England struggle after Moin challenge

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2000, 0:00 [IST]
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Faislabad: England had scored 88 for three off 37 overs at tea against Pakistan on the fifth and final of the second Test at the Iqbal Stadium on Sunday. Mike Atherton (45) and Alec Stewart (17) were at the crease.England were left struggling by the Pakistan spinners. While Saqlain Mushtaq bowled Marcus Trescothick for 10 with the total on 44, Arshad Khan struck a twin blow to reduce Pakistan to 57 for three. England skipper Nasser Hussain was given out caught behind, while TV replays showed that the ball might have lodged into wicket-keeper Moin Khan's hands off the batsman's pads.

Arshad, however, bowled a superb delivery to remove Graham Thorpe.Left-handed Thorpe was bowled without offering a stroke to a superb delivery from Arshad as he went around the wicket. Mike Atherton and Alec Stewart are good players of spin and with Graeme Hick to follow England can still look for a draw.Pakistan captain Moin Khan threw the gauntlet at the Englishmen by declaring the Pakistan second innings closed at 269 for three. Moin recalled his batsmen to the pavilion the moment Abdur Razzaq reached his century. Pakistan thus took a lead of 243 runs and set England a victory target of 244 runs.

With the declaration coming about 25 minutes before lunch, England had made 10 for no loss from five overs at lunch. England will now have to contend with the tricky spin bowling of Pakistan during the last session of play.Earlier, Pakistan made their intentions clear as they went for quick runs. Wasim Akram was padded up and ready in case a wicket fell. But, Razzaq and Inzamam continued their overnight partnership. Inzamam fell while trying a big hit of Ian Salisbury and was caught by Graeme Hick at the deep.Inzamam scored 71 runs from 122 balls with three fours and a six. Though Wasim Akram took the spot in the middle, Moin declared the innings the moment Razzaq reached his 100 from 225 balls with 12 hits to the fence.

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