Pakistan turn up pressure on final morning of first England Test
Pakistan lost just one wicket on the final morning of the first Test in Rawalpindi, heading into lunch needing 174 runs for victory as the pressure built on England.
Although they reached the break at 169 for three in their second innings, the hosts’ single loss was the key wicket of Imam-ul-Haq.
Imam had scored successive centuries in his last three innings at Rawalpindi but was caught behind off the bowling of James Anderson for 48.
Saud Shakeel stepped up with a half-century, reaching the milestone with a four off Joe Root, and went into the break unbeaten on 63.
Pakistan started the day requiring 263 runs to win with eight wickets remaining after Ben Stokes made a daring declaration, setting the hosts a target of just 343 on a very flat deck.
Early on Monday it looked as though the home side were determined to bring the draw back into play, with just 13 runs coming in the first hour of play after eight from the opening eight deliveries.
However, they started to pick up the pace, with 11 coming from Will Jacks’ first over of the day.
England continued to tinker with the field as they have done throughout the Test, including asking stand-in wicketkeeper Ollie Pope to stand up to Anderson.
England had scored 264 runs in just 35.5 overs in their second innings at a run rate of more than 7.5 but would have been hoping to make the most of the slightly lively dew on the ground in the morning.
Having made two breakthroughs on the evening of day four, including the crucial wicket of Pakistan captain Babar Azam and Azhar Ali retiring hurt, it looked as though the momentum was with the visitors, but they struggled to kick on on Monday morning.
England will continue to be without Liam Livingstone for the remainder of the Test – and the series – with the all-rounder due to return home on Tuesday to continue rehabilitation from a knee injury.
Olly Stone hopes to play a role in an England pace trio during this year’s Ashes
Stone hopes to play a role this summer along with Jofra Archer and Mark Wood.
Olly Stone ready for whatever role is required to make England World Cup squad
‘Any way in the England team, I’ll snap someone’s hand off,’ said Stone.
Dane van Niekerk ‘absolutely broken’ to miss World Cup over fitness standards
The South Africa captain was unable to complete a two-kilometre run in the minimum required time.
Run of defeats has not damaged England’s confidence, insists Moeen Ali
The all-rounder is confident England will be in good shape for the defence of their World Cup crown.
Lancashire sign New Zealand pair Daryl Mitchell and Colin de Grandhomme
The all-rounders will be available to play in the LV= Insurance County Championship and Vitality T20 Blast throughout the season.
Jos Buttler admits he needs to find his rhythm as England lose to South Africa
The hosts won the second ODI by five wickets to clinch the series in Bloemfontein.
Temba Bavuma hits hundred as South Africa secure ODI series win over England
The Proteas chased down 343 at Bloemfontein to go 2-0 up in the three-match series.
Jos Buttler and Harry Brook give England hope of levelling ODI series
England reached 342 for seven against South Africa, with Buttler making 94 and Brook 80.
Jason Roy was never ready to ‘roll over’ despite year of setbacks and low points
Roy has for so long been England’s pacesetter at the top of the order but lost his place in the side.
England batter Jason Roy emotional after return to form in South Africa defeat
Roy’s slump with the bat led to him being dropped ahead of England’s T20 World Cup-winning campaign last year.