England reaches 140-4, still trails by 164 in 3rd Test


England’s top-order slumped against Pakistan’s spinners on a slow-turning wicket until lunch on the second day of the third and final Test on Sunday.

Left-arm spinner Nauman Ali is one of the four changes Pakistan Made for dead rubber, taking the wickets of Ben Duckett and Joe Root in successive deliveries, and mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed clean bowled Ollie Pope (51) soon after completing his half-century.

Harry Brook survived an LBW television referral against Abrar and remained unbeaten on 38 off 48 balls while skipper Ben Stokes remained unbeaten on 25 off 31 balls.

Having taken a decisive 2-0 lead in their first Test tour of Pakistan in 17 years, England are still 164 runs behind on a wicket where the ball has already started to keep low and the spinners are making steady progress.

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England spinner Jack Leach and 18-year-old Test debutant Rehan Ahmed took six wickets between them to bowl Pakistan out for 304.

Pope and Duckett started fluently against fast bowler Mohammad Wasim as England went 7–1 up.

Debutant 21-year-old Wasim was dropped from the attack after conceding 19 runs in his first two overs before Pakistan’s spinners regained control.

Duckett hit Abrar for a straight six and took the total to 58 before Nauman trapped the left-handed batsman leg before for 26.

Pope brought up his half-century in 63 balls with a boundary at cover point against Nouman, but was broken by a faster ball from Abrar, which hit the top of the off-stump.

Abrar had earlier taken 11 wickets in his debut Test in Multan. england Within four days, they registered an impressive 26-run win to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

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