Wahab Riaz Shines for Pakistan and Skittles Out England
This time is was England that looked pitiful as they were skittled out by some amazing Pakistan bowling which, but for a wagging tail, would have been a total disaster. England Ended their innings at 233 all out.
The bowler who did most of the damage was Wahab Riaz who was making his test debut for his country. The Pakistan selectors must have been wondering how he had gone unnoticed before. Many pundits are saying that this was one of the best bowling debuts in test cricket.
Riaz has played in the Staffordshire league and he has made a previous international appearance in an India Pakistan one day match. He is a left hander and delivers an accurately targeted ball with many changes of pace which, when combined with his obvious aggression, did much to confuse the England batsmen. Interestingly ho did not seem to find any swing, but his line and his length would have even earned him the respect of Geoff Boycott.
England won the toss and elected to bat but Cook again failed spectacularly being bowled out for six by the seventh ball he faced. We really question why the England selectors continue to pick him. Next is was skipper Strauss who went for 16, and then it was a procession back to the dressing room until Prior put a temporary halt to the rot. He batted aggressively and accurately and soon had standing ovations from the spectators. Eventually he finished the day 84 not out.
The only other player to put up any resistance was Broad. Despite a hesitant start, he collected himself together and started playing shots and reaping rewards from them. He is not the most popular player with the Pakistan bowlers (he is accused of breaking Haider’s finger with a petulant throw) and they showed it with a barrage of bouncers and body liners. He made 43 runs before falling lbw to Riaz, his fifth wicket of the innings.
Pakistan made a reasonable start to their innings ending the day on 48 for 1 with Hameed on 36.