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England win third test after Pakistan batting collapse

The visitors were set a target of 343 after England declared at 445 for six, but lost four wickets for a single run in 23 balls as the hosts took the series lead.

England win third test after Pakistan batting collapse
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England beat Pakistan by 141 runs in the third Test at Edgbaston on Sunday to go 2-1 up in the four-match series.

Pakistan were bowled out for 201 after being set a target of 343 for victory when England captain Alastair Cook declared the hosts' second innings on 445 for six early on Sunday's fifth and final day.

Four wickets for one run

A dramatic collapse before tea, where they lost four wickets for one run in 23 balls, effectively ended Pakistan's chances of saving the game.

Pakistan's last-wicket pair of Sohail Khan (36) and Rahat Ali delayed defeat with a stand of 50 in 67 balls.

But Birmingham-born Moeen Ali, who earlier in the day made a quickfire 86 not out, ended the match when the off-spinner caught and bowled Sohail off a hard-hit drive with 13.1 overs remaining.

The fourth Test at The Oval starts on Thursday.

Brief scores

England 1st Inns 297 (G Ballance 70, M Ali 63; Sohail Khan 5-96)

Pakistan 1st Innings 400 (Azhar Ali 139, Sami Aslam 82, Misbah-ul-Haq 56; C Woakes 3-79, S Broad 3-83)

England 2nd Innings 445-6 dec (M Ali 86 no, J Bairstow 83, A Cook 66, J Root 62, A Hales 54)

Pakistan 2nd Innings 201 (Sami Aslam 70)

Result: England won by 141 runs

Series: England lead four-match series 2-1