Pakistan fast bowler Naseem Shah got the wicket of England captain Joe Root with a peach of a delivery on day one of the third Test at Southampton on Friday.
With Root starting to find some flow and batting on 29, Naseem produced a moment of magic to reduce the hosts to 114/3.
The 17-year-old right-arm quick angled the ball in to the right-hander, pitched it short of good length, and got it to nip away sharply to get the outside edge. Wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan did the rest by taking a brilliant catch in front of first slip.
As the England captain slowly made his way back to the pavilion, still searching for a big score this summer, he had a wry smile on his face. As if wondering, just how does one play such a delivery.
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Later, Zak Crawley struck his maiden Test century as he stitched together a superb partnership with Jos Buttler.
Crawley, 97 not out at tea, took two down to fine leg off Mohammad Abbas before an offside glide off the pacer saw him to a 171-ball hundred, including 11 fours in what was his eighth Test. This was just the fourth first-class century of the 22-year-old right-hander’s career and it was a valuable innings.
At stumps, England were 332/4 with Crawley and Buttler unbeaten on 171* and 87* respectively. The partnership stood at 205 at the end of 90 overs.
Root, with England needing to avoid defeat to secure a first series win over Pakistan in a decade at 1-0 up in a three-match campaign, decided to bat on a blustery morning where the sun was starting to break through the clouds.
England suffered an early setback when Rory Burns, in a tough series for openers, nicked a full-length delivery from fellow left-hander Afridi that moved away late, with Shan Masood holding a good low catch at fourth slip.
Burns stood his ground but replays confirmed it was a fair catch and he was out for six, the batsman now averaging five from four innings this series.
A second-wicket stand worth of 61 ended when Dom Sibley, going down the pitch to Yasir, was given out lbw for 22 following an impassioned appeal by the bowler. England were 73/2.
The hosts made just one change following the second Test, a match marred by weather delays, with fast bowler Jofra Archer replacing Sam Curran. Left-arm seamer Curran had been brought into the side in place of Ben Stokes, with the star all-rounder missing the last two Tests of the series due to personal reasons.
(With inputs from AFP)
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