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25 Aug 2020 | 09:39 AM
authorPramod Ananth
Anderson takes 600th wicket as England clinch series after tame draw
The last time England beat Pakistan in a Test series was in 2010 under Andrew Strauss

Less than 20 overs were possible on the final day of the third Test and as a result of a draw, England clinched their first-ever series win over Pakistan in 10 years. They had beaten Pakistan in the first Test by three wickets at Old Trafford, followed by a draw in the second Test at The Ageas Bowl. The last time England won a series over Pakistan was when the Andrew Strauss-led side won 3-1 in 2010.

The third Test will be remembered for many reasons: Zak Crawley's 267, Jos Buttler's 152 - both highest Test scores for the concerned batsmen, and their record-breaking 359-run sixth wicket partnership. More importantly, it will be remembered as the game in which James Anderson became the first fast bowler to pick up 600 Test wickets. 

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali, who had an abysmal away record since 2018, played a splendid innings in the first essay to give Pakistan an outside chance of avoiding the follow-on. However, his unbeaten 141 along with Mohammad Rizwan's 53 was not enough to do so, but rain, bad light and a wet outfield ensured that Pakistan hung on for  a draw. 

Trailing by 310 runs in the second innings, the Pakistan openers Shan Masood and Abid Ali did well to keep England's bowlers at bay, but they could put on just 49, which is the pair's second-highest partnership after their mammoth 278 against Pakistan in Karachi in 2019. Azhar, who has been a thorn in England's flesh once again put on a brave fight, first with Abid and then with Babar Azam. Azhar scored a 114-ball 31 before he became Anderson's 600th scalp. 

Babar was quietly going on with his business and scored a well-compiled fifty - his 15th in Tests. With the final 15 overs to go in the match, England captain Joe Root agreed to shake hands and end the rain-marred game.

Earlier on day one, it was England who won the toss and elected to bat. It turned out to be the right call as England piled on 583 for 8 in the first innings. 

The action now shifts to the white-ball as the two teams lock horns in a three-match T20I series beginning from August 28.

Brief scores:

England: 583 for 8 decl (Zak Crawley 267, Jos Buttler 152; Fawad Alam 2 for 46) drew with Pakistan 273 (Azhar Ali 141*, Mohammad Rizwan 53; James Anderson 5 for 56) & 100 for 2 (F/O) (Babar Azam 63*, Abid Ali 42; James Anderson 2 for 45)

Player of the match: Zak Crawley

Player of the series: Jos Buttler & Mohammad Rizwan

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