Late wickets give England an opening after Babar leads big Pakistan show with the bat

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Late wickets give England an opening after Babar leads big Pakistan show with the bat

On Tuesday in Rawalpindi, Pakistan's Babar Azam recorded an imperious 96 runs off just 101 balls as Pakistan set a massive target of 356 runs for Engl

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On Tuesday in Rawalpindi, Pakistan’s Babar Azam recorded an imperious 96 runs off just 101 balls as Pakistan set a massive target of 356 runs for England. The home side had earlier declared on their overnight score of 345-6 after Babar’s 8th Test century since making his debut in October of 2018.

The England bowling attack responded well as they claimed late wickets to put them in a strong position heading in to day four. Olly Stone, Mark Wood and Dom Bess all claimed two apiece, with Bess’ being the last two. The final three wickets fell for just 30 runs, to help leave Engalnd with an opening to work with.

Dom Bess stated that the late wickets helped his team’s morale, stating, “It was really important. We just have to stay positive. We have done some good things in this game and there are still some areas to improve upon, and we are looking to build on that tomorrow”.

England captain Joe Root echoed similar sentiments, suggesting, “We have to take the positives out of today. We have a chance tomorrow to press home the advantage and we need to keep our composure and discipline and then, if we can do that, it could be an exciting day”.

England will be looking to get their noses back in front on day four, as they face the challenge of stopping Pakistan’s progress. Whatever happens, it looks set to be an interesting day of cricket!

Late Wickets Give England an Opening After Babar Leads Big Pakistan Show With the Bat

England had their work cut out for them when their tour of Pakistan took them to Karachi for the second Test. Pakistan’s top order took the game away from England as Babar Azam starred with an imperious innings of 99.

Babar Show

The Pakistani run machine is in imperious form at the moment and showed why he is considered one of the best batsman in the world with this innings. He was well complemented by Fawad Alam and the Skipper Azhar Ali as the trio put on close to 200 runs together, setting the platform for a Big Pakistan total.

Late Surge By England

Just when it looked like the Pakistani total would be beyond the reach of the English batsmen, a late surge by the pacers gave England some much-needed hope. A few wickets in quick succession meant that the Pakistan had to get creative with their batting who still managed to put up a good total of 256.

Englan’s Fightback

The England team rode on their wave of momentum through the rest of the day, and ended the day with the upper hand. They managed to take a couple more wickets and the score of 232-8 means that they need only 24 runs to win the match. However, Pakistan is still very much in the game and can not be written off until the very end.

Conclusion

Despite the initial onslaught from Pakistan, England never gave up and their fightback in the final session presents them with a great chance to take the win. It all now boils down to who will take the initiative on the final day, and it promises to be a high-stakes affair.

Key Takeaways:

  • Babar Azam was imperious in his innings of 99.
  • England fought back with a couple of quick wickets late in the day.
  • Pakistan is still very much in the game.
  • The final day promises to be a high-stakes affair.

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