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Finn, Woakes bowl England to massive win

Pacemen make light work of Pakistan's middle order to take side to 141-run victory despite Aslam’s battling 70

Finn, Woakes bowl England to massive win - Cricket News
Pakistan’s chase of 343 stuttered in the second session, in which England claimed six wickets for 79 runs.
Steven Finn and Chris Woakes starred on the final day of the third Test in Birmingham to help England complete a 141-run victory against Pakistan at Edgbaston on Sunday (August 7) and take an unassailable 2-1 lead into the fourth and final Test at The Oval.
 
Pakistan’s chase of 343 stuttered in the second session, in which England claimed six wickets for 79 runs, and the match was wrapped up after tea, which the visiting side resumed at 148 for 7. Yasir Shah and Mohammad Amir fell in quick succession, but Rahat Ali and Sohail Khan swung their bats around to keep Pakistan's hopes alive – Sohail even picked up three fours in an over off Woakes.
 
The two put on a brave and fairly remarkable 50-run stand for the final wicket. Sohail had reached a 37-ball 36, a knock comprising seven fours, when he came down the track and popped one back to Moeen Ali. Pakistan was bowled out for 201, Rahat unbeaten on a 35-ball 15.  
 
England resumed the final morning at 414 for 5, but Alastair Cook decided against declaring, despite already leading by 311 runs. The onus was on acceleration, and the overnight batsmen, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen, attempted to do just that. Moeen, who grew up near Edgbaston, struck 19 runs in the first over of Sunday's play from Yasir, including two successive sixes.
 
Bairstow (83) had added just one run to his overnight score when he was lbw to Sohail on review. Moeen was 86 not out, off just 96 balls including 10 fours and two sixes, when Cook declared just four overs into Sunday's play, at 445 for 6.
 


Pakistan didn't quite get the start it wanted as Mohammad Hafeez (2) fell cheaply for the second time in the match before first-innings stars Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali repaired the innings with a stand of 73.
 
However, Moeen then accounted for Azhar on 38, inducing an edge to Cook at second slip, and with Younis Khan managing just a 17-ball 4, Pakistan was reduced to 124 for 3.
 
The collapse started thereafter, with Misbah-ul-Haq (10) caught behind off Steven Finn to give the persevering fast bowler his first wicket of the series.
 
Asad Shafiq then completed a pair when he was plumb lbw to Woakes for a four-ball duck. The paceman then made it two for none in six balls when Sarfraz Ahmed was also out for nought as he edged straight to Joe Root at second slip.
 
Aslam, the opener playing his first Test of the series, had again batted superbly for 70 following his first-innings 82. But a rare misjudgement by the 20-year-old left-hand batsman saw him bowled by Finn as he deliberately left the ball.
 
It was the end of a more than three-and-a-half-hour innings, with Aslam facing 167 balls including 11 fours. Finn had now taken 2 for 0 in 11 balls and tea was put back by 15 minutes to see if England could wrap up the game.
 
It couldn’t, but after the resumption, it was only a matter of time despite the feisty late resistance from Sohail and Rahat.
 
The final Test at The Oval in London will begin on August 11.  

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