England pacers rattle Pakistan to take 2-1 lead at Edgbaston
England 297 & 445-6 dec (Moeen 86 no) beat
Pakistan 400 &201 (Aslam 70) by 141 runs
Third Test, day five, Birmingham
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.
England began their second session on the overnight score of 414 for five. Moeen Ali (86 not out) smashed two sixes and a four in the first over of the day, signalling England’s intent.
However, in the second over, Jonny Bairstow (83) attempted a flick and was trapped in front. The on-field call of not out was successfully reviewed by Pakistan, ending Bairstow’s 127-ball knock.
Two overs later, England declared on 445 for six from 129 overs, setting Pakistan a target of 343 runs.
Mohammad Hafeez (2) had another failure with the bat as he holed out to fine leg in the sixth over of the day.
However, Azhar Ali (38) and Sami Aslam (70) rebuilt the innings with a diligent approach. The pair took Pakistan safely to 69 for one at the lunch interval.
England applied pressure in the second session with tight lines. This pressure resulted in Azhar being caught in the slips in the 31st over.
A short while later, James Anderson (2-31) tempted Younis Khan (4) into nicking a ball to the keeper in the 38th over, reducing England to 92 for three.
In the next over, Aslam completed his second fifty of the game. Aslam and Misbah-ul-Haq (10) saw out 10.1 overs and added 32 runs for the fourth wicket.
The breakthrough for England came in the 48th over, when Steven Finn (2-38) had Misbah caught behind. This wicket triggered a batting collapse as Asad Shafiq (0), Sarfraz Ahmed (0) and Aslam fell in the next four overs as Pakistan collapsed to 125 for seven.
The session was extended by four overs, but Yasir Shah (7) and Mohammad Amir (16) took Pakistan to 148 for seven at the stroke of tea.
England began the final session by removing Shah and followed it up with the wicket of Amir in the 60th over.
James Vince dropped Rahat Ali (15 not out) an over later and injured his finger in the process. Sohail Khan (36) and Rahat delayed the inevitable with their 50-run stand but England eventually bowled Pakistan out for 201 runs in 70.5 overs.
This 141-run win gave England an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series. This was also England’s first win against Pakistan where they faced a first-innings deficit of 103 or more runs.
Moeen was the man of the match for his all-round display.
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