PAK vs ENG, 3rd Test: Second day’s game over, England strong with Brook’s century, Pakistan has a chance to take lead

PAK vs ENG, 3rd Test: Second day's game over, England strong with Brook's century, Pakistan has a chance to take lead

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PAK vs ENG, 3rd Test: The third and final Test match between Pakistan and England is going on in Karachi. On the second day, with the help of Harry Brook’s century and Ben Foakes’ half-century, the England team scored 354 runs in response to Pakistan’s first innings score of 304 runs and took a 50-run lead. At the same time, the Pakistan team, which came out to bat again in the third innings, scored 21 runs without losing any wicket at the end of the second day’s play. For the hosts, the opening pair of Abdullah Shafiq (14) and Shan Masood (3) remained at the crease.

Important partnership of Brook and Fox

Looking at the second day’s play, Harry Brook scored a century in the third Test in a row and managed to give England a lead after recovering from the initial setbacks. The 23-year-old Brook scored an unbeaten 111 off 150 balls and shared a century stand of 117 off 189 balls with Ben Foakes for the sixth wicket. England lost the wicket of captain Ben Stokes (26) in the second session, reducing their score to 145 for five. Brook and Fox played a century partnership from here. Stokes was run out trying to take the third run. Earlier, England lost three wickets in the first session.

England’s top order failed in front of Pakistani spinners

Left-arm spinner Noman Ali dismissed Ben Duckett (26) and Joe Root (0) in successive balls while mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed bowled Ollie Pope (51) soon after completing his half-century. England started playing ahead of seven runs for one wicket in the morning. Pope and Duckett adopted an aggressive approach against fast bowler Mohammad Wasim. Wasim conceded 19 runs in his first two overs after which he was dropped from the attack. After this Pakistan’s spinners got hold of the match. Abrar dismissed Duckett lbw while Root was also sent to the pavilion on the next ball. Agha Salman caught his catch in the slips. Pope brought up his half-century off 63 balls with a four off Noman at cover point but Abrar’s fast-spinning ball fell down his gullies.

Let us tell you that the England team is playing a Test series in Pakistan after 17 years and under the leadership of Ben Stokes has already achieved an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. He won the first Test match at Rawalpindi by 74 runs and the second Test match at Multan by 26 runs.

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