Guwahati: England declared their first innings with a massive 583/8 on the board riding on a record partnership of 359 between Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler, before James Anderson jolted the Pakistani batting line up early on in the innings as he removed three of their top order batsmen to leave them struggling with 24/3 on the board, at the end of Day II.
In a morning session twice interrupted by the weather, Buttler and Crawley struggled to score with the fluency they had demonstrated on the first evening – Crawley spending 40 balls on 171 before eventually adding to his score.
But as the day progressed Crawley ticked off various landmarks of his own in the afternoon session, as he converted his maiden Test hundred into a superb innings of 267. Together with Buttler, whose 152 was just his second hundred at this level, he put on a partnership of 359, an England record for the fifth wicket.
It was Asad Shafiq who eventually removed Crawley stumped down the leg side with Crawley charging out of the crease and completely missing the ball, thus bringing an end to a brilliant innings of 267.
Soon after Crawley’s dismissal, Buttler decided to change gears and he brought up his 150 soon after tea, crashing Naseem Shah through the covers for four, but chipped a straightforward return catch to Fawad Alam four balls later to be dismissed for 152.
England batted on past the drinks break with Chris Woakes(40), Dom Bess(27) and Stuart Broad(15) chipping in with a few runs, before Joe Root eventually decided to declare the England innings at 583/8.
Coming out to bat with just 11 overs of play remaining in the day, James Anderson was an absolute nightmare for the Pakistani batsmen, as he was almost unplayable in the short session of play before stumps were called.
Anderson, who is closing in on becoming the first paceman to take 600 wickets in Test, removed three of the Pakistani top order batsmen, Shan Masood(4), Abid Ali(1) and Babar Azam(11) in quick succession, thus reducing the visitors to a mere 24/3 at the end of Day II.