If it was the bad umpiring on the opening day of the third Test here at Headingley that let the Pakistan bowlers down, poor catching on Monday let slip away the hopes of bowling England cheaply in the second innings.
Pakistan fielders led by wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal threw away no less than four catching opportunities to let the home team openers off the hook. England went on to raise 158 runs for the opening wicket stand and had Pakistan fielders accepted some easy chances, the position would have been different.
Marcus Trescothick was the luckiest of English batsmen as he was missed on no less than four occasions. When he was on six, keeper Kamran dropped a high leg side chance off Mohammad Sami. England’s total score was on 18 and an over later when the score reached 22, Kamran dropped him again, this time a straight forward catch off Umar Gul.
Trescothick offered another difficult opportunity to Younis Khan at slips when he reached 25 and, when on 29, Shahid Nazir missed him at mid on. It was Sami who suffered on both occasions and the England opener went on to score his highest knock so far in the series.
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