Twitter Reaction: England thump Pakistan on final day to claim victory
Published - Aug 7, 2016 5:28 pm | Updated - Aug 7, 2016 5:28 pm
England claimed a win on what was a thrilling final day of the third Test match at Edgbaston. If irony has any part to play, it seemed as though Pakistan was on the ascendancy for the most part of the Test match, especially after impressing with both bat and ball on the first two days. However, the performance of all players fell drastically on the following three days as the Brits put up a much stronger performance, something that ensured that they did indeed claim a victory on the final day.
The first day was all about Sohail Khan, who was handed a rare Test match for Pakistan after almost five years of a hiatus from the Test scenario. However, Sohail impressed one and all with some impressive pace and swing as he claimed five wickets in the first innings, all of which came on the first day’s play.
Day two saw Pakistan further sink their teeth into the match when Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali piled on the runs for Pakistan when they went about stitching an important partnership, something that helped the Asian giants climb their way to the psychological 400-run mark in the first innings of the day’s play. Azhar Ali made an impressive century, something that turned out to be the only century of the match.
Following some impressive performances with the bat and ball, things began to go downhill for the visitors as England began to take the upper hand with their batsmen. Gary Ballance, James Vince, and Chris Woakes were the only players who did not cross the 50-run mark as they smashed 445 runs, setting a massive target of 343, something the Pakistanis had to complete on the final day’s play at Edgbaston.
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Although Sami Aslam made some impressive contributions with the bat with a valiant 70, but, the rest of the batsmen capitulated barring some impressive innings by Azhar Ali and Sohail Khan towards the end. However, with slightly over ten overs to play, Moeen Ali picked up the wicket of Sohail Khan as the Brits completed an impressive 141-run win.
Here is how Twitter reacted to England’s emphatic victory:
Last time a team won the Edgbaston Test after batting first was in 2005, also on 7th August, when England won by a mere 2 runs vs Aus.
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) August 7, 2016
Painful loss for Pakistan. Still, after all those press-ups they're at least used to picking themselves up off the floor.
— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) August 7, 2016
124/3 (47.4 ov)
151/9 (59.4 ov)
201/10 (70.5 ov)
lost 6 wkts for 27 runs in 12 ov
last wkt 50 runs in 11.1 overs#EngvPak
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 7, 2016
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) August 7, 2016
Feared the worst with Pak batting before the series. They have batted better than I expected. But still not good enough as we see. #ENGvPAK
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) August 7, 2016
Pakistan should have started the series with cardio. They started doing too many push ups too soon and went out of breath. #EngvPak
— cricBC (@cricBC) August 7, 2016
England have flexed their muscles in batting and bowling this Test. Terrific win after conceding fairly big first innings lead
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 7, 2016
Such a shame the #ENGvPAK Test is not being telecast, but then it clashes with the equestrian events at 2:45 am IST that every horse trader
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) August 7, 2016
— Investec Cricket (@InvestecCricket) August 7, 2016
Gotta feel for the crowd at Edgbaston who are still chanting Pakistan Zindabad and Jeevey Jeevey Pakistan. #EngvPak
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) August 7, 2016