Anderson helps England dominate Pakistan in 3rd Test

At the close, England openers Alastair Cook (nought) and Moeen Ali (four) had survived two overs to finish on four without loss as England trail by 230 runs.

Published : Nov 01, 2015 14:06 IST , Sharjah

James Anderson celebrates the wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq.
James Anderson celebrates the wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq.

James Anderson celebrates the wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq.

Paceman James Anderson led England's efforts to level the series against Pakistan with four wickets on the opening day of the third and final Test in Sharjah on Sunday.

Seeking to level the three-match series after losing the second Test in Dubai, England were kept in the hunt by Anderson who took four for 17 to dismiss Pakistan for a paltry 234 on a relaid Sharjah stadium pitch.

At the close, England openers Alastair Cook (nought) and Moeen Ali (four) had survived two overs to finish on four without loss as England trail by 230 runs.

Anderson's new-ball partner Stuart Broad kept the pressure on from the other end, bowling eight of his 13 overs as maidens and finishing with two for 13.

Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, were indebted to skipper Misbah-ul-Haq who was ninth out after scoring a fighting 71 for his 32nd half-century.

Misbah added a fighting 80 for the sixth wicket with Sarfraz Ahmed (39) but all the other batsmen, including Younis Khan (31), Shoaib Malik (38) and Mohammad Hafeez (27), failed to capitalise on good starts.

England took the second new ball with the score on 222-7 with Anderson dismissing Misbah caught in the slips before wrapping up the innings with the wicket of Rahat Ali for four.

Misbah hit seven fours and two sixes during his 160-ball knock but could not stop the slide as Pakistan lost their last five wickets for just 38 runs.


Younis, who made a brilliant hundred in the second Test in Dubai, looked in good shape before falling leg-before as he missed an incoming full toss from Anderson and unsuccessfully challenged the umpire's decision.

Younis, who survived a confident caught-behind appeal off Broad on 21, became Anderson's 422nd wicket in his 110th Test.

Anderson is now eighth on the all-time leading Test wicket-takers, leaving South African paceman Shaun Pollock (421 wickets) behind.

Broad put pressure on the Pakistan batting, getting Malik caught behind, while Asad Shafiq was dismissed for just five by Samit Patel who finished with two for 85. Spinner Ali took two for 49.

Mixed fortunes

Pakistan had mixed fortunes in the first session.

Pakistan lost opener Ali, who missed the first Test with a foot injury and the second due to the death of his mother-in-law, in the third over when he edged Anderson to Bairstow without scoring.

Mohammad Hafeez swept Ali's first delivery to the boundary but miscued a pull shot and was caught in the deep by Broad for 27.

England lost Ben Stokes in the last session when he hurt his hand as he fell down on his arm while trying to take a catch at short fine leg.

He walked off the field and was taken to the hospital for X-ray.

Pakistan made two changes from the side which won the second Test in Dubai for a 1-0 lead, bringing in Ali and paceman Rahat Ali for Shan Masood and the injured Imran Khan.

England were also forced to make two changes, resting seamer Mark Wood (ankle problem) and dropping out of form Jos Buttler to include James Taylor and Patel — both playing their first Test since 2012.

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