London: Pakistan recovered from a top order collapse and Chris Woakes' menace and stretched its lead to 281 runs against England on the third day of the first test at Lord's on Saturday.
Asad Shafiq (49) and Sarfraz Ahmed (45) missed half centuries and fell to Woakes, who achieved a maiden 10-for in the last session, but they helped Pakistan post 214-8 at stumps.
Woakes took 5-31, after plundering a career-best 6-70 in Pakistan's first innings of 339.
England, resuming on 253-7 overnight, was bowled out for 272, conceding a 67-run lead on the first innings. Legspinner Yasir Shah (6-72) reached 82 wickets in only 13 tests — a record — when he trapped Steven Finn leg before wicket.
Pakistan stuttered at 60-4 but Shafiq produced a half-century stand with Younis Khan (25), then Shah frustrated England's bowlers with a career-best unbeaten 30 to swell the lead.
Pakistan was ahead by 127 runs when it lost the top four wickets in the first two sessions. Stuart Broad had Mohammad Hafeez caught in the slips without scoring in his second over, and Woakes got into the act soon after lunch.
He found the outside edge of opening batsman Shan Masood (24) and then had Azhar Ali (23) leg before wicket. Offspinner Moeen Ali got the big wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq for a duck as the Pakistan captain was smartly snapped by a running Alex Hales close to the midwicket boundary.
But Shafiq and Younis, who successfully overturned an lbw decision when on 11, dug in for a 69-run stand before Younis chopped Moeen Ali back onto his soon after tea.
Ahmed started off briskly by hitting Ali for three boundaries as he put on 39 runs with Ahmed.
Woakes returned and broke the stand when he clipped the top of Shafiq's stumps with a delivery that nipped back into the right-hander. Ahmed and Shah then combined in an eventful 40-run stand.
With the Lord's crowd cheering on the England bowlers, Shah got a reprieve on 2 as Broad couldn't hold onto a tough chance at short mid-off and Ahmed also got a lucky escape on 36 when wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow missed a regulation chance.
Woakes got to his second five-wicket haul when he had Ahmed caught behind, and later Wahab Riaz got his second duck of the match when he gloved the seamer to Bairstow late in the last session.
Published Date: Jul 17, 2016 03:19 pm | Updated Date: Jul 17, 2016 10:41 pm