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Pakistan v England: First Test, Day Four – Live | Pakistan v England 2022


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146 over: Pakistan 554-7 (Salman 53, Mahmood 5) Fifty to Salman! He gets there with a nice lofted drive for four off Leach. He was extremely fluid in this shot and registers vital points for his team.

146 on: Pakistan 545-7 (Salman 48, Mahmood 5) A simple harum scarum nearly sees the end of Mahmood, but the throw from keeper Ollie Pope picking up to collect at the backspot misses by a midge eyelash.

145 on: Pakistan 542-7 (Salman 45, Mahmood 5) Another young girl from Leach keeping things tight for her skipper. The deficit is now 115 points, what do we think is the most likely path to victory here for each side? Let me know your thoughts or theories if you’re tuned in, it’s pre-ink dawn here in London and to be brutally honest I could do with the business.

You can reach me by e-mail or on Twitter. The more outlandish predictions the better of course.

144 on: Pakistan 542-7 (Salman 45, Mahmood 5) Stokes and Jacks have another middle of the chinwag, Salman plays a preemptive backhand which is almost brilliantly taken by Joe Root anticipating sips he also gets a fingertip. Joel Wilson then has a bit of a nightmare – giving Salman an lbw to a Will Jacks delivery that clearly looks like he’s kicked the outside leg. Yeah, NOT OUT on the review and ref Wilson shakes his head regretfully, I think he knew it was a bit of a brain fade as soon as he lifted his finger.

143 on: Pakistan 534-7 (Salman 37, Mahmood 5) Leach sends a poll, a young girl. Pakistan scored 35 runs in seven overs this morning. It’s fair to say that the terrain still seems extremely flat.

142 on: Pakistan 534-7 (Salman 37, Mahmood 5) Salman smashes Jacks to the ground for four and chases him with a reverse sweep that also flies away from the fence. There’s a looong conflab between Stokes and Jacks that’s been so long it’s starting to get David Gower ermine goat on TV commentary. Jacks sends a wide half-tracker to finish off what I don’t think was part of the clever plan. He gets away with it as Salman slaps him straight.

141 on: Pakistan 526-7 (Salman 29, Mahmood 5) Just one crossed Salman Ravine off Leach. Pakistan trail by 131 and have three wickets in the hutch. I tell you, it’s going to get very interesting. I don’t know exactly how yet, but write them down very vagueth words. Will Jacks comes to replace Jimmy Anderson at the other end.

Now the first thing to mention is that I was caught off guard being a start time early and a few overs were sent. No wickets for England but a flurry of limits from the blade of Pakistani Agha Salman who rose to 28. Zahid Mahmood is with him at the crease and Jack Leach twirls under a blue sky.

Preamble

Hello and welcome to Pakistan’s fourth OBO day against England from Rawalpindi. It’s been three long days of work for the bowlers, but I have a sneaky suspicion that this game has a sting in the story…or maybe it’s just wishful thinking.

It has been hard work for the bowlers and outfielders on both sides which is hard on them but gives me a great opportunity to plug in a piece I recently made in the field.

Here’s what Paul Collingwood had to say about those long days in the dirt:

The deep satisfaction you get from winning Test matches means so much more when you’ve been through those endless days, the sessions burning with appropriate fatigue, your whole body aching, your legs like lead. I guess that’s why you play the game. Those tough days make the other days more meaningful. You have to cross them, bring out the dark humor.

Jim here with the call for the first half of the day, with the lark and hopefully some other OBOers? Let me know if you’re there. Let’s do this.



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