Published On: Sun, Aug 7th, 2016

England win third Test against Pakistan

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BIRMINGHAM: Pakistan collapsed on 201 on the last day of third test against England to give the host a 141 run victory. Pakistan was chasing a target of 343 when it lost six wickets during the afternoon session. 

Earlier England captain Alastair Cook declared his side’s second innings on 445 for six early on Sunday’s fifth and final day.  Pakistan had 84 overs to accomplish the target on the last day today.

Sami Aslam made a 167-ball 72 which was the highest score for the team. The second wicket partnership with Azhar Ali seemed to build a strong position, until Azhar was caught at second slip by Alaistair Cook off an edge by Moeen Ali.

It seemed that Pakistan sole aim was a draw as Stuart Broad delivered just three runs off five overs. England knew their intentions as Pakistan held for 92 for 3 with 46 over remaining.

Aslam and Captain Misbah-ul-Haq held firm for 10 overs until Steve Finn found Misbah’s outside edge. Aslam was left struggling to reach his fifty from 124 balls and became the fourth Pakistan opener to hit two fifties in a Test in England.

The later fall of wickets seemed a herculean task and Aslam was not able to take the pressure before being dismissed by Finn.  A dramatic collapse before tea, where they lost four wickets for one run in 23 balls, effectively ended Pakistan’s chances of saving the game.

Pakistan’s last-wicket pair of Sohail Khan (36) and Rahat Ali delayed defeat with a stand of 50 in 67 balls. Moeen Ali ended the match when the off-spinner caught and bowled Sohail off a hard-hit drive with 13.1 overs remaining.

The fourth Test at The Oval starts on Thursday.

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On Saturday, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali both scored dashing fifties as England wrested the initiative from Pakistan on the fourth day. At stumps, England were 414 for five in their second innings, a lead of 311 runs. The next day, Moeen remained not out on 86, taking lead to 342.

Bairstow was 82 not out and Ali 60 not out after they had added an unbroken 132 for the sixth wicket.

England had been well-placed at 120 without loss overnight.

But openers Alastair Cook and Alex Hales both went early on Saturday as Pakistan took two wickets for no runs in nine balls.

Joe Root (62) and James Vince (42) stopped the rot during a painstaking stand of 95.

“The way Cookie and Halesy played last night was outstanding,” Root told Sky Sports before turning to Bairstow and Ali’s stand.

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“It was an unbelievable partnership tonight, good to watch and an exhibition of how to bat in the third innings.

“The pitch doesn’t look like it is breaking up, but there’s enough there to take 10 wickets tomorrow (Sunday).”

But Pakistan bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed said: “I don’t know what England are going to do tomorrow (Sunday), but one thing is for sure: this is a good pitch for batsmen, and our batsmen are in good form.”

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Mohammad Amir then turned 126 for one into 126 for two when Hales (54) edged a seaming delivery from the left-arm quick and Younis Khan held a difficult low chance at second slip.

It was tough on left-arm paceman Rahat, who bowled superbly in reeling off five straight maidens in a spell of seven overs for just seven runs.

After lunch, Root pulled Shah for a boundary that saw him to a 108-ball fifty.

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