Another exciting day of cricket comes to an end. Pakistan are still on top but England will think they have regained some control of the match. The visitors are 244 runs ahead heading into the final two days while England need two more wickets to learn the target they will be chasing for a victory. With two more full days of play likely possible, a result is certainly on the cards.
Stumps on Day 3: England end the day on a high after taking seven wickets in the final session of play. Pakistan are reeling at 137/8 with Yasir Shah (12) and Mohammad Abbas (0) at the crease. The visitors already have a lead of 244 runs with two more days yet to be played.
Out! Ben Stokes gets his second wicket. Shaheen Afridi is bounced out. Stokes now has two wickets in only three overs. Shaheen Afridi c Rory Burns b Stokes 2(11)
Out! Shadab Khan goes now. Stuart Broad gets his second wicket and Pakistan are seven down now with a lead of over 230 runs. Shadab Khan lbw b Broad 15(22)
Out! Ben Stokes comes to bowl and gets the wicket. Rizwan is the man out and Pakistan are six wickets down. The delivery is an in-nipper from Stokes and he catches Rizwan right in front. Rizwan lbw b Stokes 27(43)
Out! Terrific piece of fielding from Dominic Sibley to run-out Asad Shafiq. Pakistan attempted another quick single but Sibley ensured this time it was England's turn. Shafiq run out (Sibley) 29(43)
Out! Chris Woakes gets his second wicket. Pakistan captain Azhar Ali departs and the visitors are now four down. It was a straight delivery at the pads and Ali failed to get his down in time. It looked absolute plumb. Azhar Ali lbw b Woakes 18(54)
Out! Ben Stokes grabs it this time. Chris Woakes does the trick for England and dismisses Babar Azam. Joe Root replaced Bess and brought on Woakes and he gives England the breakthrough. Good catch by Stokes at second-slip. Babar Azam c Stokes b Woakes 5(20)
Out! Dom Bess Gets the breakthrough for England. Abid Ali is the batsman that departs. the previous delivery had bounced awkwardly and that prompted a sweep from Abid Ali but he managed to only edge it to Chris Woakes at deep midwicket. Abid Ali c Woakes b Dom Bess 20(46)
Azhar Ali gets off a pair with consecutive boundaries off Stuart Broad. Pakistan begin the third and final session of Day 3 with two boundaries.
PAK vs ENG Live Score Updates, Day 3: The action resumes on Day 3 with Pakistan well placed on the driver’s seat. After posting 326 runs in the first innings, Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Afridi breathed fire with the new ball and rattled England’s top-order at the Old Trafford. Even the in-form Ben Stokes was dismissed for a duck as England were tottering at 12/3. Just when Joe Root and Ollie Pope looked like guiding England to safety, Yasir Shah dismissed the English captain. However, Pope (46) was joined by Jos Buttler (15) and the duo made sure no more damage is done till stumps. At the end of Day 2, the hosts were batting at 92-4, still trailing by 234 runs. Meanwhile, cricket fans must stay tuned for the live updates and commentary of Day 3 of the game. Pakistan vs England Highlights of 1st Test Day 2.
Apart from the Pakistan pacers, Day 2 belonged to Shan Masood who registered a scintillating century. After losing Babar Azam earlier in the day, Pakistan lost two more wickets cheaply and were reduced to 176-5. However, Masood was rock solid at one end and he kept scoring runs. He was well supported by Shadab Khan who scored 45. The southpaw went on to score his third consecutive ton as the visitors posted 326. He, in fact, became the first Pakistan opener since 1996 to score a Test hundred on England soil. Shan Masood Becomes First Pakistan Opener to Score a Test Century in England Since Saeed Anwar in 1996.
The upcoming day will be very crucial in the context of the game and could well decide the fate of the encounter. Pope and Buttler will aim to guide their side to a substantial total while the Pakistan bowlers will look to take the remaining six wickets as soon as possible.
England Playing XI: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Pakistan Playing XI: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah