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England vs Pakistan 3rd Test Day 2 Highlights: Anderson breaks PAK’s back after Crawley-Buttler marathon

England vs Pakistan (ENG vs PAK) 3rd Test Day 2 Highlights: James Anderson struck thrice in the final session to leave Pakistan gasping at 24/3, trailing England by 559 runs at the end of Day 2 of the 3rd Test.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: August 23, 2020 1:39:19 pm
ENG vs PAKENG vs PAK Test 3 Day 2 in Southampton

England vs Pakistan (ENG vs PAK) 3rd Test Day 2 Highlights: James Anderson struck thrice in the final session to leave Pakistan gasping at 24/3, trailing England by 559 runs at the end of Day 2 of the 3rd Test.

Zak Crawley (267) and Jos Buttler (152) piled misery on Pakistan, putting on a 359-run stand, the highest ever 5th wicket partnership for England and the fourth highest 5th wicket partnership in Test history. England declared at 583/8, with around 10 overs left before Stumps. Crawley got to his 200 off 331 balls, becoming the youngest English batsman to score a 200 in Tests since David Gower in 1979. Buttler and Crawley also beat England’s all-time record for the highest 5th wicket partnership in Tests, going past Tony Greig and Keith Fletcher’s 254-run stand from 1973. Crawley fell for 267 in the afternoon session to part-time spinner Asad Shafiq. England reached the Tea break at 490/5. Another part-time spinner, Fawad Alam, dismissed Buttler in the third session, before the hosts declared on 583/8.

Pakistan in England, 3 Test Series, 2020The Rose Bowl, Southampton 25 September 2020

England 583/8 dec (154.4)


Pakistan  273 (93.0) & 187/4 (83.1)

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England vs Pakistan 3rd Test Day 2 Highlights:

00:01 (IST)23 Aug 2020
End of Day 2 - Pakistan 24/3, trail England by 559 runs

And that is the end of Day 2. Babar Azam does not Review, is out off the last ball of the day. What a day in the field for England. First it was that Crawley-Buttler record-breaking partnership, and it's Anderson's three-wicket burst at the end of the day that rubs in their dominance in this 3rd Test.

00:00 (IST)23 Aug 2020
Third wicket - Babar falls

Anderson the man of the moment for England! Gets a third wicket in the innings. His Test scalp number 596. Babar Azam falls for 11. And Pakistan's innings lies in tatters. PAK 24/3 after 10.5 overs

23:50 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Babar first Pakistan batsman to get into double digits

Archer cuts Babar in half with a nip-backer from hell. Archer getting some massive movement in the air. Babar also looked like he lost sight of the ball a couple of times in the over. An intensive test for the batsmen in Archer's first over. Anderson continues at the other end. 4 more overs remain in the day. Babar Azam becomes the first Pakistani batsman to get into double digits. PAK 23/2 after 9

Here's how the Pakistan team applauded Crawley's knock earlier today after his dismissal:

23:42 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Archer thrown the ball

Azhar Ali suffers a torrid over from Broad. Has to poke the ball away from rolling towards his stumps as the ball goes through his pads. Anderson looks threatening at the other end too. With England's next test commitments not known, he will be wanting to get to the 600-mark in this Test itself. PAK 18/2 after 7

And now it's time for a quick Jofra Archer burst.

23:33 (IST)22 Aug 2020
2nd wicket - Wicket #595 for Anderson

Wicket No. 595 for James Anderson. Abid Ali falls this time. Caught in the slips for 1. Pakistan have lost both their openers cheaply. A disastrous start to their 1st innings. Babar Azam walks in at 4 to join Azhar Ali. And Babar times a shot for four against Anderson to bring up the first boundary of the innings. PAK 17/2 after 5

23:19 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Masood given out lbw again

Masood given out Lbw again. Anderson the bowler this time. And this looks much better. And DRS shows three reds this time. Anderson continues his dominance of Masood. Anderson gets him out for the 8th time. His 594th Test wicket. Azhar Ali has to walk out at 3 much earlier than he would have hoped to do. PAK 6/1 ater 3

23:15 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Masood given out LBW but survives

And that's the first fright for Pakistan in the innings. Stuart Broad appeals for LBW against Masood and the umpire raises his finger promptly. Masood Reviews. Saved by the DRS, which shows he was struck outside off. PAK 5/0 after 2

23:10 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Pakistan innings begins

Abid Ali and Shan Masood walks out to the middle for Pakistan. James Anderson, on 593 Test wickets, starts off for England. Four slips in place as we begin what could be a tough few minutes for Pakistan. Anderson has got Masood's wicket 7 times. Has a bowling average of less than 5 against him. PAK 3/0 after 1

23:00 (IST)22 Aug 2020
England's highest total since 2016

583/8. This is England's highest total since the Old Trafford Test against Pakistan in 2016. Pakistan officially have a maximum of 13 overs to bat till Stumps on Day 2. Match to resume after a short innings break.

22:57 (IST)22 Aug 2020
England declare on 583/8

Shaheen Afridi comes back into the attack as the wait for the declaration continues. And he gets a wicket. Broad is bowled. Shaheen got Pakistan off to a rocking start with Burns's wicket yesterday. A lot has happened between then and his second wicket here. ENG 583/8

And with that, England declare

22:52 (IST)22 Aug 2020
13 runs in one over as Bess joins attack

Bess gets into the act now. A four cracked on the off side and a six hoicked to leg side off Yasir takes England past 580. Some consternation from the comm box as to why Root is not declaring yet. The target must be 600 and to send in Pakistan for 10 overs or so. Broad and Bess taking England close to 600 in lightning speed. ENG 582/7 after 154

22:44 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Sixes for Broad

Broad sweeps Fawad Alam for six. Sweeps for two later in the over. Bess also swats Yasir Shah at the other end, with the England lower order looking to add some quick runs. Bess skies one but Naseem drops the catch in the deep. The score moves to 563/7 after 152 overs. Asad Shafiq replaces Fawad Alam, and Broad clobbers him for six to start off the next over. ENG 569/7

22:35 (IST)22 Aug 2020
England cross 550

Broad comes out at 9. He's had a bit of a rebirth as a lower order pinch hitter this summer. Is almost out for a first ball duck though, but an outside edge lands short of slip.Yasir Shah, having conceded more than 150 runs in this innings, continues from the other end. Bess brings up England's 550 with a blasted four past point. ENG 551/7 after 150

22:30 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Woakes out for 40 - Fawad Alam's 2nd wicket

A lengthy drinks break is taken as Rizwan is hit on the hands by a wayward throw. Woakes pulls Yasir for a four to end the 148th over. Root seen in his whites in the dressing room. Maybe 550 is the mark he is waiting for. Fawad Alam bowls the 149th over, and gets another wicket! Woakes is out for 40. England 7 down for 547.

22:22 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Game slows down

Bess joins Woakes, with Pakistan continuing with their part-timers. The sting has gone out of the game a bit, reckons Shane Warne on air. Root seen cleaning the spikes of his boots in the dressing room. Surely we are not long from a declaration now. Would be a good one hour or so of intense pressure for Pakistan if they are sent in now. ENG 541/6 after 147.2

22:08 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Buttler is OUT

Buttler is caught and bowled by Fawad Alam. Another part-timer picks up a big wicket. Buttler falls for 152, his highest ever score, in any format. ENG 530/6 

How he brought up his first ever 150:

22:01 (IST)22 Aug 2020
150 for Buttler

Pakistan continue with part-timers. Time for Fawad Alam now. And Buttler and Woakes keep milking the field for runs. Buttler moves to a career-best First class score of 145*. And matter-of-factly drives through the covers in the next over to bring up his 150. Has taken on a backing role since the morning session, that's his first boundary in a long time. England 530/5 after 144

21:49 (IST)22 Aug 2020
500 in an innings after more than 3 years for England

Woakes continues to be the aggressor. Gets a four with a top edge against Shaheen that runs over the keeper's head. This is the first time in more than three years that England have brought up 500 in a Test innings. ENG 513/5 after 140

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21:40 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Third session begins with a Woakes attack

Woakes and Buttler walk out to resume the England innings. Woakes makes the first statement of the session with a well timed drive through covers for four against Shaheen. And follows up with two fours to end the over. England cross 500. Root seen pacing in the dressing room. When will the declaration come? ENG 503/5 after 138

21:14 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Tea - ENG 490/5

Buttler and Woakes walk back to the pavilion at the break, both teams content to stretch out the overs to ensure they can go in early. England are on 490/5 after 136 overs. Buttler on 140. How much longer before England declare now? There is rain forecast for Day 5, surely that will be playing on Root's mind.