Mohammad Hafeez piles on runs as Pakistan extend lead over England

Published: Wednesday 4th November 2015 by The News Editor

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England mustered a solitary wicket on a disappointing fourth morning at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, as Pakistan extended their lead to 157.

Mohammad Hafeez (145 not out) completed his hundred, and then helped captain Misbah-ul-Haq steer the hosts to 229 for four at lunch.

England must win this final Test of three to snatch a drawn series, and their hopes of doing so have been on the wane for the past 24 hours.

They did manage to shift nightwatchman Rahat Ali swiftly, in the second over of the day when James Anderson snaked one back into him to dislodge the off bail.

Otherwise, though, there were only brief moments of encouragement for England – each accompanied by more frustration.

Adil Rashid reviewed an unsuccessful lbw appeal against Hafeez, with his first delivery of the morning, but replays showed the leg-break pitching outside leg.

In the same over, Rashid turned his googly square – too much for Hafeez advancing well out of his ground, still on his overnight 97, as well as wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow as the ball ran away for four byes.

The opener reached his ninth Test hundred, off 169 balls, but had an escape on 113 when Stuart Broad could not gather a front-edge return catch low in his follow-through.

The near misses ended there, as Pakistan’s experienced fifth-wicket pair took their damaging stand to an unbroken 77.

England, albeit with a second new ball imminent, were therefore left contemplate an eventual chase which will surely tax their resources.

Published: Wednesday 4th November 2015 by The News Editor

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