Pakistan vs England Test series 2020 has largely been affected by the rain and bad weather and for Pakistan Bad luck as well.
Pakistan is already behind 1-0 and this third test was their last chance to level the series. Though Pakistan played beautifully (for the most part) in the first test at Old Trafford, It was England at the end that chased down the mammoth total clinching a memorable win against PAK.
England Team won the toss and started to bat first on a flat batting pitch at Southhampton. It all went South for Pakistan from thereon. England managed to score a total in excess of 580 runs and declared the innings.
Pakistan conceded so many runs that they were already playing for the draw in the 2nd innings, which turned out to be a total disaster as Pakistan were 75-5 at one stage. The Skipper Azhar Ali stood there at the other end seeing his fellow batsmen come and go until came the inform Muhammad Rizwan.
Azhar Ali and Rizwan took the attack to the opposition and played some gorgeous shots. This big partnership between the two took Pakistan to get pass 250 but right after his fifty Rizwan got out (caught behind on the leg side) to a wild delivery form Woakes. Azhar continued to play with the tail and got to 141 runs before the tail was dismantled by the magic from James Anderson.
Struggling Azhar Ali
Azhar Ali was criticized a lot after the loss of the First Test which many thought to be an easy win for Pakistan. Azhar Ali’s Captaincy came under a lot of fire and his own batting performances in the test series also didn’t help his cause. Some say that the Third Test was his last opportunity to prove himself which he did eventually by scoring a very crucial and spirited century. Azhar scored 141 runs in the 2nd innings. He was not out until the end. Furthermore When England imposed Follow-on. Azhar Ali came out to bat again as an opener, showing his commitment to the team and the match.
Azhar had a terrible recent record in Test Cricket, He score just 182 runs in his last 18 innings with a terrible average of 10. However, His heroic innings in the third test became a pivot of redemption for him and hope he continues with the same form and solidity in the 3rd innings in order to try and save the test match for Pakistan.
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