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England beat Pakistan by 141 runs, lead series 2-1

England beat Pakistan by 141 runs, lead series 2-1

BIRMINGHAM: England beat Pakistan comprehensively by 141 runs in the third Test match to go one up in the four-match series, on Sunday. 

Moeen Ali took the final wicket of the Pakistani batting order to ensure the hosts led the series 2-1. Sohail Khan was caught and bowled by Moeen Ali on 36 runs as the impressive partnership for the last wicket came to an end. 

Sohail Khan and Rahat Ali were trying to save the day for Pakistan and hold on to a draw, as England needed just one more wicket to clinch the Test match. Pakistan were 194/9 with plenty of overs remaining in the day. A dramatic second session saw Pakistan lose six wickets for 79 runs.

Pakistan were bowled out for 210 runs as the hosts had set them a target of 343 runs, after England declared at 445-6 on Sunday early morning, which was the fifth and last day of the Test match. 

Pakistan were 148 for seven, needing a further 195 runs to reach their victory target of 343, at tea.

Yasir Shah was seven not out and Mohammad Amir 15 not out after a dramatic second session saw Pakistan lose six wickets for 79 runs.

Earlier, Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali shared a second-wicket partnership to take Pakistan to 69 for one at lunch.

Chasing a notional 343 for victory, Pakistan lost Mohammad Hafeez for two when he inexplicably pulled a short ball from Stuart Broad straight to Chris Woakes on the long leg boundary.

Sami and Azhar, who put together a century partnership in the first innings, batted calmly to give their side hope of saving the match and sending the teams into the final match of the series level at 1-1.Sami was 36 not out at the interval with Azhar on 30.

England earlier extended their second innings to 445 for six before captain Alastair Cook declared.

Sami was 36 not out at the interval with Azhar on 30.England earlier extended their second innings to 445 for six before captain Alastair Cook declared.

Moeen Ali was not out at 86 and Chris Woakes had just come in after Jonny Bairstow was trapped lbw off a Sohail Khan delivery at 83 when Captain Alastair Cook sent the signal.

At stumps on Saturday, England were 414 for five in their second innings, a lead of 311 runs.

Pakistan and England will square off against each other again on Thursday at The Oval.

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