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Good Contest Likely between Pakistan and England to Take Lead in Test Series

August 02
04:47 2016

cookNew Delhi, Tuesday, August 2 – Chances are high to witness good contest between Pakistan and England as it is the matter of taking lead in the ongoing Test series. England bounced back in the game at a right time and won the second Test by 330 runs. This wasn’t easy when Pakistan thrashed them in the opening match by 75 runs.

Confidence usually goes down when defeat is faced in the early days of any tournament and it takes a lot of efforts to mark a comeback. Pakistan team having Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq – the experienced captain, Younis Khan, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Zulfiqar Babar, Sami Aslam, Shan Masood, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan and Imran Khan will be ready for the challenges that trouble guests.

England captain Alastair Cook will expect his team to present the kind of show they put forward in the second Test. Alex Hales, Gary Ballance, James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jake Ball, Steven Finn, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, James Anderson and Joe Root will look forward to the opportunity to do well if picked in the Playing XI.  As a matter of fact the platform is ready for both England and Pakistan to meet at Edgbaston in Birmingham, which is to host the 3rd Test on Wednesday. With each team pocketing one win, the ongoing series has become highly interesting. No squad would wish to take a back seat when performance to the best of abilities is pivotal.

Here is to mention that England have been in good form as far as Test cricket is concerned in the last few months. Eyes can’t be closed to the way England performed against Sri Lanka in the previous series, which held from May 19 to July 5. They logged terrific wins in the series in opposition to Sri Lanka, trashing them in all formats. England came forward with a solution of to tackle Pakistan in the 2nd Test after being surprised in the 1st Test. They did not want to succumb to Pakistan and English cricketers did not. In fact, the result oriented performance by England as a unit helped them bounce back in the second Test match, which was won by a huge margin.

England must be confident of starting the third Test on a good note. Despite the fact that the host wasn’t in poor form in the Test that took place at Lord’s in London, they missed the chance to be successful in the end in view of the fact that wickets can’t be saved from falling.  Yasir Shah was the hero of the game. Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali and Wahab Riaz also tried to put best foot forward and restrict opponents when they were away from attaining the target. Nobody got substantial runs in pocket that would have let England win the contest and continue winning streak. The mood sported by the track will be fundamental to notice so that plans and strategies can be made accordingly.

From the time when wicket of the Old Trafford in Manchester assisted England batsmen in both the innings, it will be possible that English conditions are capitalised well this time too, utilizing the circumstances. Not to get surprised if management & captains of both teams go in a state of doubt when it comes to make ideal selection to rise as a victor in the last part. When it is a matter about being a winner when a contest ends, teams contesting each other pour a lot of efforts. The viewers are interested to notice who all will be elected in the team to perform, creating the balance and making combination of batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders be perfect. Joe Root, Alastair Cook and Jonny Bairstow did well with the bat in the previous match. It will be crucial to take note of the fact that who else performs, using their calibre to make team shine. Chris Woakes, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali did their bit too.

As far as Pakistan’s performance is kept in mind then they weren’t impressive both with bat and ball. Captaincy of Alastair Cook and Misbah-ul-Haq will be of huge importance. Fans of both sides wonder about any possible replacement in the team. Up to the mark performance will be the key to success in the Test that is to start tomorrow. England squad may see no change provided that it is probable that the team goes with the winning combination of the earlier game. Expectations will be up from Misbah-ul-Haq, who struck a half-century on the turf of Manchester. Bowling has been the strengths of Pakistan and that is why all eyes will be on Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Azhar Ali, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali and Shan Masood.

Batting should be in a way that could be a threat for the opponents. The middle order and tail-ender batsmen lost their wickets early that ended all possibility for Pakistan to lead the series 2-0.  Best point with them is the fact that English players succumbed to spin against Pakistan in the 3-match Test series held late last year in the United Arab Emirates. Despite the fact that the first Test at Sheikh Zayed Stadium finished in a draw, Pakistan won the series by registering victories the second and final Tests that took place at Dubai International Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Stadium by 178 runs and 127 runs, respectively.

Pakistan’s hope will depend on Yasir Shah. Since the leg break spin bowler has been bowling well, the pressure on his shoulders to perform well will be huge. He picked up 10 wickets at Lord’s, rising as one of the major threats for the rivals. Pakistan as a unit knows it very well that potential is enough in the players to haunt opponents. The chief issue has been the trembling of batting orders. Pakistan lost the grip in the second encounter against the host, who read closely about their weakness and displayed show on the crease accordingly. All arrangements to host the match has been done and people wait for the match to begin.


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