When England destroyed Pakistan cricket team for 99 on the first day of the third test at Dubai, many thought that the English squad has finally taken the revenge of defeat of earlier two tests at the hands of a much lower ranking team. Naturally getting beaten being at the top of the world really hurts. There were speculations that perhaps the third test would not see the light of fourth day as England seemed to be aggressive as Pakistan had been in the earlier two tests.
But the second day was another day, when Pakistan bounced back and England was razed to mere 141. And then the match reversed.
day 3 was sensational and hard hitting. Younis who had become a centurion the day earlier added 12 runs before leaving the superb partnership with Azhar. From then on,it was Azhar's day. He opened the day with his previous day's score of 75 and made the English bowlers beg to leave the ground. But it was only after he had scored a splendid 157, that he decided to quit and was back in pavilion. This was also Azhar's highest test score - 157 off 442 balls.
Pakistan has thus managed to provide a tall, though attainable, target of 324 for the Brits to chase. At the close of the play Sunday, England were 36 for no loss. It now remains to be seen how determined the world number one are to fight back and chase the target.
Would Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal strike back again? Would England strike back too and prove they are still the Number One? Can Pakistan having scored less than 100 in the first innings, beat back the record held for last over one century to finally win the test match?
Watch the 4th day of the match today, Monday for answers - we may have surprises...
Free live streaming for the fourth day of the 3rd Test between England and Pakistan is given below: