Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah force England collapse in Dubai

Published: Saturday 24th October 2015 by The News Editor

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England collapsed to Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah on the third morning of the second Test, and were set to concede a yawning first-innings deficit in Dubai.

The tourists resumed with hopes high, the prolific Joe Root unbeaten and with another century perhaps in his sights.

But they were to falter alarmingly from 206 for three to 236 for nine before lunch, handing Pakistan an almost certain three-figure mid-match advantage – on a pitch expected to increasingly favour spin and make England’s task of batting last a daunting prospect.

In an eventful first hour, described the previous evening by Stuart Broad as potentially the biggest of the match, England lost three wickets – and then were soon in even more trouble as Wahab took three for seven in his first eight overs of the day.

Root (88) got under way, after three maidens, with two leg-side fours off full-tosses in a Yasir over which cost 11.

He was soon to go at the other end, though, pushing out to drive a wider one off the impressive Wahab (four for 66) and edging behind.

By then, Jonny Bairstow had edged Yasir (four for 90) just short and past slip for four – and then in the same over, he was dropped by Sarfraz Ahmed after nicking a cut to the wicketkeeper.

He thought he was gone anyway soon afterwards, walking half-way off when he edged Yasir low again to slip – before sloping back on when third-umpire Chris Gaffaney surprisingly reprieved him.

Younus Khan appeared to many eyes to get his fingers under the ball for a smart catch – but unlike in very similar circumstances when James Anderson held Zulfiqar Babar in last week’s first Test, this time a new third official saw things differently.

Bairstow quickly lost two more partners, both caught-behind again off Wahab.

Ben Stokes edged carelessly behind on the back foot, and then the out-of-form Jos Buttler went for a duck trying to drive when the left-armer changed his angle to round the wicket.

Adil Rashid outdid Ben Stokes, with the worst shot of the morning, aiming Yasir against the spin – and four balls later the leg-spinner had his third wicket when Bairstow was lbw pushing half-forward to a skiddy delivery.

Mark Wood’s dismissal to Yasir was then a curiosity, in that he had to go caught at slip after both an on-field referral to the third umpire and then a batsman’s review.

The conclusion was that Wood had edged a ball which had not bounced on its way to the fielder.

Published: Saturday 24th October 2015 by The News Editor

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