England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test, Day 2 – Twitter Reactions
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England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test, Day 2 – Twitter Reactions

England, Pakistan
Jos Buttler and Zak Crawley [Photo-Twitter]

England have taken total control of the 3rd Test of the series against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, reducing the visitors to 3-24, after having declared their first innings at 8-583.

It was a day full of milestones for Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler as the duo picked off from where they had left on the 1st day.

But it could have all gone wrong for Jos Buttler, who was given caught-behind on 99 by the on-field umpire but for the DRS that allowed the England wicketkeeper to register his second Test hundred of his career.

Crawley and Buttler took England unscathed to the Lunch break. The post-Lunch session was all about Zak Crawley. The 22-year-old went on to become only the third youngest English batsman, joining the likes of Len Hutton [22 years and 58 days, vs Australia, 1938], David Gower [22 years and 102 days, vs India, 1979] and Bill Edrich [22 years and 342 days, vs South Africa, 1929] to score a Test double-hundred.

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Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler grind Pakistan into the dust as England post 8-583

Engand, Pakistan
Zak Crawley [Photo-Twitter]
Crawley also became the seventh England batsman to convert his maiden ton into a double hundred. Crawley and Buttler also went to break England’s all-time record as far as most runs for the 5th wicket partnership is concerned.

Crawley could have taken his time for his triple-hundred but the right-hander, in a bid to score quick runs for his team, proceeded to attack the Pakistan bowlers, even when they bowled a good delivery. And, such was his command and control that he more often than not succeeded.

The 22-year-old stroked a nonchalant walking flick to bring up his 250 but just as he was looking prime to become the first England batsman since Graham Gooch to score a triple ton, he ended up getting stumped to part-timer Asad Shafiq.

England, Pakistan
Jos Buttler [Photo-Twitter]
Crawley’s dismissal brought an end to the 5th highest stand (359) for the 5th wicket in Test history. Jos Buttler proceeded to stroke his maiden 150 in Test cricket, an innings that once again epitomized his mental fortitude and his drive to succeed in a five-day game.

Fawad Alam then proceeded to claim both Buttler and Woakes before England finally declared their innings (8-583) and ended Pakistan’s misery following some lusty blows from Stuart Broad and Dom Bess.

James Anderson then proceeded to do what he has been doing for the last decade and a half- nip one in to trap one opener (Shan Masood) and move one away to induce an edge of another opener (Abid Ali) to leave Pakistan two down in the first 5 overs. And, if that wasn’t enough, he further jolted Pakistan by trapping their best batsman in the form of Babar Azam LBW at the stroke of stumps.

 

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Yash Mittal

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