The third day of the first test was concluded by Pakistan in a strong position after sixAwickets were taken by Yasir Shah. England were fired for 272 and then the visitorsAreached 214 for eight in their second innings for a lead of 281.
Wickets kept falling regularly at a sunny Lord’s as Pakistan was seeking to maximize theirAfirst-innings lead of 67 but the scoreboard kept ticking with valuable contributions by SarfrazAAhmed (45) and Asad Shafiq (49).
5-31 were the bowling figures ofAChris Woakes as England tried to restrict the damage of losing their lastAthree wickets for 12 runs in the morning session when only 19 runs to their overnight scoreAwere added. Sarfraz was dismissed by him, caught behind by Jonny Bairstow, who earlierAbowled Shafiq. Shortly before the close, Wahab Riaz was caught behind for a duck by him toAgive England a glimmer of anticipation. Two wickets were also taken by Moeen Ali.
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Chris Woakes of England holds up the ball after picking up his 5th wicket of the innings during day three of the 1st Investec Test between England and Pakistan at Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 16, 2016 in London, England.
WoakesAhas 11 wickets for 101 runs in the match — the second best match figures of an EnglandAplayer in this decade. It could all be futile though as Pakistan is leading, though still a fewAruns short of the total they would ideally have posted second time around.
England had recommenced on 253 for seven in reply to Pakistan’s 339 all out but Yasir’s legAspin defeated the hosts. His figures of 6-72 were the best recorded by a visiting spinnerAagainst England at Lord’s since Sid Pegler’s 7-65 for South Africa 104 years ago.
Only six runs were added by Stuart Broad to his overnight total before he fell to a fullAin swinger from Wahab.ASteve Finn leg before on five runs was tricked by the 30-year- old Yasir and with no reviews left,Ahe had to walk out.
Debutant Jake Ball was run out by Shan Masood as he sought for a second run to keepAWoakes on strike but was short by some distance as Pakistan wound up the Englandas tail.ASecond ball behind square leg was sliced by Ball with an outside edge to record his first fourAtest runs.AWoakes was unbeaten on 35 runs.