3rd Investec Test, Birmingham, Aug 3 - 7 2016, Pakistan tour of England and Ireland
297 & 445/6d
(target 343)400 & 201
England won by 141 runs
Player Of The Match
63, 86* & 2/49
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• The Report by Andrew McGlashan

England find reverse to fast-forward to victory

An afternoon of outstanding reverse-swing bowling conjured England a memorable come-from-behind 141-run victory at Edgbaston

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Scores: M Venkat Raghav
Comms: Alagappan Muthu
Scorecard summary
England297/10(86 overs)1st INNINGS
Gary Ballance70 (150)
Moeen Ali63 (118)
Sohail Khan5/96(23)
Pakistan400/10(136 overs)1st INNINGS
Azhar Ali139 (293)
Sami Aslam82 (176)
Chris Woakes3/79(30)
Stuart Broad3/83(30)
England445/6(129 overs)2nd INNINGS
Moeen Ali*86 (96)
Sohail Khan2/111(29)
Pakistan201/10(70.5 overs)2nd INNINGS
Sami Aslam70 (167)
Azhar Ali38 (75)

5.25 pm After a nervous hour when Pakistan's tail frustrated them, after giving up a lead of over 100 runs in the first innings, England have come back to win by 141 runs in front of a wild crowd at Edgbaston. The players hug each other, they raise their hands to the crowd and then shake them with the opposition. Fine day of Test cricket, fine Test match all around.

Rahat Ali and Sohail Khan batted bravely for Pakistan when it would have been easy to give up the ghost. That only two of their specialist batsmen faced more balls than the Nos 10 and 11 tells you how the innings turned out. Reverse swing from the quicks and a fine spell from Moeen Ali in the second session robbed them. They had won more sessions in this Test, but England took the final session of the fourth day and the second session on this day with such authority that they have surged to a 2-1 lead with one more to play at the Oval

Ayush: "What's with teams gaining ground against England and then completely losing the plot? India did it, Australia did it, Pakistan are following suit. England seem to be really good at winning crucial battles in long Test series!"

Amaan: "Moeen Ali has been the star of the Show , the player who place in the side was in jeopardy"

Tom Williams: "So -- who does Stokes replace? Finn? Woakes? Vince??"

Presentations coming up. Misbah-ul-Haq "Overall it was going well until the third day when the game changed. We lost a couple of wickets, I was a bit unlucky, and Younis down the leg side, then the way the England openers played we didn't bowl very well and that hurt us. Full credit to England today, they really bowled well in that session. It changed the whole game. We have to send someone to England to learn how they reverse swing the ball [said with a smile]. Azhar's wicket was a confidence-boosted, if you are two down with a set batsman it could be mentally tough for them. They kept coming hard at us. We were really competitive, but a couple of bad sessions. Yesterday, the way Bairstow and Moeen played but us under pressure. Not having an allrounder has been a problem for a long time. It's way we've got. We've performed well with these bowlers. We will look at the next game to see how we can get the balance of the team right. Our bowlers need to score some runs - after Sohail and Rahat played like that maybe we can play another bowler. Sami and Azhar played really well, it was tough. Impressed with Sami's temperament, his discipline. It's good news for Pakistan."

Alastair Cook "It's right up there. We were behind, hanging in there, for most of the game. We fought really. At the end of day two it was look a bit ropey. We batted really well in the third innings. I thought we'd get a couple more chances [against Sohail and Rahat] but it was getting a bit tight. It just reversed enough. Once bowlers get that with the skills they have it's very hard. After lunch, the way Moeen bowled, he tested their technique and bowled fantastically well after being under pressure. We are lucky that a couple of our bowlers bat. The guys can run in for five-six overs spells. I thought the way we bowled on a flat wicket on day two we kept ourselves in the game. We kept hammering away, then to wipe out the deficit was massive for us. Pakistan bowled really well day four, but we earned the right. We've managed to combat Yasir, nice to see him get two or three wickets rather than 11."

Man of the match is Moeen Ali "This could have done to a number of guys. I just tried to play the situation, didn't think about it too much. I feel like I prepared well before the game. Pakistan bowled really well yesterday, then it just kind of happened that I played so freely. I was embarrassed after Lord's so happy with the way I'm playing. The breeze was very nice today, to get that wicket was nice. I'm lucky I have four brilliant seamers with me."

Well, what a Test match. England lead 2-1 going to the final game at The Oval. They can't lose the series, but Pakistan can level things up. We'll be back to bring you all the action from Thursday but, for now, from Andrew McGlashan, Andrew Miller and Alagappan Muthu it's goodbye and thanks for joining us.

Ali to Sohail Khan, OUT

done him! Moeen Ali takes the wicket that gives England at 2-1 lead! He tossed the ball up, Sohail races down the pitch to meet it. Hits it back to the bowler and he takes a good low catch.

Sohail Khan c & b Ali 36 (62m 37b 7x4 0x6) SR: 97.29
Ali to Sohail Khan, no run

nails the extra cover drive, but he also nails the silly point fielder!

Ali to Sohail Khan, 2 runs

a little better there, Sohail defends without pushing at the ball, gets an outside edge that runs away past the slips. That's the fifty partnership for Pakistan's final wicket

Ali to Sohail Khan, no run

reaches out to block a straight ball outside off, doesn't get to it. Beautiful bowling from Moeen, held it back and got it to drift away

Ali to Sohail Khan, no run

stays beside the ball and goes for an extra cover smear. Ends up with an inside edge onto pad

Moeen continues.

Ghulam Murtaza: "If only the middle order had shown some resistance...Sigh!"

end of over 709 runs
PAK: 199/9CRR: 2.84 
Rahat Ali15 (35)
Sohail Khan34 (32)
Steven Finn 13-5-38-2
Moeen Ali 17-4-47-1
Finn to Rahat Ali, no run

slashes outside off.... but there's no bat! Tension rises. The overs don't. England have 14 of them now

Three slips, gully, leg gully and short leg watching on. No long stop now

Finn to Sohail Khan, 1 run

and a few more! Stands up behind a shortish delivery outside off and drills it through the covers.

Finn to Sohail Khan, FOUR runs

smashed down the ground! Edgbaston's roaring. And Sohail soaks in it. Stands firmly in front of his three stumps and takes the good length ball out back and mauls it

Cook runs up to his bowler from the slips for a little chat

simon: "do not say I did not tell you! Shantyiesc! "

Finn to Sohail Khan, no run

flicks a shortish delivery into the hands of short midwicket

Finn to Sohail Khan, no run

good length ball on off stump, Sohail moves across, then shoves his front leg aside and pushes into the covers

Finn to Sohail Khan, FOUR runs

short and wide, Sohail says gimme with a slash past point

Long stop remains for Finn

end of over 69Maiden
PAK: 190/9CRR: 2.75 
Rahat Ali15 (34)
Sohail Khan25 (27)
Moeen Ali 17-4-47-1
Steven Finn 12-5-29-2

And that brings drinks onto the field. Pakistan's final two are doing quite a job here. Final hour on the final day with Rahat and Sohail batting with great determination. They've withstood the short ball, and the temptation to hit spin in the air. Back we go!

Ali to Rahat Ali, no run

leans forward to block a good length ball outside off

Ali to Rahat Ali, no run

presses forward to defend

Ali to Rahat Ali, no run

"oooh" is the shout as Moeen bowls it slow, bowls it loopy and beats the inside edge of the bat to strike Rahat on the body

Ali to Rahat Ali, no run

that was uppish, Sohail pushes at a loopy delivery outside off and gets it to fly over Root's right shoulder

Ali to Rahat Ali, no run

leans forward on middle and defends

Ali to Rahat Ali, no run

tossed up on off stump, defended

Slip, gully, short leg, leg gully... Joe Root is right in the face of the batsman

end of over 68Maiden
PAK: 190/9CRR: 2.79 
Sohail Khan25 (27)
Rahat Ali15 (28)
Steven Finn 12-5-29-2
Moeen Ali 16-3-47-1

FAHAD: "Less than 100 deliveries left ! Cmon guys ! You can do it! "

Finn to Sohail Khan, no run

goes short on middle and off, gets under it

Finn to Sohail Khan, no run

shortish and outside off, cuts and misses

They have a man straight behind the wicketkeeper for the top-edged hook! Moeen Ali!

Finn to Rahat Ali, 1 leg bye

picks it away off middle for a single to the left of the wicketkeeper

Best performances - batters
Azhar Ali portrait
Azhar Ali PAK
139 runs (293)
15 fours
1 six
Productive shot
32 runs
2 fours
0 six
Moeen Ali player portrait
86 runs (96)
10 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
on drive
17 runs
1 four
2 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Sohail Khan Portrait
Sohail Khan PAK
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
Chris Woakes portrait
CR Woakes ENG
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
Match details
Edgbaston, Birmingham
TossPakistan, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan tour of England and Ireland
Player Of The Match
Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali
Series resultEngland led the 4-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 2212
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days3,4,5,6,7 August 2016 - day (5-day match)
Australia Image
Bruce Oxenford
West Indies Image
Joel Wilson
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Kumar Dharmasena
Reserve Umpire
England Image
Jeremy Lloyds
Match Referee
West Indies Image
Richie Richardson
PointsEngland 4, Pakistan 0