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Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan start brightly in 355-run chase

Pakistan 202 (Babar 75, Shakeel 63, Leach 4-98) and 64 for 0 (Shafique 34*, Rizwan 28*) want one other 291 runs to beat England 281 (Duckett 63, Pope 60, Abrar 7-114) and 275 (Brook 108, Abrar 4-120)

Harry Brook marched by means of to the second century of his fast-developing Test profession, to set Pakistan an imposing 355 for victory within the second Test, however by lunch on the fourth day, the chase was on, as Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique began brightly of their bid for an unlikely series-levelling win.
After being promoted to open within the absence of Imam-ul-Haq, who has been despatched for a scan on a suspected hamstring tear, Rizwan’s presence utilized an additional diploma of urgency to Pakistan’s batting, as he and Shafique picked off 5 fours and two sixes in 15 overs earlier than the break, the primary a clear drive from Shafique again over Jack Leach’s head, the latter a extra chancy top-edge over fantastic leg off the tempo of Mark Wood.

Wood did suppose he’d made the breakthrough in his first over, too, however on 25, Rizwan efficiently reviewed an on-field lbw after inside-edging a pull onto his pads.

It was the continuation of a free-flowing morning of batting, on a pitch that – to evaluate by England’s earlier efforts – had slowed up over the course of the match, with much less extravagant spin than on the primary days particularly. As at Rawalpindi, the place Ben Stokes’ declaration of 342 had stored Pakistan within the hunt and so aided England’s quest for wickets, England’s strategy was a sign that they believed their lead was ample to drive the win.

After resuming on 202 for five, a lead of 281, England added 73 runs in 15.5 overs, and simply over an hour’s play, with Brook changing his in a single day 74 to his second hundred in 4 innings on this journey. By the time he holed out to deep sq. leg for 108, Brook had racked up 14 fours and a six in his 149-ball keep, replete with highly effective strokeplay and spectacular judgement of size, significantly in opposition to the spin of Abrar Ahmed, who was as soon as once more Pakistan’s most threatening bowler, as he completed with 4 for 120, and an 11-wicket match haul on debut.

England took a number of overs to gauge the tempo of the floor, and it wasn’t till Stokes skipped down the monitor to Mohammad Ali within the fourth over of the morning that England picked off the day’s first boundary. That was the presage to a flurry of boundaries within the subsequent overs, with Brook climbing into Abrar’s choices with a sequence of drags to the leg-side, and Stokes launched the identical bowler over the straight boundary for six, to draw him stage along with his coach Brendon McCullum on 107 Test sixes, the most by any player.

Before he might convert that begin into something extra significant, nevertheless, Stokes acquired beneath a heave to leg, the place Ali on the midwicket boundary ran spherical for a well-judged catch. Ollie Robinson did not grasp round, lacking a slog to leg as Abrar skidded a googly by means of his gate for his eleventh wicket, earlier than Wood poked a quick legbreak from Zahid Mahmood to slide.

Brook, by now, had cracked Mohammad Nawaz by means of midwicket to achieve his hundred, however he holed out quickly afterwards, earlier than James Anderson missed a reverse sweep to wrap up the innings.

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