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The first Test between England and Pakistan has developed into a gripping contest with the tourists taking an upper hand over the hosts. England mettle is being truly tested by the Pakistani bowlers, especially leg-spinner Yasir Shah.

The stout Pakistani leg-spinner has turned into a nemesis for the English batsmen. England are being reminded of certain Shane Keith Warne in the form of Yasir Shah. In Pakistan’s historic 75 runs victory at Lord’s yesterday, Yasir delivered a Shane Warne-esque delivery which got rid of the well set Gary Ballance.  It was a peach of a delivery. Shah, who had pretty unsuccessful time bowling from over the wicket, switched the side and tried to make use of the rough patch by bowling from around the wicket.

Ballance stuck to his across line method but the turn and bounce gave him no chance to connect as ball beat him while he was on the move towards the off stump. It was a great treat to watch the leg-spinner trap a batsman in such a way.