England lose two in pursuit of quick runs after Jacks’ six-for

Lunch England 657 and 46 for 2 (Crawley 24*, Root 4*) lead Pakistan 579 (Babar 136, Imam 121, Shafique 114, Salman 53) with 124 runs

A five-wicket haul for Will Jacks on his debut, a damage-limiting fifty for Agha Salman and then two quick hits from the hosts on a Rawalpindi pitch where dismissals have been rewarded with a bounty in the first test between Pakistan and England that ended on the fourth was opened morning.

After Jacks cleared Pakistan’s tail after an hour and a half of resistance led by Salman’s 53 to leave Pakistan trailing by 78 runs in the first innings, the home side made progress early on as England extended their lead to 124 runs by lunch.

The visitors kept up the pace, in keeping with their first innings performance and aggressive ethos, and were 46 for 2 after seven overs of their second innings with Zak Crawley on 24 and Joe Root not out on 4.

Naseem Shah netted the wicket of Ben Duckett – one of England’s four centurions in the first innings – for a first-ball duck that attempted to send through the deep third but singled out Salman at second slip.

Naseem could have gotten a second when Crawley, who had beaten him through the leg side just before back-to-back fours in the fifth over, returned a leading edge to the bowler, who hit his left on it on his follow-up. through, but couldn’t keep up.

But straight away, on the first ball of the next over, Naseem made amends when he swallowed a catch on a deep back square to remove Ollie Pope, who had skied Mohammad Ali’s great bouncer.

Called up as a late replacement for Ben Foakes who was stricken with illness on the eve of the match, Jacks ended up bowling more than he ever imagined with fellow debutant and part-time spinner Liam Livingstone out of action with a knee. injury sustained earlier in the game. Jacks sent down 40.3 overs – second behind lone front-line spinner Jack Leach’s 49 – to walk away 6 for 161 in this high-scoring Test.

Jacks, the 24-year-old big-hitter entered the match with just 21 first-class wickets, started the day with three more to his name – including that of Pakistan captain Babar Azam. After the hosts resumed on 499 for 7 in response to England’s first innings 657, Jacks took care of the rest.

Salman, at 10 on the night, helped himself to 16 from the third over of the day, swinging Leach four times through the square leg off the first ball before sending the last two for six over the ground and four through midwicket respectively .

He hit back-to-back fours from Jacks a short time later to get deep into the 30s and brought forward his second Test fifty with a well-placed chip from Leach over the covers racing to the limit. But Salman fell a short time later, bringing Jacks to Crawley on a skid.

The dismissal brought in Test debutant Haris Rauf, who was cleared to bat but will not bowl in England’s second innings after suffering a thigh strain that rolled over the ball while fielding on the first day.

Another of Pakistan’s four Test debutants in this match, Zahid Mahmood played a steadfast 17 off 48 balls before attempting to reverse sweep Jacks and being stunned by Pope, who acted wicket-keeper in Foakes’ absence.

Rauf was the last man out, chasing a wider Jacks throw and slid to Root, who took a strong catch that stretched high over his head on slip.

Valkerie Baynes is editor-in-chief at ESPNcricinfo

Show More


Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

Related Articles

Back to top button