England v Pakistan 1st Test Day 3: All Square at Old Trafford
Chris Woakes speaks to the media after day three of the #raisethebat first Test against Pakistan
The seesaw nature of this contest between England and Pakistan has left it in the balance, at the close of the third day. All in all, 14 wickets fell on the day with 264 runs scored. On a surface that has offered assistance to both pace and spin, Pakistan ended with 137-8, in their second innings and now lead by 244 runs.
Pakistan 326 & 137/8 (44)
England 219/10 (70.3)
Close of Play - Day 3 - Pakistan lead by 244 runs
The English batsmen faced testing times with plenty of seam movement for Pakistan pace attack when they resumed, 234 adrift with six wickets in hand, on the third morning of the first Test at Emirates Old Trafford. Mohammad Abbas having created sensation yesterday with the dismissal of Ben Stokes, kept probing and Shaheen Afridi, too came very close to claiming the wicket of Ollie Pope, on more than one occasion.
Pope is a future English star in the making and brought up his fifty off 81 balls with 6 fours, after taking guard yesterday at 12-3. Only one run was scored off Abbas’ first seven overs of stern examination as the battle intensified between bat and ball and wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan standing up for added pressure. The first breakthrough did come eventually after the drinks break when Pope (62) was taken at gully off Naseem’s brutish delivery and in the same over Chris Woakes took a blow on his helmet. The 17-year old bowler in an impressive spell worked good pace and likes to give the stare to the opposing batsmen.
Not for the first time in his Test career, Jos Buttler, was asked to steer the English ship in the company of tail-enders. It was fair to say, after his lapses behind the wickets in Pakistan’s first innings, owed his team an impact innings. The lunch was taken at 159-5 and straight after the break Yasir Shah got into the act by sending back Buttler (38), Bess and Woakes, in quick succession. England were in serious trouble and the variety and skill level of Pakistan bowlers had put the team on top. The surface offering sharp turn and bounce for the two leggies – Yasir (4-66) and Shadab Khan - England’s first innings came to an end at 3.06pm, all out for 219, conceding 107 runs lead.
The tourists’ second innings was pretty shaky to say the least that in spite of some ordinary catching by England. The first-innings centurion, Shan Masood, was strangled down the leg-side without scoring and Abid Ali, throwing away his wicket with an ill-advised slog-sweep against off-spinner Dom Bess. They will need an overall lead of 250 plus to go one up in the three-Test series. The fall of Babar Azam left Pakistan on 48-3, with a lead of 155 and two senior batsmen – Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq – at the crease. Unless he has a niggle, one can’t think of a logical reason for Archer not bowling flat out, on a lively surface.
The captain in a wretched run of low scores, outside the Asian sub-continent, was trapped leg before for 18. The pro-active approach of Asad, run out courtesy of a school boy error, Rizwan and Shadab, helped their side from a total collapse but it has been a poor show with the bat in the second innings. It enabled Pakistan to go into the fourth day with only a slight advantage.
England - Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(wk), Chris Woakes, Dom Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Pakistan - Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali(c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah
Start Time: 11:00
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Officials: Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Michael Gough, Steve O'Shaughnessy, Chris Broad
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