England refused to be blown away this early in the test match and made a statement of intent in a frenzied final session on Day 3. Pakistan are still the favourites to bag a 1-0 lead thanks to their substantial first-innings lead.
Resuming from 94-4 after the second day, England started the day precariously with only 19 runs coming off the first hour of play. The initial half of the session saw a tussling battle between the bowlers and the batsmen with the coarse pitch aiding seam movement.
Mohammad Abbas and Naseem Shah used that to full effect, the latter was deservedly rewarded with the prized wicket of the half-centurion Ollie Pope. The side kept on losing wickets at regular intervals after spin bowlers took the spotlight from the pacers.
Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan accounted for 6 wickets amongst them as they ran through the remaining wickets starting with Jos Buttler to skittle out England for 219. At one point it seemed that the hosts would struggle to cross the 200 run mark, but a valuable cameo by Stuart Broad prevented that. The impeccable bowling performance earned them a lead of 107 runs.
England fight back with a bowling masterclass of their own
The hosts were quick to minimise the damage by removing first-innings centurion Shan Masood for a duck. Dom Bess brought a halt to a budding second-wicket stand between Abid Ali and Azhar Ali.
Middle-order stalwarts Azhar Ali and Babar Azam had a relatively short stay at the crease. A fruitful partnership between Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan threatened to shunt England out of the game but the game turned on its head after a run-out to notch their fifth wicket.
From 101-4, Pakistan endured an embarrassing collapse and ended the day at 137-8. The pace battery continued to probe into the middle order and was able to breach it without any fuss.
James Anderson and Jofra Archer did not have an eventful afternoon after they ended wicketless with 14 overs bowled together.
With Yasir Shah and Mohammad Abbas in the crease against a full-fledged bowling attack, Pakistan won’t be expecting to add much on to their current lead which stands at 244 runs.
Pakistan 326 all out (S.Masood 156; S.Broad 3-54)
England 219 all out (O.Pope 62; Y.Shah 4-62)
Pakistan 137-8 (44 overs) (A.Shafiq 29; B.Stokes 2-11) Lead by 244 runs