Shakeel, Rizwan on the move as Pakistan chase 343

The home side lost just one wicket in the morning session on day five

By Web Desk
December 05, 2022
Saud Shakeel plays a sweep shot — AFP

Pakistan have reached 169-3 while chasing a target of 343 runs against England in Rawalpindi on the fifth and final day of the first Test.

At lunch, Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Rizwan were unbeaten on 63 and 42 runs respectively.

Pakistan need another 174 runs with a minimum of 65 overs remaining in the day.

England only managed to pick up one wicket in the morning session as Imam-ul-Haq was caught down the leg-side on the bowling of James Anderson. The opener scored 48 runs with the help of eight fours.

Pakistan lost Abdullah Shafique (6) and Babar Azam (4) on day four of the Test match.

It must be noted that England plundered runs on a lifeless wicket in Rawalpindi in the first innings. The visitors were finally all out for 657 — including a record 506 from the first day Thursday — with four batsmen scoring centuries off the hapless Pakistan bowling.

In reply, three Pakistan batter scored centuries as the home side posted 579 in their first innings.

In the second innings, England batted a run-rate of over seven to set Pakistan a daunting target of 343 runs.

All-rounder Liam Livingstone has been ruled out of the rest of England´s tour of Pakistan with a knee injury, the team´s management said Monday.

The 29-year-old made his Test debut Thursday in the ongoing first Test in Rawalpindi, scoring nine and seven not out in England´s two innings.

But he jarred his knee while fielding on day two and did not bowl in Pakistan´s first innings.

Livingstone also missed the Twenty20 series against Pakistan a few months ago after suffering an ankle injury.

England have yet to decide if a replacement will be called up.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Azhar Ali is fit to bat again after being hit on his right index finger on the fourth day of the Test match.

England are on their first Test tour of Pakistan since 2005, having declined to visit in the interim years on security grounds.

The second Test is in Multan from December 9-13, and the third in Karachi from December 17-21.