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England v Pakistan: Day three round-up

England have fought their way back into the game with a spirited bowling display in the Evening Session, reducing Pakistan to 137-8 at stumps after being bowled out for 219 themselves.

Just as England’s had yesterday, Pakistan’s bowlers made a fantastic start to day three – testing Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler early on.

Pope reached his half-century – his fifth in 11 Tests – but got an absolute snorter from 17-year-old Naseem Shah and was sent back to the pavilion for 56.

Buttler looked good in the morning session, playing some nice shots, but got a jaffa from Yashir Shah straight after lunch. The Pakistan leg-spinner did for Dom Bess and Chris Woakes not long after but Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad counter-attacked well.

England’s quicks played some quality shots to help take the score to 219 before Jimmy Anderson was trapped in front to bring the innings to an end.

Root’s men needed to strike early and they did exactly that. Stuart Broad removed Shan Masood for a duck in his first over, with the Pakistan opener chasing one down legside.

Dom Bess was the next man to strike, tempting Abid Ali into a sweep shot and having him caught by Chris Woakes at deep square leg.

That brought the dangerous Babar Azam to the crease, though Pakistan’s star man didn’t last long as Woakesy got him to nick one to Ben Stokes at slip.

Woakesy had his second not long after, hooping one into Azhar Ali’s pads and sending him back to the pavilion.

Once again, though, Pakistan began to seize back control and it took a moment of magic from Dom Sibley to get England their breakthrough. The vicar of Sibley produced a fantastic pick up and throw to run Asad Shafiq out with a direct hit.

The tourists’ first innings lead still had them in the driving seat and Root’s men needed someone to turn the tide. Step up ‘Sir’ Ben Stokes.

Stokesy wasn’t supposed to be bowling in this Test, or so we thought, but produced the sort of magic spell that has become his calling card. First trapping Mohammed Rizwan LBW and then having Shaheen Afridi caught off a nasty bouncer.

With Broad dismissing Shadab Khan as well before the close, England had reduced Pakistan to 137-8, with a lead of 244, by stumps.

Quick wickets and a stellar batting display will be needed tomorrow but there is no doubt that this side have it in them!