Anderson takes five as England force Pakistan to follow on


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  • Sunday, 23 Aug 2020

Cricket - Third Test - England v Pakistan - Ageas Bowl, Southampton, Britain - August 23, 2020 England's Joe Root catches out Pakistan's Asad Shafiq, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Alastair Grant/Pool via REUTERS

(Reuters) - James Anderson claimed his fifth wicket as England enforced the follow-on against Pakistan on the third day of the third and final test at the Rose Bowl on Sunday, despite a battling century by visiting skipper Azhar Ali.

Ali (141 not out) and Mohammad Rizwan (53) stitched together a 138-run partnership for the sixth wicket but Anderson helped to ensure the visitors were bowled out for 273 in their first innings to keep England firmly in the driver's seat in Southampton.

Rizwan was dismissed after tea off a Chris Woakes delivery with Jos Buttler pulling off a diving catch to his left. His departure exposed Pakistan's tail as England ruthlessly pressed home their advantage despite Ali reaching his 17th test century.

Stuart Broad claimed his first wicket of the test when he had Yasir Shah caught by Joe Root at second slip on 20 and struck again to dismiss Shaheen Shah Afridi for three, with Buttler taking another spectacular catch behind the stumps.

Mohammad Abbas was next to depart after being run out on one following a comical mix-up with Ali, who was attempting to retain the strike.

Anderson (five for 56), who had claimed his fourth wicket of the innings in the opening session, completed his 29th five-for in tests when he enticed Naseem Shah (0) to edge to Dom Sibley at third slip to wrap up the Pakistan innings.

Play was stopped due to bad light before Pakistan could bat again, with the visitors trailing by 310 runs.

Anderson, England's highest test wicket-taker, is now two wickets away from becoming the first pace bowler to claim 600 test dismissals.

Only spin bowlers Anil Kumble (619), Shane Warne (708) and Muttiah Muralitharan (800) have more dismissals in the game's longest format.

Zak Crawley (267) converted his maiden century into a double ton and shared a record-breaking 359-run partnership with Buttler (152) as England declared their first innings on 583-8 on Saturday.

England, who hold a 1-0 lead, are edging towards their first test series win over Pakistan since 2010.

The hosts won the opening match in Manchester by three wickets, and the rain-hit second game ended in a draw.

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas and Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar and Clare Fallon)

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