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England vs Pakistan 3rd Test Highlights: Zak Crawley, Jos Buttler punish Pakistan on Day 1

England vs Pakistan (ENG vs PAK) 3rd Test Highlights: Zak Crawley (171*) and Jos Buttler (87*) are the unbeaten batsmen who will resume the innings on Day 2 from 332/4.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: August 21, 2020 11:07:31 pm
England vs Pakistan, 3rd Test at Ageas Bowl, Southampton

England vs Pakistan (ENG vs PAK) 3rd Test Day 1 Highlights: England, batting first vs Pakistan on Day 1 in the 3rd Test in Southampton, ended the day with 332/4 after 90 overs. Zak Crawley (171*) and Jos Buttler (87*) are the unbeaten batsmen who will resume the innings on Day 2 of this deciding Test.

England lost Rory Burns in the slips to Shaheen Afridi for 6 early on. Zak Crawley came out swinging, as Dominic Sibley played the role of defensive foil, taking the score to 48/1 at the end of the first hour. Crawley kept attacking, but the hosts lost Sibley for 22 at the other end to Yasir Shah. Crawley brought up his 50, his second consecutive one, with a boundary off the last ball of the morning session. England reached the Lunch break at 91/2, with Joe Root having joined Crawley. Naseem Shah removed Root for 29 after the Lunch break. Ollie Pope fell for 3 to Yasir soon after, even as Crawley crawled along. At the Tea break, England were 184/4, with Crawley unbeaten on 97 and Buttler unbeaten on 24. Crawley scored his 100, his first Test 100, in the first over as the third session began. The pair remained undefeated till the end of the day, adding 205 runs for the partnership on what turned out to be a punishing day for Pakistan.

Pakistan in England, 3 Test Series, 2020The Rose Bowl, Southampton 30 September 2020

England 583/8 dec (154.4)

vs

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 1 Highlights:

22:58 (IST)21 Aug 2020
End of Day 1 - ENG 332/4

Crawley defends against Abbas with conviction. Buttler creams a shot through the covers for four to bring up the 200-run mark for this partnership. What a commanding display this has been from this pair on Day 1. Buttler whips one off the pads to get three runs on the leg side and moves to 87. Crawley sees the last ball go through. ENG 332/4 after 90

And stumps are drawn on Day 1.

22:49 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Naseem, Abbas looking to end Day 1 with a twist in the tail

Abbas draws an edge off Buttler but yet again the edge does not carry to Babar Azam. Beats the bat with some late seam movement later in the over as well, but cannot do enough to break this stand. Crawley, into his 170s now, plays out yet another maiden over from Naseem. ENG 322/4 after 88

22:40 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Punishing session for Pakistan - 5 overs left

Another expensive over from Shaheen, even as Abbas keeps the batsmen on a relatively tight noose at the other end. Another ball wide down leg side goes for four leg byes. Buttler drives him for another four down the ground later in the over. Azhar Ali goes to Naseem, with not long to go before Stumps. 5 overs left. Naseem starts with a maiden. ENG 322/4 after 86

22:28 (IST)21 Aug 2020
More chances for Pakistan

A few more chances for Pakistan in the last 2 overs. Abbas nips back one into Buttler's thigh pad to double him over. Buttler reaches out to a ball outside the off stump and misses from him later. Shaheen draws appeals for LBW against Buttler. Buttler ends the over with a crashing four past backward point. ENG 312/4 after 83

22:19 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Pakistan take new ball and Shaheen starts with 3 no balls

The batting pair are running Pakistan ragged now. Turning ones into twos and scoring at close to 6 per over. Pakistan take the new ball as soon as it is available. Shaheen Afridi is brought into the attack to bowl with it. He bowls a no ball and a ball onto the pads that runs away for four leg byes to start. And two more front foot no balls! Shaheen is having a no ball horror show. Crawley smashes him for four as he finally bowls a legal ball.

Crawley, 168, now holds the record for the highest Individual score here, surpassing the 167 by Ian Bell against India in 2014. ENG 305/4 after 81

22:04 (IST)21 Aug 2020
150 for Crawley

Crawley sweeps Yasir sweetly for four to square leg and moves to 149*. Gets to 150 with a single. Raises his bat, walks down to shake Buttler's hand but looks set to go on and do more. Buttler and Crawley both taking singles at will now. ENG 275/4 after 78

21:53 (IST)21 Aug 2020
132-run partnership deflates Pakistan

Pakistan, looking deflated by this 132-run partnership, bring on Fawad Alam. This parternship has taken England's run rate to 3.5. Crawley brings out the reverse sweep against Fawad Alam as well, batting as if today is his day. A drinks break is taken, with one hour or so remaining on Day 1. ENG 261/4 after 75

21:44 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Crawley takes charge against Yasir

Runs are flowing in this partnership. Buttler gets to his 50 and the dressing room comes out to applaud. Crawley drives Shaheen for another glorious four. Yasir, coming around the wicket now, is reverse swept for four by Crawley. The batsman liked pulling that off. Gives Yasir an airy look and surveys the field like it is his domain. He goes for the reverse sweep again but Pakistan now have protection for that shot.Crawley, on 138 now, continuing to build on his 1st Test ton. ENG 253/4 after 73

21:32 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Buttler moves to 48

Buttler seems to have quitened down after that burst against Yasir. Englan content to steer the game gradually out of Pakistan's grasps, with the attack tiring as well. Buttler drives the last ball of Shaheen's over that wins the race against the fielder. ENG 237/4 after 70

21:19 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Buttler smashes Yasir for 16 in a over

Pakistan get some quick overs in. Rizwan comes up to the stumps for Naseem too. Crawley crashes a boundary past point against Naseem. Then Buttler decides he will play in his ODI mode, dances down the tracks to Yasir and carts it for a flat six down the ground. And there's another six down the ground two balls later! Buttler on fire! Ends the over with a four. ENG 229/4 after 67

21:07 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Crawley keeps plundering runs

Yasir Shah brought into the attack. The leg spinner comes in with that evergreen smile playing on his face. Shane Warne says on air this pitch is likely to become very dry and turn a lot in the later days of this Test, when Yasir might have a huge role to play. Close call for Buttler as he leaves an Yasir googly and the ball just misses the stump. Naseem continues to take punishment from Crawley, who swivels and pulls a short ball for four. ENG 206/4 after 64

20:59 (IST)21 Aug 2020
ENG 200/4 after 62

This partnership is now the highest stand in this innings.Crawley has been the scorer-in-chief, but Buttler, once again, has frustrated Pakistan just as they seemed within reach of the English tail. The visitors continue with Naseem and Abbas, but the batsmen are on top at the moment. Steering the ball around the park at will. Crawley brings up England's 200. He moves to 112. ENG 200/4 after 62

20:49 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Crawley's credentials as long-term No 3

Crawley shows his credentials as a lon-term No.3 for England. His average in FC is in the lower 30s, but there's something about his game that have prompted the selectors to push him to the England side at the age of 21. He is the first England No 3 to score 100 in a Test since Bairstow vs Sri Lanka in 2018. The last to do so in a home Test was Joe Root v Pakistan at Old Trafford in 2016. Also puts his innings in perspective that the second highest score from the team has been 29. Crawley continues firing, pulling a loose Naseem Shah delivery for four. ENG 198/4 after 60

20:38 (IST)21 Aug 2020
100 for Crawley

Crawley brings up his 100, a maiden Test ton, off the first over after the restart. The England dressing room applauds. Crawley's 100 coming off 171 balls. Scored his first 45 runs at a 100 strike rate, but has anchored the England innings from then on. ENG 188/4 after 57

20:32 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Final session

Crawley, batting across two sessions, is on 97. With him is Buttler, who has stuck around long enough to build a 57-run stand with Crawley. Abbas to take the ball to start off. Crawley faces.

20:12 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Tea - ENG 184/4

Fawad Alam sneaks another over in quickly. That leaves Crawley one over before Tea to get to his 100, his first Test 100. In fact, he has only 3 First Class centuries so far. Wasim Akram says it was unthinkable 'in our times' for any England player being given an international cap after just 3 centuries. Yasir Shah is brought back on to bowl the last over of the session. Crawley happy to push to long off for a single. ENG 184/4 after 56

And that's the Tea break

20:07 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Crawley moves to 90s

Fawad Alam thrown the ball with around 10 minutes left to Tea. Pakistan's fifth bowling option has been made much of. It's the 34-year-old Fawad Alam with the impressive moustache and left arm spin who is their 5th bowler today. Yasir Shah, who bowled 9 overs in a row, is given a break. Crawley moves into his 90s with a single. Buttler drives through covers for three to bring up the 50-run stand. Crawley moves to 95 with a pull against Shaheen. ENG 181/4 after 54

19:57 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Umpires have a discussion with Yasir

Buttler keeps showing how he can hurt every once in a while. Rocks back against Yasir Shah and cuts with power for four. The umpires seen having a long discussion with Yasir Shah and Azhar Ali. Atherton conjectures that it could be because Yasir sometimes licks his fingers before bowling. The umpires can impose 5-run penalties on teams for use of saliva in these Covid times. Shaheen is picked for some singles on the leg side. ENG 168/4 after 52

19:49 (IST)21 Aug 2020
ENG 161/4 after 50

Crawley moves into his 80s with a crashing boundary to long on. Shaheen hurts himself in trying to stop the four. Yasir keeps tossing it up. And Buttler slaps the last ball of the over through covers for another four. Cries of 'Catch' as Crawley mistimes a pull off a short ball from Shaheen. The ball lands safely wide of midwicket. ENG 161/4 after 50

19:40 (IST)21 Aug 2020
No runs

'Oh Shah-jee' go the cries from behind the stumps as Yasir Shah troubles Crawley. Crawley just manages to bring his bat down in time every time with Yasir getting the ball to zip off the surface. If Crawley does go on to get his ton, he would be the youngest England centurion since Ollie Pope in January, and before him, since Ben Stokes in 2013. Shaheen holds his outside off stump line. No runs in the last 2 overs. ENG 150/4 after 48