Pakistan firmly in control at lunch on day 3

Home side loses two quick wickets after conceding massive first innings lead

Pakistan firmly in control at lunch on day 3 PHOTO: Getty

At lunch on day 3 England are in a precarious situation having scored 37 runs for the loss of two wickets and still trail Pakistan by 142 runs.

Having stayed in the driving seat for the majority of the Test match, Pakistan further strengthened their position on day. The visitors pegged England back by picking up the two top-order wickets before the lunch break.

Pacer Mohammad Abbas removed Alastair Cook for a single run while Shadab Khan went through the defense of Mark Stoneman, who scored 9 runs.

Earlier England has dismissed Pakistan for 363 runs in the first innings, conceding a lead of 179 runs.

Pakistan resumed the day on 350-8 with overnight pair of Mohammad Amir and Abbbas. The duo was only able to add 13 runs with the bat on the third day before the latter was caught by Jonny Bairstow off the bowling of Mark Wood. Abbas scored five runs while Amir remained not out on 24.

Babar Azam, who was the highest run scorer in the innings with 68 runs, was unable to bat due to injury which signalled the close of Pakistan innings with nine wickets down.

For England James Anderson and Ben Stokes picked up three wickets each whereas Mark Wood ended up with two wickets to his name.

In the first innings Pakistan had bowled England over for 184 runs in the on the opening day of the Test match.