Pakistan pacers breathe fire

Match Report : 3rd Test: Day 1: England vs Pakistan at Birmingham, Aug 3, 2016

Match Report : 3rd Test: Day 1 : England vs Pakistan, 248859

Brief Scores : England 297 (Ballance 70, Moeen 63, Sohail 5-96) v Pakistan
Sohail Khan Grabs Maiden Five-For As Hosts Manage 297
Sohail Khan marked his return to Test cricket after a five-year absence with a maiden five-for as Pakistan dismissed England on 297 on the first day of the third Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday . The 32-year-old right-arm quick removed a quartet of top-order batsman -Alex Hales, Joe Root, James Vince and Jonny Bairstow -and claimed his fifth in James Anderson to finish with figures of five for 96 in 23overs. It was a return made all the more impressive as Sohail’s previous two Tests -against Sri Lanka at Karachi in 2009 and against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in 2011 -had yielded a combined haul of one for 245.A stress fracture of the back after last year’s World Cup provided a further check on his progress.

Nevertheless, Sohail was recalled in place of Wahab Riaz as Pakistan broke up the all left-arm pace attack they had deployed for the first two Tests of this fourmatch contest following England’s 330run series-levelling win at Old Trafford.Sohail made the most of his chance after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and fielded on a gloomy morning, with some moisture still in the pitch after overnight rain.

An unconvincing Hales (17) fell when he was caught behind after edging a goodlength Sohail ball.

Root had made a Test-best 254 at Old Trafford in a match where he and century-maker Alastair Cook, the England captain, scored 506 runs between them.

However, Root was dismisssed for three while Cook managed 45 on Wednesday . Gary Ballance top scored with 70 and Moeen Ali chipped in with a crucial 63.

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