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Pakistan v England: first Test day three – live


Key events

68th over: Pakistan 239-1 (Imam 119, Azhar 4) Jacks twirls away for another set, conceding seven after Azhar gets off the mark with a boundary. And that’s drinks.

Rob Lewis writes in: “Hi Taha, I don’t recall seeing you on obo before. If I’m wrong, sorry. If not, welcome aboard. I have a student called Taha here in Istanbul. It’s not you, moonlighting, by any chance?”

Hiya, Rob. It’s my Test debut for the OBO! Still waiting for someone to present me with my cap, though. And while I am a student, I’m in London, not Istanbul.

67th over: Pakistan 232-1 (Imam 116, Azhar 0) Imam slams a six first ball, advancing against Leach for the big leg-side hit. Azhar Ali is in for Pakistan at No.3.

66th over: Pakistan 225-1 (Imam 109, Azhar 0) A decent over from Jacks – a wicket and some sharp turn, too. Suddenly, England have something to work with.

WICKET! Shafique c Pope b Jacks 114 (Pakistan 225-1)

Stokes decides to look elsewhere for the answer, bringing on Will Jacks. He’s too short first ball, with Shafique rocking back to cut for four. And then… wait… what’s this? A wicket! Jacks goes wide and Shafique’s cut goes wrong, with an outside edge finding Ollie Pope’s safe hands behind the stumps. Jacks has his maiden Test wicket, and England can finally celebrate.

65th over: Pakistan 221-0 (Shafique 110, Imam 109) I’m not really sure how anyone’s getting out here.

64th over: Pakistan 220-0 (Shafique 109, Imam 109) Root brings out the bouncer – and Imam pulls away for four.

Brian Withington writes in: “Morning Taha. I’m just wondering how many times in the history of Test cricket there have been six centurions this quickly in proceedings?”

Anyone out there to help us with this one? It’s got to be up there.

63rd over: Pakistan 214-0 (Imam 103, Shafique 109) Shafique starts with another boundary before seeing off five dots.

Imam-ul-Haq likes Rawalpindi. Three Test innings there, all this year: 157, 111*, and now 103* (with plenty to add)

— Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) December 3, 2022

Century for Imam-ul-Haq!

62nd over: Pakistan 210-0 (Shafique 105, Imam 103) Imam goes down the pitch to try and go over extra cover – he gets a thickish edge but moves to 99. A leg-side clip then brings up the hundred, his third in Test cricket – all three of them have come in Rawalpindi.

61st over: Pakistan 204-0 (Imam 97, Shafique 105) Shafique’s forward defence is one to marvel at, and he shows it off for another over.

60th over: Pakistan 204-0 (Shafique 105, Imam 97) Imam is looking slightly nervy as he gets closer to three figures – it feels like it’s been a while since he got the middle on it. England keep tweaking the field as they try and force something out of nowhere.

59th over: Pakistan 204-0 (Imam 97, Shafique 105) Imam finally moves off 94, cutting away for a couple. There’s the second mix-up of the day between Shafique and Imam while running, but they’re safe once again.

58th over: Pakistan 201-0 (Imam 94, Shafique 105) Shafique continues his fun against Root, sweeping behind square for a boundary that moves Pakistan past 200.

57th over: Pakistan 197-0 (Shafique 101, Imam 94) Imam continues to play the waiting game against Leach. Shafique, by the way, is playing just his 20th first-class match – and he’s got eight hundreds. Decent.

Century for Abdullah Shafique!

56th over: Pakistan 196-0 (Shafique 100, Imam 94) A third Test hundred comes up for the very, very talented Abdullah Shafique. He advances down the track to smash Root for six before dabbing a single into the off-side to get to the landmark.

55th over: Pakistan 189-0 (Shafique 93, Imam 94) Leach twirls them, and Imam remains patient, seeing out four dots. He’ll wait a bit longer for that ton.

54th over: Pakistan 188-0 (Shafique 92, Imam 94) Root gets his first look at Imam today, and fires in one of those round-arm sliders, the bowling arm dropping low. Imam ends the over with a delicate dab behind point for a couple.

53rd over: Pakistan 184-0 (Imam 90, Shafique 92) A little mix-up between the two batters after a Shafique punch down the ground, but no dramas in the end as he picks up two. Jack Leach is up and running for the day.

52nd over: Pakistan 182-0 (Shafique 90, Imam 90) Root starts… with a bouncer! Good morning to Abdullah Shafique who ducks to avoid any damage. Shafique gets out the forward defence before clipping for a single to end the over. He’s into the nineties.

Right then, let’s go! Joe Root has the ball.

“It looks exactly the same.” Athers is on Sky to give us a morning update on the pitch – it ain’t breakin’ up.

Elsewhere, in Australia: good to see Ricky Ponting looking well after a health scare.

“I mentioned to JL who was commentating with me that I’d had these pains in my chest … 10 or 15 minutes later I was in the hospital getting the best treatment I possibly could.”

@RickyPonting talks about his last 24 hours pic.twitter.com/GnW8OADghg

— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) December 3, 2022

Preamble

Morning, folks! After England finished their innings yesterday on a gargantuan total of 657, Pakistan hit back – in their own, more measured manner. Going at 3.54rpo (this is apparently rather slow now), Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq put on 181 before stumps, with the visitors still searching for that first breakthrough. Yep, it’s really, really flat.

The good news for England? They’re still a silly amount ahead, and they’ve got ample time to force a few mistakes and inject some panic into this game.

Shafique and Imam, by the way, are currently averaging 538 as a Test opening partnership on this ground. 538.





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