Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah did a Shane Warne against England batsman Gary Ballance in the last innings of the first Test.

After being reduced to 96 for 4, English batsmen Jonny Bairstow and Gary Ballance steadied the ship with a 39 runs partnership and just when the partnership was looking threatening, Yasir Shah bowled a brilliant delivery to castle Ballance. Pitching outside the off stump, the ball turned miles and and hit the leg stump. Ballance, who was batting on 43,   was way outside as he tried to come towards the pitch of the delivery only to see his stumps getting dislodged. Ballance was thoroughly confused after the dismissal.



The dismissal reminded everyone of Shane Warne’s magical delivery to dismiss Andrew Strauss during 2005 Ashes series.

Shah who took 6 wickets in the first innings, once again rocked England after dismissing Moeen Ali shortly after dismissing Ballance. After the third day’s play, Ali said that the English batsmen would look to attack Shah and it seems he had taken his own words very seriously. Facing only the fourth ball of his innings, Ali danced down the track but failed to connect with a mighty swing and was castled.

Meanwhile, chasing Pakistan’s total of 283, England were rocked by Rahat Ali’s triple strike early in the innings. A 49 runs partnership between James Vince and Ballance and then a 39 runs stand between Ballance and Bairstow revived England’s hopes to take a 1-0 lead in the series. England were 6-155 at the tea break with Jonny Bairstow (28) and Chris Woakes (5) at the crease.

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