England fight back to leave Test on a knife-edge

05 Aug, 2016 11:39 pm

EDGBASTON – England fought back strongly to leave the third Test against Pakistan hanging in the balance after an enthralling third day in Birmingham on Friday.

The hosts bowled out Pakistan for 400 before Alastair Cook and Alex Hales took them to 120 for no wicket in their second innings at the close, 17 runs ahead with two days remaining at Edgbaston.

Pakistan moved on to 336 for five at lunch and looked set to establish a commanding first-innings lead but England picked up their last five wickets quickly to get a foothold in the match.

Cook and Hales batted positively, the former ending on 64 not out and Hales taking a single off the final ball of the day to reach his first fifty of the series which is level at 1-1.

After resuming on 257 for three, Pakistan lost the key wicket of Younus Khan in the morning session but captain Misbah-ul-Haq led from the front with a combative 56.

Misbah was bowled by James Anderson before England’s leading strike bowler was ordered out of the attack for the rest of the innings after transgressing cricket’s follow-through laws for a third time.


Anderson had apologised to the umpires on Thursday for his reaction to receiving his first two warnings for running on the pitch.

Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes claimed three wickets each to run through Pakistan’s lower order.

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                         run out (Vince)            82  
Az. Ali                          c Cook b Woakes            139 
Y. Khan                          c Bairstow b Woakes        31  
Misbah-ul-Haq                    b Anderson                 56  
A. Shafiq                        b Broad                    0   
S. Ahmed                         not out                    46  
Y. Shah                          run out (Woakes, Bairstow) 7   
M. Amir                          lbw b Woakes               1   
So. Khan                         lbw b Broad                7   
R. Ali                           c Root b Broad             4   
Extras                           (b-5 lb-21 nb-1)           27  
Total                            (all out, 136 overs)       400 
Fall of wickets: 1-0 M. Hafeez,2-181 S. Aslam,3-257 Az. Ali,4-274 Y. Khan,5-296 A. Shafiq,6-358 Misbah-ul-Haq,7-367 Y. Shah,8-368 M. Amir,9-386 So. Khan,10-400 R. Ali
Bowling                     
J. Anderson                      29.1 - 7 - 54 - 2              
S. Broad                         30 - 4 - 83 - 3(nb-1)          
S. Finn                          27.5 - 7 - 76 - 0              
C. Woakes                        30 - 7 - 79 - 3                
M. Ali                           17 - 2 - 79 - 0                
J. Vince                         1 - 0 - 2 - 0                  
J. Root                          1 - 0 - 1 - 0                  
England 2nd innings         
A. Cook                          not out                    64  
A. Hales                         not out                    50  
Extras                           (lb-4 nb-2)                6   
Total                            (for no loss, 35 overs)    120 
Fall of wickets:
To bat: J. Root, J. Vince, G. Ballance, J. Bairstow, C. Woakes, M. Ali, S. Broad, J. Anderson, S. Finn
Bowling                     
M. Amir                          11 - 2 - 28 - 0                
So. Khan                         8 - 0 - 40 - 0(nb-2)           
R. Ali                           5 - 0 - 20 - 0                 
Y. Shah                          11 - 1 - 28 - 0                
Referees                    
Umpire: Bruce Oxenford                                          
Umpire: Joel Wilson                                             
TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena                                     
Match referee: Richie Richardson. –Reuters



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