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ENG vs PAK 3rd Test: Zak Crawley’s 171* helps hosts score 332/4 on Day 1

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Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler stitched a 205-run partnership on day 1 and gave England a spectacular start in the third Test against Pakistan. Zak is 29 runs short of becoming the youngest double centurion for England since David Gower 41 years ago and is partnered by Buttler on 87 who is eyeing what would be an important hundred for him too.

This is the highest-ever partnership in Tests at Southampton, International Cricket Council (ICC) tweeted.
After choosing to bat first, England saw an unfortunate start to their innings as Rory Burns was sent back to the pavilion in the fifth over. Jack Crawley then came in to bat and joined Sibley for the fourth wicket. Both played graciously and shaped a 61-run partnership.

In the 19th over, Sibley (22) was given LBW off Yasir Shah’s delivery. Sibley’s dismissal fetched Joe Root in the middle.

Root, along with Crawley, took England over the 100-run mark but soon after that, the captain was sent back to the pavilion by Naseem Shah. Ollie Pope was also unsuccessful to leave a mark as he was bowled by Yasir Shah after scoring three runs.

Crawley and Buttler later paired luminously and hit consistent boundaries. In the 67th over, Buttler hit two sixes and a boundary to Yasir Shah adding 16 runs to the scoreboard.

Crawley smashed his maiden Test century while Buttler accomplished his half-century. Both the players continued their brilliant form and took their side over the 300-run mark against the Azhar Ali-led side.

At the end of the opening day’s play, Crawley and Jos Buttler were batting at the crease at their respective scores of 171 and 87 and will resume England’s first innings from 332/4 on day two.

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