England vs Pakistan:
The First day of the 3rd Test match ended as the visitors got a hold on the English side and are a bit ahead than the hosts. Pakistan who won the toss decided to bowl first and made full use of the conditions and bowled out English side on just 297 runs. Sohail Khan was exceptional who made a comeback after 6 years and he took 5 wickets in his very first match after such a long gap. Amir and Rahat both took 2 wickets while Yasir just got 1 wicket. Now the work is all on Batsmen who needs to be very positive and sensible for the day 2 if they really want to win this test match and to get the number 1 position in the Test format.
Starting from Pakistan who got the Day 1 but still a lot of work to be done by their batsmen which are not looking in a very good form but they need to be consistent with the bat and they have to use their experience to get a big score here which will be difficult with such overcast condition but still it’s not impossible. Pakistan have a lot of Quality players in their lineup but they couldn’t do much for the team in the first 2 matches and none of the top 4 players scored a Fifty so far in the 4 innings they played. Pakistan will have to play the whole day tomorrow and they must be eyeing on a 60-70 runs lead which can put pressure on England and they get them cheaply in the 2nd Innings. Captain Misbah and Lower middle order Asad Shafiq have to take much more responsibility as these 2 are in very good form and have scored runs in the first 2 test so expectations will be a lot from them. Pakistan trump card Younis Khan hasn’t clicked much in the series but he is a legend and he can do a lot if he gets rhythm.
Coming towards England who will not be much disappointed as they have bowlers who can easily get Pakistan out and if they just bowl at right length they surely can demolish Pakistan batting line up and that is what they need to do and really don’t need to be more panic. England batsmen also needs to be much more consistent as Cook and Root who did an excellent Job in the second Test failed here and that is what England needs to work on much.
Pitch will be Dry and will favor the pacers much here. Not much chances of Rain are here but we can expect some light showers.