Wahab Riaz bowls with a lot of heart on a dead pitch

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Pakistans Wahab Riaz delivers the ball during the second days play of the first cricket Test match between Pakistan and England at The Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Pakistan's Wahab Riaz delivers the ball during the second day's play of the first cricket Test match between Pakistan and England at The Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi - On what was a lifeless pitch, Riaz bowled some tight spells to slow down England's run scoring.

By James Jose

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Published: Sat 17 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 17 Oct 2015, 12:27 PM

 Dead pitches can take a life out of a bowler, especially a quick. But not, Wahab Riaz. The 22-yard strip at the Zayed Cricket Stadium was as barren as the desert, with no water in sight, but the left-arm quick, who harried Shane Watson during the World Cup, bowled with a lot of heart to trouble the English batsmen over the course of this Abu Dhabi Test.
On what was a lifeless pitch, Riaz bowled some tight spells to slow down England's run scoring. He probably was the decisive factor in England not racing away and mounting an even bigger lead. He got movement off the air and also made it reverse swing, one of Pakistan's traditional strengths.
Riaz said that the pitch didn't matter and playing for Pakistan was enough motivation to do well.
"As far as the pitch is concerned, we are playing for Pakistan and that is more important. When you are playing for your country, you have to give it your full effort. Obviously, the wicket is slow, but we were doing our best to get the wickets. Given the conditions out there, I think I am very satisfied with the way we bowled," said Riaz.
"Whenever the captain gives me the ball, I always try to do something different and try to get the batsmen out. Motivation is that you have to play according to the situation of your team. You have to apply yourself according to the state of the game. Obviously, if we had given them the freedom, they could have scored at a faster pace and then it would have become difficult for Pakistan to save the match," he added.Pakistan delayed taking the second new ball as Riaz was getting lethal reverse swing going. Riaz said that he didn't have any issues bowling with the new ball but as the team already has Rahat Ali and Imran Khan, he was happy to use the old ball.
Riaz also had a word of praise for England captain Alastair Cook, who played a marathon innings.

Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz delivers the ball on the fourth day of the first Test. — AFP
Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz delivers the ball on the fourth day of the first Test. — AFP


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