Pak Vs Eng

Anderson, Stuart Broad gave England the better of the first day of the final test: Eng Vs Pak

James Anderson and Stuart Broad gave England the better of the first day of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah.

Pak Vs Eng

Anderson took 4-17 and Broad 2-13 as the hosts were bowled out for 234, Misbah-ul-Haq resisting with 71, before England closed on 4-0 from two overs.

But, on a pitch showing prodigious turn, England spinners Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Samit Patel disappointed.

And England all-rounder Ben Stokes also left the field with a shoulder injury.

Stokes was hurt while attempting to catch Sarfraz Ahmed off the bowling of Patel and departed with his right arm in a sling. He will have a scan on Monday morning to discover the extent of the injury.

While that provides a worry for an England team who must win to avoid a series defeat, so too will the threat of the Pakistan spin bowlers on a surface that turned throughout the first day

On a pitch offering so much for the spinners, England were again dependent on the new-ball pair of Anderson and Broad for control and potency.

Between them, they returned figures of 28.1-15-29-6, including a spell after lunch when Broad’s five consecutive maidens were followed by four Anderson overs for two runs.

In that time, Broad had Shoaib Malik caught by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, handed the gloves following the decision to drop Jos Buttler, and Anderson pinned Younus Khan leg before to go with the edge behind he induced from Azhar Ali in the third over.

And, when captain Misbah looked set to reverse the momentum late in the day by dismantling the spinners, Anderson and Broad returned with the second new ball to snuff out the resistance.

Broad had Yasir Shah caught hooking, before Anderson had key man Misbah and number 11 Rahat Ali held in the slips.

…and spinners struggle

England’s decision to field three front-line spinners was vindicated by the Sharjah surface, but not by the performance of the slow bowlers.

Moeen, Rashid and Patel – playing his first Test since 2012 – returned combined figures of 4-175 from 46 overs. Whereas Broad and Anderson went for little more than a run an over, none of England’s spinners managed an economy rate of 3.50.

Left-armer Patel was the pick. He produced two moments of quality to have Asad Shafiq caught behind and to bowl Wahab Riaz, while Moeen’s two wickets fell to catches on the leg-side boundary.

All three were guilty of long-hops and full tosses, conceding a total of 18 fours and three sixes, compared to a combined five boundaries off pace bowlers Anderson, Broad and Stokes.

Misbah defiant again

Just as he did on the first day of the second Test, Misbah defied the England attack by negating the pace bowlers and targeting the spinners.

Almost shotless in defence against Broad and Anderson, the right-hander scored all but one of his nine boundaries against slow bowlers, heaving Rashid and Patel for a straight six each.

In all, Misbah scored just only runs from 68 balls against the pacemen, in contrast to 62 from 92 delivered by the spin trio.

He found a busy ally in Sarfraz for a sixth-wicket stand of 80, but when Sarfraz holed out off Moeen, it began a final slide of five wickets for 38 runs.