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Last Updated: Monday, 7 August 2006, 17:39 GMT 18:39 UK
England set for tense final day
THIRD TEST, HEADINGLEY, DAY FOUR (STUMPS):
ENGLAND 515 & 345 v PAKISTAN 538 & 0-0 (Target: 323)

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Strauss built the foundations for England's second innings

A captain's innings from Andrew Strauss and Chris Read's maiden Test fifty gave England a decent chance of winning the Headingley match against Pakistan.

England were bowled out for 345 and Pakistan will start the final day on 0-0 requiring 323 for victory.

Strauss hit 116 and Marcus Trescothick weighed in with 58. But Read's 55 while England were losing wickets either side of tea was a vital contribution.

Pakistan bowled impressively after England had reached a strong 158-0.

Shahid Nazir took 3-32 and Mohammad Sami 3-100, but Umar Gul and Danish Kaneria, the only other two bowlers used on the day, each played their part with two wickets each.

Kaneria had produced some superlative leg-break bowling throughout the day and could have had Strauss lbw on 29.

The left-hander was trapped in front of middle-and-off with an attempted sweep to Kaneria's second ball of the day, and replays suggested the ball would have hit middle.

But umpire Billy Doctrove ignored the appeal and Strauss went on to hit two fours off the luckless bowler through mid-wicket in his third over.

Shahid Nazir
Shahid Nazir bowled intelligently in the final session on Monday

Pakistan's faltering wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal had a morning to forget, dropping Trescothick twice, on six and seven.

But the tourists had a much better time of things after lunch, and Akmal rediscovered his catching gloves.

After overtaking Denis Compton's mark of 5,807 career runs to go 11th in the all-time list of England scorers, Trescothick's luck finally ran out.

An attempted cut squirted off the edge of his bat to second slip where Salman Butt took a smart catch, giving Gul his first wicket.

Alastair Cook groped around with little conviction against a fired-up Kaneria in his innings of 21.

Finally, an inside edge deflected off his pad to Faisal Iqbal at short leg.

Kevin Pietersen decided to waste no time before playing a range of aggressive sweep shots, and collected three boundaries off Kaneria.

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But before long, his confidence got the better of him and he had made just 16 before playing all around a Kaneria googly which ripped into his stumps.

Strauss was not in the least bit put off by the wickets coming at the other end.

He went from 90 to 94 with a square cut off Gul for four and hit another over gully's head off Sami to go to three figures.

He had barely put a foot wrong against anyone when he got a faint edge off Sami to Akmal as he tried to pull out of a tired-looking defensive shot in the last over before tea.

When Ian Bell lasted just five balls before getting an inside-edge to Akmal off a brutal Sami delivery England looked in a spot of bother at 248-5, leading by just 225.

But, in the nick of time, Read and Paul Collingwood produced a gutsy stand of 51 - Read hitting Kaneria for one huge six over long-on.

That partnership was ended when Nazir got his first wicket, Collingwood edging a ball that kept low onto his stumps and England's innings was running out of momentum again.

Sajid Mahmood threw his wicket away with an ill-disciplined cut shot, Matthew Hoggard edged the second new ball to slip and Steve Harmison drove to extra cover.

Read pulled a short ball from Gul for four to pass 50 but was finally out when dragging Sami onto his stumps.

Pakistan's openers had to face just one over before stumps, Salman Butt negotiating Matthew Hoggard safely enough, though he was beaten by the fifth ball that zipped off the wicket with extra bounce.

Inzamam-ul-Haq will not be able to bat for approximately 4 hours 20 minutes on the final day, or until five wickets have fallen - whichever comes first.

He has inflamed rib cartilage after falling awkwardly when batting on Sunday and spent most of Monday off the field.

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