ENG vs PAK, 3rd Test: Zak Crawley scores double century before Anderson rattles Pakistan

After an enthralling couple of days of Test cricket, England’s all-round dominance in the field makes them a favourite to make the scoreline 2-0 at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Zak Crawley made a mighty 267, and Jos Buttler piled up his career-best 152 before three early wickets from the masterful James Anderson left Pakistan…

ENG vs PAK, 3rd Test: Zak Crawley scores double century before Anderson rattles Pakistan

After an enthralling couple of days of Test cricket, England’s all-round dominance in the field makes them a favourite to make the scoreline 2-0 at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Zak Crawley made a mighty 267, and Jos Buttler piled up his career-best 152 before three early wickets from the masterful James Anderson left Pakistan gasping for breath at 24/3 at the end of Day 2 of the third Test.

It was a riveting day of Test cricket that couldn’t get any better for the home side and any worse for the tourists. Crawley and Buttler initiated the proceedings on Day 2 exactly where they left-off a day back.

With an astounding 359-runs stand, the duo etched their names in the record book after registering the highest ever fifth-wicket partnership for England.

Crawley also became the youngest ever to score a double ton for England in the 21st century, before he fell to Asad Shafiq.

For Pakistan, it took around 100 overs of the play, leaking over 350 runs in the process, and the ball travelling miles outside the leg-stump from a part-timer Shafiq to dismiss Crawley.

Or if one considers the manner of the dismissal, it was a wicket well gifted by the batsman himself, not really the one Pakistani bowler earned.

And the same goes for Buttler, who scored 152 before scripting his downfall off an innocuous delivery from Fawad Alam. The left-arm spinner later dismissed Chris Woakes on 40.

For Buttler, the innings was a masterclass of patience, persistence and indefatigability, some of the virtues no one generally associated with the English wicket-keeper.

A career-best knock of 152, apart from propelling England to the driving seat, also ensured that Ben Foakes would have to wait a little longer to gatecrash this English side.

It was a long, gruelling day of cricket for the visitors where nothing went their way. The wickets came in the last session, but it was a tad too late. Damage had already been done by then.

As good and promising the pace troika of Pakistan is, they missed someone who would make things happen. Something that Ben Stokes does for England or that Neil Wagner for New Zealand. And Pakistan can’t expect this from the 20-year-old Afridi or 17-year-old Naseem. It goes without saying that both of them are most efficient while doing a short burst of a spell.

After Buttler paved his way towards the pavilion, England’s tail-enders too decided to join the chorus and callously rubbed salt on the wounds of an already deflated Pakistan.

Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad and Dom Bess, all of them played handy knocks lower down the order to compound Pakistan’s misery further.

England’s captain Joe Root decided to declare the innings at 583/8 after Broad fell prey to a toe-crushing yorker from Afridi.

It is never an easy task for any batsmen to come out and play a shiny Dukes’ ball in English condition after toiling fruitlessly in the field for the whole day. Perhaps, this was the reason Root kept on delaying the declaration. The England captain declared only after sensing the tiredness in visitors’ every sinew of their muscles.

As stated, Pakistan wouldn’t have imagined a worse start as they lost Shan Masood, Abid Ali and Babar Azam inside 30 runs. Anderson, the 38-year old enigma, picked all three wickets.

For Pakistan, the match does not even look about mere survival. Instead, it’s about how long Pakistan survive the English speedsters, and how long they stretch a match that has already been lost inside two days. From this point, as Pakistan resumes Day 3 with the scoreboard flashing at 24/3, their only hope is the father Zeus – the Greek god of clouds, weather and rain.

Source : Cricket Times More   

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CPL 2020, Match 7: St Kitts And Nevis Patriots Vs St Lucia Zouks (Match Report) – Mohammad Nabi Again Became A Hero In Zouks Victory, Updated Points Table

On Saturday (22nd August) morning, Mohammad Nabi again became a hero for St Lucia Zouks as they claimed their second victory in the CPL 2020 after beating St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by ten runs. It was the third straight defeat for Patriots in the CPL 2020, who are still waiting for their first victory in this season. After winning the toss, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots captain Rayad Emrit decided to field first. While St Lucia Zouks scored 172/6 (20 overs) in the first innings, Patriots were restricted to 162/8 (20 overs). (Match Report) St Kitts and Nevis Patriots

CPL 2020, Match 7: St Kitts And Nevis Patriots Vs St Lucia Zouks (Match Report) – Mohammad Nabi Again Became A Hero In Zouks Victory, Updated Points Table

On Saturday (22nd August) morning, Mohammad Nabi again became a hero for St Lucia Zouks as they claimed their second victory in the CPL 2020 after beating St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by ten runs. It was the third straight defeat for Patriots in the CPL 2020, who are still waiting for their first victory in this season.

After winning the toss, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots captain Rayad Emrit decided to field first. While St Lucia Zouks scored 172/6 (20 overs) in the first innings, Patriots were restricted to 162/8 (20 overs).

(Match Report)

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots innings: Patriots hadn’t any positive partnership

Chasing down the challenging target, Patriots were losing their wickets at regular intervals. While openers Chris Lynn and Evin Lewis scored 14 and 29 runs respectively, wicket-keeper batsman Denesh Ramdin scored 46 runs, but other batsmen till no.7 position failed to reach the double-digit scores.

St Lucia Zouks, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, CPL 2020, Points Table
St Lucia Zouks (Image Credit: WIPA Twitter)

Later, captain Rayad Emrit scored 10 runs. At the end, when Patriots were getting ready to suffer a big defeat, Sheldon Cottrell played a great fighting cameo as he scored 26 not out off just 11 balls (only four and 3 sixes), but his team finished just 10 runs away from Zouks’ first innings total.

Their best partnership in that innings was 33 runs for the unbroken ninth wicket between Ish Sodhi and Cottrell.

Among the Zouks bowler, while Scott Kuggeleijn (4/33) bagged four wickets, off-spinner Roston Chase (3/12) picked up three wickets in that innings. Also, Mohammad Nabi (1/17) got one wicket in that innings.

Nabi, St Lucia Zouks, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, CPL 2020, Points Table

Nabi, St Lucia Zouks, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, CPL 2020, Points Table

St Lucia Zouks innings: Mohammad Nabi scored the crucial runs at the end after Andre Fletcher and Mark Dayal provided a solid start

After the opener Rahkeem Cornwall (4*) was retired hurt in the third over of that innings due to feeling unwell, another opener Andre Fletcher and Mark Dayal set up the quick-fire 56 runs partnership for the first wicket. But once that partnership was broken as Dayal lost his wicket on 30 runs off 17 balls (3 sixes), Zouks were losing their wickets at regular intervals.

Wicket-keeper batsman and opener Fletcher scored 46 runs off 33 balls (6 fours and only six) before losing his wicket in 12th over.

Andre Fletcher, St Lucia Zouks, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, CPL 2020, Points Table
Andre Fletcher (Image Credit: WIPA Twitter)

Also, among the middle-order batsmen, Najibullah Zadran scored 28 runs while Mohammad Nabi scored 35 not out off 22 balls (only four and 3 sixes). Later, Cornwall also returned with the bat and scored 16 runs before he was run out. For the unbroken seventh wicket, Nabi put 35 runs partnership with Saad Bin Zafar (1 not out), where Nabi totally dominated with his bat.

In that innings, Sohail Tanvir (2/41) and Jon-Russ Jaggesar (2/29) scalped two wickets each. Also, captain Rayad Emrit (1/14) took one wicket.

Nabi, St Lucia Zouks, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, CPL 2020, Points Table

Nabi, St Lucia Zouks, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, CPL 2020, Points Table

CPL 2020: Updated Points Table after Match 7

Team Matches Won Lost Tied (W/L) No Results Points NRR
Trinbago Knight Riders 2 2 0 0 0 4 0.584
St Lucia Zouks 3 2 1 0 0 4 0.208
Guyana Amazon Warriors 2 1 1 0 0 2 0.616
Jamaica Tallawahs 2 1 1 0 0 2 -0.106
Barbados Tridents 2 1 1 0 0 2 -0.192
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 3 0 3 0 0 0 -0.733
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