England claim quick wickets in the final session but Pakistan lead by 244 runs after Day 3

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  • Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes provide crucial breakthroughs to put Pakistan under pressure.

  • Pakistan are 137/8, leading England by 244 runs with two days left in the game.

Pakistan started their second innings with a lead of 107 runs, but a sudden collapse in the batting line-up narrated a completely different story for the tourists. It all began with Shan Masood, the centurion in the first innings, going for a duck in the second innings just before the tea.

In the final session, Babar Azam (5) and Azhar Ali (18) fell cheaply, putting Pakistan into trouble as the visitors were struggling at 48/3. In fact, things never really got settled for Pakistan as they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals.

Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan did show some grit by adding a 38-run partnership for the fifth wicket, taking the lead above 200. Shafiq then got run-out for 29, and Rizwan (27) received a rock-bottom by all-rounder Ben Stokes in his very first over of the Test match.

Both Stokes and Stuart Broad carried on with the momentum as they bagged two more wickets in the form of Shadab Khan (15) and Shaheen Afridi (2).

Pakistan bundled out England for 219 in their first innings

Earlier, on Day 3 of the first Test at the Old Trafford, Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler began the opening session at their overnight scores of 46 and 15, respectively. The duo added a critical 65-run stand before Pope was dismissed by Naseem Shah, who claimed his first wicket in the match. The middle-order batsman made 62 off 117 balls and remained the only English batter to go past 50-run mark.

The hosts were 127/5 when they lost Pope. Further, the Joe Root-led side could only add 92 more runs to the total before getting all-out for 219 in their first innings.

England have now conceded a 100+ run first-innings lead in the first Test of six of their last seven series

  • 107 v Pak Manchester 2020
  • 114 v WI Southampton 2020 (L)
  • 103 v SA Centurion 2019 (L)
  • 262 v NZ Mount Maunganui 2019 (L)
  • 122 v Ire Lord’s 2019 (W)
  • 212 v WI Bridgetown 2019 (L)

At stumps, Pakistan reached 137/8 with Shah and Mohammad Abbas unbeaten on 12 and 0, respectively. For the hosts, Broad, Stokes and Chris Woakes, all picked up two wickets each while Dominic Bess bagged one scalp.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 326 & 137/8 (Asad Shafiq 29, Mohammad Rizwan 27; Chris Woakes 2-11, Ben Stokes 2-11, Stuart Broad 2-23) lead England 219 (Ollie Pope 62, Jos Buttler 38; Yasir Shah 4-66, Mohammad Abbas 2-33, Shadab Khan 2-13) by 244 runs.

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