England within touching distance of fourth Test win
England require just six wickets to seal a series victory over Pakistan after a merciless third day with the ball left them in full control of the fourth Test at Lord’s.
Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad continued where they left off on day two in the morning session and set a new world record for an eighth wicket partnership of 332.
Broad finally departed for his highest ever Test score of 169, with Trott departing soon after for 184 as England were finally bowled out in their first innings for 446, despite being 47 for five at one point.
Pakistan may have fancied their chances of getting close to this score after a much improved batting display when winning the third Test, but they were soon in trouble and only managed to survive for 33 overs in their first innings.
Captain Salman Butt top-scored with 26 as Pakistan were dismissed for 74, with Graeme Swann taking four for 12 and Steven Finn chipping in with three more wickets.
And Pakistan struggled to fare any better when asked to follow on, making it to 41 for four before rain caused play to be stopped.
Pakistan are still 331 runs behind and will need more than a miracle if they are to win the match and square the series 2-2.
They are 100/1 to win the Test and 33/1 to draw, which seems only possible if the remaining two days are rained off.
Azhar Ali was one of only three Pakistan batsmen to make it to double figures in their first innings and he can be backed at 4/1 to show some resistance and score a 50.
It is 5/6 that England will take their next wicket before Pakistan reach 61. See the whole England vs Pakistan match betting market.