England vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 3: Pakistan still on top despite Buttler and Bess’ fightback

Jos Buttler 66 England Pakistan 1st Test Day 3 Lord's cricket

Jos Buttler helped England recover from a precarious position with his unbeaten knock of 66

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Pakistan continued to keep England on the back foot on the third day at Lord’s, even though batsman Jos Buttler and debutant Dominic Bess scored an unbeaten 66 and 55 respectively.

Buttler and Bess were well supported by captain Joe Root, who scored 68, as England forged a hard-fought 56-run lead.

Starting off the day on 350/8, Pakistan added 13 runs to their overnight score before being bowled out for 363, which gave them a 179-run lead, when Mohammad Abbas was caught behind off the bowling of Mark Wood for five runs.

Since Babar Azam retired hurt on 68 on the second day and has since been ruled out of the series with a fractured forearm, he did not come out to bat. As a result, Mohammad Amir was left stranded on 24 not out.

James Anderson and Ben Stokes picked up three wickets apiece, while Wood snapped up two and Stuart Broad chipped in with one.

Trailing by 179 runs, England were dealt a massive blow on the 11th ball of their innings as opener Alastair Cook was trapped lbw off the bowling of Abbas for one run.

Mark Stoneman and Root began rebuilding the innings, but after adding 30 runs to the score, Stoneman was clean bowled by Shadab Khan for nine runs.

Root and Dawid Malan steadied the ship with a 60-run partnership, during which Root surpassed his half-century, before Malan was caught behind off the bowling of Amir for 12.

Joe Root 68 England Pakistan 1st Test Day 3 Lord's cricket

Joe Root scored his 40th Test fifty

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Amir struck again two balls later as he produced a peach of a delivery to clean up wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow for a duck.

Stokes did not last long at the crease as he was dismissed by Shadab for nine runs, while Root went on to make 68 off 120 balls, which included eight boundaries, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Abbas.

Root immediately reviewed the decision, but it didn’t work out in his favour as replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and hitting leg stump.

With England in trouble at 110/6, Buttler and Bess came to the rescue as they amassed an unbeaten 125-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their fifties, before stumps was called.

Dominic Bess 55 not out England Pakistan 1st Test Day 3 Lord's cricket

Dominic Bess struck eight boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 55

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Buttler finished on 66 off 130 balls, which included six boundaries, while Bess remained undefeated on 55 off 101 deliveries, which included eight boundaries.

Abbas, Amir and Shadab claimed two wickets apiece.

England ended day three on 235/6 and will continue batting on Sunday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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