England vs Pakistan Third Test
By Megha Mallick
The two teams face each other in the final test of the three match series. England are 1-0 up, with the first match being won by them and the second drawn due to the incessant rainfall, which did not allow a single day of uninterrupted cricket. England will look to win The series and Pakistan would like to draw the same, at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
Joe Root won the toss and opted to bat first. Jofra Archer came in place of Sam Curran. Pakistan made no changes to their squad.
England were off the mark with a four from Rory Burns (6), as he opened the bat face to glide the ball wide of the third man boundary. But he was caught by Shan Masood off Shaheen Afridi. Dominic Sibley was caught LBW by Yasir Shah for 22. England closed the first session at 91/2.
Root helped himself with two quick boundaries post lunch. But soon, he was caught behind off Naseem Shah for 29. Ollie Pope (3) was bowled by Yasir Shah. Jos Buttler scored 20 runs in the first 30 balls that he played, 16 of which came in boundaries. England reached 184/4 at tea, with Zak Crawley batting on 97.
After tea, Crawley brought up his first Test century off 170 balls. At 22, he became the fifth youngest test centurion for England. Buttler brought up his half century off 85 balls, with six fours and two sixes. Crawley kept going strong, bringing up his 150 off 233 balls. At stumps, England reached 332/4, with Crawley on 171 and Buttler on 87.
Jos Buttler got to his second Test century off 189 balls. Rain halted play twice in the day, and Zak Crawley played very cautiously. England reached 373/4 at lunch. It was the second straight session where the hosts did not lose a wicket.
Crawley scored his second boundary within a space of four balls and with that converted his maiden Test century into a double hundred, becoming the third youngest English batsman to score a double century.
With a flick off Mohammed Abbas, Crawley brought up his 250 as well. He was stumped off Asad Shafiq on 267.
England were at 490/5 at tea.
With a drive for a boundary, Buttler brought up his 150. Fawad Alam caught and bowled him for 152, and Chris Woakes was caught by Yasir Shah off Alam for 40. After a dominant performance from England, they declared on 583/8. Pakistan were left with 13 overs to bat out in the day.
James Anderson caught Shan Masood (4) and Babar Azam (11) LBW, Abid Ali (1) was caught by Dominic Sibley off Anderson. At stumps, Pakistan were at 24/3. They trail by 559 runs, with Azhar Ali batting on 4. It all depends on their middle order to sail them through.
Very soon after the start of the day’s play, Asad Shafiq (5) was caught by captain Joe Root off James Anderson. There were two rain intervals inside the first session. Early lunch was taken due to the rain with Pakistan on 41/4, trailing England by 542 runs.
Fawad Alam was caught behind off Dom Bess for 21. Azhar Ali brought up his half century off 137 balls. He became the fifth Pakistan batsman to score 6000 Test runs. The visitors reached 158/5 at Tea, trailing England by 425 runs.
A six from Mohammed Rizwan and that brought up his fifty. Ali drove through covers for a boundary, and brought up his 17th Test century. Rizwan was caught behind off Chris Woakes for 53. England took the second new ball and no other than Anderson started off with it.
Stuart Broad got the wickets of Yasir Shah (20) and Shaheen Afridi (3). He also ran out Mohammed Abbas for just a run. England enforced the follow on after Pakistan were all out for 273. Anderson finished with 5/56, helping the hosts acquire a 310 run lead. He is two wickets away from the 600th.
After an hour of play, it was a combination of a light drizzle and bad light, as the umpires decided to go off.
Pakistan were at 41/0, with Abid Ali and Shan Masood steadily building a partnership. They trailed England by 269 runs.
Masood was caught LBW by Stuart Broad for 18, and Abid Ali for 42 by James Anderson. The latter would have to wait again as bad light followed by rain forced stumps with Pakistan at 100/2. They are trailing England by 210 runs. Anderson is stuck with 599 Test wickets.
Azhar Ali, the first innings centurion, and Babar Azam are at the crease. They will look to pull through a substantial part of their innings, with a washout predicted on the final day.
After a really long wait due to the rain, Jofra Archer resumed proceedings, bowling from round the wicket to Azhar Ali. And within half an hour, the most awaited moment was there.
Ali was caught by Joe Root for 31 off James Anderson. He became the first fast bowler in history to claim 600 Test wickets.
Asad Shafiq was caught by substitute James Bracey off Root for 21. The second new ball was taken and Anderson and Stuart Broad were back in the attack. But very soon with 15 overs left, the players called it a day, which meant a draw the two teams settled for. Pakistan reached 187/4, with Babar Azam at 63*.
England thus won the three match series 1-0. Zak Crawley was awarded the MoM for his 200+ score in England’s only innings. The wicketkeepers of the team, Jos Buttler and Mohammed Rizwan, were awarded the MoS.