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England vs Pakistan 3rd Test Day 5 Highlights: Jimmy gets to 600 as ENG win series 1-0

England vs Pakistan (ENG vs PAK) 3rd Test Day 5 Highlightss: The hosts are looking to wrap up a 2-0 series win although Tuesday’s weather forecast is for heavy rain.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: August 26, 2020 8:44:40 am
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England vs Pakistan (ENG vs PAK) 3rd Test Highlights: England paceman Jimmy Anderson became the first fast bowler to reach 600 wickets in test cricket before the third and final test against Pakistan finished as a draw on Tuesday, leaving the home side to celebrate a second series victory of the pandemic-disrupted summer.

Less than two hours of cricket were played on a rain-affected Day 5, with England taking just two of the eight wickets needed to win the match at the Rose Bowl after Pakistan resumed on 100/2 and trailing by 210 runs. The big consolation was Anderson took one of them, removing Pakistan captain Azhar Ali to join retired spinners Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble in the “600 club” in tests.

Pakistan in England, 3 Test Series, 2020The Rose Bowl, Southampton 22 September 2020

England 583/8 dec (154.4)


Pakistan  273 (93.0) & 187/4 (83.1)

Match Ended ( Day 5 - 3rd Test ) England drew with Pakistan

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England vs Pakistan 3rd Test Day 5: Highlights

22:44 (IST)25 Aug 2020
The 3rd Test is drawn and England win the series 1-0

Players shake hands and England and Pakistan call it quits in Southampton. The third Test is drawn and England take the series 1-0. The weather proved too much for England to overcome in the end, they dominated this Test but it ends in a draw. Been a strange Test summer for obvious reasons but an entertaining one. Great to finish with Anderson getting his 600th. Congratulations to England Cricket Team for winning a Test Series against Pakistan after 10 Years. 


22:42 (IST)25 Aug 2020

Caught by (sub)James Bracey!! Shafiq c (sub)James Bracey b Root 21(60) |

RECORD ALERT: Azhar Ali's match aggregate of 172 runs is the HIGHEST by any Pakistani Captain in a Test match outside Asia since Mushtaq Mohammad's 177 runs against West Indies in 1977.

22:22 (IST)25 Aug 2020
A quick chat for Jimmy

Anderson takes a break! PAK 161/3 after 77 overs


22:18 (IST)25 Aug 2020
Wide from Sibley

How big a wide is this?

22:07 (IST)25 Aug 2020
Babar on fire!

Babar is in song now as he is slapping the spinners left, right, and centre. After smacking Root, he nears to his fifty with two boundaries to Bess -- one through point and another just straight down below. PAK: 161/3 (f/o) | Pakistan trail by 149 runs.

21:53 (IST)25 Aug 2020
More about Anderson

Since turning 30, James Anderson has taken 322 Test wickets at 23.87. Since turning 35, he's taken 120 Test wickets at 21.06. What a career and what a milestone achieved by Jimmy Anderson.

21:52 (IST)25 Aug 2020
Babar Azam reaches milestone

Babar Azam completed his 2,000 Test Runs in 53rd Test innings at an average of 44. He is the 33rd Pakistani batsman to achieve this milestone. PAK: 142/3 (f/o) | Pakistan trail by 168 runs.

21:40 (IST)25 Aug 2020
Here is the moment!
21:15 (IST)25 Aug 2020
600 For James Anderson

James Anderson is the first fast bowler to take 600 Test wickets. Azhar Ali surprised by the bounce, as the ball hit him high on the bat and he couldn't keep it down trying to adjust, thick edge and it flew straight to Root at first slip. England delighted. Anderson holds the ball high.

Milestone victims for James Anderson
1st: Mark Vermeulen (2003)
50th: MS Dhoni (2007)
100th: Jacques Kallis (2008)
200th: Peter Siddle (2010)
300th: Peter Fulton (2013)
400th: Martin Guptill (2015)
500th: Kraigg Brathwaite (2017)
600th: Azhar Ali (2020)


20:58 (IST)25 Aug 2020
Here we go!

Jimmy Anderson has the ball in his hand! Azhar Ali and Babar Azam in the middle and Ali plays a quiet maiden over. Two more overs pass by quietly and with that continues Pakistan's defiance.

20:29 (IST)25 Aug 2020
Pakistan to bat 42 overs

Pakistan need to mentally prepare to face 40-42 overs in the last session of Day 5 to save the test match!  Rain has stopped and inspection will be at 8PM PST and we play may resume at 8:15 PM. England needs 8 wickets to win

20:13 (IST)25 Aug 2020

Umpires are out in the middle


19:41 (IST)25 Aug 2020
Delayed start continues

The update's here and there'll be another inspection at 8:05 PM IST. 

18:38 (IST)25 Aug 2020
Inspection in less than an hour

The final inspection before the play starts will be at 7:30 PM IST. The umpires have decided it's still too wet and that's why another inspection is needed. The wait for England's win and James Anderson's 600th continues...

18:27 (IST)25 Aug 2020
Inspection update

The pitch inspection has been done. The pitch and the immediate square cover are still on. Maybe another inspection is on the cards here as the umpires and the groundsmen are still talking about things in the centre of the park.

17:48 (IST)25 Aug 2020
Covers off, preparations underway

Well, the official lunch timing has passed and still no cricket in Southampton so far on the final day. The side covers are coming off though, so that's a good news. The pitch officials are in work right now. Fingers crossed. 

16:42 (IST)25 Aug 2020
The sun is out

Well...well... well... This script is turning out to be quiet an extraordinary one. Meanwhile, Shoaib Alvi asks on social media, "Wonder if that extra hour that England batted on 2nd day for no extra gain will haunt Joe Root. The way Anderson was bowling another 7 overs from him could have got Pakistan 6 down. The next day the ball didn’t do as much." 

16:36 (IST)25 Aug 2020

So there will be no play possible before lunch, the outfield is wet and it still raining at Southampton. The English weather continues to baffle us all.

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16:23 (IST)25 Aug 2020
Pitch inspection timings

There will be a pitch inspection by the officials around 6 pm (IST) in the evening, which means there won't be any play before Lunch. Stay tuned!  

16:11 (IST)25 Aug 2020
Rain has stopped!

As per latest reports, it has stopped raining in Southampton and the groundsmen are out in the centre, trying to fix the wet outfield.


James Anderson James Anderson

After a James Anderson masterclass bowled the visitors out for 273 in their first innings, England enforced the follow on. In their second attempt, Pakistan showed enough grit as Shan Masood (18) and Abid Ali (42) started solidly facing the new ball. The day ended after bad light and rain made their entrances and Pakistan were on 100/2 with Azhar Ali (29*) and Babar Azam (4*) in the middle with James Anderson on 599 Test wickets.