SOUTHAMPTON (United Kingdom): Pakistan captain Azhar Ali led from the entrance with a superb undefeated 141 however England nonetheless enforced the follow-on at Southampton on Sunday as James Anderson was left frustratingly wanting turning into the primary paceman to take […]
Pakistan had been dismissed for 273, an enormous 310 runs behind England’s imposing 583-Eight declared, on the third day of the third Take a look at.
Anderson took 5-56 in 23 overs — his 29th five-wicket haul in Checks — because the hosts, 1-Zero up in a three-match contest, pressed for his or her first collection win over Pakistan in a decade.
That left Anderson with 598 wickets however he would have had extra had not three catches been dropped off the 38-year-old’s bowling with the brand new ball.
After England captain Joe Root had enforced the follow-on, the umpires determined the fading gentle was unsafe for Pakistan to begin their second innings regardless that the Ageas Bowl floodlights had been on.
The one bowlers to have taken 600 wickets in Checks are three retired spinners — Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Australia’s Shane Warne (708) and India’s Anil Kumble (619).
Pakistan had been in dire straits at 75-5.
However Azhar, who’d managed simply 38 runs in three earlier innings this collection, shared a stand of 138 with wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan (53)
Throughout his innings, Azhar grew to become simply the fifth Pakistan batsman after Younis Khan, Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf to have scored 6,000 Take a look at runs.
Anderson, who’d decreased Pakistan to 24-Three in a single day, wanted simply six balls Sunday to take away Asad Shafiq after the struggling batsman limply edged to Root at first slip.
England thought that they had Azhar, on 21, caught behind off a fearsome 91 mph ball from quick bowler Jofra Archer that rose steeply however a assessment revealed the ball had brushed the batsman’s shoulder.
There was no want for expertise when Fawad Alam, whose close to 11-year await a Take a look at recall ended with a four-ball duck within the drawn second Take a look at at Southampton, fell for 21.
The left-hander, a particular determine due to his open stance, lunged ahead to off-spinner Dom Bess and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler held a great catch off the shoulder of the bat.
It was a heartening wicket for Bess in a season the place circumstances had favoured the quicks and a much-needed dismissal for Buttler, contemporary from 152 — simply his second Take a look at century — on Saturday after some poor shows behind the stumps.
Pakistan had been now 75-5 however Azhar, working laborious to keep away from falling lbw once more, accomplished his 17th century in 81 Checks when he cover-drove Bess for a 15th 4 in 205 balls.
Rizwan’s effective innings ended when he was properly caught on 53 down the legside by reverse quantity Buttler.
The England keeper held an excellent higher, excessive one-handed diving legside catch to dismiss tailender Shaheen Afridi off Stuart Broad.
England, in fading gentle however with the floodlights on full beam, then dropped three catches to Anderson’s despair.
Rory Burns grassed a routine likelihood when Azhar on 116 edged a drive earlier than fourth slip Zak Crawley floored Mohammad Abbas when the No 10 was on nought.
It was the primary main mistake by Crawley in a match the place he’d scored 267 — his maiden Take a look at century — and shared an England fifth-wicket report partnership of 359 with Buttler.
Broad, in response to dropping a easy likelihood from Mohammad Abbas at mid-on, off Anderson, threw the ball in frustration on the stumps and ran out the tailender.
The run of dropped catches off Anderson’s bowling ended when he had final man Naseem Shah taken within the slips by Dom Sibley.