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

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

A five-wicket haul to Will Jacks on debut, a damage-limiting fifty for Agha Salman after which two fast strikes by the hosts on a Rawalpindi pitch the place dismissals have come at a premium prised the primary Take a look at between Pakistan and England open on the fourth morning.

After Jacks cleared up Pakistan’s tail following an hour-and-a-half price of resistance led by Salman’s 53 to depart Pakistan with a 78-run first-innings deficit, the house facet made early inroads as England stretched their benefit to 124 runs by lunch.

The guests stored the tempo excessive, in line with their first-innings show and aggressive ethos and have been 46 for two after seven overs of their second innings with Zak Crawley on 24 and Joe Root not out on 4.

Naseem Shah snared the wicket of Ben Duckett – one among England’s 4 centurions within the first innings – for a first-ball duck attempting to steer by way of deep third however selecting out Salman at second slip.

Naseem may have had a second when Crawley, who had simply hit him for back-to-back fours by way of the leg facet within the fifth over, despatched a vanguard again in direction of the bowler, who received his left hand to it on his follow-through however could not maintain on.

Right away, nonetheless, on the primary ball of the following over, Naseem made amends when he swallowed a catch at deep backward sq. to take away Ollie Pope, who had skied Mohammad Ali’s excellent bouncer.

Jacks, known as up as a late substitute for Ben Foakes who was struck down by sickness on the eve of the match, ended up bowling greater than he ever would have imagined with fellow debutant and part-time spinner Liam Livingstone out of motion with a knee damage sustained earlier within the match. Jacks despatched down down 40.3 overs – second behind solely frontline spinner Jack Leach’s 49 – and walked away with 6 for 161 on this high-scoring Take a look at.

Jacks, the 24-year-old big-hitter got here into the sport with simply 21 first-class wickets, started the day with three extra to his identify – together with 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 remainder.

Salman, on 10 in a single day, helped himself to 16 off the third over of the day, swinging Leach by way of sq. leg for 4 off the primary ball earlier than dispatching the final two for six down the bottom and 4 by way of midwicket, respectively.

He struck back-to-back fours off Jacks a short while later to maneuver deep into the 30s and introduced up his second Take a look at fifty with a well-placed chip off Leach over the covers which raced to the boundary. However Salman fell a short while later, edging Jacks to Crawley at slip.

The dismissal introduced in Take a look at debutant Haris Rauf, who was cleared to bat however will not bowl in England’s second innings after struggling a thigh pressure rolling over the ball whereas fielding on the primary day.

Zahid Mahmood, one other of Pakistan’s 4 Take a look at debutants on this match, placed on a steadfast 17 off 48 balls earlier than he tried to reverse sweep Jacks and was stumped by Pope, appearing wicketkeeper in Foakes’ absence.

Rauf was the final man out, chasing a wider Jacks supply and edging to Root, who took a robust catch stretching excessive overhead at slip.

Valkerie Baynes is a common editor at ESPNcricinfo

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