Nasty brute fast bowling is synonymous with Pakistan. Over the years they have had the reputation of producing raw brute pace bowlers from nowhere. One of the newest stars in this category of fast bowlers is Naseem Shah. Highly regarded by cricket pundits as the future of Pakistan bowling, he bowled a nasty delivery in the ongoing Test match between England and Pakistan to crack the helmet of English cricketer Chris Woakes.
For the ongoing tour of England, the visitors Pakistan have assembled a strong pace bowling unit which comprises Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, and young Naseem Shah. Right from the start of day one this test match, these three were constantly testing the English batsmen with their express pace and movements.
The youngest of the trio, Naseem Shah went a step further as he bowled a nasty bouncer that hit the batsman Chris Woakes on top of his helmet. He anticipated the ball and crouched so as to duck the ball, but his reflex wasn’t quick enough and it hit him hard on the helmet, which cracked it eventually. After the incident, the health professionals rushed into the ground to check on Woakes for a possible concussion. He seemed perfectly alright and went onto bat for some more time for England.
Despite the top order collapse, England managed to stitch some small partnerships on day three, which helped them to cross the 200 run mark. The partnership between Ollie Pope and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler saved England from a humiliating batting collapse. The hosts ended their first innings on 219 runs and went all fired up in the bowling department, as they closed in every Pakistan batsman cheaply. At the end of play on Day 3, Pakistan found themselves struggling at 137-8. But the 244 run lead that they have acquired courtesy of their first innings score may be well and truly enough to see them through, considering the venomous bowling attack they have at their disposal.
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