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07 Aug 2020

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ENGLAND collapsed to 12-3 with star batsman Ben Stokes out for a duck. It took Pakistan just four balls to strike, with Rory Burns lbw for four to towering left-arm paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi.

England captain Joe Root was still on nought when he was given out leg before to Afridi but a successful review spared the skipper.

Pakistan were soon celebrating again, however, when Mohammad Abbas had Dom Sibley lbw, the batsman wasting a review when clearly out.

But there was no need for the third umpire to get involved when Abbas bowled left-handed batsman Stokes for a seven-ball nought with a superb delivery that clipped the top of off-stump.

That left England 12-3 inside six overs.

Published in Dawn, August 7th, 2020