Adil Rashid narrowly fails to earn England a draw against Pakistan

Published: Monday 26th October 2015 by The News Editor

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Adil Rashid’s heroics proved agonisingly in vain as England’s great escape faltered at the last against Pakistan in Dubai.

Number eight Rashid batted almost throughout the final two sessions of the second Test, but ultimately to no avail as the tourists were bowled out for 312 to lose by 178 runs deep into the evening session.

Their chances were barely existent when they descended to 187 for six at lunch, in notional pursuit of a world-record target of 491.

Rashid (61) resuscitated them with a maiden half-century, in only his second Test, and was valiantly assisted by Stuart Broad and Mark Wood in stands of 60 and 55 for the eighth and ninth wickets.

Then, though, came the cruellest blow when Rashid himself committed England’s last mistake – surrounded by close fielders, and driving Yasir Shah straight into the hands of cover with 6.3 overs left.

England must therefore contemplate the stark reality that they cannot win this series, and from 1-0 down will lose it in Sharjah next week unless they can pull off a first Test success away to Pakistan since 2000.

Published: Monday 26th October 2015 by The News Editor

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