Pakistan with their performance in the first three days of the Lords have cleared any doubt if remained in the minds of the spectators of the game that how well they were prepared to challenge the hardly beaten team England at their home.
Cook and his side were all over on every team that visited England over the last few years, including Australia and recently suffered Sri Lanka, but here they are facing a different challenge against a top skilled and experienced Pakistan side.
No one expected Pakistan to play as well outside UAE that has been their home since 2009, but they are more than good during the Lords test.
Play on Day 3
Day 3 started with Woakes and Broad resuming the England’s shaky innings, but they still did not make any remarkable progress to the team’s score and wickets goes off one after the other giving Pakistan the lead of 69 runs to start with.
Pakistani opening pair failed yet again and Hafeez fell shortly from the start to Broad in the slips leaving the score 2-1. Shan Masood joined him disappointing again and fell shortly too to Woakes in the slips, Azhar and Younis Khan,, both tried to stabilize the Pakistan poor start provide the momentum and stability to the innings until Azhar Ali’s wicket.
The Highlight of the day was Misbah who played a very wrong shot on the second delivery he faced in the second innings and got caught on the boundary by Hales off Moeen. Misbah became only the second captain after the great Sir Garfield Sobers to be scored a hundred and a duck in the same test.
Moeen Ali then got Younis Khan bowled, who is known to be the king of second innings with a health record. Sarfraz and Asad Shafiq both give a bit of stability to Pakistan innings and score some quick runs, but Shafiq got bowled courtesy brute of a delivery from Woakes.
Sarfraz goes to after Shafiq but he along with Younis Khan added some very crucial runs to the innings, Wahab gets caught behind. Now Yasir is with Rahat on 214-8 leading by 281 runs at stumps Day 3. A very exciting day of game is coming up tomorrow.