ENG vs PAK: James Anderson kept waiting for his 600th Test wicket as Pakistan batsmen and bad weather frustrate hosts

Pakistan’s top-order batsmen reacted valiantly to their first innings demolition as they showed enough grit and gumption to frustrate the inspired English bowlers on Day 4 of the third Test at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. After being bundled-out for 273 in the first innings, Pakistan, while following-on, ended the day on 100-2 before bad…

ENG vs PAK: James Anderson kept waiting for his 600th Test wicket as Pakistan batsmen and bad weather frustrate hosts

Pakistan’s top-order batsmen reacted valiantly to their first innings demolition as they showed enough grit and gumption to frustrate the inspired English bowlers on Day 4 of the third Test at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.

After being bundled-out for 273 in the first innings, Pakistan, while following-on, ended the day on 100-2 before bad lights and torrential downpour brought a premature halt to the proceedings.

Pakistan’s openers Shan Masood and Abid Ali started the day on a decent note as the duo survived the opening spell of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Anderson nearly got the better of Masood when he was batting on just two runs as his thick edge off an outswinger carried right into the grasp of Jos Buttler, but the latter couldn’t grab the early opportunity.

Buttler joined the dubious league of Broad, Zak Crawley and Rory Burns; all of them have dropped chances of Anderson’s bowling in the match.

Masood and Ali batted for more than twenty overs before the former got caught on the crease off a nipper from Broad. Mugged-up theatrics from the bowler and his crew convinced the umpire Michael Gough who raised his fingers without any hesitation.

Pakistan skipper stand tall once again

Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali, the last innings centurion, once again turned out to be a thorn in the flesh for the home side. Azhar refused to bow down as he walked back unbeaten on 29. He has now faced over 350 balls and scored 170 runs without losing his wicket.

Ali too made a valuable contribution before falling prey to Anderson, who now reclines with 599 wickets to his name.

If weather permits, the 38-year-old pacer is most likely to touch the 600-mark on Day 5. No doubt, he would certainly rue the dropped chances in the game.

With intermittent rain expected to shorten the order of play on Day 5, Pakistan might be lucky enough to pull out a draw and hold the series at 1-0, which is always a better margin to lose than 2-0.

Brief scores: 583/8 dec. (Zak Crawley 267, Jos Buttler 152; Fawad Alam 2-46) lead Pakistan 273 (Azhar Ali 141 not out; James Anderson 5-56) & 100/2 (Abid Ali 42, Azhar Ali 29 not out; James Anderson 1-18, Stuart Broad 1-23) by 210 runs.

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Former Indian cricketer, Aakash Chopra, is renowned for his bold analysis of the game, through his broadcast channel as well as in the commentary box. Amidst the lull in the cricketing world due to pandemic situation, Chopra felt responsible about floating along with the social media trends. Of-late, Chopra has been actively electing the best…

IPL 2020: Aakash Chopra picks top six spinners in the prelude of tournament

Former Indian cricketer, Aakash Chopra, is renowned for his bold analysis of the game, through his broadcast channel as well as in the commentary box.

Amidst the lull in the cricketing world due to pandemic situation, Chopra felt responsible about floating along with the social media trends. Of-late, Chopra has been actively from various top-notch tournaments and different formats of the game.

With the Indian Premier League (IPL) around the corner, Chopra has now picked the top six spinners to watch out for, going into the tournament.

At No.6, I am picking Mujeeb Ur Rahman. He has two or three very good variations. He bowls with the new ball and also in the middle overs. At No.5, I am going with Imran Tahir for a variety of reasons, the first being he does very well in T20 cricket. And Dhoni will get the best out of him,” Chopra said on his YouTube Channel.

“Ashwin has the experience, he has a normal off-spin and the carrom ball and bowls the googly also in between. But the thing I like most about him is his temperament, he doesn’t get flustered,” he added.

Sunil Narine has been the most successful overseas spinner in IPL T20

Among the top three spinners, Chopra included two mystery tweakers in the form of Sunil Narine and Rashid Khan.

At No.3, I am going with Sunil Narine. His action has changed a little and has not been that effective after the change. So if Dinesh Karthik uses him well, then this player will do very well and win matches for KKR.”

Chopra faced a dilemma while choosing between Indian wrist-spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, but went for the latter.

There is a lot of fight between the two leg-spinners but I am going with Chahal at No.2. His biggest plus point is his brain. Skill-wise he is very good but he outfoxes the batsmen with his brain. The big grounds will also help him.”

“At No.1, I have got the Afghanistan lion, Rashid Khan. I have kept him at No.1 due to 2-3 reasons although we saw in the last IPL that batsmen had figured him out a little. But he is coming after playing the CPL. So he will get into this tournament and hit the ground running. He has also mentioned that he is developing a new delivery,” Chopra concluded.

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