Sir Ian Botham is fancying Pakistan to go on to emerge winners in the ongoing Sharjah test match, but, he reckons the Three Lions have an outside chance too if their captain and vice captain who were at the crease at the stumps today manage to survive for a couple of more sessions.
Pakistan batted superbly well in the second innings and posted a score of 355 on the board to set England a stiff target of 284 on a pitch where not only is the ball turning square, but, its keeping low as well.
It was always going to be tough for England to see off an hour or so left in the third session on day 4. It would have given them a lot of confidence if they had not lost any wicket in that duration, but, Shoaib Malik, playing in his farewell test match, struck back-to-back to leave the visitors in disarray.
Malik had dismissed 4 English batsmen in the first innings as well.
Analyzing the play on a television channel, Botham said, “I think for the game and the series to get interesting, it’s important that the two who are unbeaten at the moment don’t get out early tomorrow. They have to keep going because they are England’s best bets. If they bat big, we would be in for a close finish, that’s for sure.” Read more »