A seventh-wicket stand by wicketkeeper Alan Knott and fast bower Peter Lever helped save the day for England as it struggled to avoid a follow on against Pakistan in the first test at Edgebaston today (Saturday June 5).
A seventh-wicket stand by wicketkeeper Alan Knott and fast bower Peter Lever helped save the day for England as it struggled to avoid a follow on against Pakistan in the first test at Edgebaston today (Saturday June 5). When the two came together it seemed that England, at 148 runs for 6 wickets, had little chance of making 409 runs needed to avoid the follow-on against Pakistan's 608 for 7 declared. But by the end of today's play, thanks to Lever's support of Knott who was 114 not out in 173 minutes, England was 320 for seven. England needed 89 to save the follow-on and possibly the game. This film shows some of the more dramatic moments in today's play.
SYNOPSIS: Pakistan fast bowler Masood to England's Edrich -- who prodded into slips to be caught for no score by Zahir during Saturday' play in the first test at Edgebaston.
Masood followed up by clean-bowling Cowdrey for 16 as England struggled to make 409 to avoid a follow-on against Pakistan's 608 for 7 declared. Masood, meanwhile, took three English wickets for 25 runs on the first day.
D'Oliveria, however resisted the onslaught of the Pakista bowlers long enough to hit 73 before being caught by Mushtag off a ball from Intikhab. But the score, at 127 for 5 still looked bad for England.
Knott followed D'Oliveira -- and England was reprieved as he quickly knocked up his century in 123 minutes and then went on to make 114 not out by the end of day's play. In the best ever seventh wicket stand between Pakistan and England, Knott was supported mainly by Lever who made 47 before being caught off a ball from Masood. At the end of Saturday's play England were 320 for seven, needing 89 to save the follow-on.