Day 3 of the third and the final test between England and Pakistan was the all about the brilliance of the host’s bowling attack. The veteran seamer James Anderson finished with the figures of 5/56 runs in the first innings by penetrating into Pakistan’s batting lineup.
Earlier, England piled up massive 583/8 in the first innings as Zak Crawley score his career high 267 runs while wicket-keeper Jos Buttler scored 152 runs. Buttler finally regained his form in the longest format of the game after a series of low scores in the past few months. Pakistan resumed Day 3 on 24/3, with Shan Masood, Abid Ali and Babar Azam already bundled out cheaply on the second day.
Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali finally found his form back and also got lucky thrice as the hosts dropped three catches during his innings. He tried really hard to resurrect Pakistan’s innings, but he kept witnessing the fall of the wickets on the other end.
And in the mid the dominating bowling performance, Anderson not only removed the top order of the Pakistan’s batting lineup, he also inched towards 600 wickets in Test cricket. Infact, the 38-year-old pacer is just two wickets away from being the first pacer to achieve the milestone.
When Pakistan were struggling on 75/5, wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan came to the crease to pair with the captain. Rizwan started settling on the crease and started building a partnership with Azhar Ali as the duo piled up 138 runs. But then Chris Woakes struck and removed the well settled Rizwan in the 76th over.
It was later Stuart Broad’s show who toiled really hard the entire day for wickets. He quickly removed Yasir Shah and Shaheen Afridi within five overs and added to the woes of visitors.
In the end, Pakistan was all out on 273 runs and also imposed a follow-on in the match. The visitors were supposed to start their second innings but the bad light forced the umpires to declare stumps for the day. They are currently trailing by 310 runs and they will start day 4 with their second innings.