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2016-08-10 09:25:47

Edgbaston humiliation: Lord’s win become a distant memory for Pakistan team

Moeen Ali starred with both bat and ball as England beat Pakistan by 141 runs to win the third Test at Edgbaston on Sunday. Victory left England 2-1 up in the four-match series ahead of next week’s concluding Test at The Oval. It also meant England had become the first team in 114 years of Test cricket at Edgbaston to win after conceding a lead of more than 100 runs batting first. Pakistan, set a huge target of 343 for victory after England declared on 445 for six early on Sunday’s final day, were dismissed for 201. Pakistan suffered a dramatic middle-order collapse shortly before tea as they lost four wickets for just one run in 23 balls. The shell-shocked Pakistan middle-order caved in against reverse swing, with Misbahul Haq, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed and Sami Aslam perishing in a sensational collapse, which saw four wickets falling for a single run. Before the collapse was triggered, the woefully out of sorts Mohammad Hafeez and Younus Khan, besides the first-innings centurion Azhar Ali, had already been sent back to the dressing room. But Pakistan had already lost their grip on the match by the third day allowing the hosts to first claw back in contention and then wrest firm control of the proceedings as the tired bowlers succumbed to the onslaught initiated by Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali. The Lord’s win now seems like a distant memory with Pakistan exposing their frailties with both bat and ball outside the familiar environs of the UAE. The series is now on the line. If Pakistan are to salvage some pride, they need to turn the tables at their favourite hunting ground in England, at the Oval. Pakistan have four Tests here including a win the last time the two teams met at the venue in 2010. But before entering the Test, the team management need to work out their best combination. Can Pakistan persist with Hafeez whose batting form and poor catching has cost them dearly in the series thus far? Some tough decisions are the need of the hour and must be made to ensure that the tourists restore parity.

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