Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 18th 2015 Contents ABU DHABI---Bad light ended
England s dramatic run chase yes-
terday as the first Test against
Pakistan came to life on the fifth
day before ending in a draw in the
United Arab Emirates.
England needed 99 in a possible
19 overs to win at Zayed Stadium
after a brilliant spell by leg-spinner
Adil Rashid, who picked up 5-64
as Pakistan was bowled out for 173
in its second innings.
When the umpires called stumps,
England was 74-4 in 11 overs, need-
ing only 25 more runs to win. Joe
Root was unbeaten on 33 and Ian
Bell on five.
England captain Alastair Cook
expressed his annoyance at having
to end the match early.
"It is frustrating," said Cook.
"The only query I have is in the
letter of the law: is it unsafe to
play? That s what I am always told
at match referee meetings: is it
unsafe to play?"
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq
started with spinners Zulfiqar Babar
and Shoaib Malik, who claimed two
wickets each, and it was never going
to be an easy chase for England.
Almost every fielder was placed
on the boundary and Pakistan took
its time between balls and overs.
"I am just proud the guys have
hung in there for five days really,"
"You can see 520 in front of you
at the start and right at the end of
the game, you are the only side that
could win with 20 odd runs to score
and six wickets left. And then the
England had earlier declared its
first innings at 598-9 for a 75-run
lead, thanks largely to Cook s 263.
After four days of insipid cricket
dominated by the batsmen, the
bowlers finally came to the party
on the final day as 15 wickets fell,
compared to 16 wickets over the
first four days. An early double
strike by fast bowler James Ander-
son, followed by a superb piece of
fielding by Ben Stokes to run out
Mohammad Hafeez, set the tone
of England s performance as Pak-
istan was reduced to 47-3.
Masood played on to Anderson
again, but unlike the first day when
a slower bouncer hit him on the
helmet before rolling onto the
stumps, it was off the toe of his
bat this time as he tried to defend.
Four balls later a bouncer from
Anderson reared up at Malik and
all he could do was fend it off to
Jonny Bairstow at short-leg.
Hafeez was third to depart, a vic-
tim of Stokes brilliance in the field.
The batsman pushed Rashid s
delivery to point and there was hes-
itation as they set off for a run.
Stokes swooped on the ball,
picked it up with his left hand,
transferred it to his right and hit
the wicket at the non-striker s end
in one action.
However, veteran players Younis
Khan and Misbah put together 66
runs for the fourth wicket, which
seemed to put Pakistan on the path
Misbah was lucky to survive on
19, with the score on 87-3.
Reviewed for a bat-pad catch by
Stokes off Anderson at gully, the
TV umpire found there was no bat
However, if the appeal had been
for an lbw, the Pakistan captain
would have been given out.
Younis finally lost patience in
the 42nd over, when he tried to
hoist an away-spinning delivery
from Rashid to Stokes at cover.
It was the leg-spinner s first
wicket in test cricket after recording
first innings figures of 0-163, the
worst bowling performance by a
Rashid started bowling with more
confidence and soon got his second
wicket when first-inning centurion
Asad Shafiq edged to wicketkeeper
Jos Buttler for six with the score
But the big blow was delivered
by Misbah s wicket, the sixth man
to go with the score on 159 when
he chose what he later called "a
The captain had a rush of blood,
stepped out against Moeen Ali and
missed the line completely to be
bowled for 51.
"I think in Test cricket, pressure
lets everything happen," Misbah
said. "Obviously we committed
mistakes---a run out and two bad
shots put us in a tough situation."
Riaz (1) and Zulfiqar (1) followed
Misbah in quick succession.
Earlier, Cook called in his last
pair after 45 minutes of batting,
with Stuart Broad not out on 17
and Anderson on three.
Only one England wicket fell in
the morning, Rashid clean bowled
by Imran Khan s in-cutter for 12
with the score on 590.
Pakistan has now played eight
Test matches at the Zayed Stadium
in Abu Dhabi, winning four and
The second Test in the three-
match series starts at Dubai Inter-
national Stadium on Thursday.
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Sri Lanka Cricket s search for a permanent head
coach has attracted five aspirants who have applied
for the post, according to the CEO Ashley de Silva.
De Silva confirmed that all five applicants who
had sent their CVs by the October 6 deadline were
from overseas, but did not disclose their names as
the applications had been sent on the trust of
"These applications will be processed and eval-
uated at the next interim committee meeting sched-
uled for October 20," De Silva said. "We will take
the next course of action after that. If we are not
satisfied with the applicants, we may have to head
hunt for one."
With Sri Lanka s sports minister announcing that
the SLC elections will be held in January, there is
the likelihood of a new administration coming into
place. However, De Silva assured that whoever is
selected would be given a two-year contract with
their performance to be reviewed after one year.
Jerome Jayaratne, Sri Lanka Cricket s head of
coaching, is currently the interim head coach of
the Sri Lanka team for the ongoing home series
against West Indies. His appointment came four
days after Marvan Atapattu resigned as the national
team coach. (ESPNcricinfo)
Bad light foils England run chase against Pakistan
England's James Anderson, left, and Stuart Broad present the ball to Adil
Rashid, centre, for his five wicket haul during the final day of first Test
match between Pakistan and England at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu
Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, yesterday. The match ended in a draw.
De Silva: Five applicants
for Sri Lanka job
India's revival lends Rajkot clash edge
Pakistan 1st Innings: 523-8
England 1st Innings: 598
Pakistan 2nd Innings: 173
England 2nd Innings
M Ali c Malik b Babar ....................11
J Buttler lbw b Malik .......................4
J Root not out ...................................33
B Stokes c Hafeez b Malik ..........2
J Bairstow st S Ahmed b Babar 15
I Bell not out ..........................................5
Extras: (2lb, 2w) ................................4
TOTAL: (for four wickets) ........74
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-29, 3-35,
Did not bat: Alastair Cook, Mark
Wood, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad,
Bowling: Zulfiqar Babar 5-0-27-
2 (1w), Shoaib Malik 4-0-25-2,
Wahab Riaz 2-0-20-0 (1w)
To s s : Pakistan.
Result: Match drawn.
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford,
Australia, and Paul Reiffel,
Australia; TV umpire: S Ravi,
India; Match referee: Andy
Now we have a series.
Although India have compet-
ed, it has taken them four
matches to actually win one
and to remind South Africa
this tour has only just begun,
and that there is still a long
way to go. The one-way traf-
fic has stopped and hopefully,
the ping-pong has begun.
Although Mahendra Singh
Dhoni was around even before
the second One Day Interna-
tional (ODI), he was mostly
being criticised for his bowling
plans and his contributions
with the bat were minimal.
But a game-changing 92
later, India s leader seems to
be back, and it seems only nat-
ural that his men will follow.
South Africa would have
been anticipating this.
They knew the bubble would
burst, that both India and
Dhoni would be back.
But how they respond today
in Rajkot will be crucial.
AB de Villiers has already
instructed the batsmen to take
responsibility for their defeat
in the second ODI, which sug-
gests South Africa are more
inclined to do some self-exam-
ination than scruitinise the
other side too much.
They should not navel-gaze
too much, but just enough to
know that what let them
down in Indore was the same
thing that has often let them
down before---a soft middle
India will also want some
improvement from the bats-
men, especially for the likes of
Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina
to build on what have been
fairly consistent, solid starts.
The hosts end game though,
will be to take the lead for the
first time on this tour.
The three changes India made
ahead of the second game
worked well for them, and they
may consider keeping the same
That would mean no room
for Amit Mishra, who may con-
sider himself unlucky to miss
out, and another chance for the
misfiring Shikhar Dhawan.
An alternative would be to
promote Rahane to the opening
berth and create room for
another player lower down, but
that may be more tinkering than
India think is worth the trouble
South Africa s only consid-
eration will be whether to give
David Miller another chance or
opt for an all-round option in
Chris Morris. Kyle Abbott,
Khaya Zondo and Aaron
Phangiso are likely to remain
on the bench. (ESPNcricinfo)
India: (probable) 1
Rohit Sharma, 2
Shikhar Dhawan, 3
Ajinkya Rahane 4
Virat Kohli, 5 MS
Dhoni (capt, wk), 6
Suresh Raina, 7 Axar
Patel, 8 Harbhajan
Singh, 9 Bhuvneshwar
Kumar, 10 Mohit
Sharma, 11 Umesh
(probable) 1 Quinton
de Kock (wk), 2
Hashim Amla, 3 Faf du
Plessis (capt), 4 AB de
Villiers (capt), 5 JP
Duminy, 6 Farhaan
Behardien, 7 David
Miller/Chris Morris, 8
Dale Steyn, 9 Morne
Morkel, 10 Kagiso
Rabada, 11 Imran Tahir
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