Leach, Ahmed shine for England on a spinners’ day in third Pakistan Test

Leach, Ahmed shine for England on a spinners’ day in third Pakistan Test
Leach, Ahmed shine for England on a spinners’ day in third Pakistan Test
England's Jack Leach, center, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Pakistan's Abrar Ahmed during the first day of third test cricket match between England and Pakistan, in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

England’s Jack Leach, heart, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Pakistan’s Abrar Ahmed in the course of the first day of third take a look at cricket match between England and Pakistan, in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
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Spinners Jack Leach and teenager Rehan Ahmed shared six wickets between them as England dismissed Pakistan for 304 Saturday on the opening day of the third and last Test in Karachi.

Leach grabbed 4-140 and Ahmed completed with 2-89 as Pakistan batters spoiled good begins after Babar Azam received the toss and batted on a turning National Stadium pitch.

But England additionally fell prey to spin, with thriller tweaker Abrar Ahmed trapping Zak Crawley with out scoring earlier than the guests closed the day on 7-1.

Ben Duckett and Ollie Pope have been on the crease with 4 and three respectively as England path by 297 runs.

England lead the three-match collection 2-0 after successful the primary Test by 74 runs in Rawalpindi and the second in Multan by 26 runs.

Skipper Azam top-scored for Pakistan with 78 earlier than operating himself out within the post-tea session, whereas Agha Salman made 56.

But the beginning of the day belonged to Ahmed — who at 18 years and 126 days outdated turned the youngest England participant to begin a Test — when he dismissed Saud Shakeel for 23 in his seventh over.

Before Ahmed, Brian Close was the youngest England debutant at 18 years and 149 days when he performed in opposition to New Zealand in 1949.

Leach then got here into the act, breaking a cussed eighth wicket stand of 48 between Salman and Nauman Ali (20).

Ahmed, who was offered along with his Test cap in entrance of his Pakistan-born father Naeem by former England skipper Nasser Hussain, described the scene as “the most effective second”.

“It’s nice to be a part of it. I imagine in myself and attempt to do my greatest when given a possibility,” he mentioned.

“They (England gamers) backed me the entire day and I could not ask for extra. To play at such a younger age is a blessing. It’s the most effective feeling in my life.”

Pakistan’s head coach Saqlain Mushtaq, additionally an incredible spinner in his days, praised the teenager.

“It was a really spectacular efficiency contemplating it was his first recreation. He is a younger chap and he has loads of potential and appears an excellent prospect for the England group.”

Saqlain thought his group fell brief by 60-70 runs.

“It’s not a foul complete, some 60-70 would have been higher, however now we have to play disciplined cricket to limit them as a result of I feel the pitch will get slower by the day.”

In the morning session, Pakistan misplaced Abdullah Shafique (eight), Shan Masood (30) and Azhar Ali (40) earlier than Azam and Shakeel regarded to have steadied the innings with a 45-run fourth wicket stand.

But Ahmed had Shakeel caught off a defensive shot at short-leg earlier than Azam was adjudged run out by wicketkeeper Ben Foakes after a prolonged assessment.

Azam, who hit 9 boundaries, additionally added 71 for the third wicket with Azhar.

Azhar — enjoying his final Test — fell on the stroke of lunch when he gloved a catch to a diving Foakes off pacer Ollie Robinson.

Sensing the pitch would take spin, England began the assault with Leach, who trapped Shafique leg-before within the sixth over of the day.

Leach turns into the primary spinner to open the assault in a Test for England in 101 years — Jack White did the identical in opposition to Australia at Leeds in 1921.

Masood fell to the lure of brief bowling as he pulled quick bowler Mark Wood straight into the arms of deep fine-leg fielder Leach.

Masood hit 5 boundaries whereas Azhar had six hits to the ropes.

Under strain to keep away from their first-ever 3-0 whitewash at residence, Pakistan made 4 modifications from the second-Test line-up whereas England made two, bringing in Foakes and Ahmed.

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