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Triumph of England in closed door test match

September 7, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

COVID 19 has taken the whole world into its grip. The intensity of the pandemic has seized the activities of people. All the social and entertainment activities have come to a halt, but England took a bold step to organize the Test Series in empty stadiums with the strictest of norms and measures. The first 3-Test Series got played against the visiting West Indies. The visitors who came here won their first test by four wickets on the fifth and last day of the closely fought encounter.

However, the hosts came back more robust in the second and third matches, thus winning the Test Series 2-1. English seamer Stuart Broad became the second seam bowler from England, the fourth fastest bowler of the world, and seventh bowler worldwide to capture 500 wickets in the last encounter that concluded on 28th July 2020. What a pity! No home supports or any other supports were there to witness and cheer him and the team on the victory.

The next Test Series got played against the team of Pakistan. The teams played the first test match from 5th August, and England keep up the winning streak won the game by three wickets. The victim, played at the Emirates Old Trafford ground in Manchester, was a cliffhanger. Eventually, England managed to defeat the opposite team and snatched victory from defeat's jaws on the final day. The hosts are going 1-0 up in the series.

Total 3 Test Series and 3 T20 match Series got played between the two groups

The second test match played at the Rose Bowl in Southampton was continuously interrupted by rains and bad light. It allowed only 150 overs to get bowled overall, and the game ended in a frustrating draw for both the teams, especially for Pakistan smarting under the shock defeat in the first test match. The third game, which was the final one of the series, started from 21st August to the match's same venue. England got to seal the deal by putting up a massive score of 583 for eight declared, and rout the visiting team for 273 runs in the first innings, forcing them to follow on.

Thanks to the rain, England could not make it to win. Pakistan saved the match at 187 for four wickets. There is no doubt; history got created in that Test Match.

Pakistan also got scheduled to play in a 3- match T20 international series against the hosts. The first of all the matches resulted in a draw. The host team won the second match. Pakistan claimed the third match of the series. Australia, the archrival of England, is visiting England to play 3-match ODI Series and 3 matches T20 Series. In the most likely extension of the New Normal, Cricket India got set to begin their Tour of Australia 2020-21from the month of October 2020. The teams will play 3- matchT20I international Series, followed by a 4- match Test Series.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth