PAK vs ENG 2nd Test, Day 3: At the end of day 3 of the Test match, England, indeed, had the upper hand in winning the Test and, thereby, winning the series. They have been playing some stunning cricket and have entertained the fans since the first day of the first Test match.
Ben Stokes and Harry Brook began day 3 of the Test with England’s scorecard reading 202 for 5. The duo continued playing in an aggressive fashion and played some really destructive shots. They formed a 101-run alliance for the 6th wicket and Harry Brook went on to notch his second century of the series. He has been a find for England in the series.
Stokes was the first one to depart in the day as Nawaz had him in the 59th over for 41 off 51 balls. Once he got out, Zahid Mahmood removed the tail pretty quickly and England was bundled out for 275 runs in their second innings.
Harry Brook top-scored for them, amassing 108 runs in 149 balls, including 14 fours and 1 six. Despite that, England had set Pakistan a target of 355 runs to win the Test on a wicket that has been slow and had lots of turns.
With Imam injured, M Rizwan walked out to open the innings with Shafique. The duo played the first hour wonderfully and aggressively and didn’t lose a single wicket. They added 66 runs for the opening wicket.
However, just after Lunch, Anderson bowled a peach of a delivery to rattle Rizwan’s stumps. Pakistan’s batter looked shocked after getting out and wasn’t willing to leave the pitch. He departed after a well-made 45 off 94.
Imam Ul Haq & Shakeel stitch a 108-run partnership
That wicket allowed England to come back into the game. Robinson then rattled Babar Azam’s (1) stumps, followed by Mark Wood accounting for Shafique’s (45) wicket. Soon, Pakistan had lost three wickets for 83 runs on the board.
Imam Ul-Haq then arrived at the crease and joined hands with Shakeel. The duo led Pakistan’s recovery and added 108 runs for the fourth wicket. Pakistan was looking in a great position but just at the end of the day, Leach had Imam Ul Haq (60) caught at the stumps.
At the end of day 3, Pakistan have lost four wickets for 198 runs with 157 runs needed to win the Test match. Shakeel is currently unbeaten on 54 off 123 balls.