Pakistan slump to another embarrassing defeat in 3rd Test against England
BIRMINGHAM (92 News) –England bundle out Pakistan by 201 runs in the fourth innings to register a 141-run win in the third Test; take 2-1 lead in the series. An afternoon of outstanding reverse-swing bowling conjured England a memorable come-from-behind 141-run victory at Edgbaston. Pakistan crumbled to 201 all out, at one stage losing 4 for 1 in a 23-ball spell between Steven Finn and Chris Woakes before tea, having been sitting reasonably comfortably at lunch with a draw well within their compass. However, having been set 343 in 84 overs, Pakistan subsided over the final two sessions. Moeen Ali picked the locked when he removed Azhar Ali then the quick bowlers bulldozed through the door. Sami Aslam played his second classy innings of the match, but when he shouldered arms at Finn shortly before tea saving the game was always likely to be too much for Pakistan’s lower order. Pakistan lost four wickets for one run in 19 balls as England closed in on victory at tea on the final day of the third test in Birmingham. Devastating bowling from Steven Finn and Chris Woakes, who each took two wickets, tore open the middle order as the tourists’ notional 343-run victory chase turned into a desperate battle for survival. By tea, which was taken late as England tried to force an early victory after taking six wickets in the session, Pakistan were reeling on 148 for seven with Yasir Shah on seven and Mohammad Amir on 15. England have 28 overs left to take the remaining three wickets. Finn, without a wicket in the series before Sunday, struck the key blows, first removing captain Misbah-ul-Haq for 10 and then ending the resistance of Sami Aslam. The opener had led the fight with a determined 70, his second half-century of the game.