Pakistan in England, 3 Test Series, 2020
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Date: 21 August-25 August, 2020
RR: 2.24 | England drew with Pakistan
That's all from this game and the series! England end up winning it 1-0 and it has been a terrific Test summer for them. All credit to Pakistan, they gave a tough fight in all the Test matches. Now, we move onto the T20I series which will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester. The first T20I begins on 28th August, 2020 at 1800 local (1700 GMT). Join us for that. Until then, cheers.
England skipper, Joe Root says that he is happy with the boys for their performance and for the win. On what was said to Anderson, Root says that he said to enjoy and celebrate and adds Broad said some things and compared this cold windy Wednesday night in the Premier League. On the young players, Root says Crawley's work ethic and reading of the game has been there to see and hence he is not surprised by his performance. Adds the way he played spin and seam was fantastic. Tells they knew they had to play well to win the series. Ends by thanking everyone involved in the series.
Pakistan skipper, Azhar Ali says that he regrets the final session of the first Test but congratulates England for winning the main session of the Test and playing good cricket. Adds they were good and were competitive and credits his boys for that. Tells there is always room for improvement but credits his boys for staying together and sticking together with each other and also for showing a fight in the games. On his personal form, he says that it was important for himself and also for his side as they were in trouble. Adds that an innings like that can boast the confidence of any player.
Pakistan's Man of the Series, Mohammad Rizwan says that he was practicing some drills before the series and that helped him. States that he was told by his teammates that keeping is tough in England and he tried to practice it here and that worked. Says that it is difficult to stand near the stumps to Abbas but it has been nice to play in England. Goes onto say that he looked to play a compact innings and it is difficult to play with the tail but that is the beauty of Test cricket.
Player of the Series for England, Jos Buttler says when asked about Anderson that his variety and skills makes him stand out along with his longevity and adds he is an inspiration for all the boys in the dressing room. Adds it was a shame that there was no crowd to witness it. Says he was confident and kept his calm which is important in both success and failure. Tells anytime he can hit one past the bowler makes him feel like it is his day. Adds it was a good pitch and he was happy to make a contribution. On Crawley and Pope, he says that they have a good future and is excited to watch them bat. Adds Sibley and Burns also have a great future. Admits he is happy to go out of the bubble as it has been long and hard. Thanks the Pakistan side for coming to play in these tough situation.
Man of the Match, Zak Crawley, says that he cannot believe that he has the 10th highest score by an England player and says it is a huge honour. Tells that he was happy to get off to a start and ease the nerves and says he was happy to cash in on the start and get on a big score. Tells he had a very good preparation and he was preparing for these bowlers when he was out of the side. Says Stokes coming back in the side later on was not on his mind and when he got past 100, he wanted more. Tells it has not sunk in yet but he is sure that it will give him confidence.
England enforced the follow-on but rain had started to dominate and the pitch too had started to slow down and became flat like a biscuit. The openers took their time and with some luck built a 49-run stand. Azhar Ali then joined Abid and the pair did what they had to do, eat away the balls and ensure they get closer to rain. Abid's 162 balls 42 helped them get closer. Azhar Ali and Babar Azam then ensured there was no more damage at the end of Day 4 before rain came down heavily and killed all hopes of an England win on Day 5. The final day became more of a formality and about Anderson's unbelievable milestone which he got when he got rid of the Pakistan skipper. Asad failed to make the most of the formal day and got out to another low score before both sides decided that a result was not possible. Not much to talk about England's bowling. It was hard and they tried their best. Archer and Bess bowled their hearts out but to no success. Anderson got his 599th and 600th wicket while Root and Broad finished with one to their name.
Pakistan in reply got off to a terrible start and were staring at an innings defeat with the team struggling at 75/5 but the skipper, who was under tremendous pressure gave them hope along with Rizwan. The duo stitched together a 138-run stand and ate away a lot of deliveries. Azhar stayed unbeaten on 141, though that was not enough to avoid the follow-on but it was good enough to drag the game to days which had rain forecasted. The fine-wine, Anderson was the star for the England side as he finished with yet another 5-wicket haul. His partner-in-crime, Stuart Broad finished with 2 while Woakes and Bess had one apiece.
A little recap of this rain-marred Test, after winning the toss and opting to bat, England did not get off to a good start but a marathon 267 from Zak Crawley and a superb 152 from Buttler took the game away from the Asian side. The pair added a 359-run stand and took their side out of a danger position from 127/4. The hosts declared for a gigantic total of 583/8. It was a tough job for the bowlers with Mohammad Abbas going wicketless while the trio of Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi and Fawad Alam getting two. Asad Shafiq and Naseem Shah bagged one each.
That is it! The players are shaking hands and that is the end of the Test match and the series. It was another day marred by rain but this day will go down in history as Jimmy Anderson became the first-ever pace bowler to get to 600 wickets. A result was always unlikely after so much of the day being washed out by rain and wet outfield. England have won the series but with another draw, Pakistan add 13 points in their World Test Championship kitty.
77.5: Dom Sibley to Shafiq, NO BALL! On off, defended out solidly. Another No ball.
77.2: Dom Sibley to Shafiq, Full delivery on middle, Shafiq pushes it to mid on.
77.1: Dom Sibley to Shafiq, Full toss outside off, Shafiq drives it through extra cover and picks up a couple.
77.1: Dom Sibley to Shafiq, Starts with a rank long-hop but gets away with it! He bowls a short ball outside off, Asad punches it towards the cover region for a couple. No ball signalled.
What do we have here? Dom Sibley is being brought into the attack. He bowls leg spin.
Joe Root comes into the attack. Just the two overs for Broad then.
Drinks Break! An hour of Test cricket with one mega highlight, i.e., Azhar Ali becoming Anderson's 600th Test victim, apart from that nothing much has happened. The pitch is very flat and unless a miracle from England, we are heading for a draw.
Stuart Broad comes back into the attack. 11-5-23-1 are his figures so far.
Dom Bess is into the attack for the first time on Day 5. 14-3-27-0, his figures so far.
Asad Shafiq is the new man in.
Jimmy Anderson to start the day from the other end in hunt for his 600th Test wicket.
Some issue with the run-up for Archer as he pulls out.
After a lengthy, lengthy delay the players are finally all set to walk out to the middle. The England players are out. Pakistan's Test captain, Azhar Ali and T20I captain Babar Azam stride out to resume their innings. Jofra Archer to bowl the first over of the day. He will come around the wicket.
Update 1600 local (1500 GMT) - Official! After a long, long delay we will have first action of the final day at 1615 local (1515 GMT).
Update 1547 local (1447 GMT) - Finally, better late than never as we finally have a good news to report. There will be another inspection at 1600 local with play likely to start at 1615 local (1515 GMT). Finally!
Update 1500 local (1400 GMT) - The inspection is done and we wish we could say that we will resume in sometime but that is not the case. The only positive news to update about right now is that there will be another inspection at 1535 local (1435 GMT). Hopefully, then we can update you about the start time and have some action on the final day of this final Test of the English summer.
Update 1400 local (1300 GMT) - The umpires are done with their inspection and the result of that is another inspection which is scheduled at 1500 local (1400 GMT). Let's hope that the news is positive that time.
Update 1345 local (1245 GMT) - The umpires are out there for the inspection and they are having a chat with the groundsmen. The pitch is still covered. Stay tuned for further updates.
Update 1300 local (1200 GMT) - We have some news! The run-up covers have been taken off and the groundsmen are at work but there is still some drizzle and the ground is wet. All we can do is hope. Stay tuned.
Update 1212 local (1112 GMT) - Well, well, well, it has started to drizzle again in Southampton and this will make matters worse for the groundsmen. Let's stay hopeful. Stay with us.
Update 1140 local (1040 GMT) - So, it's confirmed that there will be no play before Lunch. It is not raining currently and the umpires have scheduled an inspection for 1340 local (1240 GMT). Stay tuned.
Update 1127 local (1027 GMT) - Well it has stopped raining in Southampton but there is a lot of water on the ground and it will take some time for the groundsmen to clear it. Let's stay positive and hope that we get to see some action. Stay with us.
Update 1100 local (1000 GMT) - If you had not guessed it already, the start is delayed due to rain. The forecast is slightly better for later on in the day. Hoping that it clears soon. Stay with us.
Update 1050 local (0950 GMT) - The conditions are very wet and it is still raining. It is unlikely that any play will be possible at least till Lunch. Stay with us.
We have been greeted with some bad news! It is currently raining in Southampton and is unlikely that the action will start on time. Let's hope that it clears soon. Stay tuned for further updates.
Welcome all! Pakistan had a good Day 4, losing only 2 wickets and now they have a realistic chance of saving this Test match. They were helped by rain as well and with the weather forecast not great for Day 5, they would hope that they are able to achieve a draw. England, on the other hand, were poor with the ball. They looked tired and they still need 8 wickets for a victory. Anderson is still short of 600 Test wickets and he would want to get it today as England will not play their next Test for a long time. Will England be able to achieve a victory or will Pakistan manage a draw?
... Day 5, Session 1 ...
So that is it from Day 4 from Southampton. Pakistan will be the happier of the two sides at the end of the day's play as they now have a realistic chance to rescue this Test match. Anderson will have to sleep 1 shy of 600 Test wickets. The predicted weather forecast is not a pleasing one for all neutral and England fans but let's hope that rain stays away. Join us on Tuesday, 25th August, 2020 at 1100 local (1000 GMT) for the all-important 5th and final day of this Test and the series. Until then, cheers and take care.
A tough day for the English bowlers. The pitch did offer a little bit of movement early on in the day but after that there were hardly any demons on it. Anderson's hard luck continued as Buttler early in the day denied him his 599th scalp. Broad did manage to break the opening stand later on. With the ball getting softer and the pitch getting easier to bat on, the hosts' bowling struggled to get the breakthroughs. The 38-year old though finally managed to get to 599 wickets later on in the day but his wait for victim number 600 goes on. Tough day for all the bowlers in a nutshell as the pace has gone off the pitch.
STUMPS ON DAY 4! A very strong fight from Pakistan and with a very strong support from rain, the hosts have given themselves a very good chance of stealing a draw from this lost cause. They have lost just 2 wickets and will enter the final day with 8 wickets in hand. Shan Masood and Abid Ali started the day with a fighting stand of 49. The former was given a lifeline early in the innings by Jos Buttler who dropped a sitter. Though Masood did not score much, he did eat away 66 balls. Abid was then joined by his skipper and the pair fought on, playing some classical Test match cricket. Abid though became Anderson's 599th Test victim. The Pakistan Test skipper, Azhar Ali and the T20I skipper, Babar Azam then ensured there was no further damage before dark clouds and bad light came to the tourists' rescue.
Update 1840 local (1740 GMT) - And to add to the misery, it has started to rain as well and that might as well be the final nail in the coffin for Day 4. We are still waiting for the official confirmation though.
Update 1832 local (1732 GMT) - The umpires get together and they check for the light. They have decided that it has gone too dark and off go the players. That will probably be Stumps. Still no confirmation yet. Stay tuned.
Joe Root brings himself into the attack.
Ominous signs! The umpires have the light meter out and the groundsmen are getting ready. Root is involved in a discussion with the umpire. Probably the discussion is about that they will have to bowl spin with the light deteriorating. Root obliges and brings Dom Bess back into the attack.
Jofra Archer is back on. 8-5-7-0 are his figures so far.
Babar Azam makes his way out to the middle.
Abid Ali has been given out LBW! He takes the review after consulting with Azhar Ali. It looks close. Let's see what happens.
James Anderson is back into the attack. 9-3-14-0 are his figures so far.
DRINKS! Another engrossing hour of play but Pakistan will be a little happier as they continue to fight and not let things slip. England, on the other hand, have been a little off-colour today and they are struggling to bowl the right lines and lengths. They need to be patient and bowl better than they have done. An interesting final passage of play coming up.
Stuart Broad is back into the attack. 7-2-19-1 are his figures so far.
DRINKS! Pakistan are fighting it out! They need to continue doing that and make England work hard for their wickets. England, on the other hand, have not looked good so far. They have not shown the same energy that they showed in the previous two overs. They are still on top and they need to be patient. Abid is getting some spray put on his hand as well.
Dom Bess comes into the attack for the first time in this innings.
He has been bowling short spells in this Test as skipper, Joe Root said before the game that his job is to bowl fast and in his short spells, he has bowled quick but has not got a wicket to his name.
Jofra Archer comes into the attack.
Azhar Ali, the skipper, comes out to bat.
Shan Masood has been given out LBW! He takes the review! As there was no shot played, the impact won't matter. The Ball Tracker rolls in and it shows that it is umpire's call on hitting the stumps. Review retained.
Abid Ali seems to have got hurt on his thumb. The physio is coming out to have a look at him. The magic spray is out and this will help Abid in numbing the pain.
Stuart Broad will bowl from the other end. 4-0-15-0 are his figures so far.
We are all in readiness to resume! The England players make their way out to the middle and they are followed by Abid Ali and Shan Masood. James Anderson will start the proceedings with the ball.
... Day 4, Session 3 ...
TEA ALSO HAS BEEN TAKEN! That is a very good decision. We are hearing that 52 overs are left in the day and play can be extended till 1930 local (1830 GMT). Stay tuned.
Update 1510 local (1410 GMT) - Great news! The umpires have completed their latest inspection and we have a start time! The action will resume at 1545 local (1445 GMT), provided there is no further rain. The groundsmen have done an exceptional job to get the ground ready. Stay tuned.
Update 1456 local (1356 GMT) - More positive news coming in as most of the covers are off and the conditions have brightened up. There is still an area of concern though near the square of the pitch. Stay tuned.
Update 1425 local (1325 GMT) - The umpires are done with their inspection and they still are not happy with the ground conditions. There is another inspection scheduled at 1500 local (1400 GMT). Stay with us.
Update 1335 local (1235 GMT) - Good news! The rain has stopped for now but the ground has taken a lot of water and it will take some time to drain. The umpires have decided to have an inspection at 1420 local (1320 GMT). Stay tuned.
Update 1310 local (1210 GMT) - The Lunch break is over but it is absolutely pelting down in Southampton. It looks like we are in for a long delay. Let's hope that it clears soon and the players get back on the field. Stay with us for further updates.
... Day 4, Session 2 ...
England, on the other hand, were not upto the mark with the ball today. They did not bowl the perfect line and length and remain wicketless so far. Anderson could have had a wicket but Buttler dropped an easy chance of Masood. With the weather forecast not great, they will need to find breakthroughs sooner rather than later. Stay with us.
Update 1230 local (1130 GMT) - Early Lunch has been taken on Day 4. 18 overs were bowled in the session before rain forced the players off. Pakistan did really well in this session, not losing any wickets and batting sensibly. They have scored runs when available and respected the good deliveries. They would hope that they continue doing the same when the game resumes.
Update 1220 local (1120 GMT) - Another day and another rain interruption as it has started to rain and a bit heavily so the players are off. Pakistan have done well so far and have managed to have all their 10 wickets intact. They won't mind this rain and they will hope that it continues. England have not been good themselves this morning. As a neutral, let's hope that we can resume quickly.
It has gone a bit dark and the fourth umpire is ready to bring on the light meter.
DRINKS! Pakistan have done really well to negotiate the first hour of play as they have not lost any wickets. Abid Ali and Shan Masood have looked solid but they need to continue the good work. England, on the other hand, would have had a wicket if Buttler held onto a chance. They have been off colour today and will look to bowl better in the next hour.
Chris Woakes replaces Broad into the attack.
Pope is going off! As he went to field the ball off the second ball, he knew that something was wrong with his shoulder and is going off.