Woakes wants England to be positive in Pakistan victory charge

Yolanda Curtis
August 8, 2020

Shan batted for 319 deliveries to anchor the innings before he was trapped leg before wicket by Stuart Broad (3-54). Not long after, Abid Ali's attempted slog sweep off Dom Bess- a frightful shot selection given the pitch had shown signs of spin all day- landed safely for Chris Woakes at deep mid wicket.

Ben Stokes dropped Abid at second slip off James Anderson just before the break.

Yasir will now be back on the field on Day 4 with Pakistan's no.11 Mohammad Abbas, batting on 12 off 15 balls. The captain had played all around it and quickly followed Babar back to the pavilion with the door, firmly shut up until now, suddenly ajar for England. It however looked like Pakistan could manage a lead of over 300 runs in during the fifth wicket partnership between Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan.

But for the first hour after lunch, they upped the tempo considerably as Shan and Shadab Khan (45) punished England's limp attack, adding 105 runs in little more than 25 overs for the sixth wicket. It enabled Pakistan to go into the fourth day with only a slight advantage. Buttler was bowled by a leg break that didn't spin and sneaked through the bat-pad gap, Bess was caught at slip by a flying Asad Shafiq (leading to some real photoshop surge on Twitter) and Woakes was bowled by a quicker delivery. He, along with Shah Masood, gave the England bowling line-up a very tough time.

Pope's 117-ball vigil finally came to an end as he became fast-bowler Naseem Shah's first scalp of the innings.

It was the spinners Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan who closed off the England innings.

Earlier on day three, he got the better off Ollie Pope - who was well-set on a brilliant 62 off 117 balls.

Soon after the hit, Woakes took off his helmet as the support staff rushed in.

England suffered a fresh collapse after lunch, losing their last five wickets for 60 runs in a sequence that started when Yasir bowled Buttler for 38.

Only a late cameo from Broad (29 not out) saw England past 200. Broad ended up unbeaten on 29, which included three fours in a row off Shaheen and a huge six off Yasir, before Anderson fell for just 11. Even if England can get somewhere near Pakistan's total, they face the prospect of batting last on a dry surface offering turn and showing signs of uneven bounce. But going into the penultimate day, England would certainly be able to breathe easier, for circumstances might well have been a lot worse, especially after they were bowled out cheaply in their first innings.

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