Veteran Seamer James Anderson prepared to leave Pakistan early to leave Pakistan. Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler scored 583-8 on the third day of England and the second of their last test against Pakistan on Saturday.
England are on a 1-0 win at Rubber
England are on a 1-0 win at Rubber and are aiming for their first series win against Pakistan in 10 years, and tourists have been tasked with a tremendous task of overcoming a deficit of 559 points and saving the match for the remaining 3 days in the Ageas Bowl.
With Anderson claiming all three wickets, Pakistan lost 11 overs with Baba Azam with Shan Masud and Avid Ali, and only four weren’t enough to be the first pace bowler to score 600 points in the test.
After surviving the DRS, Shan scored four pounds before fellow opener Abid Ali (1) took Anderson a low level lead to Dom Sibley with a third slip. And Anderson, who became the last ball of the day, had 11 star batter Babar Azam lbw, one cut back with his right hand.
Anderson posted a 3-13 stump in over 5.5
Earlier, 22-year-old Crawley became England’s third youngest player to score a double century and score 267, while Butler scored a career best of 152 with a record 5th Wicket Partnership 359.
Buttler saw the longest 7-and-a-half-minute innings of his 47 test career getting tamed, occasionally catching a gentle return to spinner Fawad Alam.
Chris Woakes (40), Dom Bess and Stuart Broad have added 82 points to help England reach the highest total in four years since they declared 589-8 in a match against Pakistan at Old Trafford four years ago.
Three of Pakistan’s frontline bowlers each scored more than 100 points, while leg spinner Yasir Shah (2-173) and teenage faceman Nasim Shah (1-109) both scored more than four points.
- England (1 inning, stay 332-4):
- R.J. Burns c Shan b Shaheen 6
- D.P. Sibley lbw b yash porn 22
- Z. Crawley st Rizwan b Asad 267
- J.E. Root c Rizwan b Naseem 29
- O.J. Pope b yasir 3
- J.C. Buttler c and b Fawad 152
- C.R. Woakes c Yasir b Fawad 40
- D.M. 27 episodes
- S.C.J. Broadby Shahin 15
EXTRAS (B-4, LB-13, W-1, NB-4) 22
TOTAL (8 wkts decl, over 154.4) 583
Fall of WKTS: 1-12, 2-73, 3-114, 4-127, 5-486, 6-530, 7-547, 8-583. It wasn’t a bat: J.C. Archer, J.M. Anderson.
Bowling: Shaheen Shah Afridi 33.4-5-121-2 (3nb, 1w); Mohammad Abbas 33-8-82-0; Yasir Shah 39-3-173-2; Naseem Shah 27-6-109-1; Fawad Alam 12-0-46-2; Shan Masood 3-1-11-0; Asad Shafiq 7-0-24-1 (1nb).
Pakistan (1s inning):
- Shan Masood lbw b Anderson 4
- Abid Ali c Sibley b Anderson 1
- Azhar Ali 4 out
- Babar Azam lbw b Anderson 11
EXTRAS (B-1, LB-1, W-2) 4
TOTAL (3 weeks, 10.5 over) 24
Fall of WKTS: 1-6, 2-11, 3-24.
BAT: Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah.
Bowling (to date): Anderson 5.5-1-13-3; Broad 3-1-6-0; Archer 2-0-3-0 (1w).
On the third day
Pakistan lost 158-5. Still 425 points behind England’s huge 1 inning 583-8. However, Azhar, who scored 38 points in the three innings before the series, was on the verge of 100 points, which is just Pakistan’s fifth batter to score 6,000 points.
Together with Wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan (22), he shared 83 severed positions after Pakistan collapsed to 75-5.
Anderson Eye 600 turnstile
The duo also ceased responsibility for becoming the first Paceman to win 600 test wickets by the British great James Anderson. The 38-year-old seemed to be going well with an excellent lunch figure of 4-21, taking him to 597 test turnstiles in 11 overs and leaving Pakistan in a terrible position of 41-4.
However, Pakistan fought back in the second session on Sunday, scoring 117 points in the defeat of Fawad Alam. In his 81st match at this level, 35-year-old Azhar joined the Pakistani elite group, which now includes batting coaches Younis Khan, Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf, achieving 6,000 test runs.
England resumed full command with tourists 24-3, calling for their first series victory against Pakistan in 10 years, 1-0 in 3 matches. Anderson only needed six balls to eliminate Assad Shapik on Sunday.
Assad Shapik, the poor series of batters, struck the first slip to England captain Joe Root on number five.
The only bowlers to win 600 wickets in the test are three retired spinners. These are Muttiah Muralitharan (800) from Sri Lanka, Shane Warne (708) from Australia, and Anil Kumble (619) from India.
England thought that at 21, Azhar was lagging behind the fearsome 91 mph ball of Jofra Archer, a fast baller who climbed steeply. However, referee Richard Ealingworth’s decision meant that England had used all three reviews in the innings when it turned out that the ball had swept Azhar’s shoulders.
No skill was needed when Alam, who had waited for nearly 11 years for a test recall with four balls in his second test in Southampton, dropped to 21 points.
The left-hander is a peculiar figure, wrinkled thanks to his wide open stance, rushed forward to off-spinner Dom Bess, and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has a good catch on his bat shoulder.
For Butler, who was born at 152 in England 1 innings after going through some substandard displays behind the stump, things were encouraging for Bess in the season favoring seam bowlers.
Pakistan is now 75-5, but Hazard scored 6,000 test runs for four tests of Archer, and at a similar boundary the low-pressure captain scored 137 balls 50. The match was applauded by Azhar’s teammates in a Pakistani locker room this season, just as all international players from England were held privately due to the coronavirus.
England’s impressive totals were built on the fifth wicket partnership between Zak Crawley and Buttler, of which 100 were only 2 centuries in 47 tests. Crawley’s 267 (22-year-old virgin test century) scored the 10th highest scored by an English batter at this level.
In a Daily Mail column
Hussein pointed out how the British hitter tried to play Pakistani leg spinners on the backfoot’as if it were Shane Warney’. He suggested that he should approach him instead, at least like “Anil Kumble” in the first innings of the test.
England has winter test cricket in subcontinent conditions against Sri Lanka and India. If the tour goes on, they have to learn how to play Yasir Shah here,” wrote Hussain. “For whatever reason, whether it’s Joe Root or Ollie Pope, Britain went back to the leg spinner and got stuck in wrinkles.
They’re playing him like he’s Shane Warne, but in the first innings of the test you have to play him like Anil Kumble. Yasir turns deliveries on the first day without making large bowls. Instead, he hitters by making the delivery slower, slower, faster and straighter.
And whether that’s his trajectory or action, I don’t know if the British noticed Pakistan pushed the field, and if they were trying to get out of the strike by hitting deep cover for a single. But many hitters are trapped in their hind feet.