Pakistan could not put pressure on England even after getting the bug. Azhar Ali took the lead on the second day of the Manchester Test. They strengthened their position in the match after the first session on the third day. However, at the end of the day, England returned to the fight and Pakistan’s batting collapsed.
Batting in reply to Pakistan’s 326, England finished the second day at 92 for four wickets.
On the third day, England were all-out for 219 in their first innings. In other words, Pakistan took a big lead of 107 runs in the first innings.
Oli Pope scored the highest 62 runs for England. Another unbeaten batsman of the previous day, Jose Butler, was dismissed for 38 runs. Stuart Broad scored 29, Chris Oakes 19 and Joffra Archer 16 runs.
Yasir Shah took 4 wickets. Mohammad Abbas and Shadab Khan got 2 wickets each. Nasim Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi took one wicket each.
Batting in the second innings, Pakistan lost the final batting. At the end of the third day, they lost 8 wickets for 137 runs. In other words, the Pakistan team is leading by 244 runs in the first innings. England can keep the winning target within reach if they can quickly cut off Pakistan’s tail early in the fourth day.
In the second innings, Abid Ali (20 runs), Azhar Ali (18 runs), Babar Azam (5 runs), Asad Shafiq (29 runs), Mohammad Rizwan (27 runs), Shadab Khan (15 runs) and Shaheen Afridi (2 runs) were all out for Pakistan. Shan Masood, who scored a century in the first innings, could not open the book.
Stuart Broad, Chris Oakes and Ben Stokes took two wickets each for England in the second innings. Dominic Base took 1 wicket.