Steve August 16, 2020
Second Test, Ageas Bowl, Southampton (day four of five)
Pakistan 223-9: Rizwan 72, Abid 60, Broad 4-56, Anderson 3-48
England 7-1: Shaheen 1-5

The second Test between England and Pakistan is set to end in a draw after more rain meant there was only an hour’s play on day four at the Ageas Bowl.

Just 96.2 overs have been bowled in the match from a possible 360 because of rain and bad light.

Play resumed at 11:00 BST on Sunday and England finally bowled Pakistan out for 236 when Mohammad Rizwan fell to Stuart Broad for 72.

Rory Burns was dismissed by the fourth ball of England’s reply but rain stopped play with the hosts 7-1.

The players were taken from the field at 12:00 BST and the initial light rain became heavier.

The rain stopped about 15:45 but the umpires abandoned play soon after because the outfield would take at least two and a half hours to dry.

England’s Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley survived a gripping five-over spell as Shaheen Afridi – whom Burns edged to second slip for a duck – and Mohammad Abbas found significant movement.

More rain is forecast for day five, meaning a positive result is all but impossible.

England would have to find time to bat beyond Pakistan and then bowl out the tourists cheaply to force the victory that would give them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The third Test begins on Friday at the same ground.

from the BBC

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