Stuart Broad believes England are “huge favourites” to win the second Test against Pakistan and clinch a series victory as they have the bonus of the second new ball in their quest for the final six wickets.
Pakistan closed day three in Multan on 198-4 from 64 overs in pursuit of 355 and need a further 157 more runs to level the three-match series at 1-1 following England’s 74-win success in Rawalpindi last week.
Imam-ul-Haq (60) was out late in the day to England spinner Jack Leach after sharing a fourth-wicket partnership of 108 with Saud Shakeel (54no) from 83-3.
I think slightly England. They have that nous and Pakistan have that one collapse in them as we saw in that last session in the first Test in Rawalpindi. Pakistan have played the extra all-rounder and have a bit more batting depth, so it could be a fascinating fourth day.
England resumed on Sunday on 202-5 with a lead of 281 but lost their last five wickets for 19 runs to be bowled out for 275.
Broad, who is missing this series due to the recent birth of his child, told Sky Sports Cricket: “I think Pakistan have had a really good day – but I don’t think England have had a bad one.
“They had an average morning with the bat when they could have quite easily put the game to bed with another 50 or 60 runs. But this is not a team that will look back with any negativity or sadness or anything.
‘Pakistan have a chance but it is a lot of runs’
“It will be, ‘what can we do now to move in a positive direction?’, and I still think England are huge favourites on this pitch and with the new ball round the corner. It is England’s game.
“Pakistan have three genuine No 11s so as a bowling group you would be talking about that, saying ‘get one or two here and we are right into them’.
“England will be hugely confident and Pakistan will need to get the bulk of those runs before the new ball comes. Pakistan have a chance but it is a lot of runs.”
When asked whether England should take the second new ball as soon as it is available, former England seamer Steven Finn told Sky Sports Cricket: “Yes, I think so.
“The new ball has offered more purchase for the spinner so they will get that in Leach’s hand as soon as possible and there may be an opportunity for Mark Wood to rough up some of the lower order with a brand new, hard ball that is going to kiss off the surface more and rush those batters.”
Trescothick looking towards new ball
England batting coach Marcus Trescothick added: “We are only 16 overs away from the new ball and Jack [Leach] has definitely got more spin with the new ball than the older one.
“We are still in a very good position – a few more wickets would have been great but we are happy where we are.
“We have six wickets to go and it is going to be a massive day’s play. We have seen most wickets fall in the first session so we hope that continues.”
Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan – bowled by a crackerjack delivery from James Anderson after opening the batting – insists the hosts can level the series ahead of next week’s final Test in Karachi.
He said: “We are down four wickets but everyone has hope because the pitch is slow and we have good depth in our batting. I hope we can chase these runs.”
Watch day four of the second Test between Pakistan and England, in Multan, live on Sky Sports from 4.40am on Monday.
Pep Guardiola jokes he’s ‘sorry’ that he stopped Mikel Arteta from becoming Manchester City manager
The Gunners head north leading rivals City by five points with a game in hand atop the Premier League, but acutely aware of the challenging taking on the frustrated Guardiola and company.
Arteta left Guardiola’s City setup in December 2019 to take the Arsenal helm, transforming the Gunners in remarkable fashion since.
“I am pretty sure if I would have left here before, he would be here [at City] and he would be the best, absolutely,” said Guardiola, of Arteta.
“But I extended my contract, I am sorry, and he didn’t wait, so it could not happen. But definitely it could have.”
Arteta joined Manchester City’s coaching ranks on retiring as a player in 2016, learning his craft under master tactician and serial winner Guardiola.
City’s former Barcelona boss revealed how Arteta would never celebrate goals against the Gunners, the team he represented more than 100 times between 2011 and 2016.
“He loves the club; I remember when we were together here and we scored goals, he jumped a lot and celebrated – except with one team,” said Guardiola.
“One team, every time we score a goal, I jump, look back and he was sitting there. It was Arsenal.”
R Madrid 3 – 1 A Madrid
Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior scored in extra-time as Real Madrid fought back to beat local rivals Atletico 3-1 on Thursday and reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals.
On a freezing night at a sold-out Santiago Bernabeu hosting its first game for 77 days due to the World Cup break, Real started slowly and Atletico had many dangerous counter-attacks.
Atletico captain Koke delivered a brilliant through ball to Nahuel Molina who ghosting in behind Reals defence and the full back set up Alvaro Morata, a former Real academy player, to tap the ball into an empty net in the 19th minute.
Eder Militao wasted a golden chance to equalise in the 32nd minute after Toni Kroos had delivered a perfect cross.
It was not only until Dani Ceballos came off the bench to replace the injured Ferland Mendy late in the first half that Real started to play better.
The 26-year-old midfielder injected a new dynamic into the team who were far more aggressive after the break.
Benzema wasted two good opportunities and Federico Valverde also sent a shot wide from just outside the box.
Substitute Rodrygo equalised in the 79th with a delightful goal, dribbling past three defenders before finishing well.
With Real Madrid in full control, Atletico played most of extra time with 10 men after defender Stefan Savic was shown his second yellow card for chopping down Eduardo Camavinga in the 99th minute.
Five minutes later, Real substitute Marco Asensio sent a low cross into the box and Vinicius’s deflected shot reached Benzema who unleashed an unstoppable strike into the net.
Vinicius secured Real’s win in the dying seconds with a brilliant individual goal, running half the length of the pitch before scoring with a low shot.
“We got behind very early and after Mendy’s injury the whole team had to be rebuilt. But we woke up and played really well after the break,” Ceballos told TVE.
“They played better in the first half, but the coach corrected things in the second; we took control of the ball and found the goal. Then, after the red card, everything was easier.”
Real Madrid joined Barcelona, Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao in the semi-finals.
Everything we know about Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes’ ankle
It’s conference championship week. With only four teams on the NFL schedule this week — the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and Cincinnati Bengals — one interesting storyline can dominate the entire conversation leading up to the games. This time, it’s QB Patrick Mahomes’ ankle.
The fact that this storyline is the dominant one heading into the weekend makes sense. He’s the best player in the league, and his team is hosting the AFC Championship Game against the Bengals who are one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Also, the game is taking place one week after he suffered a high-ankle sprain and was still able to hobble the Chiefs to victory — aided of course by a timely 98-yard touchdown drive that was led by backup quarterback Chad Henne.
How mobile does Mahomes look right now?
Since his right ankle got rolled against the Jacksonville Jaguars, no leg in America has had as much attention on it as his. Not even Brent Maher’s as he overcame his kicking yips during the Dallas Cowboys’ loss on Sunday to the Eagles. Mahomes’ ankle has so much attention on it that Fox 4 KC’s Harold R. Kuntz has been filming him walking down from the press conference podium the last two days. And by filming Mahomes, I mean only his legs.
Thursday update: Mahomes didn’t even need to use the stairs.
Knox’s assessment: Don’t be a hero… until Sunday.
Kuntz isn’t the only reporter on the scene sharing video footage of Mahomes’ mobility. During the portion of practice that was open to the media, many videos were sent out of Mahomes moving around. As the Chiefs were warming up, Mahomes actually jogged and spun as he headed toward his next station. He is certainly running better than he was on Sunday.
In their comments to the media, Andy Reid said that Mahomes “did a nice job and was “comfortable with what we did.” Mahomes said that he believed his Wednesday practice went, “better than I expected.”
For Chiefs fans — and those of us who want to see a well-played AFC Championship Game — this news out of Kansas City is the best we could’ve received. On the Chiefs’ most active days of practice, Mahomes was seen moving very well. Also, he and the head coach both gave positive updates about the health of the most important leg in sports this weekend.
Will the ankle affect Mahomes’ play on Sunday?
There is no possible way that Mahomes will be 100 percent against the Bengals. They are going to test that ankle by trying to apply the same type of pressure that disrupted the Buffalo Bills during the Bengals’ Divisional Round win on Sunday. However, if he can move around all game as well as he has been in practice, he will be able to play well enough for the Chiefs to have a chance at victory.
We’ve received the closeup and overhead views of Mahomes’ health. All that is left is the view at Arrowhead Stadium from the CBS cameras at 6:30 p.m. EST on Jan. 29, 2023.
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