Southampton: Frequent interruptions from rain and bad light, Pakistan getting a follow on despite skipper Azar Ali's unbeaten century and experienced English fast bowler James Anderson reaching a close 600-wicket mark were the highlight of the fourth day of the third and final Test. The game of the fourth day of the Test being played at The Rose Bowl ground here had to be declared end ahead of schedule due to poor light and rain.
However, the frequent rain and poor light brought some relief to the Pakistani team to some extent. Only 56 overs could be bowled in a full day. Playing the follow-on, Pakistan had scored 100 runs for two wickets in the second innings. Pakistan's team is still 210 runs behind England's first innings score of 583 runs (declared) for eight wickets. Visiting team has only eight wickets left in their hand.
The Pakistan team could not escape the follow-on match after being all-out for 273 runs in the first innings. At the end of the fourth day's play, captain Azhar Ali 29 and Babar Azam were playing for four runs. Earlier, Shaun Masood was trapped LBW by Stuart Broad in the 24th over and took the first wicket of Pakistan's second innings. At the same time, standing on the threshold of becoming the first fast bowler to take 600 Test wickets, James Anderson sent Abid Ali (42) to the pavilion. He now has 599 Test wickets.
Lunch had to be taken earlier due to rain in the morning. In the first session, Anderson's ball hit Shan's bat in the fifth over and reached wicketkeeper Jose Butler but he failed to catch the catch. Earlier on the third day too, Rory Burns and Zak Crawley dropped catches on his ball. So far in both innings of Pakistan, English fielders have dropped catches of Anderson balls four times.
So far Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619) have taken more wickets than him but they are all spinners. The match has gone out of Pakistan's grip. Now he can only hope for a draw and for that he will also need to be kind to the weather. England is ahead in the series by winning the first Test. If this match remains a draw, it will be England's first win in a Test series over Pakistan in 10 years. They have recently beaten the West Indies 2–1.