England 120 for no loss at the end of day 3. Skipper Alastair Cook 64* and Alex Hales 50* guided the hosts to an astonishing start after Pakistan captain Misbah-Ul-Haq’s fifty and Sarfraz Ahmed’s 46 not out left Pakistan in a strong position at tea. Pakistan was bowled out for 400 in reply to England’s
first innings 297, a significant lead of 103 runs. Hosts lead by 17 runs with 10 wickets in hand, with two more days to go for a result.
England vs Pakistan: As it happened
22hrs IST: Alex Hales deflects the ball down to third man for a single to reach his half-century
2242 hrs IST: FOUR! Cook plays it through deep midwicket and finds a boundary
2240 hrs IST: FOUR! Hales with a lovely back-foot drive adds four more runs
2229 hrs IST: Openers Cook and Hales bring up hundred partnership, Visitors have lost the momentum
2220 hes IST: FOUR! Cook reads the spin, pulls this one and hits it hard through midwicket; Eng-98/0
2212 hrs IST: FIFTY! Cook hits it towards mid-on as the ball quickly travels towards the boundary line.
2200 hrs IST: Captain Alastair Cook six runs short of another fifty, Eng- 81/0
2156 hrs IST: FOUR! Hales opens his stance and with a flick lifts it over wide mid-on
2151 hrs IST: Alastair Cook runs four leg-bye as the runs fine of fine leg.
2149 hrs IST: Hales cuts it firmly in front of square for four runs, Hosts trail by 31 runs
2100 hrs IST: FOUR! Cook lashes it away square through the off side, England 49/0
2030 hrs IST: FOUR! Hales for pace as he drops his bat and the ball rushes over the slips
2015 hrs IST: FOUR! Alex Hales hits the ball with a strong cover drive. There is plenty of gape on the off side at the moment;
2000 hrs IST: Alastair Cook and Alex Hales walk in the middle, 44 overs to be bowled before the umpire will stop the game
1920 hrs IST: Broad to Sohail Khan, OUT, wide on the crease, strikes the pad as Sohail attempts a clip to leg, and Broad is instantly off on his celebr-appeal … and sure enough up goes the finger! It is going to review though, but that is smashing the middle of middle!
1915 hrs IST: It’s Sarfraz now who has joined the party
1900 hrs IST: Finn to Sohail Khan, FOUR, goodness me! He shuffles across his crease then plays a flamboyant whip at a full, straight delivery
1830 hrs IST: WICKET! Yasir Shah is run out
1815 hrs IST: WICKET! Misbah has been cleaned up by Anderson for 56
1800 hrs IST: Misbah brings up his fifty just after the lunch
1715 hrs IST: Ali to Sarfraz Ahmed, no run, turned off the hip, and that will be lunch.
1700 hrs IST: Broad to Asad Shafiq, OUT
1645 hrs IST: Pakistan grab lead at Edgbaston
1635 hrs IST; Broad to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, full and straight. and that’s beautifully patted back down the track, Woakes gets a fingertip onto the drive but can’t take the pace off
1620 hrs IST: Asad Shafiq hasn’t got off the mark yet
1605 hrs IST: Woakes to Younis Khan, OUT, and he’s struck! A thin edge down the leg side. The ball was there for the stroke, Younis trying to flick it away and just gets a tickle to Baristow. Probably not quite bowled-for-and-got, but Woakes won’t be bothered. An edge is an edge
1600 hrs IST: Woakes to Younis Khan, no run, well fielded by Woakes in his follow through, may have cut off a boundary, Younis bunted a straight drive firmly and Woakes grab it one-handed to his left
1550 hrs IST: Finally Misbah is off the mark
1540 hrs IST: Woakes to Younis Khan, FOUR, fraction fuller, nips back at Younis, played to the bowler
1530 hrs IST: It will be Chris Woakes ahead of Stuart Broad for sharing the ball
1525 hrs IST: Pakistan begin quest on Day 3
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Azhar Ali’s patient century lifted Pakistan to 257 for three and a dominant position on the second day of the third Test against England at Edgbaston on Thursday.