England vs Pakistan, third Test: Key moments of Day 4
After England enforced a follow-on, Pakistan put up a decent fight on Day 4 of the third Test at the Ageas Bowl. The Pakistani openers showed resilience against the England seamers in the opening hour, which set the tone for the innings. However, both Stuart Broad and James Anderson still managed to pick a wicket apiece. Here are the key moments.
Only 56 overs were bowled on the fourth day with rain and bad light causing delays. Nevertheless, Pakistan openers Shan Masood and Abid Ali shared a 49-run stand before Stuart Broad dismissed the former. Meanwhile, James Anderson picked his 599th wicket by trapping Abid Ali in front. The hosts still trail by 210 runs, having finished on 100/2 at stumps.
Although Shan Masood and Abid Ali scored at a slow rate, they laid a solid foundation for the next batsmen. While Masood departed on 18 (66), the latter fell to Anderson after compiling a 162-ball 42. Notably, the duo added 49 runs together, the highest opening stand for Pakistan on the England soil, in the last 24 years.
After slamming his century in the first innings, Pakistani captain Azhar is heading towards another emphatic knock. He remained unbeaten on 29 after facing 92 deliveries. It remains to be seen if he can save the Test for Pakistan on Day 5.
Stuart Broad drew first blood for England on Day 4 after removing Shan Masood. He was unable to claim any more wicket in the day, thereafter. However, Anderson claimed the second wicket of the day, having dismissed Abid Ali. The stage is set for Anderson as he is mere one wicket away from completing 600 wickets in Test cricket.