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A dramatic batting collapse orchestrated by the England seamers saw Pakistan being bowled out in the second innings for 201 runs on the fifth day of the third Test in Birmingham, giving the hosts a convincing 141-run win and an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.
Led by an unbeaten 82 from Jonny Bairstow and fifties from Moeen Ali and Joe Root, England surged ahead to post a total of 414 for five at the end of the fourth day of the third Test in Birmingham and stretched their lead to 311 runs with five wickets in hand.
After bowling Pakistan out for 400 runs in their first innings, England fought their way back as Alastair Cook and Alex Hales shared an unbeaten 120-run stand to eke out a slender 17-run lead by the end of day three of the third Test in Birmingham.
An elegant century from Azhar Ali and a steady knock of 82 from Sami Aslam helped Pakistan post 257 for three from 90 overs, reducing the first innings deficit to just 40 runs by the end of day two of the third Test against England in Birmingham.
After the series was levelled 1-1 with England’s win against Pakistan in the second Test, both the teams will be keen to claim an unassailable lead in the third match at Edgbaston. Ahead of the game, here are a few key statistics.
A disciplined bowling performance from England bowled Pakistan out for 234 runs in the final innings after setting a target of 565 runs to complete a comprehensive 330-run win on the fourth day of the second Test match in Manchester which levelled the series 1-1.
Pakistan put on a below par showing and were bowled out for 198 runs in their first innings following which England came out to bat again and stretched the lead to 489 runs by the end of the rain affected third day of the second Test match in Manchester.
After Joe Root’s career best 254 helped England build a total of 589 for eight, Chris Woakes took a three-wicket haul to peg Pakistan down to 57 for four in 24 overs at stumps on the second day of the second Test in Manchester.