AkasnhLAST UPDATED: Aug. 8, 2020, 1:51 p.m.
Manchester: Pakistan outplayed England in the first innings of the opening Test at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Pakistan has a lead of 244 runs after the end of the third day of the ongoing Test match.
Pakistan scored 326 runs in their first innings where opener Shan Masood was the top scorer with an excellent 156 under challenging conditions.
Pakistan was reduced to 43-2 after the first 18 overs, but the Masood and Babar Azam brought the innings back on track with a partnership of 96 runs.
After Babar was dismissed by James Anderson for 69, Pakistan lost Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan in quick succession. This shifted the momentum back to the hosts.
Shan Masood fought as a lone warrior for Pakistan he battled against the English bowlers alone and later on he was joined by all-rounder Shadab Khan in a partnership of 105 runs.
Shadab contributed his 45 runs in the team total and those runs turned as crucial ones in setting the tone for the opener Masood. All these contributions helped Pakistan to surpass a total of 300. Chris Broad and Jofra Archer were the stars from the English team, both of them took 3-wickets.
The Pakistani bowlers caused havoc during England's first innings and the hosts were reduced to 62-4 after the first 20 overs.
After that Ollie Pope and wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler put together a partnership of 65 runs.
After after the partnership was broken, the Pakistani bowlers dismissed the England side for 219 and were successful in taking the lead of 107 runs after the end of first innings.
In the second innings, English bowlers put Pakistan in trouble at 137-8, where the first innings star Shan Masood got out without scoring a single run.
After the end of Day 3, Pakistan is in a lead of 244 runs and they are surging forward to register another Test win in the British soil. Chasing a score 250 plus in the fourth innings will be difficult in this pitch.