SHARJAH: The second day’s play of third and final Test between Pakistan and England continues at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday.
The match is being telecast live by PTV Sports.
England had scored 90 runs for the loss of 1 wicket in its first innings in reply to Pakistan’s first innings score of 234. The Captain Alastair Cook and Ian Bell were occupying the crease with 49 and 26 runs respectively when this report was filed.
Earlier in the morning, England lost its first wicket when opener Moeen Ali got out for 14 runs. He was caught by Younis Khan off the bowling of Shoaib Malik.
On Sunday evening, Pakistan in its first innings was all out for 234 runs. The Captain Misbah-ul Haq remained the highest score with 71 runs. For England, James Anderson took 4 wickets while Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid and SR Patel grabbed two wickets each.
Pakistan third Test squad:
Muhammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (Captain), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (Wicketkeeper), Wahab Riaz, Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali
England third Test squad:
Alastair Cook (Captain), Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Joe Root, James Taylor, Jonny Bairstow (Wicketkeeper), Ben Stokes, SR Patel, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Pakistan leads the three-match Test series against England by 1-0 after the host defeated the opposition by 178 runs in the second cricket Test match played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium from October 22 to 26.
As compared to England, Pakistan has a better recent Test record. Pakistan won three out of last five Test matches while faced one defeat and another ended in a draw. Whereas England won two, lost two and one Test could not produce any result.
If Pakistan wins the third Test at Sharjah, its record of having never lost any Test series in UAE will remain intact.
“Obviously you have to think positively and we will do our best not leave any stone unturned and play well and win. Obviously your confidence is high after winning the last game and our team’s confidence is high, so its an important match for us and we will do our best to win it,” Pakistan Captain Misbah-ul-Haq was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.com
The three-match Test series between Pakistan and England will be followed by four one day internationals (ODIs) and three 20Twenty matches.