England dismisses Pakistan on last day to lead series 2-1

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) " Pakistan's second innings crumbled to 201 all out as England won the third test by 141 runs on Sunday to lead the four-match series 2-1.

Steven Finn (2-38) and Chris Woakes (2-53) destroyed Pakistan's middle order on the last day at Edgbaston with four wickets between them for just one run through some reverse swing. Pakistan collapsed from 124-3 to 125-7.

The last-wicket pair of Sohail Khan (36) and Rahat Ali (15 not out) put on 50 to delay the inevitable as off-spinner Moeen Ali (2-49) caught and bowled Sohail to finally wrap up the match.

England fought back admirably after a 103-run first innings deficit " Pakistan 400, England 297 " to achieve one of its most memorable victories in test cricket.

"It's right up there," said England captain Alastair Cook. "We were behind, hanging in there for most of the game, (but) we fought really."

Cook earlier declared at 445-6 and set Pakistan a target of 343 runs to win in a maximum 84 overs on a friendly batting wicket.

But all four England seamers exposed Pakistan's tendency to poke at deliveries outside the off stump with only 20-year-old opener Sami Aslam (70) showing resilience at the top.

"They kept coming hard at us (but) a couple of bad sessions cost us," said Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

Aslam and first-innings century-maker Azhar Ali (38) had defied England for 90 minutes with a 73-run second-wicket stand after Mohammad Hafeez played a reckless pull shot off Stuart Broad (2-24) before lunch.

Ali broke the stand soon after lunch when he lured Azhar Ali to play an expansive drive and edged to Cook in the second slip.

Younis Khan's struggling form continued when he flirted unwisely with a delivery from James Anderson (2-31) as Pakistan slipped to 92-3.

Finn then combined with Woakes in a sensational Pakistan collapse against some reverse swing when he had Misbah-ul-Haq caught behind and brought one back enough into the left-hander Aslam to clip the top of the stumps.

Aslam, playing his first test of the series, batted resolutely for 3 1/2 hours for his successive half century until the pressure of wickets falling from the other end took its toll.

"(The ball) just reversed enough," Cook said. "Once bowlers get that with the skills they have, it's very hard."

In between Finn's double strike, Woakes had Asad Shafiq lbw for a pair in the match before Sarfraz Ahmed edged to the slip which exposed Pakistan's long tail.

"We have to send someone to England to learn how they reverse swing the ball," said Misbah, with a smile.

Earlier, Cook declared England's second innings at 445-6 when the lead swelled to 342 with left-hander Ali (86 not out) scoring at a brisk pace for his second half century of the match.

Ali added an invaluable 152 runs with Jonny Bairstow (83), who missed out on a century when he was trapped leg before wicket by Sohail Khan (2-111).

Mohammad Amir (2-75) and Shah (2-172) also took a share of the wickets.

England selectors later named an unchanged 13-man squad for the final test, which starts at the Oval on Thursday.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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