Live Updates

  • 3:29 PM IST

    We are all set for the action to begin on Day 3! The England players stride out to the middle, followed by Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq. James Anderson will finish his incomplete over.

  • 3:18 PM IST

    Weather report – It rained overnight but it is not raining as of now, even though it is overcast. We should have a prompt start.

  • 2:52 PM IST

    Hello and a warm welcome to Day 3 of this final Test match between England and Pakistan! It has been all England in this match as they have dominated this game throughout. First they scored 583 with the bat and to add cherry to the top, they managed to pick up 3 wickets before the end of Day 2. They would want to bat only once and bowl out Pakistan and try to enforce the follow-on. Pakistan, on the other hand, are in dire straits and only a miracle can save them now. Can they make something out of this Test match or will the hosts continue their dominance? Join us in a while.

  • 2:51 PM IST

    … Day 3, Session 1 …

  • 12:08 AM IST

    On Day 3, Pakistan would look upon Azhar Ali and the rest to take them out of the trouble that they have put themselves in while England will hope that they continue their dominance. Despite the little rain at the start of Day 2, the officials have decided not to have an early start on the third day as the forecast is iffy for the morning. The action will resume on 23rd August, 2020 at 1100 local (1000 GMT). Join us for what promises to be another exciting day of Test match cricket. Until then, cheers.

  • 12:05 AM IST

    Pakistan, on the other hand, already had a tough day in the field. The last thing that they would have wanted is to lose wickets while batting and that is exactly what happened. They lost three wickets with just 24 runs on the board and they are already staring down the barrel in this Test. They need something special to even save this Test match, let alone a victory.

  • 12:02 AM IST

    What a day for England! What a Test match for England so far! They would have hoped to pick up a wicket in the latter stages of the day and guess what, they not only picked up one but ended up with 3 wickets, including that of Babar Azam. Anderson was the star of the show, picking up all the wickets that fell. Broad was a little wayward while Archer was good in his two overs.

  • 11:59 PM IST

    10.5 James Anderson to Babar Azam, out, OUT! LBW! Anderson gets his 596th Test wicket! What a delivery this is and what a bowler Anderson is. Pakistan’s talisman has to go. Good length ball on off, angling in. Azam looks to defend but misses and gets rapped on the pads. Anderson appeals and the umpire raises his finger. Babar does not review as he knows that he is a goner. The Ball Tracker shows that it is umpire’s call on hitting the stumps. With that, IT IS STUMPS ON DAY 2.

  • 11:59 PM IST

    10.4 James Anderson to Babar Azam, no run, On a length on off, Azam looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes safely towards the slip region.

  • 11:59 PM IST

    10.3 James Anderson to Babar Azam, no run, Length delivery outside off, Babar does not bother to play at that.

  • 11:59 PM IST

    10.2 James Anderson to Babar Azam, no run, Outside off, Azam offers no shot to this one.

  • 11:59 PM IST

    10.1 James Anderson to Babar Azam, no run, Back of a length delivery on off, Azam blocks it off the front foot.

  • 11:59 PM IST

    9.6 Jofra Archer to Azhar Ali, no run, Down the leg side, Ali looks to flick but misses.

  • 11:59 PM IST

    9.5 Jofra Archer to Azhar Ali, no run, NOT OUT! Waste of a review as it flicked the elbow! Good length ball around off, Azhar looks to defend at first but then decides to leave it alone. There was a noise as it passed the bat. Root is convinced that there is a noise and he takes the review. The Ultra Edge rolls in and shows that it is hitting the elbow. England lose a review.

  • 11:59 PM IST

    England have taken a review! Babar Azam is the man in question! Let’s see how it pans out. Waste of a review.

  • 11:54 PM IST

    9.4 Jofra Archer to Azhar Ali, no run, Archer bowls a bouncer outside off, Azhar lets it sail through to the keeper.

  • 11:54 PM IST

    9.3 Jofra Archer to Babar Azam, 1 run, Length delivery on middle, Azam flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.

  • 11:54 PM IST

    9.2 Jofra Archer to Babar Azam, no run, Outside off, Azam offers no shot to this one.

  • 11:54 PM IST

    9.1 Jofra Archer to Babar Azam, no run, Back of a length delivery outside off, Azam shoulders arms to this one.

  • 11:54 PM IST

    8.6 James Anderson to Azhar Ali, no run, Outside off, not played at.

  • 11:54 PM IST

    8.5 James Anderson to Babar Azam, 1 run, Full ball on middle, Babar tucks it to square leg and picks up a single.

  • 11:51 PM IST

    8.4 James Anderson to Babar Azam, 2 runs, Nicely punched off the back foot! Back of a length ball outside off, Azam punches it through cover and collects a couple.

  • 11:50 PM IST

    8.3 James Anderson to Babar Azam, no run, Full delivery outside off, Babar shoulders arms to it.

  • 11:50 PM IST

    8.2 James Anderson to Babar Azam, no run, BEATEN! Beautiful bowling from Anderson! He dishes a good length ball around off, Azam fails to defend as it beats the outside edge.

  • 11:50 PM IST

    8.1 James Anderson to Babar Azam, no run, Good length ball on middle, Azam works it to the leg side.

  • 11:47 PM IST

    7.6 Jofra Archer to Azhar Ali, no run, On middle, Ali defends it back to the bowler.

  • 11:47 PM IST

    7.5 Jofra Archer to Azhar Ali, no run, WOW! What a delivery from Archer! Brilliant stuff! Ali had no answer to it. Good length ball around off, angling in. Ali looks to block but the ball goes through to the keeper.

  • 11:46 PM IST

    7.5 Jofra Archer to Babar Azam, byes, TWO WIDES! That’s flown over Buttler’s head! Archer bowls a bouncer around middle, Babar ducks under it. Buttler hops but fails to collect. The batters collect a couple of byes. It is also called a wide.

  • 11:45 PM IST

    7.4 Jofra Archer to Babar Azam, no run, BEATEN! That’s a corker of a delivery from Archer! Length ball around off, Babar looks to defend but it beats the outside edge and goes into the mitts of the keeper.

  • 11:45 PM IST

    7.3 Jofra Archer to Babar Azam, no run, Fuller one on middle, BA pushes it to mid on.

England vs Pakistan 2020, Live Cricket Score And Updates, 3rd Test, Day 2: Crawley, Buttler Tons Help Hosts Dominate Proceedings

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 2 of the third and final Test between England and Pakistan, at The Rose Bowl, Southampton.

WHAT HAPPENED ON DAY 1? 

England’s Zak Crawley scored his maiden Test century as he combined with Jos Buttler to punish Pakistan on Day 1.

The 22-year-old Crawley, playing in his eighth Test, hit an unbeaten 171. He shared an unbroken 205-run stand with Jos Buttler, who made 87*.

After rain ruined the second Test at the same venue, England were struggling at 127/4 midway through Friday’s play.

However, Pakistan failed to get another breakthrough in the remaining overs, with Crawley and Buttler taking the hosts to 332/4 at stumps.

Crawley had arrived at the crease in the fifth over after opener Rory Burns (6) was removed by Shaheen Afridi.

Dom Sibley (22) and Crawley then added 61 for the second wicket but the former also departed before lunch, given out LBW to leg-spinner Yasir Shah.

Soon, Naseem Shah got the better of Joe Root (29), while Ollie Pope became Yasir’s second victim as the hosts found themselves in a spot of bother.

Just like his 75 helped England recover from 127/5 to secure a three-wicket win in Manchester, Buttler tilted the balance in his side’s favour.

The wicketkeeper-batsman will hope to reach three figures on Saturday, while his partner Crawley has a double ton in his sights.

“The run chase at Old Trafford was dramatic, but this has been England’s best day of the summer,” said Michael Vaughan, the former England captain.

“It was the manner of which the partnership developed from the get-go: just playing good Test cricket. And Zak Crawley, you just can’t see a better century.”