England vs Pakistan First Test Day 3 Match Report-2020

Ben Stokes claimed two late wickets as England clawed their way back into the first test at Old Trafford by reducing Pakistan to 137/8 in their second innings at stumps on Day 3.

The hosts, resuming at 92/4, started steadily as the overnight pair of Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler added 35 runs, before Pope, having scored a composed half century, was caught at gully by Shadab Khan off Naseem Shah for 62.

Buttler, having missed three chances behind the stumps, was under pressure and scrapped his way through a scratchy 38, before falling to Yasir Shah in his second delivery after lunch.

Dom Bess made just a single before he was caught at slip by a leaping Asad Shafiq off Yasir.

England were reeling at 170-8 but Stuart Broad added 49 invaluable runs in the company of Jofra Archer and James Anderson. They were being bowled out for 219, giving visitors a huge lead of 107 runs.

Pakistan’s second innings started disastrously as first innings centurion Shan Masood was caught down the leg side by Buttler off Broad for a duck.

Abid Ali, who was given a life by Stokes, failed to make it count, as he was caught at deep mid wicket by Woakes off Bess for 20.

Woakes continued to trouble the opposition batsmen, first bagging the prize scalp of Babar Azam, caught at slip by Stokes for 5, and then trapping skipper Azhar Ali LBW for 18 runs.

Wicket keeper Rizwan, who was impressive behind the stumps, batted well in a partnership of 38 runs for the fifth wicket with Asad Shafiq, before a smart piece of fielding from Sibley saw the latter run out for 29.

Stokes claimed the wicket of Rizwan trapping him leg before wicket for 27. Shadab Khan fell in a similar manner to Broad.

Stokes then claimed his second as he had tailender Shaheen caught fending at a short ball just before the close of play. Pakistan ended Day 3 at 137/8, with an overall lead of 244.

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