After winning the toss England team captain Alastair Nathan Cook decided to bat first. Alastair Nathan Cook captain and also the opener of the innings scored 35 runs off 50 balls with the strike rate of 70 which is much higher than average which means he was in the hurry.
When his wicket down 16.5 133.0 kph, slightly short, Cook goes to pull… and demolishes his off stump! Sohail looks to the skies, a mixture of thanks and relief because that was essentially a long-hop waiting to be put away. Silence descends on The Oval as Alastair Cook has to abandon his Sehwagian quest to dominate and heads for the dressing room. Iftikhar will also be pretty chuffed that his drop didn’t cost too much 69/2.
First wicket of AD Hales (Scored 6 runs) down when England was at 23 runs 6.2 overs, bowl by Sohail Khan. JE Root scored 26 runs off 39 balls and then 17.4 140.5 kph, shortish, Root pushes this one – and tickles through to the keeper! 73/3.
England won the toss and elected to bat
Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq*, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed†, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Sohail Khan.
AN Cook*, AD Hales, JE Root, JM Vince, GS Ballance, JM Bairstow†, CR Woakes, MM Ali, SCJ Broad, ST Finn, JM Anderson.
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Pakistan in England Test Series – 4th Investec Test
Test no. 2216 | 2016 season
Played at Kennington Oval, London
11,12,13,14,15 August 2016 (5-day match)
Test debut – Iftikhar Ahmed (Pakistan)
Umpires – M Erasmus (South Africa) and BNJ Oxenford (Australia)
TV umpire – JS Wilson (West Indies)
Match referee – RB Richardson (West Indies)
Reserve umpire – RJ Bailey