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Eng vs Pak 3rd Test Day 2 : Crawley and Buttler 359 run-stand jolts Pakistan before Anderson reduced Pak at 24/3 at Stumps

Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler made record 359 run stand , Eng vs Pak 3rd Test Day 2
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A yet another tiring day for Pakistan as Crawley(267) and Buttler(152) continued their dominance for England on the second day of the third and final test match at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Saturday before England declared their innings on 583/8.

A magnificent batting display by the new sensation in form of Zak Crawley has now put England on a comfortable seat of winning the series.

Zak Crawley brought his double century in the 2nd session before getting stumped by part-time spinner Asad Shafiq on 267.
He along with Jos Buttler who also brought his 2nd test century put a mammoth 359 run-stand for the fifth-wicket.

Crawley marathon 267 run- knock included 34 fours and 1 six. Playing with a strike rate of 67.94, Crawley’s innings is a complete package of sheer batting display of utter brilliance that covered shots all around the ground. With only 3 first-class hundred, Crawley hit his maiden test hundred yesterday and converted it into a double century in the rain-hit morning session.

A calm & composed Crawley showed his elegance throughout his innings.Dropped in the 3rd test match against the West Indies in the Wisden Trophy series, Crawley came in and made complete use of the opportunity in place of Ben Stokes who fled to his home New Zealand due to personal reasons.

Now it’s a matter of concern for England camp as now they have a problem of plenty in the batting department. With Rory burns getting dismissed cheaply consistently and Dom Sibley who failed to continue his good run after his century against the West Indies, it would be interesting to see Captain Root’s and England management choices after the return of all-rounder Stokes in the set-up for the next series.

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On the other side, Jos Butter continued from where he left at the Manchester and smashed his 2nd test ton and made sure he answered his critics doubting his place in the side. Playing at the strike rate of 48.87, his knock of 152 included 13 fours and 2 sixes. He innings came to the end when he was caught & bowled by Fawad Alam.

England were reeling at 127-4 on Day 1 when Wicket-Keeper Buttler joined Crawley and together the batting duo went on playing their shots and dominating sessions.

Crawley even outshining the dangerous Buttler which not many times it usually happens, but such was his innings. Together they pulled England out of trouble and stitched a partnership of 205 taking England to 332-4 at the end of Day 1. And continued their momentum in the second day putting 359 run-stand before selfless Cawley who could have played risk-free shots in search of team’s demand of quick runs was stumped by Rizwan of spinner Asad Shafiq.

After Crawley and Buttler , Chris Woakes and played a cameo of 40 runs before giving the wicket to Fawad Alam and then Dom Bess (27*) and Stuart Broad(15) also chipped in with England Captain Root sensing they have put enough runs on the board declared on 583/8.

Pakistan didn’t have a good start with the bat with Centurion in the first test match, Shan Masood(4) again falling to Jimmy Anderson who trapped him in front. Abid Ali was also dismissed by James Anderson on the score of 1. Pakistan score read 24/3 at the end of stumps with Babar Azam being trapped by James Anderson again.

England are in complete hold of the test match and winning the test series against Pakistan which they couldn’t in the last 10 years. It seems Pakistan’s streak of not losing a series in England in the last 3 tours of England is in danger.

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