Pakistan cricket team keeps their hope alive to level the series after securing a 4-wicket victory with a stressed finish over England in the third test match at Kennington Oval in London. With this victory, the touring side could reduce their defeat margin 2-1 in the four-match test series showing both brilliance and fragility. They can level the series 2-2 if they can win the fourth and final test match.
In the second innings, Pakistan was set 148 runs to win the match after they bundled out England for 222 runs. Pakistan made good start after coming to chase down the target. They needed 24 runs to win with six wickets remaining and more than a day to spare.
The least predictable team in the world was put under immense pressure after losing 3 wickets for 8 runs. Azhar Ali was run out for five while James Anderson bowled out Mohammad Yousuf for 33. Kamran Akmal was trapped lbw by Graeme Swann. These early loss indicated that Pakistan is unable to chase this low scoring target.
However, two young players, Umar Akmal and Mohammad Amir led the team to reach the milestone. These two players successfully chased down the winning score before tea. Umar Akmal scored unbeaten 16 while Mohammad Aamer was not out on 4. Mohammad Aamer was named man of the match with taking 6 wickets for 101.
Skipper, Salman Butt was the highest run scorer with 48. Mohammad Yousuf played well in his come- back match as he scored 56 and 33 in two innings of the match.
England won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored 233 runs in the first innings. In reply, Pakistan scored 308 runs and gave 75 runs lead ahead of England. Losing all wickets, England scored 222 runs and made 148 runs to let Pakistan bat in their second innings. Pakistan overcame this target with four wickets and more than one day remaining at hand.Fourth and final Test match will start from 26 August 2010. It will take place at Lord’s in London.