About the Match
The first test between England and Pakistan ended in a draw
and now the two teams will meet at Dubai for the 2nd Test from 22nd Oct. The hosts put up a competitive 523 runs in the first innings, which was overcome by the English as they posted 598 in reply; the 2nd innings saw the visitors crushing Pakistan for 173 all-out but they couldn’t manage to pull a win due to bad light on the last day. The upcoming contest promises to see a tough fight with England ready to up the ante with confidence drawn from the recent match; Pakistan will try to dominate with its pace and spin attack, combined with the skills of the in-form top order batsmen.
Shoaib Malik’s astounding 245 off 420 deliveries thrust the Pakistan innings to 523; he exhibited his skills with great perseverance and with the support of batsmen like Mohammad Hafeez, who posted a well-made 98 and the young AsadShafiq, who too scored a brilliant century, the team put itself in the driver’s seat. The 2nd innings saw old horses Younis Khan and MisbahulHaq add 66 runs to the total for the 4th wicket; Hafeez and Sarfraz Ahmed made their presence felt to take the total to 173 losing all wickets by the 58th over.
The bowling department did well to restrict England to 598 in the first innings; WahabRiaz’s 3 wickets helped them make a dent on the opposition. Imran Khan and Shoaib Malik returned with 2 wickets each with the latter also taking another two scalps in the 2nd innings. Zulfiqar Babar took 3 wickets in total while Rahat Ali and AsadShafiq helped restrict England in the run-flow.
Overall, the bowlers and batsmen are in good form to take their momentum ahead and convert to a win in the upcoming match.
Alistair Cook has come back to form as he exhibited his skills in the well-made 263 off 528 deliveries in reply to Pakistan’s huge total; he received good support from Ian Bell, Joe Root and Moeen Ali in the first innings. Ben Stokes came good with his all-rounder skills as he took 4 wickets and also contributed with the bat by scoring 57 runs off 87 balls.
Jimmy Anderson took 4 wickets in total and looks to be consistent with his wicket-taking abilities; Adil Rashid’s 5-64 in his 19 over spell in the 2nd innings made him the first English leg spinner to take 5 wickets in 55 years. Broad, Ali and Wood provide depth to the attack and look good to bounce back with more wickets.
The batting line-up looks confident with Cook leading from the front while Bell, Ali, Stokes, Root and Buttler playing useful knocks. Players like Bairstow and Wood must focus on building partnerships in the middle order. Bowlers will play a vital role yet again and they must strategize well against the hard-hitting tactics of the Pakistani contingent.
The first test was a good show by both teams but the upcoming one will definitely see more fireworks to try and dominate the opposition; although Pakistan has the home advantage, we feel that England will bounce back to conquer the hosts with a determined approach