2nd Test England V Pakistan Day 4: Weather continues to play havoc at Southampton
After no play at all on the third day of the Test at Ageas Bowl, Southampton, play did start at 11am on the fourth morning, only for the rain to arrive after 10.2 overs’ play.
By 2pm torrential rain had arrived in the city and very little hope of any more play. Though it did stop, but at 3.50pm, the ground staff felt the resumption of play was simply out of question.
Pakistan 236 all out
Close of Play – England trail Pakistan by 229 runs with 9 wickets remaining
Mohammad Rizwan, who walked in on the first afternoon, continued in the same vein and was able to dominate the strike. His spirited 72 was the top score of Pakistan total of 236. He was caught, going for another big shot off Stuart Broad, who was England’s best bowler with 4-56, followed by James Anderson’s 3-60. Under considerable pressure to keep out his rival, Sarfraz Ahmed, the former Pakistan captain, the wicket-keeper batsman from Peshawar, has been quite impressive in the two Tests this summer.
Pakistan seam attack itching to bowl in the overcast conditions, ever since Tuesday, finally had the fresh cherry in their hands on the fourth morning of the Test match. Although this contest is not going anywhere because of loss of so much play, including a complete washout yesterday, there is still enough time for point scoring and one-to-one battles. In the first over Shaheen Afridi drew the first blood by having Rory Burns, caught at second slip. Only five overs had been bowled before the weather closed in again and off came the players, with England 7-1 in 5 overs. More frustration for Pakistan bowlers.
England - Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(wk), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Pakistan - Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali(c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah
Start Time: 11:00
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Officials: Michael Gough, Richard Kettleborough, Richard Illingworth, Martin Saggers, Chris Broad
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