Pakistan’s Saud Shakeel and Imam-ul-Haq hit combating half-centuries on Sunday to foil England’s seam and tempo assault and arrange an thrilling end to the second Test in Multan. Set a difficult 355 runs for victory, Pakistan ended the third day at 198-4, needing one other 157 with two full days remaining. With reverse swing serving to the quick bowlers, England derailed Pakistan’s begin of 66 with out loss with three wickets for simply 17 runs. But Haq (60) and Shakeel (54 not out) led a exceptional 156-minute fightback throughout their stand of 108 for the fourth wicket earlier than Jack Leach had the previous caught at slip three overs earlier than stumps.
Haq, who got here in at quantity 5 as an alternative of opening the innings following hamstring therapy, hit seven boundaries.
Allrounder Faheem Ashraf, promoted to quantity six, was three not out as Pakistan chased a series-levelling win after dropping the primary of three Tests by 74 runs in Rawalpindi.
England assistant coach Marcus Trescothick stated he thought Haq’s wicket shifted the stability in his staff’s favour.
“I think it was a really important wicket because with the partnership they put together they were building to a nice place,” he stated.
“Hopefully we put ourselves in a position to win the game.”
Still, Pakistan batting coach Mohammad Yousuf noticed the stability at 50-50.
“Players are confident that they can win this match,” he stated.
Pakistan can take coronary heart from the truth that their highest profitable chase was 377 in opposition to Sri Lanka in Pallekele in 2015, they usually beat the identical opponents after being set 342 in Galle in July.
No staff has ever efficiently chased greater than 314 in Pakistan, a goal reached by the house staff in opposition to Australia in Karachi in 1994.
Azam was left shell-shocked as he tried to go away a ball which got here in sharply to hit the stumps.
Earlier, spinner Abrar Ahmed took 11 wickets for 234 throughout the 2 innings — the second finest by a bowler on debut for Pakistan, behind Mohammad Zahid’s 11-130 in opposition to New Zealand in Rawalpindi 26 years in the past.
Harry Brook top-scored with 108 in England’s 275 all out.
He smashed spinner Mohammad Nawaz for his 14th boundary to finish his second century of the sequence, having notched 153 runs within the first Test.
He additionally struck a six earlier than being caught off spinner Zahid Mahmood, who took 3-52.
England resumed at 202-5 and added 73 runs earlier than folding an hour earlier than lunch.
Ben Stokes made 41 and added 101 for the sixth wicket with Brook earlier than England misplaced their final 5 wickets for simply 19 runs.
Ahmed’s second innings figures have been 4-120.
The closing Test is in Karachi from December 17.
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