England dominate, as Crawley nears his maiden double ton


Zak Crawley neared his maiden Test double-hundred as England reached 332/4 against Pakistan on Day 1 of the third and final Test here on Friday.

Top-order batsman Crawley, 22, was batting on 97 from 165 balls with wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler for company on 24. For Pakistan, senior leg-spinner Yasir Shah snared two wickets.

Electing to bat, the hosts lost opener Rory Burns (6) early as the southpaw nicked a Shaheen Shah Afridi delivery to Shan Masood at third slip. om Sibley (22) and Crawley looked good for their 61-run first wicket partnership before Shah trapped the former in front. as the tall right-handed played some exquisite shots on the off side and also looked rock solid defensively.

Brief Scores: England 332/4 (Zak Crawley 171 batting; Yasir Shah 2/107) vs Pakistan.