Pakistan v England: First Test, Day Five – Live | Pakistan vs England 2022

A great catch by Pope, tumbling to his right, as Imam twists end edges down the leg side. Imam pulls off his helmet and trudges off.

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Confirmation that poor Liam Livingstone, who twisted his knee in the field, has been ruled out of the rest of the Test series against Pakistan with a right knee injury.

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Livingstone, who made his Test debut here at Rawalpindi, will return to the UK on Tuesday and commence rehab with the ECB and Lancashire medical teams.

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At this stage, England have yet to make a decision to call up a replacement. Leicestershire’s teenage legspinner Rehan Ahmed lurks in the shadows.

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21st over: Pakistan 84-2 (Shakeel 24, Imam ul Haq 47) An excellent over from Robinson. Ball immediately passes and Imam has a nibble.A four next ball from a push and an outside edge as Jerusalem rings round Pindi. A spruced up delivery has him all a twist. Then another one beats the bat. Crawley comes in to join Root in the slips and Imam finishes with an immaculate forward defensive.

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Good morning! From the depths of the dullest of draws, England have found a spring and drawn hope. Thanks to a Sunday of fast-forward batting – from Joe “ambidextrous” Root, Harry “bright young thing” Brook and Will “what a debut” Jacks, and a swaggeringly bold declaration by Ben Stokes, we have a game on our hands.

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Pakistan were set a generous 343 in four sessions. By stumps they had lost their talisman Babar Azam, foxed by some short stuff by Stokes, Azhar Ali, retired hurt, and Abdullah Shafique, done by Ollie Robinson. Pakistan will restart in the morning needing another 263 on a pitch in which the daemons are largely imaginary, but England’s aura lies heavy.

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Play starts at 445am GMT. Set the alarm and join us on the sofa for the next chapter of Stokes’ crazy England adventure.

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Key events

29th over: Pakistan 90-3 (Shakeel 29, Rizwan 0) target 343 Stokes pulls in three close catches on the off side, anticipating the Rizwan extravaganza. He resists.

28th over: Pakistan 90-3 (Shakeel 29, Rizwan 0) target 343 Rather, Pakistan have stalled here after Imam’s departure and in the face of immaculate bowling. Will it come to them? Anderson continues to poke and probe.

A question – is chai the preferred morning drink in Pakistan?

27th over: Pakistan 90-3 (Shakeel 29, Rizwan 0) target 343 Rizwan does some gardening and flattens an invisible blade of grass or two, and I’m briefly lost in the pleasure of sipping my tea. A quick move gives Shakeel a run.

26th over: Pakistan 89-3 (Shakeel 28, Rizwan 0) target 343 Up in the shadows of the Pakistani balcony, Azhar Ali collects his bat, but it is Rizwan who appears on the pitch. Another maiden, and the important wicket of Imam ul Haq, second innings series collector.

An email goes through. Good morning Brian Withington!

“Sad news for Liam Livingstone returning home, but perhaps not too surprising given the way he limped yesterday. Let’s hope it’s not too serious.”

Yes, very unfortunate, poor thing. I wonder if England will play on Rehan Ahmed in his absence.

WICKED! Imam caught Pope b Anderson 48 (Pakistan 89-3)

A great catch by Pope, who tumbles to his right as the Imam twists the ends down the leg side. Imam takes off his helmet and trudges off.

25th over: Pakistan 89-2 (Shakeel 28, Imam ul Haq 48) target 343 Another maiden, another try from Robinson, as the Jacks warm up in the deep.

Phil Morton asks about the TMS connection abroad. I’m afraid there isn’t one for this Test Phil as the overseas link apparently only works from the UK. A foreign OBOer followed through the Pakistan site here if it works for you.

24th over: Pakistan 89-2 (Shakeel 28, Imam ul Haq 48) target 343 A morning glory from Jimmy.

Liam Livingstone will fly home

Confirmation that poor Liam Livingstone, who twisted his knee in the field, has been ruled out of the rest of the Test series against Pakistan with a right knee injury.

Livingstone, who made his Test debut here at Rawalpindi, will return to the UK on Tuesday and begin rehabilitation with the ECB and Lancashire medical team.

At this stage, England have yet to make a decision on calling in a replacement. Leicestershire’s teenage leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed lurks in the shadows.

23rd over: Pakistan 89-2 (Shakeel 28, Imam ul Haq 48) Robinson continues to push on a sun-baked pitch. The short outfield grass is brown/green as Robinson tries over and around the wicket.

22nd over: Pakistan 84-2 (Shakeel 24, Imam ul Haq 47) Any movement you say? Jimmy Anderson prepares, immaculate in white. Four screams through the covers, but otherwise another test over.

Morning session

21st over: Pakistan 84-2 (Shakeel 24, Imam ul Haq 47) An excellent over from Robinson. The ball passes immediately and the imam has a pacifier. A four next ball from a push and an outside edge as Jerusalem rings around Pindi. A spiffy delivery has a twist on him. Then another bat swings. Crawley comes in to join Root in the slips and Imam finishes with an immaculate fielder.

Ollie Robinson has the ball in its giant paw…

Nasser speaks. He plumps for 40 percent England, 30 percent Pakistan, 30 percent draw.

It is cold and dark in my living room, but there is some good news for Pakistan – Azhar Ali is fit to play today. Quickly put on the boiler, the game starts in five!

Introduction

Good morning! From the depths of the dullest draws, England have found a spring and a hope. Thanks to a Sunday of fast forward batting – from Joe ‘ambidextrous’ Root, Harry ‘bright young thing’ Brook and Will ‘what a debut’ Jacks, and a stunningly bold declaration from Ben Stokes, we have a game on our hands.

Pakistan were set for a generous 343 in four sessions. At stumps, they had lost talisman Babar Azam, ripped by some short stuff by Stokes, Azhar Ali, retired injured, and Abdullah Shafique, bowled by Ollie Robinson. Pakistan will restart in the morning needing another 263 on a pitch where the demons are largely imaginary but England’s aura hangs heavy.

The game starts at 445 GMT. Set the alarm and join us on the sofa for the next chapter of Stokes’ crazy England adventure.

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