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Pakistan Bowlers Work Their Magic Yet Again

London: Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz took five wickets on debut Wednesday to help dismiss England for 233 after tea on the first day of the third Test. The 24-year-old left-arm paceman finished with 5-63
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PTI 19 Aug 2010, 10:06 AM IST
London: Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz took five wickets on debut Wednesday to help dismiss England for 233 after tea on the first day of the third Test.

The 24-year-old left-arm paceman finished with 5-63 from 18 overs after removing Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan and Stuart Broad at The Oval.

Matt Prior top scored with 84 not out and added 119 for the eighth wicket with Broad, who made 48, to steer England from 94-7 after the hosts had won the toss.

Swing and seam bowler Mohammad Asif also exploited the overcast conditions to take 3-68 from 20 overs. England leads 2-0 in the four-match series following victories at Trent Bridge and Edgbaston.

England, 2-0 up in the four-match series, saw captain Andrew Strauss win the toss but then lost several top-order batsmen on a placid pitch with grey skies offering some, but far from excessive, assistance for swing bowlers.

Alastair Cook's run of low scores continued with the left-handed opener making just six, including an edged four down to third man.

Cook, off the last ball of the second over, nicked Asif through to recalled wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, back in place of the injured Zulqarnain Haider.

The Essex batsman, displaying minimal footwork, had been retained in a show of faith by the selectors in an unchanged England side.

But this failure meant he'd scored just 41 runs in five innings this series at an average of 11.75.

Riaz, on as first change, took a wicket with his ninth ball when he had Strauss (15) caught behind. It needed a referral to confirm the wicket after New Zealand umpire Tony Hill had ruled in the batsman's favour, despite replays showing Strauss had got a thick outside edge.

Riaz then had Jonathan Trott, fresh from a pair of fifties in England's nine-wicket second Test win at Edgbaston, well caught by a diving Yasir Hameed at second slip after the batsman had tried to drive a ball angled across him.

Poor fielding had seen Pakistan drop several catches this series, but Hameed - one of four changes to the side - made no mistake with the tough chance.

Trott, on the ground where a year ago he made a century on his Test debut against Australia, was out for 12 and England were 40 for three.

Riaz, picked for this match instead of Tanveer Ahmed, who took 85 wickets in Pakistan's domestic Quaid-e-Azam Trophy last season - compared to the debutant's 14 - had now taken two wickets for no runs in 11 balls.

England then declined further, to 47 for four, when Paul Collingwood, half leaving the ball, played on to left-arm quick Mohammad Aamer.

And before lunch Riaz removed Kevin Pietersen, caught behind, with a good length ball after the star batsman could only manage six in more than an hour at the crease.

Pakistan, bowled out for record low scores against England of 80 and 72 at Trent Bridge and Edgbaston, recalled former captain Mohammad Yousuf and Hameed in place of struggling batsmen Umar Amin and Shoaib Malik.
 
 
 

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