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SHARJAH (Staff Report) – Pakistan collapsed at 234 runs in third Test game against England, on the first day of match.


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Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq remained prominent batsman by scoring 71 runs. Six Pakistani batsmen failed to enter double figure scores.

England’s Anderson picked four wickets.

Earlier Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and decided to bat first.

Pakistan, 1-0 up after winning the second Test in Dubai by 178 runs, brought in batsman Azhar Ali and paceman Rahat Ali, replacing opener Shan Masood and injured fast bowler Imran Khan.

England decided to play with three spinners after seamer Mark Wood (rested with an ankle problem) and Jos Butler were dropped, including left-arm spinner Samit Patel and James Taylor.

Taylor and Patel are playing their first Test in three years.

The first Test ended in a draw in Abu Dhabi.

Teams:

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Azhar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Samit Patel, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Taylor

Umpires: Bruce Oxenford (AUS) and Chris Gaffaney (NZL)

TV umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS)

Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM).