Pakistan maintain a lead of 244 with one wicket in hand on the finish of what was a breathless day of Test cricket at Old Trafford on Friday.
England’s bowlers managed to deliver the hosts again into the sport in the direction of the top of the ultimate session of Day Four after their very own batsmen had been discovered wanting in opposition to a medical efficiency from the Pakistani bowlers.
Pakistan’s batsmen regarded to keep a very good move of runs going however England stored chipping away on the guests’ batting lineup. It nevertheless regarded like Pakistan may handle a lead of over 300 runs in through the fifth wicket partnership between Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan.
Shafiq was lastly dismissed when Dom Sibley managed a direct hit from covers whereas the batsmen went for a fast single. Replays confirmed that Shafiq was not even within the body when the ball hit the stumps.
The move of runs nevertheless continued when Shadab Khan got here to the crease and Root lastly needed to resort to calling on Ben Stokes who managed to whizz the ball previous Rizwan’s outdoors edge with the primary supply he bowled.
Stokes struck in his subsequent over getting Rizwan out LBW with a supply that nipped again into the correct hander.
Broad then arrange Shadab with consecutive short-pitched deliveries earlier than sending in a full one which crashed into the batsman’s knee roll. While the umpire didn’t elevate his finger, England reviewed and the replays confirmed that the ball would have taken the leg stump.
It left Yasir Shah to fetch as many runs as he may with the wobbly tail that Pakistan possess. Stokes struck once more with the wicket of Shaheen Afridi and that supply was additionally the final of the day.
Earlier, a quick bowling masterclass from Pakistan’s tempo battery helped them restrict the runs that got here from the England high order.
Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler gave the England innings some impetus and the previous was dismissed by Naseem Shah on 62. England’s tail nevertheless gave took out some beneficial numbers off Pakistan’s lead with Stuart Broad smashing 29 off 25 balls.
It was the spinners Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan who closed off the England innings. While Shadab picked two, Yasir led the crew off after England had been dismissed on 219 with a four-wicket haul.
Yasir will now be again on the sphere on Day Four with Pakistan’s no.11 Mohammad Abbas, batting on 12 off 15 balls.
Brief scores: Brief Scores: Pakistan: 326 and 137/8 (Asad Shafiq 29, Mohammad Rizwan; Chris Woakes 2/11) vs England: 219 all out (Ollie Pope 62, Jos Buttler 38; Yasir Shah 4/66)