Sports News | Rampant England have set a 343 run goal for Pakistan in the 1st Test

Rawalpindi, Dec 4 (AP) Rampant England continued their attempt to force a result against Pakistan, declaring their second inning on day four of the first Test and setting the hosts a 343 goal on Sunday.

England, who previously held a 78-run lead in the first innings, declared 264-7 at the tea with a maximum of 130 overs left in their first Test in Pakistan in 17 years.

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Pakistan’s lower order dug in to reduce England’s lead in the first innings before being sacked for 579.

Joe Root hit 73 and Harry Brook followed his belligerent century in the first innings with 87 balls from 65 before being bowled by fast bowler Naseem Shah (2-66) on the tea break bat, with captain Ben Stokes declaring a short time later.

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England added a brisk 218 runs in the second session to finish the innings with an aggressive run rate of 7.4 per over, matching the aggression of their first innings, which saw the visitors post an electrifying 657 total.

England lost first innings century makers Ben Duckett and Ollie Pope to go 46-2 in seven overs before lunch to underscore their plans to set up a goal for Pakistan.

Pakistan’s inexperienced bowling resources were further reduced when fast bowler Haris Rauf’s debutant failed to recover from his strained right quadriceps and failed to bowl in the second innings.

Root survived just after completing his half-century when Naseem failed to hold a backswing in the blankets before legs spinner Zahid Mahmood (2-84) fired Root and then Stokes for a duck in a single over.

Earlier, offspinner Will Jacks, who made his Test debut at the last minute after Ben Foakes was sidelined with a virus infection, was 6-161 on a wicket that did few favors for the bowlers before Pakistan was eventually bowled out.

Pakistan’s Tailenders frustrated England for almost 1.5 hours as Agha Salman scored 53 balls from 67 after the home side resumed 499-7.

Salman shared a 57-run streak with Mahmood, 17, who didn’t play a false shot despite being surrounded near-bat at the crease by at least six England fielders for most of the time.

Salman successfully knocked over referee Joe Wilson’s leg on the field before being ruled by a televised recommendation just before reaching his half-century mark.

TV replays suggested Jacks had thrown the ball outside the line of the leg stump as the batsman attempted a backswing but missed the line of the ball and was hit on the front pad.

Salman achieved his second Test in half a century by chipping left spinner Jack Leach over cover before taking Jacks to the lone slip. Leach threw jacks for most of the overs, finishing the game 2-190.

The injured Rauf (12), who won’t bowl in the second innings due to his strained quad, stayed with Mahmood and added another 22 runs before Jacks finally wrapped the innings by sacking both batters. (AP)

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