Pak lose top order as England set record target

Trent Bridge: Matt Prior`s courageous 102 not out on day three of the first test helped England recover from early trouble to set Pakistan a world record target of 435 to win at Trent Bridge.

In reply, Pakistan were 15 for three wickets, requiring a further 420 runs for victory, at the close on the third day of the first test against England at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

Prior came to the crease with England rocking on 72 for five, which soon became 98 for six, and although they held a sizeable first innings lead, his runs took the hosts to 262 for nine declared and probably out of Pakistan`s reach.

His 136-ball effort also ensured that Pakistan need to make their highest-ever fourth innings score to win a test. Their record run chase is 315 against Australia in 1994.

Prior, dropped from England`s one-day plans earlier this year, combined in useful partnerships of 49 with Graeme Swann, 56 with Stuart Broad and then 49 with last man Steven Finn.

As Prior, on 63 when Finn came to the crease, approached his century he took a single off the first ball of an over seven times but the exposed number 11 survived.

It was Prior`s third test hundred.

The floodlights were switched on all day after play began under gloomy skies, but they stayed on long into the evening session despite bright sunshine breaking out.

Bureau Report

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