England v Pakistan 1st Test Day 3: All Square at Old Trafford

England's James Anderson celebrates taking the wicket of Pakistan's Babar Azam for 69

England, outplayed for most of this match, now have a shot at claiming an unlikely victory after Stokes had Mohammad Rizwan lbw with just his eighth ball of the match before he bounced out tailender Shaheen Afridi.

"I'm not overly surprised that he could do what he did", Woakes told reporters.

"He's got a bit of a golden arm, he always has had". He has a knack of picking up wickets. When you are in a bit of a dogfight, he's the sort of player you want in your team.

Yasir Shah took three wickets in the hour after lunch as Pakistan strengthened their hold on the first Test against England.

The tourists are still relatively well-placed.

From a precarious 92-4 at the start of play, England were dismissed for an underwhelming 219, thankful again to Stuart Broad (29 not out) for some lusty lower-order hitting as the tail was soon exposed. Getting a hundred in England is no joke, and a 150 in the very first Test just shows the batsman's calibre.

Woakes impressed with the ball, taking 2-11, and thinks Pakistan's bowlers could be aided in the fourth innings by a pitch that is already beginning to deteriorate.

"We have got to come out and try and be positive".


A former leg-spinning great, bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed, said: 'We're very confident. But going into the penultimate day, England would certainly be able to breathe easier, for circumstances might well have been a lot worse, especially after they were bowled out cheaply in their first innings.

While Root tried his best to play the waiting game and not lose his wicket, he eventually fell pray to leg spinner, Yasir Shah.

Much will likely depend on the current partnership at the wicket as Ollie Pope (46 not out) and Jos Buttler (15 not out) must engineer a rebuilding job as the last recognised batsmen.

He dropped Masood on 45 and then missed a chance to stump him on the same score - errors that intensified a debate about whether the World Cup-winner should remain England's red-ball gloveman.

Pope completed a composed 81-ball fifty.

But the threat from Pakistan's seamers was ever-present and 17-year-old Naseem Shah got a delivery to rise sharply off a length, catching the bat and providing a catch for Shadab Khan in the gully.

After his lengthy battle against the pacemen Buttler was undone by spin, Yasir sneaking one into a gap between bat and pad and flicking the top of off stump.

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