Yasir Shah took his tally to six wickets in the innings as England were dismissed for 272 on the third morning at Lord’s, a useful lead for Pakistan of 67 runs. Any hopes England had of getting close to Pakistan’s first-innings total rested on Chris Woakes but he was stranded on 35 not out as the last three wickets fell for 12 inside four overs, reported ESPNcricinfo.
Misbah-ul-Haq began with a combination of Wahab Riaz’s pace and Yasir’s wiles and the pair had seen off England’s innings within 40 minutes of the first session. Stuart Broad struck one boundary off Wahab but was then worked over by a succession of short balls, before a brace of yorkers ended his stay. The first flew through past leg stump but Broad did not heed the warning and hung back again to be bowled off his boot next ball.
Steven Finn has been known to block up an end and Woakes was happy to let him have the strike but he became Yasir’s sixth victim three overs later, trapped in front of leg stump by a ball that skidded on.
That gave Yasir the first six-for by a Pakistan bowler in England since Mohammad Amir at this ground six years ago, and the first by a spinner since Mushtaq Ahmed at The Oval in 1996. It was also the 82nd wicket of his short Test career – the most by any player after 13 matches.
The debutant, Jake Ball, sliced a four off Yasir for his first Test runs and managed to see out the over but he was run out from the first ball of the next, with Woakes pushing for two to retain the strike. Wahab completed the job and Pakistan were congratulating themselves on a job well done before the third umpire confirmed Ball’s fate.