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Riaz enjoys dream debut as Pakistan rock England

Pakistan debutant Wahab Riaz


Pakistan debutant Wahab Riaz

Debutant Wahab Riaz was the star of the show on the first day of the npower Third Test as Pakistan came out fighting.

The left arm seamer took five wickets for the visitors to put England on the back foot for the first time in the series.

England, who hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four match series, were all out for 233 in their first innings after Riaz dismantled the batting order, taking the wickets of Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan and Stuart Broad.

However, things could have been a lot worse for England, who at one stage were reeling at 94-7. The hosts had Matt Prior and Stuart Broad to thank for digging them out of trouble with a 119-run stand for the eighth wicket.

Alastair Cook’s low scoring run continued as he became the first casualty of the day in only the second over, and the Essex batsman now looks in increasing danger of being dropped for the Lord’s test.

The tourists reached 48-1 when they opened their first innings during the evening session, with Yasir Hameed central to their cause on his return to the international fold after a three-year absence.

They lost Imran Farhat for 11, bowled by James Anderson, but Hameed ended the day on 36 not out and Pakistan will aim to push home their advantage on day two.


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