England vs Pakistan, 3rd Test: England destroy Pakistan to take series lead

Pakistan's second innings crumbled to 201 all out as England won the third test by 141 runs on Sunday to lead the four-match series 2-1.

By: Reuters | Published: August 7, 2016 11:12 pm
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Superb pace bowling, immaculate catching and astute captaincy combined to forge a thrilling final-day victory for England, who dismissed Pakistan for 201 to win the third test by 141 runs and go 2-1 up in the series.

England refused to be cowed by a 103-run first-innings deficit, building a 343-run lead when they batted again and then destroying the tourists with an immaculate performance in the field that saw six wickets tumble between lunch and tea.

Pakistan’s most determined resistance came in the final session when a last-wicket stand of 50 between Sohail Khan and Rahat Ali frustrated England as the overs ticked down and play entered the final hour.

But, on 36, Sohail drove a flighted delivery from Moeen Ali straight back at the bowler, who safely clung on to a catch that sparked wild celebrations among Alastair Cook’s side.

With a rare sense of symmetry, each of England’s five bowlers took two wickets although it required a devastating spell by Steve Finn and Chris Woakes, which yielded four wickets for just one run, to open up the innings.

Finn, who has faced criticism for his performances this summer, led the way by taking the vital wickets of Misbah-ul-Haq — his first wicket in 414 balls this series — and Sami Aslam. The opener had led the fight with a determined 70, his second half-century of the game.

At the other end, Woakes proved equally lethal, trapping Asad Shafiq without scoring and then having Sarfraz Ahmed well caught by Joe Root in the slips for another duck. That wicket was Woakes’ 23rd of a prolific series.

Earlier, Stuart Broad struck the first blow, removing opener Mohammad Hafeez for two while Moeen accounted for first-innings centurion Azhar Ali for 38 with a deceptive delivery that was edged to Cook at slip.

Jimmy Anderson also weighed in, having Younus Khan caught behind on four and then removing Yasir Shah for seven just after tea.

The result vindicated Cook’s strategy of batting on in the morning when England extended their second innings to 445 for six.

The final test in the four-match series is at the Oval on Aug. 12.

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  1. Gopal Kannan
    Aug 8, 2016 at 3:59 pm
    stan Cricket Team lost a winning match to England, only because of its ever existing over confidence which always leads to their downfall. stan did well to gain a very decent lead of 100 runs against England’s first innings score and also when chasing a 350 plus score they were 100 for 2 with two of the world’s oldest and most experienced batsmen in Yunus Khan and Misbah ul Haq at the crease but still coted were meekly, only as stan can do and lost by a whopping margin of 141 runs. lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;The stani Cricket Team just like their nation itself has always believed that they are far superior to all others in the world both in the field of sports and otherwise but the fact is just opposite to that, they are always 1st FROM THE BOTTOM of the table, be it cricket, hockey, their nation’s economic development, scientific education, freedom for women, etc., etc. After winning the 1st Test the stani Team danced on the ground and made fun of everyone in the stadium but after losing the Manchester Test everyone in the stadium made fun of not only the cricket team but also the nation called stan for their foolishness.
    1. R
      Aug 7, 2016 at 8:25 pm
      stan batsmen are not even flat track bullies.
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