A huge drama and a lot of action unfolded on the third day of the first test match between England and Pakistan at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.
The day saw England getting all out at 219 runs handing Pakistan a hefty lead of 107 runs but what followed afterward was the discipline and dedication of England bowlers that pulled things back in their favor or say at least balanced the game. A total of 14 wickets fell on Day 3 of play.
They demolished the Pakistan batting order and restricted them at 137/8 at the end of day’s play.
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Pakistan were well on top after they dismissed England for 219 but England bowlers came back and dictated the terms in the last session of the play.
Earlier, the home team resuming their innings from 92/4, lost Ollie Pope in the morning session. After Lunch, leg spinners Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan tore through the middle and lower orders, with Stuart Broad’s unbeaten 29 off 25 balls being the biggest contribution from the batting side. England got bundled out for 219 with Yasir Shah picking four-for (4/66).
Pakistan lost first innings hero Shan Masood for a duck before reaching Tea at 20/1, leading by 127 runs. Babar Azam (5) and Azhar Ali (18) fell cheaply in the final session, putting Pakistan into trouble. Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan put on a partnership, taking the lead across 200. But a bizarre running between the wickets saw Asad Shafiq getting back to the Pavillion. Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad then struck to expose the tail in the dying minutes that left Pakistan with the lead of 244 having only managed to put 137/8.
The match is pretty much balanced now and Day 4 will be pretty much exciting and could be the last day of this encounter between England and Pakistan.