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Good team work, Pakistan beat England by 4 wickets in the 3rd test

LONDON: Pakistan beat England by 4 wickets in the 3rd test at the Oval on 21 August 2010 but not before some nervous moments as they lost 3 quick wickets in their pursuit of a modest winning target of 148 runs.
The Pakistanis were earlier cruising at 124 runs for 3 after ending England’s 2nd innings for 222 runs in the first over of the day.
But in a spell that revived English hopes, Azhar Ali ran himself out for 5 runs (run out ) , Mohammad Yousuf was yorked by James Anderson for 33 runs and Kamran Akmal was dismissed lbw for a duck without playing a shot.
With rain in the air and a capacity crowd cheering England on, Pakistan eventually survived the assault to win with more than a day to spare.
After appearing down and out after heavy losses in the first 2 tests, Pakistan now have a chance to square the 4 match series at Lord’s next week after drawing 1-1 with Australia earlier in the season.
Graeme Swann, who took 4 wickets in Pakistan’s first innings, was again the mainstay of the attack when he was asked to bowl from the Vauxhall end after 5 overs of the new ball.
He bowled unchanged to take 3 wickets for 50 from 18.4 overs
Imran Farhat set the tone by slashing James Anderson’s second ball over the slips for four on his way to his highest score of the series. He struck 6 boundaries before he was lbw to Swann for 33 runs.Captain Salman Butt, also short of runs this series, took over from Farhat with 48 runs in 64 balls, before he became Swann’s second victim, 12 minutes before lunch.
Muhammad Yousuf, who scored 56 runs in the first innings, showed his class with a square drive for four off Broad and an elegant late cut to the boundary off Swann.
The fielding was much improved at the Oval with wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, who has been dropped twice this year, taking eight catches.
in first inning debutant Whab Riyaz took 5 wickets, But the victory was set up on 20 August by Pakistan’s two talented international bowlers.
Man of the match Mohammad Amir, who finished on 21 august with his best test figures of five wickets for 52 runs, made the ball reverse swing at high pace from around the wicket. At the other end Saeed Ajmal bamboozled the England batsmen, who was unable to distinguish his doosra, Urdu for “ the other one ” which leaves the right hander, from his off spinner.

Top scorer in both innings from Pakistan side
1.Azhar Ali - 92 (not out)
2.Muhammad Yousaf - 56
3.Salman butt - 48
4. Umar Akmal - 38


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