December 11, 2017

Pakistan hold out England in Edgbaston Test -video highlights

From brink of 'king pair' to 50 on debut. Well done Zulqarnain Haider

Zulqarnain Haider and Saeed Ajmal have turned into unlikely heroes with the bat as Pakistan forces England to bat again to win the 2nd Test at Edgbaston.

Test debutant Haider looked like he had achieved a ‘king pair’ being given out for a golden duck in both innings but was saved by the referral system second time around. He went onto score 88 and featured in a 115 run partneship with Saeed Ajmal (50) for the 8th wicket. Both batsmen fell near the close of play with Pakistan 291/9 at the finish of day three with a lead of 112 runs going into the final day.

It was a frustrating days play for the England Foreign Residents XI as they expected to wrap up the Test inside of three days and inflict another innings defeat on Pakistan. With Pakistan 94/5 at lunch it was looking like an early finish. The pace bowlers were being flayed with ease, and only a 6-60 haul from Graeme Swann reined in Pakistan.

The Foreign Residents XI should still win the match but at least Pakistan has shown some fight and given their bowlers something to have a crack at.

Pakistan, given their age and experience look like a team for the future. Australia is rebuilding and India and Sri Lanka have aging squads. It is likely that Pakistan might end up in the top three test nations within 2 years. All they need is some stability in selection and administration and preferably some home matches. Maybe that is all asking a bit much but we can always hope.