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03-Dec-2022 15:04:00 GMT
Pak vs Eng - 1st Test, Rawalipindi, day 3

England strike late to take control despite Babar ton

Pakistan 499 for 7 (Babar 136, Imam 121, Shafique 114, Jacks 3-132) trail England 657 (Brook 153, Crawley 122, Pope 108, Duckett 107, Mahmood 4-235) by 158 runs

Rawalpindi: England's determination and persistence was rewarded with crucial late wickets on the third day of the first Test against Pakistan.

In back-breaking conditions on a lifeless pitch in Rawalpindi, the tourists looked set to be frustrated by a classy century from home captain Babar Azam.

But when Babar slashed Will Jacks to point to depart for 136, James Anderson followed up by removing Mohammed Rizwan, before debutant Jacks had Naseem Shah caught at deep mid-wicket.

That gave off-spinner Jacks 3-132 and put Pakistan on 499-7 at the close, still 158 behind.

It was nothing more than England deserved on a day when they tried everything to conjure chances despite the minimal assistance on offer.

Saturday began with Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq completing centuries, making this the first Test in history where each opener on both sides has made a hundred in the first innings.

A maiden Test wicket for Jacks and two for Jack Leach left Pakistan 290-3 and gave England an opening.

Then came Babar's brilliance and the late drama.

This was a magnificent display by England, just as impressive as their record-breaking exploits in racking up 657 with the bat.

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