England vs Pakistan, 3rd Test, Day 1 — As it happened...
England leveled the four-match series at 1-1 with a crushing 330-run win in the second Test at Old Trafford.
England, after losing the toss, were bowled out for 297 on the first day of the third Test against Pakistan at Edgbaston on Wednesday. Recalled paceman Sohail Khan took five for 96 and ended the day`s play when he had England No.11 James Anderson lbw.
Gary Ballance top-scored with 70 and fellow left-hander Moeen Ali made 63 -- the only two fifties of the innings.
The four-match series is level at 1-1.
ENGLAND 1st INNINGS
OVER 86 || SCORE 297/10 (Finn 15)
Pakistan bowled out England for 297 with as many as three wicket falling in the last ten overs. Sohail Khan took five wickets, while Mohammad Amir and Rahat Ali took two wickets each, while Yasir Khan accounted for one.
For England, Garry Ballance was the top scorer with 70 runs. Moeen Ali was the only other batsman to have scored a half-century.
OVER 77 || SCORE 259/5 (Ali 53; Broad 6)
England lost two wickets in quick succession. Chris Woakes failed cheaply, after scoring nine runs. But Moeen Ali is holding on with a good looking half-century.
Rahat Ali took Woakes wicket.
Garry Ballance also went after scoring 70 runs.
OVER 65 || SCORE 214/5 (Ballance 65; Ali 29)
Garry Ballance and Moeen Ali posted a fifty-run stand for the sicth wicket as England continue to fight back after Sohail Khan's devasatating spell early in the day.
Over 54 | Score 184/5 | (Ballance 49*, Ali 15*)
TEA: Ballance is fighting a lone battle for his team. The runs have dried up since Vince's dismissal. We all are aware of Ali's capabilities with the bat and the hosts need these two to stitch a formidable stand to put their team into a respectable position.
Over 41 | Score 160/5 | (Ballance 38*, Ali 2*)
Sohail Khan is unstoppable today! Soon after dismissing Vince, the pacer produced another edge, this time of Bairstow's bat and Ahmed grabbed another one behind the wicket. Superb control over line and length by Sohail and he has given his side a real chance of remaining on top in this Test. Moeen Ali is the new man in and like he has done on numerous occasions in the past, the left-hander needs to take his team out of dire straits.
JM Bairstow c Sarfraz Ahmed b Sohail Khan 12 (16b)
Over 37 | Score 145/4 | (Ballance 36*, Bairstow 1*)
Sohail Khan picked his third wicket of the match when he removed James Vince for 39. Batting well, a defensive shot from the batsman led to an edge and Younis Khan held on to a low catch at the slip cordon. The wicket also ended the good-looking 69-run stand for the fourth wicket. Johnny Bairstow is the new man in and he needs to give good company to Ballance, who is looking all set for a big score.
JM Vince c Younis Khan b Sohail Khan 39 (65b)
Over 30 | Score 122/3 | (Vince 29*, Ballance 26*)
Post lunch, both Vince and Ballance have adopted a positive approach towards batting as they are not looking to keep the scoreboard moving. Both the batsman have played some delightful strokes and Misbah would want his bowlers to dismiss one of them as soon as possible.
Over 26 | Score 100/3 | (Vince 16*, Ballance 18*)
After losing two big wickets of Root and captain Cook, Vince and Ballance have weathered the storm to an extent with a decent-looking stand. Irrespective of the circumstances, the pair has played some confident strokes against Pakistani pacers, who have dominated the first session so far. Misbah would be very happy with the performances of his pacement in the first session.
Over 20 | Score 79/3 | (Vince 13*, Ballance 0*)
After dismissing Hales, Sohail picked his second wicket of the innings, big one of Joe Root who nicked one in the skip cordon to Mohammad Hafeez. Despite those two blows, Cook continued to find boundaries but his resistance didn't last for long as he was trapped in front of the wicket by Rahat Ali. Big three breakthroughs for Pakistan and the pacers have already put them in a commanding position. James Vince and Gary Ballance are the two new batsmen at the crease and the hosts are in desperate need of a partnership here.
AN Cook lbw b Rahat Ali 45 (52b)
JE Root c Mohammad Hafeez b Sohail Khan 3 (6b)
Over 10 | Score 42/1 | (Cook 24*, Root 1*)
Sohail Khan got the first breakthrough for Pakistan as he dismissed Hales for 17 in the ninth over of the innings. It was a brilliant ball which moved away from Hales, took an edge and landed into Sarfaraz's gloves. Hales poor run in the series continues. Joe Root is the new man in. Cook has looked good so far with four boundaries.
AD Hales c Sarfraz Ahmed b Sohail Khan 17 (31b)
Toss and team news
Pakistan won the toss and opted to field first
England XI: A Cook, A Hales, J Root, J Vince, G Ballance, J Bairstow, C Woakes, M Ali, S Broad, J Anderson, S Finn
Pakistan XI: Mohammad Hafeez, Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq*, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed†,Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Yasir Shah, Sohail Khan
England leveled the four-match series at 1-1 with a crushing 330-run win in the second Test at Old Trafford -- a margin of victory that was testimony to the tourists' batting woes.
It was all a far cry from Pakistan`s 75-run win in the first Test at Lord`s, which featured an inspiring century from captain Misbah-ul-Haq.
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