Riaz's five-wicket burst rattles England

Riaz's five-wicket burst rattles England

Pakistan reversed their terrible form of the first two Tests and the designer of their stunning reversal was fast bowler Wahab Riaz who made a sparkling Test debut with five for 63 as England were bowled out for 233.

The visitors made a solid start in reply, reaching 48 for one at the close, losing opener Imran Farhat to James Anderson. Riaz bounded in with undiminished enthusiasm on Wednesday to take four wickets on his Test debut on the opening day of the third Test against England at the Oval.

The sturdily built left-armer, who replaced the injured Umar Gul, dismissed England captain Andrew Strauss (15) with the ninth ball of his opening spell. He added the wickets of Jonathan Trott (12), Kevin Pietersen (6) and Eoin Morgan (17) after England had won the toss and elected to bat.

Matt Prior (42 not out) and Stuart Broad (40 not out) restored their team's fortunes with an unbroken eighth-wicket partnership of 81 from 116 balls to take England to 175 for seven at tea.Prior looked the best of the England batsmen, putting the pitch and conditions into perspective with some full-blooded drives, while Broad played a sensible support innings and swept off-spinner Saeed Ajmal effectively.

Ajmal could get nothing from a pitch which looked full of runs as the sun burned through the early cloud cover and the pace bowlers became gradually less dangerous as the afternoon progressed.

England, who lead the four-match series 2-0, began their innings under darkened skies and Alastair Cook, with only 100 runs from his previous seven Test innings, again looked all at sea against the probing late movement of Mohammad Asif.

Score board
ENGLAND (I Innings)
Strauss c K Akmal b Riaz     15
Cook c K Akmal b Asif     6
Trott c Hameed b Riaz     12
Pietersen c K Akmal b Riaz     6
Collingwood b Aamer     5
Morgan c K Akmal b Riaz     17
Prior (n.o)     84
Swann c U Akmal b Asif     8
Broad lbw Riaz     48
Anderson lbw Asif     0
Finn lbw Ajmal     0
Extras (B-10, LB-11, W-6, NB-5)    32
Total (all out; 62.3 overs)    233
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-35, 3-40, 4-47, 5-67, 6-74, 7-94, 8-213, 9-214.
Bowling: Aamer 15-4-49-1, Asif 20-5-68-3, Riaz 18-6-63-5, Saeed Ajmal 9.3-1-32-1.
PAKISTAN (I Innings)
Farhat b Anderson    11
Hameed (batting)    36
Riaz (batting)    0
Extras (NB-1)    1
Total (1 wicket; 18 overs)    48
Fall of wicket: 1-48.
Bowling: James Anderson 7-2-19-1, Stuart Broad 6-2-28-0, Steven Finn 3-3-0-0, Graeme Swann 2-1-1-0.

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