Despite skipper Azhar Ali’s brilliant unbeaten century and his century partnership with Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan were forced to follow on Sunday on the third day of the third and final cricket Test against England. Azhar scored an unbeaten 141-run knock of 212 off 272 balls and a 138-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Rizwan (53) when the team was in trouble after losing five wickets for 75 runs. Despite his combative innings, Pakistan’s team was able to score 273 runs in the first innings and fell behind England by 310 runs, after which the host team captain Joe Root gave them the follow-on.
Anderson’s fatal bowling
However, Pakistan’s second innings could not start due to poor light. England’s first innings was declared after scoring 583 for eight wickets. For England, fast bowler James Anderson took five wickets for 56 runs. He took five or more wickets in the innings for the 29th time in his career. Andersen brought his number of Test wickets to 598 with this. Stuart Broad also took two wickets for 40 runs. Pakistan’s team came out to play 24 runs for three wickets in the morning.
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In the rain-affected morning session, Anderson took one wicket and Pakistan scored 41 for four till lunch. Anderson, who took three wickets on Saturday, caught Asad Shafik (05) at the first slip by Root, leaving Pakistan at 30 for four. The rain came soon after and the players had to return. The game resumed in a while, but after half an hour, the game had to be stopped once again due to the strong rain and rest of the lunch was taken early. Pakistan lost the only wicket in the second season as Fawad Alam (21).
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600 thousand runs of Azhar
Off wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, off off spinner Dom Bess, took a great catch. Butler has faced criticism for wicketkeeping in this series. Azhar became the fifth batsman in Pakistan to complete 6000 runs in Test cricket as he completed 43 runs during his innings. Azhar completed his 17th Test century in 205 balls with a four off the base ball. Earlier, Rizwan also completed his second consecutive half-century with a six over Chris Woakes.
However, Rizwan could not stay longer after this and Vox caught the wicketkeeper Butler in an attempt to play the ball that went out of the leg side. He hit five fours and a six in his 113-ball innings. England took the new ball after 80 overs, and Stuart Broad gave Pakistan the seventh blow with a new ball in the second over, when Yasir Shah (20) was caught by captain Root.
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Broad then ended the innings of Shaheen Shah Afridi (03), whose butler caught a brilliant catch. Azhar and Mohammad Abbas both got their lives in the 87th over of Anderson’s innings. Azhar catches Rory Burns in the second slip, while Abbas drops Jack Crowley in the fourth slip. In the next over from Anderson, Azhar was caught by Broad, but Abbas was run out. He scored a run. Anderson then ended up Pakistan’s innings by catching Nasim Shah (00) at the hands of Dom Sibley and took five wickets in the innings.
James Anderson close to critical record
Anderson is now only 2 wickets away from 600 Test wickets. Anderson ranked fourth in the list of players with the most Test wickets. Three more spinners, Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619), have retired more wickets than them. The interesting thing is that all three are spinners.
Azhar Ali’s 6000 runs
As soon as Azhar Ali hit Archer in the 48th over of Innings, he became the fifth Pakistani batsman to score 6000 runs in Test cricket. Before them, Javed Miadad (8832), Inzamam-ul-Haq (8829), Mohammad Yusuf (7530) and Younus Khan (10099) have achieved this position.