Pakistan tail-enders face English fielders’ cordon in fading light

Mushtaq A Subhani

An interesting but tense situation was witnessed during the last session on final day of the first Test match, played at Rawalpindi on December 5, when the last-standing pair of Pakistani batsmen (tail-enders) was fighting hard to save the match.

The batsmen on the crease were fast bowler Naseem Shah and debutant pacer Mohammad Ali who found themselves in the midst of a dense bunch of close-in fielders of the England side.

It was a rare sight in Test cricket when all the eleven players of the opponent team cordoned off the tail-enders to increase pressure on them.

As captain Ben Stokes increased the pressure on them by bringing in fast bowlers James Anderson and Ollie Robinson to attack them with all fielders standing close to them.

Both Naseem Shah and Mohammad Ali were desperately trying to face a reverse swing masterclass by the experienced pacers as the daylight was fading.

However, the batsmen could only last 35 minutes before left-arm spinner Jack Leach came to trap Naseem lbw to wrap up the match.

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