Woakes’ second five-for revives England hopes


Match Report: Day 3 : 1st Investec Test: England vs Pakistan at Lord’s, July 14-18, 2016

BRIEF SCORES: Pakistan 339 & 214-8 (Shafiq 49, Sarfraz 45, Woakes 531) lead England 272 (Cook 81, Yasir 6-72) by 281runs

Pakistan recovered from a top order collapse and Chris Woakes’ menace and stretched the lead to 281 runs against England on the third day of the first Test at Lord’s on Saturday . Asad Shafiq (49) and Sarfraz Ahmed (45) missed half centuries and fell to Woakes, who achieved a maiden 10-for in the last session, but they helped Pakistan post 2148 at stumps.

Woakes took 531, after plundering 670 in the first innings.

Pakistan stuttered at 754 but Shafiq produced a half-century stand with Younis Khan (25), then Shah frustrated England’s bowlers with a career-best unbeaten 30 to swell the lead. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq followed his first-innings hundred with a duck as England fought back on the third day of the first Test at Lord’s on Saturday .

At tea, Pakistan were 111 for four in their second innings -a lead of 178 runs. A becalmed Younis Khan, who played several exaggerated leave shots, was 19 not out off 86 balls. But Asad Shafiq had kept the scoreboard ticking over with an unbeaten 29 off 46 balls including five boundaries. Saturday’s second session saw England all-rounder Chris Woakes follow his Test-best six for 70 in the first innings with two wickets.

Pakistan were 40 for one at lunch after Mohammad Hafeez had carelessly fallen for a duck in cutting Stuart Broad straight to Joe Root at se cond slip. But they lost opener Shan Masood soon afterwards when the left-hander, once more fallible outside off stump, flat-footedly edged Warwickshire paceman Woakes to England captain Alastair Cook at first slip. Azhar Ali (23) then fell lbw to a desperately tight umpire’s call as Woakes reduced Pakistan to 59 for three.

Misbah, in his maiden Test knock at Lord’s, had made 114 in Pakistan’s first innings. But on Saturday he fell for nought when he hoisted off-spinner Moeen Ali legside and Alex Hales, running round to the mid-wicket rope, held a good catch.

Pakistan had never previously lost a Test when Misbah had made a hundred and never won one when he had made a duck. With conditions set fair on a sunny day at Lord’s and more than two days left in the match, something had to give.

Younis, on 11, was given out lbw by umpire Joel Wilson after a prolonged and theatrical appeal from fast bowler Steven Finn on his Middlesex home ground. But a review showed the ball missing leg stump and Younis survived. Shafiq then seized on a loose ball to cut Finn for four. Earlier, leg-spinner Yasir Shah took six wickets as England were bowled out for 272 -67 runs behind on first innings.

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