17-year-old Naseem Shah's ripper stuns well-settled Ollie Pope

17-year-old Naseem Shah’s ripper stuns well-settled Ollie Pope

Naseem Shah got Ollie Pope to edge one straight to Shadab Khan at gully.

Naseem Shah and Ollie Pope
Naseem Shah and Ollie Pope. (Photo Source: Twitter)

England is up against Pakistan for a three-match Test series with the first match being played at Manchester, Old Trafford. Pakistan has been fantastic in its play against England with the hosts facing a struggle to escape from the defeat in the inaugural Test.

Azhar Ali, captain of Pakistan’s Test team, won the toss and elected to bat first. Owing to a brilliant 156 by Masood and 69 runs by Babar Azam, Pakistan managed to put a massive score of 326 on the board. In reply, England batsmen could only gather 92 runs at the loss of four wickets at the end of the second day.

Nonetheless, the third day brought hope for the hosts as Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler gave a display of their brilliant game by taking the score to 123 at the loss of four wickets at the end of the 43rd over. However, Pakistan finally got a much-needed breakthrough as Naseem Shah got Ollie Pope to edge one straight to Shadab Khan at gully in the middle of 44th over.

Naseem Shah sends Ollie Pope back to the pavilion

The 17-year-old Shah caught Pope by surprise by bowling a length delivery. Though Pope tried to soften the impact of the beautiful delivery by Shah with loose hands, the ball hit the shoulder of the bat and went low to gully where fielder Shadab made no mistake and managed to clinch the much-needed wicket for his team. Ollie walked back to the pavilion after a well-made 62 runs.

Naseem has performed well in his debut match against England as he gave 37 runs in 11 overs and took the wicket of Ollie Pope. The pacer also bowled three maiden overs while maintaining an economy of 3.4. Pakistan team management has high hopes for the teenager. Ahead of the series captain Azhar Ali had praised Shah saying he has great potential and can do wonders for the team.

Having made his debut at the age of 16 in 2019 against Australia, Naseem has till now featured in only 4 Test matches taking 13 wickets. Ollie Pope, on the other hand, has been impressing everyone with his flamboyant batting style and solid techniques.

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