England: 583/8(dec) Zack Crawley: 267, Fawad Alam 2/46
Pakistan: 273 a/o Azhar Ali: 141*, James Anderson 5/56
Pakistan 187/4 Babar Azam: 63*, James Anderson 2/45
The limelight of the game was James Anderson who completed his 600th test wicket hence becoming the first pace bowler to do so. In a rain hit game, Zack Crawley’s 267 stole pretty much of the show.
England did not had to bat twice as they scored humongous 580+ score in the first innings. Unfortunate for them, the rain denied any sort of result at the end of 5th day. Pakistani bowlers were not finding any sort of the momentum in first innings. Josh Buttler’s 152 alongside MOM Zack Crawley penetrated through the attack of Pakistan.
When they came out bat, openers got out for cheap. Shan Masood, could not replicate the same performance as of previous matches. Meanwhile, Azhar Ali played a captain’s innings, scoring 141* but unfortunately there was no one really apart from Mohammad Rizwan to support him, he made a well made fifty. James Anderson took 5 wickets haul in 1st innings. He stood on 598 wickets after the 1st innings, therefore requiring only 2 in 2nd innings to complete record 600 wickets.
England decided to follow on but the rain troubled any kind of play in the field. In the reduced Pakistan innings, Babar Azam scored 63* while all praises were of James Anderson who took wicket of Azhar Ali to celebrate his 600th test wicket, adding another record to his name in what has been an illustrious carrier.
In the end, England won the series 1-0, and Pakistan grabbing 26 points from the test series . Josh Buttler and Mohammad Rizwan were collectively declared players of the series.