Johnny Bairstow's half century has been a life saver for England © Getty Images
Jonny Bairstow’s half century has been a life saver for England © Getty Images

After having suffered a huge setback in the first session, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali displayed resilient batting, as they lifted their side from 92 for 4 to 200 for 5. Wahab Riaz was the star of the first session, as he took 2 quick wickets to put Pakistan in a dominating position at the end of first session. Same was expected from Pakistan bowlers, continuing to torment English bowlers in the second session, in which Wahab Riaz struck again to remove Gary Ballance minutes into the second session. Moeen Ali came in to bat at No. 6 after the departure of Ballance, and looked quite awkward facing pacey attack from Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan and Mohammad Aamer. Full Cricket Scorecard, England  vs  Pakistan , 4th Test match

The very first ball which Ali faced off his innings was Riaz which struck Ali’s helmet which was quite evident of how much domination Pakistan had initially. Azhar Ali spilled Mooen Ali’s easy catch of Aamer’s bowling which left the bowler in frustration.

There was nothing much after this that Pakistan could be happy about. Bairstow and Ali displayed some good attacking and defensive strokes since then and helped England to get out of the miserable position. They both made sure of not playing any risky shots as they would let go off outside deliveries into the wicket keepers gloves without bothering to poke any. ALSO READ:Misbah-ul-Haq’s statement over future puts spotlight back on Pakistan’s flaws

Spinner Yasir Shah was put to bowl from one side while paceman Sohail Khan from the other indicating an aggressive approach from the Pakistani skipper. These changes looked good but were not effective as both the batsmen settled down quickly. Regardless of the number of wickets lost or any bowling changes made by Pakistan, both the batsman have managed to score at 4 runs per over. ALSO READ: Pakistan vs England: Things to know about Iftikhar Ahmed

Amidst all this Bairstow and Ali have completed their half-centuries displaying a great counter-attacking plan from England. Pakistan will have to break this partnership as both batsmen have laid the foundation to a big partnership which is already of 90 runs for the 6th wicket.

England 200 for 5  (Johnny Bairstow 55*, Moeen Ali 52*; Wahab Riaz 3 for 59) vs Pakistan