England makes comeback, Pakistan manages 244-runs lead


Manchester: England bowlers were on song as they reduced Pakistan to 137-8 in the second inning of the opening Test at Old Trafford. 

It was a tough day for Pakistani batters as they managed to add just 30 runs to 107-runs lead, gained after bowling out the hosts for 219 in reply of 326.

Stuart Broad bagged Shan Masood earlier to take a sigh of relief as in-form Shan scored 156 runs in the first inning.

Abid Ali and Azhar Ali added 27 runs together before Abid Ali fell to Dom Bess after scoring 20 runs off 46 balls with the help of three boundaries.

Babar Azam also failed to score and departed after scoring just 5 runs. Skipper Azhar walked off after scoring 20 runs.

Asad Shafiq (29) and Mohammad Rizwan (27) scored 37 runs together, highest partnership on day 3 for Pakistan.

Yasir Shah and Mohammad Abbas remained not out for 12 and naught respectively.

Broad, Chris Woakes, and Ben Stokes bagged two wickets each while Dom Bess took a wicket as England dominated day 3 with the ball.

For Pakistan, leg-spinners Yasir and Shadab Khan did the work with the ball as England were bowled out for 219.

Resuming at 92-4, the home side were under pressure with counter-attacks from pace trio of Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Abbas. Young Naseem started the party with removing well-set Ollie Pope with a pitched-up delivery, leaving the right-handed batsman clueless.

Ollie Pope supported England quite well with his fighting 117-balls 62 runs laced with eight boundaries.

It took no time for Pakistan to take hold of the hosts as Yasir removed the big fish Jos Buttler to further reduced England to 159-6. Buttler fell after scoring 38 off 108 balls. Yasir then bagged two consecutive wickets of Chris Woakes (19) and Dom Bess (1) to take Pakistan on top of the day.

Later on, Shadab took wickets of Jofra Archer (16) and James Anderson (7) to book England for 219. Stuart Broad remained not out for 29.

Yasir bagged four wickets while Shadab and Abbas took two wickets each. Naseem and Afridi shared a wicket apiece.

Earlier, Pakistan took 4 wickets on day 2 with pacers Afridi and Abbas dominating. Shan Masood drove the green shirts to post 326 on the scoreboard with scoring his career-best 156 off 319 balls.