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Edgbaston: Pakistan take lead till Day 3 lunch

BIRMINGHAM: Pakistan have taken 39 runs lead over England as they end first session of the day 3 Edgbaston Test at Birmingham.

Earlier yesterday, Pakistan were 257 for 3 as centurion Azhar fell on the very last ball of the Day 2.

Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, was 44 not out and Sarfraz Ahmed 20 not out.

The four-match series is level at 1-1.

Azhar’s more than six-hour 139 ended when all-rounder Chris Woakes, on his Warwickshire home ground, struck with the new ball to have him edging to England captain Alastair Cook at first slip.

Number three Azhar had come in just five balls into Thursday’s play after Mohammad Hafeez had fallen for a duck to leave Pakistan none for one.

Azhar punished England for dropping him twice with his 10th century in 48 Tests.

Together with recalled opener Sami Aslam, who made 82, he put on 181 for the second wicket.

Aslam, a 20-year-old left-handed opener, was in sight of a well-deserved maiden Test hundred when he was run out responding to Azhar’s poor call.

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