Yasir Shah strikes as Pakistan maintain grip on first Test against England

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Yasir Shah took three wickets after lunch as Pakistan dismissed England for 219 to tighten their control of the first Test on the third day at Old Trafford on Friday.

The leg-spinner ripped through England’s middle and lower order with a burst of three wickets for four runs in 27 balls on his way to figures of 4-66 in 18 overs.

England, who had been 159-5 at lunch in their first innings, lost their last five wickets after the break for 60 runs.

Shan Masood, who batted nearly eight hours for a Test-best 156 in the first innings, was out for a duck when caught behind down the legside trying to glance a poor ball from Stuart Broad. 

James Anderson should have removed Abid Ali for seven but the opener was dropped by second slip Ben Stokes, coming across Joe Root at first slip when the ball appeared to be heading towards the England captain.

Abid rubbed salt into England’s wounds with some well-struck boundaries to be 15 not out at tea.

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali, out for nought in the first innings, was still sweating on a ‘pair’ having failed to get off the mark from 18 balls faced.  

England resumed Friday on 92-4, which represented an improvement on their dire position of 12-3 on Thursday.

Buttler, with just one hundred from his previous 44 Tests, was under pressure to score runs after costly mistakes behind the stumps.

He dropped Masood on 45 and then missed a chance to stump him on the same score — errors that intensified a debate about whether the World Cup-winner should remain England’s red-ball gloveman.

Pope completed a composed 81-ball fifty, including six fours, which followed the 22-year-old’s 91 against the West Indies in last month’s third Test at Old Trafford.

But there was little he could do when, on 62, an 87 mph Naseem Shah delivery climbed late off a good length to take the shoulder of his bat, with Shadab Khan holding a good low catch at gully.

It was a wicket greeted with plenty of cheers by the fielders and reserve players watching from their hotel balconies in a series being played behind closed because of the coronavirus.

England reached lunch five down but, at an increasingly sun-drenched Old Trafford, Yasir was soon in the wickets.

He bowled Buttler between bat and pad for 38 as the batsman, playing for turn, was beaten by a straight delivery.

Yasir then took the shoulder of Dom Bess’s bat with a ball that turned and bounced, with the diving Asad Shafiq taking a good slip catch before Chris Woakes was bowled by a quicker delivery.

Broad, fresh from his 62 in the third Test against the West Indies, hit Yasir for a six before he was dropped next ball on the boundary by Shadab. 

Source: https://sports.yahoo.com/pakistan-see-off-pope-buttler-122947715.html

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