As many as 14 wickets fell on Day 3, as England made a strong come back with the ball in the second innings, running through the Pakistani batting unit, after being bundled out for a mere 219 earlier in the day.
Pakistan ended the day with 137/8 on the board, leading England by 244 runs.
In what turned out to be a riveting day of test cricket, it all began with England resuming their innings at 92/4, 234 runs behind the visitors score. England made a slow start to the day scoring just 19 runs in the first hour of play, courtesy some excellent bowling by the Pakistani seamers Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Abbas, who kept the pressure on the English batsmen.
Mohammad Abbas had been particularly difficult to get away with, as he conceded just one run from his initial seven overs.
It was then the Pakistani teenager, Naseem Shah, who caused some real bother for the English batsmen as both the batsmen were tempted into loose shots, before Ollie Pope (62) finally found the outside edge off a full length delivery, straight to Shadab Khan at Gully.
Post-lunch, the English batting line up lost their plot, as leg spinners Yashir Shah and Shadab Khan ripped through the middle and lower order bundling out the hosts with just 219 on the board. Stuart Broad (29*) tried to do some damage repair for England, but in vain as he got no real support around him.
After conceding a huge first innings lead of 107, the English bowlers came out all guns blazing for their second innings. They were right on the money from the word go as Broad removed the first innings centurion, Shan Masood for an 11-ball duck before tea.
The post-tea session was an intriguing one as Pakistan kept losing wickets in quick intervals before Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan looked to take some control over the Pakistan innings and helped Pakistan to take the lead past 200. Just as this partnership started to look frustrating for the hosts, a direct hit from Dom Sibley found Shafiq short of his ground , thus ending the promising yet short lived partnership of 38.
Stokes who did not bowl in the first innings, struggling a quad injury, came into the attack and had Rizwan out for LBW soon after the dismissal of Shafiq.
With Pakistan having a lead of 244 runs over the hosts, they will be the side relatively well-placed going into Day 4 , as only twice, a team have successfully chased more than 200 in the fourth innings of a test match at the Old Trafford.
DAY 3 Scorecard :
ENGLAND 1ST INNINGS
RJ Burns LBW b Shaheen Shah Afridi 4
DP Sibley LBW b Mohammad Abbas 8
JE Root c Rizwan b Yasir Shah 14
BA Stokes b Mohammad Abbas 0
OJ Pope c S Khan b Naseem Shah 62
JC Buttler b Yasir Shah 38 CR Woakes b Yasir Shah 1 9
DM Bess c A Shafiq b Yasir Shah 1
JC Archer c M Rizwan b Shadab Khan 16
SCJ Broad not out 29
JM Anderson LBW b Shadab Khan 7
Extras (b 8, lb 4, nb 8, w 1) 21
TOTAL (70.3 Ov, RR: 3.1) 219
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Rory Burns, 0.4 ov), 2-12 (Dom Sibley, 3.2 ov), 3-12 (Ben Stokes, 5.3 ov), 4-62 (Joe Root, 19.5 ov), 5-127 (Ollie Pope, 44.3 ov), 6-159 (Jos Buttler, 53.2 ov), 7-161 (Dom Bess, 57.4 ov), 8-170 (Chris Woakes, 61.4 ov), 9-197 (Jofra Archer, 66.4 ov), 10-219 (James Anderson, 70.3 ov)
Over Maiden Run Wicket
Shaheen Shah Afridi 18 4 51 1
Mohammad Abbas 15 6 33 2
Naseem Shah 16 4 44 1
Yasir Shah 18 2 66 4
Shadab Khan 3.3 0 13 2
PAKISTAN 2ND INNINGS
Shan Masood c Buttler b Broad 0
Abid Ali c Woakes b Bess 20
Azhar Ali LBW b Woakes 18
Babar Azam c Stokes b Woakes 5
Asad Shafiq run out 29
M Rizwan LBW b Stokes 27
Shadab Khan LBW b Broad 15
Yasir Shah not out 12
Shaheen Afridi c Burns b Stokes 2
Mohammad Abbas not out 0
Extras (b 4, lb 1, nb 4) 9
TOTAL (44 Ov, RR: 3.11) 137/8
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Shan Masood, 1.6 ov), 2-33 (Abid Ali, 13.6 ov), 3-48 (Babar Azam, 19.5 ov), 4-63 (Azhar Ali, 23.5 ov), 5-101 (Asad Shafiq, 33.5 ov), 6-120 (Mohammad Rizwan, 38.2 ov), 7-122 (Shadab Khan, 39.6 ov), 8-137 (Shaheen Afridi, 43.3 ov)
Over Maiden Run Wicket
JM Anderson 9 2 34 0
SCJ Broad 9 3 23 2
JC Archer 5 0 13 0
DM Bess 12 2 40 1
CR Woakes 5 1 11 2
BA Stokes 4 1 11 2