Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of Day 3 of the first Test between England and Pakistan at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
RECAP, DAY 2:
England suffered a dramatic top-order collapse that saw Ben Stokes out for a duck after Shan Masood‘s brilliant century established a strong position for Pakistan in the first Test at Old Trafford. The hosts were 92-4 at stumps on the second day, after slumping to 12-3, in reply to Pakistan’s first innings 326 that featured opener Masood’s Test-best 156.
Ollie Pope defied Pakistan to be 46 not out, with Jos Buttler unbeaten on 15. But England were still 234 runs behind with no more specialist batsmen left.
It took towering left-armer Shaheen Afridi just four balls to have Rory Burns lbw before Mohammad Abbas struck twice in quick succession. Dom Sibley was plumb lbw before the accurate Abbas bowled Stokes, standing well out of his ground, with a superb ball that clipped the top of off-stump.
England were now 12-3, with the cheers of Pakistan’s reserve players on the hotel balconies overlooking the ground trying to compensate for the absence of their passionate fans in what is a behind closed doors series because of the coronavirus.
Joe Root, the England captain, and Pope kept Pakistan at bay with a stand of exactly 50. But leg-spinner Yasir Shah then had Root, who made a struggling 14 off 58 balls, well caught by wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan after the skipper edged an intended cut.