Publish: 26 Aug 2020, 11:18 am
James Anderson made history by becoming the first fast bowler in existence to claim 600 test wickets before the third and final match of the series between England and Pakistan finished at the Ageas Bowl cricket stadium in Southampton.
Anderson's wicket – for which he dismissed Pakistan's captain Azhar Ali – remained the biggest highlight of the day when only 27 overs of play were possible. With the tie, England clinched the 3-Test Series 1-0, notes the Hindustan Times.
After the rain washed out the first two sessions of play on the final day of this English Test Summer, after an inspection at 8:10 p.m. India time, the arbiters decided that the conditions were right to get things going. Pakistan, resuming their overnight score of 100/2 while following-on could only add nine runs before skipper Azhar Ali lost to Anderson.
The fast bowler, with his 14th ball of the day, had Azhar caught in a slip by Joe Root for a landmark. Anderson took the ball in his right hand and, with a nervous grin, saluted both sides of the Rose Bowl, which is without spectators owing to coronavirus constraints. England coach Chris Silverwood applauded at the border.
Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq had beaten and added 63 runs for the fourth wicket before England's captain and half-time bowler Root had caught Shafiq in the short forward leg. On the other hand, Babar beat favorably and completed an perfect half-century (63 not out). England took the new ball hoping to make the last hour interesting but after bowling just three overs and one ball, the players decided to call it a day and mutually settle for a draw.
Zak Crawley was named Player of the Match for his knock of 267 in the first innings.
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