Pakistan vs England 3rd Test Day 3 Highlights – Azhar’s Fighting Knock – Anderson Close to 600 Test Wickets

James Anderson’s five wicket haul has allowed England to enforce follow on at Southamption. Though Azhar Ali showed some resistance and scored his 17th Test ton. When the play started today, Shafiq was the man who went early. He edged the ball that went straight to Root’s hand in slips. Pakistan was in disarray as their 4th wicket was down for 30 runs on the board. Shafiq was Anderson’s 597th wicket.

Once Shafiq left the ground, rain arrived and the players were forced to walk off the field. After Shafiq’s dismissal, Fawad Alam came onto the crease under immense pressure as in the 2nd Test of the series he made a comeback into the Pakistan Team after a decade and was out on a duck. And on the other hand, Anderson’s tail was up as he was on the roll with just three wickets away from the historic 600 landmark. Fawad Alam and Azhar Ali stabilized the inning for a short period of time and the rain again came to ruin the party for England. The rain was so heavy that early lunch was enforced. The session belonged to England. When the second session started Azhar and Fawad started the innings but Fawad was sent home early as Dom Bess delivered a wonderful off-spinner and Fawad edges this one to Buttler behind the stumps.

Muhammad Rizwan was the next batsman who came on the crease. Bess was getting huge turn which put even the wicketkeeper through some discomfort. But Rizwan and Azhar stabilized the innings. At tea Rizwan and Azhar Ali showed some fight which was lacking in the Pakistani ranks in last few days. At tea Pakistan was 158 for 5. In the final session, Pakistan started confidently and Azhar reached his 100 and Rizwan reached his half century. All was going smoothly for Pakistan until Woakes got the breakthrough in the most unusual manner. He delivered the ball on the leg side of Rizwan who tried to flick it to the fine leg area but only managed to get a little bit of bat and the ball ended up in Buttler’s gloves.

After Rizwan, Yasir Shah came into the arena but was booked early by Stuart Broad. Yasir edged the ball into the slips and the captain Root grabbed the ball to ensure Yasir’s exit.

After Yasir Shah, Shaheen Shah came to the crease and was sent to the dressing room soon. Buttler’s brilliance behind the stumps ensured that Shaheen should take a ride back to the hut.

Abbas also departed early in most dramatic fashion. Azhar offered a very simple catch to Broad off the bowling of Anderson but it was dropped. But the mix-up saw Broad run Abbas out.

Last wicket was Naseem Shah who edged Anderson’s delivery to Sibley in the slips. Anderson ended the day with 598 wickets to his name. England enforced the follow on and bad light stopped the 3rd day’s play. What are your thoughts about the match? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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