Almost half of Pakistan side is back in the hut after Misbah’s side failed to live up to the expectations people gad from the Lords historical test victory less than q week ago. Pakistan side struggled badly and remained at 57-4 at the end of stumps, Day 1.
Chris Woakes, the English all-rounder who is in the form of his life in this series ran through Pakistan’s top order once again when he took 3 wickets in just six overs on Saturday.
Ben Stokes, who made a comeback from a knee injury, joined Woakes by picking up the Pakistani veteran and most experienced player in the side, Younis Khan for just one run off six ball putting a huge wave of pressure on to the young batsmen next to come.
Pakistan’s opening stand of Hafeez and Masood batted well for 12 overs before Hafeez threw his wicket to Chris Woakes who was assisted by Joe Root in the second slips, after that, none of the Pakistani batsmen go into the double figures apart from Masood who was very watchable at the other end.
After a 12 over stand between the two openers, Azhar Ali came in to score just one off 13 balls and give a simple catch to the bowler Woakes himself. Younis Khan came in to join Masood in a massive run chase, but disappointed again by scoring just one run before getting caught behind to Johnny Bairstow.
Rahat Ali, the night watchman to receive the full flow of English bowlers who kept on bowling all fire to him at short length while his short stay at the crease before getting a brutal Woakes’s bouncer which he couldn’t handle and gave a simple catch.
Skipper Misbah-UL-Haq finally decided to go into the middle to stabilize the sinking ship himself in the end. Tomorrow morning, all eyes will be on Misbah and the other late order to see how things goes while Misbah and Asad Shafiq are the only two batsman remaining, the team can rely on.
Pakistan still need a heavy 332 runs to avoid follow-on but it looks like an almost nothing chance for them to survive this test match and the innings too.