England paceman Jimmy Anderson was stranded on 599 wickets as Pakistan took an enormous step towards securing a draw within the third and last take a look at with a disciplined batting show both facet of a protracted rain break on Monday.
Anderson began Day Four needing two wickets to change into the primary quick bowler to achieve 600, and managed to take one — that of Abid Ali (42) — throughout a prolonged third session on the Rose Bowl.
Nonetheless, fading mild quickly pressured England to solely deploy spin and ultimately stopped play altogether, with Pakistan on 100-2 at stumps.
The vacationers, who have been requested to observe on after scoring 273 of their first innings in reply to England’s mammoth 583-Eight declared, trailed by 210 runs with someday remaining. Tuesday’s climate is wanting bleak, although, with rain forecast for a lot of the day in Southampton.
England seems destined to win the sequence, main 1-Zero after its three-wicket victory within the first take a look at earlier than the second match was drawn. It might clinch a primary sequence win over Pakistan in 10 years, and a second sequence this summer time after beating the West Indies 2-1 in July.
It stays to be seen if the 38-year-old Anderson will get one other probability on this take a look at to achieve 600 wickets. He will not need to miss this chance, with uncertainty over when England will play its subsequent take a look at due to the worldwide pandemic.
Frustratingly for Anderson, one other catch went down off his bowling, with wicketkeeper Jos Buttler shelling a simple probability of Shan Masood earlier than lunch, which was taken early due to a heavy bathe that delayed play for greater than three hours.
There have been three drops off Anderson within the house of 10 balls in Saturday’s last session.
Figuring out a draw is the very best they’ll hope for, Pakistan’s batsmen dug in and have gone alongside at simply 1.78 runs per over.
Captain Azhar Ali, a century-maker within the first innings, was unbeaten on 29 and Babar Abam was on 4.