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.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Joe Clark struck fluent half-centuries as Worcestershire posted 260 for six in 76 overs on the second day and final day of the tour match against Pakistan in Worcester, ensuring that the game ended in a draw.
Azhar Ali hit a fluent 81 while Shan Masood scored a patient 67 as Pakistan declared after having scored 261 runs in 80 overs on the first day of the two-day tour match against Worcestershire at County Ground.
Ireland cricketers Niall O'Brien and Craig Young have recovered from their respective injuries and have been named in the 14-man squad which will face Pakistan in a two-match One-Day International series next month.