ICC Live

CT 2017 - Buy Tickets - 300x250

Tweet

What are your thoughts on this article?

Woakes the hero even as Pakistan stretches lead

Yasir Shah shows enterprise with bat after taking 6 for 72 as visiting side ends third day on 214 for 8 for overall lead of 281 runs

Woakes the hero even as Pakistan stretches lead - Cricket News
Woakes picked up five wickets.
As the third day of the first Test between England and Pakistan at Lord's drew to a close on Saturday (July 16), the game was tantalisingly poised.
 
Pakistan was 214 for 8 in the second innings and leading by 281 runs with Yasir Shah, its bowling hero, batting on a plucky 30 not out with Mohammad Amir yet to open his account. 
 
Much of England’s fightback was down to Chris Woakes, who impressed again with figures of 5 for 31 in 17 overs to have 11 wickets in the match so far, but Moeen Ali shined too, grabbing the big wickets of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.
 
England was well behind the eight-ball after being bowled out for 272 and conceding a lead of 67, Yasir scalping 6 for 72 in 29 overs. But Pakistan squandered the advantage as it went into a shell, and the pitch kept the bowlers in the game with signs of reverse swing, uneven bounce and spin.
 
Having lost Mohammad Hafeez early, Pakistan felt the pinch as Woakes lulled Shan Masood (24) into a false stroke, edging to Alastair Cook at slip. Miscommunication between Azhar Ali and Younis while running between the wickets, with the latter looking fidgety at the crease, further encouraged England. Soon, Azhar was trapped in front for 23, a review showing the ball was clipping legstump, confirming the on-field umpire's decision.
 
The Pakistan captain strode in but a rush of blood resulted in a slog off Moeen Ali and he was out for nought, a running catch by Alex Hales on the midwicket boundary forcing him back to the dressing room.


  
Younis seemed to loosen up after tea, unfurling a crisp drive down the ground off Moeen. Moments later, he dragged one back onto the stumps to be dismissed for 25 off 95 balls. The arrival of Sarfraz Ahmed lightened Azad Shafiq's load and the runs began to flow once again, but as Shafiq (49) was nearing his second half-century of the match, Woakes broke through his defences. Pakistan was 168 for 6 at this stage, the lead only 235. 
 
What followed next was an engaging cat-and-mouse passage of play between Safraz, Yasir and England, with near-misses and cheeky runs galore. Safraz was enterprising and showed great confidence in Yasir's batting skills, not bothering to farm the strike. The crowd also got into the act to egg Finn on, but such was his luck that two chances were put down off his bowling, the more crucial being Sarfraz on 36 by Jonny Bairstow.
 
Finally it was Woakes, England's Midas man at the moment, who gave England some joy late in the day, removing Sarfraz and Wahab.
 
At the start of the day, England’s tail wagged a while, but it wasn’t going to stop Pakistan’s clinical bowling unit from running through the side in the first session. It could add only 19 to its overnight score of 253 for 7. 

Yasir added one more wicket to his Friday tally, ending with the best figures by an overseas spinner against England at Lord's since Sid Pegler's 7 for 65 for South Africa in 1912. 

Similar Articles