End of 24th over
A terrific first over from Yasir Shah post lunch. Almost got Dom Sibley in that over. Yasir is getting a lot of purchase from the surface. ENG 59/1End of 23rd over
: An eventful first over from Mohammad Abbas after lunch. A boundary and a close caught behind call in it. Yasir Shah will share the ball with Abbas from the other end. ENG 59/1
Dom Sibley and England skipper Joe Root are out in the middle to resume England chase in the post lunch session. Mohammad Abbas will start the proceedings for Pakistan. Two slips and a gully in place for him. Here we go!Lunch, Day 4First session in a nutshell
: Mohammad Abbas removed Rory Burns after Yasir Shah added valuable late-order runs for Pakistan on the fourth day of the first Test against England at Old Trafford in Manchester. England were 55-1 at lunch, still needing a further 222 runs to reach a challenging victory target of 277. Dom Sibley was 26* and Joe Root, the England captain, 18 not out. The pair kept Pakistan at bay after Burns (10) was lbw to Mohammad Abbas to leave England 22-1, with the accurate seamer pinning the left-hander on the back leg from around the wicket. Abbas had lunch figures of 1-13 from six overs, with a disciplined Sibley and Root content to pick off the occasional loose balls in the face of some tight Pakistan bowling. Only twice has a team chased more than 200 to win in the fourth innings of a Test at Old Trafford, with England making 294-4 against New Zealand in 2008 and 231-3 against the West Indies in 2004.
So, just one wicket for Pakistan before lunch and Joe Root and Dom Sibley with be satisfied with their performances. England looking strong but they still have a long way to go in this 277-run chase. Yasir Shah completes the final over and umpires have called for the break. ENG 55/1 after 22 overs. Need another 222 runs to win.
20 overs into the England chase and Dom Sibley (21*) and Joe Root (15*) are steadily taking their team forward. Just over five minutes to go for lunch. ENG 47/1, need another 230 runs to win. Change in bowling for Pakistan as Shadab Khan comes into the attack.
End of 17th over: Another probing over from Naseem Shah comes to an end. Just a single from it. Naseem has bowled pretty well so far in this session but just has not been lucky enough. Yasir Shah to continue from the other end. Just under 20 minutes to go for lunch. Can Pakistan chip in another one here? ENG 36/1
End of 13th over: A decent over from Naseem Shah comes to an end. Four runs from it. And, Pakistan now bring in leggie Yasir Shah into the attack. ENG 31/1
11.1 overs: OUT! Trapped in front! Mohammad Abbas gets the opening breakthrough for Pakistan. Removes Rory Burns for 10. The left-hander takes the review but the umpire’s call stays. Pakistan move a step towards win. They need nine more wickets. England, on the other hand need 255. ENG 22/1
End of 10th over: England openers off to a strong start in the 277-run chase. Both Rory Burns (10*) and Dom Sibley (11*) looking good at the crease. And we have the first bowling change for Pakistan. Naseem Shah comes in to replace Shaheen Afridi. ENG 22/0
End of 8th over: Another tight over from Mohammad Abbas comes to an end. A maiden! Pakistan have bowled well in the first 30 minutes or so but just have not been lucky enough to get the breakthrough. Both Rory Burns and Dom Sibley are just looking to survive the first crucial hour. ENG 14/0
End of 5th over: A watchful start from the England openers. Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Abbas have bowled pretty accurately so far and both Rory Burns (10*) and Dom Sibley (2*) are looking very cautious at the moment. ENG 13/0
End of 2nd over: Mohammad Abbas starts off with a maiden. Both Dom Sibley and Rory Burns looking very cautious at the start. Shaheen Afridi to continue from the other end. ENG 2/0
End of 1st over: A tidy start from Shaheen Afridi. Two runs from his first over. Rory Burns gets off the mark with a couple. Mohammad Abbas to share the new ball with Afridi from the other end. ENG 2/0
Rory Burns and Dom Sibley are out in the middle to start England’s chase of 277. Shaheen Afridi has the new ball in hand for Pakistan. Three slips and a gully in place for him.
Pakistan 169 all out in second innings, set England a target of 277
Asad Shafiq 29
Stuart Broad 3/37
Chris Woakes 2/11
Ben Stokes 2/11
46.2 over: Bowled him! And, Jofra Archer cleans up Naseem Shah to wrap up Pakistan innings. The visitors are all out for 169 in the second innings but they have set a difficult 277-run target for England.
45.5 overs: OUT! A quick cameo from Yasir Shah comes to an end. Once again Yasir goes for the big hit but this time only manages to edge it straight to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. Stuart Broad gets his third wicket of the second innings. PAK 158/9
45.1 overs: FOUR! Yasir Shah is looking for some quick runs here. Dispatches Stuart Broad’s first ball of the over straight to mid-wicket fence. 150 also comes up for Pakistan with that boundary. PAK 152/8
44.3 overs: FOUR! FOUR! Two excellent shots from Yasir Shah and Pakistan lead crosses 250 mark in the first over. A pull and a scoop off Jofra Archer and Yasir Shah gets straight into the act. Pakistan will need a few more of those from Yasir and Shaheen. PAK 147/8, lead by 254 runs.
44.1 overs: Runs straightaway for Yasir Shah and Pakistan. On the pads from Jofra Archer and Yasir tucks the ball to the mid wicket region for a couple. PAK 139/8
Yasir Shah and Mohammad Abbas are out in the middle to resume Pakistan innings. Jofra Archer has the ball in hand and will start the proceedings for England. Two slips and a gully in place for him. Here we go!
It is bright and sunny in Manchester at the moment. Just under 10 minutes to go for the start. The players are warming up and we are just moments away from an exciting day’s play.
So, just under 30 minutes to go for the start on Day 4. The weather for the weekend looks great in Manchester and so a result is a certainty in this Test.
Hello and welcome to TimesofIndia.com’s live coverage of Day 4 of the first Test between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester.
RECAP, DAY 3:
England roared back into contention with the ball but Pakistan remained in the driving seat following an intriguing Day 3 at Old Trafford.
Pakistan closed the day on 137 for eight in their second innings, an overall lead of 244 on a wearing wicket where the tourists’ spinners bowled England out for 219 earlier in a fast-moving contest.
Yasir Shah (12 not out) and Mohammad Abbas (0 not out) will look to build Pakistan’s lead further on the fourth morning and take the game away from their hosts.
Only once before in 81 Tests has more than 244 been successfully chased to win at Old Trafford, when England reached 294 for four to defeat New Zealand in 2008.
Centurion from the first innings, Shan Masood was out for a duck second time round, caught behind down the legside off Stuart Broad (2-23), who also removed Shadab Khan (15).
Chris Woakes (2-11) got among the wickets early, picking up captain Azhar Ali (18) and dangerman Babar Azam (5), but was only used for five of the 44 overs in the second innings by captain Joe Root.
Ben Stokes, who did not bowl in the first innings with a quad injury, dismissed Mohammad Rizwan (27) in what was an important breakthrough late on.
Yasir (4-66) was the stand-out performer with the ball during the England innings as he produced prodigious turn that will have him licking his lips for more when England bat last. The hosts had resumed the day on 92 for four and Ollie Pope (62) looked relatively assured as he moved to his fifth Test half-century before 17-year-old Naseem Shah got a delivery to rise sharply off a length, catching the bat and providing a catch for Shadab Khan in the gully.
Yasir bowled Jos Buttler (38) between bat and pad, caught the edge of Dom Bess (1) for a fine catch at slip by Asad Shafiq, before a skidding delivery castled Woakes (19). Only a late cameo from Broad (29 not out) helped England past 200, with the second leg-spinner in the Pakistan side, Shadab (2-13), wrapping up the innings.