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Oval Test: England struggle with 92/4 at Day 1 lunch

OVAL: Courtesy to Wahab Riaz’s fiery pace bowling, Pakistan have kept England on 92 for 4 at lunch of Day 1 at the Oval.

English skipper Alastair Cook after winning the toss, chose to bat first on a seemingly green-top pitch.

When asked about his decision, he mentioned “We’ve given a lot of thought to the decision but hoped it would be good to bat on if the first hour can be negotiated.”

Amir removed Alex Hales (6) on 23, when Yasir took a sharp, low catch at square leg. But, England did not look behind from there. Cook and newly arrival Joe Root kept scoring runs at brisk rate till the drink break.

It was all ok for England untill Cook edged one off Wahab to the slips, though he was dropped there, but it was where all it started to fall.

After the drop catch, Cook held his shots and went on defensive mode until when he decided to pull an out-swinging delivery from Sohail ending to chop it on the wickets.

Root was next go home on Wahab’s fast swinging delivery for his quick 26.

Two wickets in quick succession had Pakistan brought back in the game, and for England, there were two new batsmen on the crease, both on zero.

Vince couldn’t stand the pressure too long and edged one to keeper Sarfraz, it was almost an imitation of Root’s wicket. He went for 1, leaving England 79/4.

Jonny Bairstow played some positive shots before the lunch and took its team to 92/4 till the end of first session.