Pakistan started Day 3 with just 12 runs lead and last batting pair of the centurion Younis Khan and Sarfaraz on the crease. England was just one wicket away from the weak Pakistani tail. Sarfaraz & Younis started cautiously and batted well for the first hour. Sending the loose balls to the fence. Sarfaraz batted well for his 44 but was out half an hour before lunch with Pakistan just 69 runs in front.
It was all down to the old warrior Younis and Pakistani tail to put Pakistan in a strong position in the match. At the time of Sarfaraz's dismissal Pakistani fans were hoping for a lead of 100+ but Younis had other ideas. Younis put on a partnership of 37 runs with Wahab for the 8th wicket before he was stumped off Moeen Ali.
Younis & Mohammed Amir who I thought played very well for his 39* put on 97 runs for the 9th wicket. Younis batted with authority in the afternoon session and was very severe on the off spinner Moeen Ali. He reached his 6th double ton with a huge six over mid wicket off Moeen Ali. Having not batted so well in the previous 3 tests and almost written off by many fans & experts Younis showed us today why he is the greatest test batsman for Pakistan. It was the partnership between him & Amir that put Pakistan in a very strong position in this match. Younis was out LBW by Anderson for 218.
Pakistan was all out for a mammoth 542 runs in their first innings with a healthy lead of 214 runs. England had a mountain to climb on a pitch which still had a very good bounce. England started on a wrong foot when their Captain was back in the hut for just 7 runs. After that Yasir Shah who too like Younis Khan was under pressure to perform took charge and got 2 wickets in his first 2 overs. During the closing moments of the day Yasir took the big wicket of Joe Root and left England in tatters. At end of Day 3 England are 88/4 trailing by 126 runs. Pakistan will come out with all guns blazing on Day 4 and try to finish the game with an innings win.