England vs Pakistan Live Score, 3rd Test, Day 3:Fawad Alam and Azhar Ali have staged a fighting partnership after early lunch was taken on Day 3 at the Ageas Bowl with Pakistan on 41/4. In the first session, James Anderson did not waste time and struck in his second over of the day to take down Pakistan’s fourth wicket. Losing three wickets early on at the start of first innings, trailing by 558 runs, is not the position the visitors would want to be in. But that is their reality for now and Pakistan captain Azhar Ali will have to fight hard on Day 2, to ensure that his side can at least bring some contest. Also, keep an eye on James Anderson who is four wickets away from 600 Test scalps.
England vs Pakistan Live Score, 3rd Test, Day 3:
Lightning quick Archer
That last over from Jofra Archer had an average speed of 145.4kph / 90.3mph.
That’s the sixth quickest over he’s bowled for England in Tests, and the quickest he’s bowled in 2020.#ENGvPAK
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst)August 23, 2020
The partnership between Azhar Ali and Fawad Alam is beginning to show confidence. Both batsmen have helped themselves to a boundary each against the pace of Archer. Despite being peppered with bouncers, Azhar and Alam have looked determined. Meanwhile, England have given the ball to Dom Bess at the other end. Pakistan 70/4 after 31 overs.
Can Azhar, Alam offer resistance?
Well, the partnership so far has produced 26 runs – the highest of this innings – and with Archer and Woakes operating, Azhar Ali and Fawad Ali are looking a little more assured than they did against Broad and Anderson. The fifty has come up for Pakistan but they’re far from safety. This pair is crucial for them.
Play resumes, second session underway
So the rain has cleared and we’re all set for play. That said, we may not have seen the last rain interval of the day. It’s still pretty overcast out there. Pakistan resume on 41/1 as Chris Woakes runs in to bowl his first of this Test match.
Lunch on Day 3
Early lunch taken on Day 3 due to rain with Pakistan on 41/4, trailing England (583/8 decl) by 542 runs. The weather update from the Ageas Bowl is that the rain has gotten heavy which led to the lunch interval 20 minutes before scheduled time. Once again, it’s been England’s session, picking up an early wicket and not allowing Pakistan to settle down. It looks like a long road ahead for the visitors.
As we wait for play to resume, an interesting take on Fawad Alam’s stance by Tom Moody
Yes Fawad Alam has an unorthodox stance but at point of ball release he’s in a solid position, judge him on his performance over time, not how he looks.
We have seen many exceptional test players with eccentric approaches succeed!#ENGvPAK
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket)August 23, 2020
A second rain break
On no! It’s raining again, more of a frizzle but enough to get the players off the field and bring the covers on. Pakistan 41/4. Just like yesterday. two rain intervals already inside the first session. Frustrating for the English fast bowlers who’ve been all over the Pakistan batsmen. Hopefully it’s just a passing shower and play resumes shortly. We’ll keep you posted.
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Thankfully, the delay wasn’t a long one and we’re set to resume play. How will Pakistan’s batsmen reach? Fawad Alam is the new man in and he’d want to get a decent score under his belt following his duck in the previous Test. Right then, A