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Aslam, Ali hold firm against England

By The Assam Tribune

BIRMINGHAM, Aug 7: Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali again frustrated England after the early loss of Mohammad Hafeez as Pakistan battled to save the third Test at Edgbaston today.

At lunch on the fifth and final day, Pakistan were 69 for one, needing 343 to win, after England had declared just four overs into Sunday�s play on 445 for six.

Aslam was 36 not out and Azhar 30 not out.

Pakistan now require a further 274 runs in a minimum of 62 overs to go 2-1 up in the four-match series.

More realistically, they had to bat out two sessions for a draw that would keep the campaign all square ahead of next week�s finale at The Oval.

Hafeez, who made nought in the first innings, fell for just two on Sunday when he hooked fast-medium bowler Stuart Broad straight to long leg, where Chris Woakes made no mistake with the routine catch on his Warwickshire home ground.

His exit completed a miserable 50th Test for Hafeez, who also dropped an important slip catch to reprieve Joe Root on Saturday.

It also meant the opener had made just 102 runs in six innings this series.

As had happened in Pakistan�s first innings when they shared a stand of 181 in a total of 400, with Aslam marking his return to Test cricket with 82 and Azhar�s 139 his first century at this level outside Asia, the second-wicket duo faced a rebuilding job.

But once more 20-year-old left-hander Aslam showed his class with two fours in as many balls off fast bowler Steven Finn.

England captain Alastair Cook decided against declaring before the start of Sunday�s play even though, at 414 for five, his side already led by 311 runs.

Jonny Bairstow was 82 not out and Moeen Ali 60 not out after they had taken the match away from Pakistan on Saturday.

Quick runs were what England needed now and Birmingham-born Ali, who grew up near Edgbaston, delivered them in style.

Sunday�s first over from Yasir Shah saw England score 20 runs, 19 of those off Ali�s bat.

Leg-spinner Shah�s third delivery was lofted for six over midwicket by Ali.

Left-hander Ali struck the next ball for a six as well, this time over long-on.

SCORECARD

England 1st Innings 297

Pakistan 1st Innings 400

England 2nd Innings: A Cook c Yasir Shah b Sohail Khan 66, A Hales c Younis Khan b Mohammad Amir 54, J Root c Mohammad Hafeez b Yasir Shah 62, J Vince c Younis Khan b Mohammad Amir 42, G Ballance c Asad Shafiq b Yasir Shah 28, J Bairstow lbw b Sohail Khan 83, M Ali not out 86, C Woakes not out 3. Extras: (B-4, LB-7, W-2, NB-8) 21. Total (For 6 wkts dec in 129 overs) 445. Fall of wickets: 1-126, 2-126, 3-221, 4-257, 5-282, 6-434. Bowling: Amir 31-8-75-2; Sohail 29-3-111-2; Rahat 21-8-54-0; Shah 43-4-172-2; Azhar 5-0-22-0.

Pakistan 2nd Innings (target: 343): Mohammad Hafeez c Woakes b Broad 2, Sami Aslam not out 36, Azhar Ali not out 30. Extras: (NB-1) 1. Total (For 1 wkt in 22 overs) 69. Fall of wickets: 1-6. Bowling: Anderson 4-1-15-0; Broad 5-2-6-1; Woakes 5-1-24-0; Finn 5-1-16-0; Ali 2-0-4-0; Root 1-0-4-0. � AFP

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Aslam, Ali hold firm against England

BIRMINGHAM, Aug 7: Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali again frustrated England after the early loss of Mohammad Hafeez as Pakistan battled to save the third Test at Edgbaston today.

At lunch on the fifth and final day, Pakistan were 69 for one, needing 343 to win, after England had declared just four overs into Sunday�s play on 445 for six.

Aslam was 36 not out and Azhar 30 not out.

Pakistan now require a further 274 runs in a minimum of 62 overs to go 2-1 up in the four-match series.

More realistically, they had to bat out two sessions for a draw that would keep the campaign all square ahead of next week�s finale at The Oval.

Hafeez, who made nought in the first innings, fell for just two on Sunday when he hooked fast-medium bowler Stuart Broad straight to long leg, where Chris Woakes made no mistake with the routine catch on his Warwickshire home ground.

His exit completed a miserable 50th Test for Hafeez, who also dropped an important slip catch to reprieve Joe Root on Saturday.

It also meant the opener had made just 102 runs in six innings this series.

As had happened in Pakistan�s first innings when they shared a stand of 181 in a total of 400, with Aslam marking his return to Test cricket with 82 and Azhar�s 139 his first century at this level outside Asia, the second-wicket duo faced a rebuilding job.

But once more 20-year-old left-hander Aslam showed his class with two fours in as many balls off fast bowler Steven Finn.

England captain Alastair Cook decided against declaring before the start of Sunday�s play even though, at 414 for five, his side already led by 311 runs.

Jonny Bairstow was 82 not out and Moeen Ali 60 not out after they had taken the match away from Pakistan on Saturday.

Quick runs were what England needed now and Birmingham-born Ali, who grew up near Edgbaston, delivered them in style.

Sunday�s first over from Yasir Shah saw England score 20 runs, 19 of those off Ali�s bat.

Leg-spinner Shah�s third delivery was lofted for six over midwicket by Ali.

Left-hander Ali struck the next ball for a six as well, this time over long-on.

SCORECARD

England 1st Innings 297

Pakistan 1st Innings 400

England 2nd Innings: A Cook c Yasir Shah b Sohail Khan 66, A Hales c Younis Khan b Mohammad Amir 54, J Root c Mohammad Hafeez b Yasir Shah 62, J Vince c Younis Khan b Mohammad Amir 42, G Ballance c Asad Shafiq b Yasir Shah 28, J Bairstow lbw b Sohail Khan 83, M Ali not out 86, C Woakes not out 3. Extras: (B-4, LB-7, W-2, NB-8) 21. Total (For 6 wkts dec in 129 overs) 445. Fall of wickets: 1-126, 2-126, 3-221, 4-257, 5-282, 6-434. Bowling: Amir 31-8-75-2; Sohail 29-3-111-2; Rahat 21-8-54-0; Shah 43-4-172-2; Azhar 5-0-22-0.

Pakistan 2nd Innings (target: 343): Mohammad Hafeez c Woakes b Broad 2, Sami Aslam not out 36, Azhar Ali not out 30. Extras: (NB-1) 1. Total (For 1 wkt in 22 overs) 69. Fall of wickets: 1-6. Bowling: Anderson 4-1-15-0; Broad 5-2-6-1; Woakes 5-1-24-0; Finn 5-1-16-0; Ali 2-0-4-0; Root 1-0-4-0. � AFP

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