Live Updates

  • 3:31 PM IST

    90.1 Shaheen Afridi to Jos Buttler, No run.

  • 3:30 PM IST

    We are all set for the action to begin on Day 2! The Pakistan players make their way out to the middle, followed by Jos Buttler and Zak Crawley. Their partnership is unbeaten on 205. How many more will they add? Shaheen Afridi will start the proceedings with the ball.

  • 3:20 PM IST

    Weather report – The weather looks absolutely fine. It is bright and sunny and that should make it a good day for batting.

  • 2:49 PM IST

    Day 1 belonged to England! It was a Crawley and Buttler show as they are in a middle of a 205-run stand and have put England on top. Zak Crawley is just 29 runs away from a terrific double century while Buttler is 13 runs away from reaching his ton. They will look to add some quick runs and take England to a total above 450 which will be a huge total on this wicket. Pakistan, on the other hand, looked tired by the end of Day 1 and sprayed runs all over and now they would hope that they can pick up wickets and bowl out England as soon as possible. It promises to be another exciting contest. Join us in a while.

  • 2:49 PM IST

    … Day 2, Session 1 …

  • 11:08 PM IST

    On Day 2, England will look to continue to dominate and post a score above 500. They are scoring at a good pace and with the way, the partnership of Buttler and Crawley is going, it is highly possible that they will reach it before the end of the second session. Pakistan need to break this stand quickly and then hope that they can pick up the remaining wickets sooner than later. It promises to be another day of exciting Test match cricket. Join us at 1100 local (1000 GMT) to find out what happens. Until then, cheers and take care.

  • 11:05 PM IST

    Pakistan, on the other hand, were disappointing to say the least since they picked up the wicket of Pope. They bowled poor lines and lengths and gave away too many freebies. Buttler and Crawley pounced on it and rarely gave them a chance. By the end of the day, their shoulders started to drop and it showed in the way they bowled in the last few overs. Yasir Shah bowled his heart out and was rewarded with 2 wickets but the others were not upto the mark.

  • 11:00 PM IST

    This session has England written all over it! They added 148 runs in 34 overs and that is huge. They were scoring runs at will and have taken the ascendancy in this game. Crawley was the star of the show but Buttler also has to be given credit. He came in when England were in a spot of bother. He took his time to settle in and then when he settled, he showed his vast range of shots. He is just 13 runs away from a century and will hope that he gets there on Day 2. Him, along with Crawley, have put England in a position of strength.

  • 11:00 PM IST

    What a day for England! What a day for Zak Crawley! He walks off to a huge round of applause from his teammates! He is on 171 and is still not done yet. He has played a flawless knock and has not given Pakistan many chances. This is a wonderful chance to score a double century and he will be looking forward to that.

  • 10:58 PM IST

    89.6 Naseem Shah to Zak Crawley, no run, Naseem bowls a full delivery on off, Crawley pushes it to gully. With that, it is STUMPS ON DAY 1.

  • 10:57 PM IST

    89.5 Naseem Shah to Zak Crawley, no run, Good length ball outside off, not played at.

  • 10:57 PM IST

    89.4 Naseem Shah to Jos Buttler, 3 runs, Good length ball on middle, Buttler flicks it through mid-wicket and picks up three before Yasir Shah runs after it and cleans it up.

  • 10:56 PM IST

    89.3 Naseem Shah to Jos Buttler, no run, Good length ball outside off, Buttler lets it go to the keeper.

  • 10:55 PM IST

    89.2 Naseem Shah to Jos Buttler, no run, Back of a length ball on middle, Buttler blocks it back to the bowler.

  • 10:55 PM IST

    89.1 Naseem Shah to Jos Buttler, FOUR, FOUR! What a way to raise the 200-run partnership! Brilliant! Full delivery outside off, Buttler drives it through the cover region for a boundary.

  • 10:54 PM IST

    88.6 Mohammad Abbas to Zak Crawley, no run, Good length ball on middle, Crawley blocks it back to the bowler.

  • 10:53 PM IST

    88.5 Mohammad Abbas to Zak Crawley, no run, BEATEN! Lovely delivery from Abbas! Good length ball outside off, Crawley looks to defend but fails to get any bat on it.

  • 10:52 PM IST

    88.4 Mohammad Abbas to Jos Buttler, 3 runs, A couple! Good length ball on the pads, Buttler flicks it through the mid-wicket region and picks up three.

  • 10:52 PM IST

    88.3 Mohammad Abbas to Jos Buttler, no run, Abbas bowls another one outside off, Buttler shoulders arms to it.

  • 10:51 PM IST

    88.2 Mohammad Abbas to Jos Buttler, no run, Outside off, Buttler lets it go to the keeper.

  • 10:50 PM IST

    88.1 Mohammad Abbas to Jos Buttler, no run, Good length ball outside off, Buttler does not bother to play at that one.

  • 10:49 PM IST

    87.6 Naseem Shah to Zak Crawley, no run, On middle, Crawley solidly blocks it out to mid on.

  • 10:48 PM IST

    87.5 Naseem Shah to Zak Crawley, no run, Full delivery on middle, played back to the bowler.

  • 10:48 PM IST

    87.4 Naseem Shah to Zak Crawley, no run, Back of a length on off, Crawley punches it straight to the cover fielder.

  • 10:48 PM IST

    87.3 Naseem Shah to Zak Crawley, no run, Very full delivery on off, Zak digs it out towards the gully region.

  • 10:46 PM IST

    87.2 Naseem Shah to Zak Crawley, no run, Naseem bowls a good length ball outside the off stump line, Crawley shoulders arms to it.

  • 10:46 PM IST

    87.1 Naseem Shah to Zak Crawley, no run, Good length ball on off, Crawley drives it to cover for a dot.

  • 10:45 PM IST

    86.6 Mohammad Abbas to Jos Buttler, no run, Outside off, Jos lets it go.

  • 10:44 PM IST

    86.5 Mohammad Abbas to Jos Buttler, no run, BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, Buttler looks to defend but misses it.

  • 10:44 PM IST

    86.4 Mohammad Abbas to Jos Buttler, no run, Back of a length delivery on middle, Buttler blocks it well.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test, Day 1, Southampton, Highlights: Zak Crawley, Jos Buttler Put ENG On Top
England batsman Zak Crawley. (AFP)

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 1 of the third Test between England and Pakistan, at The Rose Bowl, Southampton.

PREVIEW 

England batsman Ollie Pope has said the team is gung-ho about ending the ongoing rain-marred Test series against Pakistan with a win in the third Test, which begins Friday (August 21) in Southampton.

“The third Test looks likely to be our last Test this year so there’s extra motivation to put another win on the board, especially after losing so much time to bad light and rain in the last game,” Pope said in his blog for Sky Sports.

England lead the series 1-0 after their dramatic win in the first Test and the rain-hit second Test which ended in a pale draw.

“Our Old Trafford victory feels an age away after the frustrations of the last week.

“Thankfully our hotel here at the Ageas Bowl is just across the ground from the changing rooms so when the weather did interrupt play we were able to go back to our rooms and switch off.

“My darts are definitely better than they were at the start of the series but I’m still not peppering that triple 20 as much as Woakesy (Chris Woakes) or Jimmy (James Anderson),” said Pope.

“The players are 100 per cent keen to support any idea that helps us play as much cricket as possible when conditions are bearable, so there’s plenty to discuss.

The light has been an issue and Pope does not feel that batting in bad light against the Dukes ball is a big challenge.

“I don’t regard batting in bad light against the Dukes ball as the biggest challenge in the game because of the white sightscreen, although it does make facing bowling — that is consistently above 90mph — more difficult.

“Rather, I find it a little bit harder in the field to pick up the ball – for example if you’re standing at backward point and the ball is slashed at you. Every now and again you just lose the ball completely.

“The umpires were following protocols in the last Test and they’ve got to make decisions that are safe for the players, so I don’t envy them.”

(With IANS Inputs)