Wahab Riaz tips Yasir Shah to put England in a spin

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Wahab Riaz in action in the second Test.
Wahab Riaz in action in the second Test.

Dubai - Riaz (4-66) and Shah (4-93) helped restrict the tourists to 242 and Pakistan are now 358 runs in front thanks to Mohammad Hafeez's half-century (51) and a 139-run unbroken partnership between captain Misbah-ul-Haq (87no) and Younis Khan (71no).

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Published: Sun 25 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Mon 26 Oct 2015, 11:55 AM

Wahab Riaz expects the man who also got a four-fer in England's first innings, Yasir Shah, to play a pivotal role as Pakistan look to wrap up a dominant victory on Sunday.
Riaz (4-66) and Shah (4-93) helped restrict the tourists to 242 and Pakistan are now 358 runs in front thanks to Mohammad Hafeez's half-century (51) and a 139-run unbroken partnership between captain Misbah-ul-Haq (87no) and Younis Khan (71no).
England's task then is a tall one and it's set to be made tougher by a track that seems destined to progressively suit the likes of Shah, Zulfiqar Babar and Shoaib Malik over time. "Yasir Shah will be a key player tomorrow. There is a lot of spin in the track right now," the former Kent bowler said.
"For the kind of score we are looking for - if you put on that much of a target - England will be under pressure and it's not easy to play spin on that track."
England's hopes of matching - or overhauling - Pakistan's first-innings score of 378 were reliant on Joe Root making a big score and the man responsible for his removal knew the importance of his wicket early on Saturday.
"Root is a very good and very aggressive player, so we know he is a very important person to get out," Riaz added. "We thought, by getting him out, we could dry up the runs and put pressure on the incoming batsmen. That's what happened."
On his own performance overall with the ball in hand, which include a nine-over spell on the bounce in desert conditions and the searing heat, Riaz added: "That was a good spell of mine.
"If I could have got a five-fer, it would have been a very special one, but it was still very good because it helped my team.
"It was just going really well for me. I had visualised that I might get some wickets in that spell. I kept bowling and I got the reward for doing so."
alex@khaleejtimes.com 



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