Eng vs Pak 3rd Test Day 5
England has finally managed to break Pakistan streak of not losing a test series in the last 10 years in England as they win series 1-0 after the third and final match ended on a draw in Rose Bowl, Southampton.
This day is also special as it will go down in the history in the name of James Anderson who became the first pacer to reach 600 wickets, a milestone which only 3 bowlers have achieved before namely Muttiah Murlidharan(Sri Lanka-800), Shane Warne(Australia-708) and Anil Kumble(India-619).
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Our greatest ever bowler, @jimmy9.
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A Result was unlikely after so much of the day was washed out by rain and outfield. A similar thing happened in Day 4 too also where only 56 overs were possible. Pakistan made 187/4 (f/o) in 83.1 when the play was called off and handshakes happened. Babar Azam was the top scorer with his 63 not out in 91 deliveries while Abid Ali’s 42 was the crucial contribution as he consumed 162 deliveries which are 27 overs which proved to be very important for Pakistan, at last, drawing the game.
The test match started with England captain root winning the toss and choosing to bat first including Jofra Archer in place of Sam Curran in the line-up. England didn’t get a good start but Zak Crawley (267) and Jos Butter (152) stitched a record 359 run-stand and took the game away from Pakistan after being reduced to 127/4 at one stage. They eventually managed to put a mammoth 583/8, Dec, and took the match beyond reach for the visitors.
Pakistan batting, as usual, didn’t get a good start and the batting order crumbled under pressure. The main damage was done by the star bowler Anderson who returned with a five-for. Azhar Ali played a Captains knock as he smoked a ton and came remained unbeaten on 141 after England wrapped up their innings on 273 and forced the visitors to follow-on.
Pakistan started their second innings on a good note.With slow start from both the openers Shan Masood and Abid Ali, they survived the first session without any damage and put on 41 runs partnership before rain interrupted the play and forced early lunch.
Pakistan, who followed on after being bowled out for 273 in reply to England’s first innings 583-8 declared, ended the day 4 on 100-2. After lots of overs were lost due to rain and wet outfield.
The weather on the final day wasn’t clear, with Rain and wet outfield the match started at 4.15 PM (local time in England and 8.45 IST. Azhar Ali became the 600th wicket for James Anderson who has now the first-ever fast bowler to achieve this feat.
Zak Crawley was named as the player of the match and Jos Buttler as the Player of the series.
In the Post match presentation, Azhar Ali mentioned about the one session in Manchester which made the difference as the lost that match.
“[Manchester defeat?] “Great regret, that one session could have made the difference, but congratulations to England they won that match and the series, they played good cricket. We took positives through the series, we were competitive throughout, which is very good,” Ali said after the end of the series in Southampton.
“As a team I’m proud of the way we fought. Whenever they were under pressure they responded well. The team stuck together and kept fighting but unfortunately the weather wasn’t great in the last two matches. But everyone fought, you can easily get rolled over in this position, “ praised Ali, for how his side played the series.
England has ended Pakistan streak by winning the series 1-0 on their home soil. Now they are scheduled to play 3 T20s with the visitors starting from 28th August.