The England team has defeated Pakistan by 1-0 in the three-match Test series. Affected by rain and poor light, the third Test ended on Tuesday with a draw, after which England took the series to their name. This is England's first win against Pakistan at home ground since 2010. At the same time, there is a third time after January 2014 when England team has not lost a single match in the Test series of more than two matches. Apart from this, it is England's second consecutive Test series win in the Corona era, before this the hosts also defeated the West Indies.
Significantly, on the fifth day of the third Test, the match started late due to rain and wet outfield. After this, the Pakistan team, playing the follow-on, started playing beyond 100/2 on the fourth day. However, for Pakistan, captain Azhar Ali soon became the victim of England fast bowler James Anderson and returned to the pavilion after scoring 31 runs. After this, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam took over the team and together they shared a 63-run partnership. But due to bad weather the whole day could not be played and the match ended with a draw.
In the second innings for Pakistan, Babar Azam scored 63 runs and remained unbeaten, while England took the maximum of two wickets for England. Anderson also completed his 600 wickets in Test cricket with Azhar Ali's wicket in the match. England's young batsman Zak Crawley was awarded the Man of the Match award for his 267-run marathon innings.
On the fifth day of the third Test, only 2.1 overs could be bowled and the umpires announced the end of the game with 15 overs remaining. The game was interrupted for the third and fourth days due to poor light and rain. In response to England's first innings total of 583 for eight (declared), Pakistan scored 187 for four in their follow-on. The Pakistani team was dismissed for 273 in the first innings.
Babar Azam remained unbeaten on 63 in the second innings. Pakistan lost two more wickets while playing ahead of 100 runs for two wickets. Anderson took the 600th wicket by dismissing Azhar Ali and Joe Root sent Asad Shafiq (21) to the pavilion.
As England captain Joe Root caught Ali's catch in the first slip, all the players surrounded Anderson. Anderson then saluted around the field with the ball in his right hand. The field did not have a single audience due to the restrictions imposed due to the Corona virus epidemic.
Playing his 156th Test, Anderson moved up to fourth place in the list of Test bowlers with the most wickets. They are preceded by Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619), but all three are spinners.
Anderson is the second fastest bowler to reach 600 wickets. He took six balls more than Muralitharan but his 600 wickets would have been done earlier if the catches of four batsmen of Pakistan were not missed on the third and fourth days.
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