England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test, Day 4 – Twitter Reactions
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England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test, Day 4 – Twitter Reactions

England, Pakistan
England vs Pakistan [Photo-Twitter]

England, rain and bad light. The recurring theme once again played out on the 4th day of the 3rd Test against Pakistan as play was called-off pre-maturely due to bad light. That means James Anderson will have to wait for a few more hours before he becomes the first fast bowler and fourth overall in the history.

The day once again started with England fielders refusing to accept catches of the bowling of James Anderson. Anderson could have got Shan Masood for the 9th time in his career but for Jos Buttler, who dropped a regulation catch. And, the smile on the champion fast bowler’s face said it all.

Abid Ali and Shan Masood ensured that Pakistan did not lose a wicket in the morning session, as they went into Lunch at 0-41.

The Lunchbreak proved to be an extended one as torrential rains and its subsequent impact on the outfield ensured that the entire second session was washed out.

When they did come back for an extended post-Tea session, the players were greeted with glorious sunshine. England got an early breakthrough when Shan Masood, in what proved to be a fatal attempt left a Stuart Broad delivery, one that nipped in before hitting his back leg.

 

Abid Ali and Azhar Ali provide Pakistan solidarity before James Anderson once again proved to be the partnership breaker for England

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James Anderson and Joe Root [Photo-Twitter]
Post the dismissal, Abid Ali and skipper Azhar Ali blunted out whatever England bowlers threw at them during their 39-run stand. Azhar Ali looked quite fluent during his innings while opener Abid Ali showed the necessary determination and grit but James Anderson eventually had the last laugh, as the champion fast bowler claimed his 599th scalp by pinning Abid Ali in front of the wickets.

But just as we thought that we were in for a slice of history with Anderson nearing the 600-wicket mark, bad light once again proved to be the villain as officials deemed that the light had deteriorated to such an extent that facing fast bowling was dangerous.

Ultimately, play was called off after a few overs of spin by Dom Bess and Joe Root.

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Here’s how Twitter reacted to the 4th day’s play between England and Pakistan-

https://twitter.com/falahtah/status/1297948320531394560?s=19

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