Aslam and Azhar make England suffer in 3rd Test


04 Aug, 2016 8:25 pm

BIRMINGHAM – Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali batted through the afternoon session to lift Pakistan to 154 for one at tea on the second day of the third test against England in Birmingham on Thursday.

Replying to the hosts’ 297, Aslam moved on to 69 not out with Azhar on 72 as England struggled to make anything happen on a flat wicket at Edgbaston.

The hosts made their only breakthrough with the fourth ball of the day when Mohammad Hafeez cut James Anderson straight to Gary Ballance at point.

Anderson induced a rash stroke from Azhar shortly after lunch but Joe Root spilled a difficult catch at second slip and England’s frustration mounted.

Azhar drove Steven Finn off the back-foot for three to bring up his 21st test half century and Aslam, 20, swept spinner Moeen Ali for four to reach his maiden test fifty in his third match.

The four-match series is level at 1-1.

SCOREBOARD 

England 1st innings 297 (G. Ballance 70, M. Ali 63; S. Khan 5-96) 
Pakistan 1st innings        
M. Hafeez                        c Ballance b Anderson     0   
S. Aslam                         not out                   69  
Az. Ali                          not out                   72  
Extras                           (b-2 lb-10 nb-1)          13  
Total                            (for 1 wickets, 55 overs) 154 
Fall of wickets: 1-0 M. Hafeez
To bat: Y. Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, A. Shafiq, S. Ahmed, M. Amir, R. Ali, Y. Shah, S. Khan
Bowling                     
J. Anderson                      13 - 4 - 22 - 1               
S. Broad                         12 - 3 - 24 - 0(nb-1)         
S. Finn                          12 - 3 - 33 - 0               
C. Woakes                        12 - 1 - 31 - 0               
M. Ali                           6 - 0 - 32 - 0                
Referees                    
Umpire: Bruce Oxenford                                         
Umpire: Joel Wilson                                            
TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena                                    
Match referee: Richie Richardson.–Reuters


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