England came back strongly to win the 3rd Test match against Pakistan by 141 runs. It was an outstanding performance by England team who showed their class. Despite conceding a lead of 103 runs, England players stuck to their task and won the match. Here we look at top 5 moments of England vs Pakistan 3rd Test match.
- Sohail Khan’s 6 wickets in the first innings
Pakistan’s right-arm fast bowler Sohail Khan made a comeback into the team after a long gap. In the first innings, Sohail Khan bowled with good pace and aggression. He dismissed Alex Hales and Root during the first session. After the lunch break, he picked the wickets of James Vince, Bairstow and finally James Anderson. He picked 5 for 96 in 23 over’s helping Pakistan to bowl out England for 297 on the first day itself.
- Two Brilliant partnerships for Pakistan
On the 2nd day, Pakistan lost the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez in the first over. After that Sami Aslam and Azhar played with good positive attitude. Both of them put on 181 runs for the third wicket which put pressure on England team. Azhar Ali scored a brilliant ton and Sami Aslam scored 82. After the fall of Sami Aslam wicket, Younis Khan, and Azhar Ali put on an important for the third wicket before Azhar Ali was dismissed before the end of play on day 2.
- Excellent fightback from England team
The England team made a good comeback on the 3rd day. James Anderson, Woakes, and Broad bowled good line and length. Despite Misbah UL Haq scoring 56 and Sarfaraz remaining not out on 46, the England bowler limited the Pakistan lead to 103 only. The Pakistan tail just did not contribute anything. On the 3rd day, the England openers made a solid start ending the day on 120 for 0.
- Partnership between Bairstow and Ali change
At the start of day four, the Pakistan bowlers made a brilliant start picking the wicket of Cook and Hales. Root steadied the innings with a crucial 62. At one moment England were 282 for 5 with a lead of 179 runs lead. Then came the partnership between Bairstow and Ali who changed the momentum with a brilliant 132 runs at the end of 4th-day play. Both Moeen Ali and Bairstow scored important half centuries. Both of them added 31 runs on the 5th day before Bairstow was dismissed for 83.
- Excellent bowling by England bowlers on the fifth day
Pakistan required 343 runs to win on the final day. All the England bowlers were disciplined and did not allow Pakistan batsmen to score runs easily. Despite Sami Aslam scoring 70 runs, the Pakistan batting order crumbled under pressure. Younis Khan, Misbah UL Haq was not able to contribute much. After the partnership between Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam, England bowlers put pressure. Sohail Khan and Rahat Khan frustrated the England bowlers with 50 runs stand for the 10th wicket. James Anderson, Steve Finn, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad picked 2 wickets each bowling out Pakistan for 201.