Pakistan has to make 263 runs to win the first test match
There is a gap of 8 wickets between England bowlers and victory
New Delhi. Who had not imagined that the Test match being played between Pakistan and England in Rawalpindi would come to a standstill at this point. But in a decision by England captain Ben Stokes, this lifeless match filled so much excitement that the eyes of cricket fans will be on Rawalpindi on Monday (December 5). Where Pakistan has to score 263 runs on the last day of the match to win the Test, there is a gap of 8 wickets between England bowlers and Fateh. Pakistan’s test specialist batsman Azhar Ali’s injury will also play an important role in the script of victory and defeat.
Rawalpindi test has been in discussion for the past several days. Actually, the pitch here has proved to be a graveyard for the bowlers on both sides. In four days’ play, 1580 runs have been scored on this pitch. In such a situation, most of the people expected the draw of this monotonous match. But after tea on the fourth day of the Test, England captain Ben Stokes, taking a big risk, declared his second innings by scoring 264 runs for 7 wickets. Giving an open challenge to Pakistan, he gave a target of 343 runs to win the match. Before the end of the day’s play, the English bowlers also dropped two wickets of Pakistan including captain Babar Azam. Pakistan currently has 80 runs in its account and has to score 263 runs on the last day to win the match. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Test specialist batsman Azhar Ali got injured without scoring runs and had to leave the field.
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Will Azhar Ali be able to bat?
During Pakistan’s second innings, a ball from England bowler Ollie Robinson hit Azhar Ali on his right hand and he had to retire hurt. Then Azhar had played only 2 balls and his account was not even opened. At the end of the day’s play, the PCB informed that Azhar had injured his finger, after which he was taken to the hospital for an X-ray. In such a situation, if Azhar Ali does not come out to bat on the field on the fifth day, then England’s work will become easier to a great extent.
eyes on the bet of the english captain
England captain Ben Stokes has given Pakistan a target of 343 runs in four sessions on a pitch full of runs. If England bowlers take eight wickets, then Ben Stokes’ bet will work and his courageous decision will be appreciated. If Pakistan wins, they will have to face criticism. England scored 657 in their first innings while Pakistan scored 579 runs.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : December 05, 2022, 09:50 IST