England on top as Pakistan look to set competitive target

The third Test is being played in Karachi

By Web Desk
December 19, 2022
Abdullah Shafique fell lbw to Jack Leach — AFP

Pakistan lost three quick wickets in their second innings on the third day of the final Test of the series against England in Karachi on Monday. 

The home side are looking to set a competitive target after England took a narrow first-innings lead of 50 runs on Sunday.

All three wickets to fall in the morning session on day three were bagged by spinner Jack Leach. 

Shan Masood (24) was the first to be dismissed after a ball clipped his bat’s bottom edge and crashed into the leg stump.

Leach also cleaned up Azhar Ali for a duck, who was making his final Test appearance, in the same over.

On the first ball of his next over, Leach trapped Abdullah Shafique (26) in front of the stumps. 

At lunch, Babar Azam (13) and Saud Shakeel (28) were unbeaten as Pakistan reached 99-3 with a lead of 49 runs. 

Yesterday, Harry Brook continued his remarkable series to rebuild England´s innings with a third century in as many Tests after Pakistan had the visitors pinned down on the second day.

England took an improbable 50-run lead on the back of Brook´s innings before they were bowled out for 354 and Pakistan cut the deficit to 29 at the close of play.

Pakistan´s openers Abdullah Shafique and Shan Masood were batting on 14 and three respectively as the home side ended the day on 21 for no loss.

Brook´s 111 revived England´s chances of becoming the first team ever to clinch a 3-0 series sweep in Pakistan after the visitors were teetering at 145-5.

England lead the three-match series 2-0 after a 74-run win in Rawalpindi and a close-fought 26-run victory in Multan.

After Pakistan´s spinners knocked over the English top order, Brook and wicketkeeper Ben Foakes amassed 117 for the sixth wicket, and brought England within touching distance of Pakistan´s first innings 304.

Brook drove spinner Abrar Ahmed for his eighth boundary to reach his third career hundred following up his 153 in the first Test and 108 in the next.

After the close of play, the 23-year-old Brook revealed he had set a goal of scoring two centuries during the tour.

"I said to one of my mates I´d like to get two before I got here, so it feels very nice to go one better," said Brook, who played for Pakistan Super League winners Lahore this year.

On his crucial sixth wicket partnership, Brook said the key was staying at the crease.

"Ben (Foakes) didn´t look like he was going to get out. We just knocked it around for as long as we could. We were just trying to build a partnership."