At the end of day 3 of the 3rd Test between England and Pakistan at Edgbaston (Birmingham), the match is in very interesting and exciting position. Pakistan began day 3 on the overnight score of 257/3 and made 400 before getting all-out. Pakistan took a healthy 1st innings lead of 103 runs.
England made a strong reply as they were 120 runs for no loss at the stumps of day 3. England is currently leading by 17 runs.
Brief Scores: England – 297 (Gary Balance 70, Moeen Ali 63, Sohail Khan 5/96) & 120/0 (Alastair Cook 64*, Alex Hales 50*)
Pakistan – 400 (Azhar Ali 139, Sami Aslam 82, Chris Woakes 3/79)
Here are some statistical highlights of the day 3 of 3rd Test:
- Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq played very well on the day and scored a half-century. Misbah was dismissed on 56 runs in Pakistan’s 1st innings. It was the third highest Test score by a Pakistan captain at Edgbaston. The other two top scorers in this category were: 153* by Javed Miandad (1992) and 65 by Imran Khan (1982).
- Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq scored a duck during Pakistan’s first innings in this match after facing 18 deliveries. It was the third highest deliveries faced to score a duck by a Pakistan batsman against England. The other two top batsmen to face more deliveries and score a duck by a Pakistan batsman against England were: 32 balls by Azhar Ali (2010) and 24 balls by Imran Farhat (2010), and both of those incidents happened on this ground (Edgbaston).
Asad Shafiq lasted for 40 minutes on the pitch before his dismissal on the day 2. As per the minutes batted to score a duck by a Pakistan batsman against England, Asad Shafiq at no.2 position. Azhar Ali is on top on this list with 53 minutes on the pitch without scoring a run.
- Pakistan were bundled out for 400 in their 1st innings. It was their 4th highest total on this ground. Their other three top scores on this ground were: 608/7 decl. (1971), 446/4 decl. (1992) and 439 (1987).
- On the day 3, Pakistan earned a healthy first innings lead of 103 runs. It was Pakistan’s 11th 100+ first innings lead in England and 10th 100+ first innings lead against England in England.
- On the day, England’s both opening batsmen gave a perfect start in England’s second innings. Already, both have hit half-centuries and are still unbeaten. At the stumps on day 3, Alaister Cook remained unbeaten at 64 and Alex Hales remained not out at 50. It was the 14th time in Test history that both England openers hit at least half-century against Pakistan in a Test innings. Last time it happened in 2006 at Headingley where both English openers (58 by Andrew Strauss and 116 by Marcus Trescothick) had hit at least half-centuries against Pakistan.