zahid 1*, Jacks 3-132, Leach 2-160) trail England 657 by 158 runs

Four late wickets rewarded England for some hard graft on a pitch where runs have ruled, keeping their prospects of pushing for victory over Pakistan in this first Test alive.

Centuries to Pakistan openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique as well as Babar Azam, their captain, on a Rawalpindi track that has now yielded seven centuries, had gone some way to plugging England's torrent of 657 first-innings runs at better than a run a ball.

But debutant Will Jacks claimed three wickets among England's seven for the day to keep control in their hands, despite a barren middle session highlighted by Babar's classy 136.

Jacks found out only minutes before the match started that he would be playing as a replacement for Ben Foakes, who failed to recover in time from the stomach bug that hit the England camp in the lead-up. By the end of the third day, Jacks had bowled 33 overs, while his fellow debutant and part-time spinner Liam Livingstone sat in the dressing room nursing a knee injury.

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