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Pakistan Vs England, 3rd Test Prediction

[box type=”shadow” align=”alignleft” class=”” width=””]Prediction: Despite a build up if any, England will lose crucial moments of the game and the struggle may just be about a Pakistan win or the Draw. A Test Match with major ups and downs.[/box]

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At the end of the first day’s play on a newly laid pitch at Sharjah, there were signs of a thirst quench for the spinners and the fast bowlers equally. The third and final Test match looked evenly poised for a decider.

Pakistan never thought of a mirage that’s going to have a real sheet of water that could trouble them once they walk down to bat. A mere score of 234 was by far not expected; not enough. Except for a few quality dismissals, the pitch primarily played a major role in tying down the batters. It was seaming, bouncing and spinning almost square. It kept the scoring rate below 3 and compelled some silly shots.

An English team playing three spinners is a rarity. Even rare is making a comeback after long for a decider. With a fair idea of the pitch due to his recent drill in the warm up games in Sharjah, Cook had firm reasons to rely upon Shamit Patel. It brought smiles back into a career that started in 2012 against Sri Lanka as he bagged 2 wickets on the very first day while playing only his sixth Test match. He bowled nice and curvy trajectories with his left hand and rushed back some flat and quick throws from the distance with his right.

Moeen Ali was equally successful with two under his name as well as he tackled the sweeps on most occasions. Adil Rashid sent down ten overs for 41 and could still be dismissed for his early days tag. Perhaps the second innings will once again fetch him some glory.

As for the batters, ‘one man’ Misbah with his patiently made 71 was well on his mission one more time until it all started folding for Pakistan. Hafeez and Sarfraz must be trying to justify their final shots on the crease respectively only just to fail again and again. To add to the plight, what made Azhar Ali and Shoaib Malik play far outside the off stump despite knowing the conditions doesn’t fetch a satisfying answer. Only Younis Khan can be exempted from the party as he missed the length of a low full toss hurled onto his pad right before the leg stump after he had managed 31 runs of 58 balls with firm cuts and drives.

Pakistan have scored just 234 in the first innings after winning the toss and that calls for immense discipline with the ball to defend it. Even if spinners do their job, Rahat Ali will have to shoulder the responsibility of the pace attack with in form Wahab Riaz to cut short an English wall.

England were asked to bat for two overs before the end of the first day. They come back tomorrow to resume their stay with the bat without the loss of any wicket. They know, it wouldn’t be easy. If they have learned anything from the Pakistan innings then they would rather eliminate the desperate rash shots, play slowly to reach 234 and then move on with a quality lead. This is where England make or break. In the first Test, day five was crucial. In the second Test, day three did the trick and now in the last one, it seems the second day of the Test match will decide it all.

We believe that there is a lot to be seen before this Test match comes to an end and decides the series. One active session with wickets will set it up and a few quite sessions can make it even back again. Let’s watch it for cricket. The game that never fails to keep us interested, irrespective of its format.

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