Twitter Reaction: England thump Pakistan on final day to claim victory

Twitter Reaction: England thump Pakistan on final day to claim victory

England’s slip fielders all go up as they appeal for lbw. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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: